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Subject: soc.org.service-clubs.misc Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
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soc.org.service-clubs.misc Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
compiled by: Ping Huang <pshuang@MIT.EDU>
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
**** SECTION 0. FAQ posting information ****
Q0.1. How to retrieve copies of this FAQ
Q0.2. Differences from past versions of this posting
Q0.3. Miscellaneous info about this posting
**** SECTION 1. General ****
Q1.1. What *IS* a service club?
Q1.2. Why do community service? (personal essay)
Q1.3. Why join a service club instead of volunteering individually?
Q1.4. What is the audience for soc.org.service-clubs.misc?
Q1.5. What is the charter for soc.org.service-clubs.misc?
Q1.6. What if I can read Usenet newsgroups but can't post?
Q1.7. What to do about off-topic/inappropriate postings?
**** SECTION 2. Information about particular organizations ****
Q2.1. Alpha Phi Omega
Q2.3. AmeriCorps / National Service / VISTA / Youth Corps
Q2.5. Builders Club
Q2.6. Campus Outreach Community League (COOL)
Q2.7. Circle K
Q2.12. Key Club
Q2.14. Kiwanis (also: What is Keys, What is Builders Club)
Q2.17. Optimist International
Q2.18. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers
Q2.21. Round Table
**** SECTION 3. Computer/on-line resources ****
Q3.1. Major on-line services
Q3.2. World Wide Web
Q3.3. Usenet newsgroups
Q3.4. E-mail "newsletters"
Q3.5. Discussion mailing lists
**** SECTION 4. Non-computer Resources ****
Q4.1. Specialized publishers
Q4.2. Specialized software
Subject: **** SECTION 0. FAQ posting information ****
Subject: Q0.1. How to retrieve copies of this FAQ
There are a number of other anonymous FTP and Web servers which
archive Usenet postings which have been cross-posted to the *.answers
newsgroups (including this posting).
The canonically most up-to-date version of this document can be
retrieved by anonymous FTP from:
You may also obtain a copy by email if you do not have access to an
FTP client at your site; send email to email@example.com with
the following text in the BODY of the message:
If you have access to a World Wide Web (WWW) browser, here are some
URL's for HTML-converted versions of this document:
Subject: Q0.2. Differences from past versions of this posting
A list of changes from previous versions of this document is provided
for the convenience of readers who want to know what's new:
Changes made for May 1998 posting:
Minor; mostly URL's and email addresses.
Changes made for December 1998 posting:
Added brief listings for several organizations.
Changes made for March 1999 posting:
Removed quotation upon request.
Subject: Q0.3. Miscellaneous info about this posting
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Disclaimers: (1) To the best of my knowledge the information contained
here within is factually correct. However, no warranty is made either
by me or by any of the contributors to the veracity of this
information. (2) No claims are made that this represents the opinions
of a majority of the readers of the soc.org.service-clubs.misc
newsgroup. (3) I am affiliated with Alpha Phi Omega, which is one of
the service clubs listed in this document.
Subject: **** SECTION 1. General ****
Subject: Q1.1. What *IS* a service club?
Service clubs are organizations which have been formed in many parts
of the world so that their members may volunteer to perform valuable
community services, as well as enjoy fellowship, learn from
knowledgable speakers and interesting programs which provide an
insight into issues affecting the local and global community, develop
and exercise leadership skills, expand business through professional
networking, and gain a sense of worthwhile accomplishment. There are
a wide variety of service clubs, with different goals, focus,
programs, and memberships.
Subject: Q1.2. Why do community service? (personal essay)
[Forgive the rambling nature of this essay. Perhaps over time it will
evolve and become more coherent and organized. Then again, perhaps
not. In any case, feedback is still welcome.]
There are many reasons why people are involved in community service.
There are hungry people in the world, who need someone to feed them.
There are handicapped people in the world, who need someone to
There are elderly people in the world, who need someone to comfort them.
There are lonely people in the world, who need someone to befriend them.
There are young people in the world, who need someone to give them
Such a list could go on and on, of course. The need is out there,
almost everywhere you look in our communities.
Some have always asserted that it's the government's job to take care
of people in need; other claim that private charitable organizations
and individuals can shoulder the whole burden of helping those in
need. These viewpoints have even entered American political debate.
I think both extremes are wrong. Both government and private
assistance have their place. Government assistance will continue only
if voters loudly and firmly express their desires to see the
continuance of particular programs. Private assistance will continue
only if enough of us ask ourselves, in our hearts, whether we can
afford to give of ourselves.
Certainly, different people choose to give in different ways. There's
a public service ad campaign I've seen which I haven't been
particularly impressed with --- "Give 5%", both of one's time and of
one's income --- but which is one of the few I've seen that links
those two types of giving. Over the last 6-7 years, I've personally
mostly given time. Perhaps in the future, I'll shift toward giving
money, once I have money to give, that is. :) But, there's definitely
something very satisfying about giving one's time and getting one's
hands dirty (whether literally or figuratively speaking) and I can't
imagine that signing a check, no matter large, could give the same
*KIND* of satisfaction.
In the acknowledgements section of my masters thesis, I credit my
participation in community service (via APO) as having a positive
effect, noting that "it is healthy to be reminded that there are more
important things out there in the real world than passing classes or
finishing thesis". It's easy to get caught up in the details and
travails of one's own life. While I don't wish to trivialize my own
troubles or anyone else's, it was useful to be reminded that other
people have other kinds of problems, and maybe mine aren't so
catastrophic after all.
Performing community service can have other appeals as well, which are
less altruistically oriented. Personally, I've learned how to
organize groups of people and making events happen, and I've become a
credible rough-hewn carpenter; both these skills will bear me good
stead in the non-volunteer aspects of my life. I've become fast
friends with terrific people --- "kindreds spirits", as L.M.
Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables would say --- who I probably
would never have met otherwise.
[Source: Ping Huang <firstname.lastname@example.org>.]
Subject: Q1.3. Why join a service club instead of volunteering individually?
Joining a service club instead of volunteering individually has both
pros and cons from the volunteer's point of view. Here are a few
people's takes on this question.
* Service clubs, because they can bring a great deal of man-power to
bear at a time, often tackle different kinds of service projects
than individuals volunteering directly with an agency. (For
example, run a fund-raiser, or perform renovations in a shelter
which requires turning out all the residents for a day.) There may
be a stronger focus on specific EVENTS rather than helping with
* Service clubs often have established areas or charities of
emphasis; this gives focus to their service program, but it may be
difficult for someone to find an organization whose service program
matches his or her interests.
[Source: Ping Huang <email@example.com>.]
Great question, Ping! It gets asked at my Rotaract club from
time to time, at least the general idea is discussed. Basically,
we think that:
* the club gives you a chance to experiment with lots of different
service activities to find something you really enjoy
* you may find that you simply enjoy the variety and chance to help
out lots of different pet causes instead of being devoted to just one
* if you don't have a lot of time, you have a lower expectation of
committment -- less guilt if you don't show up for the dog wash,
lots of club members did
* the club is constantly changing, new people, new projects
* you can bring in your OWN interests and get others involved, an
entirely different experience from being drawn into a group yourself
* for some, the networking is important -- you're connected to lots of
different organizations, or meeting people in lots of businesses
compared with solitary voluntarism
* the resources of the organization can be a factor
* for Rotary/Rotaract, some of the attraction seems to be
participating in *worldwide* activities like PolioPlus (RIP Jonas
Salk, he died with polio's complete eradication in sight).
[Source: Daniel A. Hartung <firstname.lastname@example.org>.]
Subject: Q1.4. What is the audience for soc.org.service-clubs.misc?
It was with community service clubs in mind that this newsgroup was
proposed. The recommendation of the USENET newsgroup advisors and
administrators for the newsgroup name soc.org.service-clubs.misc was
specifically to accommodate eventual specialization, particularly for
some of the larger groups well represented on-line.
There may not be better newsgroups to accommodate the military service
club correspondents, and until such groups are located or created,
they are welcome in this newsgroup. Similarly, there are a number of
community organizations which may be better classified as fraternal
organizations rather than service clubs. Those who wish to correspond
about them may wish to consider other on-line forums.
