Registration for the New York District Convention, Aug. 14-17 at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Albany, is now open.
The convention will offer educational opportunities, fellowship, recognition, and the annual meetings for both the District Foundation and the District.
Among the celebrities attending will be Kiwanis International President Gunter Gasser, who will be making his official visit to the New York District and will serve as the district's counselor from the International Board for the coming year.
The District Foundation meeting will include reports on activities and elections. The District House of Delegates will includes votes on proposed bylaw changes as well as the election of a Governor-Elect and Governor for 2014-15.
Schedules, registration forms and more are available.
The tentative schedule for forums at the convention is now available as well.
Lt. Gov. Ann Torcivia from Long Island South Central Division is at it again!
She's organized her second club this year and third in 12 months, the Kiwanis Club of Seaford with 16 members.
New Club Building Chair Joe Eppolito congratulated her for her hard work, assisted by Past Distinguished Lt. Gov. Jim Mancuso. Sponsoring clubs are Wantagh and Nassau County Medical Center.
The Charter President is Steven Katz. They will meet the 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 6 p.m. at a location to be announced. The Charter Night is planned for mid-September.
The third new club of the year has been organized in Geneva in the Finger Lakes Division.
Distinguished Past Gov. Joe Eppolito, chair of the district's New Club Building effort, has congratulated Finger Lakes Lt. Gov. David Jacobus and his wife, Bonnie, and the district's New Club Building team for the successful start of the new club.
The organizational meeting took place on July 10 with 15 members. The club's charter presentation is planned for September.
On the same evening a new Builders Club also was formed in Geneva.
The charter president is Don Cass. Other officers are Secretary Christopher VanKirk, President-elect Barbara Roesch, Vice President Judith Curtis and Treasurer Bob Krebbs. The new club is meeting weekly, at 6 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays at the Zion Lutheran Church, 18 Snell Road, and at noon on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at a location to be determined.
For the first time, recipients of the International Foundation Awards, including the Hixson and Zeller awards, and the New York District Foundation's Kaiser Award are available for viewing here on the web site.
The award recipients can be searched by name or by club.
The Brittany Awards, presented by the Pediatric Lyme Disease Foundation, which have previously been available on the site are listed as well.
See the listing at: Foundation Awards.
Clubs around the district were invited to participate in a Bring a Guest Contest in March and April organized by District Membership Chair J.P. DiTroia.
Prizes were offered for clubs which participated by having a Bring a Guest night to attract new members. Clubs also were asked to submit pictures from the event. A total of 21 clubs entered, 19 of which submitted pictures. The winners of the $75 gift card an iPad will be announced at the District Convention in August.
The pictures are available for viewing.
New ESK Published
The July edition of the Empire State Kiwanian is on its way to Kiwanians around the district, and it's available here on the web site.
New Key Club Is First of Its Kind
A Key Club has been organized in a school in Staten Island which serves autistic children, the first club formed at such a school.
For more information, see the article in the Staten Island Advance.
Eliminate Project Report Day was July 1
District Eliminate Project coordinators from around the world reported on their progress raising funds for the Eliminate Project on July 1.
Coordinators were asked to feature a positive development in their district as part of the report. The information about the commitment by the district's newest club, the All Island Kiwanis Club, was reported by Eliminate Project Coordinator Sister Anne-Marie Kirmse.
You can see the information she provided.
Clubs Make Eliminate Project Pledges
District Eliminate Project Coordinator Sister Anne-Marie Kirmse has announced that the East Meadow Club has pledged to become a Bronze Level Club (raising $350 per member) and the Hartsdale Club has pledged to become a Model Club (raising $750 per member).