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KEY CLUB Division 4’s Official Newsletter

OFF Record THE Bocchino, asked me if I was interested in

Governor’s Greeting ...... 2 District Secretary ............. 3

District Editor .................... 4

Facebook and it is the fastest and most efficient way to inform the greatest number of

becoming Lieutenant Governor of our

LTG Introduction ............... 1

District Treasurer .............. 3

MEET Lieutenant YOURGovernor When my advisor, Ms.

In this issue!

District Webmaster.......... 4 Executive Assistance ..... 4

people in the shortest amount of time.

division, my first question was, what is a

In all honesty, I am extremely

Lieutenant Governor? I was my club’s

excited for this year. As the school year comes

publicity coordinator, the lowest officer position that could be held. Even though I didn’t know that much, I knew that I

to a close, with only a few days left, we can change our focus from the stresses of school to the relaxing days the

“There are so many summer has to offer. But, we have to remember that even if accepted the nomination. opportunities in the school year is over, the Key There are so many Club year is still in session. Even opportunities in our Division our Division.” if whatever you’re planning is

wanted to learn. This was an amazing opportunity and I

because of the immense potential that we

have. Being one of the largest Divisions in New York State, we have some

smaller than when school’s in session, it doesn’t that mean you should not try. You have to remember that every little bit counts.

advantages over other Divisions. Among

District Charities ............... 5 Service Spotlight.............. 6 Summer Projects.............. 7 International Projects...... 8 Project ELIMINATE ............ 8 ICON………………….…..9 Division 4!…….…………..9 Paperwork………………10

Please contact me anytime you

others, we have more members, which

want with any questions you may have. Have

means that we can spread knowledge to

Contact Info……….……11

a great and fun filled summer of sun and

more people over a greater area. But there are still some disadvantages which I


hope to fix this year. For one, communication can be difficult because of the number of people that need to be informed. To try to fix this, I hope to utilize Facebook more than the Division has before. Almost everyone has a

Division 4 Facebook Page: New York District Key Club Division 4

Lieutenant Governor: Nicholas Viviano District Treasurer: Dan Alohan District Secretary: Sean Charles



Hey New York District Key Club! For those of you that don't know me, my name is Domenick Pesce. I'm extremely excited to be working with all of you this 2011-2012 service year. I will see to it this year that we reach new heights as the Mighty New York District Key Clubbers we are! So, can you believe it's already June? School is coming to a swift close, and the Summer is rolling in fast. With this great Summer atmosphere, comes some great time to participate in some exceptional Key Club events. Please, stay in good contact with your Lieutenant Governor! Remember that Key Club is a year round organization; be sure to stay active during these warm and sunny months.

your Lieutenant Governors monthly Newsletter, you're in store for some really interesting things. Be ready to be informed of things such as Club Spotlight Submissions into the Empire Key, Project ELIMINATE, our 2011-2012 District Projects and much more. Take the time to peruse and leaf through, you might find out some things you didn’t know before.

please stay in “Remember Key Finally, contact with the If you are Club is a year notDistrict! subscribed to the New York District round website as (, organization.”

Touching quickly on the subject of District Board news, the Board and I have been hard at work getting ready for the Summer as well as the new school year. Now that Executive Board members like our EA, District Editor, and District Webmaster have been appointed, it's time to kick things into speed for the Summer. In this first June addition of


well as the Official NYDKC Facebook Group (, what are you waiting for? Go to the homepage and subscribe! Encourage your Key Club friends to subscribe as well.

I'm looking forward to our year as NYDKC's so much! We're due for some change, and the gears are already in serious motion. (Also feel free to add me on Facebook if you'd like!) Stay connected and you'll be hearing from me soon!



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SERVICE Letter Letter



Hello, New York District! My name is Daniel Ivan Lin, your newly elected District Secretary for the 2011-2012 service year. It is my pleasure to be working with you this year. I mentioned before that as District Secretary, I want to be someone that you can look to for help, advice, and questions. I hope that through increased communication, we will be able to reach greater heights in our mission to serve.

