Welcome to the Black Diamond/Maple Valley Kiwanis web site!
In our short five+ year history we have accomplished a very strong foundation of service and accomplishment. We have and currently support the local Black Diamond Weekend Backpack Program in conjunction with the Enumclaw Regional Healthcare Foundation, serving grade school children who otherwise might not have access to nutritious meals during weekends. We sponsor the Tahoma High School Key club, Scholarships, the Black Diamond and Maple Valley Foster Family Dinners, Black Diamond Elementary and Shop with a Cop and we provide a free community Thanksgiving Dinner with the help of Black Diamond Elementary PTA for the community of Black Diamond.
This year as President, as I survey our accomplishments of the past and of course those we already have scheduled for this coming year and I’m aware that I am surrounded by leaders. This past five years would not have been as successful nor would we be as prepared as we are to head into our sixth year had it not been for the courage and leadership of many of our past and still current members. And, as I’ve pondered that awareness I’ve also given much thought to what else we might do and how we’ll go about it?
I began reflecting on my own roots, Business. And, recalled an abbreviation that was important in business and industry. ROI, return on investment. Meaning any services or products produced by any organization must provide for a return much stronger than the effort or investment it takes for their production.
While that meaning certainly resonates with our current efforts another meaning began to emerge in my thinking. At this point in our short existence it is certainly appropriate to take a new look at ourselves and our surroundings and gage how much stronger we can be for our communities.
I began to see that for our Kiwanis club we could “repurpose” that term. For us, R O I will mean: Reach Out and Involve.
Reach Out and Involve by conducting a community survey. Discuss together what we’ve learned and how we’ll identify and determine needs or issues within our communities that we can best direct our energies and resources toward.
Our distinguished Pacific Northwest Governor, Jackie Sue McFarland, said during her keynote address at our Installation Banquet recently that we should not be inviting potential members to our member meetings, but inviting them to participate in our service projects and events.
Here it was again, a better way to Reach Out and Involve. Her words brought truly wise and welcome advice that rang a giant bell for me and I believe for our club. The Black Diamond/Maple Valley Kiwanis Club is a very active club with fundraising and service projects happening throughout the year. If we want to attract new Kiwanis members I believe it makes perfect sense to Reach Out and Involve these potential members in our good works. Let them feel and experience the joy of accomplishment and contribution that we experience.
Following this formula of ROI I think we will continue to get stronger in our service to our communities as well as attracting people who are willing and wanting to serve as we do. The bottom line I believe is this; the more we Reach Out and Involve others from within our own club, our division, our communities and perspective members the greater the chance we will grow. And, this translates into a Return On Investment that we can all appreciate.
The Six Objects of Kiwanis
- To give Primacy to the human and spiritual, rather than to the material values of life.
- To encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships.
- To promote the adoption and the application of higher social, business and professional standards.
- To develop, by precept and example, a more intelligent, aggressive and serviceable citizenship.
- To provide Kiwanis Clubs, a practical means to form enduring friendships, to render altruistic service and to build better communities.
- To cooperate in creating and maintaining that sound public opinion and high idealism which make possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism and good will.