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**** 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
Q1.5. What is the charter for
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
Q2.2. Altrusa
Q2.3. AmeriCorps / National Service / VISTA / Youth Corps
Q2.4. Apex
Q2.5. Builders Club
Q2.6. Campus Outreach Community League (COOL)
Q2.7. Circle K
Q2.8. Civitan
Q2.9. Elks
Q2.10. Exchange
Q2.11. Jaycees
Q2.12. Key Club
Q2.13. Kinsman
Q2.14. Kiwanis (also: What is Keys, What is Builders Club)
Q2.15. Lions
Q2.16. NeighborWorks
Q2.17. Optimist International
Q2.18. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers
Q2.19. Rotaract
Q2.20. Rotary
Q2.21. Round Table
Q2.22. Soroptimist
Q2.23. Zonta

**** 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
Q4.3. Bibliography

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 with the following text in the BODY of the message: send usenet/news.answers/service-clubs/general-faq 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 This document is in digest format. Your news reader software may understand how to "burst" a digest into its constituent pieces for easier reading. Please do not ask me for instructions on how to do this with your software. Please do contact me if you notice that there is something I've done which makes this document not properly conform to digest format. Additional information and updates are very welcome, as are suggestions on how to make this document more useful. Please send email to soscm-faq@MIT.EDU and use the Subject line of this posting if possible. You can choose to reply to this message by email, and that will do the right thing. 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 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 encourage them. 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 guidance. 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 <>.]
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 day-to-day operations. * 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 <>.] -------- 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 <>.]
Subject: Q1.4. What is the audience for 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 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 The Call For Votes (CFV) to create this newsgroup listed this as the charter for the new newsgroup: > The 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 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 "", for example, likely addresses you may wish to consider complaining to are (listed in order of preference),, and 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 <>.]
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.] Email:
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 Tradition 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 development. 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 international levels 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 leaders. [Source: (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 Email: Bryn Parrott 1995/96 Apex Sth Aust State Secretary +61 8 8371 0522 [Source:, 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 service. 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 leaders. 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. Contact: 1511 K Street NW, Suite 307 Washington, DC 20005 202-637-7004 202-637-7021 (fax) E-Mail: [Source: assembled by Ping Huang from various pieces of description accessed via]
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 those countries. 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 (]
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 contacts. 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 Facts: - 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 disabilities (MR/DD) - 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 at Birmingham "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 <>, from a wallet card titled "Civitan International Information".] Email:
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 members. 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 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: (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 Rico. 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 Americanism Projects The Freedom Shrine GIVEAKIDAFLAGTOWAVE "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 child abuse. 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 <>, from an Exchange brochure.]
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 --- "We believe: 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:, 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: (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 active retirees. "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: (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: (Ramesh Nayak), Arlington Lions Club, Massachusetts, USA.] Charles Levitt <> works at the international headquarters and is willing to ferry messages and questions to the appropriate departments.
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 youth. [....] 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 Week. 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]
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 American people." 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. POB 35364 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 classifications.) 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, and international. 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 (, 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 ( 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: (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 territories. Headquarters: Soroptimist International of the Americas Two Penn Center Plaza, Suite 1000 Philadelphia, PA 19102 Phone: 1-800-942-4629 [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 (Source:
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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: (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: (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: Apex: Boys & Girls Clubs of America: Campus Based Community Service Programs: CASAmet - Nuts & Bolts: Volunteer Management Circle K: General: MIT chapter: Civitan: Campus Outreach Community League (COOL): Community Services Central: Elks: Impact Online: Internet Resources for Non-Profit Organizations: Key Club International: California-Nevada-Hawaii district: Kiwanis: Lions: Austria: Vienna Leos: [URL NOT ON SERVER] Australia: Brisbane: [URL NOT ON SERVER] Australia: Launceston: Canada: Toronto: Canada: Edmonton Millwoods: Canada: Coniston: England: Norwich Leo: Finland: Leos: [TIMES OUT] Finland: Espoo/Meri: [URL NOT ON SERVER] Germany: Leipzig Leo: Germany: Dresden Leo: [TIMES OUT] Italy: Castello Tre Torri Leo: Italy: Monza Host: Poland: Gdansk Artus Leo: Singapore: Temasek College Leo: Singapore: Somerset: [SERVER NOT IN DNS] Sweden: Linkoping: USA: Illinois (Earlville): USA: Wisconsin (Green Bay): USA: Virginia (Martinsville): USA: Indiana (Osgood): USA: Missouri (Rolla): USA: Maryland (Waldorf): USA: Massachusetts: Lists of non-profit/charitable organizations: Nonprofit organizations, general: Optimist International: Parliamentary Procedures: American Institute of Parliamentarians: National Assoc. of Parliamentarians: Peace Corps: People Making A Difference (local: Boston, Massachusetts): Returned Peace Corps Volunteers: Rotary: [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): International Computer Users Fellowship of Rotarians: Real-time WebChat meetings (CAKAPROTARY): Rotaract: Round Table: Mansfield, UK: [San Francisco] Bay Area Volunteer Center: FAQ: Sound Volunteer Management: Virtual Volunteering Project: Volunteers of America: Zonta:
Subject: Q3.3. Usenet newsgroups Well, there's, of course. :) There is an newsgroup. dhartung@MCS.COM (Daniel Hartung) has mentioned he's working on an RFD (i.e. proposal) to create along with Kate Wrightson (at University of Georgia). [July 24, 1995] Some of the discussion on the newsgroup 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: Newsgroups: From: (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 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 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 for details. Kiwanis KITE newsletter: email for more info. The Leo: request copies from 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 <> for details. Rotaract London News Electronic Edition: email 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 activities." 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 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 <> and in the body of your message, type "subscribe vverve FIRSTNAME LASTNAME". VISTA-L: email 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 listserv@purccvm.bitnet 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 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 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 ''. 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 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 with "SUBSCRIBE CYBERVPM YourName" in the body of the message. Online discussion group for (professional) volunteer program managers. Interact On-line: email 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 with your name, chapter, and a brief profile of yourself, requesting a subscription. KIWANIS: email 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 with "subscribe leos-global FirstName LastName" in the body of the message. Rotaract: email 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 with "subscribe" in the body of the message. Archives available at "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 and include the word "SUBSCRIBE ROTARY firstname lastname districtnumber" in the body of the message. Rotary chat: email and include the word "SUBSCRIBE ROTACHAT firstname lastname districtnumber" in the body of the message. Round Table: email and include the phrase "subscribe roundtable" in the body of the message. VOLUNTEERS: email 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; also try ** 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, or POB 3000, Denville, NJ 07834. ($15 for one year as of June 1995.)
Subject: Q4.2. Specialized software 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 day trial!" Quoted from <> 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 > > 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 community service. [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) ISBN 0-940576-15-5. [G90] David L. Gies, et al., The Nonprofit Organization: Essential Readings (Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole Publishing Company, 1990) ISBN 0-534-12588-3 [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 0-87954-240-3 [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 0-87954-331-0 ------------------------------ End of FAQ Digest ********************************************

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