Missouri-Arkansas District


Contact us at 314-581-0497 or email: kiwanismoark@outlook.com

Welcome to the Web Site of the Missouri-Arkansas District of Kiwanis International. Kiwanis has a plan for service in your community and we invite you to join us.

For more about Kiwanis see: https://k14.site.kiwanis.org/about-kiwanis/

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Earl Collins Scholarships

Applications for the 2023 Earl Collins Scholarships are now available on the Earl Collins Scholarships page. See https://k14.site.kiwanis.org/earl-collins-foundation-scholarships/

Secrets of the District

At the 2022 MO-ARK Convention in Springfield, MO-ARK Secretary Mary Vaughan gave a presentation on this topic. Download her slides as a pdf below.


Governor Carla O’Brien’s schedule–
September 12 – Governor’s Council Zoom Meeting , 6:00pm-7:00pm
September 21 – Governor Carla’s “We Are Family” Celebration, 5:00-8:00pm, @ Helen Fitzgerald’s, 3650 S Lindbergh, St. Louis, MO 63127, all welcome,  no need to RSVP, If you need more info contact :mvonz56@yahoo.com
September 25 – Kiwanis Club of Gravois -StL County Installation, 6:00pm-9:00pm, Bartolino’s South, 5914 S Lindbergh, St Louis, MO 63123
September 26 – New Club Organizational Meeting for Kiwanis Club of Greater High Ridge (MO), 6:00pm-7:45pm, Jefferson County Library – Northwest Branch, 5680 Missouri PP, High Ridge, MO 63049
September 27 – MO-ARK Board Meeting via Zoom 6:00pm
September 28 – Kiwanis Club of Conway (AR) Installation, 12:00pm, Central Baptist College, 1501 College Av, Conway, AR 72034
September 28 – Kiwanis Club of Hot Springs Village Membership Event, 5:00pm-9:00pm, Dinner, Fellowship, Recruiting, Games & Boat Rides, Balboa Pavilion, 482 Ponce de Leon Dr, Hot Springs Village, AR
September 29- Kiwanis Club of Benton Golden K Installation, 11:00am, Ed and Kay’s Restaurant, 15228 I-30, Benton, AR 72015

Governor’s Schedule

Governor-Designate Roy Ockert has decided to share his travel schedule.
It is posted on the Calendar page.
• Wednesday, Sept. 21, 11:30 a.m. — Kiwanis Club of Jonesboro, Installation/Awards Luncheon, Jonesboro Country Club
• Tuesday, Sept. 27, 6 p.m. — Kiwanis Club of Siloam Springs, Officer Installation and President’s Dinner, Fellowship Hall of First United Methodist Church, 325 West Twin Springs,  Mo-Ark Governor-designate Roy Ockert will officiate.
• Monday, Oct. 10, 6-7 p.m. — Mo-Ark District Governor’s Council meeting, via Zoom.
• Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4-5 — Mo-Ark District Board of Trustees, Fall Meeting and Retreat, Gaston’s White River Resort near Lakeview, Ark.

This is a great opportunity for a Flying Squadron visit when he is at an event nearby. A chance to meet the Governor.

District Convention: Aug. 10-12, 2023, at the Doubletree by Hilton in Bentonville, Ark.

Kiwanis International president Bert West (left) of Divide, Colo., installs Roy Ockert of the Kiwanis Club of Jonesboro as governor-designate of the Missouri-Arkansas District while Roy’s wife Pat waits to apply a governor’s pin. The installation took place Saturday night during the 72nd annual District Convention at Springfield, Mo. Ockert will officially become governor on Oct. 1.
Photo by Ron Sitton
(Borrowed from the Springfield South Kiwanis Misprint Newsletter)
Mary Vaughan’s last convention as MO-ARK Secretary. My last convention is in the books! A great time was had by all! A great way to go out! Thanks Missouri Arkansas Kiwanis District! I have loved taking care of you all!!

The August Kiwanigram is now available. See: https://dwyq4sa1lz55y.cloudfront.net/uploads/sites/315/2022/08/Kiwanigram-August-2022.pdf

Candidates for Governor Elect at the MO-ARK District Convention


Missouri Arkansas District Convention
August 26 & 27, 2022. University Plaza Hotel, Springfield, MO
Save the date. Details coming soon.

Convention Registration and Hotel Registration are now available.

Program and Delegate form are posted on the Conventions page https://k14.site.kiwanis.org/conventions/


The June issue is out. https://dwyq4sa1lz55y.cloudfront.net/uploads/sites/315/2022/07/Kiwanigram-June-2022.pdf

Dr. Wil Blechman Fellowship

Kiwanis has announced a new fellowship for those who donate $2500 to Kiwanis Children’s Fund. Proceeds will go for service to young children rather than Eliminate.


April Kiwanigram is out. See: https://dwyq4sa1lz55y.cloudfront.net/uploads/sites/315/2022/04/Kiwanigram-Apr-2022.pdf

St. Joseph, Clarksville clubs win Membership Contest

St. Joseph, Mo., and Clarksville, Ark., clubs finished atop the standings in the second Membership Contest sponsored by the Missouri-Arkansas District of Kiwanis, which ended March 31.

