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Race to Indy for International Convention


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Race to Indy for International Convention

Cory Carr

If you've ever been to District Convention, then you've surely witnessed and felt the enthusiasm that drives Key Clubbers worldwide. You probably left feeling inspired and excited to serve your community. If you enjoyed this motivational District Convention experience, then there's no doubt that you'll love International Convention -- which, as International President Maria Palazzolo likes to put it, is sort of like District Convention on steroids. And if you haven't yet attended a District Convention, then there's no better time to take your involvement in Key Club to the next level!

International Convention is always exciting, but this year is especially so because we will be celebrating Kiwanis's 100th anniversary! To honor this monumental occasion, Key Clubbers, Circle K members, and Kiwanians alike will meet in Indianapolis for their conventions. With joint sessions and a concert by Hellogoodbye, this convention, with an estimated 8,000 attendees, is not one to miss! 

In addition, all of the traditional International Convention activities will also take place. As an attendee, you will attend energetic general sessions, engaging and informative workshops, listen to motivational and entertaining speakers, and elect the International Board for the coming year.

However, the actual convention will only take up four days out of the overall nine day trip. The Carolinas District Tour leading up to the convention will include a variety of exciting destinations such as Cedar Point, which is sometimes called the roller coaster capital of the world, and Chicago, where we'll spend three days exploring the city, visiting locations including the Shedd Aquarium and the Wrigley Field, and enjoying all the iconic Chicago cuisine. 

Sounds like a blast, right? To register, fill out the registration form and mail it to Scott Johnson by May 1st. The cost of the trip is $999, which includes lodging, transportation, and the cost of convention, though you will also need to bring some additional spending money for food and souvenirs. If this sounds expensive, you do have a few options. For one, you can ask your sponsoring Kiwanis club, friends, or family members to help cover some of the cost, and if you are sure to explain to them what an educational and transformative opportunity this is, the odds are that they'll be happy to help you out at least a little. In addition, if you are from a newly chartered club or have multiple attendees from the same school attending, you might be eligible for a discount.

Because we are taking buses, we have a limited amount of space on this trip, so be sure to act quickly and sign up for this opportunity of a lifetime right away! For more information and a more detailed itinerary, visit the International Convention page of our website and check out the information and registration packet.