International Convention - Day 3

Jul 12, 2011

Sylvester Neal with Jamie Lee Curtis

The final of day of convention is always bittersweet. But this year, Kiwanians are returning to their home clubs with a very specific charge: eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus.


Around the world, we’re united by our mission to serve the children of the world. Thanks to The Eliminate Project, the global nature of this mission includes a very specific opportunity. Throughout convention, workshops and seminars were held, educating members about MNT—and empowering them to raise the US$110 million necessary to eliminate the disease.

Convention culminated in the closing session, with Jamie Lee Curtis taking the stage to a standing ovation. Her  message was thrilling; everyone in the audience was stirred, including Curtis herself. At the conclusion of her speech, President Sylvester Neal presented Curtis with the Kiwanis World Service Medal for her commitment to service and her work as a children’s author. President-elect Alan Penn also named Curtis an honorary Kiwanian.

Penn brought the convention to a close by sharing his personal connection to the Eliminate Project: as a child of missionary parents, he helped his mother vaccinate women against tetanus. His job was to hold the babies while their mothers stood in line. His life will come full circle when he takes the reins as president in October and helps lead our effort to eliminate MNT.

Throughout convention, one thing was clear: Kiwanis members serve their communities with passion. They  came to Geneva to be inspired and empowered, and they are leaving with the enhanced ability to increase the organization’s impact.


In June 2012, Kiwanians will arrive in New Orleans after another year of tireless service—eager to renew our commitment to serve the children of the world.

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