Kiwanis International is a global organization of members of every age who are dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.
The Wisconsin - Upper Michigan District was established in 1918. Now over 90 years later, the Wisconsin - Upper Michigan remains active with 11 divisions and 165 clubs.
Members in every corner of the district are committed to developing future generations of leaders through guidance and example. They are ordinary people performing extraordinary work in your community every day. From revitalizing neighborhoods to organizing youth sports programs, from tutoring to building playgrounds, Kiwanis willingly perform countless projects to help children.
Message from the Governor
District Signature Project, Dues Increase, Growth Incentive
James Burmeister, 2015-16 WI-UM Kiwanis District Governor
The Kiwanis year is quickly winding down. Hopefully, you have elected officers for next year. We ask that when your club secretary reports them to Kiwanis International through Portal Buzz you include the membership chair so our Formula Team knows who to work with.
In a few short weeks we will be attending the Kiwanis International Convention in Toronto. Afterwards it will seem like no time at all and our district convention will be upon us. Last year it was a struggle to have enough clubs represented to have a quorum to conduct business in the House of Delegates. Please consider attending to represent your club. We have some important business to conduct including a potential dues increase.
At the April Board meeting our new District Strategic Plan (I-Plan) was approved. This will help guide the district in the direction we want to go as we begin our next 100 years. Several actions taken in the April Board meeting which are in line with the new I-Plan include:
1) District Signature Project Our signature project for the 2016-17 Kiwanis year will be the autism iPad project. This has been a very successful program for our district and has the structure and people in place to make it work. Next year we will solicit input from clubs as to whether we want to make the autism program a long-term signature project or replace it with something else. A signature project must be something in which all clubs may participate.
2) Fiscal Responsibility A question will be presented to the House of Delegates on a proposed district dues increase of $5 effective October 1, 2016. Our reserves are dwindling as a direct result of declining membership so we simply must increase membership, increase dues or make some very painful cuts in service.
3) Membership Growth Incentive A governor’s challenge was approved. Our goal for this year was to stop the loss in membership of 200 per year and have a net gain. So far, we are on track to lose another 200 members this year. To attempt to reverse this, we are challenging clubs to act immediately to add members. In addition to recognition from Kiwanis International, various levels of increase will be recognized by the district. For every net member increase your club has to start the 2016-17 year, you will get one chance in a drawing for $1,000 to be used by your club for anything. This membership incentive program starts now – we can’t wait until next year to begin – although the program will be repeated next year.
To end on a positive note, Director of Camp Wawbeek Carrisa Peterson has informed me we have reached our goal for the Governor’s Project and she is in the process of ordering the new “people mover”. A big thank you to all the clubs which contributed to this project.
WI-UM Kiwanis District Governor Jim Burmeister can be reached at email@example.com or 608-429-2905.