Message from the District Governor
Happy summer! It is a busy time in the Kiwanis world right now.
Some of us are getting ready to go to Toronto for the International Convention. It will be so exciting to vote for Jane as International President! We will celebrate with her, Gus, and the 2016-2017 Governors at our District Dinner. I can’t wait!
The next event coming up sooner than we realize is our District Convention. It will be held August 5 & 6 at Prairie Meadows Convention Center in Altoona, IA. The committee has been working hard to plan an outstanding event for you. Our District Dinner will be Friday evening. We will celebrate Jane’s election. The entertainment for the evening will be the Ames Golden K Singers. You will definitely want to hear them sing. Saturday features speakers from our District and away. We will start the morning being energized by Jane.
Then, our own Don Fritz, Patrick Geary, Vern Waldren, and Andy Bradley will spend some time talking with us about Strategic Planning. They will also be available in Regional meetings later in the morning to help with ideas for getting started with your own club strategic plan that will be developed over the next couple of years as we get more familiar with the I-Plan. Lisa Dietlin of Chicago will talk to us about The Power of Three—explaining how easy it is to reach our goals.
Lunch will be a buffet. After you finish eating, you are invited to peruse the silent auction items (remember to send information to me about items you/your club are going to donate), and visit with participants of the Service Fair to get ideas for new ways your club can serve your community. And, there may be ways that you, personally, would like to get involved. Feel free to check on both of these areas anytime you have a free few minutes. We have a great line up of breakouts for you that will be held in two sessions. We will end our day with the Business Session. During that time you will hear from our SLP Governors. You will be impressed! You will also hear from Joe Schmidtke about plans for Key Leader and Katie Orlando about our PR Plan. Steve McNally will announce last year’s Distinguished Clubs. The Layperson of the year will be announced. Our KI Board Counselor, Barb Thompson, will briefly address the group. After hearing from these outstanding people we will approve our updated by-laws. We will end our Business Session and Convention by electing our new District officers.
And, as always, it is a great time to reconnect with friends we haven’t seen for a while, and make new friends.
It is going to be an excellent District Convention. I hope you will join Joe and me for a fun and educational time. See you in August!
Nebraska-Iowa District Governor