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AUGUST 2017

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The official publication of the Georgia District of Key Club International


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15 Contests 17 Making Meetings Fun 22 Why did We Join? 26 March of Dimes 27 Club Highlight

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Greetings Key Clubbers! I cannot believe that summer is almost over and Georgia students are getting ready to head back to school! Hopefully, you all have had an amazing summer so far. I know I have! The GA District just came back from the 74th annual Key Club International Convention in San Antonio, TX. Twenty-one students from all over Georgia had the opportunity to meet hundreds of Key Clubbers who consider themselves part of the Kiwanis Family! From the amazing meet and greet that included giant inflatables, to seeing our very own Immediate Past Governor Minyoung Kim be elected as International Vice President, it was definitely a trip to remember. If you were not able to attend this year, then I hope to see you at next year’s convention in Chicago, IL!


Although school has been out for months, the District Board has been working hard to get the school year kicked off. One of the biggest district events of the year is quickly approaching: Georgia Leadership Training Conference at Six Flags Over Georgia. On August 26, you will be able to meet the District Board as well as get the training you need to take on a club officer position. Registration is already open, so make sure to check out our website at gakeyclub.org. Our Key Club has had an amazing partnership with the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes for more than 20 years, and recently I had the opportunity along with other Board Members to visit four of the campuses located throughout Georgia. This organization makes a huge impact on the lives of its residents because it not only provides a safe home, but a stable community. I hope to see all of you at GLTC and remember that you can contact me anytime at governor@gakeyclub.org Yours in friendship & service, Jose J. Ramirez


ICON! By Tess Mosley, District Bulletin Editor On July 2nd, the Georgia District boarded a plane and flew out to Texas for a week packed with sun and Key Club fun! While there, the days were long; we’d wake up at 7 am and sleep at 12 am. However, every second was filled with something great! From riding roller coasters at Six Flags Fiesta Texas to walking the Natural Bridge Caverns (and being sure not to touch the rocks), this was truly a week to remember. Once the convention started, we were able to meet Key Clubbers from around the world. While trading pins with my fellow board member Megan Peta, we met two other highschoolers from Aruba! It was so interesting to hear about their school experience and plans. This trip was not only a blast, but it was highly educational. There was a good selection of workshops that trained leaders for Key Club and for life, such as Financial Aid 101 (which was very useful for us rising seniors). The general sessions included many interesting speakers who talked about how they used their talents and passions to better other people, and the exhibit hall featured booths from UNICEF, March of Dimes, the Thirst Project, Rustic Pathways, and many others. Everyone who attended was inspired by someone! It was a life changing experience for many, and the Georgia District definitely improved as a result of it.

By Garbo Wu, Lt. Governor Divisio

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ICON-ic Friends! By Kobi Sisengchahn, Lt. Governor Division 10

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all the way from Beijing to Texas for my first Key Club International Convention. While I was on the rest of the board members, I thought to myself: would this one week trip be worthy of about 20

worthy of this 20-hour flight. In these eight days, I’ve learned so much from this crew. I’m so glad to funny, patient, and outgoing people. They were not only forgiving of my ignorance, but also willing to

red in the ballroom to trade pins. Just as I handed out my last pin, Andrew, who was in charge of keeping if I needed to pay for them I would, since the night before he mentioned that he might put them out for or Georgia people!” I smiled back; I was grateful that he came to my rescue and saved the day. If he had ho wanted to trade with me that I ran out of our district pins. It would be awkward.

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y was the best week of my life. I made so many new ked off our district tour at Six Flags Fiesta Texas, and tte Museum, the Alamo, El Mercado, the San Antonio averns. All this fun doesn’t even include the actual met new friends, listened to amazing speakers, and got the chance to see our very own Minyoung Kim he will be amazing. So, as you can see, everything IS cture can’t even express how much our board has art about ICON was meeting new friends from all commend attending ICON!


