Kiwanis International

Louisiana-Mississippi-West Tennessee

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time.

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Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time. Kiwanis International serves children and communities worldwide with nearly 600,000 adult and youth members in more than 80 nations and geographic areas.

The Louisiana-Mississippi District was organized in January, 1920. In November, 1938, the western part of Tennessee was added to create the Louisiana-Mississippi-West Tennessee District. The nearly 4,500 members of the District, and their 120 clubs are committed to developing future generations of leaders through guidance and example. They are ordinary people, performing extraordinary work in their communities every day.


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Message from the District Governor 

A Message from the Governor - 1st Quarter

A new Kiwanis year began on October 1. The District Board, your Lieutenant Governors and District Committee Chairs have so much to do and only one year in which to accomplish it. Serving the District is an awesome responsibility, but my staff and I accept the challenges and will do all we can to meet our goals. To keep things as simple as possible, I put forth only two goals. The first is to increase membership in the District by 640. To accomplish this, we will open at least seven new clubs and will strive to help existing clubs in our District increase their membership by an average of four in each club. The second goal is to increase member and club participation in District activities, including 20% increases in attendance at both the Mid-Winter Conference and the District Convention.

The District was officially established in 1920 as the Louisiana-Mississippi District of Kiwanis, and in 1938 West Tennessee was brought into the District, which then became the Louisiana-Mississippi-West Tennessee District of Kiwanis International. The District, now known affectionately as the LaMissTenn District, held a convention prior to being officially established, and it held one in the year it was established, so in 2018 we will be celebrating our 100th Annual District Convention. For that special occasion, we will be having some special activities to honor our past, so please plan to attend and help us celebrate. The format will be changed somewhat as we heed the suggestions attendees listed in their convention critiques, and we are certain the changes will be well-received.

The new District Board met in late August and prepared to start the new Kiwanis year. The Lieutenant Governors have been busy for several months meeting club officers and preparing to assist the clubs in their divisions with their needs. The Kiwanis International President, Jim Rochford, has made new club building a high priority, if not his highest priority, and our District has followed his lead. The more clubs we have, the more areas we have that can be served by Kiwanis. This will mean more communities and more kids can be served, and this is what Kiwanis is all about – serving the children of the world!

Our Service Learning Program (SLP) administrators and SLP District officers have an excellent start on the year and we are expecting great things from them. The Key Club and Circle K officers are exciting students to be around, and we are hoping that sponsoring clubs will make special efforts to visit the clubs and let them know that we care about them and consider the members to be the future leaders of our country.

We have made great strides in eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT). Since Kiwanis became involved, 23 countries have eliminated MNT, but we still have 16 to go. World-wide we have sufficient pledges to take care of the remaining 16, but we must now honor those pledges to ELIMINATE this terrible disease. I know we can do it!

It is a great honor to be selected to serve as your Governor for 2017-2018, and I look forward to traveling throughout the District and helping spread the good news of Kiwanis.

If you are not a member of a Kiwanis club and are reading this, then please let us know if we can better inform you about the privilege of being a member of Kiwanis International. Kiwanis needs new members, and #kidsneedkiwanis.

Otha Britton

2017-2018 Governor