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Members celebrate another year of serving the children of the world

Kiwanis International | Jun 14, 2022

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More than 2,500 Kiwanis members from about 30 countries around the world celebrated another year of service to kids and communities at the 2022 Kiwanis International Convention, June 8-11, in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S. Kiwanians heard from revolutionary speakers in science and education, elected Kiwanis' new leaders and renewed their commitment to help even more kids in their communities whether they joined the party in person in Indianapolis or from the comfort of their own homes.  

Indy 2022 Featured speakers included Dr. Mae Jemison, the first woman of color in the world to go into space, and Jimmy Casas, whose leadership and commitment to a culture of excellence earned his school the title as one of the Best High Schools in the nation by Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report. But the inspiration didn't stop there. Sessions ranging from early-childhood development to fundraising for causes, as well as diversity, equity and inclusion, left attendees equipped with the tools to make bigger positive impacts for children worldwide.  

Indy 2022 a Delegates voted on amendments to the Kiwanis International Bylaws and elected the 2022-23 Kiwanis International Board. Bert West of the Rocky Mountain District will be the 2022-23 Kiwanis International president. Other elected leaders for 2022-23 are President-elect Katrina Baranko of the Georgia District and Vice President Lee Kuan Yong of the Malaysia District. Three United States and Pacific Canada trustees were also elected to the board: Steven R. Ingram of the Indiana District, Gary Jander of the California-Nevada-Hawaii District and Jackie Sue McFarlin of the Pacific Northwest District. Also joining the board will be Vincent Salembier from the Belgium-Luxembourg District and Trinidad "Toto” Panimtuan Gonzales from Philipine Luzon District. Salembier was elected during the Kiwanis International-Europe Convention in May. Gonzales was elected at the Kiwanis Asia Pacific convention in April.

Indy 2022 b Also at convention, Kiwanis announced the creation of the Dr. Wil Blechman Fellowship in honor of the 1990-91 Kiwanis International president. The fellowship will recognize gifts of US$2,500 to the Kiwanis Children's Fund. During convention, more than US$300,000 was raised through Dr. Wil Fellowships that will support the Kiwanis causes of health and nutrition, education and literacy and youth leadership development.

In-person attendees enjoyed a night out at Victory Field, the home of the Indianapolis Indians baseball team, where 2021-22 Kiwanis International President Peter Mancuso threw the opening pitch. Attendees at the Celebrating Kiwanis Gala were entertained by Broadway's Michael Cavanaugh.  

Save the dates for the 2023 Kiwanis International Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States, June 21-24.  

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