The 102nd Kiwanis International convention will run from Thursday, July 13 through Sunday, July 16 and will be held in Paris, France. Kiwanis members from around the world will converge to elect international officers, hear inspirational presentations, attend workshops and vote on a variety of issues including amendments to the Kiwanis International by-laws.
President-elect Chad Endsley will represent Kiwanis Club of Columbus. Each year, our Club supports up to two elected delegates to the international convention when it is held within North America. The Club’s President-elect and Vice President are given priority and are encouraged to attend, so that they can apply what they learn during their upcoming administrative years. Due to costs, we support only one delegate when the convention is held overseas.
This year, the following changes to the Kiwanis International bylaws have been proposed:
1- To remove the provision that allows criminal history background checks conducted by districts to be considered equivalent to those conducted by Kiwanis International.
2- To correct an oversight in the bylaws by providing a way for tie votes in elections to be resolved in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order.
3- To provide that members who belong to more than one club shall pay Kiwanis International and district dues only to their primary club but not their secondary club(s).
4- To remove the limitation that only one person from a district may serve on the Kiwanis International Board at the same time.
5- To remove the restriction that a person may not serve on the Kiwanis International Board for one full year after someone else from the same district has left service on the board (the ‘dark year’ provision)
6- To provide for candidate nominations and initial review of proposed amendments and resolutions at the Kiwanis International convention, with final voting permitted to take place via secure web-based balloting.
If you have any thoughts or opinions about these proposed amendments, please touch base with Chad prior to his departure so that he can properly represent the feelings of our Club members. International conventions sites are selected well in advance to allow for the necessary promotion and planning. Here are the sites chosen for upcoming conventions: 2018 – Las Vegas 2019 – Walt Disney World, Orlando 2020 – Indianapolis 2021 – Salt Lake City