DISTRICT OFFICERS TRAINING CONFERENCE
Last weekend of January was the appointment from next KI-EF Board with the Governors Elect from all European District together with their Secretaries and Treasurers Designate. Besides the Districts and Districts in Formation, delegates were invited from Albania, Romania, Hungary, Estonia and the United Kingdom, all sponsored Nations.
At same time and place the European Chairs of KIF gathered with their KIF Trustees Wahib and Daniel. They got the visit of Jack HARTEN, incoming KIF President.
The meeting was organized together by KI-EF and KI. Ki was represented by Sylvester NEAL, President Elect, Christina HALE, Lead Area Director and Scott SMITH, Chief Technology Officer. They all had innovative things to tell such as the new membership database, the leadership manual, the Grant program and a lot more.
The European training team held the majority of the contents with a training about leadership, general contents, branding and team building. A breakout session was hold with in each group a major leader who could answer all the questions of the participants, questions who never come to their rights in a plenum.
During the two days conference large breaks were token to give participants the opportunity to meet and learn to know each other. And finally on Saturday evening the whole crew visited the Brewery of Freising located in the local University. The Weihenstephan was large at honour !
A perfect organization in a positive atmosphere, who should want more ?
Train the Trainer
During the weekend of November 27-29th, President Elect Jerome Hennekens and the KI-EF Training Committee gathered all trainers of the Federation's full Districts to have the yearly Train the TrainersConference.The meeting was split into two sessions: a two hours opening session on Friday Evening and a fullworking day on Saturday. For the first time and on initiative of President Elect Jerome the meetingwas held near Munich at the Movenpick Airport Hotel of Hallbergmoos, which offered nice meeting,catering and hosting conditions.
The participants agreed to try to organize in future similar conferences on a more local basis in orderto reach a higher number of officers. Three pilot projects will start during Spring of 2010 in Germany,Italy and Belgium.
Training was highly concentrated on interactive work where there was as much focus on listeningas on working. The old teaching style is long gone !
The meeting motto was the 3 F symbol (fun, fundraising en friends). It goes without saying that atthe end there was great fun during the visit of the Hofbrauhaus in the centre of Munich, whereparticipants were served a small beer! One can makes the difference !
The same participants returned on Sunday morning not without saying: give us more of this ! Andby that, they most certainly did not only mean the Munchener Hofbrau.
Growth meeting in Bruxelles
In the last few days there has taken place the first meeting of the Federation Committee for Growth and Development in Bruxelles. Under the direction of Daniel Vigneron, past European President, and Ulrich Marki the different boards tackled and discussed which strategies to adopt in order to let Kiwanis grow in Europe. During the meeting particular attention was paid to Junior Kiwanis as a possible breeding-ground for new young members. Sergio Giummo, youth governor of the Italian District, explained what Junior Kiwanis is and what it has done until today by, also, pointing out what advantage a district may take of opening up new Junior Kiwanis clubs. At the end of the session Gianfilippo, the President, thanked everybody for their commitment and reminded that searching for new members, opening up new clubs, letting Kiwanis grow is not only the duty of any Kiwanian but it means, above all, to give world children a hope by services.
Board meeting in Venezia
The second Board Meeting of Kiwanis European Federation has taken place in Venice. Special guest of the event was International Kiwanis President Paul Palazzolo, who expressed his appreciation to the past president Daniel Vigneron for what the Federation has done in the last years and his welcome-on-board to the current president Gianfilippo Muscianisi. All governors of European districts, representatives of growing districts, chairmen of various committees took part into the meeting which was very fruitful. A discussion was carried out on how to encourage the growth of Kiwanis in Europe, by both making up new clubs and inviting new people to join the Kiwanis family. Also, reports were presented by the Kiwanis Women Committee and the Committee for promoting new entries. A particular attention was paid to sponsored programs, first of all, Kiwanis Junior, one of the most beautiful offspring of the European Kiwanis.
During the meeting there was another official moment, when federation presidents exchanged their collars, and moments of fun such as a very nice guided visit to Venice with dinner on a boat floating on the Canal Grande.