In Kiwanis we wear different hats, hold different offices and call ourselves by different titles. That said, the title that I am most proud to have is: Kiwanian. We all volunteer to help our communities in our own way and they are stronger for it.
I joined Kiwanis initially, while Program Manager of our local TV station. I wanted to help local Kiwanis Club’s enthusiastic members with their television auction. Thirty years later, I still serve Kiwanis.
Each of us running for this position of Vice-President have travelled a similar path, from Club President and Lieutenant Governor to Governor and International Trustee. The experience that I have garnered, in Kiwanis and without, have given me a unique skillset to bring to this role of International Vice President.
As Club President, through a membership growth initiative that I implemented, we grew our struggling club by 40%. It was a team effort as every truly successful program always is.
As Governor of the Eastern Canada and Caribbean District, one of the most diverse districts in Kiwanis, I worked with a talented group of leaders to help restructure how we did business, and how we were governed. The results of these efforts have saved us Kiwanis dollars and streamlined our Board’s decision making process.
A keen supporter of the Kiwanis Formula, I served as our District’s Chair for the first three years. I enjoyed building an enthusiastic team and conducting a series of training summits all designed to empower my fellow Kiwanians. We worked hard to open new clubs and strengthen existing clubs. Our team is proud of the new clubs that we built and the new members that helped induct.
As the Eye of the Tiger Chair for North America, I know that new club opening is key to our survival. Everyone of us know that Kids Need Kiwanis…
…and Kiwanis Needs More Kiwanians.
A Kiwanis Moment for me was attending the New Orleans Convention as President of my club in Owen Sound alongside my Dad, Charter President of his Kiwanis Club in Tamarac, Florida. It was a proud moment.