Competition was in two groups of clubs: Group A, for clubs with 30 or more members, according to the official Kiwanis International Membership Report as of Oct. 1, 2021; and Group B, for clubs with fewer than 30 members, according to the official KI Membership Report as of the same date. Winners were determined by the greatest percentage of increase between Oct. 1 and March 31.

In Group A the St. Joseph club (Division 2) added six members in March, to overtake Greater Hot Springs, a Division 15 Arkansas club that had held the lead since January. St. Joseph started the year with 31 members and finished with 45. Greater Hot Springs grew from 30 to 43, less than 2 percentage points behind.

Smithville, Mo. (Division 3), added six members in March to close strong in third place. Russellville (Division 20) and Springdale (Division 24) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

The Springdale club wound up with 103 members to top all Mo-Ark organizations in total membership. Conway, Ark., stayed at 101 members in March.

In Group B Clarksville (Division 20), which started the Kiwanis year Oct. 1 with only four members but finished with 12 — a 200% increase — to lead all clubs by a wide margin.

Maplewood, Mo. (Division 9), added three members in the last month to move from eighth place to second with a 54% increase from 13 to 20 members. Foreman, Ark. (Division 23), which had eight members on Feb. 28, added four in March to tie Cuba, Mo. (Division 10), for third place, each with a 50% membership gain.

Cave City, Ark. (Division 17), finished next, followed closely by Buffalo Area, Mo. (Division 26), and St. James, Mo. (Division 10).

Results will not be final until clubs at the top of the standings have paid KI and district dues for all new members and have otherwise resolved any financial issues with KI.

If the results stand, St. Joseph would take win a $3,000 service grant for first place in Group A. Greater Hot Springs would take second place and $2,000; Smithville, third place and $1,000; Russellville & Springdale would take $500 each.

In Group B Clarksville would win $3,000 for first place; Maplewood, $2,000 for second; Foreman and Cuba would split the third-place prize of $1,000 and one of four $500 grants, or $750 each; Cave City, Mountain Home and Buffalo Area, $500 each.

Barbara Thompson of Florissant, Mo., membership coordinator for the district, expressed thanks to all club members who have worked hard for the past six months to add members.

She pointed out that of 38 Group A clubs, 27 ended the contest with a net membership gain; 55 of 132 Group B clubs finished with positive numbers.

“The best part is that our 172 additional Mo-Ark members bring willing hearts and hands to serve children and the community,” she said. “Having more members enables us to do more service. Please continue adding members for the rest of the Kiwanis year.  Our goal is 500 net new members; we are at 172; warmer weather is on our side. Let’s keep growing!”

As of April 1, Mo-Ark has a total of  4,029 members.

“Thank you for your service and leadership as Kiwanians,” Thompson added. “You make the world a better place every day, and the world needs us now more than ever.” 

Membership Contest grants may be used only for service projects, community improvement projects and new educational scholarships, not for general and administrative purposes. Clubs must be in good standing to qualify for a grant. An accounting will be required in writing within 90 days of receipt of a grant.

April 4, 2022

Congratulations to all who have participated and those who have won the Mo-Ark Membership Contest for 2021-22.

Each club plays a role in making Kiwanis the respected organization that it is. Clubs that stand the test of time do so because they are intentional about goal setting, membership recruitment and finding needs in their communities to be fulfilled. Think of how many more lives you can touch by adding the members that you did! Membership growth and retention is the key to our future. As you look forward to the years ahead, expand your impact by inviting friends and colleagues to join Kiwanis. Continue to make the club experience a valuable one in which everyone has a voice and a sense of good will. You all should be very proud, and I am happy to be a part of your Kiwanis family! Thank you for your example of pure Kiwanis goodness.

With your work, and the assistance provided by the District, we have experienced positive growth. Don’t stop now but continue to look for opportunities to add to your community impact.

We Are Family! Let’s watch our family continue to grow and thank you for your dedication to Kiwanis and the Children of your community!

In Kiwanis Service,

Carla A O’Brien

2021-22 District Governor


For those who would like to help those suffering in Ukraine on an individual basis, please send contributions to MO-ARK Gateway Region Foundation, 2408 Oakmont Ct., High Ridge, MO 63049 marked for “Ukraine” and Gov. Carla will get the funds to Kiwanis’ European Foundation.

Announced by Gov. O’Brien at Midyear Education Day.

(Borrowed from the Crestwood Sunset Hill Kiwanis Newsletter.)

Key Leader Returns for 2022

See: https://k14.site.kiwanis.org/key-leader/

February Kiwanigram is now available

See: https://dwyq4sa1lz55y.cloudfront.net/uploads/sites/315/2022/02/Kiwanigram-Feb-2022.pdf

Form 990N due February 15

IRS regulations require that tax exempt clubs file their annual income tax returns in the fifth month after the end of their fiscal year. For most Kiwanis clubs with an October 1-September 30 fiscal year, returns are due February 15 of each year.

In most cases, the filing is informational. You advise the IRS that your club is still active, and provide contact information and names of officers and directors.

