Indiana Kiwanis Convention 2016

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Ooh La La! Get a Taste of Paris
At This Summer’s District Convention
Le congrès du District de l’Indiana prend un petit air parisien cet été… Participez à la soirée Kiwanis, qui promet d’être sympathique et détendue, un avant-goût de ce qui vous attend à Paris !

Vous ne comprenez pas ? Sorry, pardon our French. Here’s a loose translation: You can immerse yourself in the culture of Paris at this summer’s Indiana District Convention. Come to the Kiwanis Soiree and enjoy a relaxing and fun evening, Parisian style.

Billed as “an evening of celebration with a Parisian flair,” the Soiree will provide a fitting way of looking ahead to the 2017 Kiwanis International Convention, which unfolds next summer in the capital of France. It also will be a spirited way to wrap up the second day of the 98th Annual Indiana District Convention, August 5-7, 2016, at the Radisson at Star Plaza in Merrillville.
For starters, the event will feature dinner with a complimentary glass of wine. There will be festive entertainment and a cash bar. You’ll see Kiwanians dressed up and witness the ceremonial passing of the district leadership torch. And you’ll join Governor Kris Bowers in reflecting on the district’s many successes this past Kiwanis year during her farewell remarks.
The event, which is scheduled for 7 to 10 p.m. in the hotel’s Celebrity West Ballroom, is a separate ticketed event. Watch for future updates for more information. In the meantime, Célébrer!

Join the Convention Celebration
By Sharing Your Club’s Successes 
Indiana’s Kiwanis clubs do a lot of good things in their communities. They don’t often take time to celebrate them, though. Fortunately, the 98th Annual Indiana District Convention will provide the opportunity to do just that.
If your club has completed a service project that’s had a lot of impact or conducted a successful  and innovative fundraiser this Kiwanis year, you can showcase them with an exhibit table at the upcoming district convention. It would be a great way to celebrate your achievements with like-minded servant leaders, and you might even inspire other clubs to follow your lead.
“The district convention will be a time for celebration,” says District Governor Kris Bowers. “Sharing what your club has accomplished is a great way to invite others to join you in celebrating your own successes.”
Contact Governor Kris if your club is interested.

High School Student Gets Gift of Love
From the Maple City Kiwanis Club 
Katya Rodriguez, a special needs student at Goshen High School, is always smiling. But her smile was especially pronounced one recent morning, after receiving an adaptive bike, a gift of love from the Kiwanis Club of Maple City.
“Katya was born prematurely and was treated for a brain tumor at the Riley Hospital for children when she was about one-and-a-half years old,” notes Jim Bare, club spokesman and co-chairman  of the Indiana District of Kiwanis Adaptive Bicycle Program. “Because this left her with balance issues, she isn’t able to ride a bike like her sister. The adaptive bike allows her to go on bike rides with her.”
The club was alerted to the need by Wendy Swallow, school nurse, who was a guest speaker during a weekly meeting. That set the wheels in motion.
“I spoke with Danny Jones, owner of Lincoln Avenue Cycles here in Goshen, and he had a three-wheeler he said he would take to the high school so she could try it out,” Bare explains. “That bike was red, but Jones said he had a blue one and Katya asked for the blue one. We presented the three-wheeler to her one morning at school, with a number of Kiwanians present. The bike was kept at the school for a week so Katya could ride in the hallways with a teacher or the school nurse watching closely. I was told she rode with an even bigger smile on her face”.
The cost of the bike was $630, which the club raised in less than a week from member donations. The club also provided Rodriguez with a helmet and flag. The reason for the quick response: Turns out Rodriguez has a connection with the club. She participates in her school’s Life Skills program and has helped the Kiwanis club with its Tools-4-Schools warehouse program in the past.
(Photo credit: Lauren Zeugner, associate editor at The Papers Inc., and member of the Maple City club)

District Governor Needs Your Help
In ‘Breaking the Bank’  
If the Indiana District of Kiwanis were to dole out dollars for its Club Strengthening Incentive Programtoday, its coffers would be $18,700 lighter. That’s a lot of cash, but District Governor Kris Bowers wishes it were a lot more.
Under the incentive program, introduced earlier this year, if an Indiana Kiwanis club ends the 2015-16 administrative year with a net positive increase in membership, the district will send it a  check for $50 for every net one increase. For example, if a club finishes the year with a net growth of 10 members, it will receive a check for $500, which it can use for either service or administrative purposes.
As of May 31, the district had grown by 228 members since the beginning of the current Kiwanis year. Some 88 clubs in Indiana have added at least one member to their rolls, and new clubs have been chartered in Zionsville, Evansville and Westfield, with another in Speedway in the works.
“This is good, but we still are behind where we should be at this point in the year,” says Governor Kris. “I encourage clubs to focus on adding two to three new members in the next few months. More members equals more service to the community. And, thanks to the incentive program, more members means more cash for your club.
“Let’s break the bank!”

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