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KEY CLUB

DIVISION 4 NORTH REGION 3 ®

CNH DISTRICT

seletter

| B O L S A G R AN DE H I G H S C H O O L | S E P TE M B E R 2 0 1 2 | VO L . 1 I S S UE # 6

WRITTEN BY DOMINIC NGUYEN

9401 WESTMINSTER AVE. GARDEN GROVE CA 92844

WELCOME TO KEY CLUB

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ARTICLES – PAST EVENTS

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FUTURE EVENTS

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UPDATES

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A WORD FROM TECH EDITOR

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CONTACT LIST

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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 September 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


WADYS

“On September 15, 2012, Key Club members volunteered at our monthly WADYs event held at the Pacific Terrace Senior Center. As usual, we got in groups of 4-5. I paired up with Helen, Hubert, Peter, and Nicole to deliver the food boxes to the elderly. As we stepped in the elevator to head to the third floor, we got so caught up chatting away until we realized we weren’t moving. We then realized we forgot to press the button! Silly us. As we went around delivering the food boxes, this Korean lady kept motioning us to her room. We kindly told her to wait until we got around to her but she didn’t understand us. We had to have another Korean lady translate for us until she finally understood. One of the tenants we delivered food to was like “I’m in my ninety's and I’m still healthy as ever!” I thought it was really cute. There was also this one cute elderly, where whenever we reach her room, she would always give us packs of gum. Last time, she even gave us drinks! As we waited for the elevator to go back down to get more boxes of food, we sat on the chairs chitchatting away until we realized that we again, forgot to press the button. It was quite obvious that we were having way too much fun! I guess this would be a funny story to look back on. AMANDA LE | GRADE 12

WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S

“Since this is my first year of being in Key Club, I was less experienced compared to the other attendees of this event. Hopefully, their experience with this event compares to mine, because I had a total blast today! Throughout the whole day, I felt nothing but positive vibes from every volunteer at the event. Walking with the massive amount of people cheering was like a blast of positive energy blown into my face – it was hard not to cheer with everyone as you passed by other Key Clubbers/volunteers. At first, about 5 other fellow BGHS key clubbers and I were set aside in front of the entrance to the Angel’s Stadium while everyone else headed in. I was pretty disappointed because I wanted to be part of the big crowd of cheerers inside of the stadium. As an hour passed by, I started to bond with the other key clubbers I was grouped with. Soon after, things started to turn around and I actually started to have fun! The best part was cheering on the walkers as they entered the stadium’s gates – everyone passing by us were smiling and saying, “woo! Good job guys!” I felt tremendously good knowing that our cheering was actually bringing up their spirits. Through the course of the walk, I made two new friends from Pacifica’s Key Club. I learned their Key Club only had 6 members attending the event, which was a big shock because … well, I mean, 6!? That was such a small number compared to BGHS’s Key Club number of attendees. Nonetheless, the BGHS Key Clubbers surrounding those two Pacifica Key Clubbers befriended them; they eventually started hanging out with us. The two were so surprised at the amount of enthusiasm we had, it was funny! Again, this event was an overwhelming experience. This is one of the first events we’ve had so far, and I’m looking forward to the upcoming ones! JOLYNE DANG | GRADE 10

LIGHT THE NIGHT

On Saturday, September 29th, I attended my third night event. It was called Light the Night Walk. It was from 7 P.M. to 10 P. M. at the Angel's Stadium. There were some ride issues once again, but as always, members stepped up to the plate and provided rides. Instead of volunteering, we walked this time. We walked in support of The Society of Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. We were given nifty balloons that had light inside of them. We were supposed to walk with our division, Division 4 North, but there were so many people that we were scattered. It was a nice event to simply walk and talk with the members. Although it was nighttime, it was humid and hot. On the way there, we were given free Kern's stuff such as canned juices, wristbands, and even chapstick! Near the end of the walk, I was with Jacquelyn Do, Hubert Pham, and our advisor, Mr, Tonthat. I was surprised that he went to the event with us. By walking, we were taking "steps" to cure cancer. JENNY NGUYEN | GRADE 10

BOLSA GRANDE | OTTADOR OUR WAY


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During the Pregnancy and Infant Loss Month, OC Walk to Remember is held in remembrance of those who lost their child or children. Bolsa Grande will be helping out at this event, held at the Legacy in Tustin, from 6AM12PM. Members will be doing various duties: cheering on the walkers, cleaning up, and other various duties. Meet-up time will be at 5:15AM.

Wadys will be held on October 20th, at 15000 Pacific St., Midway City. 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!

Lincoln Education Center—or LEC—is back! Every Thursday from 5:15-7:30 beginning September 17th, 2012, 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. On October 13th 2012, from 1PM-5PM, RTC (or Regional Training Conference) will be held at Bolsa Grande High School. RTC has workshops for any person currently or interested in Key Club. Members can learn about Key Club or leadership skills at workshops that will be held by LTGs of Region 3 and/or special guests). If you are new to Key Club, this event is highly recommended as you learn much about the organization, along with meeting people from other districts.

BOLSA GRANDE | OTTADOR OUR WAY

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)

TRAVIS NGUYEN (MAY)

JACQUELYN DO (JUNE)

MIMI NGUYEN (JULY)

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DCON 2013 As you can see to the left, the logo for DCON 2013 has officially been chosen! This is just a friendly reminder that DCON will be from March 22nd-24th at the Anaheim Convention Center and Anaheim Marriott. The cost will be roughly $250-$300, depending on if BGKC will be able to hold any fundraisers throughout the 2012-2013 year. Start saving because DCON is truly an unforgettable experience!