Similar reports are required to the Secretary of State’s office in your state. In Missouri you can file in 2-yr intervals electronically. In Arkansas, annual filings are required. (State reports are due in August.)

If you fail to make these filings, the IRS can revoke your tax exempt status. Secretary of State’s office can cancel your incorporation. Then you must file paperwork and pay fees to get them reinstated. They send post card reminders when your filings are due, but be careful to keep your mailing address up to date to receive the reminders.

For more about requirements see the Tax Exemption Guidelines article:
or a MO-ARK summary at:


Membership Strategies – 2022

See Roy Ockert’s video and forms here: https://k14.site.kiwanis.org/membership-strategies-2022/

Prorated New Member Dues: See the new article https://k14.site.kiwanis.org/dues-new-member-fees/

Kiwanigram December issue https://dwyq4sa1lz55y.cloudfront.net/uploads/sites/315/2021/12/Kiwanigram-Dec-2021.pdf

Blog: See the latest from Don Leupold. https://k14.site.kiwanis.org/blog/

MO-ARK Membership Contest — December update

St. Joseph, Clarksville lead Mo-Ark. Membership Contest December 8, 2021

St. Joseph, Mo., and Clarksville, Ark. are the leaders after two months of the second Missouri-Arkansas Membership Contest. The competition, which is intended to encourage member recruiting, continues through March 31.

Competition is in two groups of clubs: Group A, for clubs with 30 or more members, according to the official Kiwanis International Membership Report as of Oct. 1, 2021; and Group B, for clubs with fewer than 30 members, according to the official KI Membership Report as of the same date.

The St. Joseph club (Division 2) maintained its first-month lead in Group A, which had little movement in November, typically a slow month for membership growth. St. Joseph added six members in October, a 19.4% increase.

That’s still well ahead of St. Charles (Mo.), a Division 6 club, which held onto second at 9.3%, and Crestwood-Sunset Hills (Mo.) remained third at 8.6%. However, Hannibal (Mo.) Early Birds jumped into a tie for fourth place with Columbia-Boonslick, Mo., each with an increase of three members

Of the 35 clubs in Group A, 17 have shown membership increases in the first two months of the Kiwanis year.

In Group B the Clarksville, Ark., club (Division 20) leapfrogged everybody else to take over first place. Clarksville started the year with just four members but added seven in November — a 175 percent increase. Cave City, Ark. (Division 17), which had started the year strong by adding four members, remained at 13 — a 44% increase.

Another small club in Division 7 — Greater Spanish Lake, Mo. — took over third place by adding two members in November, going from six to eight, a 33% climb. Buffalo Area, Mo. (Division 26) did the same, bringing its member roster to 10, a 25% improvement. Mountain Home, Ark. (Division 18) had been third on Nov. 1 and added another member last month, but still dropped to fifth place at 23.8%.

Overall, the district showed an increase of 62 members as of Nov. 1.

The winners of $15,000 in community service grants will be determined as those clubs with the greatest percentage of membership increase between Oct. 1 and March 31. Using percentage of increase as a basis gives small clubs a chance to compete against larger ones.

Five grants, varying from $500 to $3,000, will be given in Group A. Seven grants of $500 to $3,000 will be given in Division B, which includes about twice as many clubs.

Membership Contest grants may be used only for service projects, community improvement projects and new educational scholarships, not for general and administrative purposes. Clubs must be in good standing to qualify for a grant. An accounting will be required in writing within 90 days of receipt of a grant.

Reminder: ECF Scholarship Applications due January 15

Applications here: https://k14.site.kiwanis.org/earl-collins-foundation-scholarships/

KI Waives Enrollment Fees for former SLP Members



Upon recommendation of the Board Committee on Audit and Finance, it was moved and adopted:

That the Kiwanis International Board approves the following change to Procedure 342.2 –

Enrollment Fee:

342.2 –Enrollment Fee (4/13)

Prorated dues, magazine, and insurance are waived for: Kiwanis club members who join
another Kiwanis club within a six-month period during the same administrative year and for
former [deleted Key Club or Circle K] club members of a Kiwanis International Service Leadership Program. (10/90) (10/19)

Missouri-Arkansas Kiwanis, Inter-Club Rules, 2021-2022

The new Inter-Club rules have been issued. See: https://k14.site.kiwanis.org/governors-interclub-contest/

St. Joseph, Cave City take early leads in Membership Contest

The second Missouri-Arkansas Membership Contest is under way, and several clubs are off to a fast start after only one month. The competition, which is intended to encourage member recruiting, continues through March 31.

Competition is in two groups of clubs: Group A, for clubs with 30 or more members, according to the official Kiwanis International Membership Report as of Oct. 1, 2021; and Group B, for clubs with fewer than 30 members, according to the official KI Membership Report as of the same date.

The winners of $15,000 in community service grants will be determined as those clubs with the greatest percentage of membership increase between Oct. 1 and March 31. Using percentage of increase as a basis gives small clubs a chance to compete against larger ones.

