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KEY CLUB The Queens Beaver

November 2010 Newsletter

Official Newsletter of New District Key Club Division 8

Volume 1 Issue 6

Greetings from your Lt. Governor By Lt. Governor Christina An Hey Division 8! Happy Thanksgiving month! This edition of The Queens Beaver includes articles about dues, an update about the District Projects and Public Relations committees, Prematurity Awareness Month, Kiwanis Family Month, and the Distinguished Key Clubber Award. Please start focusing on handing in all those missing paperwork because as the annual Leadership Training Conference approaches, your club must be on good standing in order for you to be eligible to win fabulous awards and prizes! I would like to emphasize the importance of paperwork since it is essential in keeping track of how hard our mighty New York District is working. Editors, please submit articles to feature your club and its hard efforts in my future editions of The Queens Beaver and be sure to also send them to District Editor Jensen for the Empire Key! Treasurers, submit those dues if you have not done so already! The deadline is November 30th! Secretaries, submit all those missing MRFs as well as the recent ones and on time. Vice presidents and presidents, keep planning more service events for the chilly autumn season and everyone, enjoy your Thanksgiving! Yours in caring, friendship, and service, Christina An Lt. Governor of Division 8 New York District Key Club

Upcoming Divisional Event November 17 – November Divisional @ Forest Hills Public Library RSVP for these events on Facebook!

In this issue! Greetings from LTG ….……...1 Gov’s Greetings……..…….…2 Dues Reminder.………………2 District Projects………………..2 International Projects and Programs……………………….3 Public Relations……………….3 Kiwanis Family Month………..4 Distinguished Key Clubber Award…………………………..4 Club Spotlight………….……..5 Paperwork Status……….……6 Contact Info…………….…….6

Upcoming Dates  Nov 17


Governor’s Greeting

Dues Reminder

By Governor Nadyli Nunez

By District Treasurer Safanah Siddiqui

November is one of my favorite months. The weather is cold but the warmth of Thanksgiving Holiday keeps things just right. I want to thank all Conference Committee applicants for their submissions. It will be a tough choice but you guys are all awesome for applying. The committee members will be announced soon. This month is full of giving opportunities. See if you can get a business to donate turkeys and deliver them to homes that can’t afford one. Many families are unable to celebrate the holidays with all the meals we sometimes take for granted. Host a can drive and donate it to a local food bank. Be sure to read the guidelines. Some types of food are not accepted in certain centers. You can even make it into a competition at school! Whichever grade that donates the most approved canned food wins a prize. Chicken tastes good. Don’t forget about your sponsoring Kiwanis club and other K-Family clubs. Contact them to participate in projects together and attend some of your club’s meetings. It is all about serving together and learning more about each other. Whenever you complete a project, make sure your club is including it in the Monthly Report Form and under the proper category. We want the club’s work to be counted for. You deserve it! Hope you have a great November full of service!

Have you paid your $11.50? If not, you should probably hand it in soon! Club dues are due on November 30th. This means that your club has to have a minimum of 15 paid members, received and processed by Kiwanis International, on November 30th. Your officers may ask for more than the mandatory $11.50 to add to your club’s funds, so make sure you contact them soon about paying your dues. Treasurers, congratulations to those of you who paid early! To the others, this is not the time to procrastinate. Your school may take awhile to send out your check, and you never know when you’ll stumble upon technical difficulties, so generate your invoice and send in at least those 15 membership dues as soon as you can! The responsibility is yours to make sure your club doesn’t become delinquent. If your advisor still has not received your club account name and password in the mail, have him/her contact District Administrator Mr. Lowenberg at alowenberg.admin@nydkc.org. For detailed instructions on generating an invoice, join http://googlegroups.com/group/nydkc-treasurers or contact me at Safanahsiddiqui.treas@nydkc.org. Once you submit your dues, you can see if Kiwanis International has received your payment by checking online at http://kiwanisone.org/slpreports. Stay tuned for more dues updates! You’ll be hearing from me again soon!

