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  • 1.AlabamaSummer 2012Kiwanis Published by Alabama Kiwanis FoundationKourier 22 pagesCapital convention July 27-29 Kiwanians and guests attending the July 27-29 District Convention can explore the Montgomery riverfront andmany new sights downtown. (Spyder Monkey photo via Wikimedia Commons)Kiwanians from around the state will hold their 94th annual meetingBy Patrice StewartHotel, 300 Tallapoosa St., where a Jane Erickson, who led the KI commitKiwanis Kourier Editorbreakfast buffet and evening reception tee marking 25 years of women inKiwanians from all over the state are are included for hotel guests. Kiwanis this year.invited to bring their families and A Friday evening barbecue dinner Incoming officers for 2012-13 will beguests to the Alabama District Con and Saturday interclub luncheon areinstalled during the Saturday eveningvention July 27-29 in Montgomery, included in the registration fee.governors banquet, which requires awhere they can check out the many The jazz ensemble from Booker T. separate sights, museums and nightlife Washington Magnet High School innear the riverfront.Montgomery will entertain at the barThe Friday evening barbecue will bebecue dinner.held at the Montgomery VisitorsThe Kiwanis Club of Montgomerywill host this 94th annual District The luncheon speaker will be Center, which is adjacent to the hotel,Convention at the Embassy SuitesKiwanis International board member (See MONTGOMERY, Page 19)Brian Rodgers says hell run for vice governor Brian Rodgers, who earned 2014-15, following Wayne Sisk Distinguished status, and he Distinguished status for hisin 2012-13 and Bill Phillips in was recognized with a Hixson efforts as a Birmingham area2013-14. No other candidatesFellow for his service. He lieutenant governor, hashad announced plans as of Julyrecently became a member of announced he will be a candi 1.the Kiwanis Club of Metro date for vice governor at theRodgers joined the Kiwanis Hoover. Alabama District Convention inClub of Homewood-Mountain Rodgers served the Alabama Montgomery July 25-27.Brook in 2001 and served as a District as a lieutenant gover The vice governor position is board member, webmaster and nor, again earning Distinguished honors. He is designed to lead up to gover Reading Is Fundamental chairBrian Rodgersnor-elect and then governor inman. As president, he earned(See RODGERS, Page 14)Have you donated to the Eliminate Project yet? Read about it at

2. Alabama Kiwanis Kourier, Summer 20122Alabamas Driskill swaps ideaswith fellow female governorsBy Patrice StewartKiwanis Kourier Editor When Tammy Driskill started climbing the Alabama District officer ladderseveral years ago, she did not realizethat she would be governor duringthe 25th anniversary year of womenin Kiwanis. I had no idea then, but I think itsso cool. Ive made friendships withother women governors who I thinkIll be friends with the rest of my life,said Driskill, 2011-12 governor. Wecan go out and have fun, support eachother in service, and share the issuesthat come up in overseeing a district. She said it helps to have someoneto bounce ideas off of, such as whethAlabama, New England and Oklahoma-Texas shared a party room at Jaxer boards ought to be more supportive Brewery for a joint district dinner in New Orleans. From left are KI Firstor less supportive of clubs and what Lady Jeri Penn, Alabama Governor Tammy Driskill, New England Governorto bring home to try with our folks. Vesta Browne, KI President Alan Penn and Texas-Oklahoma Governor Susan For example, she learned from her Hennum.friend and Texas-Oklahoma GovernorSusan Hennum about their strongmembership in the New EnglandGadsden put her to work. She wasbackground check program, whereDistrict, Driskill said.vice president, president-elect andevery Kiwanian gets a background We dont all need to be cookie cut president, along with working oncheck. ters, she noted, but its good to hearmany projects. And from another buddy, New from others around the country about Then Driskill served as lieutenantEngland District Governor Vesta governor and later as district Key how a new program worked.Browne, the Alabama governorLeader administrator. She earnedlearned about how the family memDriskill, 53, a bankruptcy attorney in Distinguished honors as president andbership plan works. They tried someGadsden, first joined the Metrolieutenant governor before being electthing new when they did a trial run of Birmingham Kiwanis Club in April ed to move into the lineup for goverthe family membership idea, and they 1997. The next year she moved to nor. She is the fourth female to servethink it has helped increase their Gadsden, where the Kiwanis Club of the Alabama District as governor overabout a decade. Alabama Kiwanis KourierMy class of KI governors is the onethat kicked off the Eliminate Project,she said. I hope more Kiwanians willstep up to be club coordinators, etc., Published by Alabama District Kiwanis Foundation because I think theres a lot more eduAddress news, photos and other correspondence to: cation that has to take place before wePatrice W. Stewart, Editorcan raise what we need to eliminate4519 Arrowhead Drive S.E., Decatur, AL 35603maternal/neonatal tetanus. 