The 101st Kiwanis International convention unfolds June 23-26 in Toronto, Ontario, and includesgeneral sessions, educational forums and exhibits at the Metro Toronto Convention Center. There also will be plenty of opportunities for seeing the sights and hobnobbing with fellow Kiwanians, including those from the Indiana District.
For starters, you can break breadsticks with other Hoosier Kiwanians at the Indiana District Dinner, set for 5-7 p.m. atThe Badali Bar and Cucina Restaurant, one of Toronto’s finer eating establishments. Reservations, with payment, are due by Monday, June 6. You’ll find a downloadable reservation form, which also includes your menu choices, online. The Badali Bar is located across the street from the Convention Center, so you’ll have plenty of time to make it there for the convention’s Opening Session, which begins promptly at 7:30 that evening.
The opening night concludes with the Indiana District Caucus in the Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton Centre Toronto, the Indiana host hotel. The one hour session, which begins at 10 p.m., will give Indiana Kiwanians another chance for fellowship as they get a preview of what’s in store for the remainder of the convention, including issues of importance to them and the district.
“Kiwanis International conventions are a great time for teambuilding and celebrating the successes of our district,” notes Indiana District Governor Kris Bowers. “They’re also times to recharge our batteries and build momentum as we look toward the Kiwanis year ahead.”
Keep checking the Indiana District Web site and watching for future e-newsletters for more details about this summer’s convention. In the meantime, you can stay up-to-date on specifics of the event by checking out the officialconvention Web site.
Time to Register for this Summer’s Rockin’ Indiana District Convention
Registration is now open for the 98th Annual Indiana District Convention, August 5-7 at the Radisson at Star Plazain Merrillville. Billed as a time of celebration, reconnection and education, this summer’s gathering will also provide the perfect setting for reflection and rejuvenation. (You’ll find a registration form and other information online.) Among events on tap:
Celebration. Make merry with other Hoosier Kiwanians at Rockin’ for Riley, a celebration of the Indiana District’s Partnership with the Riley Hospital for Children. Set for Friday evening, the event also includes some lighthearted fundraising for the3 Wishes – Early Action for Autism campaign.
Reconnection. A fine evening of fun and celebration is in store at the Kiwanis Soiree. The event will feature the retirement of the 2015-16 district board and the installation of the 2016-17 board, all with a Parisian flare.
Education. An upgraded exhibition area will include Town Hall Talks, mini-presentations on topics of concern for Indiana’s Kiwanians. To round out the convention’s educational opportunities, Indiana’s Kiwanis clubs and members are encouraged to conduct a workshop sharing best projects, secrets for membership success and fundraising ideas. If you have some great ideas you’d like to share, fill out theCall for Proposals.
Of course, the convention is a time for conducting the business of the district at the House of Delegates. The session, scheduled for Saturday afternoon, includes election of the 2016-17 governor-elect.
One Day a Great Day for Fellowship and Service, Service, Service
It’s not difficult to measure the success of the Wapahani Division’s recent One Day project at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Indiana. The Kiwanians and Circle K’ers who converged on the Muncie facility April 2 completed its to-do list in record time.
“We completed a large number of projects,” notes Judith Warrner, the division’s publicity chair. “The program director at Second Harvest had to come up with more projects than she had prepared because our entire group worked hard, efficiently and as a team. We got to see how much more can be done when collaborating with others, which is one of the purposes of Kiwanis One Day.”
In all, 28 Kiwanis members representing clubs from Anderson, Yorktown, Dunkirk, Winchester and Muncie and Delaware County took part in the project. They were joined by more than 100 Circle K members from Ball State, Notre Dame, Indiana State, Manchester, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne. The projects they completed include:
Cleaning all warehouse racks.
Placing labels on individual tomato product cans.
Preparing flour packages for distribution.
Completing an inventory of all warehouse areas.
Sorting through bread products to ensure freshness and repackaging for distribution.
Reassembling, resorting and restocking banana boxes.
Cleaning semis and box trucks.
Preparing all empty boxes for recycling.
Picking up trash and debris from perimeter of the warehouse.
“This was a great time for our different groups to come together for many reasons,” Warrner, says. “We got to know other members of the Kiwanis family and it was an opportunity to learn from one another.”
Observed each April, Kiwanis One day is a time for the entire Kiwanis family to join forces to fill a specific need in their communities. For the Wapahani Division, that meant helping Second Harvest in its mission to make sure the most vulnerable people in East Central Indiana are free from hunger.
“It was a great day of fellowship and service,” says Jim Warrner, the division’s lieutenant governor.