Five grants, varying from $500 to $3,000, will be given in Group A. Seven grants of $500 to $3,000 will be given in Division B, which includes about twice as many clubs.

According to the Nov. 1 KI report, the leaders are St. Joseph, Mo., in Group A and Cave City, Ark., in Group B.

St. Joseph, which is in Mo-Ark Division 2, leads Group A with an increase of 19.4% as of Nov. 1. The club started the Kiwanis fiscal year with 31 members and has already added six.

St. Charles (Mo.), a Division 6 club, ranks second at 9.3%, and Crestwood-Sunset Hills (Mo.) is third at 8.6%. Of the 36 clubs in Group A, 11 recorded membership increases in the first month of the year — all in Missouri.

Cave City’s performance in the first month was especially impressive. The Division 17 club went from 9 to 13 members — a 44% increase.

Marshall, Mo., added five members to its starting roster of 26 — a 19.2% climb. Mountain Home, Ark., was right behind with a 19.1% increase, raising its membership list to 25. Three smaller clubs were close behind — St. James, Mo., with 18.2%, Cabool, Mo., and Maplewood, Mo., each with 15.4%.

Kiwanis International has done away with the new member fee so new members pay pro-rated dues upon joining. A new member is not added to the official count until KI has received both the membership application and the required dues.

Membership Contest grants may be used only for service projects, community improvement projects and new educational scholarships, not for general and administrative purposes. Clubs must be in good standing to qualify for a grant. An accounting will be required in writing within 90 days of receipt of a grant.

Club Coaches

Barb Thompson as MO-ARK’s Membership Co-ordinator is asking Lt. Governors to recruit coaches to help clubs in the area. Coaches will receive training, be certified and serve two year terms. For details, see the job description.

Contact your Lt. Governor if you would like to volunteer.


Volunteers for Missouri Arkansas Key Club Adult Staff
The Missouri Arkansas Key Club is excited to offer opportunities for volunteers to assist with the adult staff. Currently we have 4 members, 3 males and 1 female. We have an additional Past Governor and Spouse considering assisting. Our current Key Club board consists of a Governor, Secretary, Treasurer and Editor. We have 10 Lieutenant Governors with 9 vacant positions. Key Club is an international, student-led organization that provides its members with opportunities to provide service, build character and develop leadership. 

We are currently looking leadership driven individuals willing to support a student led organization. We allow them to plan, direct and move forward with their programs per Kiwanis International guidelines. As Adults we pick them up when they fall, praise them when they succeed and allow them to problem solve before we intervene with assistance. We trust our students and we believe in being aware of their boundaries while not being overbearing and always having a positive attitude. 

Candidates should have the ability to communicate clearly with high school students, understand current issues affecting our students and be caring and considerate of their needs while allowing them their space when needed. Individuals with understanding of website design, publishing, graphics and updates is a plus. The understanding of social media platforms is helpful as well. Additionally, anyone interested in a leadership role willing to learn and understand the duties and responsibilities of a District Administrator is being considered as a succession program for an exceptional individual that believes in the philosophical and ethical beliefs of Key Club International. Kiwanians with prior Key Club experience as a member and/or district officer is an encouraging factor. Adult Staff members must have a Kiwanis Youth Protection Background check and have an understanding about youth protection guidelines. 

Thank you for your consideration on this subject. Please feel free to contact me via email or phone any questions. Please submit a letter of intention plus your qualifications. Please remember “It’s all about the kids”.  

Yours in Service, 
Jim Fritz
Missouri Arkansas Key Club District Administrator
5000 Kirkey Court
St. Louis, MO 63128
(314) 722-0466

MO-ARK Secretary. MO-ARK has announced that Mary Vaughan plans to resign as of September 30, 2022. Replacements are being sought. See details, application and job description here: https://k14.site.kiwanis.org/mo-ark-secretary/

Blog Check the November Blog here: https://k14.site.kiwanis.org/blog/ Thanks to Dolores Stamps for putting it together.

Giving Guidelines for 2021-2022 have been issued. They are little changed from last year except John Buckwalter receiving Earl Collins Foundation donations replacing Gene Bartley. See: https://k14.site.kiwanis.org/giving-guidelines/

Kiwanigram: The October issue is out. See: https://dwyq4sa1lz55y.cloudfront.net/uploads/sites/315/2021/10/Kiwanigram-October-2021.pdf

Carla’s Song

Below is the MP4 of Katie Page of OFallon Club singing We Are Family – Kiwanis Style. Also attached are the lyrics. Feel free to disseminate as you see fit – cover the earth!

We are going to ROCK this year!

Warmest regards,Carla A O’Brien

MO-ARK Kiwanis Governor

Carla’s SongDownload

(Save on your cellphone for easy access.)

Blog: Check out the latest award on our Blog page

MO-ARK Membership Contest 2021-2022

Mo-Ark board authorizes second Membership Contest

A second Membership Contest has been approved by the Missouri-Arkansas District Board of Directors, to start Oct. 1 and continue until March 31, 2022. The district completed its first contest earlier this year.

All clubs in the district are eligible to compete in one of two divisions, depending on their official membership total on Oct. 1. Group A will be for clubs with 30 or more members; Group B will be for clubs with fewer than 30.

