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2017 Kiwanis District Convention Agenda

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Abilene, Texas

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2018 DCON Event Information

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DCON Children' Agenda

ALL DAY FRIDAY & SATURDAY

Activities for kids (ages 3-12) will include:

A trip to the zoo, Adventure Cove (waterpark in Rose Park), Buffalo Gap Historical village, miniature golf, visits to interactive museums and more! Drop off will be Friday and Saturday morning as early as 7:00 am Lee Boys and Girls Club located at 4610 North 10th st. 

THE FIRST 40 CHILDREN ARE FREE!


FAMILY FUN NIGHT - Kiwanis Street Party & Night at the Movies

6:00 PM - Kiwanis Block Party at Abilene Convention Center Foyer. Come enjoy hamburgers, hotdogs, listen to the human jukebox (Piano Man Mike Schuler), and witness some slight-of-hand magic tricks, balloon animals and more. Fruit pops from Mary’s Paleteria and food from Sharon’s BBQ. Just a fun “street-style” party to celebrate our 100 year anniversary.


Adults: $15 Children up to 12 are free IF they are registered for the children's agenda. If not Children (up to 12) are $10. Bus will leave McMElegante at 5:45 PM. For those who do not plan to attend the movie, the bus will take you back after the block party, and return for everyone else after the movie is over.  

FAMILY FUN NIGHT - Kiwanis Street Party & Night at the Movies

7:00 PM - Let’s all go to the Movies! Accompanied by live trumpets, we will all walk (transportation provided for those who wish) a couple of blocks over to the historic Paramount Theater. A group photo under the marquee will be taken. Then free popcorn and water/soda will be passed out as we watch the classic film Field of Dreams. The movie will begin promptly at 7:30 PM. – Movie ticket is included with your registration!


Read all about our awesome entertainers below (just keep on scrolling)!


DCON Service Project:

Backpacks for Hungry Kids!

Backpacks for Kids feeds hungry children over the weekend during the school year. Food is nutritious, child-friendly and does not cost the child or the family.

Money raised will serve hungry children in Division 35, residing in Abilene, Albany, Stamford, and Sweetwater. At this time, 1 sack filled with food costs $4.99—or $180.00 to cover the cost each weekend during the school year. Pre-packed sacks are sent home with the children. Two varieties are available: Chicken or Tuna.

Feed (1) Child for (1) weekend: Donate $5.00

Feed (1) Child each weekend all school year: Donate $180.00


Consider this as a Club Project! Let’s see if we can raise enough money to feed (a minimum) of 100 hungry children the entire school year.


2018 TX-OK 100th Anniversary Commemorative 

Convention T-Shirt Design


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 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 Friday morning 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!

100th Anniversary Commemorative DCON Pin

You may purchase the 2018 DCON pin when you 

register for $5.00 per pin.  

DCON Forums

2018 DCON Forum List 

The Kiwanis Newsletter, David Phillips

Children Service Programs, James "Auggie" Augestein

I Can Bike, Steve Brooks

Disaster Relief Prep and Update, Marshall Kregel & Brad Mckenzie

Service with SLP's without Breaking the Bank, Rhonda Hersey

Kiwanis Children's Fund, John Martin

Why #KidsNeedKiwanis, Art Riley, International Trustee

Key Club Experience, Key Club Panel & Kenyon Black

CKI Experience, CKI Panel & Colleen Biggerstaff

Club Opening & Growth, Susan Hennum, Kelly Poland & Patrick Schibi

Club Treasurer Training, Sam Curry

Club Service Fair Idea Exchange (round table)

Disaster Relief District Backpack Service Project (assembling backpacks, led by Marshall and Brad)

Q&A with Governor-elect Candidate(s)

Signature Service - Why & How, Art Riley, International Trustee

Why Everyone Should Want to Join Your Kiwanis Club, Susan Hennum

Lt. Governor: The Best Job in Kiwanis, Art Riley, International Trustee


Mayor Anthony Williams

Prayer Breakfast Speaker

Anthony Williams is the Mayor of Abilene, Texas. He was elected in June 2017 after serving 16 years as a City Councilman

A native Abilenean, he is a 1987 graduate of Abilene High School and received a B.S. degree from McMurry University in 1993.

