District Convention Report

Monday Morning
We had 19 members at Monday’s meeting at the Retlaw Hotel, one of our former haunts. Gary Miller thanked those members that made the FDL High School Key Club on Friday morning. Charlene Pettit offered up a “Happy Buck” in thanks for her receiving the “Kiwanian of the Year” award and also for all the help of the Social Committee in planning the Installation Banquet, Gary Ring and Vickie Goldapske both for their Hixson Awards and Gary Miller just because he was “Happy”. Gary Ring was the first 50/50 Raffle winner in our new game and he drew the Jack of Hearts. That was close but, unfortunately, no cigar. The new pot next Monday will be at least $15.

District Convention Report
Gary & Donna Miller, Charlene Pettit, Gary Ring and Chris Serres attended the WI-UM District Convention in Racine on August 23-25th and agreed to be our Monday program to talk about the convention. Gov. Lynn Messer presented Tonya Alling with the Governor’s Cup for being the top Lt. Gov. for the 2011-12 administrative year. Our Club, along with all of the Division 12 Clubs, were also recognized as “Distinguished Clubs” at Saturday’s luncheon.
Gary Miller attended sessions on Marketing/PR and the incoming President’s projects while Charlene attended workshops on Social Media for Success and Club President’s Workshop-Share What is Working Well With Your Club. Chris attended two workshops on fundraising do’s and don’ts and Gary Ring attended two workshops on Recruiting New Members and Club Member Retention. All of the attendees gave us a summary of what they learned in their various sessions. The membership topic will be further explored as our program for this coming Monday at Faro’s.
Incoming Gov. Gurdip Brar’s projects and goals were also discussed. Anyone that was at the Installation Banquet had a chance to hear from Gurdip personally on what he hopes to accomplish in the coming year. Watch for more details in future issues of the Kiwanews. Thanks Gary, Charlene, Gary and Chris for the program.