The Lee County and Labelle area Kiwanis clubs attended the 95th Annual Florida District Convention in Tampa.
The Florida District of Kiwanis, which covers the Florida and the Cayman Islands, is composed of 8,500 members in 262 active clubs. Forty-three Kiwanis members attended the convention to represent the 14 clubs in the area.
Two local Kiwanians were recognized for their achievements at the convention - Bruce Boyd and Hannah Pelle. Robert Jarrett was inducted into office as 2012-13 lieutenant governor.
Boyd, the 2011-12 Division 19 Kiwanis lieutenant governor and a member of the Lehigh Acres club, was awarded the Otis Jenkins Award for outstanding leadership to Division 19 and Florida.
There are 27 lieutenant governors which represent the different divisions of Kiwanis.
Pelle, a Division 19 Florida Kiwanis trustee and a member of the Fort Myers-McGregor club, was awarded Florida Foundation Trustee of the Year over 26 other trustees.
The Florida Kiwanis Foundation is the fund-raising entity of the Florida District of Kiwanis International, with the objective to provide an endowment fund to which clubs and individual Kiwanis members can contribute gifts and bequests.
Jarrett, of the Kiwanis Club of Fort Myers Beach, was installed to serve as the 2012-13 Division 19 lieutenant governor on the statewide Board of the Florida District of Kiwanis. Jarrett will serve as the liaison between the 14 Kiwanis Clubs of Division 19, which covers Lee County and Labelle, and will serve on the 34 member governing Board of Kiwanis, which oversees all branches of the Kiwanis Family.
Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.
Founded in 1915, Kiwanis and its sponsored service organizations, including CKI at the college level, Key Club at the high school level, Builders Club at the middle school level, K-Kids at the elementary school level and Aktion Club for adults with disabilities, dedicate more than six million volunteer hours annually to strengthen communities and provide service to children.