Missouri-Arkansas District

Welcome to the Web Site of the Missouri-Arkansas District of Kiwanis International. Kiwanis has a plan for service in your community and we invite you to join us.

MO-ARK District Convention

August 5 – 8, 2021 – Jonesboro, AR

Registration: http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1112062459032&ca=a63cc4cd-bb42-49a3-ae1b-ea9e20234eef

Hotel Reservations: https://www.hilton.com/en/book/reservation/deeplink/?ctyhocn=JBRJOES&groupCode=CESMAK&arrivaldate=2021-08-05&departuredate=2021-08-08&cid=OM,WW,HILTONLINK,EN,DirectLink&fromId=HILTONLINKDIRECT


Friday – Aug 6:

8:00 am – 5:00 pm Registration Desk – Convention Center Lobby

                                                (closed during lunch from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm)

8:00 am – 11:30 am            Earl Collins Foundation Trustee Meeting – Arvest I & II

9:00 am – 5:00 pm Kiwanis Hub – Arvest III (closed 12:00-1:00 pm for lunch)

  • Hospitality Area for refreshments and fellowship
  • Silent Auction benefiting Earl Collins Foundation
  • Information Booths/Display Tables (starting at 1:00 pm)
  • Service Projects Collection

9:30 am – 12:00 pm            CLE Training – Red Wolf Den

                                                Presenters Paul Eckler and Mary Saale

                                                9:30-10:45am           Presidents

                                                11:00-11:45am         Secretaries

                                                11:45-12:00pm        Treasurers   

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm           Lunch on Your Own

12:00 pm – 1:15 pm           Past Governors Lunch

                                                Past Governors Partners Lunch

                                                (invitation only)

1:00 pm – 3:45 pm              Educational Forums – Arvest V & VI

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm Building Blocks for Club Success: A Show-and-Share Session

                                                Emily Sharp, Kiwanis International Area Director

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm New Member Orientation Made Easy – Mary Saale and Teri Jacob

3:00 pm – 3:45 pm Fundraising Ideas that Work – Cathy Szymanski, International Trustee

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm              District Council Meeting – Arvest V

                                                Current Lt. Governors

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm              “Welcome Back to Kiwanis” Dinner – Delta Ballroom      


Presentation of Colors – ASU ROTC? 

                                                Pledge – Gary Baker – Region VIII Trustee-Elect

Song – John Goss – Key Leader District Chair

                                                Invocation – Delores Stamps – Aktion Club District Chair

                                                Welcome to Jonesboro – Mayor Harold Copenhaver

Guest Speaker – Cathy Szymanski, International Trustee

                                                Distinguished Clubs & Members Awards –

Past Governor Ron Hill

                                                Ruby K Recognition – Jeff Johnson

Announcements – Mary Vaughan

                        Dinner Entertainment – Jazz Extraordinaire

Saturday – August 7:

7:00 am – 12:15 pm            Registration Desk – Convention Center Lobby         

(closes at 12:15 pm, before Kiwanis Family Lunch)

9:00 am – 4:30 pm              Kiwanis Hub – Arvest III

                                                (closed 12:00-2:00 pm for Kiwanis Family lunch)

  • Hospitality Area for refreshments and fellowship
  • Silent Auction benefiting Earl Collins Foundation
    • Bids close at 4:30 and winners will be posted by 5:00 (?)
    • Payment by cash or check only
  • Information Booths/Display Tables

8:00 am – 9:00 am               Past Lt. Governors Meeting – Arvest V, VI, & VII    

                                                Tom Wiles, Chair

9:00 am – 10:00 am            Membership Winners – Arvest V, VI, & VII

                                                Expert Panel Discussion – Roy Ockert, Moderator

                                                Teri Jacob, Crestwood Sunset Hills

                                                Bobby Smittle, Bentonville

                                                McClanahan, Springfield Downton

                                                Sue Storey, Rogers

                                                Jim Major, Liberty

                                                Martha Radginski, Wright City

10:00 am – 10:15 am          Break

10:15 am – 11:45 am          Roundtables – Arvest V, VI, & VII

                                                Club Officer Tips & Tricks – Katie Rennard

                                                Service Projects Ideas – Jennifer York

                                                Membership ReEngagement – Barbara Thompson

                                                Youth Protection – Paige Storey

12:15 pm – 2:00 pm           Kiwanis: “We are Family Lunch” – Delta Ballroom                         

                                                Pledge – Susan Lafond, Region VII Trustee

                                                Song – Sue Storey – Lt. Governor Division 19

                                                Invocation – Billy Cline – President-Elect Batesville, AR

                                                Keynote Speaker – Rich Huddleston, Executive director, Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families