Subject: Q1.5. What is the charter for soc.org.service-clubs.misc?
The Call For Votes (CFV) to create this newsgroup listed this as the
charter for the new newsgroup:
> The soc.org.service-clubs.misc newsgroup will provide a forum
> for the discussion of all aspects of service clubs, including but
> not restricted to: Alpha Phi Omega, Altrusa, Apex, Builders, Circle
> K, Civitan, Exchange, Key, Kinsman, Kiwanis, Lions, Optimist,
> Pilot, Rotaract, Rotary, Soroptimist and Zonta.
> Discussion will include (but not be limited to) sharing of
> ideas and information about objectives, service projects, social
> and fellowship programs, fundraising, program speakers, membership
> qualifications and/or recruitment, locations of clubs, material for
> club bulletins, etc.
> Constructive ideas should be discussed freely without debate about
> specific organizations. All customary netiquette should be observed.
> There are more than 3 million members of the recognized
> service clubs throughout the world, in more than 80,000 local clubs
> in at least 167 countries. Many successful club projects and
> fundraisers can be duplicated by other clubs. The increased access
> to internet provides an improved means of communication among the
> many clubs and members.
The newsgroup was created during June 1994, having passed its CFV by a
vote of 160:23.
Subject: Q1.6. What if I can read Usenet newsgroups but can't post?
If you can read the soc.org.service-clubs.misc Usenet newsgroup but
cannot reliably post to it from your local site, perhaps because your
site's configuration is flaky, or perhaps because your site is
intentionally a read-only site, you may have a recourse. If you are
able to send Internet email, you can use an email-to-news gateways to
post. Please do not abuse such gateways.
To post, try sending the text of your post to the below address. Be
sure to include an useful Subject line for your email message (it will
be used for the subject line for your posting), and be sure to include
your email address in the text of your post if you want email replies,
as your email address *MAY* get lost in transit.
Subject: Q1.7. What to do about off-topic/inappropriate postings?
The Usenet is a loose term for the many thousands of newsgroups which
are propagated around the world using a set of protocols that allows
many different pieces of software to work together. With so many
different newsgroups, each newsgroup usually has a specific topic
which it is intended for. Often, the newsgroup name hints at what
that topic is; in other cases, the newsgroup's charter, if it has one,
can help clarify the purpose of the newsgroup.
It has always been a problem on the Usenet that people will sometimes
post their articles to inappropriate newsgroups, although certainly
with the vast increase of the number of people who have access to the
Usenet (through the explosion in the Internet, the accessibility of
Usenet from major on-line service providers like Compuserve, AOL, and
Prodigy, etc.) this problem has gotten worse.
In some cases, the people who post in inappropriate newsgroups are
making an honest mistake --- perhaps they honestly didn't understand
what the newsgroup's topic was, or perhaps their software got confused
or confused them. In other cases, people deliberately post into
inappropriate newsgroups, not caring that they are contributing noise
and therefore making the newsgroup a less useful place for those who
subscribed to discuss the intended topic. (People who post
advertisements, chain letters, or ideological rantings often fall into
this latter category.)
If you see an inappropriate posting in a Usenet newsgroup (and in
particular, this one), please restrain yourself from following up with
a posting complaining that such postings are inappropriate. Consider
that if a mere 1% of the readers of this newsgroup were to do so, each
inappropriate posting would be followed by hundreds of complaint
postings, each of which would also be off-topic. Instead, consider
sending email to the person who posted inappropriately and ask that
they refrain from posting in newsgroups where their postings are not
on-topic, and to consider cancelling their postings. (Sometimes
people don't know how to cancel their postings; if they don't know,
they should ask their local site's system administrators for help.)
If the off-topic nature of the posting is particularly aggregious or
repeated, you may wish to consider also complaining to their local
site's system administrators directly. If their email address is
"email@example.com", for example, likely addresses you may
wish to consider complaining to are (listed in order of preference)
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, and
firstname.lastname@example.org. Some sites' administrators are very good about
leaning on their users to follow the accepted conventions of posting
only in appropriate newsgroups; other sites are not so neighborly.
[Source: Ping Huang <email@example.com>.]
Subject: **** SECTION 2. Information about particular organizations ****
Subject: Q2.1. Alpha Phi Omega
Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity is a co-educational
national service fraternity, founded in 1925 at Lafayette College.
Alpha Phi Omega is incorporated as a non-profit organization in the
United States. (There also exists an Alpha Phi Omega in the
Philippines with some ties, but they are a separate organization.)
Alpha Phi Omega is run almost entirely by the students who are
members; a small staff covers administrative needs, and various alumni
are elected as national board members and as regional directors and
sectional chairs for various parts of the country.
To date, Alpha Phi Omega has chartered over 650 chapters on college
and university campuses across the country, of which more than 300 are
still reporting as active. (On some campuses, the chapters of Alpha
Phi Omega refer to themselves as A Phi O, or APO.) For historical
reasons, some local chapters are all-male; all new chapters, however,
are required to be co-ed. Since its founding, Alpha Phi Omega has
initiated more than 250,000 members. Our by-laws forbid chapters from
having a fraternity house, and members of Alpha Phi Omega may join
social Greek letter organizations.
The threefold purpose of Alpha Phi Omega is Leadership, Friendship,
and Service, and these guide the programs of the fraternity. Alpha
Phi Omega was originally founded on the principles of scouting, and
still maintains a quasi-official relationship with the Boy Scouts of
America; however, we do not have the same kind of membership
requirements as the BSA. Many chapters are involved with Boy Scout
and Girl Scout programs at a local level.
Volunteer and community work play a large part in the activities of
the chapters. Some services which chapter provide to their colleges
include, but are not limited to, orientation tours, book-exchanges,
architectural surveys of barriers to handicapped students, publication
of student directories, renovation of campus facilities, and support
of campus adminstrative details and special events. Many chapters run
off-campus service projects at community soup kitchens, homeless
shelters, children educational programs and day-care, disadvantaged
and challenged learning centers, elderly homes, etc.
For non-members who want more detailed information about Alpha Phi
Omega, please contact your local campus chapter, or if your college or
university does not have a chapter on campus, you may contact the
Alpha Phi Omega national office at:
Alpha Phi Omega, 14901 East 42nd Street, Independence, MO 64055
Tel: (816) 373-8667, Fax: (816) 373-5975
[Source: rewritten by Ping Huang, as adapted from parts of the APO-L
FAQ by Ru Zung and text by Randy Finder.]
There is also an Alpha Phi Omega organization in the Phillippines,
which is separate from Alpha Phi Omega in the United States. However,
the two organizations share many goals, and are cooperating in seeking
to expand the ideals of Alpha Phi Omega to other countries.
[Source: Ping Huang.]
Subject: Q2.2. Altrusa
What is Altrusa?
Altrusa is an international, volunteer service organization of
business and professional leaders, classified by occupation, dedicated
to improving their communities by personal service. Through their
local Altrusa Clubs, members unite their varied talents in service to
others, achieving as a group what individuals cannot do alone.
Altrusa Clubs develop and fund specific service projects to meet
community needs. Altrusa is recognized nationally and internationally
for the significant contributions of its clubs and members.
Altrusa was founded in April, 1917, in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.A, as
the "Altrusa Institute" for business and professional women. Under
the leadership of Mamie L. Bass, later to be the association's first
president, Altrusa became the "first" national service organization
for women committed to a philosophy of service and personal
achievement. With extension into Mexico in 1935, Altrusa achieved an
international scope. Growth has continued, and today, clubs can be
found in countries throughout the world. In 1987, Altrusa opened its
membership to men. Altrusa took an early leadership position by
developing innovative programs in vocational guidance and public
education. The organization continues to adapt its programs and
projects to meet current community needs.
How Altrusa Works for You
Each club has its own board of directors, a strong committee system
and regular meetings, allowing every member to become personally
involved in club projects and decisions. Altrusa Clubs are organized
into geographic Districts, each with its own governing body and
offering annual conferences, workshops, and leadership training
seminars for all members. Altrusa International unites its more than
500 clubs in a common goal of community service. The International
Program sets the theme for Altrusa, world-wide, and the organization
provides clubs with program guides and materials to assist them in
fulfilling their objectives. Every member receives the international
publications, and a wide variety of literature, manuals and materials
to support club activities is available from the International Office.
