KIWI NATIONAL CONVENTION, 2022
Celebrating 70 years of Kiwi friendship, fun and philanthropy
As you know, in mid-March when we made the painful decision to cancel The Sky’s the Limit 2020 National Kiwi convention, we had the hopeful expectation that we would be able to re-schedule something for this fall. It is now obvious that we will not be able to go forward with any 2020 National meeting plans. Our focus now is on making our 2022 convention extra special and double the fun.
The DFW-Mid Cities chapter has extended the invitation and are looking forward to planning a very special 70th Anniversary celebration in the place where it all began in 1952– Fort Worth, Texas. Due to the current situation, we have been unable to select the exact dates and hotel. We anticipate being able to move forward as soon as possible to confirm when and where our celebration will take place. As soon as the details are firm, we will be posting them here on the website for all to see and to begin making your plans. For our members who missed their 50th Anniversary reunion celebration in 2020, the plans are simply on hold and “Peace, Love and Wine” and most definitely, a separate 50th anniversary reunion celebration for the 1971-72 classes will definitely be on the schedule. Double the fun!
Several chapters and individuals made generous contributions for the 2020 convention. Although there were some non-recoverable expenses and deposits, the receipts from the Prize Opportunity Drawing offset any deficit and left a bit of a nest egg for 2022. The chapter presidents and individuals were given the option of having their donation refunded or having the donation rolled over to 2022. Everyone opted to let keep it in the account for 2022. The National Convention committee and the DFW-Mid Cities chapter thanks everyone for giving them a head start as they begin making their plans. In our effort to encourage attendance we attempt to keep the cost of the individual registration fee reasonable, barely covering the cost of the meals for the Opening Day Luncheon and Closing Banquet.
The donations sent by chapters and individuals are extremely beneficial, as are the proceeds from previously held Prize Opportunity drawings to help offset the many other expenses of convention. Our Kiwi Club (the first organization of its kind) 70th Anniversary celebration is going to be a memorable party. If you have never attended a national convention, 2022 is definitely the year to start.
We promise friendship and fun with a bit of nostalgia and a few surprises thrown in.
Polly Toll Goodman
The Kiwi Club National Meeting Site Coordinator
The First National Board - 1952
Front row, L-R: Doyle Derry Scott - President, Virginia Woodby Conrad - Pat Green Benson
Back row, L-R: Ruth Jorgensen Smock - Evelyn Leedy McCormick - Jean McKiel Wells - Nell Mitchum Mitchell
Charter Members - 1952
FLASH-BACK TO 1952
1952 - The Kiwi Club Chapter Members
American Airlines stewardesses Doris Rush (left) and Dorothy Berry, based in Chicago.
Photo shows how to dress for those freezing temps: scarves pulled tight, fur-lined boots, and winter coats.