"Dr. Tetanus" to speak about MNT

Kiwanis offers group rate travel insurance

Jamie Lee Curtis scheduled for closing session

Jane Goodall to kickoff convention

Learn More about convention and Geneva

Special car rental rate available

Getting there on a discount

Book a hotel, get a free tour

Plan the trip of a lifetime

“Dr. Tetanus” to speak about MNT

Dr. Francois GasseDr. François Gasse, UNICEF’s Senior Health Specialist for Maternal and Newborn Tetanus and widely considered one of the leading technical experts on the disease, will deliver the keynote address during The Eliminate Project Luncheon at the 2011 Kiwanis International Convention in Geneva, Switzerland.

Gasse’s dedication to fight against tetanus has its origins in an experience he had as a medical student. “Once you’ve seen tetanus, you never forget it,” he says.

Hear Gasse talk about tetanus in The Eliminate Project video.

The Eliminate Project Luncheon is a ticketed event. Register today!

Kiwanis offers group rate travel insurance

Traveling to Geneva, Switzerland, for the 2011 Kiwanis International Convention? We've got you covered.

Kiwanis International is partnering with Seven Corners Travel Insurance to offer Kiwanis members and their families travel insurance coverage to Geneva for the International Convention.

The group coverage plan offers affordable coverage for accident and medical issues, with two deductible options, plus coverage for interruption of trip and loss of checked luggage (see Program Summary for details). The plan also provides 24-hour assistance in multiple languages for any issues while traveling.

Here are examples of coverage costs for the Geneva trip:
$100,000 of Medical coverage with $250 deductible for ages 60-64 = $3.53/day
$100,000 of Medical coverage with -$0- deductible for ages 60-64 = $4.66/day

For questions about the travel insurance policy offered, please call Seven Corners toll free in the U.S./Canada at 1-800-335-0611 or worldwide at 317-575-2652, or by e-mail at Make sure to reference the Kiwanis International CHIP plan.

To apply for this group coverage travel insurance plan, please complete the online registration form.

Jamie Lee Curtis scheduled for Closing

Jamie Lee CurtisAmerican actress and activist Jamie Lee Curtis will serve as keynote speaker for the Closing Session of the 2011 Kiwanis International Convention in Geneva, Switzerland, on July 9.

Curtis, known for her roles in such acclaimed films as Halloween, True Lies, A Fish Called Wanda, Trading Places and Freaky Friday, is also an AIDS activist and has a deep and active connection to many children’s charities. She also is a best-selling children’s author, including titles “Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born,” “Today I Feel Silly and Other Moods That Make My Day” and “Is There Really a Human Race?”

Curtis is married to actor/director Christopher Guest and has two children.

Jane Goodall
Dr. Jane Goodall with Gombe chimpanzee Freud.
© Michael Neugebauer

Jane Goodall to kick off convention

British primatologist and UN Messenger of Peace Jane Goodall, known for her extensive work with chimpanzees in Tanzania’s Gombe Stream National Park, will speak to Kiwanians and guests at the Opening Session of the 2011 Kiwanis International Convention in Geneva, Switzerland.

In 1977, Goodall established the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI), which continues her Gombe research, and is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. Today, the institute is widely recognized for establishing innovative, community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa, and Roots & Shoots, JGI’s global environmental and humanitarian youth network, which has groups in more than 120 countries.

Goodall has an aggressive schedule, traveling an average 300 days per year to speak about the threats facing chimpanzees, other environmental crises and her reasons for hope that humankind will solve the problems it has imposed on our planet. She continually urges her audiences to recognize their personal responsibility and ability to effect change. “Every individual counts,” she says. “Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference.”

Learn more about convention and Geneva

Want to know more about the 2011 Kiwanis International Convention in Geneva, Switzerland? Then check out the Geneva webinar and learn more about the tours, the sights, the city and more.

This webinar is also offered in French and German.

Special car rental rate available

Attendees to the 2011 Kiwanis International Convention in Geneva, Switzerland, can receive a 15 percent discount on Hertz car rentals at participating locations in Switzerland.

Download a coupon and save!

Getting there—on a discount

Star Alliance

Gant Travel Management, Kiwanis International’s designated travel agency, has negotiated special convention rates with airlines serving Geneva. “Star Alliance” is the official airline network of the 96th Annual Kiwanis International Convention. Participating airlines are offering discounted rates (minimum 10 percent for economy class, up to 20 percent for business class) when reservations are made directly through Gant Travel.  


•   Toll free:     1-877-613-1192 (U.S. & Canada)
•   International:    +1 011 630-227-3873
•   E-mail:  (Provide your preferred travel dates and departure airport and a Gant Travel Agent will contact you with itinerary suggestions.)

Agent and e-mail reservations are available 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST, Monday–Friday.

Book a hotel, get a free tour!

Book your hotel through Kiwanis and Kuoni Travel and receive a free four-hour tour to Annecy, France. Called the “Venice of the Alps,” Annecy is beautifully located on the shore of its lake, facing the most outstanding mountain and water views.

Tours: July 6, 8 and 10, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 1-5 p.m.
Includes: transfers, city tour and English-speaking guide

NOTE: More information about the free Annecy tour is available on the hotel/tours registration form. Registrants who book a hotel through Kuoni will receive a confirmation receipt AFTER booking and at that time will receive instructions on how to book the free tour. You can't book the free Annecy tour until after you've booked a hotel room through Kuoni.


Plan the trip of a lifetime

It’s time to plan the trip of a lifetime—to see the amazing scenery and breathtaking beauty of Europe with your closest Kiwanis friends during the 96th Annual Kiwanis International Convention in Geneva, Switzerland.

Book a tour (daily, Switzerland and European tours available) to see castles, villages, waterfalls, mountain peaks and more. Take a train ride to the “Top of Europe,” or tour a chocolate factory. During convention, you’ll take part in exciting workshops, be entertained with special events, take part in business sessions and learn more about the kickoff of The Eliminate Project.

When planning your trip to Geneva, build time in your itinerary before or after convention for one of the tours. It’s not every day you go to Switzerland, so why not add a few days and breathe in the fresh mountain air? You won’t be disappointed.

Tour information is also available in French and German.