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Official Newsletter of PA Key Club Division 8/10
Service Snapshot! KEY CLUB CHRONICLE Key Club is the largest and oldest student-led service organization in the world, and if you’re reading this newsletter, you are a part of that! Around the world, there are over 260,000 Key Clubbers in 30 countries. Pennsylvania alone is represented by about 12,000 Key Clubbers, including you!
VISION The official Key Club International vision statement is, “We are caring and competent servant leaders transforming communities worldwide.” This may sound pretty broad to you, but the truth is, you as a Key Clubber are the most important part of Key Club International. Without you, Key Club wouldn’t be able to accomplish all of the service that it does now.
Volume 1 Issue 1
In this issue: Key Club Facts ............ 1 Upcoming Events........ 2 Reminders .................... 2
INTERNATIONAL Key Club International may sound a little overwhelming, but each club fits in perfectly with all other Key Clubs. Your Key Club is in Division 8/10, with nine other clubs. Division 8/10 is in Zone 2, with three other zones. Zone 2 is in the Pennsylvania District, with six other zones. Last but certainly not least, the Pennsylvania District is a part of Key Club International, along with 32 other districts from 30 countries! This may seem like astounding to you, and it really is when you discover the size of the impact that Key Club International really can have on the world around us. Each zone is a different color on this map of Pennsylvania.
DCON Recap .............. 3 Congratulations .......... 3 YSY Info ......................... 4 Star Service Ideas ....... 5 Meet Your New LTG ... 5
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KEY CLUB INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION WHEN? June 30th-July 7th
WHERE? Washington, DC
Meet Key Clubbers From Across the World See Famous Landmarks Throughout the City Eat Foods From Around the World Ride the Capitol Metro System Hear Speakers like Elizabeth Smart and Entertainers Like Michael C. Anthony Dance with Key Clubbers from Around the World Vote for KCI’s Next Group of Elected Leaders Experience Key Club In a Way You Will Never Forget!
Begin preparing now to attend ICON this summer, and you will have a truly unforgettable experience! If you are interested, please contact me and I would be happy to send you more specific information on cost and registration!
KEY LEADER WHEN?
Please submit your officer information sheets as soon as possible. These can be found under reports on the district website.
Contact me about any club events that you would like me to attend. I would love to be at your meeting, service project, or banquet!
Please remember to send in your monthly report forms each month, so that your hours can count towards our district hours goal!
October 4th-October 6th
WHERE? Camp Allegheny in Ellwood City, PA
Meet Students (Not Just Key Clubbers) From the Surrounding Area Learn About Your Own Leadership Personality and Your Values Learn More About Service Leadership and How to Become a Servant Leader Recognize Skills in Yourself That You Didn’t Know You Had Learn How to Use Teamwork Effectively Most Important of All Have Fun!
To attend Key Leader this fall, please sign up on www.key-leader.org You will learn leadership skills that you never imagined you had! Event spots fill up quickly, so sign up as soon as possible!
Above from left: New LTG’s Jenna Sattazahn, Annie Xu, Gwyn Dubel, Jade Brown, and Elissa Hill
PA Division 8/10 Newsletter
DISTRICT CONVENTION RECAP
The Pennsylvania District Key Club Convention and Leadership Conference was held in Hershey, PA, March 8-10, 2013. If you attended, you surely had a weekend filled with service, enlightenment, and of course meeting plenty of new friends.
with a district board member drawing. In immediate past District 8/10 Lt.G. Drew Cooper’s jar, a ticket for Michael Blose was drawn. The two shared a very charming dance before parting ways.
SERVICE MEET AND SERVE
Friday night, after the opening session and leadership breakouts (to be explained later), Key Clubbers were invited to a meet-and-serve event. This allowed Key Clubbers to meet others and hear more about their clubs and service projects. Students could also do service projects, such as making signs for the Eliminate Project, to earn tickets and play games.
EXECUTIVE BOARD Saturday at the House of Delegates, two delegates from each club in the district represented their club when voting on amendments and for the executive board. Sunday at our closing session, the results were revealed. Congratulations to our 2013-2014 Pennsylvania District Executive Board: Governor Stephen Wheadon, Secretary/Treasurer Medha Sharma, and Communications Coordinator Helen Wang.
DANCE Saturday night, a dance was held for all Key Clubbers attending the convention. Everyone was on the dance floor, and eventually it was time to announce the winners of the dance
LEADERSHIP WITH PATRICK MAURER This year, our opening session keynote speaker was Patrick Maurer. The session was very interesting, and Patrick provided comic relief along with a serious message about leadership. In our leadership breakouts that night and in the following days, we learned how to improve both our club and our individual leadership. We did numerous icebreakers and other activities that taught us to keep outside members involved in the club, so that they don’t lose interest in Key Club. We also learned that even when a task seems impossible, we as leaders should continue to work at it until we find a solution; never give up right away. I found these ultimately helpful, especially with my new position on the district board.
Congratulations To the Key Club of Punxsutawney Area High School for winning first place in the club video contest at district convention To the Key Club of Indiana High School and Kaitlyn Palmer for winning third place in the digital poster contest
FUTURE If you did not have the opportunity to attend this year’s convention, I would love to have at least two delegates from each club attend next year’s convention in Harrisburg, which will be March 14-16, 2014.
To Michael Blose for winning a dance with immediate past LTG Drew Cooper (Photo Below: Drew Cooper and Michael Blose)
To the Pennsylvania District Key Clubbers for reaching our 2012-2013 service goal of 100,000 hours To Mr. Bob Bagans and Miss Patricia Black on their retirement after numerous years of service in the district (left photo)
2013-2014 Youth Serving Youth:
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society KEY PRIORITIES Before our district convention this year, a ballot was sent out
The Key Priorities of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society are to ensure that LLS helps blood cancer patients live better, longer lives. With most projects that Key Club is involved with internationally or even district-wide, you as a key clubber may
to each club in the
wonder how you can help out with such a big cause. One thing
district to vote for our
that LLS has set up for volunteers is their School and Youth
Youth Serving Youth
Programs page (schoolandyouth.org). This basically involves
project for the coming
collecting loose change at your school to benefit the organization.
year. With a majority vote, the Leukemia
Try holding a “penny wars” change-collecting contest at your school! Another LLS event that you have the opportunity to help out with is the Light The Night Walk: Taking Steps to Cure
Cancer. Communities nationwide convene to participate in this
Society is now our
event, where each walker is encouraged to become a Champion for
Youth Serving Youth
Cures by raising $100 or more to help fight blood cancer. The
project for the coming
walk will take place rain or shine, and should take less than an
hour to complete. Walkers are given T-shirts and wristbands, and illuminated balloons will certainly be a sight to see the night of your walk. Ask members of your home Key Club to participate in the walk nearest you, and connect with your members during this event! If there isn’t an event near you, try bringing one to your community! Let’s provide plenty of support this year for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, our Youth Serving Youth project!
BE A SPRINGTIME SERVICE STAR!
Pick Up Trash Around Your Community
Plant Flowers Near Your School or a Nursing Home
Form a Relay for Life Team in Your Area
Talk With Your Library About Reading to Kids Outside
Collect Baby Food for a Food Bank
Division 8/10 Clubs: Bedford, Chestnut Ridge, Greater Johnstown, Greater Latrobe, Indiana, Jeannette, Punxsutawney, Richland, SCI Pine Grove, Westmont Hilltop
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