2020 Kiwanis International Convention Schedule




8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.*
Registration fee: US$99
Includes advanced district leadership education session, keynote speaker and lunch


Training for invited members holding these positions: District Membership Coordinator, District Public Relations Coordinator, District Risk Manager, District Youth Protection Coordinator, District Secretary, Leadership Development Coordinator, District Partnership Coordinator, Kiwanis Children's Fund Chair, Kiwanis Children's Fund Ambassador and Kiwanis Children's Fund Advocate. (No registration fee charged for this training.)

Explore attributes of successful lieutenant governors. This session is intended for current division leaders who wish to finish the year strong; 2020-21 lieutenant governors preparing to launch a productive year; emerging leaders considering the position of lieutenant governor in the next year or two; and leaders or members who wish to better support the work of lieutenant governors.  

Bring your vision and goals (along with an open mind and a sense of adventure) to explore attributes of successful club presidents. Current, incoming and potential presidents are welcome to attend.

74% of members joined a Kiwanis club because someone invited them. We’ll explore multiple practices for increasing membership. Participants will walk away with an action plan to boost their clubs’ membership and community visibility.

This master class is all about personal and professional development, and it will ultimately improve your Kiwanis leadership. Kiwanis is partnering with Toastmasters International, a leader in communication and leadership development. Registration includes a complimentary six-month membership to your local Toastmasters club.

*Schedule subject to change



Signature Project Breakfast (Ticketed event)
*8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. — Speakers, sessions & lunch,
Registration fee
7-10 p.m. — Kiwanis Night at Victory Field (Included with registration fee)


Start your convention experience with the new Kiwanis Education Conference. These leadership master classes will allow current, future and potential club officers and committee chairs to discuss specific issues, concerns and successes — and learn best practices for each leadership role. Leave with a personal plan of action, which you can take home to help your club make the biggest positive difference possible in your community.

Throughout the convention, you will have several other opportunities to discuss common interests and experiences, along with time to socialize with friends and other members.




You're the president. You're the boss. Now what? Do you have a vision? A plan? You'll leave with strategies and tactics that get others excited about your vision.
Who should attend: Current, incoming, future and potential club presidents. Let's be honest. Leading is hard work, and we all could use some advice in this field. We'll help you develop your presidential skills.

The president gets the glory, but you have the most important job in your Kiwanis club. You keep everything organized! Leave here with a plan, tips, tools and resources that will make the club run like a well-oiled machine.
Who should attend: Current and upcoming club secretaries and assistant secretaries who do more than take notes and input data into the Secretary Dashboard.

Dreams of grand service projects that help thousands of kids usually stop when the treasurer starts talking. It doesn't have to be that way. The treasurer should help stoke the dream, not end it. We'll help you re-imagine your role within the club while maintaining your duty as a responsible fiduciary agent.
Who should attend: New, upcoming and potential club treasurers who want to do more than collect dues payments.

Update your progress. Get the plan. Decide what comes next. Kiwanians on the governor’s track — and those who aspire or are thinking about running for higher office — will get together to brainstorm. You'll help create a plan to address the critical issues facing Kiwanis districts.
Who should attend: Current governors, governors-elect, vice governors, governor candidates for 2021-22, immediate past governors, along with anyone aspiring to higher office.




You've been a successful president or lieutenant governor, and now you're ready to help other clubs and leaders find their footing so they can make a big difference for kids in their communities. We're ready to put you in, club coach. A lot of clubs need your experiences and skills.
Who should attend: Current club coaches and members who want to be club coaches. Kids need mentors. Clubs do too. 

Our objective is simple: to help you become the best CLE instructor ever. All Kiwanis leaders learn their roles and responsibilities from hardworking CLE instructors. You'll leave this session with the best practices, tips and tools to make sure the leaders of Kiwanis are strong and ready for the task ahead.
Who should attend: All CLE trainers — new, veteran, incoming. You all need to be here.

You’re never “just a member.” You're already a Kiwanis leader — whether you know it or not. By committing yourself to serving the children of the world, you're making a difference in your community and the world around it. Go home with a better command of team-building, delegation and accountability. Plus, being a leader means creating new leaders — learn how to mentor the next set of decision makers.  
Who should attend: Anyone who choosers to serve their community is a leader. See you there.




Our SLPs are one of the best parts of Kiwanis — but working with SLP members can present challenges. Go home with a blueprint on how to build a stronger relationship with your SLP. You'll become a better mentor, a better sponsor and a better coach for our world's future leaders. What could be more noble? 
Who should attend: Current and incoming Kiwanis advisors to SLP clubs who want to build stronger relationships with young leaders. 

