Region 18 Trustee John Buck’s April Message

John L. Buck III

Aloha, Division 22 Kiwanians:
If you were not on Maui for the Key Club Annual HCON, you missed a wonderful event. The Service Project at Queen Kaahumanu Center was a big hit with the public. Those who were there, had a lot of fun and an excellent learning experience for the participants from the public.

On Saturday night, while the dance was going on, we held our Regional Training Conference and Regional Election Conference. During the Regional Training Conference, our District Governor Joni Ackerman did say a few words of her goals and the importance of recruiting new members. For our future leaders, it is important that our clubs continue to support our SLPs and continue to service our community.

Also at the RTC along with recruiting new members, it was stressed the importance of why someone would leave our organization. We need to find ways to keep our members, be it through service projects or other projects or programs that will keep them excited about our organization.

Division 22 should be proud of their efforts in recruiting new members. We have had new members join our ranks. With our new members, we now have additional hands to assist in our efforts to serving our children and community. I personally thank each and every one of you for your efforts.


Richard Minatoya

Following the Regional Training Conference, we held our Regional Election
Conference. This happens every three (3) years. Since I am in my third year of my
term as your Region 18 Trustee, we needed to elect a new Trustee to replace me.
Richard Minatoya was elected as your new Trustee for the 2018-2021 term. He
will be installed during the District Convention in August.


I know Richard will do an excellent job, for he has been a true Kiwanian. He became a member of the Kiwanis family when he became a member of the Key Club while in high school. I ask that everyone give Richard their support. I want to thank everyone for their support these last three (3) years.

This year’s District Convention will be held on the Big Island, in Kona. If possible, I would like to see as many Kiwanis members from Division 22 as possible. I would like to see a good showing from our Division, since the convention is in our Division. I would be nice to have our new Trustee Richard and our new Lt. Governor Greg have a good contingency cheering them on at the installation of officers.

One of the projects I was involved in recently, I was part of the judging committee to determine which Signature Service project that would represent the California-Nevada-Hawaii District. I will tell you it was a tough job, for we have a lot of good service projects throughout our District and also here at home in Hawaii. (see attachment) The winning project that will be our District’s entry to the Signature Project International Competition. Kiwanis Club of Los Altos’ Kiwanis Special Games was the winning District project. It is an annual celebration attracting participation of over 45 Kiwanians. This field day of athletic events has 18 vents tailored to fit the abilities of all athletes, ranging from the 100 yard dash, bean bag toss on the popular obstacle course. There are over 900 athletes participate and they are celebrating their 40th year. I will be submitting a list of all the entries.

I hope to see all of you at the convention in August. It will be a great event and lots of fun. Thank you for support these last three years as your Trustee and thank you for all you do as a Kiwanis’ member.

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