In honor of its 50th anniversary, the Kiwanis Club of Cape Coral committed to be the first 100K Club for The Eliminate Project: Kiwanis eliminating maternal/neonatal tetanus. The club has pledged to contribute US$100,000 to The Eliminate Project—which will save and protect more than 55,000 mothers and their future babies.
Club President Sam Huber expressed his excitement for the project at the 96th Annual Kiwanis International Convention in Geneva in July. “I have no doubt in my mind that we’re going to meet our commitment and meet it early” Huber said.
After being elected club president in 2010, Huber did some research on the Cape Coral club’s history. He found that it had donated more than US$100,000 to Kiwanis’ campaign to virtually eliminate iodine deficiency disorders (IDD).
“I knew right then if we could do it for IDD, then we could certainly do it for The Eliminate Project,” he says.
Huber says it’s not just his Kiwanis club that has committed to eliminate MNT, but also the entire Kiwanis family in Cape Coral. The youth clubs in the area have hosted events to raise funds and awareness for The Eliminate Project.
The club has already raised more than US$12,000 through a George Hixson and Walter Zeller Fellowship matching program, and has committed to match all individual George Hixson and Walter Zeller-level gifts given to The Eliminate Project. It’s also initiating a “President’s Fund” program, where all past club presidents will come together annually to organize a fundraising initiative. The goal each year will be for the new president to raise more money than the last.
Two local thrift stores owned and operated by the club will play a part in meeting the goal, too, says board member and President-elect Susan Rolfe.
The Cape Coral Club challenges the Kiwanis family to be an inspiration. All clubs can do something big and share in the enthusiasm of The Eliminate Project.
And it’s rewarding to receive recognition along the way. Just ask Rolfe. When asked why the club decided to commit to becoming a 100K club, she simply says, “We can. So, why would we not?”
You can too!
Photo caption: "The Kiwanis Club of Cape Coral used its 50th anniversary celebration in April to announce a $100,000 commitment to The Eliminate Project's Fundraising Campaign. Sharing in the excitement were Randy DeLay, campaign chairman; Dave Liddell, Florida District chair for the Kiwanis International Foundation; D. Bruce Boyd, lieutenant governor, Division 19; Sam Huber, club president; Chuck Gugliuzza, campaign district coordinator; Bob Parton, Kiwanis International Foundation trustee; Emilia Gugliuzza, campaign district coordinator; Matt Morris, Kiwanis International Foundation; and Cape Coral club member Wilson Revehl."