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2015 District Convention

The annual District Convention took place Aug. 13-16 at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Albany.

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Greg Faulkner, a long-term volunteer with the district's Circle K program, talked about his experience as a Circle K member and advisor at the Service Leadership Program luncheon on Friday.

District Foundation Annual Meeting

Foundation President Sal Anelli honored the Long Island South Central Division for sending the most kids to Kamp Kiwanis the year, 87, and the Kiwanis Club of Peninsula (Hewlett) for sending the most from a club, 53.

Treasurer David Vail said the District Foundation would end the year in the black for the second year in a row. He said it was due the efforts of the entire board, but added that he also was proud that "every child who wanted to go to kamp, went to kamp." Kamperships and other donations were used to pay for children who otherwise wouldn't have been able to afford it.

Kamp Executive Director Rebecca Clemence reported the kamp had 63 adults this year, a decrease due to cut backs in funding for recreation by the state Office for People with Developmental Disabilities. There were 582 child weeks, down from 598 in 2014. The goal remains to have 840 child weeks, the maximum the kamp can handle in a season.

There were 37 teens in the teen program, and 7 kampers which required 1:1 staffing. There were 80 kampers with special needs and 39 children of military personnel.

In addition to Peninsula's total of 53 kampers, Clemence also noted that East Meadow sent 35, LaGuardia sent 25 and Staten Island sent 18.

They had 50 staff this year, representing 12 countries.

Kim Scharoff reported that they had a profit of $2,500 from the Mets game in July, selling 200 tickets. The Mets gave Kamp Kiwanis their Spirit Award, and they talked for three minutes on the PA system before the game about what the kamp does, helping to spread the word. District Convention

District Foundation President Sal Anelli opening the annual District Foundation meeting Friday afternoon.

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Annual meeting attendees.

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Kamp Executive Director Rebecca Clemence reporting on this summer's kamping season.

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There was an election for three seats on the District Foundation Board. Winning the three-year terms were incumbent Anthony Merendino and newcomers Tom Poccio and Immediate Past Distinguished Gov. Joe Aiello.

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The display area at the convention.

Convention Honorees

Two long-term convention and Circle K volunteers were honored as the Convention Honorees, Richard Hall and Alison Mandel, and six others also were honored by Gov. Eric G. Paul: District Secretary/Treasurer Justin Underwood, Assistant Secretary Jack Tetamore, Special Assistance Tricia Ziegler Hook, Parliamentarian Sean P. O'Sullivan, and Executive Assistants Kevin Love and David Morse. Tetamore and Hook were unable to attend the presentation.

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Hall receives his award from Gov. Eric.
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Mandel receives her award.
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Underwood.
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O'Sullivan.
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Morse.
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Love.
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Attendees at the Honoree Reception.

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Two couples at the convention were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversaries on Friday. District Circle K Administrator John Keegan and his wife, Mary Ann, are at left, and District Builders Club Administrator Joanne Underwood and District Secretary/Treasurer Justin Underwood are at right. Gov. Eric is at the podium.

Opening Session
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Kiwanis International Counselor to the New York District for 2015-16, Patrick Ewing, encouraged the district to continue with its many projects and worked to inspire them to get involved in the efforts under way through Kiwanis International, the district and local clubs.
After making some jokes about his basketball-player namesake, Ewing, who is the former governor of the Pacific Northwest District and a Canadian, related a story from 2001 when his club responded to a call from Kiwanis International to help care for the children of victims from the 9-11 attacks in New York City.

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Key Club Gov. Hannah Nichols addressing the opening session.
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Circle K Gov. Walaa Ahmed reported on progress in Circle K.
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Several Eliminate Project awards, both Centennial Awards and Zeller Awards, were presented by Sister Anne-Marie Kirmse, the district's Eliminate Project coordinator. Among the honorees was Metropolitan Lt. Gov. Tom Poccio (holding the plaque), who was presented with a Centennial Award by the Chinatown club. The Chinatown members present and others joined Poccio and Sister Ann-Marie on the dais for a picture.

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The night before he was elected Gov.-Elect for 2015-16, Steve Sirgiovanni participated in a Pie in the Face fund raiser for the Kiwanis Pediatric Lyme Disease Foundation. The event, which was chaired by Lt. Gov. JP Di Troia, raised $1,000 for the foundation; $500 during the district convention, and $500 more raised by Sirgiovanni reaching out to members present for donations.

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Forums
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The CPR class viewing a video during the CPR training offered at the convention.

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CPR participants practice with dummies. Carole Anelli, left, and Nydia Corace are taking their turn.

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Kim Scharoff training club secretaries.

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Distinguished Past Gov. Peter Mancuso thanked supporters who have helped so far with his campaign for election as Kiwanis International Trustee at next June's convention in Toronto. The session informed attendees about his candidacy and urged them to attend the Toronto convention and to return to their divisions and clubs and begin the effort to get as many delegates as possible to attend.

House of Delegates

Before the candidate elections took place, the delegates adopted the new form of District Bylaws as established by Kiwanis International, with little discussion after the delegates voted to replace the bylaws originally submitted with an updated and newly approved wording.

Gov.-Elect Forbes Irvine was elected governor for 2015-16, and then, in a contested race, past Queens West Lt. Gov. Steve Sirgiovanni defeated Past Niagara Frontier North Division Lt. Gov. Candace Corsaro to become the governor-elect for 2015-16.

The delegates also approved several resolutions:

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Governor-Designate Forbes Irvine speaking after his election as governor for 2015-16, with his wife, Helene, at his side.

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Delegates during the session.

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Distinguished Past Gov. Peter Mancuso after the delegates approved a resolution of support for his election to the Kiwanis International Board.

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Past Queens West Lt. Gov. Steve Sirgiovanni receives applause after his election as governor-elect for 2014-15.

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From left, International Trustee Patrick Ewing, Gov.-Elect-Designate Steve Sirgiovanni, Immediate Past Distinguished Gov. Joe Aiello, Past International President Jerry Christiano, Gov.-Designate Forbes Irvine and Gov. Eric G. Paul.

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Virginia Eppolito and Distinguished Past Gov. Joe Eppolito congratulate Sirgiovanni.

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A line of well wishers formed waiting to express their support for Sirgiovanni.