Kids need Kiwanis, we all know that. But when was the last time your club honestly analyzed its impact? We'll walk through the process and look at innovative service projects. You'll go home with ideas that can make a high impact for a low cost. Then we’ll show you how to turn those service projects into rockstar community events — all while helping you build relationships with other government and civic clubs in your community.
Who should attend: Chairs and members of a club's community service committee. Whether you've been doing this for decades or are new to Kiwanis, you'll go home with new ideas for awesome community service.

It takes money to serve kids. Fundraising can be easy and fun, but it can get old — quickly. Come and brainstorm. These innovative fundraising initiatives can fuel your service and administrative accounts. Bring home ideas on how to incorporate fundraising into your existing service projects. 
Who should attend: Club fundraising chairs and members who may be new to the role or need some inspiration to kick it up a notch.




There wouldn’t be a club if there were no members. How do you keep them engaged and inspired? Leave with a rock-solid plan to make your club relevant and inviting for people of all generations. Keep an open mind — and an open notebook — for ideas on how to get past those cranky roadblocks that repeat, "That's not how we do it here." 
Who should attend: Current, past and future chairs and members of the club membership committee.

If your club isn’t evolving and improving, it will fail sooner or later. Gather resources to evaluate your club — and make decisions based on data, not emotion. What data should you gather and pay attention to? Go home with a guide that helps you identify the agents in your club who will help your members embrace change.
Who should attend: Current and incoming vice presidents and members who don't want to see their club die.

Does everybody in your community know what your club does? Do they know that Kiwanis helps kids? If they did, they'd all want to join! Let's tell a different story about your club and focus on all the good you're doing. Make sure your club meets people in your community where they are — on social media. But don't ignore traditional media either. It's not hard. We have resources to help.
Who should attend: Chairs of a club's public relations committee and social media administrators need to be here. And, if you want to improve your storytelling skills, pull up a chair and join in the conversation.

There's risk and liability in everything a Kiwanis club does. Managed properly, it's not scary. In fact, we can help you prepare. You'll leave here with the knowledge you need on bylaws and policies, general liability, youth protection, licensing, cyberthreats and crisis management. Don't stick your head in a hole. Be ready and have a plan.
Who should attend: Current, incoming and future club risk managers and general club members who want to be on the forefront of the liability issues that could affect a club at any minute.

   *Schedule subject to change

FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2020

*8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. — Speakers, sessions & lunch, Registration fee
Kiwanis Punch Bowl Social Event (Ticketed event)


You see the great things Kiwanis clubs — big and small — are doing and wish your club could help kids that way too. But how do you even begin? Today is for you! You’ll go home with a solid plan, ideas about funding sources and maybe even blueprints for change. Where does your club want to make its mark?


Topics: Playground 101, Spray and Play, Inclusive Play, Playground Funding
Your club is thinking about building a playground. Perfect! We have experts and partners who can help. We’ll walk you through the steps of engaging the community, identifying funding, designing an amazing play space for all ages and abilities, creating safety measures, considering liability issues and even applying for a US$15,000 grant. What’s the first step? Signing up for this track! 

Topics: Miracle League Play, School-based Play, Adventure Course Play, Too Small to Fail
Play shapes kids in many ways. Through baseball, school-based activities and adventure play, kids learn the importance of moving their bodies to stimulate their minds. Even the smallest child can learn to recognize shapes, numbers and words through play. Leave this track with expert advice on how your club can elevate kids’ health and learning through play.   

Topics: Books for Kids, A Place to Read, Every Day is Reading and Writing Day, Read & Lead
Kids are curious about the world. Books help fuel that curiosity. If your community assessment shows a literacy need in your community, we can help you design rich literacy experiences. Leave this track with a list of resources, projects and ideas that help kids improve their reading skills — such as creating a space for kids to be transported by imagination.  

Topics: Too Small to Fail, Top 10 Tips for Reading Mentors, Reading is Fundamental, Laundromat Project
Turning small moments into learning moments is the first step toward eradicating illiteracy. Learn how your club can get access to literacy grants, host a community-based literacy workshop for parents, become better reading mentors and create a learning space in your local laundromat. Learning can take place anywhere, anytime.  

Topics: Pancake Breakfast, Fairs & Festivals, Balloons Galore, Music is My Jam
Pancakes, festivals, carnivals and fairs — oh my! Whether you are looking at getting into the events game or need to refresh what you’re already doing, you’ll leave with more than doodles on a placemat.  You’ll have a checklist that takes your club to new heights and celebrates community.