As finals and regents week starts to arrive, many of you will be busy studying. However, please remember to keep up with your responsibilities. The monthly report form is due on the seventh of each month and is the key for relaying your club’s activities, progress, and problems to the district. It is essential that you fill it out with the utmost care and thought. Please note that you are still expected to fill out a monthly report form even if your club has not had service projects in the past month. The election report form is a form containing the contact information of your club's officers and faculty advisor and it is essential that that it is filled out to ensure easy communication throughout the district. Please submit the election report form as soon as possible. Feel free to email me at if you have any questions.

FRF are vital to fill out if your club wants to get credit for any fundraiser you have done and you definitely deserve the credit. Now some of you may be thinking to yourselves “what does this crazy person mean when they say FRF?” Well, an FRF is an abbreviation for Fundraising Report Form. I know all of you know where the FRFs are, but here is the link just in case it had slipped your mind, ms&view=form&id=3. The form is very easy to fill out and once it is completed, all you need to do is mail or email me a proof of the fundraising activity (it can be a check, letter from charity, etc.) and a copy of the form. When I receive it I will update it on the FRF spreadsheet which can be given upon request by emailing me or by joining the Treasurer Google Group, which I hope you had joined already. If you are a club treasurer it would be a great idea to take advantage of the social network opportunities I set up. I know all of you have emails so please join our NYDKCTreasurer Google group, roup/nydkc-treasurers. This group will keep you updated on important dates and paperwork. There is also a Facebook group called New York District Key Club Treasurers, please join it for important updates made easy. You can email me any questions but if you would like you can also post it on I set this up to help all of you, so take advantage of it! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at, this email is where FRF’s should be sent. My mailing address to mail printed out proofs is 33 Helen Lane, West Sand Lake, NY 12196.


Please be sure to subscribe to the New York District Secretaries Google Group ( and the official Secretaries Group on Facebook ( 8&ap=1). I hope that you will not let me down as I have promised not to let you down. It is our work together that will truly bring forth changes and innovation to this great organization. Let’s make this a great year. Enjoy your summer!






A lot of you do not know me yet and even more of you have not formally met me yet. With this, I am your newly elected District Key Club Editor, Amber Lee.

This is your newly elected Webmaster of the New York District, Oscar Tan for the 2011-2012 service year!

As Editor, I have many thoughts and ideas for the Empire Key, a very essential part of my duty. The Empire Key would not be a state newsletter without the incorporation of all LTG’s and Key Clubs around New York State. I look very forward to working with all of you and rushing everyone to hand in their newsletters. I’m sure that it will be an awesome year!

Being the Webmaster has given me a great opportunity to further enhance the communication between the District and the clubs. As District Webmaster, I have already begun with editing the District website. Recently, I’ve updated the website with all the District Board’s and LTG’s contact information. I have also provided an up-to-date description for our District Projects. Please, feel free to take a look at the updates and changes at I would like to ask all Key Club Webmasters to join the Official New York District Key Club Webmasters group at 78475703658&ap=1. I have many goals for the upcoming year and I look forward to working with the board to provide success and service. With all this happening so far, I hope to make Key Club updates and news more accessible. Feel free to provide me with suggestions and I will definitely look into answering all your questions. My email can we found on the District website.

To keep closer contact, I have created a Facebook group: 115609408526712&ap=1. I would like all Editors to join. Creative ideas and suggestions can be shared. It will also be a great place to gain a stronger connection since internet will be one of our main communication uses. Updates will also be provided weekly or as much as possible. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at or contact me at (347)653-3656. I will be sure to reply. Have agreat summer! (Work is still in session during the summer!)

DISTRICT Executive Assistant My name is Yasmin Soliman, and I am the new District Executive Assistant for the 2011-2012 service year. As Executive Assistant, I will be helping Governor Domenick Pesce by serving as a liaison between the upstate and downstate regions of the New York District. Therefore, I will assist the Governor in any requested help or paperwork and review all proposed amendments thoroughly in conjunction with my duties as the laws and regulations committee chair. I was Lieutenant Governor of Division 10 last year, so I have experience as a member of the District Board. If you cannot reach Governor Domenick and have any questions, you may contact me at (646) 270-3895 or e-mail me at I am very excited to work again on the District Board, and I look forward to working with you all of you this year!

