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VOLUME 2 | ISSUE 11
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Hello! I would just like to remind everyone about how my term is about to end soon, which means that they Key Club year will be over soon, as well. With that being said, I highly encourage you all to help contribute as much as you can for your club and division to leave your legacy, as I continue to work hard to leave mine. I know that there have not been many events that have been going on over the past few months, however I hope that for the upcoming events that are still in the process of being planned, everyone will be able to attend. District Convention final registration deadline is creeping up close. I strongly encourage members and newly elected officers to attend this incredible event that has so much to offer. Please talk to your Kiwanis Club and your home club regarding how the payment will be sorted out, along with how you will also be getting there. This convention can really help enlighten officers regarding ways to better serve their clubs, and also give them skills they can learn to apply to the real world. I know that I have learned a googol of skills and gained knowledge that I utilize on a daily basis. This event can be a very GOLDEN memory for someone to look back on if he/she takes great interest in serving their community, helping save lives, developing leadership, and much more. All in all, I would like to conclude this letter by saying thank you to every member for serving your community. As the last few months go by before my term ends, I hope to see more members throughout the events that are being created, and I want to get to know more of the members and clubs I serve.
Tricia Tran 1
Cloverdale – by Jessie Marshall In Cloverdale, we have been working really hard on our Children’s Miracle Network project. Our committee has been planning lots of new events, such as sock caterpillar making, bake sales, something we named “Kidnap a Key Clubber”, and more. We also have plans to involve our elementary school in a “reading night” fundraiser. So far, we raised $405 in our bake sale, by packaging things up so they looked pretty and being in front of the store for 3 different nights. We made $1000 in the “Kidnap a Key Clubber” event, with us being auctioned off to our Kiwanis members at one of their meetings. We also did a “Read-A-Thon” that brought in $260, and stood in front of our local grocery store a couple of times, asking for donations. That brought in another $308. We’ve got canisters in businesses, collecting donations, and we sold Valentine balloons to be delivered in classes at school. The money from the “Kidnap a Key Clubber” has been earmarked to go to buy books and games for the children at the hospital. The rest of the money we’re fundraising will go straight to the hospital in a donation. Our goals are to give them at least $2000 in a check, give them the 178 Doctor Dolls that we made for them, donate 100 sock caterpillars, give at least 100 beaded gifts, and give them whatever books and games we can afford to buy.
Piner – by Karissa Mills Piner wants to thank all Key Club members and Kiwanis members for coming out to support us at the Snoopy’s Ice Skating Night. We are currently planning a fundraiser at Panda Express. All proceeds will go to sending members to the District Convention. We are also working with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to fundraise for “Pennies for Patients”. We have set up a bake sale with our Kiwanis and are volunteering for some upcoming 5K’s. One of our members, April McGrew, just registered for Key Leader, and is excited to attend for the second time!
Rancho Cotate – by McKenzie Martin This month we held a bake sale to raise money to help buy supplies for the children at the Oakland Children’s hospital. We raised a total of $87, but our fundraising doesn’t end there! We also have been going to the local kids club, every other week. We plan on sending 1-2 people to Key Leader in Occidental, too. We had 4 people go to Piner’s Snoopy Ice Skating fundraiser, which turned into an interclub, because several clubs had 4 or more there! Rancho’s Key Club is also making sock caterpillars to be donated to the Oakland Children’s Hospital.
Santa Rosa – by Raven Quesenberry In the past month, our club has been quite active. Our members have been increasingly participating in many events in this new year. We’ve come together for projects, like keeping the senior citizens company at the Vintage Brush Creek Senior Center, cleaning up the Pomo Canyon Campground, and volunteering at the Food Bank – all the while, building much stronger bonds between members than ever before. Also, we recently elected new officers for the 2014-15 Key Club term. We’re working on brainstorming a lot of fundraisers and projects with the new officers.
Windsor – by Jessica Barbosa Windsor Key Club has been very busy doing community service. We are super focused on the “Lighting for Literacy” project. This project has a goal of producing lights to give to third world countries, so that students who don’t have lights in their houses can study during non-school hours. The lights run from the power of solar panels. Club members have been working hard to help build these lights, so they could be sent to their destinations. We are also focused on our elections, and in promoting the Key Leader event. Since we finished our elections, we are planning on accomplishing and putting together a lot of events.
February’s DCM! Last month’s DCM was hosted by Rancho Cotate! Everyone had a good time and a lot of useful information was covered. A couple clubs even received materials to make sock caterpillars for kids at the Oakland Children’s Hospital.
