Mary Kay Olashuk represents Weirton Kiwanis during convention in Paris

FAITHFUL ATTENDEE — Representing the Weirton Kiwanis Club, Mary Kay Olashuk attended the 102nd Kiwanis International Convention and the European Federation’s 50th held July 13-16 in Paris, France. She is standing in front of the “Invalies” Napoleaon’s Tomb after which the state capitol in Charleston, W.Va., is designed. -- Contributed

WEIRTON — The 102nd Kiwanis International Convention and the European Federation’s 50th were held July 13-16 in Paris, France, where Mary Kay Olashuk represented the Weirton Kiwanis Club and joined two other West Virginia delegates and 1,500 globally for business and fellowship.

An amendment to allow online voting was defeated for the third time, and Daniel Vigneron from Luxembourg was elected vice president, defeating three candidates from the United States. Jim Rochford of Illinois will be the 2017-18 international president, and Poly Lat of the Philippines will be president-elect.

An update on the world service project to eliminate neonatal-maternal tetanus around the globe showed that 22 countries have been declared tetanus-free with 17 to go as outstanding pledges become available.

The convention marked Olashuk’s 19th consecutive convention that she has attended and her 30th year of membership, having joined Kiwanis International in 1987 when the convention that year opened membership to women.