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THE INSANE 8’S Newsletter

July 2011

Hey Guys, I hope you having enjoying your summers, I am sure many of you are very busy with jobs, internships and preparing your selves for the upcoming school year. For those of you who don’t fit that, criteria don’t worry because I have come up with amazing events to keep you entertained and occupied this summer. I hope that through out this heat and humid summer key club has remained a priority for you guys. I would like to thank all the dedicated Key Clubbers in our division you guys are who make KEY CLUB as amazing as it is.

TABLE OF CONTENTS: I. Lt. Governors Greetings II. About ICON III. Governors Greeting IV. MRF Importance V. Managing Club Finances VI. What is the Empire Key? VII. How to Submitting Spotlight Articles VIII. What is a Fall Rally/DTC? IX. K-Family Relations X. K-Family Picnic XI. A Few words about Circle- K XII. Key Club Crossword Puzzle XIII. Paperwork Status Chart

Also how can I forget the amazing July Divisional raffle winners, I hope you guys are enjoying your T-shirts and Graphic Standards CD. I hope that Richmond Hill Key Club is sharing custody of their T-shirt! Even though school stops in June, Key Club continuous year round. July is coming to an end so that means MRF’s are around the th corner. The July MRF’s are due August 7 please start working on those so that you can get them in on time. For those clubs that are missing MRF’s please send them in so that you can get the credit for all your hard work, which also applies to the missing ERF’s. For those clubs having issues with election or haven’t had them yet please contact me a.s.a.p! Within the next few weeks I will begin planning a training date for all club officers. This will occur during the month of August, I will be calling clubs and picking a date that will work with all the club officers of the respective club so that everyone can get the training they need in order to be READY for the upcoming school year. For those of you who haven’t contacted me please do it, so that I can find a date that will accommodate your club officers. Many of you have already become good friends, so why don’t we become even better friends or best friends? How can that be done? Simple we will be having a club officers hang out day. I haven’t chosen an activity or date; I will leave that to you guys so start gathering ideas in order for our hang out to be successful. These ideas will be shared at our August Divisional, which will be happening on August 17th at the Forest Hills Library from 5pm – 7pm. Keep in touch and feel free to ask questions! Yours in Service and Key Club Pride, Lieutenant Governor Division 8-A Carla Pacheco (347)-841-5921

UPCOMING EVENTS: -July 22nd, 2011 Interdivision Picnic – Division’s 8 and 8A: Cunningham Park 12pm- 6pm Cost $5 -July 29th, 2011 Bowling For A Cause: Jib Lanes 67-19 Parsons Boulevard 1pm – 6pm Cost $20 -July 30th, 2011 IRI PICNIC- Cunningham Park – Free (Volunteers Needed) Must arrive at 10am -August 17th, 2011 August Divisional- Forest Hills Library 5pm – 7pm

INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION Key Club International Convention

-Lieutenant Governor Carla Pacheco – By Lieutenant Governor Carla



Key Club International Convention is held every year in between the end of June and beginning of July. Thousands of Key Clubbers from around the world come to the designated location to learn more about Key Club, participate in the amazing workshops, and of course elect their new International Board. This year ICON (Key Club International Convention) was held in Phoenix, Arizona. Each District has a “District Tour” which is a series of activities the District goes on and participates in, on there way to ICON. This year the New York District Board ICON Tour consisted of a trip to Hoover Dam, a Chocolate Factory, Water Rafting, and a visit to the Grand Canyon. This gives everyone a chance to bond; New York District Key Clubbers left New York on June 27th and arrived in Arizona on June 30th. International Convention begun on June 30th and continued until July 2nd. International Convention is a just like Leadership Training Conference except on a much larger scale. International Trustees are elected at ICON; International Trustees are like Lieutenant Governors except they are in charge of at least 3 Districts. The election of Trustees require voting, which means that many Key Clubbers must sit through Caucus and hear the speeches of all of the candidates. The International Trustees work closely with District Governors to deliver news from Key Club International to the Districts and vice versa. Each year is held in a different location within the US. Next years International Convention will take place in Orlando, Florida! I encourage every single Key Clubber to consider going to ICON even though it is a costly event, it is an event you don’t want to miss out on!


