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We, the Kiwanians

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Kiwanians have always been known for their service and dedication to improving the lives of others. We make a difference. We bring about change, and we are the people who change other people’s lives.

The famous anthropologist, Margaret Mead, said, “Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For indeed, that’s all who ever have.”

I believe that each one of us is a powerful instrument of change. I see people are hungry to change their lives, but many people simply don't know where to begin. Life is too overwhelming, and they are told throughout their life that they are failures, and aren't  good enough to achieve success and realize their dreams.

And, most people don’t have anyone to believe in them, who can encourage them to take those few hesitant steps forward in the right direction, and start changing their life.

And we, Kiwanians, don’t accept that model of how the world works. We believe in making a difference, and bringing about change, one person at a time.

I am a strong believer in teaching by example, and the power of mentoring. Every one of us needs a strong person in our corner, someone who is our champion, our cheerleader, someone who believes in us, and where we are going.

When I was growing up, throughout my life, I had the benefit of strong, compassionate people. People who believed in me, and believed that I could achieve great things, and realize my dreams. My mentors weren’t Superman, and they didn’t have magical powers. But, they believed in me, and took the time to encourage me, to support me, and to give a nudge now and then, during the times when the going got tough, and the road ahead was rocky.

It is astonishing to me that there is such great power in a few kind words, and some time spent over a cup of coffee, offering the hand of friendship and a little push in the right direction.

I had the benefit of good parents, and growing up in times when there were strong families and vibrant, caring neighborhoods and communities. I grew up with a sense of optimism and hope, in a time when our nation’s leadership challenged us to travel to the Moon, and to “think not what our country can do for you, but what you can do for the country.”

Leaders challenged us to dream, and to declare war on poverty, racism, and ignorance. Our tasks are not easy. It truly takes a village to raise a child.

When we are out in the community, meeting kids and other folks on their own terms, we are out there volunteering and doing service work. People see that, they see our example, and they know that we care. We are people of action, people who are changing the world, one person at a time.

We listen, we encourage, we help them light their candles, so that they can find their way in life. And, they find their way because they know we are there, that we care about them, and that we are willing to spend the time with them that they need.

We are the builders of this community and we are the builders of the men and women of the next generation. I commend all Kiwanians for that, and I congratulate them on doing the hardest job there is to do. We care about someone, and motivate them to feel that they are worthwhile human beings.

In that, we change the world.

Thank you for all that you do.


We would like to thank everyone who came to the CVK Foundation's Fall Social Dinner on 6 November, and making it a very fun and successful night. Special thanks to Past LTG Larry Roberts for installing CVC Kiwanis officers for 2015-16. Also in attendance were Visalia Pride Lions, Kiwanis club of Dinuba, Kiwanis club of Sequoia Visalia and Blind Babies Foundation. Thank you.

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