A full line of official Altrusa supplies is also offered, designed for
public relations activities and to build pride in membership. An
International Convention is held every two years. Members from
throughout the world conduct the business of the organization, elect
officers, recognize individual and club achievement and participate in
workshops on community service, club administration and leadership
What Can Altrusa Offer You?
o An opportunity to use your time and talent to enrich the lives of others
o Lasting friendships and a spirit of fellowship
o Personal leadership development as you assume positions of
responsibility in your club, or serve at the district and
o A unique opportunity to work with local civic and volunteer groups
on service projects of lasting benefit
o Stimulating programs and speakers that broaden your knowledge on
scores of subjects
o Personal contacts that evolve when business and professional people
meet and work together toward common goals
o A forum for exchanging ideas about your community and the world
o The satisfaction that comes from being involved in activities that
will make your community a better place to live
[Source: extracted from Altrusa International brochure.]
National organization contact address:
Altrusa International, Inc.
332 South Michigan Avenue, Suite 1123
Chicago, Illinois 60604
Subject: Q2.3. AmeriCorps / National Service / VISTA / Youth Corps
[Although not a service club, because of the publicity received by
these programs, I thought it would be worthwhile to give them a
listing in this document. == Ping Huang]
Americorps is operated by the Corporation for National Service,
created by Congress and the Clinton White House administration
(National and Community Service Trust act of 1993). Widely referred
to as a "domestic Peace Corps", participants in AmeriCorps sign up for
one year or two year commitments and are assigned to the national,
state, and local organizations affiliated through the AmeriCorps
National Service Network. The 1995 brochure lists two specific
national programs: AmeriCorps*NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps,
specializing in environmental improvement, open to ages 18-24 only),
and AmeriCorps*VISTA. The latter draws upon the VISTA (Volunteers in
Service to America) heritage of serving low-income communities
nationwide. AmeriCorps participants receive a modest living
allowance, health coverage, and a post-service education award of up
to $4,725. An application is necessary (with fixed, not rolling,
deadlines... this year's was April 24, 1995), and the materials imply
that admission into the programs is rather competitive. Projected
participation in these two programs for early 1995 is 20,000.
The National Corporation for Service also administers the in-school
Learn and Serve America program and the National Senior Service Corps.
Some literature mentions AmeriCorps*USA, for part-time volunteers
participating in programs in part set up by state or regional
organizations; however, information on this program is very incomplete.
Example: What is life like in AmeriCorps*NCCC
"Combining the best of the community service world and military life,
Corps Members take advantage of the military's extensive facilties on
downsizing or former military bases across the country to live and
train. Training focuses on leadership, team building, citizenship, and
physical conditioning. Skills for specific projects are taught before
the Corps Members begin their community efforts. Corps Members work
in teams of ten and have leadership responsbility to identify, plan,
and complete their national service projects. AmeriCorps*NCCC
provides Corps Members the opportunity to serve their country and to
tackle some of our nation's most serious and challenging problems."
Example: VISTA Program Emphasis Areas
Literacy * Public Health * Economic Development * Food/Hunger *
Employment * Housing * Prevention of Substance Abuse * And More...
VISTA volunteers typically work in capacity-building activities;
for example, setting up programs to accomplish immunization or
tutoring of children rather than actually immunize or tutor.
Contact: Corporation for National Service 1-800-84-ACORPS.
AmeriCorps*NCCC: 1201 New York Avenue NW, 9th floor, Washington DC 20525.
AmeriCorps*VISTA: 1100 Vermont Avenue NW, Washington DC 20525.
[Source: various brochures and applications.]
The National Association of Service & Conservation Corps serves as an
umbrella organization for over 100, mostly locally-based, youth corps
in many states. The organization provides planning materials,
maintains a clearinghouse of information, sponsors conferences,
organizes development workshops for corps staff members, publishes
newsletters and information bulletins, and develops policy and public
affairs activities. In addition, it helps corps find funding through
funding grant proposals.
Contact: 1-202-737-6272, FAX 1-202-737-6277, 666 Eleventh Street, NW,
Suite 500, Washington DC, 20001.
Subject: Q2.4. Apex
The Association of Apex Clubs of Australia is a community based
volunteer organisation whose mission is "to better our communities by
promoting, service, fellowship, family values and aggressive
citizenship." Founded in Geelong, Victoria in 1931, this Australian
born association has member clubs in over 600 Australian communities.
While each club supports projects that are of local importance, two
programs receive the support of clubs from coast to coast:
1. Since 1978 Apex members have supported the Apex Foundation which
administers Trusts dealing with an under privileged children's Chalet,
a Fine Arts Music Scholarship, Cranio Facial, Diabetes Mellitus,
Melanoma, Children's Cancer and Leukaemia, Autism and the Apex
Australia Family Protection Trust. During these years we have
provided millions of dollars and helped save thousands of lives.
2. Apex members have supported Youth Development Programs for over 20
years that have helped develop many thousands of young Australians,
assisting them to become better citizens and in many cases community
[Source: firstname.lastname@example.org (John Birse), from Apex marketing
literature, as authorized by Apex National Membership Director - Peter
Watts +61 3 726 0596.]
If you require more information call your local club or Apex National
Office on 085 624009 (International +61 85 624009) or call the Apex
Information line on 1800 818 608 (free call) OR surf on over and visit
our new Web Site at
1995/96 Apex Sth Aust State Secretary
+61 8 8371 0522
[Source: email@example.com, as authorized by Apex Executive
Director - Andrew Phillips.]
Subject: Q2.5. Builders Club
(See "What is Kiwanis?")
Subject: Q2.6. Campus Outreach Community League (COOL)
Founded in 1984, COOL, the Campus Outreach Opportunity League is a
national non-profit organization that promotes and supports student
involvement in community service and social change by helping students
and administrators strengthen campus-based community service
programs. Our mission is to strengthen our nation through community
The story of COOL is told through the lives of its students: a student
at Berea College in Kentucky coordinating a literacy program; students
at Fordham University distributing food to the homeless in New York
City; or students at the University of Michigan starting a career
center for jobs in the non-profit sector. Students just like you
changing their campuses, communities, and world...that is COOL.
Quality community service should challenge students to educate
themselves about the issues surrounding their involvement so they
might better understand and work with communities. Each effort must be
designed with the intent of creating long term solutions while
ensuring independence, mutual education, dignity, and respect for all.
Through opportunities to speak, participate in state and national
trainings and initiatives, and be staff or board members, COOL serves
as a platform for students to become local, state, and national
In order to achieve and maintain the maximum social impact that comes
from a broad based movement, COOL is committed to principles of
inclusiveness. COOL believes that community service has the potential
to bring together all peoples in a way that respects and honors their
differences as well as their similarities. Service can build on the
strength of the great diversity on our campuses, in our communities,
in our country, and in our world.
COOL works with hundreds of campuses and thousands of students. COOL
holds an annual student run conference that attracts over 2,000
students. COOL's staff visit hundreds of college campuses giving
workshops that encourage, promote and initiate programs that get
students involved in service.
1511 K Street NW, Suite 307
Washington, DC 20005
[Source: assembled by Ping Huang from various pieces of description
accessed via http://www.COOL2SERVE.org/homeofc/home.html.]
Subject: Q2.7. Circle K
Circle K is an international service organization that exist on many
college campuses across America and in six other countries. We are a
collegiate division of Kiwanis International.
This year we are proud to be working with a program which will help
prevent Iodine Deficiency Diseases in Africa and the Middle East. We
are doing this by raising funds to build salt iodinization plants
there so they will be able to Iodize all of the salt production in
IDD is common there due to the environment and the soil there. IDD is
just one of the programs the Circle K are involved with continuously.
This year, our theme is Focus on the Future: Children and this is one
excellent way that we are promoting the theme.
If you are a college student, you may have a Circle K Club on your
campus. Ask about it. It is an excellent way to get involved in the world.
Circle K Int'l, 3636 Woodview Trace, Indianapolis, Indiana 46268-3196
[Source: Tony Perez (aperez@st6000.Peachnet.edu).]
