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95th Annual District Convention - Bend, Oregon

Pacific Northwest Kiwanis

Dear Pacific Northwest Kiwanians,

It's a special treat for all of us to welcome Kiwanis International President Alan Penn and his wife, Jeri to the 95th Annual District Convention to be held in Bend, Oregon the weekend of August 23 - 26.

President Alan is a long time friend of the PNW District, serving as our International Board Counselor in 2008-2009. Most recently,President Alan and Jeri were with us at the Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp earlier this month to help us with our 2012-2013 Lt. Governor Training.

Alan and Jeri Penn at Little Zigzag

While at Lt. Governor Training, Alan and Jeri took a moment to visit Little Zig Zag Falls (pictured here) which was featured in the Kiwanis International video "One Can Make A Difference."

Sylvester NealStan Soderstrom

Also joining us in Bend will be our own Sylvester Neal, theImmediate Past President of Kiwanis International and Kiwanis International Executive Director Stan Soderstrom from Indianapolis.

Joan Wilson

We will also have, in from Indianapolis, the Kiwanis International Director of Member Services, Joan Wilson. Both Stan and Joan will be forum presenters for us – so Bend will be a great place to ask all of those questions you have about Kiwanis International but have never before had a opportunity to ask!

Lisa McCoySpeaking of forums, President Alan will be teaming up with Past International Trustee Lisa McCoy to present our Mega-Forum this year on "How to Attract & Recruit Younger Members To Kiwanis." We are especially thrilled to have Lisa with us this year, during the Silver Anniversary of the admission of women to Kiwanis. Lisa, a Past Governor of the Texas-Oklahoma District, was the first female Trustee of Kiwanis International. A dynamic and exciting speaker, Lisa now lives and works in Bellingham, Washington and we are very happy to now have her as part of the Pacific Northwest District!

While the convention officially starts on Friday, we have many activities planned for Thursday. A makeup CLE (Club Leadership Education) will be held for those 2012-2013 club officers who were not able to attend the ones held earlier in the summer in their Zones. The 2012-2013 Lt. Governors will also continue the training that they began in June and the District Finance and Past Governors Committees will meet. One Thursday morning, we will also hold our first ever All-District Service Project to help local Kiwanian rehabilitate Bend's Kiwanis Park!

As is our custom, the District Leadership Teams for the years 2010-2011, 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 will enjoy our Joint Team Dinner on Thursday evening. The event is open to all who wish to attend but the Lt. Governors, District Chairs. Program Directors and Service Leadership Programs from those years are especially invited to attend, as are the Past Governors. This is always a special evening of Kiwanis Fellowship and it is the place where many of the awards to District Leadership are made.

We will start off the Convention on Friday morning with our very first Friday morning Opening session. Kiwanis forums will be held all day Friday, starting off at 9:00 AM so you will want to get here early. Our Friday Service & Kickoff Luncheon will feature President Alan and Jeri speaking on Project Eliminate which is helping Kiwanis change the world forever for the second time. Eliminate is Kiwanis' second Worldwide Service Project, following our highly successful effort to eliminate Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD). President Alan and Jeri have graciously consented to remain after the luncheon for a photo opportunity with all of you who have already shown your support of Eliminate by purchasing a Walter F. Zeller medallion – or who choose to do so at the convention on Friday morning!

Recipients of special honors (Hixsons, Osbornes, Emersons, Rustys, and Helping Hands) from the Kiwanis International Foundation, Pacific Northwest Kiwanis Foundation and the Kiwanis Foundation of Canada our invited to our Annual Honors Reception late Friday afternoon.

Bring your poodle skirts, letter sweaters and motorcycle jackets to help us "Roll Back To The Fifties" at our Friday night social event. We will have several classic cars on display and a live DJ playing all of those unforgettable 50's tunes!

The Saturday morning Awards Breakfast will honor some clubs and Kiwanians who worked very hard last year and then it is down to business in our First Delegate Session where we elect our District Officers for the coming year and hear from some very special guests. As always, we will hear from our shining stars – the Governors of our CKI and Key Club Districts - at our Saturday Kiwanis Family Luncheon.

As mentioned earlier, President Alan and Past International Trustee Lisa will share with us strategies to make our own club membership younger, as well as how to use new types of Kiwanis Clubs to connect with new generations.

Everyone is invited to our 3rd Annual Outreach Reception which will be held Saturday from 5:30 to 6:30 P.M. Come learn what the District is doing to assist our wonderful Service Leadership Program youth at the District level. Proceeds from the event will go to support such activities as assisting Key Club District officers and Lt. Governors to Key Leader Training and CKI District officers to International Training in Indianapolis.

Jon BullockWe will "Celebrate Service" Saturday evening with our annual Governor's Banquet. Our Keynote address will be given by Jon Bullock of Redmond, Oregon who will speak on"Harnessing the Power of Youth."

Chris SchroederOn Sunday morning, we will remember those Kiwanians that we have lost during the past year. Chris Schroeder will be our featured speaker at our Inspirational Breakfast and will share her thoughts on "The Heart of Service." Following breakfast, we will enter our Second and final Delegate session to consider a number of proposed Amendments to the District Bylaws and Resolutions.

Bend Conv LogoNow for the details – Registration materials for the 95th District Convention in Bend, Oregon are now posted to the District website at:

Links are provided to our online registration system and to forms that you may download and submit to the District Office. We highly encourage that you use the online registration process, if you are able, as it cuts labor AND cuts down errors in data entry!

All files are in our customary Adobe PDF format.

We would appreciate all of you doing what you can to make certain that your fellow members are aware that all registration materials can be downloaded from the website this year. It would also be helpful if you -- or your club officers -- could assist those Kiwanians who do not have internet access or email by running off the needed forms for them. As we all know, not every one communicates via email and people often change their email addresses.

Riverhouse Hotel & Convention CenterOur Housing Block at the Riverhouse Resort in Bend will expire on Saturday, July 21 – so folks need to make their housing arrangements soon. When making reservations by phone, please be sure that you ask for the "Kiwanis District Convention" rate when making the reservation.

As we did last year, the convention registration fee now includes a total of four meals – the traditional three meals on Saturday AS WELL as the Sunday Inspirational Breakfast. All other meals and events are optional.

With all of the special guests we have coming in, I think you will agree that this is going to be the BEST District Convention we have had for years! I hope that we will see you in Bend!


P.S. If you see the fellow in the photo below by the side of the road on your way to the convention, would you please stop and give him a lift? We have really big plans for him in Bend. We really, really need him there!

Alan Penn hitching a ride to Bend, OR

Cleve E. Parker
Secretary & Treasurer
Pacific Northwest District of
Kiwanis International
10184 SW Laurel St
Beaverton, OR 97005

503.641.8869 Office
503.644.3600 Fax


The Pacific Northwest District of Kiwanis International is comprised of the States of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, the Idaho Panhandle, a small section of Northern California as well as the Province of British Columbia and the Yukon Territory in Canada.