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Mini-Convention inspires and educates New York K-Kids and Builders Club members

The Long Island South Central Division of Kiwanis recently held a K-Kids and Builders Club Mini-Convention at W.T. Clarke Middle/High School.

The day long event welcomed three Kiwanis New York District Governors, three Distinguished Past Governors, two District Administrators, several Lt. Governors, three Distinguished Past Lt. Governors and three District Chairmen. They all came together to motivate and inspire Kiwanis' youngest members.

The Mini-Convention hosted by the Bowling Green K-Kids and WT Clarke Builders Club began with speed learning rounds during which attendees rotated to seven minute presentations about the four Kiwanis charities as well as the Governor and First Lady's projects. During these informal presentations the K-Kids and Builders viewed videos, received information and giveaways, and discussed how to support each charity or project.

The mini-convention began with speed learning rounds which were followed by a special greeting by NYD Kiwanis Governor Joe Aiello. Session 1 offered workshops for club officers and members, chairmen and advisors.

Session two followed a snack break and included workshops about Public Speaking, Pushing Projects to the Next Level, Goal Setting, Finding a Community Need, the Kiwanis family and, Awards and Recognition.

After attendees returned to the general session room, they completed First Lady Cookie Aiello's Treats for the Troops project. The nearly 100 pounds of candy brought to the mini-convention by attendees was added to several hundred pounds of candy collected by the Bowling Green K-Kids and WT Clarke Builders Club last weekend to yield nearly 500 treat bags for US soldiers serving overseas. Each quart sized bag was filled with a variety of treats including Tic Tacs, Life Savers, chewing gum, hard candies, mints and, a personal letter of thanks.

The mini-convention concluded with a closing session at which Governor Joe Aiello issued a challenge to all the New York District K-Kids and Builders Club members and aske them to create the best video highlighting the service of their clubs.

In addition, a trophy was awarded to the Meadowbrook K-Kids club for bringing the most candy for the troops to the mini-convention.

Due to the generosity of Lt. Governor Ann, the LISC Division and Levittown's Bageltown, the mini-convention's registrations fees were not needed for the snacks and supplies. The attendees voted to donate more than $200 to Kiwanis International's Eliminate Project.

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