Gunter Gasser


Gunter Gasser of Spittal an der Drau, Austria, was elected president-elect of Kiwanis International in June 2012 at the 97th Annual Kiwanis International Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana. Gunter has been a Kiwanian since 1987, when he joined as a charter member of the Kiwanis Club of Spittal an der Drau, serving as president in 1991-92. He also is a founding member of the Tombstone, Montana, Kiwanis Club and an honorary member of Austria’s Wien-Europe 1 club.

Distinguished governor of the Austria District in 1999-2000, Gunter served as chairman of the district’s new-club building, marketing and past governors committees; was chairman of the Kiwanis International-European Federation’s (KIEF) youth service, marketing the foundation committees; and was a KIEF representative to the 2001-02 Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France.

Elected to a three-year term as international trustee in 2003, Gunter has served on the board’s communications and conventions, partnership/community and corporate alliances, operations, finance, international relations and executive committees. He has served as board counselor to several districts and was a member of the Kiwanis committees on bylaws and resolutions, as well as the new district and new worldwide service project task forces.

A life member, Gunter is a Tablet of Honor recipient, George F. Hixson Fellow and a member of the Heritage Society of the Kiwanis International Foundation. He also is a member of the foundation’s President’s Advisory Council. He is also a charter Walter Zeller Fellow.

Outside of Kiwanis, Gunter is a member of the Economic-Mechanical Engineering Association; former member of the Economic Forum for Top Managers, Austria; a manager of sports clubs; and a member of the City Development Group.

Gunter and his wife, Christiana, have one son and one daughter.