The Belgium-Luxembourg District has decided to endorse the Happy Child project for refugee children in collaboration with the SOS Children Villages NGO within their project at Tartous, Syria. The fundraising provided by the District aims at providing children in the refugee camp with shelter, care, protection and education. The cost is 200€ per child for a year and the funds already transmitted at mid january allow for helping and securing 50 children during one year.
Look here at the 1 year report of these activities
On the occasion of the visit of 26 members and partners to Vienna a great musical evening was held at the Imperial Pallavicini Palace on Saturday, 2017 December 9 with the participation of 5 Kiwanis clubs from Wien, among which KI Past-President Gunter Gasser, a magistrate from the city of Wien, a United Nations councilor and the Habsburg family secretary. A great moment that will remain engraved in our memories and a very rich exchange with our Kiwanian friends from KC Wien 1, first club in Europe in 1963.
Making such visits is a great way to communicate with our neighbors in Europe, we all go in the same direction, serve the children of the world, with different but equally effective methods.
KC Dinan Pays de Rance, created in 2000, consists of 28 members Most remarkable event organised for fundraising are the Nautical Joutes in the port of Dinan, with 8000 people present, this beside a great number of other traditional fundraising activities. A lot of efforts which were appreciated by the District Board.
Yann Eveillard, Director of Communication KC Dinan Pays de Rance
There where usually the DOT is an end of January event, it now took place in the Pancake weekend in Prague.
More than 50 elected officers from each District and Nation were represented. They enjoyed the one and a half day of intensive raining given by our Members of the Committee on Training, in fact professional trainers.
Separate workshops were held for Secretaries, Treasurers and Governors Elect with for each quite useful info to fulfill their job next year, combined with general sessions where large info about KI-EF was spread out.
As we received but few feedback we can but conclude that anything was pico bello OK. And that’s the way (ahha ahha) we like it !
Since a few years “Kiwanis Children’s Fund “, organizes once a year a meeting of information – discussion and strategical training for their KIEF KCF Ambassadors and District Chairs.
As known , each Kiwanian is a member of Kiwanis Children’s Fund as a member of Kiwanis International. Kiwanis International and Kiwanis Children’s fund have their specific mission. KI is our great administrator and KCF is the executor of our mission “Serving the Children of the world”. We have to learn to be a member of an International organisation. For this reason we have the duty to support our own Kiwanis Children’s Fund and to work on the help and needs of Children all over the world.
The participants were instructed about the five headliners within KCF:
Service Leadership programs
District and Club service projects
The Eliminate project
Elimination of Iodine Deficiency Disorders
You will soon hear more from your District Chair.
“Let each Kiwanian and each Kiwanis club be proud to be a part of our great organization ‘ Kiwanis International’ to Serve the Children of the World. Bear witness to your heart and your club commitment and spare a part of your budget to support the Kiwanis Children’s Fund.”
“The Kiwanis Children’s Fund develops resources that transform the goodwill and vision of Kiwanians into programs that serve the children of the world” .
The Transition Task Force gathered in Brussels last January with members of both KI and KI-EF Leadership in order to present, discuss and exchange points of view and proposals with regard to the constitution of a legal entity and structure for Kiwanis in Europe.
“We had a good and fruitful meeting, where requests and concerns from Europe and America were expressed and discussed. Our work towards reaching the most appropriate structure for our organization needs to be continued. When we meet in Baveno next May, we should be able to share with the membership the progress and the achieved results. I wish to take this opportunity to warmly thank all members of the Task Force and in particular, our bylaws advisor Manfred Puchner and Nathalie Weber-Frisch, chair of KI-EF’s Bylaws Committee, for the hard work and their commitment in this important project”, said Piero Grasso, KI-EF President
Registration for the 51st European convention is now open! This year, our convention will be held from 25th to 27th May in Baveno, a beautiful town located on the west shore of Lago Maggiore in Italy.
Baveno 2018 is the rendezvous for all Kiwanians in Europe to celebrate friendship, exchange ideas, share experiences and get inspired to develop new social projects to help needy children. Furthermore, it is a unique opportunity to voice our opinions, vote on important decisions during the business session and pave the way for an even stronger Kiwanis.
To celebrate this 51st edition of our European Convention, the first 100 Kiwanians* registered for the gala dinner on Friday, 25th May 2018, will receive a 51st KI-EF convention vintage bottle of Ghemme!
I look forward to meeting you all in Baveno this coming May!
2017-2018 KI-EF President
*KI-EF Board members are excluded from this offer. Winners will be announced in subsequent email communications. Winners must be present in Baveno to pick up their special vintage bottle.
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