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Making a Difference with ODKF Grants

Making A Difference with ODKF Grants

I had the privilege of attending Circle K DCON and awarding ODCKI Governor, Margaret Lee, with a
Past International Presidents Award, for her leadership and contributions as a board member with
ODKF. The evening included great fellowship, a wonderful keynote speech by Stan Soderstrom,
executive director of Kiwanis International, special awards including the Wayne and Laura Enders
Ohio Circle of Service Award which was presented to past ODKF President and Ohio Governor Elect
Jason Miller, and of course, acknowledgment and commitment of service for all Circle K members this past year.

It's invigorating, to see our active SLPs doing their part to make a difference in Ohio.
In speaking with the members of Circle K, I presented them with a simple “ASK”, and I'll present a
similar request today, to encourage all Kiwanis clubs to work with their SLPs to make a difference
within their community with meaningful service projects supported by ODKF grants. If you haven't
executed a service project this year, let me encourage you to work with your SLP advisors and explore options with a matching mini grant or regular club grant through ODKF.

The deadlines for upcoming grant cycles are March 31, and June 30. If you're struggling to come up with a service project and haven't utilized ODKF in the past, let me encourage you to explore a Safe & Healthy Kids Project like the helmet project or support the Ohio Governor First Family Service Project.

At Mid Year, please consider participating in the First Family Komfort Backpacks Service Project for
20 minutes throughout the day. We are preparing to produce 144 Komfort Backpacks that LTGs and
club presidents will take back to distribute to their communities children's service agencies. LTGs,
presidents, and secretaries will receive an email prior to Mid Year to help coordinate pick up and
delivery for your club.

Kiwanis members who participate in the service project will receive a special
ODKF gift. If you are unable to attend Mid Year, but would like to still make a club contribution, please consider making a donation through the ODKF website at

In Kiwanis Service,

James C. Minter

Our Impact this Kiwanis Year

  • Children and Families Helped by Projects Funded by ODKF 2023-24


  • Club Advised Fund accounts in the Foundation


  • Grants dollars given to date in 2023-2024


Visit Our Kiwanis Programs and Business Partners

  • Staples

    Business Partner

  • Office Max/Office Depot
    Office Max/Office Depot
  • Landscape Structures
    Landscape Structures
  • Scholastic
  • Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
    Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
  • March of Dimes
    March of Dimes
  • Unicef – United States Fund
    Unicef – United States Fund
  • Kroger Community Rewards Program
    Kroger Community Rewards Program
  • Ohio Kiwanis
    Ohio Kiwanis
  • Circle K
    Circle K
  • Key Club
    Key Club
  • Builders Club
    Builders Club
  • K-Kids
  • Terrific Kids
    Terrific Kids
  • Bring Up Grades
    Bring Up Grades
  • AKtion club
    AKtion club
  • YCPO
  • KI
  • KIF
  • CKI Alumni
    CKI Alumni
  • KCI Alumni
    KCI Alumni
  • Building beds for children in Ohio

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