Subject: Q2.8. Civitan
Civitan clubs meet the needs of their communities. Civitan is a
worldwide community service organization open to all men and women of
good character. Local clubs particpate in a variety of programs and
projects aimed at meeting the needs of the community.
There is a Civitan Club for you. There are different types of Civitan
clubs tailored to suit Civitan's diverse membership. There are
breakfast clubs, luncheon clubs, dinner clubs, and evening social
clubs (no meal). There are clubs made up of mostly young adults,
business men and women, singles, all women, and all men.
Club meetings are educational and fun. Clubs meet weekly or
bimonthly. Guest speakers, such as community and business leaders,
media representatives politicians, and educators, address a variety of
topics of interest to club members. Club meetings are also an
opportunity for members to develop friendships and establish business
Civitan is hands-on in the community. Civitan clubs are best known
for their hands-on work in the community. From projects to help
people who are mentally and physically disabled to building youth
recreation centers, Civitans are activiely involved in bettering their
communities, and enjoy the feeling of knowing they are helping others.
Civitan offers leadership opportunities. Enhance you organizational
and communication skills through a leadership position in Civitan.
Leadership opportunities exist on the club, district and international
levels of the organization. Civitan also offers valuable personal
development programs for members.
- Civitan's motto is "Builders of Good Citizenship"
- There are approximately 55,000 men, women and teenagers in nearly
1,800 Civitan and Junior Civitan clubs worldwide
- Founded in 1917, Civitan has provided members opportunities for
personal and professional development while improving the community
through community service for more than 75 years.
- In 1974, Civitan became the first previously all-male service
organization to welcome women as equal members
- On the international level Civitan's major emphasis is toward
helping people with mental retardation and other developmental
- Civitan's most widely recognized fund raising programs are the
Civitan Candy Box Project and Claxton Christmas Cake Sales.
Serviced by volunteers, 100 percent of the project's net proceeds go
to help people with MR/DD.
- Civitan funds the Civitan International Research Center, a research
and treatment facility for MR/DD located at the University of Alabam
"A working force for civic betterment such as this is a thing more
valuable to mankind than great riches."
- Dr. Courtney W. Shropshire, Founder, Civitan International
For more information about becoming a member of Civitan, call
(800) CIVITAN (248-4826) in the United States or Canada or
(205) 591-8910 (in Alabama or outside the US or Canada).
Clubs exist in Europe and Africa (Sierra Leone).
[Source: Stuart Hayes <firstname.lastname@example.org>, from a wallet card
titled "Civitan International Information".]
Subject: Q2.9. Elks
Founded February 16, 1868, The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks
of the United States of America, is a nonprofit fraternal organization
dedicated to charitable works. From its meager beginnings, it has
grown to be the largest fraternal organization in our nation, boasting
over 2,000 Lodges made up of well over one and a quarter million
The B.P.O. Elks is comprised of patriotic Americans who believe in
God, want to be an active force for good in their community, be better
citizens, and enjoy the good fellowship of enthusiastic, successful
men. The Order of Elks questions no man's religion, nor bars him
because of race or creed. It is not concerned with political
affiliations. It is nondenominational.
Elks stage year-round shows and entertainments for disabled veterans
in every V.A. hospital in the country. Elks donated the first V.A.
hospital to the U.S. Government in Boston. In 1907, the Elks pioneered
the observance of June 14 as Flag Day, the anniversary of Old Glory's
birth of 1777.
Since its' inception, Elks have contributed more that $333 million
dollars for charitable, welfare and patriotic programs. The Elks are
second only to the U.S. Government in the amount of money it provides
for scholarships each year. Elks scholarships are measured in the
millions of dollars annually. They sponsor many youth groups such as
youth sports, scouting and 4-H Clubs, D.A.R.E. programs, summer camps,
adopt-a-school, Hoop Shoot, etc.
The B.P.O.E. does not compete with other civic organizations. To the
contrary, the Elks recognize the philanthropic efforts of many other
civic and community organizations, assisting those organizations when
and where possible.
The B.P.O.E. has its' own national magazine and almost every lodge
publishes a monthly news bulletin for its' members. The Grand Lodge
national headquarters of the B.P.O.E. are located at 2750 N. Lakeview
Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60614-1889, phone (213)477-2750. A book
entitled History of the Elks can be purchased from the Grand Lodge.
Check your local phone book for a lodge near you to obtain further
information or e-mail ElksOnline@aol.com.
The principles of the B.P.O.E. are:
Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity.
The motto of the B.P.O.E. is:
The faults of our brothers we write upon the sand, their virtues
upon the tablets of love and memory.
The B.P.O.E. is based upon the Golden Rule:
To do unto others as you would they should do unto you.
[Source: ElksOnline@aol.com (Joe Orawczyk)]
Subject: Q2.10. Exchange
What is Exchange?
It is an all-volunteer, national service organization for men and
women who want to serve their community, develop leadership skills,
and enjoy new friendships. Exchange is made up of some 1,200 clubs
and 40,000 members throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.
A Brief History of Exchange
The first local Exchange Club was formed in Detroit, Michigan in
1911. The second was the Exchange Club of Toledo, Ohio formed in
1913. Subsequently, two others were organized -- in Grand Rapids,
Michigan and Cleveland, Ohio. These four were the first to be
chartered by The National Exchange Club after it was organized as a
nonprofit, educational organization in 1917. Since then, hundreds of
Exchange Clubs have been chartered in the United States and Puerto
The National Exchange Club headquarters is located in Toledo, Ohio.
Its chief objective is to help Exchange Clubs realize their full
potential of community service.
Exchange's National Program of Service
Community Service Projects Youth Projects
Crime Prevention Youth of the Month/Year Award
Fire Prevention Young Citizenship Award
Service to Seniors Youth Talent
The Book of Golden Deeds Sunshine Special
Child Abuse Prevention Junior Exchange Clubs
The Freedom Shrine
"One Nation Under God"
Proudly We Hail
Child Abuse Prevention
Exchange's national project is Child Abuse Prevention. This rapidly
expanding nationwide effort, administered through the National
Exchange Club Foundation for the Prevention of Child Abuse, addresses
this serious affliction of society through a variety of proven
projects. Exchange Clubs distribute community awareness materials,
sponsor fund-raising efforts, support local child abuse prevention
agencies, and engage in numerous activities in an effort to alleviate
In addition, Exchange Clubs have established a nationwide network of
Child Abuse Prevention Centers. The Centers utilize professionally
trained volunteer parent aides who work directly with abusing
families, teaching them positive parenting techniques.
Want to Find Out More?
If you don't know how to reach your local Exchange Club, contact
The National Exchange Club
3050 Central Ave
Toledo, OH 43606-1700
(419) 535-3232; FAX (419) 535-1989
for further information.
[Source: Josef M. Breutzmann <email@example.com>, from an
Subject: Q2.11. Jaycees
The Junior Chamber (Jaycees) organization, now in its seventh
decade of service, continues providing direction and leadership to
communities, states and nations world-wide.
Jaycees is a constructive action organization of men and women,
ages 21-39. Members develop personally and professionally as leaders in
their communities by investing time and energy in civic affairs.
Membership in the Junior Chamber begins ina local chapter.
Chapter size ranges from 20 to more than 1,000 members. Each member
also belongs to a state Junior Chamber organization, as well as The
United State Junior Chamber of Commerce and Junior Chamber International.
Junior Chamber International (JCI) includes more than 400,000
members of 10,000 communities in more than 100 countries and
territories. JCI's Major Emphasis Theme for 1992-96 is"The Age of
Global Citizenship." Under this theme, JCI encourages local and
national chapters to conduct activies based on the three pressing
issues facing the earth and its habitants: the environment, economic
development and the future of children.
The U.S. Jaycees account for 200,000 members in 4,300 chapters
nationwide. Two priority areas for the 90s include the environment and
governmental affairs. The 'Wake Up America; program encourages
political involvement on the local level. 'Greenworks!' encourages
community involvement in environmental issues.
Call 1-918-584-2481 for info on joining.
--- The Jaycee Creed ---
That faith in God gives meaning and purpose to human life;
That the brotherhood of man transcends the sovereignty of nations;
That economic justice can best be won by free men through free enterprise;
That government should be of laws rather than of men;
That earth's great treasure lies in human personality;
And that service to humanity is the best work of life."
