Press Release from the WV District of Kiwanis
Wheeling, WV — The year was 1919. The Bentley is founded. Poland/Russian start a war. The League of Nations is founded. The American Legion forms in Paris. Einstein’s theory of general relativity confirmed. The Black Sox scandal happens and the Reds “win” the World Series! Prohibition begins. And the WV District of Kiwanis was established.
Dedicated to serving the children of the world, Kiwanis International is a global volunteer organization that annually dedicates more than 18.5 million volunteer hours to strengthen communities and help children. Through service projects and fundraisers, Kiwanis members improve their communities, make lifelong friendships, and most importantly, help children thrive, prosper and reach their full potential.
The Kiwanis Motto is serving the children of the world.
The WV District of Kiwanis is made up of 41 Clubs and 20 Youth Clubs which include over 1500 members.
They are celebrating 100 years of service to children of the WV communities with a Convention and Gala on Saturday, August 10th and Sunday August 11th, 2019 at Olgebay Resort in Wheeling, WV.
“We are grateful for the many generations of district, division and club leadership. We are extremely appreciative of all the faithful members we’ve had over these many years. As we work currently and as we plan for the next 100 years, I hope we continue to embrace our overall Kiwanis theme – kids need Kiwanis,” stated WV Kiwanis Governor, Samuel F. Payne Sr. “Let’s make this a great 100-year celebration,” he added.
“We are excited to welcome members and guests from all over the great state of West Virginia to Wheeling for a very momentous occasion,” stated Eric Fithyan, Chairman of 100th Convention & Gala. He encourages everyone to register for the gala. Call him with questions at 412-518-0804.
Daniel Vigneron of Howald, Luxembourg is scheduled to be the Keynote Speaker at the Gala. He was recently elected to a one-year term as President of Kiwanis International at the 104th Annual Kiwanis International Convention in Orlando, FL in June of 2019. For the last 32 years, he has served as a member of the Kiwanis Club of Vielsalm.
Serving as the Master of Ceremonies for the Gala is Anthony Conn. He joined the NEWS 9 team of WTOV in May of 2016 as a multimedia journalist. He’s from West Sunbury, PA, which is an hour north of Pittsburgh.