Tuohys keynote opening session
Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy’s life, as chronicled in New York Times number-one bestseller, "The Blind Side," went on to become a record-breaking Hollywood blockbuster that earned more than US$300 million at the box office and became the number-one opening weekend for a sports film in history.
"The Blind Side" tells the story of Michael Oher, a homeless teenager turned first round draft pick NFL football player, with the support and love of an unlikely adoptive family: Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy.
At the podium, Sean and Leigh Anne share their personal Blind Side observations from the perspective of dedicated parents. The couple invites audiences to go behind-the-scenes of the Tuohy household with a heartwarming message: "In our house, we believe in miracles."
The couple will be the keynote speakers during the opening session in New Orleans.
Carville, Matalin on stage together
One of America’s best-loved political couples—James Carville and
Mary Matalin—will appear on the stage together in New Orleans as keynote speakers during the closing session of the Kiwanis International convention.
Carville and Matalin give audiences an enlightening and entertaining look at today’s most important political issues as well as a behind-the-scenes look at politics inside Washington and how today’s headlines are playing out around the country. They are key players on the national political stage, offering more than 30 years of experience in politics. They combine their unique
experiences to provide audiences with a stimulating, candid and provocative conversation from both sides of the political aisle.
Matalin and Carville reside in New Orleans with their daughters, Matalin "Matty" Carville and Emerson "Emma" Carville. Matalin and Carville will be co-chairs of the host committee for the 2013 Super Bowl in New Orleans.
Kiwanians will have the opportunity to participate in service projects in the exhibit hall during the course of convention.
Ceiling tile painting: Come decorate ceiling tiles with animal designs or scenes. The tiles will be donated to the Children's Hospital in New Orleans.
- Wednesday: 1-6 p.m.
- Thursday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Friday: 9 a.m. to noon
- Saturday: 9 a.m. to noon
"Love Knot" blanket project: Join other Kiwanians in the Family Lounge and help create 100 no-sew blankets that will be donated to local charities in New Orleans for children in shelters. This service project was started by First Lady Jeri Penn. Project open during exhibit hall hours.
Service with CKI
This is an exciting convention season with Circle K International, Aktion Club and Kiwanis all joining in New Orleans.
And this is even more exciting: Kiwanis members are invited to join Circle K International's Large Scale Service Project (LSSP) in New Orleans on Wednesday, June 27. There will be several service opportunities during LSSP, including projects with Youth Rebuilding New Orleans, Second Harvest Food Bank and The Green Project.
This is a great opportunity for Kiwanians to join this annual service project that provides nearly 3,500 hours of service to the host convention city.
Register now for only $35. This includes your transportation to and from any offsite service project and a shirt.
Hurry. Space is limited!
Local jazz heats up stage in New Orleans
The Smoking Time Jazz Club belts out traditional New Orleans jazz and blues most afternoons on Royal Street in the French Quarter. A few days a week you can find them on Frenchmen Street tucked inside The Spotted Cat or The Maison.
But come June 28, you can see Smoking Time Jazz Club on stage at the 2012 Kiwanis International Convention in New Orleans!
Watch a video of the band and get your hips swingin' ... we're headed to the Big Easy.
Golf with the President in New Orleans
Kiwanis International President Alan Penn will host a Taste of New Orleans Golf Outing to Support The Eliminate Project on Monday, June 25, in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Registration is required by June 1. Please print and mail to the address listed on the form.
Celebrating women in Kiwanis
Make sure you're in New Orleans for the 2012 Kiwanis International Convention where we will celebrate 25 years of women in Kiwanis!
Women have been involved in Kiwanis for decades in many roles, but in 1987, delegates at the international convention voted “yes” to invite women to join the organization. Be in New Orleans to celebrate this historic vote. Here are just a few things we have planned to mark this important milestone:
- Workshops and forums
- Welcome reception
- Legion of Honor recognitions
- Onstage event during closing session
- Women in Kiwanis booth in the exhibit hall
- Special anniversary merchandise
See you in New Orleans!
Build your personal convention schedule
We’ve made it easy for you to create your own personal schedule for the 2012 Kiwanis International Convention in New Orleans.
“My Convention Schedule” offers a list of all convention events. Here you’ll find a list of sessions, ticketed events and workshops, along with descriptions for most events.
If you’ve already registered for convention, log in (using your KiwanisOne email and password) from the schedule dashboard and access additional features to customize your itinerary. First-time users will be given an option to register.
For registered attendees, once logged in, ticketed events you paid for will populate your personal schedule. You can then browse and add the sessions and workshops you plan to attend, note any guests attending with you and create additional events, such as district dinners or New Orleans tours.
Your schedule can be printed or exported to your personal calendar.
The schedule is subject to change at any time, so please check back and update your itinerary close to the convention start date in order to capture any changes in time, presenter and location.
Branford Marsalis joins lineup
World-renowned saxophonist Branford Marsalis will entertain Kiwanians and guests in New Orleans during a special ticketed concert Friday, June 29, also featuring Aaron Neville.
Marsalis has always been a man of numerous musical interests, from jazz, blues and funk to such classical music projects as his Fall 2008 tour with Marsalis Brasilianos. The three-time Grammy winner has continued to exercise and expand his skills as an instrumentalist, a composer, and the head of Marsalis Music, the label he founded in 2002 that has allowed him to produce both his own projects and those of the jazz world’s most promising new and established artists.
The New Orleans native was born into one of the city’s most distinguished musical families, which includes patriarch/pianist/educator Ellis and Branford’s siblings Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason. Branford gained initial acclaim through his work with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and his brother Wynton’s quintet in the early 1980s before forming his own ensemble. He has also performed and recorded with a who’s-who of jazz giants including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock and Sonny Rollins.
Among the most socially conscious voices in the arts, Marsalis quickly immersed himself in relief efforts following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. He is the honorary chair of the New Orleans Habitat for Humanity effort to rebuild the city, and together with his friend Harry Connick, Jr. conceived the Habitat Musicians' Village currently under construction in the city's historic Ninth Ward.
Listen to Branford Marsalis now.
Special concert with Aaron Neville
New Orleans native Aaron Neville will perform during a special ticketed event for Kiwanis members at the 97th Annual Kiwanis International Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Over the past five decades, the indelible spirit of New Orleans has been synonymous with the musical dynasty known as the Neville Brothers. For Aaron Neville the solo artist, there is an equally intimate connection between his music and the faith that has sustained him for his entire life. Through challenge and tragedy, he’s managed to thrive, protecting both his heart and his voice. Ask him how and he says simply this: “He who sings once, prays twice.”
Neville celebrates his 50th year in recorded music with the release of his latest album, "I Know I've Been Changed," a musical masterpiece that showcases his talents in grand New Orleans style.
Plan to attend convention in New Orleans, and don't miss the chance to see Aaron Neville perform in this special event that is only for Kiwanis members!