2020-2021 Memorials – AC & Linda Paxton and Carla & David O’Brien

Retire 2020/2021 Officers – Cathy Szymanski, International Trustee

2:15 pm – 5:00 pm              HOUSE OF DELEGATES – Arvest V, VI, & VII                                    

                                                Election of 2021/2022 Officers

                                                Proposed Amendments to District Bylaws


                                                Foundation Reports:

                                                Earl Collins, BJKYCamp, Children’s Fund, Eliminate

Announcements – Mary Vaughan

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm  Governor’s BanquetDelta Ballroom                         

                                                Welcome Governor AC Paxton

                                                Pledge – Don Coffman – Past Lt. Governor Division 4

                                                Song – Chuck Seevers – Lt. Governor Division 7

                                                Invocation – Roger Jespersen – Eliminate District Chair

                                                Recognition of Past Governors – Les Mace, Region III Trustee

Retire 2020/2021 Officers –

Cathy Szymanski, International Trustee

                                                Farewell Remarks – Governor AC Paxton

                                                Installation of District Officers 2020/2021 –

Cathy Szymanski, International Trustee

Welcome Remarks – Governor Designate Carla O’Brien

                                                Presentations of Gifts/ Rose Ceremony –

                                                Exchange Banners – Paxton & O’Brien

                                                Announcements – Mary Vaughan

Kiwanis Clubs are comprised of individuals dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time. Please help us in our mission to provide service to those in need. We have a plan!!!!

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.

Kiwanians participate in projects and fund raisers that provide assistance to local charities, hospitals, schools, shelters, other community organizations, and individuals.  

What is Kiwanis?

Here is a quick video that explains what Kiwanis is.

Find a Kiwanis Club

Are you interested in joining an international organization of member-volunteers who annually give more than 12 million hours and more than US$107 million to help change the world for the better? Our members’ hands and hearts help those who cannot always help themselves. Click Here to Find a Club

Gov. AC Paxton welcomes Governor-Elect Carla O’Brien. Past Gov. Ron Hill looks on.

Time for a Hixson?

Be a part of the Hixson tradition.  As Kiwanis International’s first president, George F. Hixson paved the way for the leaders who would follow.  In 1983, the Kiwanis International Foundation honored his inaugural presidency—and more than 50 years of Kiwanis service—by establishing the George F. Hixson Fellowship.  As a way of recognizing people who have contributed significantly to Kiwanis’ history of generosity, the George F. Hixson Fellowship is bestowed upon donors who give $1,000 or more to our foundation.  With your one-time gift or two-year pledge, you support the Kiwanis Children’s Fund—helping fund grants to Kiwanis Service Leadership Programs as well as Kiwanis clubs, districts and district foundations.  

Become a George F. Hixson Fellow by making a gift today.  Or give in honor of another—recognizing someone’s special commitment with a Hixson Fellowship in their name.  If you plan to proudly wear your Hixson Fellowship recognition during a Kiwanis convention or event, please make your gift and request recognition six weeks in advance.  This will ensure time for processing and shipping.  And remember:  

If all of your club members are Hixson Fellows, you can apply to be a George F. Hixson Fellow Club!

For more information, click here.

Zimmermann and Les Mace Awards

Many clubs honor outstanding members with these awards. MO-ARKs Earl Collins Foundation awards the Zimmermann and Les Mace Awards. For details see the Earl Collins page.


User Notes

Shorthand: You can reach this site at www.moarkkiwanis.org or by searching on Google or Bing.

Welcome to the new MO-ARK Website. This a bit of an overview. The information is all the same but the presentation is different with a broad screen device like a laptop or desk top and a narrow screen device like a smartphone. My comments compare my desktop experience with my Amazon Fire 7.

Both have links at the very top to the MO-ARK Facebook page and KI’s Instagram page.

Broad screen has the main menu horizontally across the top of the screen. We have nine main topics with additional pages listed alphabetically below them. A powerful search box that lets you search the text on all 90 pages.

The main screen is in two columns with text on the left and the top postings on the MO-ARK Facebook page on the right. Below that is an alphabetical list of all 90 pages by title.

Narrow Screen has the Facebook and Instragram links at the top. Click the small white button on the upper right to see the menu. It presents the text as a single column followed by the search box, Facebook posts and then the alphabetical list at the bottom.

We have retained the News column as one of the pages at the top.

I think you will find them both informative but note the broad screen has a bit more umph.

It’s been fun and challenging putting the website together. If you spot any errors or dead links, etc, please pass them along. Suggestions for improvements are welcome.

Paul Eckler
MO-ARK Webmaster