Those who attended the DCM also took part in a card-making session. These Valentines were delivered to a senior center where the elderly folks enjoyed our sweet words. It was a heartwarming activity in which we prepared for the celebration of love known as Valentineâ€™s Day.
The members of Division 32 had a blast bagging produce at last monthâ€™s REFB day! There were crates filled to the brim with gorgeous broccoli, bins laden with orange goodies such as carrots and oranges, and boxes of sweet smelling apples. The Redwood Empire Food Bank feeds the hungry of our communities with only the freshest of ingredients!
DIVISION 32 I K E Y C L U B
Results of your club elections for 2014-15 must be shared with the LTG-Elect
NOW! Your current president, or the newly elected president, or one of your advisors must take care of this responsibility immediately. The following information should be typed and sent to: email@example.com AND firstname.lastname@example.org
Position Name(s) of students elected to that position E-mail contact information for those students Phone numbers (home & cell) for the students Home addresses of the students Please DO NOT delay. The new region team needs this information to begin preparing for the start of the upcoming Key Club year which begins on April 13th.
Breaking News! Top Story- Division 32’s very own Windsor High is changing the world one light fixture at a time! How? You may ask. Read to find out!
Windsor has taken up the task of working on a fantastic project called “Lighting for Literacy”. It cannot be emphasized enough how phenomenal this project really is. What is “Lighting for Literacy” all about you may ask? Well, you certainly came to the right place. First, here are some statistics:
1.5 billion people (20% of the world’s population) live without lighting past the time of the sun setting 1/3 of their pay goes towards kerosene or candles 2/3 of those contract cancer because of the toxins that are released from their “light source” When the sun goes down, all hope of reading and writing becomes lost. Education opportunities are severely impacted.
Alright, so why should we help? We help because education is key for massive world change. The “Lighting for Literacy” program allows teens to help people in third-world countries get light. We, (in the US), build light fixtures that are installed in the homes of people who need them. The lights are composed of four basic technological pieces: a 12 volt battery; a simple solar panel; a charge control circuit and an LED strip. These four components make for a light equivalent to a 60 watt light bulb. So, not only does this project promote and encourage education in foreign lands, but for our Key Clubbers, it’s our avorite kind of project; it’s hands-on. Our Key Clubbers from Windsor will tell you how cool it was to actually build something that will go a long way to support the needs of people in other countries. Check out this video, (made by a contributing Rotary Club), to see the impact these lights have had on the people who have received them: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brG9WbDWflk
Here they are, the Windsor heroes, lighting the world one drill hole at a time!
Just think about how significantly these Key Clubbers have impacted the lives of people who are less fortunate than we are. Itâ€™s incredible!
Way to go you guys! Keep up the hard work! And that concludes our extraordinarily awesome feature on this great group of Kiwanis and Key Cubbers 13
In 2003, Kiwanis International assembled a task force of professionals with more than 175 years of experience in teaching, coaching, developing and encouraging young leaders. They were asked to design a program that moves beyond where most other youth leadership programs stop. The result: Key Leader.
Kiwanis International continues to support the Key Leader program, sponsoring more than 50 weekend experiences throughout the world, annually. Kiwanis clubs sponsor Key Leader participants and promote the program in their communities.
Keys to Excellence
The Key Leader program is built on five essential principles. These principles reflect the mission to inspire young people to achieve their personal best through service leadership:
Personal Integrity: Doing the right thing Personal Growth: Developing in mind, body, and spirit Respect: Showing consideration for self, others, and property Building Community: Developing relationships to achieve positive goals Pursuit of Excellence: Expecting and achieving the best
What is the schedule for the weekend? Students will arrive for registration from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday and depart after 11:30 a.m. on Sunday. All lodging, meals and activities are at the event site during that time. Check out the Key Leader sample weekend agenda and packing list on the next page.
The details! Make a check list; it can help with the packing process.
Ask any D32 Key Clubber who went to last year’s Key Leader… it was amazing!!
Key Leader is worth every penny. Take advantage of this fantastic opportunity while you still have the chance! It’s an amazing weekend filed with self-discovery, growth and the development of extremely valuable leadership skills. It’s a program like no other; you won’t regret going!
