in Baveno, Italy from Friday, 25th to Saturday, 26th May 2018
Dear Club Presidents and Secretaries,
As specified in the KI-EF Bylaws, it is my duty and pleasure as the KI-EF Secretary to share with your club the official program brochure of the 51st European convention, which will take place in Baveno, Italy, from 25th to 26th May 2018.At this convention, we will confirm the incoming European Board for the administrative year 2018-19, present the progress on KI-EF’s transition into Kiwanis International Europe (KIE), and discuss about any eventual amendments.
Furthermore, the names and information about all candidates are listed in the convention brochure which is also available on our dedicated website. The versions in Dutch, French, German and Italian will be available shortly.
I am very happy to announce the third winners of a 51st KI-EF convention vintage bottle of Ghemme!
Here we are: Only 15 days to go before our 51st European Convention! So many of you have registered that the charming little town of Baveno will have Kiwanians everywhere, of which I am obviously very proud.
As you may already know, the Host Committee is arranging for live streaming of the convention for all Kiwanians who are not able to travel to Baveno. Simply go to our dedicated convention Facebook page on Friday, 25th May. Live streaming will start at 17:00, with the opening ceremony.
Did I forget something? Oh, yes… Congratulations to the last round of winners* of a 51st KI-EF convention vintage bottle of Ghemme!
Karol Balog, Maddalena Baricelli, Raymond Benoit, Peter Berger, Gianni Bertona, Mario Biondi, Valentin Egloff, Hanspeter Frei, Franco Gagliardini, Lukas Hasler, Adrian Herzig, Sietske Hoving-van der Wiel, Verena Huber, Jaroslav Jevcak, Peter Kaspar, Karin Katz, Reinhard Katz, Hanno Konrad, Jürg Läderach, Lucy Lefaure, Eugen Meier, Marc Mentele, Costanza Radice, Annamaria Scarpellini, Walter Schlosser, André Schumacher, Rik Van Lautem, Leo Vojcik, Liefwin Waignein.
Reminder for the list of the former winners of a 51st KI-EF convention vintage bottle of Ghemme! Your trophy will be waiting for you in Baveno:
Gérard Anneet, Giordano Bonifaci, Armin Broger, Klaus Dannenberger, Arie de Groot, Claire Decock, André Decrock, Ellen Eichberg, André Eschler, Peter Fischer, Jean-Michel Gibaud, Siegfried Görg, Bruno Güntlisberger, Hjördís Harðardóttir, Jon-Fadri Huder, Heinz Jost, Urs Jucker, Guðlaugur Kristjánsson, Markus Lanz, Otto Läubli, Dieter Marxer, Eric Meurer-Eichberg, Markus Meyer, Jaak Michiels, Gabriele Neumayr-Stof, Pierre-Alain Pingoud, Michaela Prasthofer, Jürgen Roese, Vincent Salembier, Markus Schaper, Günter Schaper, Gerard Schipper, Tony Schläppi, Ulrich Soltermann, Markus Thiele, Wolfgang Tomek, Carola von Radowitz Guntrum, Johannes Werder, Paul Widmer, Nico Zila, Erich Althaus, Vilborg Andrésdóttir, Þyrí Baldursdóttir, Jean-Denis Baumberger, Helmut Beran, Steinar Birkeland, Elín Björnsdóttir, Albert Bossy, Roman Breitenstein, Pierre-Alain Chevallaz, Philippe Diacon, Elisabetta Fazzina, Roland Franzi, Ueli Frei, Axel Götze-Rohen, Sólveig Guðmundsdóttir, Philipp Hägeli, Christina Jacob, Jónatan Jónsson, Stefan Kesselring, Werner König, Urs Küchler, Kristín Magnúsdóttir, Hans Ming, Eugen Mossdorf, Bernhard Niggli, Guðbjörg Pálsdóttir, Pavlos Papaevanghelou, Petrína Pétursdóttir, Raymond Ramoni, Jean-Marie Rüede, Michael Schaub, Sigurður Sigurðsson, Dröfn Sveinsdóttir, Francesco Tassoni, Alexa Thio, Martien van der Meer, René Wahl, Roland Walter, Werner Wild, Marcel Wüthrich
Six months have passed since I took the European Federation rudder.
I must say that these six months have passed very quickly but also in a very quiet way.
We have already come a long way together, but it was a peaceful and rewarding journey, at least for me.
And in fact all the committees have worked well up to now and, certainly, they will not fail to complete their work; Governors and Districts are doing a great job both in terms of growth and Service Happy Child. All the members of the Executive Committee are collaborating, each for their part, to complete the program.
But, at this moment, under pressure is, above all, the Host Committee that is working hard for the Baveno Convention program.
About that, with great satisfaction, I must inform you that, while I am writing, we have over 290 Convention registrations, over 330 to the gala dinner and more than 230 to the friendship dinner! I urge you, therefore, if you haven’t already done so, to make your registrations and reservations; I wouldn’t want, in fact, that some latecomer cannot be with us to celebrate worthily this event.
In the meantime I have visited some clubs and some Districts, showing in each of them the great will to work for the less fortunate children. What to say?
I am satisfied, very satisfied! But a doubt grips me! And I want to share it with you.
As many of you know, I participated, representing the European Federation, at the ASPAC Convention and there, during the Board before, and the Convention after, both the Chair of the ASPAC and also the Chair of the Formula project, have launched to me – indeed they have launched to all of us – a challenge: who will arrive first to cut the finish line of the 30,000 members? Obviously I took up the challenge saying that, without any doubt, the European Federation will be the first to reach this goal. Just as obviously, they replied that, instead, will be the ASPAC to get there first!
And then? Who will win?
In my opinion neither ASPAC nor European Federation, but whoever arrives at this goal the children will be the winner. Of course the children, our only goal!
So, my friends, come on! Let’s reach 30,000 members! It’s not difficult, we just need a breath to get there! If every club succeeds in entering a net member we will have done it! Or rather, the children will reach the goal because they can count on the help of much more Kiwanians!
Yes, the Kiwanians: those normal people who, when they are together, can do exceptional things!
So, let’s do this exceptional things!
Because …. Together we can
The online registration for the KI-EF Convention in Baveno is now closed; all hyperlinks to registration are disabled
From now on you can no longer book events and you only can register onsite for the general assembly until May 26th at 9:30 am sharp! .
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