The district board, meeting via Zoom on Sept. 28, approved the use of $15,000 to be distributed as grants to clubs that have the largest percentage of membership increase between Oct. 1 and next March 31.

Grants would be awarded as follows to Group A winners: first place, $3,000; second, $2,000; third, $1,000; and fourth, two awards of $500 each.

The Group B winning grants would be the same, except that four grants of $500 each would be awarded for fourth place.

As of Aug. 31, the district had 45 clubs with 30 or more members, and 119 with fewer than 30, which is why more grants will be awarded in Group B. Grant winners would be determined as those clubs with the greatest percentage increase in membership, according to the official KI Membership Report as of April 1, 2021. In case of ties the money for a certain place will be split evenly.

These grants could be used only for service projects, community improvement projects and new educational scholarships, not for general and administrative purposes. Dues for members added during the contest period must be paid before a grant check will be written, and an accounting will be required in writing within 60 days of receipt of a grant.

Mo-Ark Governor Carla O’Brien of High Ridge, Mo., said: “We have a strategic plan for membership for the year: to grow our Hands For Service by at least 500 members, please do your utmost to be a partner in achieving that goal to rebuild and reenergize all of our clubs!”

For questions, contact District Secretary Mary Vaughan at kiwanismoark@outlook.com or 314-581-0497.

Earl Collins Foundation Scholarship Applications for 2022

Scholarship applications are now available. See: https://k14.site.kiwanis.org/earl-collins-foundation-trustees-links/


The August Kiwanigram is now available. See: https://k14.site.kiwanis.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/315/2021/08/Kiwanigram-Aug-2021.pdf

Carla OBrien Elected Governor; Roy Ockert Elected Governor-Elect

It was my honor to be elected and installed Saturday as governor-elect of the Missouri-Arkansas District of Kiwanis International. In this photo taken by Kiwanigram editor Diane Baker of Batesville, the newly installed governor, Carla O’Brien of High Ridge, Mo., presents me with a governor-elect badge and pin. Actually, we won’t take office until Oct. 1. The installation took place during the 71st annual Mo-Ark District Convention, held Friday and Saturday at the Red Wolf Convention Center in Jonesboro.

CLE Officers Training

For details of 2021 online training offered by KI on Aug 16 to 19, and then by video, see the CLE News page at https://k14.site.kiwanis.org/cle-news/

New Member Orientation

Mary Saale is presenting a program on this subject at the 2021 MO-ARK Convention. See the files here: https://k14.site.kiwanis.org/new-member-orientation/

Earl Collins Foundation has a new brochure. Check it out on their page or–

ECF BrochureDownload

MO-ARK District Convention

August 5 – 8, 2021 – Jonesboro, AR

Missouri-Arkansas Kiwanis District Past Governors Council — MA-Fund

May 4, 2021

To: Mo-Ark Kiwanians

From: Les Mace, Past Mo-Ark Governor

M-A Fund.

The M-A Fund is used when M0-Ark has a candidate for an elected officer of Kiwanis International.

As we all know, Barbara Thompson is a candidate for the office of Vice President, Kiwanis International. Our desire is that she will be elected during the upcoming Kiwanis International Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Barbara estimates that it will cost at least $2,000.00 to finance the brochures design, printing, mailing, handouts, and other related expenses.

Forward your contribution to: District Secretary, Mary Vaughn, PO Box 115, St Charles, MO 63302.

The new April Kiwanigram is out. See https://k14.site.kiwanis.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/315/2021/04/Kiwanigram-April-2021.pdf

MO-ARK Awarded Grant from Kiwanis Children’s Fund

MO-ARK District Chair Nancy Hoff has issued an update on contributions to Kiwanis Children’s Fund. See the report here: https://k14.site.kiwanis.org/kiwanis-childrens-fund/

MO-ARK District News AprilDownload

Wright City, Rogers take top prizes in Mo-Ark Membership Contest

Wright City (Mo.) and Rogers (Ark.) are the winners of the first Kiwanis Missouri-Arkansas Membership Contest. The competition, intended to encourage member recruiting, started Nov. 1 and ended March 31.

Competition was in two groups of clubs: Group A, for clubs with 30 or more members, according to the official Kiwanis International Membership Report as of Nov. 1, 2020; and Group B, for clubs with fewer than 30 members, according to the official KI Membership Report as of the same date.

The winners of $22,000 in community service grants were be determined by the greatest percentage of membership increase during the contest period.

Wright City, a Division 6 club, led the 46 clubs in Group A, with an increase of 18.92%, based on adding seven new members, four of them in the last month of the contest. That will earn Wright City a first-place grant of $4,000.

The other Group A winners and their percentages of increase, along with the grants they won, are: 2nd place, Springfield Downtown (Division 13), 17.78%, $3,000; 3rd place, Crestwood-Sunset Hills (Division 9), 14.71%, $2,000; and 4th place, Florissant Valley (Division 7), 12.77%, $1,000.