District Projects

By Lt. Governor Rhea Singh Key Clubbers, the month is November and the District projects committee would like to thank you! We have reached a total of about $110,969, or 64% of our $175,000 goal! Good job! We have approximately five months left to fundraise for the 10 worthy District Projects, which means we have to raise about $64,031 in 5 months. I know that we can live up to our name The Mighty New York District and reach, then possibly surpass our goal. To ensure our success in fundraising, the District Projects Committee will implement a few tools to secure our goal. We will soon be updating our committee page on a regular basis. This committee will be posting quick fundraising ideas for that month which coincide with a specific charity and that month’s theme. For example: September was National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month so, we would encourage your club to fundraise for the American Cancer Society, St.Jude’s and Make-A-Wish. We might also include a possible fundraiser along with this information. In November, we encourage fundraising for the American Cancer Society. The Great American Smokeout is a day that the American Cancer Society holds in which it advocates the effects of smoking and tobacco use. Stay tuned for more updates by checking the New York District Website often! FUNDRAISE!

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Prematurity Awareness Month

Public Relations

By Lt. Governor Susanna Novick

By Lt. Governor Zachary Baum

This November is the March of The Public Relations committee Dimes Prematurity Awareness Month. is working hard to ensure that March of Dimes is one of our Immediate Past International international service partners. They President Abigail McKamey’s goal devote their time, research, and funds to of making “Key Club a household saving babies from diseases, prematurity, name” a reality in the New York and other life threatening illnesses. District. We have, and are in the Every year, more than 460,000 process of releasing more babies are born prematurely. When resources for district-wide use. babies are born prematurely, that means A few weeks ago, the Public Relations Committee they are not able to fully develop, published a School announcements template for the PA become well-nourished, or grow strong enough to live System to remind students of a Key Club meeting. Soon, outside the womb. These babies have to fight just to a directory will be released with publications from all survive, and often struggle with health problems that over the District, so clubs know where to submit press persist throughout their whole lifetime. releases to. The causes of prematurity are unknown and We are also creating videos that advertize therefore unpreventable. It can happen to anyone. important events in Key Club such as Leadership The research March of Dimes does makes an effort to Training Conference. I strongly encourage all Key change that. March of Dimes has already made so much Clubbers in the “Mighty New York District” to visit progress regarding the availability of resources and www.nydkc.org/public-relations for more information on information about prematurity in their efforts to prevent Public Relations. it. Distinguished Key Clubber Award The more we raise awareness and fund-raise, the more March of Dimes will be able to do for babies By Lt. Governor Sharif Mahfouz worldwide. To help, you can: The Distinguished Key 1. Raise awareness by: Clubber Application was released a) Creating March of Dimes t-shirts, bracelets, or October 9, 2010. If you haven’t posters to raise awareness in key club and out. already seen it, you can access the b) Writing articles and using social networking application on the district website, websites to spread the word. www.nydkc.org. You’ll notice that c) Incorporating Prematurity Awareness Month into your this year, we have the option of general service projects. submitting your applications for the d) Utilizing any resources or events you have to award digitally. If you are considering get the word out about March of Dimes and their efforts to rid the world of the negative effects of prematurity. submitting your application digitally, let me first give you my 2. Think of creative ideas to fundraise. Some innovative thanks. Here are the following steps you must take: (Please ideas are: make sure all text files you create are .doc, .txt, or .pdf files.) a) Having a bake sale or dance hosted in honor of o Create a folder anywhere on your desktop named Prematurity Awareness Month. “[division number] [first name] [last name]”. My folder b) Host a contest or sporting events and donate would be named “11 Sharif Mahfouz”. the money made to March of Dimes. o Fill out the application and save it as “DKC App” in the c) Starting fundraising for the March of Dimes folder. Walk which occurs later in the service year. It is never too o Create a folder named “Advocacy” in the main folder, and early to start saving lives! save all relevant advocacy materials in there. You may even combine your efforts to publicize o Create a file named “P Statement” and save it in the main Key Club Week with Prematurity Awareness Month to folder. have an even greater impact! November 2010