[Source: firstname.lastname@example.org, Henderson-Audubon (Kentucky) Area Jaycees]
Subject: Q2.12. Key Club
(See "What is Kiwanis?")
Subject: Q2.13. Kinsman
Kinsmen is a 75 year old service organization started by Hal
Rogers when he was not allowed to join Rotary (no buisiness ties).
Our organization involves men only ages 21-45. The organization tries
to teach young men public speaking skills as well as business ethics
procedure. Our motto is "serving the comunity's greatest need"; we
also raise funds in the local community for everything from wheelchair
ramps to pools and community centers -- all of this then being donated
to the city.
[Source: email@example.com (mike rawluk).]
Subject: Q2.14. Kiwanis (also: What is Keys, What is Builders Club)
Kiwanis International is a worldwide club for community leaders
founded in 1915.
Kiwanis offers an opportunity for personal involvement in the
leadership and improvement of the community, the nation and the world.
While service is what Kiwanians are known for, their club offers much
more. Meetings and projects provide fellowship -- fellowship that is
sincere and lasting.
Since its founding in 1915, the organization has grown to about
9,000 clubs in more than 80 nations. Nearly a third of a million
Kiwanians are helping to improve people's lives on every continent --
from Canada to Colombia; from Austria to Australia; from Tunisia to
the Republic of China.
Kiwanians are engaged in education, government, banking,
marketing, agriculture, international trade, non-profit organizations,
and many other fields. They are corporate officers, managers,
small-business owners, and self-employed professionals. They are
young individuals embarking on careers, successful executives and
"Young Children: Priority One" is the Kiwanis program that places
continuing focus on projects addressing the needs of children in
pediatric trauma, safety, child care, early development, infant
health, nutrition and parenting skills.
The typical Kiwanis club plans numerous projects each year that
focus on the special needs of the community. They include fighting
substance abuse, helping the elderly, promoting literacy, supporting
youth sports and other projects involving children or persons in need.
Kiwanis also provides leadership opportunities in community
service for youth. Local clubs sponsor Builders Clubs in middle
schools. In high schools and colleges, Key Club and Circle K are the
largest service organizations of their kind in the world today.
The headquarters of Kiwanis International is 3636 Woodview Trace,
Indianapolis, IN 46268. They may be contacted at 1-800-KIWANIS.
[Source: membership brochure of Kiwanis International.]
Key Club is the high-school level of the K-Family (a level shared by
Keywannettes in certain states in the USA) and has an extensive
International Structure that parallels that of Kiwanis International
with presence in around a dozen to a score countries.
Builders Club is the Junior High School/Middle School branch of the
K-Family. It is the newest and has a fairly limited structure above
the club level, as far as I know.
[Source: firstname.lastname@example.org (Andrew Viertel).]
Subject: Q2.15. Lions
THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LIONS CLUBS
The International Association of Lions Clubs was created in 1917
by a Chicago businessman named Melvin Jones. The International
Association of Lions Clubs is today the largest service organization
in the world with over 1.4 million members in more than 42,000 clubs
in 178 countries and geographical regions. Lions clubs may also
sponsor Leo clubs which are clubs for young people aged 16-28,
however, some individuals in their twenties do join Lions Clubs. The
objects of Leo clubs are the same as Lions Clubs. Anyone can become a
Lion/Leo, the only qualifications are that members be honest and
respectable members of the community who are willing to work to
achieve the charitable goals of the Association.
Lions clubs are not social clubs, although there are social
benefits to membership. Lions clubs members give their time, skills
and resourses to raise funds for charitable giving both in their
communities and internationally. The major focus of Lions fund
raising activities is sight conservation, although other projects are
pursued such as drug awareness programs in high schools, diabetes
awareness programs and other programs that are specific to individual
clubs and districts. For example, Massachusetts Lions created an eye
research fund that gives research grants to Massachusetts Universities
and hospitals and have given over $12,000,000 in research grants since
it's inception, the Kentucky Lions have built and financially support
an eye hospital. Lions took up sight conservation as their major goal
after a speech given by Helen Keller at the Lions International
Convention held at Cedar Point, Ohio, in 1925.
Lions work in the area of sight conservation is carried out at
many levels. Individual clubs sponsor free eye screening programs
using mobile eye clinics. In many countries clubs sponsor eye surgery
camps where cataract surgeries are performed at no charge for those
those that can't afford medical. Many clubs in the U.S.A. collect old
eye glasses for distribution to the needy in other countries. The
International Association of Lions Clubs is the largest
non-governmental organization associated with the United Nations and
was called upon by the United Nations and the world health
organization to raise funds for an International program of sight
conservation through it's Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF).
It has been estimated that 40 million cases of curable and preventable
blindness exist on this planet today, with out intervention this is
projected to become 80 million by the end of the decade. The
International Association of Lions Clubs began a program of fund
raising that they called "SightFirst" in order to cure/prevent 40
million cases of blindness worldwide. Over $130,000,000 has been
raised by Lions all over the world for this program. Sight First has
already improved the quality of life for millions of people. Through
LCIF/Sight First-funded projects, more than 650,000 cataract surgeries
have been performed with over 5 million patients screened for eye
diseases. Forty-two eye hospitals and clinics with more than 920 new
beds have been built or are under construction in areas where there
were no eye health care facilities. SightFirst is also addressing the
need for more ophthalmic personnel in developing countries by funding
the training of 1,150 ophthalmic assistants, nurses and public eye
health workers over a five-year period.
Lions services to humanity range from purchasing eyeglass for a
child who's parents can't afford them to multimillion dollar programs
to cure blindness on a worldwide scale. The Lions International
Headquarters is in Oak Brook, Illinois, U.S.A.
You can contact Lions Clubs International as follows:
Lions Clubs International Telephone: (708) 571-5466
300 22nd Street Cable: LIONSINTL
Oak Brook, IL 60521-8842 Telex No: 397236 LION UR
U.S.A. Fax: (708) 571-8890
[Source: email@example.com (Ramesh Nayak), Arlington Lions Club,
Charles Levitt <firstname.lastname@example.org> works at the international
headquarters and is willing to ferry messages and questions to the
Subject: Q2.16. NeighborWorks
NeighborWorks is a national network dedicated to revitalizing
neighborhoods. NeighborWorks's core is the Neighborhood Reinvestment
Corporation, established in 1978, dedicated to revitalization of
declining low- and moderate-income neighborhoods for the benefit of
current residents, and the expansion of affordable housing and home
ownership opportunities. The Corporation primarily seeks to achieve
these goals by developing and supporting (through training and
technical assistance programs) local neighborhood-based partnerships
of residents, business leaders, and local government officials.
Neighborhoods Housing Services (NHS) and Mutual Housing Associations
(MHA) make up many but not all the local non-profit organizations
affiliated through the NeighborWorks network. NeighborWorks
organizations are active in 358 neighborhoods in 151 cities and towns
across the country.
Although the Corporation was created by an act of Congress and is
funded primarily by congressional appropriations, volunteers serve
major roles within the local organizations.
Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation
1325 G Street NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20005
Tel: (202) 376-2400, 1-800-325-NWKS
Fax: (202) 376-2600
[Source: condensed from Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation packet.]
Subject: Q2.17. Optimist International
Optimist International is an organization which is dedicated to
meeting the needs of the local community with special emphasis on
Members of the Optimist organization are unpaid volunteers, with the
exception of a handful of professional people at District and
International level necessary to maintain organizational integrity.
Optimist International is one of the world's largest and most active
service club organizations, with over 175,000 members in more than
4,300 Optimist Clubs across North America. Optimist Clubs directly
serve over five million young people each year. A major focus of
Optimist International today is in the area of drug abuse prevention.
Optimist Clubs sponsor "Just Say No" clubs and many other types of
activities which educate youth about drugs and support a drug-free
lifestyle. Since 1928, Optimist International has sponsored an annual
Oratorical Contest for youth. Today, over $150,000 in scholarships is
awarded to Oratorical Contest winners each year. Optimist
International also sponsors the largest international golf tournament
for young people, the Optimist Junior World Championships. Other-major
Optimist programs include the Optimist Essay Contest, Optimist Youth
Appreciation, Optimist Bike Safety Week and Optimist Respect for Law
Optimist International is divided up into districts. The Governor of
the district coordinates the zones within each district, each of which
is usually facilitated by a Lieutenant Governor. Individual clubs
within the local area, each led by a President, make up the zones.