All four winners in Group A are Missouri clubs. The top-ranking Arkansas club was Springdale, which had a gain of six members, or 6.74%, good for seventh place.

However, Rogers, an Arkansas Division 19, club swept Group B by more than doubling its membership in the contest period. Its winning percentage of 129.41 reflected 22 new members from its Nov. 1 count of 17. Thirteen of the new members were signed up in March.

That performance passed a previous leader, Liberty (Mo.), a Division 3 club, which finished second at 69.23%.

Thus, the Rogers Kiwanians take the top Group B prize, a $4,000 community service grant, and Liberty earns the second-place grant of $3,000.

Sedalia (Mo.), a Division 11 club, wound up third with a 60% gain after signing up six new members, all in the last month. That will earn a $2,000 grant.

Three fourth-place grants, each for $1,000, will go to Ritenour-St. Lous County, Trenton (Mo.) and Bentonville (Ark.). Each had a membership increase of more than 30%.

Group B included 134 clubs.

The 180 clubs in the Mo-Ark district had a net gain of 44 members overall during the contest period, closing March with 4,348 members.

Barbara Thompson of Florissant, Mo., membership coordinator for the district, noted that the 20 clubs showing an increase in Group A accounted for 70 net new members during the time span. The Group B clubs that had increases did even better, accounting for 108 net new members.

“Though a few of those 178 members may have come from clubs that have closed,” she said, “I don’t think that we would have had that many without this membership contest.”

A.C. Paxton of Benton, Mo-Ark governor, congratulated the members of the clubs winning grants and pointed out that the district board established the contest, using reserve funds, as a means of encouraging clubs to get back to recruiting new members after a year of dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

“‘Each One Reach One’ is our theme for this year,” he said, “and there has never been a more important time for individual club members to help revitalize their clubs.”

We’ve seen some excellent efforts in this competition, but the end of the contest should certainly not slow those efforts,” he said. “We can all do more to spread the good name of Kiwanis in our communities.”

Membership Contest grants may be used only for service projects, community improvement projects and new educational scholarships, not for general and administrative purposes. An accounting will be required in writing within 60 days of receipt of a grant.

Note: Below are charts showing the top 20 clubs in each of the two divisions (actually 22 in Group B since there was a 3-way tie for 20th place).

Nancy Hoff has issued an updated report on donations to Children’s Fund by MO-ARK clubs. See

Lt. Governor Training:
May 15, 2021, Ramada Inn, Branson, MO

Amplify. MO-ARK will rebate $100 of the $200 registration fee for the first 24 members to register. See program details below. Contact Mary Vaughan to arrange the rebate.

Kiwanis International 2021 Convention Cancelled. For details see: https://www.kiwanis.org/news/newsitem/news/newsitem/update-from-special-kiwanis-international-board-meeting

Prorated Dues

See the details in the Membership and Dues article: https://k14.site.kiwanis.org/membership-and-dues/

For the MO-ARK Education Day agenda, see https://k14.site.kiwanis.org/conventions/

Videos of the sessions are now available–

Risk Management with Stu Peterson                               https://youtu.be/QydbpudL0mE

Youth Protection with Melissa McMann                         https://youtu.be/tgADmzmykMI

Jumpstarting Clubs after Covid with Chris Martz            https://youtu.be/xKhtJcAVGeY

Funding Your Projects with Angie Monger                    https://youtu.be/tObO9VOz750

Messages from Kiwanis Leadership                                 https://youtu.be/5OvWoBpiDgw

Powerpoints are also available–





ECF Scholarship Application Date Extended to March 15

Fellow ECF Trustees:

Many of you have reported difficulty in maintaining contact with local schools and completing the Scholarship Application process this year. 

During our January 19th meeting, the ECF Board approved extending the deadline for schools to submit scholarship applications to their local Kiwanis Club from January 15, 2021 to March 15, 2021 if needed. All deadlines are extended by 60 days:  The deadline for Clubs to submit their grading forms and top applicants to the Division ECF Trustee is March 31 if needed.  The deadline for ECF Trustees to submit their grading form and top applicants to the Scholarship Chair is now April 15.  

These extensions are “IF NEEDED”.  If your Division’s clubs were able to contact schools, and meet the original schedule there is no need to go back and reopen the application process.  The extensions will be applied on a division by division basis.  If your Division has some clubs who are just now able to contact their high schools, then by all means take advantage of the extension.  

I am sending revised letters and application packets directly to the Clubs in the two divisions which do not have ECF Trustees nor Lieutenant Governors (2 and 20) to give them a chance to participate.  Clubs in these two divisions will submit their applications directly to me for final scoring and selection of Division finalists. 

Final scoring of all Divisional finalists will be completed by the Scholarship Committee by May 1, 2021.

I want to thank the Board for extending the deadlines to permit as many schools and clubs to participate as possible.

If you have any questions, please contact me by email (jbuckwalt@cableone.net or jbuckwalt@yahoo.com) or at (660) 626-3626.

John R. Buckwalter
ECF Trustee Division 1
Chair, ECF Scholarship Committee.