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If you choose to attach a statement answering the “Offices/Positions held within Key Club International” prompt, name the file “Offices & Positions” and save it in the main folder. o If you have submitted articles to any publications, create a folder named “Articles” in the main folder, and save up to two articles there. Under each article, write the publication you submitted it to and the date you submitted it. o If you choose to attach a list of other service and fundraising activities participated in, name the file “Other” and save it in the main folder. o Ask someone to write you a letter of recommendation. If they agree, tell them to e-mail it to dkc.applications@nydkc.org. Make the subject of the e-mail “LoR [division number] [applicant’s first name] [applicant’s last name]”. In the body of the e-mail, ask them to list their name and office, and who they are writing the letter of recommendation for. o Once you’ve completed all that, you will need to e-mail the folder to dkc.applications@nydkc.org. To e-mail the folder, you will need to convert it to a ZIP file. o If you are running Windows XP or Vista, right-click the file and go to Send To -> Compressed (zipped) Folder. If you are prompted asking to set “Compressed (zipped) Folder” as the default application for handling zipped folders, click “No.” You will now have a ZIP File which you can attach to an e-mail. o If you are running a Mac, right-click the file and go to “Create Archive of “[folder name]”. You will now have a ZIP File which you can attach to an e-mail. o For other operating systems, try googling “convert folders to zip.” If you need assistance, feel free to contact me. o PLEASE NOTE: If the ZIP File is too large for one email, send the application in multiple e-mails. o Ask your club president and faculty/Kiwanis advisor to confirm, either via e-mail or phone, that your entire application is valid. They may do this in one of two ways: o Single verification: Send an e-mail to dkc.applications@nydkc.org with a subject “Verification [division number] [first name] [last name]”, and the body stating they are verifying all the information in the application is true. You may also call me at (917) 860-3973 with the same information. o Multiple verifications: Send an e-mail to dkc.applications@nydkc.org with a subject “Verification [division number] [school name]”, and the body listing.. o

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all the names of the applicants whose applications they are verifying. You may also call me at (917) 860-3973 with the same information. Please note – ALL documents (including the verification and letter of recommendation) must be received by 11:59 PM EST on March 14, 2011. Stay on top of your club presidents, advisors, and whoever is writing your letter of recommendation to make sure it is all sent by that time! If you need any more help regarding digital submission, feel free to e-mail me at sharifmahfouz.ltg@nydkc.org .

Kiwanis Family Month By Lt. Governor Dylan Gross Kiwanis Family Month is a month aimed just towards learning more about and working with the other branches of the Kiwanis Family which include KKids, Builders Club, Circle K, Aktion Club and Kiwanis. This month, the Kiwanis-Family relations committee is strongly encouraging you to reach out to your corresponding Kiwanis club to get the contact information for your other local Kiwanis Family branch clubs (if you do not already have them) and to start planning some sort of project with each other. This project can be anything from fundraising, to doing arts and crafts to donate to a senior center to something big, like cleaning up one of your town’s parks. Kiwanis is big on working with their sponsored youth, so make sure that you get in touch with them and let them know that you would like to start a project. They will be thrilled! Invite the Kiwanian in charge of the project to one of your meetings to plan a bit, and in turn, the Kiwanis club might just invite you to one of their meetings to speak to the entire club about this project that you are planning. Make sure to also invite the advisors or officers from your K-Kids, Builders Club, Circle K and Aktion Club so that you can all do a bit of the planning. Part of the beauty of planning with a large group of planning is that not all of the work lands on one person. Have an outstanding K-Family Month!

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CLUB SPOTLIGHT! FRANCIS LEWIS, BAYSIDE, & CARDOZO KEY CLUBS Juvenile Diabetes Walk By Aisha Ahmed

The Diabetes Walk took place on Saturday, October 24, 2010 at Queens Flushing Meadow Park. It was a great experience and made me feel like I was doing the right thing for our society. I was very proud to be walking for diabetes with Francis Lewis High School. First, all of our schools Key Club members signed in & we all donated a dollar or more. Next, there were a few performances from other school key clubs. The walk started around 10:15 am and was three miles long. However, it did not seem like it because the experience was entertaining with all of our peers surrounding us. During the walk, we were able to get a tour of Queens Zoo and the Flushing Meadow Park’s historic landmarks. We finished the walk around 11:55 am. After the walk, some people stayed and hung out for a little, while others went home. It was really fun! I had a great time & the weather was also pretty great.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer By Katherine Diab

The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk was held on October 17, 2010. Key Club members came together to join the walk. We all walked down and back up a major part of Queens Blvd, dressed in pink attire to show our support to those with the disease. Survivors, family members, and friends all attended the walk as well to show their support for finding the cure for Breast Cancer. Not only was Bayside’s Key Club present at the walk, but many of the Division 8 Key Clubs as well. We joined the walk with schools like Francis Lewis, Bryant, and Cardozo High School. Division 8 along with other members in the fight against Breast Cancer definitely made a huge stride in raising awareness to the importance of doing research in order to find a cure.