In addition to providing the framework and infrastructure of the
entire organization, Optimist International oversees the Optimist
International Foundation (OIF). The OIF has many functions, not the
least of which is to raise money in order to defray the costs of the
multitude of materials used in the myriad of club projects and
programs perfomed in local communities.
Promise Yourself -
To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best and to
expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are
about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater
achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living
creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have
no time to critize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for
fear and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
The Optimist Creed was authored in 1912 by Christian D. Larson, an
advocate of positive thought. It was adopted as Optimist
International's creed in 1922.
[Source: text from various URL's under http://www.optimist.org.]
Subject: Q2.18. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers
[I've only been able to get my hands on brochures for the Boston Area
Returned Peace Corps Volunteers group, hence the references to the
Boston Area in the transcribed description below. I believe that
there *IS* some sort of national organization of local chapters, but
have not gotten contact information for such. I have been told that
if you are interested in finding a local chapter, you can contact the
Peace Corps at 1-800-424-8580 and they can help you, or you can write
to the below address.]
The Boston Area Returned Peace Corps Volunteers is a non-profit
organization established in 1978 for the purpose of carrying out the
third goal of the Peace Corps, as stated in the 1961 Peace Corps Act:
"To promote a better understanding of other people on the part of the
Current membership is over 500 Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs)
and spans more than three decades of service in 40 countries. It has
an 18 member Board of Directors and numerous committees which work to
achieve specific goals both locally and internationally.
The BARPCV is funded by membership dues and fundraising efforts. The
BARPCV encourages and supports participation from former and
prospective Peace Corps volunteers of all ages and backgrounds. The
BARPCV serves as a resource for global understanding by sharing the
special skills and unique experiences of living and working overseas
in international development.
Boston Area Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, Inc.
Brighton, MA 02135-0364
[Source: BARPCV brochure, as transcribed by Ping Huang.]
Subject: Q2.19. Rotaract
Rotaract is an international organization of service clubs for men and
women aged 18 to 30. Rotaract clubs are affiliated with Rotary clubs
in their own communities; the name combines "Rotary" and "action".
Their overall mission is to promote leadership and responsible
citizenship, high ethical standards in business, and international
understanding and peace. (Unlike Rotary, however, membership
requirements are more flexible, and there are no vocational
The first Rotaract club was founded in North Charlotte, North
Carolina, USA in 1968. Today there are more than 140,000 members in
over 6000 clubs worldwide. Clubs can be community-wide or university-
based. Rotaract has a motto, "Friendship in Action", which emphasizes
that service and social events go hand in hand: we need to work
together to solve the problems of our communities and the world.
There are three kinds of service activities: vocational, community,
Vocational activities serve to develop the careers and leadership
capabilities of Rotaractors; community activities are chosen by clubs
to meet local needs, sometimes in conjunction with other groups; and
international activities expand members' knowledge of other areas and
promote cooperation across national boundaries.
Despite beginning in the USA, Rotaract is much better known in Europe,
India, and South America. Clubs in the USA can vary greatly in focus
and membership, but this variety can be an asset. The region
comprising the US, Canada, and the Caribbean held its first annual
conference in Chicago in 1993; subsequent events have been in Los
Angeles and Toronto, and the 1996 conference will be in Sarasota,
Florida. Rotaract in North America is growing quickly.
For more information contact:
World Headquarters, Rotary International, One Rotary Center, 560
Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL 60201, USA
Phone: (708) 866-3000, FAX: (708) 328-8554 or 328-8281
[Source: Daniel A. Hartung (email@example.com), Evanston Rotaract Club.]
Subject: Q2.20. Rotary
The first Rotary club in the world was organized in Chicago, Illinois,
U.S.A., on 23 February, 1905 by Paul P. Harris, a young lawyer, who
gathered together in a spirit of friendship and understanding a group
of men, each of whom was engaged in a different form of service to the
public. That basis for membership -- one person from each business
and profession in the community -- still exists in Rotary. At first,
the members of the new club met in rotation at their various places of
business, and this suggested the name "Rotary."
Since 1905, the ideas of Paul Harris and his friends have become
ideals which have been accepted by people of practically all
nationalities, and many political and religious beliefs. Today there
are Rotary clubs in 176 countries and geographical regions. The
universal acceptance of Rotary principles has been so great that there
are now more than 25,000 Rotary clubs, which have a membership of over
1,100,000 men and women. The organization is non-political
(non-governmental) and non-sectarian.
The general objectives of Rotary clubs in every country are the same
-- the development of fellowship and understanding among the business
and professional leaders in the community, the promotion of
community-betterment endeavors and of high standards of business and
professional practices, and the advancement of international
understanding, goodwill and peace. Rotary clubs everywhere have one
basic ideal - the "Ideal of Service," which is thoughtfulness of and
helpfulness to others.
World Headquarters, Rotary International, One Rotary Center, 560
Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL 60201, USA
Phone: (708) 866-3000, FAX: (708) 328-8554 or 328-8281
[Source: Elliot E. Kallen (firstname.lastname@example.org) provides "A Brief History
of Rotary", from the Official Rotary Directory (1992-93 edition).]
Interact clubs are sponsored by Rotary clubs for secondary school
students (age 14-18). In addition to social activities, Interact
clubs are to carry out at least one local and one international
service project each year. The name Interact is derived from the
words "International" and "action". There are 7400 Interact Clubs in
97 countries; clubs may draw membership from a single school, multiple
schools, or from the community.
[Source: "Interact" Fact Sheet from Public Relations, Rotary Int'l.]
Subject: Q2.21. Round Table
Round Table International is a club for young men aged 18 to 40. It
provides an opportunity for members to meet on a regular basis and take part
in a diverse variety of activities including social events, international
visits, community service and making new friends.
The Aims and Objects of Round Table International are to:
1. promote fellowship and understanding between Round Table members worldwide
2. promote the formation of new Round Table clubs throughout the world
3. promote and administer joint service projects worldwide
Started by Louis Marchesi in England in 1927, Round Table has expanded to
a truely international movement with 45,000 members in over 40 countries.
Forget any pre-conceived ideas you may have about an organization like
Round Table; it's friendly, fun and rewarding. Ask any Tabler and he will
tell you that the movement expands your horizon and gives you a passport toa
worldwide group of friends.
If you would like to find out more about Round Table in your country,
please respond via e-mail.
[Source: email@example.com (maarten boender).]
Subject: Q2.22. Soroptimist
Soroptimist International of the Americas (SIA) is one of four
federations composing the world's largest classified service
organization for professional and executive business women.
Soroptimists are women of all ages, cultures and ethnic groups who
make a difference for women through service projects. Soroptimist
International has more than 95,000 members in 3,000 clubs in 112
countries and territories. SIA is the largest of the four federations
with nearly 50,000 members in 1,515 clubs in 18 countries and
Soroptimist International of the Americas
Two Penn Center Plaza, Suite 1000
Philadelphia, PA 19102
[Source: Catharine McSwegin, Membership Director.]
Subject: Q2.23. Zonta
Zonta International is the worldwide service organization of
executives in business and the professions, working to improve the
legal, political, economic and professional status of women. There
are more than 35,000 Zontians in over 1,100 clubs in approx. 60
countries. Founded in 1919 in Buffalo, New York, USA, Zonta takes its
name from the Sioux Indian word meaning "honest and trustworthy".
Zontians volunteer their time, talents and energy to local and
international service projects which promote the status of women.
Zonta supports women's education and leadership through its Amelia
Earhart Fellowship Awards for graduate study in aerospace-related
sciences and engineering the Michael J. Freeman Scholarships for
women pursuing technical degrees in Ireland, and the Young Women in
Public Affairs Awards Program designed to encourage young women to
enter public affairs and policy-making fields.
