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Greetings Montana Kiwaniians!

It’s the beginning of a new year and a new chapter in my life as your Governor!

I am super excited to be starting this journey and am appreciative of this opportunity to serve you as we all strive to serve the children of the world.

I want to thank each and every one of you for your encouragement and support as I start down this road. My focus during my year will be on “education & communication”. Both are always a two way street. I believe that education has a direct impact on membership, both in recruiting new members and retaining the existing members. It is important for ALL to understand what Kiwanis is and what Kiwanis does. As far as communication goes, we must talk to one another, discuss any issues and problems that arise and resolve them in a civilized manner. We must listen to one another and settle any differences. Kiwanis is a united organization to serve others. There is no “I” in we. We must work together to achieve our goals. My Governor’s project will be helping children through the Foster Care system. How can we help? Many times, children are pulled out of their homes with nothing but the clothes on their backs. I want to encourage clubs to gather pillowcases, blankets, roller bags, etc., and put some things in them such as socks, toothbrushes, small stuffed animals, anything that will make a child be less afraid of the journey that they are on through no choice of their own. Please let me know your success stories in this regard. During 2020 and part of 2021 a lot of our “normal” projects had to be canceled. As I have told many people – the SPIRIT OF KIWANIS cannot be canceled! Amid the challenges of the last two years, we have grown stronger together and together we will succeed. As much as I look forward to moving past the experiences of 2020 and part of 2021, I see many blessings that came as a result of them. Most of all I see that Kids need Kiwanis now more than ever! Now I want to IGNITE the spirit of Kiwanis in each and every one of you and ask that you do the same in your clubs. Remember: I WILL DO MORE I will do more than belong, I will participate I will do more than believe, I will practice I will do more than forgive, I will forget I will do more than teach, I will inspire I will do more than care, I will help I will do more than be fair, I will be kind I will do more than dream, I will work I will do more than give, I will serve. A little humor to end with – During a recent password audit, our I.T. discovered a blonde was using the following password: MickeyMinniePlutoHueyDeweyDonaldGoofySacramento When they asked why such a long password, she said she was told that it had to be a least 8 characters long and include at least one capital. Looking forward to serving and having a great year in the Montana District of Kiwanis. My phone is always on. Do not hesitate to call or email me your concerns and your ideas!

Cherie Neudick, Governor Montana District of Kiwanis, (406) 366-2632

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