Remember to file your club’s 990N with the IRS by Feb 15 (for most clubs with Oct 1 fiscal year). For more see the Tax Page on the MO-ARK website. https://k14.site.kiwanis.org/tax-exemption-guidelines/

Cataloging Kiwanis Projects

Kiwanis International needs your help. Kiwanis wants to know what projects in our district carry the Kiwanis name. These include campgrounds, learning centers, playgrounds, buildings, senior living centers, retail stores, parades, festivals, events etc. They are trying to identify how and where the Kiwanis’ name is being used. They are asking for your help, because we all cannot accomplish this enormous task without you.

The purposes are two-fold:
(1) To identify all the good that Kiwanis is doing. As we identify these projects, each District will be able to create a brag sheet demonstrating their success; and Kiwanis International can create a map showing all the areas where Kiwanis has benefited the community.
(2) To improve our liability protection through proper diligence and education.

As we compile information, Kiwanis International can work with District Leadership and District Risk Managers to obtain indemnification agreements and insurance certificates that will better protect the Kiwaniverse for all of its projects.

You will find an Excel spreadsheet on the MOARK website www.moarkkiwanis.org that shows you the information that they are looking for. Will you please fill out that Excel sheet with as many of the current projects that you are able to gather in your clubs? Then when complete please send the final sheet to the District Secretary, Mary Vaughan at kiwanismoark@outlook.com by March 1, 2021. Your assistance is greatly appreciated. For more information, don’t hesitate to call Mary at 314-581-0497.

The February 2021 Kiwanigram is now available.

Kiwanigram Feb 2021Download

Gene Bartley Hospitalized

I want to let you all know that former governor Gene Bartley (2011-12) and current Earl Collins Foundation Secretary, has been in the hospital since Thursday, December 3, with blood pressure problems, low oxygen levels, and difficulty breathing. Jan says that he is improving, but so far the doctors are not talking about releasing him to go home. Please keep Jan, Gene, and family in your thoughts and prayers..

Everyone stay safe and well.
In Kiwanis service,
Barb Thompson
Earl Collins Foundation
Missouri-Arkansas District of Kiwanis International


Amplify is a new leadership training program from KI. Designed for new members, young leaders, and especially recent graduates from Circle K clubs. Past Governor Ron Hill is heading up the program for MO-ARK.

Dream Girl

MO-ARK is requesting assistance for a French girl who will have surgery at Children’s Hospital in St. Louis in January. The surgery is funded by Kiwanis clubs in France, but they are requesting assistance for the family while in St. Louis.

See details below. Contact Barb Thompson or Carla O’Brien for more info.

The notice has been revised to include the latest requesting contributions to Kiwanis Gateway Foundation for the benefit of Ilyana.

Last Call for Zeller Fellowship Gifts

The Kiwanis Children’s Fund has announced that the opportunity to give Zeller Fellowship gifts will end on December 31, 2020.  The program of vaccinating mothers to protect them and their babies from tetanus will continue and gifts to fund the elimination of tetanus will be accepted by the Kiwanis Children’s Fund.

So, if you would like to honor someone with a Zeller or make a Zeller Fellowship gift in your own name, the time to do it is now.  The MO-ARK District has some matching funds available. A gift of $1000 will be matched by $250 for the total $1250 Zeller Fellowship gift.  Such a gift will protect and save over 600 mothers and their babies.   These gifts to the Kiwanis Children’s Fund are also tax deductible.

Only 12 countries remain to complete the vaccination protocol which will protect and save their mothers and babies.  Kiwanis members are committed to finishing this project.  Thank you for your generosity.

For more information you may contact MO-ARK District Eliminate Advocate, Roger Jespersen, 573-803-0757 or by email at rogerki16@gmail.com.

Gov. AC Paxton Hospitalized

Secretary Mary Vaughan posted a notice on Facebook: I just wanted you all to know that Governor AC Paxton is in the hospital with pneumonia and other issues. Please keep him in your prayers. I will keep you all updated as information arrives.


Dolores Stamps has suggested we begin a blog on Kiwanis items. See the Blog listing in alphabetical list of pages or under Newsletters in the horizontal menu. The plan is to add a new one monthly. Photos, graphics, colorful fancies, etc., can be included. These come from Kiwanis volunteers. Thank them for their service. Click here for the blog page.

Covid-19 Waivers

Kiwanis International recommends that those attending Kiwanis meetings be asked to sign a waiver of liability for Covid-19 infections. The suggested form is here:https://www.kiwanis.org/…/covid-travel-liability-and…

More details are here: https://www.kiwanis.org/…/guidelines-help-clubs-meet…

From the Hot Springs Village Newsletter

Latest additions: ECF Revises Fiscal Year; October Kiwanigram issued; Distinguished Club for 2019-2020 revised

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The MO-ARK website continues new additions and refinements.  The latest–

New Fiscal Year for Earl Collins Foundation. ECF has revised its fiscal year to run from October 1 to September 30, the same as most Kiwanis clubs. This should end the confusion about getting contributions in before year end.

Kiwanigram October issue is out.  Click here.   Or see the Kiwanigram listings on the Menu.

