“The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.”
—– Denis Waitley, motivational speaker
It is with great honor that I serve as your 2016-2018 Kiwanis Cal-Nev-Ha Foundation President. As a Kiwanis member for twenty-nine years, I have always believed in our mission: “Building a Better Future for Our Children.” Our mission statement is not just words to me, but a way of life. I believe this statement represents the heart and spirit of all members in the Cal-Nev-Ha District.
Due to your generosity, the Kiwanis Cal-Nev-Ha Foundation is able to continue its tradition of providing grant support to Kiwanis Family clubs, providing funding to increase services in their communities. In 2015-2016, your donations provided approximately $150,000 in scholarships to members of our Service Leadership Programs (SLP), and approximately $65,000 in training support was provided to our Circle K District Board, and the CNH and KIWIN’S Key Club District Boards. This ensures that any student, regardless of means, will have an opportunity to gain the leadership training offered by serving as a District Board member.
Additionally, your support funded nearly $100,000 to our partner hospitals – for two consecutive years! These grants make it possible for our partner hospitals to provide community outreach and education to prevent childhood injuries throughout the District, and enable our partners to offer advanced pediatric training and purchase specialized pediatric medical equipment which improves the outcomes of children who experience pediatric trauma.
The Kiwanis Cal-Nev-Ha Foundation Board consists of a group of dedicated individuals who are passionate about improving the lives of the children in this district. These individuals not only donate their time, and talents, but their own personal resources to ensure the Foundation lives up to its mission of “Building a Better Future for Our Children.”
“I continue to believe that if children are given the necessary tools to succeed, they will succeed beyond their wildest dreams!”
—– David Vitter, U.S. senator
At the 2014 District Convention the Foundation launched our Accelerating Our Commitment to Children Initiative – a five-year initiative to raise $3 million. Funds raised through the Accelerate Initiative may be used to pay down the Foundation’s building debt, freeing up nearly $100,000 in income annually which will ultimately be reinvested in our club grants, SLP scholarships and our Pediatric Trauma Program.
I encourage clubs, club foundations and individuals to support our Accelerate Initiative with a five-year pledge, or an outright gift of any amount. Your gift prevents trauma. Your generosity develops student leaders. Your commitment inspires students to pursue a higher degree.
My goal this year is to build a stronger partnership with the clubs within our District. One of the ways in which we can partner together is through our grant program. If your club is developing a new service project this year, please consider applying for a grant of up to $2,000 from the Cal-Nev-Ha Foundation.
I am excited to be serving as your 2016-2018 Cal-Nev-Ha Foundation President. Thank you for allowing me to serve you, the members of this District.
“Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me.”
—– Fred Rogers
Margo L. Dutton
President, Kiwanis Cal-Nev-Ha Foundation