Kiwanis Objects play important role in community cohesion

April 23, 2013

Can you recite the six Kiwanis Objects? If so, can you share examples of how you put those objects into practice? A visit from Division 9 Lt. Gov. Robert Lindsey helped those in attendance at the April 10 Kiwanis meeting reflect on their own practices.

“The Objects of Kiwanis were approved by Kiwanis club delegates in 1929. They’re so powerful in their meaning that even over the decades, they have never been revised,” said Lindsey.

Lindsey gave examples of how each value can be put into practice, not only as a Kiwanian, but also in our every day lives.

To give primacy to the human and spiritual rather than to the material values of life.

Focus on membership and gathering individuals who have the same passion for serving as we do.

Practice what you preach and serve as an example of what we stand for so that others may learn and follow.

To encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships.

Sponsor youth leadership programs and get involved in youth meetings and programs. These individuals are our future and we can share with them how to treat others with dignity and respect.

Recognize local heroes. There are many heroes out there who are unsung. Highlight their accomplishments and recognize their efforts as examples to follow.

To promote the adoption and the application of higher social, business and professional standards.

Choose projects that center on ecology and conservation.

Practice environmentally friendly actions (such as the clean-up of Tracy Park)

Sponsor and contribute to the First Lady’s projects.

To develop, by precept and example, a more intelligent, aggressive and serviceable citizenship.

Build more leadership and transitional opportunities for youth.

Participate in training opportunities and create orientation programs for new members.

Create more informative and interesting programs that will enhance others professionally.

To provide, through Kiwanis clubs, a practical means to form enduring friendships, to render altruistic service and to build better communities.

Take time to visit other clubs and learn their practices and share with one another.

Attend Division Council meetings.

Attend Ohio District Conventions.

Attend International Conventions.

To cooperate in creating and maintaining that sound public opinion and high idealism which make possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism and goodwill.

Be an ambassador for Kiwanis. You are a walking billboard for who we are and what we stand for.

Get the word out. Create collateral pieces that highlight not only the message of what Kiwanis is, but also what you are doing locally to support it.

Use social media and other communication outlets to connect with people inside and out of the organization.

Participate in service projects and be visible.

Lindsey said there are many more ways to share in the Kiwanis Objects, but each has to come from the heart and have meaning from each individual member.

“You are all committed, dedicated members and sharing that attitude with others will encourage and foster a growth in your membership and a respect in the community,” he said.