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By Andrea Manning, Lt. Governor Division 8 During the second semester of my sophomore year, I transferred to my current school. From the first day, I was intrigued by what the school offered. The first hall on the second floor (known as the CTAE hall) was lined with posters of many active clubs at the school. Each was splattered with creative, stdentmade artwork or covered in pictures of the club’s most recent endeavors. For DECA and FBLA it was the previous year’s state competition, for HOSA it was an artistic interpretation of what the medical field meant to that particular artist, for International Club it was the list of upcoming events and the newly designed club shirt that was being introduced that year, and for Key Club it was pictures upon pictures of the club’s trip to Anaheim, California a year or two prior. The trip seemed like so much fun and I was excited about the \prospect of being able to participate in an event just like that. The next day, during my Early Childhood Education class–taught by our school Key Club’s faculty advisor–I approached the teacher in hopes of joining the club and participating in that event. The very next day I paid my dues and was welcomed into the club. I eventually found out that the trip which had been advertised was Key Club’s annual International Convention (ICON) and although my Key Club journey became about more than just attending ICON, I am proud to say that one year later I have just returned from Key Club’s 2017 International Convention!


A Message from our Secretary-Treasurer, Jin Jeon! Dues for the 2017-2018 Key Club year are $14.00 per member and will be paid directly to Key Club International! The Membership Update Center will reopen in SEPTEMBER.

Steps to Paying Dues: STEP #1 Login to the Membership Update Center (if you haven’t registered your email account, click “Register/Reset Password” at the bottom of the page). STEP #2 Enter your club’s membership information for the 2016-2017 year (remove members that graduated or are no longer active and add in all new members). STEP #3 Generate your invoice and either pay via check or credit card. ***All checks should be made payable to “Key Club International” and mailed to: Kiwanis International PO Box 6069 Dept 123 Indianapolis, IN 46206-6069 The EARLY BIRD DUES Deadline will be October 1, 2017. ***Clubs who reach this deadline will be recognized at District Convention and will receive a banner patch from Key Club International! STANDARD DUES will be due by November 1, 2017 ***considered LATE after December 1, 2017 Visit our website http://gakeyclub.org/resources/dues/ for more information!!!


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As the Governor, I was given the opportunity to reach thousands of members in the Georgia District and expand my passion for Key Club. Through various events and newsletters, I was able to influence numerous Key Club members around the state to continue to serve their homes, schools, and communities. As my term came close, I strived for more. I wanted to reach more members of this organization and serve Key Club on a larger scale.

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Very nerve-wracking but inspiring! I was able to share my ideas to further expand our organization in front of 33 different districts from all over the world and speak with one of the most caring and influential leaders. I did have to address the crowd of around 900 people, which I was very nervous about!

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During my entire campaign process, I learned that I could not have done anything without my support system. My fellow Key Clubbers and Kiwanians pushed me to work and think harder. Whether it was a hug, thoughtful messages, or uplifting cheers when I went on stage, I felt so supported and loved, which encouraged me to be more confident!

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Minyoung Kim is the immediate past district governor of the Georgia District. Recently, at the Key Club International Convention, she was elected as the Key Club International

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By Katherine Lang, District Events Committee Chair Hello Key Clubbers! I hope your summer has been full of joy so far! Many of you may be out of the state or country for an enjoyable vacation, but for those of you staying in Georgia, our fun-filled events are far from over.

International Convention was a wonderful week filled with touring beautiful sites, attending educational workshops, and meeting dedicated Key Clubbers from around the world! Unfortunately, it has come to an end, but there’s more to do in state. With summer quickly coming to a wrap, The Info! Georgia Key Clubbers should start their school year with a BANG! And what better way to do that than attend our Georgia Leadership Training Conference! GLTC is for all current and future members of Key Club, not just officers, because anyone in Key Club has the potential to lead. It’s an action-packed day filled with opportunities to learn a little more about Key Club and guidance on how to be an effective leader. Not to mention roller coasters! There are also chances for current and prospective officers to get special training.

Be sure to attend for the chance to meet members from all over Georgia, and you’ll be the first to see our theme for the 2018 District Convention. Registration is now open for GLTC on Saturday, August 26th. For more information and to register, visit http://gakeyclub.org/events/gltc/. Hope to see you all there!

