A number of Rogue Valley Kiwanis members trekked off to Seattle to participate in the 96th annual Pacific Northwest District convention August 15-18, 2013. Kiwanis is an International organization dedicated to service for children in communities around the world. In the Rogue Valley the Kiwanis Children’s Cancer program is heavily supported. When Seattle Children’s Hospital announced a possible breakthrough in the treatment of leukemia in children, local Kiwanians were joyful that three of the doctors who participated in that research were Kiwanis fellowships. Each year Kiwanis International pays for three young doctors to spend one year in the wards learning to treat children with cancer and then two years doing lab research .
Claudell King from Caveman Kiwanis in Grants Pass, the outgoing governor for District 82, will serve in a new position that is part of Pacific Northwest Division risk management called Youth Protection. All Kiwanis members who work directly with children will have back ground checks and it will be part of Claudell’s’ responsibility to see that the program works effectively to protect the children served by Kiwanis in our areas.
Lonnie Johnson is the past Lieutenant Governor of Kiwanis District 82. Lonnie devotes much of his time to supporting youth services in the area and can be seen giving a helping hand in fund raising projects that range from making tacos to washing cars. A member of Cave Man Kiwanis in Grants Pass, Lonnie is Pacific Northwest District Builder’s Club Administrator. The Builder’s Club is a service organization for middle school children.
Ron Parker is the Lieutenant Governor for District 82 year 2013-2014. A member of the Ashland Kiwanis Club, he served in a number of positions and will be responsible to work with all the Kiwanis clubs in District 82. His work in the Ashland community is known to the many organizations that benefit from his efforts.
Pat Burton, a member of the Table Rock Kiwanis Board of Directors, attended the Pacific Northwest Division convention along with Linda McClellan, incoming president of Table Rock Kiwanis for the 2013-2014 year. Pat supported Kiwanis efforts by bidding on a bicycle during one of the many silent auctions. The down side was that she won the bid and had to arrange how to get the bicycle home with the help of other convention attendees from the Rogue Valley.