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District Projects

Hello Key Clubbers! This past year has flown by and before we knew it, it has almost come to an end. But even though the year ended in a blink of an eye, New York District Key Clubs were able to raise an unprecedented $200,000 to the District’s Charities with $50,000 as ‘the year’s goal. This year, with new charities, a new committee staff and a new fundraising goal, we eagerly embark on a new year of service to make a difference in our schools and communities. Our ten District Charities are much diversified ranging from eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus to ending human trafficking and slave labor trade. This year, the New York District Key Club aims to raise $200,000 for the ten charities including Kamp Kiwanis, Pediatric Lyme Disease Foundation, Local Causes, Project Eliminate, Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Center, Not For Sale, Make-A-Wish, AIDS

Healthcare Foundation, the Christian Appalachian Project, and Architecture for Humanity. However, raising money is only a part of the puzzle. What’s the other piece? The other piece, which is sometimes forgotten but just as important, is awareness. In order to get people outside your Key Club Homes to donate at your fundraisers, they need to be educated on all the beneficial things that these charities do. Why would someone donate to a cause they do not have knowledge of? Lieutenant Governors Stephanie Penna, Kelsey Habla, Josh Hill, and Alexandra Marrone along with your Committee Chair Nick Viviano are here to answer any questions you may have about any of the charities along with ideas about how to spread awareness and fundraise. We wish you all a successful year of service!

“However, fundraising is only a part of the puzzle.”



With the gym still decorated from the Junior Prom of the night before, the New Hyde Park Key Club prepares for the seniors who will be filing in. “The Senior Citizen Luncheon is a great day filled with good food and dancing where New Hyde Park can show the community their appreciation for all their support throughout the year,” said advisor Ms. Bocchino. With help from the Student Council and other clubs throughout the school, the Key Club asks volunteers to help prepare and serve food at the buffet table, hand out drinks and dessert, and dance with any Senior Citizen willing to go the dance floor. “Because the live band plays music that the Senior Citizen’s like, the dance floor is usually filled with Senior Citizens. It doesn’t matter if their alone or with another person,

everybody seemed to want to dance,” said Key Clubber Katherine Polizzi. Besides the dancing, the buffet table filled with amazing food is also another crowd pleaser. Volunteers are asked to make either pasta, rice, or a specialty dish while the local New Hyde Park Inn donates the chicken. “For me, the food is the best part. The home cooked food is great because it may be something that you normally don’t eat at home like Spinach Pie or Sausage and Peppers. Even better, we give the Senior Citizens Tupperware to take the leftover food home,” said Key Club President Pat Nicolello. Said Key Clubber Katja Anuth, “It’s the least we can do to show our thanks for the people who let us do all the great things we do throughout the year.”

“It’s the least we can do..” do

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Hello New York District Key Clubbers! I hope your school year is winding down nicely. As summer is approaching and school is ending, remember that it is not the end of Key Club. Every club should still be doing service projects over the summer and continuing to be active. There are many ways that your clubs can remain active throughout the summer that are both fun and exciting. Even though Alex’s Lemonade Stand was not chosen to be one of the district projects for the 20112012 key club service year, you can help to support this foundation. Key clubbers from your neighborhoods can work together to create a lemonade stand and sell different cool beverages during the upcoming, hot summer months. There is nothing better than a cool drink on a stifling day.

Another idea is to host a car wash in the school parking lot or another open space nearby. Walks to raise money are also always a great idea when you have the area to do them in. You can also combine a barbeque after and gather crowds that are willing to participate. Fundraisers held indoors at bowling alleys or an indoor area is a nice break from the heat and allows time for fun away from the sun. Are you looking for a chance to just hang back and chill and have a break from the fundraising? Throw a picnic or a pool party and invite key clubbers where members and officers can discuss ideas for next school year... Get to know more people and be ready when September comes. As the different division key clubs differ in size and location, some of these ideas will work better for some clubs than others. The varying clubs can alter the projects to fit their unique needs. Remember, Key Club doesn’t end just because the school year ended. Finally, good luck on all of your final exams/ regents and enjoy the summer!

“Your clubs can remain active throughout the summer.”