Zonta is committed to women's development. Between 1986-90, Zonta
worked with the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) to
fund sustainable, self-help porjects for women in 10 developing
nations. This successful partnership continued in 1990-92 with
projects in Egypt, India and Togo. Zonta has consultative status with
international agencies: Category I Status with the United Nations
Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC); consultative Status with the
United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization
(UNESCO); the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund
(UNICEF); the International Labour Organization (ILO); and the Council
of Europe. Zonta also maintains representatives at United Nations
sites in Geneva, New York, Paris and Vienna.
Zonta International Headquarters, 557 West Randolph Street, Chicago,
IL 60606-2284. Phone: 312-930-5848, Fax: 312-930-0951
Subject: **** SECTION 3. Computer/on-line resources ****
Subject: Q3.1. Major on-line services
<ADDITIONAL SPECIFIC INFO NEEDED!>
AOL: keyword "COMMUNITIES" goes to the "Communities Center", which has
a discussion folder called "Organizations". Various service groups
have subfolders. [Source: firstname.lastname@example.org (David G. La/Key Club).]
AOL: keyword "access.point" goes to the "access.point Civic
Invovlement System", in which one can research nonprofit issues and
causes, make donations, look for and/or list volunteer and job
opportunities, chat in real time, have discussion groups, shop in the
nonprofit marketplace, and research into issues related specifically
to the third sector in the Nonprofit Professionals Network.
[Source: email@example.com (SEWhalen).]
Compuserve: "GO ROTARY".
Prodigy: "GO CIS:Rotary".
Subject: Q3.2. World Wide Web
The World Wide Web has become a very popular way of providing
information on the Internet. If you aren't sure how to access
information on WWW servers, contact your local site administrators to
ask them if you are able to do so from your site.
Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organisations:
Alpha Phi Omega:
Boys & Girls Clubs of America:
Campus Based Community Service Programs:
CASAmet - Nuts & Bolts: Volunteer Management
MIT chapter: http://www.mit.edu:8001/activities/circle-k/home.html
Campus Outreach Community League (COOL):
Community Services Central:
Internet Resources for Non-Profit Organizations:
Key Club International:
California-Nevada-Hawaii district: http://www.greenheart.com/keyclub/
Austria: Vienna Leos: [URL NOT ON SERVER]
Australia: Brisbane: [URL NOT ON SERVER]
Australia: Launceston: http://metro.turnpike.net/L/Lions/index.html
Canada: Toronto: http://www.the-wire.com/usr/adlon/lion.html
Canada: Edmonton Millwoods: http://boardwalk.sas.ab.ca/lions/home.html
Canada: Coniston: http://www.feldspar.com/~ccresswe/lion.html
England: Norwich Leo: http://www.uea.ac.uk/menu/student_services/MAG-NET/non_union_socs/leo/leo.html
Finland: Leos: [TIMES OUT] http://www.hut.fi/~jwallius/LEO/index.html
Finland: Espoo/Meri: [URL NOT ON SERVER]
Germany: Leipzig Leo: http://www.uni-leipzig.de/~treutler/leo/leo.html
Germany: Dresden Leo: [TIMES OUT]
Italy: Castello Tre Torri Leo:
Italy: Monza Host: http://www.augustea.it/lions/lions.html
Poland: Gdansk Artus Leo:
Singapore: Temasek College Leo: http://www.moe.ac.sg/schools/tjc/leo.html
Singapore: Somerset: [SERVER NOT IN DNS]
Sweden: Linkoping: http://www.linkom.se/meny/samhall/idorgfor/lions.htm
USA: Illinois (Earlville): http://softfarm.com/Earlville/Lions/Lions.htm
USA: Wisconsin (Green Bay): http://www.dct.com/COM/org/LIONS/
USA: Virginia (Martinsville): http://www.neocomm.net/~ctymvile/mlions.html
USA: Indiana (Osgood): http://dialin.ind.net/~sdcunnin/osgoodlc.html
USA: Missouri (Rolla): http://www.rollanet.org/~rlions/index.html
USA: Maryland (Waldorf): http://www.maginfo.com/Lions.htm
USA: Massachusetts: http://www1.usa1.com/~ramnayak/Lions/
Lists of non-profit/charitable organizations:
Nonprofit organizations, general:
American Institute of Parliamentarians: http://www.connix.com/~aip/
National Assoc. of Parliamentarians: http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~parlipro/
People Making A Difference (local: Boston, Massachusetts):
Returned Peace Corps Volunteers:
[I didn't really want to create a separate section for
anonymous FTP resources since this is the only one so far,
so I turned it into an URL and stuck it here. ==PSH]
District 6860 (Northern Alabama): http://ro.com/~rtry6860
International Computer Users Fellowship of Rotarians:
Real-time WebChat meetings (CAKAPROTARY):
Mansfield, UK: http://www.egglestn.demon.co.uk/
[San Francisco] Bay Area Volunteer Center:
Sound Volunteer Management:
Virtual Volunteering Project:
Volunteers of America:
Subject: Q3.3. Usenet newsgroups
Well, there's soc.org.service-clubs.misc, of course. :)
There is an alt.org.jaycees newsgroup.
dhartung@MCS.COM (Daniel Hartung) has mentioned he's working on an RFD
(i.e. proposal) to create soc.org.service-clubs.rotary along with Kate
Wrightson (at University of Georgia). [July 24, 1995]
Some of the discussion on the newsgroup soc.org.nonprofit will
probably be of interest to those who help run service clubs, which are
usually organized as non-profits.
Irwin Taranto should be periodically posting the following article:
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (irwin taranto)
Subject: Rotary FAQ
[Expect to see me start leaving out some of the more rapidly changing
information about Rotary --- e.g., URL pointers --- when I become
convinced that Irwin will be continuing to post his article indefinitely.]
Subject: Q3.4. E-mail "newsletters"
Chronicle of Philanthropy: email email@example.com with
"subscribe chronicle <your name and organization>" in the body of
the message. This is not a mailing list for discussion amongst
subscribers, but rather a free preview (summary) of stories
running in issues of the well-known newspaper.
Impact Online: email firstname.lastname@example.org with the phrase
"subscribe news" in the body of the message.
Kiwanis: an attempt is being made to compile a directory of email
addresses. Contact email@example.com for details.
Kiwanis KITE newsletter: email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
The Leo: request copies from email@example.com. Info
about which club, district, Lion/Leo status, etc., should
be included in the request.
Rotaract: an attempt is being made to compile a directory of email
addresses. Contact Victor Valore <firstname.lastname@example.org> for details.
Rotaract London News Electronic Edition: email LRN@sdam.demon.co.uk
with your full name and email address. "Purpose: Electronic
edition of the London Rotaract News, covering a wide range of
current topics and regional as well as international Rotaract
Rotary News Basket newsletter: compiled weekly by Maureen Bangs,
Rotary Int't, 1560 Sherman Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201; telephone:
(708) 866-3217). An electronic copy can be obtained by sending
email to email@example.com with the line "get newsbask.txt" in the
message. This is not a subscription but would need to be repeated
each week to obtain the latest copy.
VIRTUAL VERVE: monthly electronic newsletter to highlight and
encourage the development of opportunities that can be completed
by volunteers working and reporting via home or work computers.
To subscribe, email <firstname.lastname@example.org> and in the
body of your message, type "subscribe vverve FIRSTNAME LASTNAME".
VISTA-L: email email@example.com with "SUBSCRIBE VISTA-L FirstName
LastName" in the body of the message. This is not a mailing list
for discussion amongst subscribers, but rather a distribution
mechanism for newsletter-like postings.
Subject: Q3.5. Discussion mailing lists
A number of individual service clubs have their own specific mailing
lists. Some may even have separate regional and local mailing lists,
and/or announcement vs. discussion vs. social mailing lists. If you
are currently a member of a service club, you should check with
officers, from the local level to regional to central, to see if this
form of communication is being used. If you are not currently a
member of a particular service club, you may or may not be able to
join particular mailing lists -- policies will differ on this.
Mailing lists which follow are alphabetized by mailing list address or
service group name.
