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Organizing Committee Chair
With a career spanning over 40 years in Information Technology, Peter Zander has garnered expertise as an IT Specialist, primarily working on mainframe computer systems. Presently, he holds a semi-retired role as an Administration Manager for Bowden Engineering Solutions, a reputable aeronautical engineering company. His dedication to service extends to his over 23-year service in the Australian Army Reserve, encompassing roles in the Infantry and Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineer Corps. In his personal life, he is happily married to his wife Yvonne for more than four decades, they have two adult children and two grandchildren.
He initiated his involvement with Kiwanis International when he joined the Kiwanis Club of Brighton (SA) in the Australia District back in March 1987. His journey within Kiwanis has been marked by steadfast dedication and contributions to various clubs and leadership positions.
He has been instrumental in establishing and sustaining Kiwanis clubs throughout his distinguished journey. Presently, Peter is a member of four Kiwanis Clubs, occupying roles such as Secretary/Treasurer for the Brighton Club, Secretary/Treasurer for the Bus Operators Club, and active membership in the Centennial Internet Club and the Glenelg Club.
His leadership within Kiwanis has extended beyond club boundaries. He has served in numerous capacities at the club, district, and international levels. Some notable roles include his tenure as Governor of the Australia District during 2014/15, District Secretary for the Australia District in 2016-2018 and 2019-2021, and his current role as District Treasurer since 2022. His contributions also encompass the role of Master Instructor within the Australia District from 2011 to 2016 and as Chair of Kiwanis Asia Pacific (ASPAC) in 2018-2019. His involvement extends to international committees, as he has been a member of the International Committee for Aktion Clubs since 2013. He has also been a dedicated District Trainer in the Australia District since 2002 and serves as District Administrator for Aktion Clubs since 2005.
His remarkable service has garnered numerous accolades within Kiwanis, including: Legion of Honor recipient for 35 years of dedicated service, Life Member of Kiwanis International (1999), George F. Hixon Recipient (2001), International Presidents Leadership Development Award (2012), Distinguished Service Award for the Kiwanis International Foundation’s George F Hixon Fellowship Program in 2001, Distinguished Lt Governor (2012)
Multiple years as Distinguished Club President, Multiple years as Distinguished Club Secretary, Distinguished Kiwanian (2012, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2019).
Beyond his Kiwanis endeavors, Peter was honored with the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2010 for his exceptional contributions to Kiwanis and the broader community, with a special emphasis on his work with individuals living with disabilities.