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Monday, September 2, 2013

Kiwanis Charity Poker & Wine Fundraiser

On Saturday, August 10th, the Kiwanis of East Orange County hosted its Inaugural Poker Tournament in Orlando.  All funds raised benefited the Eliminate Project, a partnership with UNICEF to save mothers and babies from maternal neonatal tetanus (MNT).  Over 70 were in attendance at the event!

Kiwanis District Convention - A Weekend of Memories!

What a memorable weekend in Jacksonville!  A record number of East Orange County Kiwanians gathered at the Hyatt Waterfront Hotel for the 96th Annual Kiwanis District Convention including Sharlene D., Jeannette G., Daryl F., Jeremy R., Prairy R., Brent H., Alix S., George L., Annie L., Gene L., Chris L., Stacy V., Joe M., as well as significant others Brandy L. and Jan S..  Beth P. also made special appearances throughout the weekend. We were also very lucky to be joined by Garrett and Michelle from UCF CKI.

Some highlights from the convention include:

- We elected our Kiwanis board for 2013-2014, including installing Matthew Cantrell as District Governor and Celia Earl as District Treasurer.  Two of our members will also serve as District Chairs: Prairy Riehl (Interclub Relations) and Jeremy Riehl (Long Range Planning)!
- Several of our members led workshops during the weekend including Brent Hambly, Jeremy Riehl, Prairy Riehl, Chris Luczywo, and Sharlene Dewitz!
- George and Annie Langguth received the very honorable Zeller Award from the Kiwanis Club of Naples!
- Close to $25,000 was raised for the Kiwanis International's Eliminate MNT project this weekend through Caring Corner and other donations!
- We were informed by our Division 10 Foundation Trustee Kathy McDonald during the convention that the Just 1 Book book mobile renovation grant was approved by the Florida Kiwanis Foundation!  More to come about this at the next club meeting!
- A lot of fun was had during convention including karaoke on Friday night and a live band on Saturday!  We also learned who has the hidden talents of singing and dancing within our club... :-