Awesome Event Information

"Oh, the Places You'll Go!"

2017 Kiwanis District Convention Agenda

& Children's Agenda

Abilene, Texas

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Awesome Event Information

Event details for 2017 are listed below for informational purposes. 

Information on 2018 will be available soon!​

DCON Service Project:

Help Foster the LOVE of Reading.

"Oh, the Places a CHILD can go with a BOOK!"

Please bring a NEW children's book to be donated to local children's organizations including a brand new Head Start School so 

pre-K books are highly encouraged. 

Abilene is after all the STORYBOOK CAPITAL OF TEXAS. 



2017 TX-OK Convention 

T-Shirt Design

"Oh, the Places You'll Go!"

You may purchase a T-shirt when you register online or via mail.

Adults are $15.00 

Sizes available are S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL.

Children T-shirts are $10.00 

Sizes are S, M, L, XL. 

DCON Forums

2017 DCON Forum List and Descriptions are ready! 

Click here for more information on the 2017 Forums.

To submit a name for the Memorial Service please complete this form: DCON Memorial Service Form. 


You may purchase the 2017 DCON pin when you 

register for $5.00 per pin. 

TX-OK Kiwanis Convention Guest Speakers

What is a convention without a little inspiration? 

Jim Rochford, KI President-Elect: The Power of Kiwanis

Friday, August 4th @ Opening Session



James “Jim” Rochford of Peoria, Illinois, was elected as president-elect of Kiwanis International in June 2016 at the 101st Annual Kiwanis International Convention in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

A 35-year Kiwanian with the Peoria club, Jim has served as distinguished club president, Key Club advisor, Circle K International advisor, distinguished lieutenant governor and distinguished governor. Jim has personally recruited more than 1,000 members into Kiwanis.

He is also a Diamond-level George F. Hixson Fellow, a charter Walter Zeller Fellow and a certified Kiwanis trainer. Outside of Kiwanis, Jim was named Tri-County Citizen of the Year, JC Penney/Golden Rule Award recipient, past president of the Peoria Jaycees and founder/president of the Peoria Irish AAU Basketball program. Jim and his wife, Debra, have two daughters and one son, as well as two grandbabies!

Kelly Poland: This is Your Kiwanis Life

Friday, August 4th @ Opening Session

Kelly Poland has been a Kiwanian since 1998 when she joined to help her friend with Key Club activities. Kelly soon got hooked on Kiwanis and as served in her local club, Jones Kiwanis Club, as Distinguished Secretary, Vice-President, and Distinguished President. Kelly also served 2 terms as Lt. Governor, was on the Long Range Planning and was district committee chair for Key Leader and Community Service. Currently Kelly serves as a CLE trainer and is the Assistant Administrator for Key Club events.

Kelly has been married to Ray for 38 years. They have 2 children and 2 grandchildren both of whom rule their world. Kelly is a member of the Jones Kiwanis club in Jones, Oklahoma

Eric Mallet: The Power of Community

Friday, August 4th @ All Kiwanis Luncheon

Mr. Eric Mallet will speak at the All Kiwanis Luncheon on Friday, August 4th directly after opening session. Eric Jaron Mallet was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He moved to Abilene, Texas in 2004 to attend Abilene Christian University (ACU). Being the first in his immediate family to attend college, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication and a master’s degree in Christian Ministry from ACU. He serves as the Prison Minister and Lead Facilitator of the Food Pantry Ministry at the Minda Street Church of Christ. He is employed by the Social Security Administration as a public servant. He started Choose Life Recycling, a non-profit electronic recycling company, employing ex-offenders for job training and family stability resource services. He is a board member of REACH for a Difference, a non-profit providing educational, emotional support, and financial resources to kids diagnosed with Autism and their families. He served as a board member of Keep Abilene Beautiful for two years and coached several youth sports teams as a mentor and coach for over four years.

Dr. Gary McCaleb: The Power of Prayer

Saturday, August 5th @ Prayer Breakfast

Dr. Gary McCaleb is Vice-President of Abilene Christian University, Executive Director of the Center for Building Community and professor of management at ACU. In 1999, Dr. McCaleb completed his ninth year and third term as mayor of the City of Abilene. He was President of the Texas Municipal League in 1993, and served on the Advisory Boards of the National League of Cities and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and was the U.S. representative to the World Executive Committee of the International Union of Local Authorities. He is a frequent speaker, both nationally and internationally, on city issues, especially the importance of building community, and he has recently produced two books: "Community: The 'Other' Side of Self" and "The Gift of Community: Reflections on the Way We Live and Work Together." Dr. McCaleb has made five trips for the U.S. State Department, speaking to local government officials in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Iceland and Northern Ireland.

Dr. McCaleb earned his bachelor's degree from ACU and holds an MBA and Ph.D. from Texas A&M University. McCaleb was elected to the Abilene City Council in 1985, and served until 1990, when he was elected mayor. He was elected for a second three-year term in May of 1993 and a third term in May of 1996.

Our Story

Kim Osborne: The Power of Creativity

Saturday, August 5th @ All Kiwanis Luncheon

“Living the life of your dreams starts with giving yourself permission to follow your heart.” - Kim Osborne

Kim Osborne is a Purpose & Business Coach. In other words, she teaches people how to live out their dream/purpose job online. Simply put, she helps ambitious entrepreneurs & wantrepreneurs that have the RIGHT heart, but are in the WRONG industry redirect to a PURPOSEFUL career that feels authentic. She uses her best techniques to teach strategies to take you from business idea – to action plan – to income. She is also been called the "social media guru" and is looking forward to not only speaking, but also presenting a forum directly after the luncheon on how to reach new members through social media. Visit her website at:

CMSgt. (Ret) Terry Savoie: 

The Power of Tradition & Transistion

August 5th @ Governor's Banquet

CMSGT (RET.) TERRY A. SAVOIE  awards and accomplishments are almost too long to list! He has a long distinguished military career, leader in his church and the author of two novels self-published “Trouble in Mule Canyon” and “Quick Silver South.” He is also a motivational speaker. He has been married to his Filipina Baby (Kay) for 37 years, has 5 children and 13 grandchildren. His Philosophy? LIFE AIN’T FAIR…WIN ANYWAY!

DCON Silent Auction 

To Benefit YOUR CLUB'S GOAL towards 

Project Eliminate!

What can be more fun than seeing friends you haven't seen in a year? Saving babies lives? Making an impact on the world? Love shopping? Vying for beautiful or much wanted gifts?

We hope you are thinking about your item(s) for the Eliminate Silent Auction. If you haven't reached your goal for the Eliminate Project, this is an easy and quick way to earn some money. See if a local business or artisan will donate items. Think of unique or much wanted items. No garage sale items please! 

Your club gets credit for the sale price of the item you bring and the paperwork to the Kiwanis International Children's Fund (Eliminate Project) is done for you. Big tickets items last year included a Texas flag guitar, Yeti cooler and cups, an oil painting, and wine baskets.

It is important to get your items to convention early. If you plan to get there Saturday, then find someone coming earlier to bring your item. Your Lt. Governor or Trustee might help out. 

Auction will set up on Thursday afternoon and end at 11:30 Saturday before the lunch meeting at the Abilene Convention Center. 

We would like to make the bid sheets in advance to avoid the rush, so email a description and value to Joyce Curry at [email protected] You can also mail your item ahead of convention to silent auction co-chair, Becky Spargo. Her address is 5 Morrow Lane, Abilene, TX 79601. Let's make this one another success!