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| B O L S A G R AN DE HI G H S C HO O L | 9401 WESTMINSTER AVE. GARDEN GROVE CA 92844
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WRITTEN BY DOMINIC NGUYEN
WELCOME TO KEY CLUB
ARTICLES – PAST EVENTS
WELCOME TO KEY CLUB Kiwanis Educating Youth—for those who don’t know, that’s where the KEY in Key Club comes from! If you’ve been a member for Key Club for some time, it should be fairly obvious that Key Club is not for keys, as I had originally thought upon the first mention of club. Although Key Clubbers have probably heard this time after time, it’s always helpful to reiterate what Key Club is about, what its goals are, and the general beliefs that Key Club holds. Started in 1925 as a branch of Kiwanis International, Key Club exponentially grew over the next decades; by 1940, fifty clubs were active and in 1943, the first International Convention was held. Now, Key Club is recognized as an international organization as it spreads across thirty countries, boasts more than 5,000 high school campuses, and holds over 260,000 members. Key Club was established, among other Kiwanis-funded clubs like Circle K, Builder’s Club, K-Kids, Akiton, and Key Leader, to reach these goals: to develop leadership skills, to serve the community with goodwill, and to provide great experiences for youths in living and working together. Our core values are leadership, character building, caring and inclusiveness; our services provide members with a plug in order to reach out to their “home, school, and community”. At Bolsa Grande High School, we pride ourselves in being Matadors and Otters. Our members are filled with spirit, showing our enthusiasm through yelling and cheering at many of the events that we attend. In addition, we provide our members with various opportunities to bond, whether it is through just simply finding a variety of events for our members to attend, or holding socials. In the 2012-2013 year, the Executive Board hopes to continue the success that we’ve shared in the previous years and to bolster our members in getting even more motivated and involved with Key Club. For members, the newsletters provide you all with a medium to reflect on past events, look toward future events, and also see how members express their love for Key Club! If you happen to be a non-member that’s stumbled upon this newsletter in hopes to get involved in Key Club, then feel free to also stop by Room 102 on Thursdays for our meeting and see how our club functions. Enjoy the November Newsletter, and on behalf of the 2012-2013 Executive Board, you otter be loving Key Club! Board, you otter be loving Key Club! BOLSA GRANDE | OTTADOR OUR WAY
“On November 17, 2012, Key Club members volunteered at our monthly WADY’s event held at the Pacific Terrace Senior Center. When Judy arrived, she informed us that one of the residents, the German senior helper, Elsie, had moved out to be cared for by her daughters because she had gotten to the stage where she needs personal assistant. I was sad to hear the news because I liked her very much! It felt different walking through the door and not seeing her there. Because Elsie wasn't there to help Judy assemble the notebooks, Liza and Lisa volunteered to help her! When the food truck arrived, we got into an assembly line to unload the food boxes. Afterwards, I grouped up with the 3 seniors, John, Liza, and Lisa to deliver the food boxes to the elderly. We got the first floor this time, and we accidently rang the doorbell to the wrong room so when he came out, Liza was trying to say sorry and explain that we rang the wrong doorbell in Viet, but he had no clue what she was saying so it was pretty funny! When we arrived to one of the rooms, this Korean elderly tried to tell us that he isn't supposed to receive a box, but it was kind of hard to understand him since he couldn’t speak English (this is where Rachael or Paul, the Korean speakers of our club, would come in handy but unfortunately they couldn’t make it to WADY’s today). We finished up early so when we got done with our floor, there was another folder of rooms to go too so we ended up doing another floor. I really like WADY’s because it’s a great chance to interact with the elder generation and it’s nice to see them so happy to get their food boxes!” AMANDA LE | GRADE 12
“The Fall Rally on November 10th at Six Flags was such a BLAST. I have never yelled and cheered so much before in my entire life. Through Fall Rally, I was able to create more precious memories with the Key Clubbers, as well as meet Key Clubbers from other schools and divisions. I got to see and was reunited with some of my peers from middle school, and it felt so good! The bus ride reminded me of the old elementary times, where we had fieldtrips once or twice every year. The roller coasters were amazing, and it allowed me to scream all of my worries away and just living the moment. After the Fall Rally, Six Flags have automatically became my number one favorite amusement park. The spirit battles were intense. People ran for the seats as if their lives were depended on it. It was wild! WE WON THAT SPIRIT STICK AYEEE! I love 4 North Otters To end the outrageous day we had, holding up Bolsa’s Key Club tradition, a group of Key Clubbers and Mr. Tonthat went to have a warm bowl of Pho. It was very delicious and filling. I CAN’T WAIT UNTIL NEXT YEAR’S FALL RALLY! But I’ll definitely miss the Senior Key Clubbers of 2012-2013.” GIANHU NGUYEN | GRADE 9
WE GIVE THANKS
“On Wednesday, November 21st, I attend We Give Thanks at the Anaheim Convention Center. This was one of the rare night events that we had. It was from 7:30-10:00 P.M. The purpose of this event was to prepare vegetables to make meals for those who need it on Thanksgiving day. We checked in, received wristbands and t-shirts, and turned in our liability forms. They played music for us to make the work seem more fun. At first, we were assigned dicing onions. It was tough work, considering the fact that it made me tear up every five minutes at first. Later, we got used to it and continued to dice the onions. After, we were given a break since new volunteers came and took our spots. At the end of the service event, we were served Lee's Sandwiches for our hard work. Even though it was tough dicing the onions, I am glad that I went. “ JENNY NGUYEN | GRADE 10 BOLSA GRANDE | OTTADOR OUR WAY
Lincoln Education Center—or LEC—is back! Every Thursday from 5:15-7:30, members will assist with grading papers at LEC. Please meet 15 minutes prior to each time in front of the school if you have signed up for LEC. Note that there is also a required amount of 6 members max per session.