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By Andrew McGraw, District Projects Committee Chair As a person who gets nauseous at the thought of roller coasters, there is no event I dreaded more than the Georgia Leadership Training Conference at Six Flags over Georgia. The day of my first event arrived: August 22, 2015. I walked through the park towards the Crystal Pistol theatre watching coasters zoom over my head. I remember thinking, “I want to be anywhere but here”. I went into the theatre with my club and sat down in a back corner, filled with a hateful mindset. One of the district board members approached me a few other members of my club and started up a conversation with us - she kept it simple: names, schools, the usual “I’m obligated to introduce myself to you” kind of things. Then things changed. The board member invited us to go dance with everyone else, and I reluctantly followed her to the circle. From that point on, the energy in the room surrounded me. I could feel the enthusiasm for Key Club that everyone in the room shared - the anxiety of the roller coasters outside vanished and the atmosphere turned positive. As simple as a dance may seem, it was that moment of connection that changed my Battle? entire mindset for the day. Dance The training commenced soon thereafter. The District Board channeled the enthusiastic energy from before and managed to make hours of information surprisingly enjoyable. I followed a smaller group to the Vice Presidents’ Training Forum and learned TONS of tips and trick for a successful year, and made friends with other VPs from across the entire state of Georgia. The event, which started as a waste of time and money soon became an invaluable experience that left me with memories I won’t forget and friends I’ll always have. GLTC has something for everyone, even the anti-social roller coaster hater like myself! I hope to meet many of you at this year’s Georgia Leadership Training Conference and hope you can live the same life changing experience as I did!

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GSYH Tour

By Andrew McGraw, District Projects Committee Chair This past month, a group of District board members and I were given the special opportunity to visit four of the Youth Homes’ campuses across Georgia. Going into the tour, I didn’t expect much. I knew the campuses were very camp-styled, so I expected bunks in sleeping quarters, old cabins, and questionable food. Visiting just the first campus instantly proved me wrong. We were greeted by the residents of the Hahira Boys’ Ranch (which, to my surprise, were not all boys), who introduced themselves and served us lunch. We sat with residents and I quickly learned that these weren’t just some kids with a bad past: they were literally JUST like us. I ended up having a 20 minute conversation with a senior at Lowndes High School about his marching band experiences (yay band nerds!) After lunch, the residents gave us a tour of the campus, which featured family houses (each housed about 8 kids, each with their own bedroom, bathroom, and closet), a gym, chapel, education center, pool, playground, lake, and black berry fields. As we left, I could instantly feel the transformative powers of the Youth Homes, and the trip had only begun. That night, we met with residents of Herrington Homestead for dinner in their dining hall, and again toured their campus and living quarters. Here, I met a graduated senior receiving nearly $100,000 in scholarships and a world-champion girl’s wrestler. Again, I left speechless at just how well the Youth Homes treated the residents, but more importantly, at how happy the residents were. Had I met them under different circumstances, I would never have guessed they were from troubled pasts.


The next day, we met residents of Cherokee Estates and the Mountainview Campus. Again, I was shown that these kids are JUST like us. I listened to one girl gush non-stop about her boyfriend for nearly an hour, while another was busy following people on Instagram. Here, we were able to tour the education center built with the Foundation for Education project (you know, that one we’re working to pay off RIGHT NOW!). Standing in a building that I knew was paid for entirely by the work of teenagers in high schools across the state left me entirely speechless. As we left, the residents continued to thank us and all of Georgia Key Club for the work we have done for them. My words cannot do this experience justice. I encourage each and every one of you to try to visit a Youth Homes campus with your club. The atmosphere of the campuses is truly amazing- seeing all the work we have put in over decades being directly reflected in the lives of kids just like us really changes your life. Visit www.gakeyclub.org/gsyh for more information on locations and the project, or email me at projects@gakeyclub.org for help setting up a visitation!


Contests and Scholarships! By Manas Angalakuduti, Policies and Contests Chair

When you attend DCON, you’ll be able to participate in many fun-filled activities, including contests, awards, and scholarships. A total of $5,000 is provided to Key Club members around the state. Contests are incredibly fun to participate in, but they’re also very competitive. Georgia has some extremely talented students, so if you think you’ve got what it takes, then enter in some contests! The new and updated contest forms will be up by August 1, 2017. Some contest forms must be submitted in advance to the district convention, while others can be registered at convention. Contests are created to award talented Key Clubbers of the Georgia District. All members participating must officially register with the convention and sign the proper forms at registration to participate in these contests. Only winners of these contests may go on to represent the Georgia District in the Key Club International Convention. The contests you may participate in include:

