District News

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.

MO-ARK Education Days 2021

The Missouri-Arkansas District is currently planning the 2021 Mid-Year Education Days. This year we are providing four opportunities for education and fellowship. The locations planned are listed below. Committees are currently planning the education sessions and choosing a location.

This year the Ed Days with be a choice of in person and/or virtual. A hybrid conference is in the works. If the pandemic is still an issue, we will make the ed days totally virtual. More information will be forthcoming as we keep you all up to date. If you wish to assist with the planning feel free to contact the Trustee or Katie Rennard, Conference Chair at katierennard@live.com.

Cities being planned are:

City: Date: Planning Chair: Trustees
Hot Springs, AR March 13, 2021 Susan Lafond – susan_lafond@att.net
Springdale, AR March 20, 2021 Rick Quattlebaum – quattlebaum@cox.net
Springfield, MO March 27, 2021 Les Mace – lesmace@att.net
Kansas City, MO April 10, 2021 Bill Dooley – dooleywilliam@aim.com

The December 2020 Kiwanigram is now available.

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.

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.

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…

District Membership Contest

The Missouri-Arkansas District Board of Directors has approved a club membership competition to start November 1.

All clubs in the district can compete in one of two divisions based on membership as of November 1. Large clubs with 30 or more members will compete in Division A; small clubs in Division B.

Grants will be awarded for percentage membership increase from November 1 to March 31 as follows: first place, $4,000; second, $3,000; third, $2,000; and fourth, $1,000. Division B prizes will be the same but to account for the larger number of clubs, three $1,000 prizes will be given. In case of ties, awards will be split evenly. The judges will rely on numbers from KI’s April 1 Membership Report. The grants will be funded from MO-ARKs reserve funds.

The awards may be used for service projects, community improvement projects or new educational scholarships, not for general or administrative expenses. An accounting is required in writing within 60 days of receipt of a grant.

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

New Member Fee Waiver

Kiwanis International has waived new member fees through December 31. MO-ARK Board has also waived MO-ARK’s new member fees. This gives a $70 discount to those who join Kiwanis. Some clubs add their own club dues to arrive at the club’s new member fee. The club’s board of directors can waive those fees too. Then new members can join your club paying no dues the first year.

This is an excellent tool. Gravois Kiwanis was able to add 14 new members during the most recent fee waiver. Carla O’Brien added nine just by contacting previous prospects and letting them know of the dues special.

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.

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

All corporations doing business in Missouri or Arkansas must file an annual registration report. This one-page report contains a minimal amount of information, but failure to file the report will result in administrative dissolution of a domestic corporation’s charter.Missouri report is due by August 30th. The information can be accessed by clicking here: https://www.sos.mo.gov/business/corporations/generalInfo#annualReportsArkansas report is due by August 1st. The information can be accessed by clicking here: https://www.sos.arkansas.gov/business-commercial-services-bcs/nonprofit-charitable-entities/

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.