Henk Oostdam kandidaatTrustee At Large
NEDERLANDSE AT-LARGE TRUSTEE CANDIDATE
ONE PERSON TO BE ELECTED AT THE 2020 KIWANIS INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION IN INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA, BY DELEGATES FROM ALL REGIONS TO SERVE A THREE-YEAR TERM STARTING OCTOBER 1, 2020.
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Born in 1965, I grew up in the Dutch countryside between Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Raised to continue my grandfather’s shipping company, I decided to do something completely different and began studying for real next to my daytime jobs. I became a tax lawyer, which I still am. Monique and I met in the early eighties. Being the love of my life, we married and she gave us our children, Mariska and Erik.
Why did you decide to run for office?
The world is changing whether we like it or not. With diminishing membership, Kiwanis needs to adopt to this changing circumstance. Having been governor, the time to make a difference is short. The office of trustee makes it possible to do more: to balance the needs for change, to balance who we are, and to do what we need to become to stay effective. That made my decision to run for trustee at large.
What qualifies you to become an officer of Kiwanis International?
Having been in various volunteer organizations, I learned a lot on what drives people to volunteer. Saying what you do and doing what you say is important to me, and it is important in dealings on every level of Kiwanis. My profession made it possible to meet a lot of people with various cultural backgrounds. Being able to be a bridge between those differences is important to help us serving.
What do you hope to accomplish during your term in office?
For Kiwanis, it is important to embrace change while guarding our core values. Our core values are timeless as is our goal to serve children. How we do that is different everywhere. I hope to be a bridge between those cultural differences so more and more people come to realize how important Kiwanis is and more and more people want to help Kiwanis and want to help us realize our goals.
Visit Henk Oostdam’s campaign website or email his campaign manager Sjoerd Timmermans.
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