ICON 2022: Event Recap & Award Recipients

Last week, the first in-person International Convention (ICON) since 2019 took place in Austin, Texas. It wasn’t without delays and flight changes that all of the Ohio district attendees made it out to Austin. Eleven members of the Ohio District attended in person, and many more participated online. On Monday night, the in-person attendees were able to have a district dinner at The Fareground. Thank you to Hannah Riley, Julianne Shaffer, Allison Knowlton, Julie Wetzel, Yuliza Escalante, Annamarie McGuire, Ryan Bolin, Alexis Aldhizer, Colton Morton, Emily Casey, Margaret Lee, and Chad Gardner (District Administrator) for representing the Ohio District in-person at ICON!

CKI members from all over came together in person and online to hear inspiring speakers, attend workshops, elect new International board members, approve International bylaws amendments, recognize individuals, clubs, and districts, and so much more!

Throughout the week, CKI members met in small groups to focus on each one of CKI’s core values: Fellowship, Service and Leadership. Three of our members – Allison, Hannah, and Julie – served as team leads. Additionally, Allison, Margaret, and Annamarie hosted amazing workshops. Feel free to reach out to Allison Knowlton to learn more about event planning, Margaret Lee to learn more about chartering & recruitment, and Annamarie McGuire to learn more about our mental health initiative.

This year marked the end of CKI’s 5 year commitment to the WASH project through UNICEF. CKI surpassed its pledge and raised $278,226.74. Congratulations to Baldwin Wallace University and The Ohio State University – Columbus for raising over $1000 for the WASH project! CKI will continue our partnership with UNICEF with the Brick X Brick project. For more information, visit: https://www.circlek.org/service/brick-x-brick/

During House of Delegates, members of the Ohio delegation took part in electing our new International board and voting on proposed bylaw amendments.

Newly Elected 2022-2023 Circle K International Board:

President: Tyler Kearns, New York District

Vice-President: Liz Sevigny, New England District

Isabelle Lindenmeyer, Illinois-Eastern Iowa District
Trudy-Ann Stirling, Caribbean District
Deanna Fisher, Eastern Canada District
Hannah Riley, Ohio District
Zachary Kahn, New England District

Note: Listed from top-left to bottom-right

Congratulations to our very own Hannah Riley from Capital University for being elected to serve as an International Trustee! The Mighty Ohio District is excited to collaborate with the International Board and other Districts in the upcoming year and wishes everyone a fantastic year of service!

During the House of Delegates, there was discussion and debate on the proposed bylaws amendments. Amendments 1-8 were accepted as proposed. While both of Amendment 9’s components were rejected. If you have any questions or want additional information, do not hesitate to contact Governor Margaret or District LRA Chair, Austin.

At the closing session, awards were presented to members, clubs and districts. Additionally, the old international board was retired and the new board was installed. 

2021-2022 International Board and Kiwanis Staff (Left to Right): Trustees Madeline Eichorn, Chelsea Jordan, Tyler Kearns, Colton Morton, Liz Sevigny, Katelyn Van Buren, and Jonathan Varano, President Kyle Lank, Kiwanis Board Counselor Michael Mulhaul. (Not Picture: Vice President Leah Reiser)
2022-2023 International Board and Kiwanis Staff (Left to Right): Kiwanis CKI Program Specialist Sam Wagner, Trustee Trudy-Ann Sterling, President Tyler Kearns, Vice President Liz Sevigny, Trustee Hannah Riley, CKI Director Justin Davis, Kiwanis Board Counselor Linda Lawther. (Not Pictured: Trustees Isabelle, Zachary, and Deanna)

Several Ohio District members and clubs received international awards from the many awards presented at ICON, congratulations to all award recipients listed below!

Circle K Hall of Fame Inductee:

Colton Morton [2021-22 International Trustee, 2020-21 District Governor, and University of Cincinnati Member]

Distinguished International Chairperson:

Annamarie McGuire [2021-22 International Research & Finance Chair, Bowling Green State University Member]

Signature Project:

The Ohio State University – Columbus, 3rd Place for Service Extravaganza

Outstanding Single Service:

The Ohio State University – Columbus, 3rd Place

Club Achievement:

Baldwin Wallace University, 1st Place | Bronze Division

Distinguished District Governor:

Ryan Bolin [2021-22 District Governor, Baldwin Wallace University Member]

Distinguished District Administrator:

Chad Gardner [2021-22 District Administrator]

Distinguished District Secretary-Treasurer:

Hannah Riley [2021-22 District Secretary-Treasurer, Capital University Member]

Distinguished District Editor:

Annamarie McGuire [2021-22 District Bulletin Editor, Bowling Green State University Member]

Distinguished District Chairperson:

Alexis Aldhizer [2021-22 District Laws, Regulations & Awards Chair, Bowling Green State University Member]

The Ohio District has so many incredible members, and we are ecstatic to see so many of them honored at ICON. Additionally, a heartfelt thank you to the Ohio District members and clubs as well as the 2021–2022 District Board members that made it possible for the Ohio District to be awarded Distinguished District along with all of this year’s awards!

Claire Feit

Claire Feit