In his professional career, Williams is the Advancement and Executive Community Relations Officer at Abilene Christians University.

As Mayor His goals are:

• To grow Abilene by creating a larger economy and a smaller City government

• Create a more friendly City Hall

• Develop better communication between City Government and its citizens

• Continue efforts to conserve water usage and look to secure further sources

• Promote equality and opportunity for all the people in the community

• To bring people together and look at things from a holistic point of view

He not only serves his community as Mayor, but currently serves as a Board Member of Community in Schools and is an Elder and Sunday School Teacher at Minda Street Church of Christ.

His other community activities include the, Abilene Chamber of Commerce and the Abilene Chamber Military Affairs Committee. He has also served in the following capacities: Board Member of the Community Foundation of Abilene, President of the West Central Texas Council of Governments; Vice –President and Board Representative Region VI Texas Municipal League; and Committee Member and Volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters. His many awards include: Abilene Youth Sports Authority Volunteer of the Year; Black History Community Award; and the Abilene Reporter News Top Business Professional Under 40. He enjoys outdoor activities, reading, and youth mentorship and development. He and his wife Lynette have three children.

Linda Stevens

Friday Luncheon Speaker

Howdy, my name is Linda Stevens. I was born and raised in Abilene, TX. After graduating from Cooper High School, I moved on to attend Texas A&M at Galveston. I spent four wonderful years there obtaining my B.S. in Marine Biology with a minor in Diving Technology and Methods. One of my favorite things from attending TAMUG was the experience from joining Circle K International. The friends and family I have found in the K family will remain with me for the rest of my life. My next adventure is working with SMART Family Literacy, a non-profit organization in Galveston. I will be there for a year before I return to get my masters. 

Judge Paul Rotenberry

Saturday Lunch Speaker

Bio to be provided soon!

Piano Man - Mike Schuler 

(Friday Family Fun Night)

Piano Man Mike Schuler grew up in New York City playing the trumpet since age 9, performed in Carnegie Hall at 13, joined the U.S. Air Force Band at 17, and then came to college in Abilene, Texas where he studied music theory and composition. Mike has traveled around the country and performed all over the state of Texas from Dallas/Ft Worth to South Padre Island, but he has always returned home to Abilene, where he is best remembered as the Piano Man at local venues. Abilene's Friendly Neighborhood Piano Man has entertained thousands of school children both in person and through "The Piano Man" TV Show which ran for 6 years on local cable station AISD-TV. Between his regular weekly gigs he continues to play at schools throughout the Abilene area whenever they call him. With an experienced mix of enthusiasm, congeniality, witty sense of humor, clever wardrobe, and a sixth sense of what people want to hear along with his 5,000 song repertoire - Mike plays piano and entertains audiences, customers, guests, and students with their favorite songs at just about every venue and event imaginable including restaurants, theaters, public schools, college campuses, wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, parties, luncheons, banquets, and various other special occasions and events both private and public all over Texas.

The Piano Man still travels "anywhere" for a gig. Just fill out the Contact Form on his website's homepage at pianomanmike.com for info on how to book him for your next Wedding Reception, Private Party, or any other Special Occasion. email: [email protected]website: pianomanmike.com

Lonnie Chevrie, Magical Entertainer (Family Fun Night)

Lonnie Chevrie is a World-Class Award-Winning Magician. Lonnie honed his magical skills while growing up in West Texas. Combining comedy and magic he currently performs his special brand of sleight-of-hand magic all across the country. Lonnie performs full-time at a variety of venues including, trade shows, private parties, restaurants, festivals and special events. Wonder and amazement combined with laughter and fun Lonnie’s magical performances is in constant demand and has performed at The World Famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, California, a very prestigious invitation-only venue for magicians from all around the world. Lonnie is known throughout the magical community as an inventor of many original tricks and routines, many of which have appeared in numerous magic magazines and internet publications and are performed by magicians across the globe.

Lonnie lives with his wife Leslie in Abilene and together they have three grown children and one grand-child, Dedicated to his family, Lonnie is also involved in his local community and church. Lonnie has worked with the local Chamber of Commerce, the Food Bank and Animal Shelter. Balancing Family, Faith, Community with his love for performing magic Lonnie also finds time to help younger magicians that are trying to learn the craft.