Resolutions passed at the International Convention

RESOLUTION 1

OUR RESPONSIBILITY AS KIWANIANS

Adopted

Resolutions adopted at an International convention convey our responsibility as Kiwanians throughout the world.  Issues of particular importance are those that promote the well-being of the Kiwanis organization.  The following identify the issues that deserve exceptional attention and resolve of each Kiwanian. THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT each Kiwanian, individually and through club effort: 1. Seek to protect the children of the world from hunger, diseases, and violence through projects under the banner of Young Children: Priority One. 2. Increase meaningful and measurable service projects in the community that promote the understanding of the Kiwanis mission. 3. Provide worthwhile services and leadership experiences that energize current Kiwanians and attract new members. 4. Involve the Kiwanis family in specific service and leadership initiatives that recognize these sponsored young people as our partners, our strength, and our future. 5. Initiate and apply the final actions to generate a successful conclusion to the Kiwanis IDD Worldwide Service Project.

THE INTERNATIONAL BOARD FAVORS THIS RESOLUTION. A MAJORITY OF THE INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL FAVORS THIS RESOLUTION.

RESOLUTION 2

YOUNG CHILDREN: PRIORITY ONE—LEAD POISONING AND PEDIATRIC TRAUMA

Adopted  for a decade, Kiwanis clubs throughout the world have addressed the needs of children under the banner of Young Children: Priority One.  Many concerns facing children have been addressed; however, there still is much more work to be done. Lead Poisoning Medical research continues to reveal that lead poisoning is the number one environmental health risk facing children in industrialized nations today.  Children already are affected by lead from old paint, water pipes, soil pollutants, hobby and sports equipment, and pottery glazes.

Around the world, children are affected because they are using consumer products containing lead or are living in homes near industries that use such products. Low levels of lead ingestion can adversely affect brain development, resulting in reading and learning disabilities, attention-deficit disorders, behavioral problems, and higher school drop-out rates.  It has been proved that proper nutrition, especially adequate calcium and iron in the diet, will enable children to absorb lead less readily. Pediatric Trauma The greatest killer of children in developed nations is not a disease—it is accidental injury or pediatric trauma.  It is important to note that much of pediatric trauma is preventable; however, pediatric trauma needs specialized response designed for children, not adults. 

Because of these serious differences, safety must be taught to all children, programs that help to keep children healthy must be fostered, a safe environment must be encouraged, and all children must be ensured of a chance to grow.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT, in addressing lead poisoning and pediatric trauma, Kiwanians and Kiwanis clubs everywhere: 1. Publicize the hazards of lead poisoning so that proper community environmental action can be taken to eliminate lead sources on a priority basis. 2. Cooperate with local medical professionals to initiate a community-wide screening effort to identify young children with lead poisoning and encourage appropriate medical attention for those in need. 3. Reduce the incidence of pediatric trauma by educating parents and caregivers through broad-based awareness programs, as well as by teaching children basic skills and preventative measures that will keep them free from harm. 4. Ensure that urgent- and emergency-care providers are equipped with age-appropriate tools and supplies needed to effectively respond to pediatric trauma. 5. Use the Young Children: Priority One materials developed by Kiwanis International to implement club projects. 

THE INTERNATIONAL BOARD FAVORS THIS RESOLUTION. A MAJORITY OF THE INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL FAVORS THIS RESOLUTION.

RESOLUTION 3

PROTECTING CHILDREN FROM MEDIA VIOLENCE:  A KIWANIS CONCERN Adopted with Amendment Today’s children are growing up in a media culture that permeates most of their lives. Media affect children’s ideas about play; what they want to eat and wear; how they want to look; and the nature of relationships. Media culture can both negatively and positively influence children’s behavior and ideas. In recent years, the amount and severity of violence (physical, mental, and sexual) in societies and in the media have become of increasing concern. This violence intrudes on the daily lives of children throughout the world. The effects of media violence on children include: * An increase in mean-spirited, aggressive behavior * Desensitization and callousness to the effects of violence and the suffering of others * Justification for resorting to violence when children think they are right * Fostering a culture in which disrespectful behavior becomes a legitimate way to treat people All societies are paying the price for the failure to protect children from the effects of media violence. All segments of each society, including parents, government officials, policymakers, educators, service organizations, consumers, and corporate media are responsible for and must work collaboratively in creating an appropriate nonviolent media culture for their children.

As the leading service organization “Serving the Children of the World,” Kiwanis must take a proactive leadership role in helping implement a plan of action to protect children from unhealthy media culture. Meaningful acts by societies are necessary to promote positive change so that: * Children are taught to be critical viewers of media violence * Parents are supported in helping children make constructive use of media * The media are held responsible for helping serve children by providing exposure to pro-social material and preventing exposure to violent material.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT: 1. Kiwanis International develop, promote, and make readily available to all Kiwanis clubs and other sponsored service programs of Kiwanis supporting materials on media violence that include specific actions Kiwanis clubs and members of the Kiwanis family can implement to reduce the impact of media violence on children. 2. Kiwanis International establish liaison with other groups and organizations encouraging them to join Kiwanis in collaborative and individual efforts to express our concerns and make appropriate contacts with leaders in the media to assist in minimizing children’s exposure to media violence and promote children’s exposure to pro-social, positive material. 3. Kiwanis clubs and Kiwanians use available supporting materials developed by Kiwanis International and other organizations to implement programs for members of the Kiwanis family to personally or collectively call upon the media to reduce violence in the media.

THE INTERNATIONAL BOARD FAVORS THIS RESOLUTION. A MAJORITY OF THE INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL FAVORS THIS RESOLUTION.