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Kiwi Convention 2024

Savannah Sojourn

We are pleased to announce that after thorough research on various potential locations, Savannah has been chosen as the destination for our upcoming convention. Savannah is consistently ranked as one of the top cities to visit by leading travel publications due to its cleanliness, safety, ease of transportation, and unique offerings.

The convention will take place from April 23-25, 2024, and our selected hotel is The DeSoto. This boutique hotel is located at 15 E. Liberty in the heart of the Historic District and offers on-site dining and bar options, as well as easy access to a variety of shops, cafes, restaurants, and historical landmarks.

Caroline Ballachey Womack (a member of the Golden Gate and Music City chapters) is the Convention Chairperson, and her team of Kiwi members from across the country are already working hard to ensure that this event is not to be missed. Regular updates regarding the convention will be posted on this website and in the upcoming spring edition of the Kaleidoscope.

To get a glimpse of the interior of the DeSoto and surrounding area near our hotel, take a look at this 2 1/2 minute video. To view the video in full screen, make sure to click on the expand icon located at the bottom right of the screen.

Image by Samantha Borges

A Note from our Convention Organizers

"Think about putting The Kiwi Club 2024 convention at the top of your 2024 to do list.  You will be so glad you did.  Please check this website often. Each month we will be featuring some of the special activities planned, as well as, interesting Savannah highlights, both historical and quirky."

Caroline and Polly 


Any questions or comments, please contact:

Convention Chair    Caroline Ballachey Womack

Meeting Site Coordinator   Polly Toll Goodman                                 

Convention Schedule 

Monday 4/23      

Board Meeting 

Tuesday 4/24      

Registration and Boutique open                                                                                    

Past Presidents Luncheon                                                                                                     

Delegate/Alternative/ Candidate Reception                                                                      

50th Class Reunion 1973-74 graduating classes

Wednesday 4/25 

MAL Caucus                                                                                                                            Pre-Luncheon Cocktail Reception  -  Luncheon                                                       

Evening   Optional Event 

Thursday 4/26     

Delegates Meeting    

Installation of Officers                                                              

Pre-dinner Cocktail Reception  

Closing Banquet

The Desoto Hotel

Hotel Location

Our hotel, The DeSoto, is wonderfully located in the Historic District, where you may stroll at your leisure enjoying the many historic homes, and squares, shops and restaurants. For those who prefer to ride rather than walk, just outside of our hotel is a DOT stop, the fare-free shuttle service with 18 stops in the Historic District and the Savannah Belles Ferry.  

The Kiwi Club special convention hotel rate is, $229 per night, single or double occupancy.  While the hotel does not offer any suites we're confident that you'll find the well-appointed rooms to be the perfect retreat.  A reservation link and reservation phone number will be available in early May 2023, which we will be publishing as soon as it is available.  

 Some of the most popular nearby attractions and landmarks include:

  1. Forsyth Park: This beautiful 30-acre park is located just a few blocks south of the DeSoto Hotel and features a large fountain, walking paths, and plenty of green space for picnics or relaxation.

  2. River Street: This historic cobblestone street is located a few blocks north of the DeSoto Hotel and features numerous shops, restaurants, and galleries along the Savannah River.

  3. City Market: This four-block open-air market is located just a few blocks east of the DeSoto Hotel and features a variety of shops, restaurants, and art galleries.

  4. Savannah Historic District: The DeSoto Hotel is located within the boundaries of Savannah's Historic District, which is home to numerous historic homes, churches, and other landmarks.

  5. Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD): The DeSoto Hotel is located just a few blocks away from the main SCAD campus, which is home to numerous galleries, exhibitions, and events.

Other nearby attractions and amenities include the Savannah Civic Center, the Telfair Museum of Art, the Owens-Thomas House, and numerous restaurants and bars.

Take a Virtual Tour of the Desoto Hotel


For a preview of our hotel click on this virtual tour video. You'll see the public areas, restaurants, meeting, banquet, and guest rooms, as well as the pool area and fitness room. 

Savannah Weather in April

In Savannah, Georgia, the weather in April is generally mild and pleasant, with warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine.  The temperature usually reaches the 70s and sometimes even the 80s, creating an almost perfect climate. The warm weather is accompanied by a refreshing coastal breeze, which makes the humidity levels low.

Unlike other places where spring showers bring May flowers, Savannah has little rain during this season, so there is no need to bring heavy rain gear. Instead, use the extra suitcase space for souvenirs!

  1. Think casual, but polished.  Savannah is a sophisticated southern city.

  2. Comfortable shoes: You'll be sightseeing and shopping, so wear comfortable shoes that you can walk in for long periods of time. Flats, loafers, or low heels are all good options.

  3. Lightweight layers: April in Savannah can be warm during the day, but it can also get cooler in the evenings. Wear lightweight layers such as a blazer or a cardigan that you can easily take off or put on as needed.

  4. Sun protection: Savannah can get quite sunny, so be sure to bring a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun's rays.


Overall, aim for a polished  look that is comfortable enough to wear all day.

What to Wear

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