JANE M. ERICKSON
KIWANIS CLUB OF BELLEVUE-OFFUTT, NEBRASKA
KIWANIS INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT
Jane M. Erickson of Bellevue, Nebraska, is an advocate for children—believing every child should have the opportunity to grow up happy, healthy, safe and love. She was elected president of Kiwanis International in June 2016 at the 101st Annual Kiwanis International Convention in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
A 24-year Kiwanian, Jane has been a member of the Bellevue-Offutt club the past 18 years. Prior to that, she was a member of the Fort Dodge Noon Club in Iowa, serving as distinguished club president in 1994-95. She’s been a K-Kids advisor for 16 years and was a Kiwanian of the Year in 2007-08.
A trustee of the Kiwanis International Foundation from 2002-05, she was elected its 2007-08 president. She has served as chair or member of several Kiwanis International Foundation and Kiwanis International committees, including chair of the Women's 25th Anniversary Committee; is a Key Leader facilitator and recipient of Circle K International’s McKitrick award; and is a Diamond-level George F. Hixson Fellow, Tablet of Honor recipient, Founders Circle, Kiwanis International Foundation's Heritage Society member, Walter Zeller Fellow and Mother’s Day Fellow.
Jane is the first Kiwanian to serve as the president of the Kiwanis International Foundation and Kiwanis International. Her husband, Gus, is not only the “First Gentleman”, but also the only spouse of an officer ever to serve as a governor.
Outside of Kiwanis, Jane is owner of The Wellness & Training Works in Bellevue. She is a member of St. Mary’s Catholic parish, the Bellevue Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Education Commission and a mentor with Teammates, a school mentoring program.
Jane and Gus have five children and seven grandchildren.