Joe is Governor-Elect of the Carolinas District, and will assume the Governorship of the District on October 1. Previously, he was a Distinguished Lt. Governor for Division 26, the Membership Coordinator for the Carolinas District and is a Distinguished Past President of the Southport-Oak Island Club. It is easy to see why Joe is incoming District Governor as his enthusiasm for all things Kiwanis just oozes out in everything he talks about.
Now that school kids are back in school, Joe challenges us to get our “Kids Need Us (Kiwanis)” programs like Builders Club, Key Club, Aktion Club, etc. up and running again, if they were not already. Joe cited a report that expressed concern that 7 in 10 students in South Carolina may not meet state standards for their age grade due largely to the COVID epidemic and lack of in-school learning. All the more reason to get our programs back to speed in our schools.
Membership renewals and new members have been an issue for the Carolinas District as well as nationally and internationally. Our own club is a perfect example with only about 20% of our pre-COVID membership returning to our in-person meetings. Joe stated that while clubs in the Carolinas District have recruited over 200 new members this year so far, but membership losses have resulted in a net loss of about 50 members in the district year to date. Our own club can claim three of those 200 with Barb Hoff, Kim Patrizi, and Tom Staker our newest members this year. Joe mentioned that interest in Kiwanis has developed in the Burgaw area of Pender County, such that recruiting is underway to get enough potential members to form a new club, not that we want any of our Kiwanis Club of Topsail Island Area members defecting to Burgaw!
Joe hyped the Kiwanis Education and Leadership Conference in Greenville, SC starting August 28th. Lots of good fellowship, educational opportunities and an outstanding slate of speakers. You can register, see the program and events scheduled for the ‘Get Back in the Game’ themed event at https://carolinakiwanis.org/(X(1)S(0wtdtsywlywrottuogdflafb))/Page/50679
Governor-Elect Joe Crostic
Carolinas District of Kiwanis Priorities for 2021-22
- Increase Kiwanis Membership in the Carolinas
- Net increase in membership across the District of 5%
- Open 5 new clubs
- Strengthen Kiwanis Clubs throughout the District
- Host 2 Club Coaching Days
- Conduct at least 6 webinars throughout the year on topics of current interest
- Train minimum of 10 Club Coaches in District
- Expand Kiwanis Youth Programs
- Add 10 new Service Leadership Programs in the District
- Support the Kiwanis Children’s Fund and District Foundation
- Increase support of the Kiwanis Children’s Fund and Carolinas District Foundation by 5%
- Strengthen District Organization and Club Support
- Complete District Organizational Resilience Plan
- Launch new District Website by end of year
- Launch District Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee