You will find the registration desk for the convention at the Van der Valk Hotel Amsterdam – Amstel, Club Pampus area.
Find the right Kiwanis T-shirt, banner, pin, brooch or so many other items from the Kiwanis shop that will be set up in the same area as that of the registration desk – Club Pampus.
KIWANIS DOLL PROJECT STAND
Don’t miss the Kiwanis dolls’ stand in the Club Pampus area! Started in 2000, the project aims at the donation of dolls to the pediatric sections of hospitals in the Netherlands. Made by people with disabilities, the dolls are “equipped”, since 2021, with a feeding tube or a stoma – and they are a great success!
KIWANIS DOLL PROJECT STAND
MEET THE CANDIDATES
Attend the introductory presentations of the candidates to key positions in KI-E, ask them questions and exchange points of view with them.
Join the opening ceremony and get an introduction of Amsterdam.
CANAL CRUISE (optional, ticketed activity to be booked via the registration form)
The tour will take you around Amsterdam in typical, low bridge built boats. A great way to see downtown medieval Amsterdam from an interesting moving perspective in a very short period. The advantage of the water: no traffic lights, no traffic congestion like a Hop on Hop off bus.
The tour includes a headphone with 5 languages to choose from and informs you of a number of highlights Amsterdam canals have to offer.
The embarkation quay is at the Central Station, 200 meters from the subway Central Station. People attending the opening ceremony and having booked for the canal cruise will leave the Van der Valk Hotel at 17:00.
Access: you need to step down 5 steps. Wheelchairs can be left at the quay, but should be locked to a pole with your own lock. Wheelchairs cannot be taken onboard. There is wheelchair accessibility up until the boat.
Facility: there is a very limited bar service onboard, a toilet and a captain who manages the boat. Heating and large glass viewing.
The tour will disembark participants one block away from the Sea Palace, the restaurant where the Friendship dinner is taking place.
FRIENDSHIP DINNER (ticketed event to be booked via the registration form)
Meet up with long time friends again at the Sea Palace, a large Chinese restaurant, and enjoy a 3-course shared dining at tables of
8 people with view on the Amsterdam harbour.
Please note that the friendship dinner venue is on the first floor, which is accessible by a 12-steps staircase only as there is no elevator or ramp to get to the first floor.
After the dinner, you can decide to either stay in town or go back to your hotel. The subway runs until 00:15 (to Van der Valk and Leonardo Royal Hotels: metro No. 51, stopover at Amstel).
HOUSE OF DELEGATES
10:00 – 12:30
Get informed about the KI-E business and activities. KI-E President Martien van der Meer will chair the session, welcome and greet international guests. Delegates from clubs across Europe will vote on any amendments to the KI-E Bylaws and elect the organisation’s next leaders. The business session will end with the presentation of the venue of the 2024 European convention.
The House of Delegates on Saturday, 20 May 2023, will be streamed live online. Voting delegates not able to join the convention in-person will be able to exercise their right to vote. They will be contacted personally after being certified as a voting delegate. Watch kiwanis.eu for streaming information.
LUNCH (ticketed lunch to be booked via the registration form)
Take the opportunity to mingle during an amicable lunch.
SWITCHING GEARS: NEW TYPES OF CLUBS
Is it possible to organise a club with wine producers or beer brewers, golf-players from the region, dealing with one theme such as child poverty or safety for biking kids? Do we need an acceptance committee and complicated admission procedures for new members?
Of particular interest to Lieutenant-Governors and Kiwanians who want to create new clubs, this session will explore new possibilities, dispel some of the myths and misconceptions about the creation of new clubs.
SIGNATURE PROJECTS DUTCH EXAMPLES
Come and hear how Dutch clubs create and implement projects that brighten up children’s faces and make them forget for a day or more their sometimes difficult daily life. You’ll hear how the Kiwanis Vliegerfeest gives hundreds of children the opportunity to experience the joy of flying a kite.
You’ll also learn how the Kiwanis club of Utrecht organised a fundraising and contest aimed at children’s education on the occasion of the 900 anniversary of the town.
GET GRANTS FOR ORGANISING MEETUPS
Learn how to get up to €2,500 to cover the costs of organising Kiwanis MeetUps and create new clubs. Provisional district Romania set the example by organising MeetUps and gaining new members at each event. Join this workshop to gain knowledge about the Romanian example!
SIGNATURE PROJECTS DUTCH EXAMPLES
Discover how Kiwanis Club Halderberge-Rucphen helps to ease the physical and emotional burden of children with cancer. Through the Dutch Childhood Cancer Organisation, children receive the “Bravery cord” made of beads, each of which has a particular meaning (drawing blood, chemotherapy, ICU admission…). Helping children through treatment, it helps them better understand what they are going through – it also tells their own unique story!
A SIGNATURE PROJECT WITH AN OLD DUTCH CUSTOM
An initiative of Kiwanis Club Laren – the club from which KI-E President Martien van der Meer comes – Art Laren is an international open-air fair of modern and contemporary art. All net profits go to charities for the welfare of children such as the creation of school gardens to promote eating of more vegetables and fruits, taking children to an adventure park for a day.
Traditionally, this art fair starts with the “New Herring Party” – an old Dutch custom in which herring and cornwine are key elements of the party!
GALA DINNER (ticketed event to be booked via the registration form)
Pack your evening dress or black tie to join the gala dinner at the Leonardo Royal Hotel. Enjoy the company of your fellow Kiwanians from other countries, accompanied by some good food (soft drinks, wines and beers are included). The dinner will be enlightened by soft music so you can be sure that you can talk with your neighbour. After dessert, the floor will be cleared to make space for a bit more “TUNE IN, PLAY ON” practice – put on your dancing shoes for a live DJ session!