Ready to “weed” out all that’s happen in 2012 and start anew? With the last event of the 2012 year, Bolsa’s Key Club will be heading to the Santiago Park Nature Reserve in Santa Ana to help out with removing invasive weeds. Attendees are encouraged to wear long-sleeved clothing, and are required to wear closed-toed shoes. Also, if you’re allergic to bees, this event is not recommended.
Wadys will be held on December 8th, at 15000 Pacific St., Midway City from 8 AM – 11 AM. As usual, we will be passing out food boxes to the elderly; there is a max of 22 people allowed to attend this event. As always, it’s appreciated if those who are bilingual (preferably Vietnamese or Korean) sign up to help translate! We will be staying back an extra hour to help with holiday festivities, so be sure to bring Christmas spirit and joy!
BOLSA GRANDE | OTTADOR OUR WAY
On December 8th from 7AM – 10AM, a beach clean-up (hosted by the Santa Anta River Jetties) will be held. It will be at Brookhurst Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway; if you plan to attend, be sure to bring a jacket or sweater. It’s sure to be cold!
Get ready for the holidays by running in green and red gear! Santa Run will be on December 15th, 2012, from 7 AM – 11:30 AM. The event will be at Hicks Canyon Elementary School in Irvine; all proceeds of the race will go to the Challenged Athletes Foundation. Members will assist with various duties along the course, as well as cleanup. Be sure to bring a santa hat!
IF YOU WOULD STILL LIKE TO SIGN UP FOR ANY OF THESE EVENTS, THEN BE SURE TO CALL YOUR CLASS DIRECTOR! YOU CAN SIGN UP UP TO ONE WEEK PRIOR TO THE EVENT DATE. (with exception to events that have a max # of members allowed)
VIVIAN LEDUC (APRIL)
KATHERINE VO (AUGUST)
TRAVIS NGUYEN (MAY)
JACQUELYN DO (JUNE)
MIMI NGUYEN (JULY)
HUBERT PHAM (SEPTEMBER)
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FACULTY ADVISER Mr. Tonthat E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
PRESIDENT Kevin Ho E-mail: email@example.com
VICE PRESIDENT Jennifer Lu E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
VICE PRESIDENT Thang Thai E-mail: email@example.com Treasurer: Nicole Martinez E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
JUNIOR CLASS DIRECTOR
Tina Nguyen E-mail: email@example.com
Carmie Mach E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
JUNIOR CLASS DIRECTOR
Nicole Martinez E-mail: email@example.com
Rachael Yi E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
TECH EDITOR Dominic Nguyen E-mail: email@example.com
SOPHOMORE CLASS DIRECTOR
Jenny Nguyen E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Amanda Le E-mail: email@example.com
FRESHMAN CLASS DIRECTOR
SENIOR CLASS DIRECTOR
Duy Tran Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Liza Dinh E-mail: email@example.com
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I pledge on my honor, to uphold the objects of Key Club International To build my home, school, and community To serve my nation and God And to combat all forces which tend to undermine these institutions
PICTURE CREDIT: DOMINIC NGUYEN ( COVER, FALL RALLY), KATHY NGUYEN (WADYS), NICOLE MARTINEZ (WE GIVE THANKS), JENNIFER LU (MOTM), JENNY NGUYEN (CONTACT) RESPECTIVE LOGOS BELONG TO THEIR ASSOCIATIONS/GROUPS
BOLSA GRANDE | OTTADOR OUR WAY
BOLSA GRANDE | OTTADOR OUR WAY