Division 17
Vancouver Island

100th Annual District Convention is in Kennewick WA

NOW I know August is long I know way away BUT the 100th District Convention is coming up.

Steve Emhoff and his committee have done a great planning job.

So please save the dates: AUGUST 24-27TH Kennewick Washington Three Rivers Convention Center

Two hotels have been confirmed:

  1. The brand new Marriott - Springhill Suites at $124 US per night - includes Breakfast 708 West Grandridge Blvd 509-820-3026 (Marriott.com/springhillsuites ) The new SpringHill Suites by Marriott Kennewick/Tri-Cities Hotel is conveniently connected to the Three Rivers Convention Center and only minutes from Columbia Center Mall, local favorite restaurants, The REACH Museum and Carousel of Dreams. Get energized by using the on-site fitness center. Kiwanis has all but 3 of their rooms booked and everyone is a 'suite' HOWEVER They are holding the rooms for Kiwanis until July 10th only!
  2. The second hotel is the Hilton Garden +Inn - adjacent to the Conference centre at $114per night BUT no breakfast 701 N Young St Kennewick 509-735-4600 Set in the Kennewick area, within the Tri-Cities area of Washington State 24-hour business center and complimentary WiFi Three flexible meeting rooms for up to 80 guests 24-hour fitness center, indoor pool, and whirlpool The Garden Grille® & Bar and 24-hour Pavilion Pantry® convenience store  I AM NOT SURE OF THE CUT OFF DATE FOR THIS ONE

You can find more about them on their websites: I have reserved already!

Conference Registration information will be available on the PNW website June 1 but I am giving you a heads up to do some planning EARLY registration BEFORE June 30 is $155 CANADIAN WILL BE AT PAR. As of July 1st registration is $185.

Now for even better news Any NEW (never before been a member) since last August. They will get a $50 discount but they can't do online registration. How they register and get the discount will be available online June 1. If you would like to volunteer for 4 hours then you get a $50 discount as well - But again this is not for online registration and is for the first 20 volunteers only.

Each club gets 3 votes for the incoming Governor Elect. BUT you must be present to vote. We have 2 candidates to date, Chuck Richardson and Matt Gregory. Chuck will be at our Regional conference on May 17th and Matt will be at our CLE training session June 17th. If there are additional candidates I will let you know.

The program is being finalized but will include Intro session for first timers - one on Thursday eve and another Friday am to give you hints on getting the most out of your first District conference.

  • 2 Mega Learning tracts (formerly called forums) with Motivational speaker Steve Siemens
  • 22 Learning tracts to choose from, 3 which will be given twice, on current topics essential to Kiwanis learning and success. Each attendee can choose which to attend, 5 over the course of the conference. If you are sending more than one member from your club - and I encourage you to do so - then you can cover even more tracts and compare notes!

Details of these will be online June 1. You need to send 5 people to cover very session!

Booths will be set up by Kiwanis associated family and sponsors, there's the Governors banquet, PNW Foundation and outreach/awards reception and so much more.  It promises to be: a major learning experience, FUN, a chance to meet Kiwanis family from throughout our region,  a place to make new friends and exchange ideas.

Please share this with your club members and plan to ensure you are well represented at this our 100th Conference

Susan Menzies, Lt Governor Division 17