256-303-1668 n kiwaniskourier@gmail.comDriskill is proud of the celebrationsDesign and technical assistance by Steve Stewart, assistant professor, Troy Universitymarking 25 years of women in Tammy Driskill of Gadsden ( GovernorKiwanis that have taken place this Wayne Sisk of Alexandria ( Governor-electyear and especially her idea for the Bill Phillips of Pell City ( Treasurer event the Alabama District held in Colean Black of Leeds ( Past GovernorPrattville during the February Mid- Pat Manasco ( District Secretary winter Conference. DISTRICT OFFICE: 85 Bagby Drive, Suite 206, Birmingham, AL 35209 It gave us a reason to get back to Phone (205) 945-1334 or (800) 745-1334, Fax (205) 942-5348; GOVERNORS, Page 3)E-mail news and photos to the Kiwanis Kourier, 3. Alabama Kiwanis Kourier, Summer 2012 3Governors (From Page 2)those Friday night dinners I think thats important and I hope that next year we can get back to giving recognitions on Friday night.Her women friends and fellow governors have reminisced and held special activities in their districts toobserve the 25th anniversary.New JerseyRosemarie Gibardi, governor of the New Jersey District,said they held a brunch at McLoones at the beach in April.Ten of the 50 attendees were celebrating 25 years, and theyrecognized them with the Legion of Honor award.No one mentioned this was coming up two years agowhen I ran for governor-elect, said Gibardi, who is thethird woman governor of the New Jersey District.This is a special year. You have a lot of obstacles andSharing time in the exhibit hall at the 25th anniversaryhurdles youve got to jump, but you hope your member of women in Kiwanis booth are, from left, SusanHennum, Tammy Driskill and Rosemarie Gibardi, gover-ship will be up and youll walk away having had a sucnors of Texas-Oklahoma, Alabama and New Jersey.cessful year.Gibardi, 59, did not waste any time before becoming govTexas-Oklahomaernor. In seven years I was club president, secretary, lieu Susan L. Hennum, governor of Texas-Oklahoma, was onetenant governor twice, governor-elect and governor, she of the first women to join Kiwanis. She will have 25 yearssaid. And Ive been sitting on boards for February 2013, and she was presented the Legion ofShe was in Kiwanis in New York for two years and inHonor at the New Orleans convention.New Jersey for seven years. She is the charter president of Her lieutenant governors decided to call Tom, her husthe Marlboro, N.J., club, because she decided to start her band of two years, the First Dude, and he loves it, sheown club when she moved to New Jersey. She has built said. He just joined the Richardson Kiwanis Club inthree clubs. February (they are in different clubs) and helps out on theHer husband, John Gibardi, said the first two womendistricts Geek Squad.governors of New Jersey were widows, so he became theFor four years Hennum, 53, was a member of thefirst first gentleman. He became a charter member of aRichardson club, while her daughter was in middle club.She had originally joined the Garland, Texas, club and has returned to it. Hennum served as president three times,New Englandlieutenant governor and governor. Her dis Vesta Browne of Longmeadow, Mass.,trict project was collecting shoes for therecalled the early days when it was often dif needy, and she most enjoys working with eleficult for a woman to join Kiwanis. She was amentary children on service.high-school teacher of business education andMy whole focus has been on kids, saidalso adviser to the Key Club. When she wentHennum, who was KI chair for K-Kids, asto a Kiwanis meeting to talk to them about well as district administrator for K-Kids andthe Key Club, they said she couldnt speak for Builders Clubs.because she was not a member of the club.The Texas-Oklahoma aim this year has been So I joined the club in 1999, and boy, werecreating a movement of Kiwanis change. Ithey sorry, because then I talked and talked, want everyone to see that Kiwanis is aboutsaid Browne. They would tell dumb blonde service, not food, Hennum said.jokes, and she would counter with how For the 25th anniversary of women,many men does it take to screw in a light Hennum and her district have been highlightbulb type the service of Texas-Oklahoma female Kiwanis members all year. They have also She has served as co-president and lieuten created scholarships for high-school leaderant governor and is now in a New England ship conferences, shirts and other merchaninternet club (Sheffield-Springfield eKiwanis).dise for the 25-year