Distinguished Club 2019-2020 revised eliminating convention attendance requirement after many were cancelled. See: https://k14.site.kiwanis.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/315/2020/10/2019-20-KI-Distinguished-Program-Criteria-revised-20201024.pdf

Scholarships. See the new Scholarships page for links to scholarships offered by Kiwanis Children’s Fund to Key Club and Circle K members. Also links to Earl Collins Scholarships and how to find Kiwanis clubs offering scholarships: https://k14.site.kiwanis.org/scholarships/

Eliminate Report.  Roger Jespersen, MO-ARK Eliminate Advocate, issued a report at the House of Delegates meeting in August.  It is posted on the Eliminate News page.  Click here.  He also issued the Giving Report through August 31.  Click here.

Amazon Smile. Amazon will donate a percentage of purchases on Amazon Smile to a charity of your choice. Earl Collins Foundation is available. So is Kiwanis Children’s Fund.

MO-ARK Distinguished Club 2020-2021.  MO-ARK has announced criteria for Distinguished Club in 2021.  Distinguished Club for 2019-2020 is also available.  (Distinguished Club requirements were revised removing the convention attendance requirement for 2019-2020 because most were cancelled.) Click here.  Send the form to Mary Vaughan by November 30, 2020 for 2019-2020.

MO-ARK CLE Officer Training Part 2. Videos are now posted on You Tube. KI webinar videos are still available. See https://k14.site.kiwanis.org/cle-news/

ECF Scholarship Applications for 2020-2021 are now available. Click here

Club Facebook addresses.  Click here

MO-ARK Giving Guidelines for 2020-21 have been issued.  Click here.

Free Club Website from Kiwanis International.  For more click here.

Eliminate Giving Report,  August 31, 2020.  Posted under the Eliminate menu item, or click here.

Cybersecurity.  Kiwanis international has issued a PowerPoint with tips on avoiding hackers.  Some of the suggestions are a bit challenging to achieve (such as including no names or contact information in your Kiwanis posts on line), but others are practical tips to identify and avoid phishing attacks.  To download the PowerPoint click here.  Or see the Cybersecurity item under the Resources Menu item.

Governor’s Interclub Contest Rules for 2019-20.  Click here.

Changing Club Dues.  Dues is now part the Mandatory Policies, part of your club By-Laws.  KI has provided instructions on how to revise Mandatory Policies.  Click here.

MO-ARK Builders Club Website.  Click here.

Les Mace Fellowship ApplicationDownload

Clubs by Division  Click here.

Clubs by Region  Click here.  Includes club membership numbers.

Carla Proetz Obrien Elected MO-ARK Governor-Elect for 2020-218/2/2020 – District: Missouri-Arkansas

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News from the House of Delegates meeting in Springfield

As COVID 19 cancelled our MO-ARK convention in Springfield this weekend, I was elected by only a small House of Delegates (in person and on Zoom) to serve as your new Governor-Elect.  I’m looking forward to working with you all, and taking advantage of all of the new ways that our clubs can operate and perform service spurred by unique conditions these past months.  My motto and song will be:  We Are Family!

For those of you unfamiliar with me, I reside in the St Louis MO area, member of the Gravois- St Louis County Club, have served two years at Lt Governor, two years as MO-ARK trustee, and serve on the Earl Collins Board.  I was raised in a Kiwanis family with my Dad a 60+ year Kiwanian and past Lt Governor, and my Mom a 50 year member of Sinawiks (the Kiwanis ladies auxiliary of days gone by).

I am so looking forward to working with you all! – or in ARK, all y’all!

Annual Report Information State filing due August7/27/2020 – District: Missouri-Arkansas

Annual Report Information

The return typically certifies that your corporation still exists and reports its current mailing address and the names of an officers and directors.  The return can be filed on paper but in some states online filings are accepted.  You will be notified by mail at your address of record when the return is due.  Most are due annually, but Missouri allows two year fillings. 



User Notes

Shorthand: You can reach this site at www.moarkkiwanis.org or by searching on Google or Bing.

Welcome to the new MO-ARK Website. This a bit of an overview. The information is all the same but the presentation is different with a broad screen device like a laptop or desk top and a narrow screen device like a smartphone. My comments compare my desktop experience with my Amazon Fire 7.

Both have links at the very top to the MO-ARK Facebook page and KI’s Instagram page.

Broad screen has the main menu horizontally across the top of the screen. We have nine main topics with additional pages listed alphabetically below them. A powerful search box that lets you search the text on all 90 pages.

The main screen is in two columns with text on the left and the top postings on the MO-ARK Facebook page on the right. Below that is an alphabetical list of all 90 pages by title.

Narrow Screen has the Facebook and Instragram links at the top. Click the small white button on the upper right to see the menu. It presents the text as a single column followed by the search box, Facebook posts and then the alphabetical list at the bottom.

We have retained the News column as one of the pages at the top.

I think you will find them both informative but note the broad screen has a bit more umph.

It’s been fun and challenging putting the website together. If you spot any errors or dead links, etc, please pass them along. Suggestions for improvements are welcome.

Paul Eckler
MO-ARK Webmaster