APO-L: email firstname.lastname@example.org with "SUBSCRIBE APO-L FirstName
LastName" in the body of the message. "APO-L: For Alpha Phi
Omega, a service oriented fraternity which has chapters on many
campuses in the United States. The list will provide an
opportunity for members to compare notes on their chapters,
discuss organizational issues and communicate with members at
distant chapters. APO-L is an unofficial list and the postings
reflect the opinions of individuals and not the official policy of
Alpha Phi Omega. The list does not take the place of normal lines
of communication within the the fraternity."
APOSOC-L: email email@example.com with "SUBSCRIBE APOSOC-L
FirstName LastName" in the body of the message. This is a mailing
list for Alpha Phi Omega members to engage in social discussions.
Boston-cares: email firstname.lastname@example.org with "subscribe
boston-cares" in the body of the message. "Boston-cares is an
e-mail group dedicated to information and discussion about our
Greater Boston community, for all who are concerned about hunger,
poverty, homelessness, violence and hopelessness. It will not
focus on politics or social activism, but on personal, positive
action. Especially welcome will be news and ideas for all types
of community service, from long term volunteer commitments to
special projects. Announcements from local community service
groups are especially welcome."
Circle K International: email "your full name, e-mail address, club,
title and district to 'email@example.com'. This list
is maintained by a human, so please do not send any listserv
commands." "Purpose: For members and alumni to discuss matters
relating to the operation of Circle K International."
CKI-L: email firstname.lastname@example.org with "SUBSCRIBE CKI-L FirstName
LastName" in the body of the message. "CKI-L is an open list for
the discussion of issues relating to running a chapter of Circle-K
International and college level service club activities, e.g.
service projects, fundraising, member recruitment and retention."
CyberVPM: email email@example.com with "SUBSCRIBE CYBERVPM
YourName" in the body of the message. Online discussion group
for (professional) volunteer program managers.
Interact On-line: email firstname.lastname@example.org with "SUBSCRIBE
INTERACT FirstName LastName" in the body of the message. This
mailing list enables teens all over the world to discuss their
Interact projects and establish friendships.
JAYCEE-L: email email@example.com with your name, chapter, and a
brief profile of yourself, requesting a subscription.
KIWANIS: email firstname.lastname@example.org with "SUBSCRIBE KIWANIS
FirstName LastName" in the body of the message. "KIWANIS is an
open list for the discussion of issues relating to running a
chapter of Kiwanis International, e.g. service projects,
fundraising, member recruitment and retention. Real slow list.
YOU can make a difference by starting a discussion."
Leos-Global: email email@example.com with "subscribe
leos-global FirstName LastName" in the body of the message.
Rotaract: email firstname.lastname@example.org with "subscribe rotaract <your email
address>" in the body of the message. "We all have a great
organization which we can all help to become synonymous with
community and professional service to the world. Many projects
are attempted by various clubs, but the experiences and lessons
are not shared, to benefit the others. There are now projects that
need to have inter-action between all, world-wide, for example,
the Malaria Project that Rotaract has taken on, to fight the
spread of this disease."
Rotaract: email email@example.com
with "subscribe" in the body of the message. Archives available
"Purpose: Discussion related to the Rotaract service organization,
affiliated with Rotary International. For asking questions,
solving problems, or just making & contacting Rotaract friends
worldwide. Also open to Rotarians, Interactors, Ambassadorial
Scholars and Group Study Exchange team members."
Rotary: email firstname.lastname@example.org and include the
word "SUBSCRIBE ROTARY firstname lastname districtnumber" in the
body of the message.
Rotary chat: email email@example.com and include the
word "SUBSCRIBE ROTACHAT firstname lastname districtnumber" in
the body of the message.
Round Table: email firstname.lastname@example.org and include the
phrase "subscribe roundtable" in the body of the message.
VOLUNTEERS: email email@example.com with "SUBSCRIBE
VOLUNTEERS FirstName LastName" in the body of the message.
Subject: **** SECTION 4. Non-computer Resources ****
Subject: Q4.1. Specialized publishers
** Energize Inc. (a training, consulting, and publishing firm) puts
out a catalog of lots of books, videos, pamphlets, and software about
specific topics in volunteer recruiting, involvement, management,
administration, etc. Contact at 1-800-395-9800 or firstname.lastname@example.org;
also try http://www.energizeinc.com/
** Heritage Arts Publishing (1897 Downers Grove, IL 60515, USA) has
a division called Volunteer Marketplace which puts out its own catalog
of literature on the topic of working with volunteers.
** National Center for Non-profit Boards sells many booklets and
pamphlets on specific topics focused on a board member audience.
1-800-883-6262, FAX 1-202-452-6299.
** Nolo Press (Berkeley, CA) has a number of books which pertain to
the business and legal side of service club activity, including how to
incorporate as a non-profit corporation.
** _Who Cares_ is a quarterly magazine focusing on the participation
of young adults in community service. Subscriptions: 1-800-628-1692,
or email@example.com, or POB 3000, Denville, NJ 07834. ($15 for one
year as of June 1995.)
Subject: Q4.2. Specialized software
firstname.lastname@example.org posted on 1 December 1996 about some software:
"Pullman is a complete package for handling membership of clubs,
societies, charities, supporters organizations etc and fundraising.
Clubman is the "little brother" of Pullman and handles membership,
merchandising, donations and some of the other features of it's big
brother. Both Clubman and Pullman are available on a no obligation 30
Quoted from <3402BB15.2ACA@seesig4address.com> from Jayne Cravens:
> Nonprofit Software Index
> Includes an index of commercial volunteer management software
> packages. It has descriptions (supplied by the vendors) of such
> software, and contact information. By William A. Kleintop of Seton
> Hall's Center for Public Service.
Subject: Q4.3. Bibliography
> I want to start a bibliography section in the periodic informational
> posting I post to soc.org.service-clubs.misc.
> Toward this purpose, I am interested in hearing from you about books
> that you have read about service clubs and other community service
> organizations, or community service in general, that you found
> informative, interesting, inspirational, or any combination thereof.
> I'd appreciate book title and author (as much as you can remember),
> and just a few sentences of commentary about the book.
[CD93] Robert L. Clifton and Alan M. Dahms, Grassroots Organizations:
A Resource Book for Directors, Staff, and Volunteers of Small,
Community-Based Nonprofit Agencies Second Edition (Prospect Heights,
ILL: Waveland Press, 1993) ISBN 0-88133-726-9
[C93a] Robert Coles, The Call to Service: A Witness to Idealism
(Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1993) ISBN 0-395-6347-7
[C93b] Jeffrey A. Charles, Service Clubs in American Society: Rotary,
Kiwanis, and Lions (University of Illinois Press, 1993) ISBN 0-252-02015-4.
[DB??] Ram Dass & Mirabai Bush, Compassion in Action. Described as an
excellent source of inspiration and how-to's for finding a niche for
[D??] Ram Dass, How Can I Help. Described important for its service
examples and means of avoiding burn-out.
[E94] Susan Ellis, The Volunteer Recruitment Book (Energize, 1994)
[G90] David L. Gies, et al., The Nonprofit Organization: Essential
Readings (Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole Publishing Company, 1990)
[H92] Peter Dobkin Hall, Inventing the Nonprofit Sector and Other
Essays on Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Nonprofit Organizations
(Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992)
[J89] James A. Joseph, The Charitable Impulse: Wealth and Social
Conscience in Communities and Cultures outside the United States (New
York: Foundation Center, 1989) ISBN 0-87954-301-9
[L92] Roger Lohmann, The Commons: New Perspectives on Nonprofit
Organizations and Voluntary Action (San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass
Publishers, 1992) ISBN 1-55542-476-7
[M94] Mike W. Martin, Philanthropy, Voluntary Service, and Caring
(Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1994) ISBN 0-253-33677-5
[V88] Jon Van Til, Mapping the Nonprofit Sector: Voluntarism in a
Changing Social Economy (New York: Foundation Center, 1988) ISBN
[W94] Miriam Weinstein, Making A Difference College Guide: outstanding
colleges to help you make a better world (Sage Press [800-218-4242],
1994) ISBN 0-9634618-2-6; SageWorks Press POB 150488, San Rafael, CA
94915-0488, (800) 218-GAIA. 4th edition 1995 $16 + $2 S/H.
[W90] Jennifer Wolch, The Shadow State: Government and Voluntary
Sector in Transition (New York: Foundation Center, 1990) ISBN
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