Team building outdoor challenge course
Values sharing session
Character exploration activity
Neighborhood planning session
Outdoor challenge course – exploring teamwork
Campfire fun on Saturday night
Becoming “fist-bump buddies” for the rest of the weekend
Learning to “trust” your teammate
What? – Kiwanis DCM Who? – Division 32 Kiwanis Clubs Special speakers- Kiwanis Governor Candidates, Eliminate Project representative from the International Board, and the Key Club LTG-Elect Where? – The Petaluma Fairgrounds When? – March 15th at 9:30 a.m. Cost? - $5 Why? – It is highly encouraged that Key Club members attend Kiwanis DCMs; it acts as a bond strengthener and gives us Key Club members insight into what it’s like to be a Kiwanian.
You can try to arrange transportation with your Kiwanis Club. If you want to go, there’s not a chance they’ll turn their future leaders away!
Here’s a look at just what a few of our Kiwanis Clubs have planned for this special day! Cloverdale On ONE DAY the Cloverdale Kiwanis Family takes over the town! Plans are still in the early stages but we anticipate having work groups at the library, Kleiser and City Parks, the Senior Center, the History Center, the Food Pantry, and if that's not enough, we will have our first ever Spring Clean for Kiwanis, gathering together a used item collection in conjunction with the Goodwill. Our SLPs will be taking the lead in several of these projects. The Key Club will be passing out fliers door-to-door before the event. Key Clubbers will be doing hands on service alongside Kiwanis members at most of the venues. The Builders Club will be collecting food and monetary donations for the Food Pantry in front of Ray's Food Place and CVS. They will also be working on cleaning and organizing the Food Pantry. The entire Cloverdale Kiwanis Family and Friends will end the day with a potluck in the scout hut at the City Park. By - Julie Carter, Kiwanis One Day Chair
Healdsburg - Our Kiwanis Club and Key Club are planning on returning to the Pocket Park that we worked on earlier this year, (with great help from the Cloverdale Key Club)! Our Key Club just received a $1000 grant from the City of Healdsburg and we are being joined by a local community group and our Boy Scouts. We are looking at placing two benches and one or two picnic tables on the site as well as finishing up the grounds. By - Dick Bugarske, President Healdsburg Kiwanis Club
Montgomery - For Kiwanis “One Day,” Oakmont Kiwanis and Montgomery Key Club will be making blankets for the animals at the Sonoma County Animal Shelter. Between now and April 5th, we will be collecting gently used towels (who doesn’t have a few of those). On April 5th, at the Oakmont West Rec Center from 11 am to 3 pm, we will get together to cut those towels to the size needed for the animal pens, (primarily cats and small dogs), and make them into washable blankets for the animal shelter. By – Tricia Shindledecker, Key Club Kiwanis Advisor
Maria Carrillo and Santa Rosa - Kiwanis Club of Santa Rosa will join our Key Clubs, Santa Rosa High & Maria Carrillo High, at KRCB Public TV Auction. Some of us will answer incoming calls and take bids. Others will call the winning bidders to get payment information. This is the first time we are doing this along with our Key Clubs. We are looking forward to a fun evening. By- Marsha Sanchez, President Santa Rosa Kiwanis Club
Having trouble getting to DCON financially? Talk to your Kiwanis Club! Send them a letter of solicitation, like this one. Itâ€™ll make your club look professional and worthy of attending the event!
CNH I K E Y C L U B
Presidents and Secretaries Training Day Division 32 Sunday, April 27th Senior Center in Windsor at 9231 Foxwood Dr., Windsor, CA 95492 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Training for: o Presidents o Secretaries o Advisors – an advisor should be present Training will include: o Completing club officer on-line registration o Completing the first club Monthly Report Form of the new Key Club year – due by May 4th o Discussion of new Key Club year goals for both the division & individual clubs o Calendar of upcoming division, district and international Key Club events Other club officers are welcome to attend
Division 32 Dinos working together to make strong club leaders!
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Division Banquet Division 32 Sunday, April 27th Senior Center in Windsor at 9231 Foxwood Dr., Windsor, CA 95492 5:30 p.m. (right after the Presidents and Secretaries Training Day!) Cost: $10
Here’s a message from our incoming LTG, Dallas Phillips, regarding March for Babies! Check out the next few pages to read all about the cause and the walk itself. It’s an awe-inspiring event you won’t want to miss! May 3rd is just around the corner, so start planning now!
My club expectation is that each club raises at least $50 for March for Babies, if not $100. With sending volunteers, I would hope that each club could send at least one, but especially because of the geographical difficulties our division has, I would want the closer clubs to send a bit more, (at least 2-3), in order to make up for the inevitable, when some far-away clubs do not attend. In order to have the farther clubs attend, I would like to get ahold of the president as well as the Kiwanis advisor to assist in carpools for the clubs.