BOLSA GRANDE | OTTADOR OUR WAY


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to all readers of Bolsa Grande’s newsletter! Considering it is the very first month of school and I am in charge of creating the newsletters, I feel partly entitled and responsible to do some sort of celebratory “welcome-back-to-school!!!!” message. Truth be told, I’m pretty sure the majority of us aren’t excited for school itself; the books, the work load, the loss of a free and unbound social life, oh the joys. I also apologize in advanced if this page looks like a text-load; sometimes, I just have a lot to say. And kudos to anyone out there who actually reads everything on this page. Well, now that school has started, undoubtedly if not the only, the one of the many things that everyone in Key Club is looking forward to is… well, being in Key Club! Throughout the summer, we had events for members to attend and I’m very pleased at the turnout for many of the events; especially with the new members. Nearly all of them volunteered for helping out at the Summerfest just days after being accepted into Key Club. So props to you new members, and to just about ANYONE who went out of their way to attend summer events; it wasn’t mandatory, yet many of you still went no matter. In addition, thank you very much for those who went to the meetings as well. For the upcoming school year, I hope that we can keep up the great progress that we’ve made over the past few years; hours significantly improved last year, and the entire club simply has been able to bond on a much more personal level. It’s what I personally love so much about Bolsa’s Key Club—even with being in different classes, we don’t let that get in the way at all; through socials, breaking out of our comfort zones and talking to other people, Key Club truly is a place where we can call ourselves a family. And don’t fear! The 2012-2013 Board IS planning socials so be on the lookout. Now just a few points that I’d like to throw out there: Seniors! Despite the fact that we all may be afflicted with what is known as senioritis or that this is our last year in high school, please do not let this get in the way of you all attending events. It’s understandable considering some of us have jobs, are overloaded with school/extracurriculars, but attending service events (I find) are a great way to take a break from the plethora of stress that surrounds us all. And if you stay committed to Key Club throughout the year, Circle K may become a huge interest for you in college, thus you can continue helping out the community even as you grow older. Also, WRITE WRITE WRITE ARTICLES! If you don’t somehow become mentally incapacitated every time you try to write something, then it really can take anyone only five minutes to write an article, so long as there’s a topic in mind. It helps keep your writing skills fresh, and not to mention helps the entire club and division out… so get to those articles and send them all in to munchingarticlemachine@yahoo.com Well, here’s to a new school year, new beginnings, and new endings! Whether you’re a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior, in the end, high school is simply high school; what makes it all the better are the people and experiences. I wish you all the best of luck and don’t forget: you OTTER love Key Club! Dominic Nguyen

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Fall Rally money ($52) is due by October 11th to Nicole; this is including the permission slip (downloadable on the club website at the bottom) Teal American Apparel jackets are on sale for $25; payment is due to Tina. They will be on sale until RTC (October 13th). Freshmen: remember to pay $11 for membership to Nicole ASAP. Without that payment, you are technically not a member! Club shirts are on sale for $10; a finite cut-off date has yet to be determined but keep this in mind to save money up! A minimum of 50 hours is required by the end of the school year; 40 of those hours must be community service You are all beautiful Key Clubbers who need to write articles (and take pictures at events if your beloved Tech Editor is not present!)

BOLSA GRANDE | OTTADOR OUR WAY


FACULTY ADVISER Mr. Tonthat E-mail: rtonthat.01@gmail.com

PRESIDENT Kevin Ho E-mail: imaplealot@gmail.com

VICE PRESIDENT Jennifer Lu E-mail: lu.jennifer37@yahoo.com

VICE PRESIDENT Thang Thai E-mail: speedythang@yahoo.com Treasurer: Nicole Martinez E-mail: nicolemartinez685@yahoo.com

SECRETARY/SPIRIT REP.

JUNIOR CLASS DIRECTOR

Tina Nguyen E-mail: ngyn.tina247@gmail.com

Carmie Mach E-mail: machcarmie@gmail.com

TREASURER

JUNIOR CLASS DIRECTOR

Nicole Martinez E-mail: nicolemartinez685@yahoo.com

Rachael Yi E-mail: rachael0296@hotmail.com

TECH EDITOR

SOPHOMORE CLASS DIRECTOR

Dominic Nguyen E-mail: specifics.dom@gmail.com

Jenny Nguyen E-mail: jennienhu@yahoo.com

DCON CHAIR Amanda Le E-mail: amaandale@gmail.com

FRESHMAN CLASS DIRECTOR TBA

SENIOR CLASS DIRECTOR Liza Dinh E-mail: lizaxkimxdinh@yahoo.com

What island has roughly the same population of Key Club international? (Hint: think chains and whips) A) Manhattan Island B) Barbados Answer will be

C) Oahu D) Haiti

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

revealed in next issue PICTURE CREDIT: DOMINIC NGUYEN (COVER, ALZHEIMER’S, WADYS, MEMBER OF THE MONTH, CONACT PHOTO), JENNY NGUYEN (LIGHT THE NIGHT), RESPECTIVE LOGOS BELONG TO THEIR ASSOCIATIONS/GROUPS

BOLSA GRANDE | OTTADOR OUR WAY

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