Digital Club Poster Contest Non-Digital Poster Contest Traditional Scrapbook Contest Non-Traditional Scrapbook Contest Oratorical Contest Club Video Contest (form and entry must be submitted by February 1, 2018) Talent Contest


The Youth Opportunities Fund (YOF) is an endowed fund for Key Club International held within the Kiwanis International Foundation. This fund uses earned interest to help Key Clubs and Key Club members serve the world by providing grants for service opportunities. The Youth Opportunities Fund is established through gifts to the G. Harold Martin Fellowships. YOF grants can help you take action. Look around and identify the things that need to get done in your school, community or world. THE NEW APPLICATION IS AVAILABLE YOF grants are given only to Key Clubs and/or club members. Clubs may request funding assistance ranging anywhere from US$100 to US$2,000. The committee typically funds those clubs who are asking for a portion of the total cost of the project, and clubs who are working with other organizations to fund and complete the project. There is one funding cycle for YOF grants per year. Applications received by October 15 at 11:59 PM EST are reviewed by the Key Club International YOF committee at their November meeting. Funding notifications are mailed no later than January first each year. Applicants must use the current YOF grant application. Previous years’ applications will not be accepted. Guidelines for applying are also listed in the Key Club Guidebook under Board Policies.

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! s e m Ga By Patrick Holman, Lt. Governor Division 2 A great way to have an enjoyable meeting would be to have a variety of food options and drinks to ensure everyone is happy, but the best way is to keep people engaged through fun games. One example is Two Facts and a Fib. To play, someone comes up to the podium and says two things that are true about themselves and one lie. The crowd tries to decide which statement is the lie. You may offer candy to winners to encourage participation. Another game example is Key Harmony. Everyone stands up, and one person is chosen to find their “New Key Club Best Friend.” The chosen person turns around and says statements about what they look for in a friend. For instance, they may say, “They love French fries.” If anyone in the crowd doesn’t love French fries, they sit down. The game continues until one person is left. These two people, the chosen person and the one left standing, are deemed Key Club best friends and sit together in the meeting. When the time comes to get down to business, give interesting info and avoid common knowledge that could make your meeting dull and not educating. Be sure to include colorful PowerPoints and graphics to catch your audience’s attention and keep it! Using these tips, you can keep meetings moving and effective.


ngs Fun? By Vivi Ngo, Lt. Governor Division 1 Clubs meetings (especially the first ones of the year) are one of the most important parts of a successful club. Club meetings are supposed to be fun, energetic, and engaging; the first way to “break the ice” is to play an icebreaker game! I remember walking into my first Key Club meeting feeling a bit nervous and uncomfortable but, after playing “Find Your Perfect Match” I felt totally comfortable. The mood in the room had definitely lightened up. There are countless icebreakers out there but my favorites are “Ships and Sailors” (recommended for a larger group of people) and “The Name Game” (easier for a smaller group of people). “The Name Game” begins with one person saying their name, then another person on either the left or right introduces themselves and repeats the previous person’s name. This process will continue until you reach the last person, and the last person will end up repeating everyone’s names. Another way to spice your meetings is to find speakers to come to your club meetings! I personally know that the Thirst Project has some of the best and most engaging speakers, but you can reach out to any organization and ask if they would like to send a speaker to one of your meetings. Remember that members and other students are just like you; the things that attract you will likely attract your peers!


How do we Make our Meetin By Hope Grant, Lt. Governor Division 6

If you feel like your meetings could use a little splash of spontaneity or a dash of dazzling, here’s some advice: When I notice fewer members coming to our weekly meetings, I try to throw in a game-changer, like a prize drawing for those who attend meetings or snacks for the club. If that doesn’t work, I try a change of venue (announced at least a week in advance of course). If you notice that it is beginning to get hard for some members to pay attention, bring a ball and only pass it to the speaker. This is a fun way to keep people focused and encourage them to speak. Another way to keep the fun flowing is by having a theme for some of your meetings or have an interactive agenda. For example, if you’re hosting a Halloween fundraiser, play some spooky music or a fun dress up game!


