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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. We will be featuring some of the special activities planned, as well as, interesting Savannah highlights, both historical and quirky." 

Registration packets will be sent to all members in January.  The Registration and Table seating forms will be included and the registration fee is $210.  Your Registration fee includes our Opening Luncheon and Closing Banquet.

Caroline and Polly 

 

Any questions or comments, please contact:

Convention Chair    Caroline Ballachey Womack   carolina2007@sbcglobal.net

Meeting Site Coordinator   Polly Toll Goodman    ptgkiwi@aol.com                                 

Convention Schedule

Monday 4/22     

Board Meeting 

Tuesday 4/23     

Registration and Boutique/Silent Auction open 

  • See details in next section                                                                   

Past Presidents Luncheon   

Delegate/Alternative/Candidate Reception - 4:30 - 6:00 PM                                                                                                                                                                 

Wednesday 4/24 

MAL Caucus  10 - 11 AM                                                                                                                       

Pre-Luncheon Cocktail Reception  - 11 AM - 12 PM

Luncheon - FETE des PEACHES n' CREAM  12 - 3 PM

  •     See details below                                              

Evening Optional Event - GENTRY, GUMBO. and GHOSTS tour 5:30-9:30PM

  • See details in next section

 

Thursday 4/25     

Delegates Meeting    9 AM - 12 PM

Installation of Officers    12 PM - 12:30 PM                                                          

Pre-dinner Cocktail Reception 6 PM - 7 PM

Closing Banquet - MAGNOLIA SORIEE  7 PM - 10:30 PM

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Fete des Peaches & Cream Opening Luncheon

At 11 AM a Pre-Luncheon cash-bar cocktail reception will be held in the foyer of the Cumberland Sapelo Dining Room where we will enter for our Fete des Peaches & Cream Opening Luncheon. 12 PM - 3 PM

 

As many of you remember, this is an open-seating affair and we will draw a table number before entering the dining room.  This gives us an opportunity to meet former and new friends while sharing our stories and fun experiences.

 

Our National President, Stephanie McCauley Butler, will introduce the National Officer candidates for the next term: 2024-26, and present awards to Chapters and individuals.  Please look on the website and see if anyone in your chapter would be a candidate for an award, and follow the procedures to nominate.

 

After lunch, Stephanie will introduce our Guest Speaker, Dr. David McKenas MD MPH who was instrumental in having all American airplanes fitted with the AED!

Gentry, Gumbo, and Ghosts
Optional Evening Event

A very special Optional Event: " Gentry, Gumbo and Ghosts!" is planned for the evening of April 24th.

Leave hotel at 5:30 PM

You will board Savannah’s famous trolley, and tour some of its historical past on the way to “The Lady & Sons” restaurant. This landmark property is owned and operated by celebrity chef Paula Deen. Here, her hospitality reigns and appetites will be entertained. 

Your return to the hotel at 9:30 will be spirited and thrill your senses on our very own Kiwi Ghost tour.  

Celebration for the 1973 & 1974 Graduates

A special celebration  honoring the 50th Anniversary of graduating 1973-74 classes is on tap.  

  • Kim White Peterson, spearheading the celebration, has fun and surprises planned and needs  photos from flying in the early 70’s.  

  • Please send Kim any pdf or jpeg photos you have including photos of the aircraft we flew (707, 727, 747, DC10) interior of aircraft, in flight service, operations, airport terminals, layover hotels.  

  • Any photo that evokes the early 70s and our career would be appreciated.  

  • Please send your photos (jpeg or pdf) to Kim at: LAXKiwiClub@gmail.com.

 

She will be in contact with our members from those classes shortly.  In the meantime, start digging out your graduation photos and some small memorabilia items for a special Hospitality display.

Delegate's Meeting

The Delegates will gather from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, April 25. 

  • Each chapter will be sending its representative/delegate to this meeting where votes, discussions, policies, and possible changes will take place.  

  • We encourage all convention-attending Kiwis to sit in on this meeting to learn a little about the business of the National Board and the Kiwi organization.  

  • As business concludes, the 2024-26 Officers will be installed.

  • There will be a Champagne Reception for all attendees. 

Magnolia Soiree - Closing Banquet

The evening will start at 6 pm in the foyer of the elegant Cumberland Magnolia Ballroom where there will be by a cash-bar reception.   

The Magnolia Soiree our Closing Banquet, including entertainment, will begin at 7 pm.

 

Guests are most welcome to join us for our Banquet Dinner and the Optional Event.  They must be included on both the Registration and the Banquet-Seating forms.

Opportunity Tickets

American Airlines has gifted the Kiwi organization 350000  AAdvantage miles: 3 certificates will be available:

  • 200,000   100,000   50,000    and the lucky winners will be drawn and certificates presented at the Closing Banquet. 

  • Each Chapter will receive their tickets in early November for their members to purchase or sell for this prize opportunity drawing.

  • These proceeds enable us to support the programs and goals of the Kiwi Club. 

 

As we go forward with our planning, we are always grateful for the donations that individuals and chapters are able to gift us in support of our Convention expenses.  Gift donations made payable to The Kiwi Club may be sent to:

Polly Toll Goodman

5700 Tanner Ridge Ave.

Westlake Village

CA   91362

Pollack

Kiwi Boutique

We are pleased to announce the return of the Kiwi Boutique at this year's Convention. Get ready to showcase and sell your unique airline-themed merchandise to your fellow Kiwis.

To participate as a vendor and showcase your Kiwi-inspired items, we kindly request all interested sellers to complete the application form.  The form can be found in the "Convention Forms" section of the website; or click on the button below for the form.

Rules for The Kiwi Club Boutique:

  • Table rental fee is waived for chapters.

  • There is a fee of $50.00 for individuals wishing to sell items in the boutique.

  • Make checks payable to The Kiwi Club.

  • List all items to be sold. (If possible, attach a photo of the items.)

  • Individuals must be a dues-paid member of The Kiwi Club to participate 

  • Absolutely no designer “knock off” items 

  • No raffles allowed 

  • Table signage will be provided

  • Set up April 23th from 8:00 a.m. to noon 

  • No outside vendors 

  • Boutique will be locked during Kiwi functions and at the end of the day

Registration deadline is March 1, 2024.

Please send the form and check to:

Christine Strommer Moeckel, Chairperson

1831 Hardman Lane

Woodstock, Georgia 30188

770 231-0847

cgmatlga@gmail.

Silent Auction

There will be a few surprises in the Silent Auction!

At the last convention in Ft. Worth, many of you asked about getting another uniform like the one you flew in.

Well, a donor heard about it and we are happy to announce that there will be full flight attendant uniforms included in the silent auction!  (Years include 1946 and 1966)

As an additional surprise, we have received an actual piece of an American Airlines aircraft fuselage, including the window and part of the lettering!

 

As always, you must be present to win these auction items. They will be on display in the hospitality suite throughout the convention. For questions about these items contact:

Chris Strommer Moeckel at: cgmatlga@gmail.com

It’s less than a year to convention 2024. Time to clean out those Kiwi or AA items you are ready pass on. A silent auction will direct your possessions to a new home and raise money for the Kiwi Fund (NKF) and WINGS. Since 2014 the silent auction has raised $10,232.64! Please email a picture of the items you are either bringing to:

Cindi Saunders at: cindisanderskiwi@gmail.com

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