Katrina Baranko, Albany Kiwanis Club member and incoming Georgia district governor of Kiwanis, spoke with the Dougherty County Kiwanis Club recently on what will be going on within Kiwanis in the coming year. (Jennifer Parks)
ALBANY — Increased membership and embracing Project ELIMINATE will be among the goals area Kiwanis clubs will be expected to face in the coming year, an incoming Kiwanis district governor said.
Katrina Baranko, a member of the Albany Kiwanis Club and incoming Georgia district governor of Kiwanis, spoke with the Dougherty County Kiwanis Club this week regarding the plans for the coming months, as well as goals the club will be expected to meet.
The first goal will be to increase membership, Baranko said.
“You will need projects, and you will need to embrace those projects,” she said Monday. “You do great work, and you do it well.
“You are the perfect storm, so all you have to do is share passion.”
The second goal, Baranko said, will be to have one new club in every division.
“I’ve asked the lieutenant governors to find a town in their division and see if there is a need there,” she said. “We are looking at Dawson and Blakely.”
The third will be to meet the fundraising goal for Project ELIMINATE, for which Kiwanis International and UNICEF have joined forces to help eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus — a disease officials with the project say claims the lives of nearly 60,000 babies, as well as a significant number of women, each year.
“The mothers and babies need us, and we take it very seriously,” Baranko said.
The goal for the project is to raise $110 million. As of Monday, roughly half of that amount had been raised for Project ELIMINATE, members of Dougherty County Kiwanis said.
The members have been raising funds on their own by collecting money in baby bottles set out at each individual table during their weekly meetings. As a way to help raise more money, area Kiwanis clubs and Key clubs at three schools are looking to help boost fundraising efforts from a walk set for 6 p.m.-8 p.m. on Sept. 20 at Darton State College’s activity field at 2429 Gillionville Road.
For that event, each members of the clubs involved are being asked to obtain a $9 sponsorship.
In terms of other events, the next one coming up for Kiwanis will be a training conference taking place in Macon on Oct. 26. That will be followed by a governor’s rally on Nov. 15 in Thomasville, and another training conference on March 8 in Macon. This will be followed by the international convention in Japan, as well as a convention in Savannah, Baranko said.