Thousands of Kiwanians took in the sights of the City of Lights and enjoyed the fun, fellowship, service and education of the 102nd Annual Kiwanis International Convention in Paris, France. This convention was the fourth time our global organization convened in Europe: Vienna in 1983; Nice in 1993; Geneva in 2011, and now Paris.
President-elect Chad Endsley represented Kiwanis Club of Columbus at the convention. He will be presenting a more thorough report at our August 7 Club meeting, but here is a quick synopsis of the major business items decided at this year’s international convention:
a- James M. Rochford of the Kiwanis Club of Peoria(Peoria, Illinois) was elected International President.
b- Florencio C. “Poly” Lat of the Kiwanis Club of Inner-City Homes (Muntinlupa, Metro Manila), was elected International President-elect.
c- Daniel Vigneron of the Kiwanis Club of Vielsam (Howald, Luxembourg) was elected International Vice President.
d- Trustees – The following Trustees were elected: Greg Beard from the Louisiana-Mississippi-West Tennessee District; Charles Gugliuzza from the Florida District; Richard Olmstead from the California-Nevada-Hawaii District, representing the US and Pacific Canada region, and Ernest Schmid from the Austria District, in the at-large seat
2- By-law changes:
a-To remove the provision that allows criminal history background checks conducted by districts to be considered equivalent to those conducted by Kiwanis International. Approved.
b- 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. Approved.
c- 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). Failed.
d- To remove the limitation that only one person from a district may serve on the Kiwanis International Board at the same time. Failed.
e- 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) Failed.
f- 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. Failed.
The 103rd annual Kiwanis International Convention will take place June 28–July 1, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Our Club plans to send at least two delegates.