The 2017 District Convention was one to remember! A fun time was had by all!!
Kiwanians started arriving on Wednesday, August 23. Many came a bit early to get acquainted with the Naples Grande Beach Resort and to enjoy the beach before the meeting started. Kiwanians from the surrounding area came out in force Wednesday morning to help unload the District office and Caring Corner trucks. A big thank you to all of you who participated. The district also thanks Bill Ricigliano, the President-Elect of the Florida Kiwanis Foundation for literaly bringing the Love Boat on to the shore at the 2017 Caring corner.
Registration started a bit slow on Thursday; probably because of the weather, but nonetheless a great number of Kiwanians checked in and many were at attendance for the first ever Large Scale Service project which was coordinated by our Executive Director Melanie Winternheimer, Past Governor Matthew Cantrall, and past First Lady Cheryl Cantrall. Together we assembled nearly 1,000 kare kits which will be distributed to children thoughout the Florida District where they are needed. This was an amazing experience and it really brought everyone back to the basics of what we do as Kiwanians. Later that evening Captain Gary and his team chartered the Naples Princess for a wonderful "Love Boat Team" Appreciation Dinner. After dinner, Captain Gary announced six awards:
- Outstanding Lieutenant Governor: Cleve Tinsley, Division 9
- Outstanding District Chair: Stewart Ross, Division 19
- Otis Jenkins Memorial: Rick Stradtman, Division 15
- Earl Pegram Memorial: Tony Petree, Division 14
- Anthony F. "Tony" Russo, Sherell Simmonds, Division 26
- Most Improved Division: Jim Vensel, Division 16
Registration on Friday had many Kiwanians arriving very early as Doreen and the volunteers at registration desk checked everyone in and got them on their way to the exhibits and the workshops. Click the link below for resources that you may download from some of the workshops or our exhibitors.
James Kennaugh, 2016-17 President of the Kiwanis Club of Northside Naples, opened the meeting. Phoebe Sartori, 2017-18 Florida CKI Governor, and Felante Charlemagne, 2017-18 Florida Key Club Governor were the emcees for the weekend and they did a commendable job. Immediate Past Governor Celia announced the 2015-2016 Club of the year which went to the Kiwanis Club of Tallahassee Northside. Congratulations! The Keynote address was provided by Mr. Harvey Oyer, III who did a superb job.
The Florida Kiwanis Foundation hosted a dinner that evening at Deep Lagoon Seafood restaurant for "The Friends of the Foundation" members; 140 participants attended. To learn more about this program. Click here.
Saturday brought the election of our 2017-18 District Officers with the elections being overseen by Elections Chair, Matthew Cantrall and Governor Gary. The elections results are listed below:
- 2017-2018 Governor: C. Todd Smith
- 2017-2018 Governor-Elect: Steve LeBlanc
- 2017-2018 Vice-Governor: Allen Yergovich
- 2017-2018 Immediate Past Governor: Gary Frechette
During the lunch on Saturday, Jack Levine was awarded with the W. J. "Wil" Blechman award. In honor of our 100th gathering, all the past governors that were present were recognized on stage; this was a moving experience. Later that evening, Joe Paterno from the Kiwanis Club of Naples-on-the-Gulf was awarded the 2016-2017 Outstanding Club President award. Governor-designate C. Todd Smith layed out the plan forward to "Chart a Path for the Future". Governor-designate Todd presented innovative and proven ideas on how we can grow and stay viable as an organization well into the next century (Videos will be posted soon). The 1920's speakeasy theme was a hit and the band kept people dancing and having a good time well into the the early monring hours... yes, the early morning hours!
The Sunday breakfast was very empowering. It was a break from the ordinary. Three Kiwanians went on stage and inspired the attendees with their Kiwanis story. Thank you Jim Powell, Vickie Jones-Waller, and Cleve Tinsley for sharing your story with the Kiwanis family. All attendees were inspired.
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