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Kiwanis International Board: Inadvisable, impracticable to conduct convention in 2020

| Apr 22, 2020

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The 2020 Kiwanis International Convention is canceled. Today, the Kiwanis International Board of Trustees declared a condition of emergency exists because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The board concluded that conducting a convention for the 2019-20 administrative year would be inadvisable and impracticable because of the health threat to Kiwanis members, their families and all individuals traveling to and from the convention.

“It is with profound sadness we make this decision today,” said Daniel Vigneron, 2019-20 Kiwanis International president. “All of us looked forward to gathering in Indianapolis to conduct the business of the organization, partake in great Kiwanis education and, of course, enjoy the fun and fellowship of our Kiwanis friends.”

Those who have registered for the convention received an email with details about their refund. Additional questions can be sent to registration@kiwanis.org.

The only other interruption in annual conventions came during World War II when it was necessary to substitute a Kiwanis International council meeting for the convention. A small administrative convention was conducted in 1944 with limited attendance. In 1945, the Kiwanis International council again conducted the necessary business, but in 1946, Kiwanis resumed its regular convention operation. Nearly 10,000 people attended that convention, breaking all convention attendance records.

A meeting of the Kiwanis International council will be held before October 1, 2020. Details are being finalized. The Kiwanis International council consists of the Board of Trustees, past Kiwanis International presidents, district governors and the chairs of the Kiwanis International-European Federation and Kiwanis Asia-Pacific.

“We are disappointed the 2020 convention is canceled,” said Stan Soderstrom, Kiwanis International executive director. “We hope you will join us for the 2021 convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Planning is well underway to present important and timely Kiwanis education. Additionally, many of the important decisions that were scheduled for a vote at the annual meeting in June will be delayed until next year.”

The 2021 convention in Salt Lake City is scheduled for June 23-26.

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