Meet the 2020-21 Kiwanis International President

Arthur N. Riley
Westminster, Maryland, USA

Riley, Art 2016

Arthur “Art” Riley of Westminster, Maryland, USA, served as president of Kiwanis International for the 2020-21 administrative year. He was first elected to the board of trustees in July 2014.

Art's dedication to Kiwanis began in 1956 during travel with his father to the Kiwanis International Convention in San Francisco, California. That experience gave him an initial view of the Kiwanis world that resulted in his involvement in many Kiwanis activities. Official service in the Kiwanis family began as a member and Lt. Governor of Key Club and has continued as a member of the Kiwanis Club of Westminster, Maryland, where he has served for 41 years. Additionally, he is a member of the Centennial Internet Club. Art’s Kiwanis district leadership included a variety of positions culminating as Capital District Governor in 2007-2008.

During his tenure on the Kiwanis International Board, Art counselled 12 Kiwanis districts, chaired board committees and several key initiatives. Additionally, Art and his wife, Vickie, participated in a site visit to Cambodia for The Eliminate Project, in conjunction with UNICEF and participated in a multi-district service project in Nepal following the 2020 Kiwanis Asia-Pacific Convention.

As a Kiwanis officer, Art continually advocated expanding opportunities for Kiwanis youth, advocating fiscal integrity, and improving the worldwide Kiwanis image. As president, he introduced several long-term initiatives addressing Kiwanis diversity, CKI opportunities, and a visionary examination of Kiwanis operational requirements needed in the coming years. Art’s energy during the pandemic year centered on membership growth, promoting leadership development and education for both Kiwanians and youth, while encouraging cooperation with the Kiwanis Children’s Fund.\

Art has received Diamond Level George F. Hixson Fellowship and Diamond Level Walter Zeller Fellowship honors. He and Vickie are Major Gift donors to The Eliminate Project.

Outside of Kiwanis, Art is a pharmacist and has been awarded a Governor’s Citation by the State of Maryland recognizing him for 50 years of service to the citizens of the state. Vickie is a retired elementary school teacher and past president of the Kiwanis Club of Westminster. They have three adult children and three grandchildren. Art’s extended family is also involved in Kiwanis in a variety of positions. Art is active in his community, including service as a lay speaker at his church. He has published a book entitled “At the Foot of the Cross.”

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