Greetings from Governor Domenick Pesce



Hey New York District Key Club, I hope everyone’s summer has been treating him or her well. Although I don’t like to admit it, we’re just about half way through, with a new school year drawing closer. As Key Club progresses during the Summer I would encourage you all to get involved and start planning and attending those projects. Just a few weeks ago the New York District Board (and a few Key Club Officers) returned from the gorgeous Phoenix, Arizona where the Key Club International Convention was held. We had just fewer than thirty Key Clubbers from the New York District represented at workshops, social events, and of course the house of delegates. Some of the entertainment at the convention consisted of Keynote speaker, Eric Saperston, who told us of his inspiring life changing journey, and Craig Karges the “extraordinist”, who was the award-winning entertainer wowing Key Clubbers with his mystical illusions. Meeting members from all over the United States as well as from foreign places such as Italy, Jamaica, and Aruba was a truly unique experience. Key Club ICON, this year was one of true amazement, an experience in which I’ll never forget. I hope next year many of you will get the chance to attend the 2012 Key Club ICON in the beautiful Orlando, Florida! (For those of you that are wondering, yes...Disney.) Hope you all enjoy your summer, but don’t forget about Key Club. Summer provides Key Clubbers with the chance to perform some seriously successful projects, take advantage of it! Also don't forget to subscribe to the New York District website (, as well as the Official NYDKC Facebook Group ( -Gov out District Governor Domenick Pesce



My name is Daniel Ivan Lin, the District Secretary for the 2011-2012-service year. It has been fun working with some of you and I want to let you know that we are off to a good start. Please make sure however to keep up with your club's paperwork during the summer. Remember that it is important that we continue to serve our home, school, and community. Though events are very limited during the summer, it is vital that you submit your club's monthly report forms (MRF), is a key device for relaying information from your club to the district. The form is due on the 7th of each month and can be submitted through the online submission (on the district website), by email (use the PDF form of the MRF), or by snail mail. Submitting these forms can ensure that your club gets credit for service they have done. Even if you do not have service projects that month, still submit your MRFs. If you ever need to submit a monthly report form late, please make sure to email me ( This way, not only do I know that you need more time, but I know that you will be submitting your club's monthly report form. If you ever need help, please do not be afraid to ask me. Later this month, I will be sending out Tips for Club Secretaries, a guide that will prove to be extremely useful in many areas. For the election report form, please make sure that you send it if you haven't done so already. This information is needed for the District Directory. I have started a blog / website for club secretaries,, acting as a forum for questions and inquiries, and provide important updates. Feel free to follow it as often as you like and hopefully it will be updated every two weeks. As a reminder, please subscribe to the New York District Secretaries Google Group ( and the official Secretaries Group on Facebook ( 3138&ap=1). Remember to keep up the good work. Enjoy your well-deserved summer! Yours in Service New York District Secretary Daniel Ivan Lin

Having just returned from being trained as a District Treasurer at International Convention, I am excited to soon be putting that training to good use! Even though dues are due in November, it’s not too late to start collecting. It can be the difference between handing them in on time and being late. Start asking members that will be in your club next year and discuss this at summer meetings. Many club treasurers mentioned the need for dues resources on the Treasurer Survey, and I am currently working on it hopefully out during September. If you have not completed this survey please click on this link As the new school year approaches, club treasurers should be beginning to make the club’s budget. It is essential for the club to make more money for the club’s fund. Start a budget if you don’t have one, because they do help. It’s another reason to collect dues now; you will know how much money you will gain in your club fund (usually $1-3 per member). When making your budget, take everything into consideration, from Kiwanis visits to the end of the year party. It is better to budget an event that you may or may not plan rather than not budget it at all. Make sure to know if your club requires an approved copy from the school administration. If you had the opportunity to see the FRF spreadsheet, I am amazed with the treasurers of the mighty New York District. In three months, we beat our goal. Out new goal is 100 FRFs by LTC. As a reminder, after you fill the FRF, please send me proof of the fundraising from a copy of the check to letter from the organization. Keep them coming! Stay tuned for more resources being release. As always if you have any questions or ideas, please email me at emilygicewicz.treas@nydkc. Don't forget to join us on Facebook and Google!! Lastly, check out my newly released Treasurer Tribune for more information. Yours in service Emily Gicewicz New York District Treasurer.

