Kiwanis Club members look to enjoy Natchez

Published 12:00 am Friday, June 23, 2017


NATCHEZ — Those looking for a few fun-loving folks this weekend might try looking in the Natchez Convention Center.

More than 170 Kiwanis International club members from Mississippi, Louisiana and West Tennessee will convene in Natchez this weekend for the club’s 99th annual district convention.

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“We are very excited about everyone being here,” Natchez Kiwanis Club member and host chair Patricia Anderson said.

The convention will include education sessions and meetings. It will also include golf, cooking classes and other activities.

“Part of being a Kiwanis Club member is having fun,” District Executive Director Charlie Ford said. “We like to have a good time.”

Anderson said the group will celebrate with a Hawaiian lua.

“We are going to have someone come in and teach us how to dance the hula,” Anderson said.

Kiwanis International is a service club founded in 1915 in Detroit and is headquartered in Indianapolis. Its mission is dedicated to improving the lives of children one community at a time.

Anderson said as a service project for the weekend convention attendees will bring canned food and other donations to be given to the Natchez Stewpot.

The district represents 134 clubs and 4,500 members, Ford said.

Not all the activities will be in the convention center, Ford said.

“We are also doing a lot of Natchez stuff,” he said.

Local activities include house tours and a trip to the Delta Music Museum.

“And food,” Ford said.

Local restaurants will be featured during the weekend for the more than 200 Kiwanis Club members, spouses and other guests.

This year is the first year the convention has been in Natchez, although the district has hosted smaller conferences and the annual Key Club convention for high school students in Natchez.

Anderson said she has heard a lot of good excitement in anticipation of the convention this weekend.

“They are very high on Natchez,” she said.