Henk Oostdam, Boskoop, the Netherlands
Kiwanis Club of Rijn en Gouwe
The Netherlands District
Henk (born1965) joined Kiwanis in 2005 and became almost immediately involved in leadership positions. After being club president, Henk served years as district chair for youth growth, developed various strategies to rejuvenate clubs and served in several KI-EF committees. As governor, Henk served on the Kiwanis International-European Federation Executive Board.
Why did you decide to run for office?
The world is changing. Kiwanis needs to adapt, find ways to do its work closer to regions and clubs. Culture defines who we are and how we act towards younger generations who volunteer in the context of projects while not being club members. I would love to take on that challenge at the Kiwanis board level.
What qualifies you to become an officer of Kiwanis International?
In addition to my job as a tax advisor, I am also a government lobbyist. I know how (proposed) rules influence what we do. As a servant leader in various volunteer organizations, I have 30 years of experience in sharing this knowledge and developing and implementing strategies for those organizations.
How will you leave your mark on Kiwanis?
Rejuvenation of Kiwanis is of the essence and I will continue to strive towards that. While working together with our regional leadership, I’ll strive for Kiwanis to accommodate regional differences for a more effective organization as a whole.
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