On the 29th of April 2017, with the participation of more than 30 people a successful training was held in Marcali (Hungary).
The training was organized by the Federation of Hungarian Kiwanis Clubs under the auspices of Kiwanis International. Participants could learn about the history, structure and marketing tools of Kiwanis International, KI-EF and Kiwanis Children’s Fund. They jointly designed the steps to promote the Kiwanis movement in Hungary through many different exercises, some fun moments of course included! In addition, the possibilities for building a cooperation system and finding a common project with the Austrian partner clubs have been discussed through presenting successful international examples. The event was attended by Gerhard Gschwentner, Governor of Kiwanis Austria, and was trained by Ruth Gabler, Director Membership and Programs, and Josef-Peter Schachermayr, former Secretary of KI-EF.
This event was the first joint event in connection with the sponsorship agreement which was signed this March in order to reinforce the cooperation between Austria and Hungary. Some of the attendants have already participated in a Kiwanis training last year, but we were delighted that this year the majority were newly interested people, and more than half of the participants were young people who are continuously supporting our work. We consider it an important task to involve the youth in the Kiwanis movement more widely in order to work together with them in the interest of improving the lives of children both in our narrower and wider environment.
After the training, the participants gathered to watch the young Hungarian children dance groups in their traditional outfits, who are also supported by the Kiwanis Club of Marcali in their efforts. Whithin a few years, the club has gathered much attention – everyone in Marcali knows what Kiwanis is – and is known around the city for its great activites, engagement efforts for children (with large health projects like children marathons for example) and to count on for support.
In the word of Governor Gerhard Gschwentner: „It was simply a great training event, where we saw the motivation of the members and we want to built on this momentum – and continue our efforts of collaboration. We are already supporting the Kiwanis Club to create a new Young Professional club, which might even possibly be launched at the convention this June. Some great developments are ahead and they can count on our support. ”