At the opening session of the Kiwanis International Convention, Sylvester Neal looked back on his year as international president. “It was my intent to light fires in the hearts of our members,” he said, donning a firefighter’s helmet.
While the children Kiwanians serve are born into their situations, he added, Kiwanians make a choice every day to help improve those lives. And those choices light fires of inspiration and hope around the world.
Neal's speech hinted at the blaze of inspiration this convention is becoming. Speakers shared stories of Kiwanis clubs’ successes and service throughout the year. Videos showed great Kiwanis moments. And The Eliminate Project officially launched its fundraising campaign, which will raise US$110 million by 2015 to help eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus.
That wasn’t all. Dr. Goodall, whose reputation and achievements in service have resulted in world renown, spoke to a standing-room-only crowd.
Beyond the opening session, Kiwanians got tips and insights on making their clubs even more effective—thanks to forums and sessions on new club building, working with youth and much more.
In the evening, The Eliminate Project celebrated it fundraising launch with a gala at the beautiful Starling Hotel—one of several opportunities for convention attendees to socialize with Kiwanis members from other clubs and regions, and to experience the beauty of Geneva.