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I am Amber Lee, District Editor from 2011-2012. One of my many jobs as District Editor is to create the District Newsletter known as “The Empire Key”. Now how does the “The Empire Key” differentiate from Club newsletters? My Newsletter includes news from both the New York District and Key Club international. The Empire Key includes spotlight articles and governors greetings just like a divisional newsletter but on a larger scale. As one of my goals, I will be creating most likely four issues of “The Empire Key” (one per season). There will not be less. A log will be sent out each month for required articles from LTGs. It is important that you submit articles and contribute to our newsletter. There are over 5000 Key Clubs of this world. One can’t possibly travel to every country and club to see what they are doing. This is where newsletter comes in handy. We get to view the service provided by the District during that season/month. Your own club or school can be starred on more than one page! You’re designs, thoughts, articles, and anything you wish can be incorporated. I encourage all LTGs to convince the editors of your division to make newsletters following graphic standards and Key Club colors. Believe it or not, we can hold a whole new way of communication just by flipping our pages. We show our passion, color, and family through every word and thought we have for Key Club. The Empire Key is the District’s way of expressing the District’s hard work and keeping the Key Club core values of character building, inclusiveness, leadership, and caring. Stay tuned for my first issue of “The Empire Key” being released during August of 2011. Any questions, any ideas, or any suggestions, email me at or contact me at (347) 653 3656. Amber Lee

This is your New York District Key Club Webmaster, Oscar Tan. I’ve recently updated the NYDKC official website. Please, take a look. If you notice on the home page of this website, there is a section labeled ‘Service Spotlights’. So, what exactly are service spotlights? Each month, key clubbers submit club spotlights. Club spotlights usually show an article about a certain service event attended. Along with the article is a picture that portrays a service duty performed by Key Club members of your Home Club. This is rather simple, because even a few words can be a spotlight. Service Spotlights that stand out are often posted onto our New York District Key Club website, <>. How do you get your Service Spotlight onto the website? When your Service Spotlight article is finished, simply send it to Amber Lee via or your LTG to post on his/her newsletter. Our District Editor will then choose the spotlights and send it to me. I will post it on the official website. Service Spotlights are a great way to show off what service your club has done, and it may be featured on the front page! So, use some time and just submit those spotlights. Yours in Service Oscar Tan New York District Key Club Webmaster




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Hey, Key Clubbers! How has your summer been so far? As our summer vacation begins to slowly come to an end towards August, it means that it’s time for Fall Rally planning! As many new members are joining our Mighty New York District, they may be wondering what exactly are Fall Rallies and DTC’s.

only members of the K-Family; along with Kiwanis, there are also K-Kids, Builders Club, Circle-K, and Aktion Club. But, why do we need maintain contact with other members of the K-family? Maintaining relations with the younger members of the K-family is important, because it gets the younger kids interested in community service; this teaches them the Key Club core values as they move along in the Kfamily. One easy way to connect with the younger children is to do something they love…color! Visit a K-Kids Club during the holiday season and make holiday cards for your local nursing home. Your local Kiwanis can also be one of the most important assets to your Key Club. Whether it is a problem with your advisor or you’re in need of financial support, Kiwanis is always there for help. To strengthen relations with your Kiwanis, invite them to come to your club meeting, this will show that you want them to be a part of your own club. Another way to strengthen relations with your local Kiwanis, Circle-K, or Aktion Clubs, is to plan an event with them; it’s as easy as contacting the president of the club and planning a meeting. Once you have that initial meeting planned, the rest is simple: plan your event. But how do you get in contact with the other members of the K-Family? One easy way is to get contact with your Kiwanis; they are one of the most valuable resources and will always be there to help. Another way is to contact your Lieutenant Governor whom can help with any questions that you may have about the K-Family.

