TOKYO - Mary Kay Olashuk of Follansbee attended the 99th annual Kiwanis International Convention July 15-20.
Olashuk, a Weirton Kiwanis Club member, joined 1,200 other delegates, six of whom were from West Virginia, at the Makuhari Convention Center in Chiba.
International President Gunter Gasser of the Austrian District opened the convention with the Japanese Royal Family in attendance. U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy welcomed the delegates with a video message.
It was reported $21 million dollars have been raised for the Kiwanis World Service Project to eliminate tetanus in 34 targeted countries by vaccinating mothers to prevent transmission to their babies. Approximately 12 million babies have benefited.
The Kiwanis will celebrate their 100th anniversary at the Indianapolis headquarters, where the first woman president will be elected.