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NEWS BITES FROM NEWS BITES FROM BARRY BARRY Official Newsletter of of PA PA Key Key Club Club Division Division 18 18 South South TABLE OF CONTENTS Official Newsletter

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Volume 1, Issue 4

July 2013

District Summer Board Meeting

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We heard from two guest speakers. Laura Babetski from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society presented about our District’s Youth Serving Youth Project. She gave wonderful ideas for service projects that will be shared with you soon! Stephanie Feinberg, a Key Club ICON intern, gave a wonderful presentation and recap on

Key Club ICON. She was the intern specifically for Key TV. Check out Key TV videos from ICON on YouTube by searching Key Club International.

The Pennsylvania Key Club Board met their Circle K counterparts at the Board meeting. Circle K is the basically the college version of Key Club. Key Club and Circle K will be working very closely this year to improve Kiwanis Family Relations. Do you want more information about the topics and policy codes discussed at the meeting? Email me at!

K-Family Comm.; Barry’s Tips


• The Pennsylvania District of Key Club was just in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania for our Summer District Board Meeting. Many issues were discussed to help make Pennsylvania Key Club the best district possible! We set new objectives for the district and our many committees. We also prepared for our upcoming District Convention.

Board Meeting


Service Comm.; Fast Facts




Columnist; Website PAGE 6 • Feedback; Ask Barry; Trustee

The PA Key Club District Board at their Summer Board Meeting in Harrisburg, PA!

KiwanisFamily FamilyRelations Relations Committee Committee Kiwanis The Kiwanis Family Relations Committee is a district committee that I am a member of that aims to improve communication amongst the Kiwanis Family Network. The K-Family Committee’s other main objective is to provide other Lieutenant Governors and clubs information about chartering new Kiwanis related clubs.

This month the committee focused on Builders Club. We produced a newsletter that will accompany this newsletter. Feel free to show this Builders Club newsletter to anyone and contact me if you are interested in chartering a Builders Club!

Builders Club International is a middle school service club sponsored by Kiwanis that provides members with opportunities to perform service build character and develop values. Their motto is “Building leaders” and their vision is “To develop competent, capable, caring leaders through the vehicle of service.” There are over 1,400 clubs in 12 nations with members over 42,000. Members of Builders Club serve their communities through various service projects. Builders Club is a wonderful opportunity for young teens to get involved in their home, school, and communities.

Kiwanis International wanted to create a program for children in middle school around the world to be involved in service. They created Builders Club to get young teens active with community service.

Official Newsletter of PA Key Club Division 18 South

Barry’s Tips for Success Are your club meetings boring? Do you need help retaining members? Do you need fresh ideas for the upcoming school year? You came to the right place, Barry’s Tips for Success! This will be an ongoing column that features tips, activities, and ice breakers for clubs that lost their fizzle.

Here is a game to get everyone on the move and energized on boring days: Touch Blue! Call out a color and have members scurry to touch that any object of that color or the person wearing it.

Identify other things other than colors, such as “something glass” or “something round” or mention specific objects, such as a black backpack, sneakers, or a watch. Be creative!

ServiceCommittee Committee Service The Service Committee is another district committee that I am a member of for this year. I am the new CoCommittee Chair for the District of Pennsylvania! Our main objectives are to create resources for all of you, think of new fundraising ideas, and contact the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Here is an article about LLS courtesy of LTG Emma Evans: “While summer is sadly coming to an end, it is time to start thinking of some ways that you and your club can help support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. As this being our Youth Serving Youth project this year, it is really important to make sure that we’re supporting it in every way possible! There are many ways to serve the LLS organization, including the countless other programs within the LLS foundation.

Programs like “School & Youth” which assists in getting kids involved in raising funds for this organization, is a great way to get your club and community involved. This program includes projects like, Olive Garden’s “Pasta for Pennies” and “HOP for Leukemia”. Both projects are great ways to get the youth involved with the LLS organization. The School & Youth program has given so many students a chance to raise awareness and funds to support patients going through blood cancers. By collecting spare change, the youth of today has raised over 12 million dollars for patient services. With your help and support, we can raise these funds and we can change the world.” More LLS information to come soon!

Fast Club TheFacts New about ServiceKey Hour At Key Club’s 31st Annual International Convention in 1974, delegates voted 907 to 123 against a proposal to go co-educational, which would allow women to join. At the 65th Annual International Convention held in 2008, the majority of attendees were women! In 1925, Frank Vincent persuaded the local Kiwanis Club in Sacramento to sponsor a high school club. This club was comprised of key boys in the school to serve the school in any way possible and create better school spirit. Thus, the club was dubbed Key Club. Today Key Club stands for Kiwanis Educating Youth!