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Unfortunately, I know that a lot of clubs tend to die down toward the end of the year as we begin to put halt on the number of events that we do. But, it should be expected that everyone come up with at least one solid idea during our break for the summer or upcoming school year. This can include a service project or fundraiser for one or more of the International Projects and Programs. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the International partners of Key Club, they are the Children’s Miracle Network, March of Dimes, and UNICEF. The Children’s Miracle Network is a nonprofit organization that raises money and brings awareness to benefit hospitalized children. Money raised goes to purchasing up-to-date equipment, train stall, conduct research, start outreach programs and provide health care for those whose parents cannot afford it.

March of Dimes is an organization that tries to improve the health of infants by preventing premature births, birth defects and infant mortality. UNICEF is an organization that assists children through their community. They focus on improving health care, basic education, water, and sanitation in more than 150 developing countries. I’m sure many of you have heard of Trick-or-Treat for UNIFEC. These three programs are great and need your help! So just remember over the summer that you should brainstorm with your club or even just friends, and try to come up with an idea for this service year on how to benefit one or more of these organizations. You will hear shortly of the goals set forth by your International Projects and Programs Committee. Let’s make sure we surpass these goals!

PROJECT ELIMINATE As the kickoff to the service year has already happened, it is now time to FUNDRAISE FUNDRAISE FUNDRAISE! My name is Sean O’Connor, and I am the Lieutenant Governor of Division 19. I am also the committee chair for my favorite District Project, Project Eliminate!

Tiny newborns suffer repeated, painful convulsions and extreme sensitivity to light and touch. This disease can and will be cured. Key Clubbers around the world can help cure this disease by 2015 by only fundraising $110 million! By curing this disease, we can help save over 360,000 lives!

For those of you who do not know, Eliminate is the newly acquired Kiwanis project, which will be kicked off this summer. Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus, also known as MNT, is a disease that is claiming the lives of 60,000 innocent children and 30,000 mothers each and every single year. MNT’s effects on the youth of the world are sickening.

With committee members Lieutenant Governor Marcus Mosely, Lieutenant Governor Gresa Shala, and Lieutenant Governor Bryan Comanici, and Governor Domenick Pesce, I plan to make Project: Eliminate become THE strongest District Project in the history of the mighty New York District!

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Where can you find over a thousand Key Clubbers from around the world all squished into one hotel at one time waiting to exchange pins with each other, compete to see who has more spirit, and anxiously wait for a few days worth of unforgettable workshops, dances, and shows?“ That’s right! Every year, Key Club International hosts its annual International Convention in a different city in the United States. This year, International Convention will be in Phoenix, Arizona at the JW Marriot Desert Ridge Resort from June 29th to July 3rd.

While there, we will be electing our new International Board including the International President, Vice President, and their Board of Trustees. In addition, we will be having guest mentalist Craig Karegs, who will be doing an entertainment show, several dances, and a charity walk for the project ELIMINATE, which raises money for maternal neonatal tetanus. Several Key Clubbers who are attending International Convention are also attending the tour prior to that, which includes visiting the Grand Canyon, the Hoover Dam, Las Vegas, and going white water rafting. Come join us in the fun next year if you haven’t gone before, and it will be an experience you will never forget!

Come join us in the fun.”

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ELECTION REPORT FORMS The following schools have handed in their ERF’S. • Carle Place • Manhasset • New Hyde Park • North Shore • Wheatley • Sewanhaka • Elmont • Mineola

UPCOMING Events At this moment there aren’t any definite dates for the months of June and August but please check your emails and the Facebook group often to be notified on any events that may be coming up. For the summer months, I plan to hold a car wash and visit the Ronald McDonald House and Children’s Miracle Network Hospital at LIJ.

MONTHLY REPORT FORMS • According to the New York District Board, no clubs have handed in MRF’s for the months of April and May

District Governor Domenick Pesce: District Secretary Daniel Lin: District Treasurer Emily Gicewicz: District Editor Amber Lee: District Webmaster Oscar Tan: Executive Assistant Yasmin Soliman:

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Lieutenant Governor Nicholas Viviano 121 Third Street Garden City Park, NY 11040 (516)-426-4766 KCR Michael Berthel (631)-294-1238


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