Watch a welcome video from 2016–17 Kiwanis International President Jane Erickson.
“Nearly 26 years ago, I was blessed to be invited into a new legacy of service: the Kiwanis family of service,” she says, noting that her father is a longtime Storm Lake Kiwanis Club member. “I found a global family who wish to improve the world one child and one community at a time."
Delegates formally elected Erickson president of Kiwanis International at the 101st Annual Kiwanis International Convention in Toronto, Canada. She began preparing for the role in 2014 when she was elected Kiwanis International vice president.
“Ever since I was a little girl, growing up in Storm Lake, Iowa,” she says, “I’ve dreamed of a world where every child was happy, healthy, safe and loved. I believe Kiwanis club members can play a significant role in making that happen.”
Erickson has been a member of the Bellevue-Offutt Kiwanis Club for 19 years. Before that, she was a member of the Fort Dodge (Iowa) Noon Club, where she served as distinguished club president in 1994-95. She’s been a K-Kids advisor for 18 years and was a Kiwanian of the Year in 2007-08.
Erickson served on the Kiwanis International Foundation Board of Trustees from 2002-05, and was its 2007-08 president. She continues to be a facilitator for Kiwanis Key Leader, a leadership development program for students. She is a recipient of Circle K International’s McKitrick award, a Diamond-level George F. Hixson Fellow, Tablet of Honor recipient, Founders Circle, Kiwanis International Foundation's Heritage Society member, Walter Zeller Fellow and Mother’s Day Fellow.
Outside of Kiwanis, Erickson is owner of The Wellness & Training Works in Bellevue. She is a member of St. Mary’s Catholic parish, the Bellevue Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Education Commission and a mentor with Teammates, a school mentoring program.
Erickson and her husband, Gus, a past Kiwanis International district governor, have five children and seven grandchildren.