2023 District Convention

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This page contains information about our 2023 district convention which was held 18-19 August, 2023, in Christchurch, New Zealand.   The convention was hosted by the two Kiwanis clubs in Christchurch.

Christchurch Convention Logo
About the Venue and Accommodation :
  The official convention hotel was the Rydges Hotel, Latimer Square, Christchurch.  All business sessions and the Saturday evening function were held at this venue.
"Experience Rydges Latimer Christchurch – a down-to-earth hotel accommodation where natural beauty and unmatched luxury set the scene for your renewal in the Garden City.  With sweeping views over Latimer Square – a true, iconic New Zealand delight with green space to roam and leafy trees for a shady sojourn.  Rydges Latimer Christchurch is the perfect base for your Christchurch adventure."
Christchurch and the Canterbury region :
 Christchurch, the "Garden City", is one of New Zealand's nicest cities.  For ideas about the attractions of Christchurch, check out this link : Christchurch City Council
Other links with information about Christchurch :
Ride the historic Christchurch tramway Christchurch and Canterbury The Antarctic Center

Convention Program :
Program - Pre-convention - Thursday, 17 August, 2023
 PM 2022/2023 district board meeting (for 2022/2023 district officers - observers welcome).
 PM Governor's function (by invitation) to thank his 2022/2023 district officers and support team.
  Evening NZ-SP Past Governors dinner and discussion (own cost).
  Evening Normal meeting night for the Kiwanis Club of Chistchurch - visiting Kiwanians invited.  At Armadillos, Christchurch.
Program - Pre-convention - Friday Morning, 18 August, 2023
 AM Convention registration desk open.
 AM District Foundation Trust meeting (for Foundation trustees).
Program - Day 1 - Friday Afternoon and evening, 18 August, 2023
 PM All members to be seated in the conference room.
Housekeeping - evacuation instructions, toilets, etc.
 PM Opening ceremony.
  •  Welcome by Organising Committee Chair.
  •  District Anthems, Flag parade.
  •  Invocation (Letitia).
  •  Reading of Objects of Kiwanis in English and French.
  •  Guest Speaker - Pauline Cotter, Deputy Mayor of Christchurch.
  •  Musical show presented by divisions 6 and 7.
 PM Business session 1.
  •  Opening remarks by the Governor.
  •  Apologies.
  •  Club roll call.
  •  Remembrance ceremony – candles - reading - minute of silence.
  •  Adoption of the rules and procedure of the convention.
  •  Appointment of a parliamentarian and scrutineers.
  •  Announcement of motions and resolutions.
  •  Introduction to Linda Lawther, the 2023-2024 Kiwanis International counselor for our district.
  •  Approval of the minutes of the 2022 district convention.
  •  District Treasurers Report.
  •  Presentation of proposed changes to the district bylaws - Mike McIvor.
 PM Governor farewells 2022-2023 team (certificates presented).
 PM Adjournment of afternoon session.
 Evening Bus departure for Addington Raceway.
 Evening Bus departure return to Rydges.
Program - Day 2 - Saturday, 19 August, 2023
 AM Past lt. governors breakfast (own cost).
 AM Business session 2.
  •  Announcements and logistics.
  •  Presentation of resolutions and amendments.
  •  District Foundation Trust report.
  •  General chair reports (in the convention booklet).
  •  Continue discussion of changes to district bylaws and voting.
 AM Partners Program bus departs.
 AM Morning tea.
 AM Workshop : led by Danielle Désarmagnac and International Counselor Linda Lawther regarding Depal.
 AM Workshop : led by Danielle Désarmagnac and International Counselor Linda Lawther regarding Canva.
 AM Address by Kiwanis International counselor Linda Lawther.
 AM Election of Officers.
  •  Foundation trustee
  •  Governor-Elect
  •  Governor designate
  Announcement of appointments
  •  district treasurer
  •  district secretary
  2022-2023 District awards
  •  Award for the district's best signature project
  •  Banner patches for clubs present at the convention
  •  Banner patches for participation in district projects
  •  Clinton Green award
  •  Communication award for best division
  •  Communication award for best club
  •  Best division award (lieutenant governor ratio, teleconference attendance, member motivation)
  •  Best club award in NZ, NC and PF (secretarial reports, attendance at teleconferences with support team, membership, innovative club projects)
  •  John Bell scholarship
 PM Lunch.
 PM Business session 3.
  •  International Children's Fund report
  •  Workshop 3 - led by Danielle Désarmagnac and International Counselor Linda Lawther regarding "Two for Two"
  •  Signature project for the district - discussion
  •  Future Conventions
  •  Governor's report
  •  Governor's special presentation
 PM Introduction of the 2023-2024 team (Danielle Désarmagnac)
 PM Close of the 2023 district convention
 Evening Formal Diner
Program - Post Convention - Sunday, 20 August, 2023
 AM 2023/2024 district board meeting (for 2023/2024 district officers - observers welcome).
 AM Farewell barbecue   at the Avice Hill Centre.

Registration Fees :
  The full registration fee for all Kiwanis members and guests was NZ $ 320.  Note that the full registration fee for partners or guests includes both the evening sessions but participation in the partners program incured an additional charge.
Registrations are now closed.
Partial registrations were available for non-Kiwanian partners or guests who wish to attend only :
  • Friday night social at the Races (includes meal and transport).  Cost is $75.00 per person.
  • Saturday night formal dinner (at Rydges).  Cost is $95.00 per person.
  • Partners' Program on Saturday (includes lunch and transport).  Cost is $70.00 per person.
  • Farewell Brunch (Sunday morning) at a venue near the Airport.  Cost is $15.00 per person.
There was NO partial registration for business sessions only this year.
Convention Contact Details :
  Graham Chick was the 2023 district convention secretary
  Carolyn Hutchison was the 2023 district convention chairman
  Shirley-Anne Pearce was the 2023 district convention treasurer

The Kiwanis clubs of Christchurch provided us with an entertaining and fun experience.
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