Light the Night By Katherine Diab

On October 16, 2010, Key Club members joined together in the fight against Leukemia and Lymphoma Disease at the Light the Night. At about 7pm, all the Key clubbers walked through Forest Park, which is located on Woodhaven Blvd, and back holding illuminated red balloons. The funds raised from Light the Night helped in various ways to find the cure for Leukemia and Lymphoma. Funds

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provided help to continue medical research, provide educational materials and events for patients and their family members and friends, and local counseling programs among other things. There wasn’t only walking though. There was music provided by a DJ and dancing done mostly by many of t he walkers. Food was also given to those to make a donation of $100 to the Light the Night Leukemia and Lymphoma Cancer Society. Overall, everyone joined together and walked with their balloons in hopes to find a cure for these diseases. Issue 6 5


October 29, 2010 was a day that brought joy to many children throughout the community! This year our Key Club conducted one of the most successful Halloween Carnivals in the history of Benjamin Cardozo High School. Over 200 children attended the Halloween Carnival to participate in carnival games, raffles, or our very own bone chilling haunted house. With the help of Red Cross, Bayside HS Key Club, Francis Lewis HS Key Club, and other Key Clubs within our division; there were more than enough hands to get the carnival up and running in a matter of hours. As the night went on, teachers (Mr. Glasel, Ms. Klein, Mr. Geker, and much more) arrived with their children or relatives awaiting an exciting, thrilling night filled with candy prizes and fun. Last year, our Halloween Carnival won a Platinum Award for Distinguished Event of the year at the New York Key Club Convention. Our event won the award for having the greatest effect on the community while having the greatest number of participants helping to set up the carnival. The Distinguished Event Award was the first recognition that we achieved for Cardozo Key Club so it was a great honor. Hopefullly, entering this year’s Halloween Carnival will allow us to uphold the title for two years in a row. Thank you everyone who participated in helping to set up the carnival or running it throughout the night and we hope the spirit is kept throughout the next few years for Halloween Carnivals to come!

Metropolitan Fall Rally By Vivian Mo

November 2010

The Halloween Carnival By Tyler Bianco

On October 16th, 2010, the Lieutenant Governors of Division 8, 9, 10, and 11 all rounded the clubs of their different regions to attend informative workshops. The workshops included International and District Projects, fundraising tips, board positions, and much more. The event took place on a Saturday morning at John Dewey High School in Brooklyn. Despite the long commute, a total of nine people who aspire to become a great Key Club leader came to the event along with those currently on the board. This project was a combined effort among our own Division 8 LTG Christina An, along with Division 9 LTG Susanna Novick, Division 10 LTG Yasmin Soliman, and Division 11 LTG Sharif Mahfouz. Along side the Lieutenant Governors, the New York District (NYD) Governor Nadyli Nunez, NYD Treasurer Safanah Siddiqui, NYD Editor Jensen Cheong, and NYD Webmaster Emily Lew attended and hosted workshops. In the end, not only did we learn more about each position’s responsibilities, but also interacted and became closer to those on the District Board. Issue 6 6


PAPERWORK STATUS ERF

Apr

May

June

July

Aug

Sept

Bayside

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Cardozo

X

X

X

X

X

X

X?

X

X

X

X

Francis Lewis

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Garden

X?

X

X

X

Grover Cleveland

X

X

John Adams

X

X

X

X

X

X

Oct

Nov

Dec

Jan

Feb

Mar

August Martin Aviation

X? X

Christ the King Forest Hills

X

Martin Luther Martin Van Buren

X

Newtown Queens HS for Science Richmond Hill

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Robert F. Kennedy

X?

X

St. Francis Prep

X

Townsend Harris

X

X

William C. Bryant

X

X

X? X

X

X

X? X?

X

x – Sent to both LTG and District Sec x – Need to send it to District Sec x? – Need to send it to LTG CONTACT INFORMATION New York District Executive Board Governor Nadyli Nuñez nadylinunez.gov@nydkc.org Secretary Grace Na gracena.sec@nydkc.org Treasurer Safanah Siddiqui safanahsiddiqui.treas@nydkc.org Editor Jensen Cheong jensencheong.editor@nydkc.org Webmaster Emily Lew emilylew.tech@nydkc.org Executive Assistant Jillian Harmon jillianharmon.ea@nydkc.org

Division 8 Lt. Governor Christina An christinaan.ltg@nydkc.org 58-42 196th Place Fresh Meadows, NY 11365 (347)-753-4122 Division Secretary Kelly Tsang xkellytsang93@yahoo.com (646)-468-7933 Division Executive Assistant Antonio Xu Liu antonioxuliu@hotmail.com (347)-546-6873 Kiwanis Committee Member Mrs. Rebecca Ovadia woodsidekiwanis@yahoo.com (516)-698-2863

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