Kiwanis Club cleans up in Montana

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August 21, 2014 9:36 AM

Vera Gallant and Curtiz Douglas show off the Lloydminster Kiwanis Club awards that they were presented with in Montana earlier this month. - Christopher W. Brown Photo

The Lloydminster Kiwanis Club cleaned up at the annual Western Canada – Montana District Kiwanis Club Convention earlier this month.

Three Kiwanis club members attended the convention in Billings, Mont., from Aug. 7 to 10.

The Lloydminster club received three honours including Distinguished Kiwanis Club President was awarded to Lloydminster Kiwanis past president Vera Gallant for the Kiwanis year 2013- 2014, the Best Overall Kiwanis Club for the Lloydminster club, and the largest increase in members of a club, with eight new Kiwanis club members who joined in the 2013-2014 year.

Gallant, who had received the distinguished president award in the 2011-2012 Kiwanis year, said that it was an honour to receive it again.

“It just made me more enthusiastic about Kiwanis and what we can do in our community and in the world,” she said. “It makes me want to work harder at making Kiwanis more recognizable in the community and the world as well.”

Gallant said that by winning the distinguished president award, the club automatically receives the distinguished club award as well.

“There are certain criteria as well that each club is judged by before awards are handed out,” said Curtis Douglas, the Western Canada Key Club District Governor, who attended the convention with Gallant and one other Kiwanis club member.

Gallant said that the highest net increase of members in the 13-14 years is also a big deal for the Lloydminster club because it means that it is coming back after some rough years of members leaving.

“We are a growing club once again, and people want to be part of the group,” she said. “This is the first year that the memberships in the Kiwanis Club International has gone up significantly.”

Gallant herself picked up the first inaugural award for Distinguishing Kiwanis Club International Member.

Douglas said that the award was basically a way to give back to someone who has given so much to the Kiwanis Club, not just locally, but internationally as well.

“The award basically defines Vera to a tee. It is the definition of what a Kiwanis club member should stand for,” said Douglas.

The award is given to a member of the Kiwanis Club International for their dedication, commitment, and dedication to the Kiwanis Club international.

Heading into the next Kiwanis year, Gallant said that the local club might have to pick their game up a little, as there were some awards that the club didn’t win.

“There were about three awards that we didn’t receive this year, so maybe just maybe we can do a little more and completely clean house next year at the convention,” she said.

As a member of Key Club in Lloydminster, Douglas said that it’s an honour to have a great Kiwanis Club in the city.

“It gives me a little more of a drive to do better myself. Seeing that the Kiwanis club in Lloydminster did a good job makes me want to go back to the Holy Rosary Key Club and do a little better so we might get recognized as well,” he said.

When asked what the reaction of the fellow Kiwanis club members were when hearing about the multiple awards the club had won, Gallant jokingly answered she isn’t sure.

“We haven’t had a meeting since we came back, so they don’t know yet, they will probably hear about it soon though,” she said.

The Lloydminster Kiwanis Club has been active in Lloydminster for just close to 30 years. With the 30th year since incorporation happening in September.

If anyone is looking to become part of the Kiwanis club, Gallant said to contact any member of the Kiwanis club to find out more information.

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