If you need anything else, feel free to contact me about this!
Thanks, Dallas Phillips
It’s time to start thinking about this year’s March for Babies… coming up on May 3rd. Start making your club plans to participate.
Why we walk When you walk in March for Babies, you give hope to the more than half a million babies born too soon each year. The money you raise supports programs in your community that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies. And it funds research to find answers to the problems that threaten our babies. Weâ€™ve been walking since 1970 and have raised an incredible $2 billion to benefit all babies.
What to expect This year, more than 7 million people will join their family, friends and colleagues in 900 communities across the nation. Our volunteers and staff will encourage and support you in your efforts to raise awareness and funds. No matter if this is your first year or your 25th, you can expect the event to be fun, compelling and rewarding.
Our support helps babies The money we raise in March for Babies funds important research and programs that help babies begin healthy lives. Ways weâ€™ve already helped:
Your club can help with this event in two ways: ď‚ˇ You can fundraise and take money to the event to donate to the cause ď‚ˇ You can volunteer at the event to help with setup, booths, aid stations and tear-down.
This issue of The RAWRing Wave came with a lot of different events featured that require money. Our solution? FUNDRAISING!! Here are a couple pages with some tips and ideas in regard to raising money. We know that it’s not always easy, but do your best! A little at a time can add up to a lot, if you’re determined! Events you could hold at school (make sure you get approval!) Choose the Torture – Have donors pay $1 a vote to decide which form of “torture” to inflict on your organization’s leaders (i.e. dye hair, dress as a clown, trade a job for a day) Trendy Bracelets – Sell silicone bracelets that promote your cause Bail Me Out – Handcuff two willing fundraisers and let them loose when they raise “bail” It’s a Bust – Sell balloons for $5-$10 each (depending on offered prizes) and insert a number in each that corresponds to a donation drawing ticket given to the purchaser. Pop a balloon for each available prize and read off the winning number(s), making sure the winner(s) receive their prize(s). Class Completion- Start a campaign at your school for the designated project. Put collection canisters in different classrooms; whichever class brings in the most money gets a reward (i.e. ice cream party, pizza, etc.)
Remember, you can always Google “fundraisers” and hundreds upon hundreds of ideas will come up! You’ll find the ones listed here along with many, many more. There are so many different ways to raise money; it’s incredible!
Other fun ideas Make the Grade – Have students get pledges for “A’s” and “B’s” at the beginning of a quarter and collect the donations after report card time Reverse Raffle – All potential sponsors get a donation drawing ticket and sell it back for $5, to avoid getting their name drawn that requires them to do something embarrassing Eat for a Cause – Ask a local restaurant to donate 10% of their profits on a designated night for your cause in exchange for encouraging supporters to eat there Rent-a-Worker - Volunteers commit to working for an afternoon doing any odd jobs sponsors “hire” them to do Scratch Cards – Donors receive a sheet of coupons for a small donation of a few dollars Sweets in a Jar- Fill a jar with candy and have people pay to guess how many pieces are in the jar Hold a Dinner- Host a dinner with a unique theme. You could incorporate it with a karaoke night, or game night. Make it different and fun! Scavenger Hunt: Set a route and make a list of items that the participants need to find in order to win. Advertise your scavenger hunt well, and charge everyone a small fee to participate. The winning person/group gets a prize Then there’s always Bake Sales and Car Washes! Garage sales are also a good idea, especially if you combine it with another event, like a car wash, Tip: Bake Sales usually do a lot better if you ask for donations instead of setting a price; if you have a worthwhile cause people are more likely to be generous! The most important thing is not to get discouraged! Keep at it and find a surefire way that works with your community, but don’t be afraid to mix it up and try new things!
Tricia Tran D20/32 Lt. Governor email@example.com Call/Text: (707) 322-2188 Sue Cummins Region 15 Advisor firstname.lastname@example.org Maggie Duran Division Newsletter Editor email@example.com Thu Dang Division Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org
Dallas Phillips Executive Assistant/College EXPO Coordinator email@example.com Call/Text: (707) 338-4953 Tommy Nguyen Division Tech Editor firstname.lastname@example.org Raven Quesenberry Spirit Coordinator email@example.com
“And that is how change happens. One gesture. One person. One moment at a time.” -Libba Bray
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