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By Christina Lee, Lt. Governor Divisions 14 & 15 One of my favorite parts about being a Lieutenant Governor is that I get to meet so many diverse individuals from all across the world. Recently, I held my first divisional council meeting for division 14 at a local park. Cumming Kiwanis kindly provided us with pizza, and I brought in a variety of fresh fruits. After the Key Club informational session, we explored around the park. As we adventured around, conversations were initiated and friendships were formed. Personally, I preferred holding a meeting at a park in comparison to having one at a school or a restaurant. The park provided a quiet environment that helped foster genuine conversations. For my meetings, I always try to get to know everyone. I love to initiate conversations with Key Clubbers who are often incredibly open-minded, lively, and optimistic. As Key Clubbers, it is vital that we unite together. I have recognized that we can create a much bigger impact with more people involved. To form a close bond, we need to go beyond the small talk. Key Club meetings give us the opportunity to do exactly that.


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Key Club: A Way of Life By Katelynn Barnes, Lt. Governor Division 5 We all know Key Club’s alter ego is Pizza Club, and my club uses this to its advantage. When looking for prospective members we invite everyone to join us for a meeting where we serve cookies, pizza, and snacks. We have a normal meeting and answer any questions our satisfied audience may have. In addition to pizza, my school’s Key Club loves having fun by holding contests. For instance, the class that brings the most amount of canned goods in for Second Harvest gets an ice cream party. By far my favorite Key Club activity is our banquet. This year we opted to have it at a... (you guessed it) pizza buffet! There we changed officers, ate our weight in pizza, mingled and played games at the arcade located inside the restaurant. Whether it be in the form of pizza parties, seeing who can make the largest amount of gratitude grams the fastest, or simply having fun while building a garden, always be sure to make the most of a meeting.


By Jasmine Ramirez, Lt. Governor Division 4 Key Club: a club that devotes all its efforts to everyone else. An organization that puts all of those in need far ahead of their own agendas. A service club that I had discovered to truly have “serving others” in the center of their mantra. All of these things would have passed me by if I hadn’t seen the “free pizza” posters all around my school. If it weren’t for the bright colorful posters all over the halls, or my friends who were so passionate about me going, I never would have even known that Key Club existed. As Lieutenant Governor of Division 4, president of my home club, and a Key Club enthusiast, nothing hurts more than when people ask, “Why did you join Key Club?”, because I feel like the question should be “Why did you stay?”. The story of why I joined is not one for the books, but rather simple. I joined as a hungry high school sophomore. Now whether I was hungry for pizza, for the want to be involved, or for the desire to look good on my college application, I will never know. All of my friends that were joining wanted to look well rounded and all of the officers just wanted new members, so along with them, I went to the meeting. I paid the dues because I would have no struggle from losing $14 dollars, and suddenly I had joined Key Club. Many of my other friends just kept going to the meetings and doing their service hours and nothing more, yet I felt the need to be an active member. I was determined to not be the girl who just joined clubs to have them for a college application. I eventually became secretary of my club and you could find me at any Kiwanis or Key Club related event. However the Camden County High School Key Club is very sheltered and we didn’t really know that much went on past individual club levels until we got invited to a divisional rally that I would learn wasn’t even ours. I learned what went on past the club level and wanted to become apart of that and at District Convention I made sure I did, and now I have made some of the closest friends I have ever had. The story always depends on the question, so I joined Key Club for the pizza and the college application. However, I stayed. I stayed for the service projects that always help the less fortunate children. I stayed for the continuous free food, because who doesn’t love ice cream or pizza. I stayed for the want to make my home community, school and all, a better place through volunteering. However, I stayed for the friendships that will never be forgotten. The friendships that can survive the distance. The friendships that motivated me to be better for my community and just brought out the best me. I stayed for the unforgettable memories. *mic drop* Join Key Club.


How Friendship Led to Leadership

By Christopher Blanton, Lt. Governor Division 3

One of the major reasons I joined Key Club was my good friend Mary Grace (aka your wonderful Major Emphasis Project Chair). She invited me to a Builders Club meeting that was being held and I heard there was food, so why not? I attended the meeting, and had a great breakfast casserole of all things. In the meeting, they discussed a service project they were working on, and it really amazed me that a group of people were working to better other people, and not themselves. That’s when I decided to join Key Club, or Builders Club at the time. I later went into Key Club and I have recently joined the District Board. So to any club who might be seeking more member, just reach out to your current members. It’s amazing to know that there are plenty of other service-centered people who just simply don’t know about Key Club. I personally had no clue the club even existed until I was invited. Use your current members to show how great Key Club can actually be, and I can guarantee that membership will begin to grow.


