| Jun 30, 2018

Art Riley elected

Delegates elected Arthur N. “Art” Riley as 2018-19 vice president at the 103rd Annual Kiwanis International Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. Riley, from the Capital District, begins his role on October 1, 2018. Four members sought election to the vice president post, including John E. DeVilbiss from the Ohio District, Gary Levine from the Eastern Canada and the Caribbean District and Terry White from the Indiana District.

Delegates also confirmed the elections of Florencio "Poly" Lat of the Philippine Luzon District as 2018-19 president and Daniel Vigneron from the Belgium-Luxembourg District as 2018-19 president-elect. Per Kiwanis procedure, election to those positions were unchallenged.

Several members have also been elected to the Kiwanis International Board of Trustees, beginning October 1, 2018. They include:

  • Tony Gunn of the Australia District was elected at the Kiwanis Asia-Pacific convention in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, this past March to fill a two-year term, representing the Asia-Pacific Region.
  • Kulwant “Sam” Sekhon of the Western Canada District had been elected by delegates at the 2017 Western Canada District convention in Winnipeg, Manitoba, for a three-year term as the Canada and Caribbean Region representative.
  • Elio Garozzo from the Italy-San Marino District will represent the Europe Region for a three-year term. He was elected at the Kiwanis International-European Federation convention in Baveno, Italy, this past May.

The at-large seat does not have a guaranteed trustee seat open for the 2018-19 administrative year.

Also during the business session, delegates passed two amendments to the Kiwanis International Bylaws and rejected one other.


Amendment 1: District Board Endorsement of Kiwanis International Board Candidates

To clarify that a district board may only endorse a candidate for Kiwanis International Board offices if the district board has first secured permission from the Kiwanis International Board. This does not affect normal endorsement by a district house of delegates.

Passed as amended:

Amendment 2: Timing of Kiwanis International Candidate Announcements

To require that Kiwanis International trustee candidates shall have served as immediate past governor prior to formally announcing candidacy to Kiwanis International.


Amendment 3: Family Member Status

To permanently adopt a new family membership status that provides a 50 percent Kiwanis International dues discount for qualifying members.

An administrative resolution, which proposed Kiwanis International convention funding changes, was withdrawn by the sponsoring Kiwanis Club of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

To learn more about the amendment proposals, consult the proposed amendments booklet.

In remarks to Kiwanians from around the world, Kiwanis International Executive Director Stan Soderstrom praised efforts by members, clubs and districts for funds raised for The Eliminate Project. More than US$78 million has been raised by Kiwanis, with additional funding from the Canadian government, UNICEF and USAID. The remaining pledges of $22 million are due by 2020.


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