Fall Rallies are a great way to not only train officers, but also motivate members and raise money for a charity. Some Key Clubbers aren’t able to make it to the annual Leadership Training Conference, where large training sessions are held for the various officer positions, and this is where Fall Rallies and DTC’s also known as Division Training Conferences, come into play. Basically, two to three divisions collaborate on a huge Rally and plan workshops with guest speakers to assist in officers training. Because three Divisions make up a lot of members, Division Training Conferences come into play. At DTC’s we basically have a smaller Fall Rally with only one Division. Mini charity projects are also held at these two events to help raise funds for a cause that is usually voted on at the event. All officers and members are strongly recommended to come to both of these events. There will always be resources for members and officers to take back to their home clubs. If anyone has questions about either of these two events, don’t hesitate to ask! Yours in Leadership and Service, Andrew Abbey, Division 26 Lt. Governor

Yours in Service Lieutenant Governor Division 16 Ellen Dooley

The Circle – K experience

- Kelly Chan


Hello Division 8A! My name is Kelly Chan and I'm currently serving as the Circle K club president at Queens College. I am also serving as NY District's Marketing & K-Family Relations chair for this service year. Just like your service year, ours year runs from April-April and my term thus far has been nothing but spectacular. Circle K International (CKI) is the college level branch of the Kiwanis family. We are leaders who share the same love for service as you do and just like you, we do it because we care. Just like you, we are selfless individual's who are looking to make a difference in the world. While you hold four core values- leadership, character building, caring and inclusiveness, we hold three tenets- service, leadership and fellowship. Sounds like we do the same thing right? CORRECT! We do, and that is because we are all part of the Kiwanis family; you didn't

just join Key Club; you joined a family of people who will guide you to become fantastic leaders so that you can make a difference. I have been a member of the K-Family for four years now and it has become something I hold close to my heart. Just like how you can't leave the family you were born into, I cannot see myself ever leaving the K-Family. Back in high school, I was a member of Bayside HS's Key Club and that is when I fell in love with service. I'm not one to live with regrets but if I were to name one, it would be that I didn't join Key Club until the very beginning of my junior year. Prior to Key Club, I was a pretty anti-social kid who was never involved with anything in my school. Immediately after joining Key Club, I loved my school. Each Friday morning, I woke up excited for our meetings and excited to hear what service project I'd be waking up for on Sunday morning, before the sun rises. I left Bayside with the honor of meeting so many amazing people, including my advisor who I often times refer to as “my everyday hero.” I indubitably chose to stay in the family and joined CKI. It's during this period of my life that I really consider myself to be a leader. I am not afraid of talking to random people and telling them about how beneficial the K-Family has been in my life, nor am I afraid to push you, Key Clubber's to join CKI because it truly gives each individual a chance to become leaders and to reach his or her full potential. To make a long story short, I love CKI and being a member of the K-Family, I love building those fellowships with those I serve with and I love that warm and priceless feeling I get when I'm at a service project or raising money to save as many lives as we can. Yours in Service, Leadership and Fellowship, Kelly Chan Queens College CKI President NYCKI Marketing & K- Family Relations Chair

K-Family Picnic

-Lieutenant Governor Carla Pacheco



On July 17th, 2011 Key Clubbers, Circle K members and Kiwanis members gathered at Cunningham Park for a picnic. Kelly Chan held this picnic; she is the president of the Circle K at Queens College. The purpose of this picnic was for all the members of the Kfamily to bond with each other. Circle K members from all over the state arrived to partake in the fantastic activities. Division 8-A helped Kelly and her officers set up, we put up balloons all around the trees to guide Key Clubbers in the right direction. Like any other Key Club related event there were ICE BREAKERS! For one of the ICE BREAKERS we all gathered in a circle and tossed around a beach ball. The beach ball had questions written on them that we had to answer to get to know each other better. Who can forget the fantastic games? We played the infamous “The Human Knot”, in which a group of people form a circle extend their hand and hold hands with anyone that isn’t next to them. The point of this game is to work together in order to untangle yourselves. Another very famous game was ninja, were you make only one move at each turn but with that move your objective is to eliminate the person next to you and make sure you aren’t eliminated. We played a variety of games as the evening went on. Snacks were provided for everyone and might I say they were delicious. Kelly planned a fantastic picnic can’t wait for the next one.

BEAVER MADNESS! Find the three real Beavers; don’t get tricked by the imposters!


July Newsletter Division 8-A  

This is the Newsletter for Division 8-A for the month of July by Lieutenant Governor Carla Pacheco for the 2011- 2012 Service year.

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