By Megan Peta, Lt. Governor Division 7 I spent my freshman year of high school floating in and out of different leadership and service organizations. I never felt like I was truly making a difference. It wasn’t until I was catching up with a long distance friend of mine that I realized I could do something about the way I felt. My friend, Laura, lives in Louisiana and I hadn’t seen her since fourth grade. We were talking about things we were involved in and she told me all about Key Club. Much to my surprise, my school didn’t have a Key Club, so I started one myself! This decision changed my life and Key Club became my everything. Our first year was extremely successful. We had 116 members and did many service projects, including one benefiting Louisiana during an awful flood. Key Club was not only what I needed, but what so many other students at my school needed. When recruiting new members, remember that every student has a story! Inclusiveness is one of the most important traits of Key Club. Everyone deserves a chance to serve their community, and Key Club provides that opportunity to anyone and everyone. In essence, Key Club is engaging and ignites servant leadership in all its members, and that’s why I continue to be so passionate about it.


Preferred Charities Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals) is a nonprofit organization that raises money to benefit hospitalized kids while increasing awareness of its member hospitals. All CMN Hospitals contributions directly benefit hospitals, helping to purchase up-to-date equipment, train staff, conduct life-saving research, implement outreach programs, and provide health care for children whose parents can’t afford to pay. The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. Additionally, if something goes wrong, they offer the comfort and information that families need. UNICEF, the only organization of the United Nations dedicated exclusively to children,works with other United Nations bodies, governments and nongovernmental organizations to assist in children’s needs through communitybased services in primary health care, basic education, and safe water and sanitation in more than 150 developing countries.

Co-Sponsor Rustic Pathways has more than 30 years of experience leading exceptional international education and service programs. High school students broaden their global perspective while performing meaningful service projects around the world. Learn more about the incredible trips offered by inviting a local representative to speak at a club meeting or district convention.

Service Partner Key Club is teaming up with The Thirst Project, the world’s largest youth water organization​, to be part of the movement to end the global water crisis. As Key Club members, making a difference in our communities and the world is what we do best. And we share The Thirst Project’s belief that teenagers are the world’s most powerful agents for social change. That’s why we’re taking action with Thirst Project.

Vision Partner Vision Partner Nickelodeon inspires kids to take action and make a difference in the world. Through the Big Help and Worldwide Day of Play initiatives, kids and adults work together to plan events and activities in the following areas: health & wellness, education, service and the environment.


By Mary Grace Watson, Major Emphasis and Kiwanis Family Committee Chair Did you know that premature birth is the #1 cause of death for babies? 380,000 babies are born prematurely each year in the United States. What organization is working to prevent these deaths? The March of Dimes. From polio to prematurity, the March of Dimes has focused on researching the problems that threaten our children and finding ways to prevent them. The March of Dimes has been working to raise awareness and fund research for premature births since 2003. Key Club has partnered with the March of Dimes for decades. What can you do to help? You can collect change to donate to the March of Dimes! Set up collection jars in places around school to gather change from your members and students at the school. You can host fundraisers to support them as well. Key Club International’s website suggests to hold a dance to raise money for March of Dimes, or your club could host a volleyball tournament for the school. People could pay money to play or watch (and get out of class). However, one of the most known ways to help is participating in their March of Babies. If you want to participate in a march, you can find one nearby at marchofdimes.org. Help every baby get a fighting chance by supporting the March of Dimes.


Shyam Shukla’s Green Day at Tallulah Falls School By Michelle Thevenin Shyam Shukla created Green Day at Tallulah Falls School three years ago under the Key Club umbrella. It is usually on Earth day, and student volunteers gather to pick up trash on campus, plant flowers in the garden, and bury the senior time capsule. His goal was to create a day where we solely focus on the Earth and do something specific for our community. Shukla enjoys how “all different clubs, such as Key Club, Interact, and Recycling, can join together one day and do something around the campus.” He is so organized with his plans that every year, the day goes similar to how he envisioned it. He says that each year it grows and gets better! He hopes that Green Day continues to develop over the years and that it continues to be a tradition after he graduates. We thank Shyam for all the hard work he put into this day and for all his contributions to the TFS community!

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Key Ring August 2017  
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