Special convention in Luxembourg: A positive outcome.
Over 200 European Kiwanians braved the snow and wind to attend the special January 14, 2017 convention in Luxembourg City. The special convention’s goals were to make key decisions and to debate important topics. The outcome is positive: Delegates voted in favor of reallocating funds from the Kiwanis International – European Federation’s convention reserves to cover the 2017 Kiwanis International convention registration fees for all Kiwanians from Europe and their guests. Delegates also voted in favor of creating a fund for future combined conventions.
“This is very good news, as it expresses the European Kiwanians’ strong will to attend this unique event that combines both the 50th European Federation and the 102nd Annual Kiwanis International Conventions. It also ensures that the next combined conventions can benefit from the same approach without having to proceed to a vote.” said Sjoerd Timmermans, president of the Kiwanis International – European Federation (KI-EF).
Furthermore, the bylaws advisor, Dr. Manfred Puchner, and his team reported on their progress on the proposal to build a legal entity for Kiwanis in Europe. An overwhelming majority of the house of delegates was in favor of proceeding with the work on the proposal. “The change from the current situation of the KI-EF into a legal entity “Kiwanis International Europe” is an enormous and necessary step forward into a new Kiwanis life. Our organization in the United States fully support the initiative, and we shall keep you informed of any further developments in the coming months”, added Sjoerd Timmermans.
Here’s to a positive outcome and a successful event!