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Hunter's Keys May 2017



Service Spotlight


Holi Hai Festival




Japan Day


New Board Members + Contacts






A Note From the Editor

Hi, I'm Anna, your new bulletin editor for the 2017-2018 service year! This year, I strive to do as good of a job as the previous editor, Rie, has done. I hope to print out copies of my newsletters to hand out during meetings and I'll listen to any critiques on how they could be made better! Although off to a rough start, I plan on sending newsletters out bimonthly. I promise to try my best and get them out every two months, and timing will definitely be a goal of mine. It's been a hectic year full of service and events, so we'll hope to ride the wave and improve on anything we need to. I'm looking forward to serving you and the community this coming year! - Anna



Holi Hai Festival May 6th, 2017 - Governor's Island

The Holi Hai Festival is a celebration of springtime, where festival-goers gather together to spread color and to have a generally great time. I volunteered with Caroline and Rie to put wristbands on people that attended along with some others. There were tons of people that came, and we got to talk to all of them and we had a great time! They provided free lunches and as volunteers, we were allowed to take colors for ourselves. We threw them at each other, creating nice combinations and splashes on each other, and even threw them at complete strangers, who often reciprocated. It was a great display of community and people coming together to celebrate spring, and is to this day one of my favorite events.

-Anna Li

NAMI Walk May 13th, 2017- Fulton Street

I worked alongside Anna. During NAMI Walk, we held up signs about mental health so that walkers and participants could take photos with us and hashtag #NAMIwalk to raise awareness. We also participated in the 4k (I forgot the distance) walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. It was cold, windy, and rainy, but all the participants were excited, motivated, and we all persevered through the entire walk. We had a great time.

- Caroline Jiang

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Each NAMIWalks is a 5K event that raises awareness and funds for NAMI organizations across the country. Last year, NAMIWalks across the country collectively raised nearly $11 million.

Japan Day May 14th, 2017-Â Central Park

Right by the Naumburg Bandshell, on a warm but breezy day, is the celebration of Japanese culture and food. Stationed at different tents are invitations to New Yorkers to engage and learn about different aspects of Japanese culture, starting with the calligraphy tent to the bullet train tent, from the gyoza food tent to the handmade sugar candy tent. Hundreds of people lined up to take a Japanese souvenir home. Volunteers assisted tents by managing the crowds and organizing the lines for each tent. At the Calligraphy booth, volunteers facilitated the process of picking something to be written in calligraphy. Hunterites handed out calligraphy paper and helped attendees pick out a word or phrase to write on the paper. Popular choices included Happy Mother’s Day, samurai, and peace. No matter who attended, at the end of the day, everyone was there to celebrate Japanese culture!

- Whitney Yu

On May 14 2017, Hunter Key Clubbers Ria Saute, Anna Li, and Sammy Chum volunteered at the annual Japan day at Central Park. They were stationed at the Calligraphy booth where for almost four hours, they facilitated line movements by holding signs where the line ended as well as asking people what they wanted written in Japanese. Some of the answers included pet names as well as the names of people's loved ones and phrases like Happy Mother's Day. It was a beautiful day and amazing to see so many families and children enjoying their mother's day. Volunteers were given free lunch and snacks as well as a free shirt so all in all it was a very gratuitous experience.

- Rie Saute

Japan Day took place on May 14th where Japanese culture was celebrated. There was a variety of free booths, activities, and food available for everyone to enjoy in Central Park. I had worked alongside Rie and Anna in the calligraphy tent where we walked along the line and asked people what they would like to be written by someone else, or they had the option of writing it themselves as well. Many people chose the common phrases of “Happy Mother’s Day” too because it was Mother's Day that day. After volunteering, we also got to enjoy the booths and food as well, along with the free bento box they provided us for lunch. There were also noodles, gyoza, onigiris, and a lot of tea that were offered. For activities you could try on a yukata, go yo-yo fishing, or enjoy calligraphy. The weather was great, and volunteering was very fun. I would definitely go to this event again if given the chance and would recommend everyone to do so as well.

- Sammie Chum

New Board Members President: Kerry Wong ( Vice President: Clara Lee ( Secretary: Rie Saute ( Treasurer: Sammie Chum ( Bulletin Editor: Anna Li ( Webmaster: Rosemary Chen ( Fundraising Head: Emily Guo ( ) Publicity/Awards/Scrapbook Co-heads: Joyce Wu ( and Whitney Yu (

District Charities Pediatric Lyme Disease Foundation Lyme Disease was brought to Kiwanis’ attention during 2000-01 when New York District Kiwanis Governor John Gridley vowed to do something to help children afflicted with this terrible disease. The Lyme Disease Project was quickly set up to help pay for medical treatment for children with this disease. Unfortunately most insurance companies do not pay for its treatment, which is very expensive. Lyme Disease is caused by bacteria usually transmitted by the deer tick. It is a scary possibility to consider for New York State residents who enjoy spending time outside during the summer months. Lyme Disease may affect the brain in many ways. The most common is a disturbance in thinking. Other symptoms that occur frequently include headache, mood swings, irritability, depression and marked fatigue. The spirochete which causes Lyme Disease can invade the central nervous system within days to a week of initial skin infection. the majority of people who are treated early with antibiotics do well and incur no long-term problems. People who are not treated until later may have a more complicated outcome.


Kamp Kiwanis Kamp Kiwanis is a program located in Taberg, New York, which provides children aged 8 to 14 (including those with special needs) with a unique camping experience. Kamp Kiwanis allows children to just be themselves, no matter what their situation, and encourages them to participate in team building exercises and activities, including boating, sports, and campfires. Kamp Kiwanis costs nothing for the children that attend. Through donations, the Kamp sponsors adults and children, allowing them to experience the program regardless of their financial position. Website:Â

Icing Smiles Icing Smiles is a nonprofit organization that provides custom celebration cakes and other treats to families impacted by the critical illness of a child. We understand that the simple things, like a birthday cake, are luxuries to a family battling illness. Our goal is to create a custom cake for the ill child, or their sibling, that provides a temporary escape from worry and creates a positive memory during a difficult time. Website:

Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Center The Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Center is designed to help treat and protect children. It is a Kiwanis-Hospital association that was created in order to provide the funds and staff necessary to create a trauma center with extensive medical assistance and safety. Kiwanis helps to provide treatment as to meet the needs of families with children suffering from trauma (e.g., transportation). Trauma takes the lives of 25,000 children each year and leaves another 120,000 children permanently disabled. An estimated 25% of these deaths and disabilities could be prevented with proper and prompt care. Kiwanis needs Key Club’s help to reduce the number of lives cut short! Website:

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Hunter's Keys: May 2017  
Hunter's Keys: May 2017