Today, I received by mail, my monthly issue of Kiwanis Magazine. The 97th Annual Kiwanis International Convention is being held in New Orleans this summer. The eclectic culture that permeates the city will provide a lively experience for Kiwanians coming together from all over the world.
Hospitality and conventions are not new to this city. The spirit of the “Crescent City” and its residents has always been joyfully shared with tourists through the city’s music, regional culinary delights and architecture. There are French, Cajun, Spanish, Creole, Carribean influences throughout the city and it’s people.
In 2005, deadly Hurricane Katrina hit the city of New Orleans. The images our country saw on television were beyond belief. At the time, our son was a junior at an outstanding high school with a state of the art film program. His school, Burr and Burton Academy www.burrburton.org sent him and another student, an outstanding writer, to Louisiana to produce a documentary film about the ravages of the storm on the city and its people. A contingent of other compassionate and giving students went along to do relief work – cleaning up and mucking out flooded houses. They did all they could, while they were there, to help families to rebuild their lives.
The film footage that our son returned with, after two trips to the scene, gave my husband and me an even deeper look at the devastation and the despair. Seven years ago, I thought “how in the world will they ever restore their properties and their spirits? There is so much to do.”
The city of New Orleans has proven it has spirit and soul! The city has begun humming with activity again. Its people are fulfilling examples for others that we can rise above the worst of times with the right attitude.
Welcome back, New Orleans! Welcome back. I am delighted that you will serve as host city to Kiwanis International this year.
For more information on Kiwanis International and the service club’s mission to improve the quality of life for children and families worldwide”, please visit www.kiwanis.org on-line.
There is also a new cellphone app for Kiwanis. Download it on your cell phone! I did.
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