Topics: Fun Races, Bicycle Safety & Water Safety, Vision Screenings, Nutrition  
Childhood obesity influences more than a child’s physical health — it affects academic performance and social and emotional wellbeing. The World Health Organization calls it one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century. What can a Kiwanis club do? More than you think. From fun races to bicycle and water safety and vision screenings, we’ll explore events and options — along with nutrition program resources that can help your club get started before it’s too late.  

Topics: Schools Supplies, Cold Weather, Hygiene, Kiwanis Warehouse  
Every day, too many kids go to school without proper school supplies, cold weather gear and basic hygiene items. Kiwanians are always among the first to help. But how can you be sure the kids who really need the supplies are the ones receiving them? After this session, you’ll go home with a top 10 list of ways to ensure kids in your community have what they need, including resources available to stretch your dollars and programs your local schools can tap into.

Topics: SLP 101, Youth Protection, Background Checks, Mentoring through Key Leader, Terrific Kids & Bring Up Grades  
Developing the next generation of leaders through service is in the DNA of Kiwanis. Come explore how to start a Service Leadership Program club, along with ways to mentor youth through programs such as Key Leader, Terrific Kids and Bring Up Grades. We’ll also cover members’ responsibility for understanding the Kiwanis Youth Protection Guidelines and clubs’ implementation of a background check system. 

*Schedule subject to change



8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. — Speakers, sessions and lunch, Registration fee
Kiwanis Children's Fund Luncheon & Annual Meeting (Ticketed event)
Kiwanis Evening Gala (Ticketed event)


Get informed on the business of Kiwanis International, and add your voice to our future. Executive Director Stan Soderstrom will address the State of Kiwanis International — and then delegates from clubs around the world will elect the organization’s next leaders and vote on amendments to the governing documents.

A Proposed Amendments Forum will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, June 19. Be prepared to cast your vote on Kiwanis International business. Get answers to questions about amendments and resolutions to be presented at Saturday's House of Delegates, and learn about the process to follow.

NOTE: On-site registration ends at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 19. There will be no on-site registration available on Saturday, June 20. Delegates who have pre-registered may pick up their packets and delegate cards on Saturday before the sessions begin. Delegates who have not submitted their club certification and been verified by 5 p.m. Friday, June 19 will not be able to secure a delegate card on Saturday.

Speakers & Entertainment

Captain “Sully” Sullenberger


Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger became internationally renowned on January 15, 2009, when he and his crew safely guided US Airways Flight 1549 to an emergency water landing in New York City’s frigid Hudson River. The plane’s two engines had lost thrust following a bird strike.

Dr. Ellen Ochoa

Ellen Ochoa spent nearly 1,000 hours in space and is the first Hispanic female astronaut. Her work on the International Space Station has led to breakthroughs. In 2013, Ochoa became the director of NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, leading human space flight.

Kevin Carroll

Kevin Carroll has dedicated his life to advancing education, sports and play as a vehicle for social change and success. He is an author, speaker, but most importantly, a change agent.

Felice Gorordo

Felice Gorordo is a tech entrepreneur who credits Key Club for helping him learn how to navigate relationships and power struggles to make sure his passion for serving others was realized.

Gayle Smith

Gayle Smith is on the front lines working to end extreme poverty and disease. She is the president and CEO of the ONE Campaign — an international advocacy organization founded by Bono and other philanthropists.

Ethan Zohn
Survivor. Humanitarian. Cancer crusher. Host. Ethan Zohn believes that a better and healthier world can be achieved through education, advocacy and inspiration.

Ann Updegraff Spleth

Ann Updegraff Spleth is celebrating millions of birthdays this year — at a special party for the children and mothers who are alive today because the Kiwanis family helped save them from maternal and neonatal tetanus.

Groove Essential

Bring your dancing shoes to the Kiwanis Evening Gala on Saturday, June 20, 2020. Groove Essential will rock the night away with hits from the 1960s to today.

Anna Vinci

Anna Vinci performed in some of Italy’s finest theaters and has appeared in movies and television shows around the world. Now she’s bringing her award-winning voice to the Kiwanis Evening Gala.

When Country Went POP!

Be ready to be entertained while enjoying fellowship and fun at Kiwanis Night at Victory Field on Thursday, June 18. The band When Country Went POP! will rock the night away until it’s time for fireworks at 9:45 p.m.

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