On July 7, 1987, delegates at the annual Kiwanis International convention in Washington, DC, voted and passed an important amendment. At that moment, the very nature of Kiwanis club membership was forever changed: within the provisions of the Kiwanis International Constitution and Bylaws, Kiwanis clubs worldwide could elect women to membership. The impact of the Washington, DC, decision was felt immediately with a membership increase of more than 3,000 women in Kiwanis clubs in the first six months. The trend was obvious: More than twice that number were members by the next Kiwanis International convention in 1988, and thousands more joined Kiwanis’ ranks during the 1988-89 administrative year. Source: Dimensions of Service, The Kiwanis Story by L.A. “Larry” Hapgood.
The LAMISSTENN DIstrict held a special celebration in honor of having women in Kiwanis for 30 years. A special committee was formed from the membership from New Orleans area Kiwanis clubs (Div. 4A and 4B) to host a dinner in commemoration of this milestone. Clubs had the opportunity to showcase how women have impacted their club and also chose a "MVW" or "Most Valuable Woman." The recipient from the Kiwanis Club of Houma was Joan Malbrough and our advertorial appearing in the program booklet is shown below along with the impact other female Kiwanians have made to the club. The highlight of the entire event was the attendance of the Kiwanis International President, Jane Erikson!
Kiwanis Club of Houma Advertorial Program Cover Jane Erikson, Kiwanis International President
Joan Malbrough receiving plaque Joan with the club banner Randy Alfred and Joan with the club banner