OfficerCouncil Council Meetings Meetings Officer Officer Council Meetings are a meeting for all club officers in the division. The purpose of these OCMs is to discuss new ideas, programs, communications, and obstacles. We will be having many OCMs throughout the year to make sure everyone is on the same page. The first or second OCM will give us the opportunity to train the officers who couldn’t attend district convention.

This year, club officer training has been changed to an online format to make our lives easier. Once the online training is ready, we can begin. OCMs is a great opportunity for you to meet and talk to other club officers in your area! You will also have a chance to meet our Kiwanis Zone Administrator, Sgt. Coolbaugh. A representative from our YSY,

Youth Serving Youth Project, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society will be in attendance at some OCMs. The representative will explain LLS and different service project ideas. I am still in the middle of planning OCMs for the upcoming school year, so check your emails readily! I will be sending out a list of all the OCM dates in the very near future. You all should attend all of the OCMs but if conflicts arise, please tell me!

DCON Reports New Club Monthly Breaking news! Pennsylvania’s District Convention/ Leadership Conference has been officially changed to District Convention, DCON!

The theme for this year’s convention will be…

HOLLYWOOD! The title for DCON will be “Lights, Camera, Serve!” I look forward to seeing all you movie stars on the red carpet this year in March!

Email me for more information about DCON or if you have any ideas for decorations or workshops!

The YOU! TheLatest Latestand andGreatest Greatest Columnist, Columnist, YOU! You have the opportunity to be featured in this world renowned newsletter! This is your chance to write a small article and become a published author! I will feature a new article from anyone in Division 18 South, club adviser, club officer, or club member every month. The prompt for the month of July was the same as the Oratorical contests for Pennsylvania Key Club District Convention and Key Club International Convention. The Prompt is “How do people know you are a Key Clubber?” I received a short article from a Key Clubber named Charlotte from Parkland! “People know I am a Key Clubber because of my smile! Whenever I am doing community service, I have the biggest smile on my face! People I help call it my service smile! That’s how people know I am a Key Clubber.”

The prompt for the month of August is “What is your favorite service project and why?” Get those thinking caps on and those creative juices flowing! Articles are due by September 1st and the most creative article or two will be featured in my July newsletter. Good luck to all the writers out there!

Divisional Website Social Media I am still working on our Divisional Website! If you or your webmaster love technology or have any tips, email me at! Division 18 South has just gone viral! We are now on Twitter and Instagram! I revamped the Facebook page and created a Facebook group solely for the club officers in the division. You can use these useful tools of communication to find important updates about the division. If you have any service projects, pictures, or ideas that you want to be shared with the division, follow us! For more updates, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @Div18SKeyClub and like us on Facebook, Division 18S of Pennsylvania Key Club!

Club Monthly Reports Club Feedback In my previous newsletter, I stated I would be starting club monthly reports that month. I’ve decided the most practical idea would be to start the reports during the school year when you readily meet. These reports will tell you all the good things you have been doing and the areas where you need improvement. I am hoping this new form of communication is easier for everyone so all the officers know what they need to do. Also, everyone loves when their club gets complimented!

At the end of the report, you will have the opportunity to evaluate me! I know you do that during your club monthly reports but this is your chance to tell me directly, to be in depth, and to be completely honest. You still have to evaluate me in your club monthly reports!

The feedback for your club will be emailed to you all at the 25th of every month starting September 25th!

International Trustee OUR NEW INTERNATIONAL TRUSTEE FOR THE PENNSYLVANIA DISTRICT OF KEY CLUB INTERNATIONAL IS ALBERTO BERRIZBEITIA! You will all have the chance to meet Alberto at DCON! Look in the next newsletter for a Q&A with Alberto!

Ask Barry Do you have a burning question about Key Club, the duties of a Lieutenant Governor, or just life in general? Well you came to the right place because I have all the answers! Actually, I don’t but I can help! This column is made for you; club advisers, officers, and members. Send in your comments, questions, concerns to or (484) 661-9120. You have the option to remain completely anonymous or you can reveal your first name and club. Don’t be shy! Everyone has a question that needs to be answered! Q: When was Key Club started? –Ben, Emmaus High School Key Club

A: 1925 in Sacramento, CA!

PA Key Club Division 18S July Newsletter