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October/November 2015 
Cover of October 2015 Kiwanis magazine featuring President Sue Petrisin“Congratulations, Sue.”

Those two words—spoken by Kiwanis International Executive Director Stan Soderstrom in a curtained “green room” behind a convention stage in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada—were the first announcement that Kiwanis had made the historic decision to elect Sue Petrisin as its 2013–14 vice president.

Within minutes of receiving the news, the East Lansing, Michigan, Kiwanian was swept up in a wave of pandemonium. She remembers nearly missing her cue to get on stage as the election results were announced to the House of Delegates. She remembers spotlights and camera flashes that blinded her as she looked for her mother in the audience. And she remembers returning backstage and being greeted by Kiwanis’ then-PR Manager Jo Lynn Garing saying, “You’ve made history.”

“What?” Petrisin asked.

That’s when she remembered what her election meant for Kiwanis. She’d be the first woman elected as a Kiwanis International officer. And keeping with Kiwanis tradition, she would—in two years—be the first woman to serve as president of Kiwanis International.

As of October 1, 2015, that day has arrived. Read more about this new chapter in Kiwanis history.

The October/November 2015 issue of Kiwanis magazine also includes:

  • TOMS Shoes Founder Blake Mycoskie discovers that one good idea can impact millions.
  • Visitors, beware! In this haunted Idaho laboratory, you may just learn a thing or two about science.
  • Photos do an amazing job of telling your (or your club's) story. Don't worry. It's not about the equipment.
  • Dolls on parade: They're big. They're pieces of art. They're helping sick children..


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