Noon Kiwanians learn about online resources


Marshalltown “Noon” Kiwanis Club president Linda Dodd Smith called the Tuesday, April 23rd meeting at the American Legion to order. Gene Neven informed the membership on the news and weather provided by KFJB. Following the news those present stood to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Harold Cline offered the invocation.

Smith presented the program on Kiwanis online member resources. These resources include everything from membership to leadership training; from projects to fundraising and is so extensive that it is a website entirely separate from She gave the members a tour of the site and focused on the availability of webinars.

These webinars are hour long training and information sessions on Tuesday evenings, facilitated by Go To Meeting. Members are also asked to provide suggestions on the various topics, some of which are done in Spanish. The webinars are also recorded, archived, and available for replay within 24 to 48 hours. To demonstrate the registration and access procedures Smith went online and the club watched an archived webinar “How to Prospect for Members.”

She encouraged the members to test out their new skills on that night’s live webinar, “From Poverty to Prosperity: Why Grow”. The featured speaker was Dr. Bill Rauhauser, governor-elect of the Texas-Oklahoma District, who talked on the difference in mindsets, values, and relationships between the poor and the middle class.

He holds a BA from the University of Northern Iowa and a Ph.D. from Iowa State University. Rauhauser joined the Kiwanis Club of Milford, Iowa, and later Spirit Lake, Iowa, before moving to Texas. His career included teaching, coaching, Assistant High School Principal, High School and Jr. High Principal, Curriculum Director, Assistant Superintendent and State Department Consultant.  In 1987, after 17 years in public education, he started his own company and has conducted over 4000 workshops in 45 states, New Zealand, Europe, and Canada training school administrators in Strategic Planning.

But, Rauhauser explained his future didn’t look that promising growing up. “Growing up on welfare as the ninth of nine children and a single parent mom (dad died when I was two), I developed a keen sense of what it meant to live in poverty.  At 15 I dropped out of school, following in the footsteps of six older siblings.  My high school football coach cared enough to come to my house, and he literally took me back to school.  Every young person needs a positive relationship with a significant adult that does not practice self-destructive behaviors. Coach was that person for me.  Kiwanis is all about the kids.  That is why I have such a passion for changing the world one child and one community at a time.”

The Underprivileged Children’s (UPC) Fund collection was announced by Dorothy Rider. Smith offered a take on British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s quote “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman” and told the members to think “If you want something said, ask anyone; if you want something done, ask a Kiwanian.”

Club members were reminded to invite friends, co-workers, acquaintances, and relatives to attend the club’s “Bring A Guest Day” next Tuesday, April 29. The speaker is Lynn Rhodes, manager of Earl May Garden Center, and she will talk about something on everyone’s mind with the warmer weather, gardening and lawn ideas. Check out the entire Marshalltown Kiwanis family at, like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter.


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