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The November Newsletter I hope that everyone had a nice Thanksgiving! I can’t believe it’s nearly holiday season. This year has certainly flown by! Get in the Christmas Spirit I am very excited because we have some fun things coming up. On Saturday, December 10th, we are planning to have a joint Division 5 (schools in the Mason area) and Divisions 7 & 8 (us) service project! We will be adopting a family for Christmas through the Red Cross, and each club will be assigned a family member to cover. We will get together at my house in Mariemont most likely, wrap the gifts, have Christmas cookies, maybe watch a movie and just get in the holiday spirit! Please RSVP in the GroupMe to let me know you can come OR email me back with your answer. We have some important events coming up! Christmas Service Project - Saturday, December 12th Lieutenant Governor Election Saturday, January 7th Backup Date for Lieutenant Governor Election Saturday, January 21st District Leadership Convention Friday, March 10th thru Sunday, March 12th

Lieutenant Governor Election Are you interested in doing my job next year? As long as you’re a member of Key Club and are not currently a senior, you are eligible! As a lieutenant governor, I am responsible for connecting the 10 clubs in my division and reporting back to the executive officers of Ohio District Key Club the amazing things you all are doing! Also, I’m sure you have lots of questions, so feel free to reach out. My email is lewis.amanda@mariemontschools.org and my cell phone number is (513) 720-9693.

District Leadership Convention (DLC) is coming up! The conference is from March 10th - 12th, 2017, and the theme this year is Superheroes of Service! If you like the idea of a weekend full of fun activities and service surrounded by the most amazing people in all of Ohio, I definitely recommend you check it out this year! Let me know if you have questions.

3 Ways to Retain Members The Key Club International Website (keyclub.org) is an amazing resource for improving your club experience. Here are a few tips from the websites

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about how to keep members interested in Key Club throughout the entire school year. Fall rallies and Key Club Week are over. How do you keep members interested when the main social events of the year are over? We have three ideas to encourage your members to stay.

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1. CANDY.  Sure, not everyone in the universe is into candy, but a decent amount of people are, which makes this a sweet way to keep members coming back to meetings and events.  Want to recognize member’s achievements on-the-spot? Give them a Hersey’s Kiss. Have a breakout “star” or MVP of the week?  Surprise them with a Starburst. Got someone who did a great job leading a fundraising project?  Hand them a 100 Grand candy bar. Giving out a few cost effective candy prizes at every meeting will keep members excited, interested and most important, feeling appreciated. 2. FULL SCHEDULE. You should have enough activities on your calendar that when a member can’t make it to a project, they don’t have to wait a month for the next opportunity to volunteer and get involved. Be sure to include a healthy mix of service, socials and fundraisers because too much of one activity can potentially bore your members or burn them out. 3. FUN MEETINGS.  Regina Spektor sings a lyric, “Now we're going to these meetings, but we're not doing any meeting.” Maybe not every meeting needs to be interactive, but it’s great to mix things up once in awhile. Create a buddy system within your club. Do icebreakers during the meeting. Play a cute cat video before the meetings (the Internet is full of them). Make your meetings exciting and your members will want to keep coming back.

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KEY CLUB: WHAT'S BEYOND THE CLUB LEVEL?

Key Club wouldn’t exist without you, our amazing members. There are more than 276,000 members now, just like you, who have joined this organization to give back to their homes, schools and communities. But Key Club goes far beyond the club level. We’re an international organization! Take a peek at how Key Club works. Member level More than 276,000 members make up Key Club International. With that many members, things can get a little hectic, so a structure was created to organize our organization. Club level It all starts with members in a club. Key Clubs aren’t limited to schools. Some Key Clubs are based in a community. No matter which type of club you are in, there are a few things every club has in common. For example, clubs have a president, vice president(s), secretary, treasurer and an editor. As of August, there is also a webmaster position, but not every club has implemented this yet. Clubs may also have other leadership positions, such as committee chairs. Division level Your club is clustered together with other schools in the area to form a division. Most divisions host divisional rallies, which are opportunities for you to meet Key Clubbers from other schools while taking part in a service project or social. Divisions are overseen by a lieutenant governor, who is a representative of the district board (see “District” 3


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category below). The number of divisions and lieutenant governors varies by district.    District level A district is made up of several divisions. There are currently 34 districts within Key Club. Some are made up of only one state (Kansas District), while others are made up of multiple states (Minnesota-Dakotas District). The rest are made up of geographical regions (Pacific Northwest District). Check out the Key Club districts map to see all 34 districts.  Each district is led by a district governor who is elected with the rest of the executive board at the district’s annual convention. The district’s executive board includes a governor,secretary, treasurer (or combined secretary-treasurer) and bulletin editor. As with clubs, districts also have the new position of webmaster. Other board positions include the lieutenant governors and district chairs. If you want to take your leadership skills to the next level, consider running for a district position. Want more information? Talk to your club advisor and the student who currently holds the position you are interested in. International level All 34 districts, as well as Key Club nations that don’t fit into any district, make up Key Club International. How international are we? Currently, there are Key Clubs in 33 countries. Each year, delegates at the Key Club International convention elect a new Key Club International Board, which includes a president, vice president and 11 trustees. The trustees oversee districts, similar to how lieutenant governors oversee divisions. Together, the Key Club International Board— with the guidance of Kiwanis staff—helps lead our organization and elevate our members’ passion to the next level.

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