Local Kiwanis club members go to Paris to participate in deciding global organization’s future


WEST ALEXANDRIA — John and Wanda DeVilbiss, members of the Kiwanis Club of West Alexandria, attended the 2017 Kiwanis International convention in Paris, France. They represented the opinions and beliefs of the local Kiwanis club members in the discussion and decision-making in the global organization’s structure and leadership. John is currently a Kiwanis International Trustee and a member of the International Board.

The Kiwanis Club of West Alexandria is part of Kiwanis International, a global organization that provides volunteer service to support children in communities around the world. In West Alexandria, the club helps children by sponsoring the Oktoberfest, Halloween parade, Easter Egg hunt, and many other projects. Money to support the projects is raised by hosting a chicken barbecue twice a year.

“Kids need Kiwanis, in our community and in communities around the world,” said DeVilbiss. “Our club supports projects that would not otherwise happen without our support. We’re here to make sure all the children in our community have what they need to thrive, prosper and grow.”

The Kiwanis International convention, in its 102nd year, brought together members from around the world to share service project ideas that help kids and to gain insight into new opportunities with Kiwanis partners.

The Kiwanis Club of West Alexandria meets at 6:30 PM on the second and last Tuesday at Salem Lutheran Church, 70 East Dayton Street, West Alexandria. Community members with an interest in helping children are encouraged to attend. For more information contact Carol Lunsford at (937) 839-4085 or kiwanisoktoberfest@earthlink.net.

Founded in 1915, Kiwanis International is a global organization of clubs and members dedicated to serving the children of the world. Kiwanis and its family of clubs, including Circle K International for university students, Key Club for students age 14–18, Builders Club for students age 11–14, K-Kids for students age 6–12 and Aktion Club for adults living with disabilities, annually dedicate more than 18.5 million service hours to strengthen communities and serve children. The Kiwanis International family comprises more than 702,000 adult and youth members in more than 79 countries and geographic areas. Visit www.kiwanis.org for more information.

R-H Staff