Serving the Children of the World
Then the Williamsburg Kiwanis Club Satellite may be for you!
In 2011, the Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg sought a way to attract younger Kiwanians, or community members whose situation did not permit attendance at day-time meetings.
Around the same time, Kiwanis International adopted new rules allowing clubs to hold special meetings designed for individuals who want to join, but couldn’t attend the regular meetings.
The Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg jumped on board and formed our Club Satellite.
By allowing community members whose schedule is too busy or who may not be able to afford weekly luncheons to join the Club Satellite, the Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg is able to grow even more hands in service. Now there are more opportunities for members to get involved, and increase our impact on the Williamsburg community as well as the efforts of Kiwanis International.
Additionally, we’ve learned that the Club Satellite is a great retention tool. As some existing members have experienced changes in employment or financial status, this makes it possible for them to remain an active member of Kiwanis.
Members of the Club Satellite have full membership status. This means that they are eligible to attend all meetings, including board meetings. They are also eligible to serve in a committee chair role, as a member of the board, or as a member of the executive committee.
The Club Satellite meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 6 PM, at various Williamsburg locations. In one hour, we cover club news, club business, upcoming fundraisers and service projects, and discuss opportunities to introduce new projects to help the community. Sometimes we use a portion of the meeting for education and occasionally invite a speaker. Food and beverages are pay-as-you-go and completely optional.
When forming the Club Satellite, a model introduced by Kiwanis International called 3-2-1 was adopted as a foundation for how it would operate. The 3-2-1 model suggests that members participate in three parts service, two parts fellowship and one part meetings per month. With our one hour meetings, this model encourages members to engage in three hours of service and two hours of fellowship each month.
As mentioned earlier, all Club Satellite members have full membership status. This includes attending the weekly luncheons as desired, as well as participating in club service projects. Members and one guest are also invited to attend the annual spring picnic and the holiday party with the broader membership of the club.