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The official publication of the Georgia District of Key Club International

IN THIS ISSUE Governor’s Letter Secretary-Treasurer’s Letter District Events Re-cap Service Projects My Favorite Key Club Memory: ICON Why I Joined the District Board Club of the Month Major Emphasis/Kiwanis Family Update The Thirst Project Breakthrough Recap Key Leader Contests Update Service Partners

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Greetings Georgia District! I cannot believe it’s already February and the end of my term is quickly approaching. As my term is coming to an end, I can’t help but reflect on my term as the District Governor. Being the District Governor of this mighty district has been one of the best experiences of my life. Thank you for allowing me to serve you all this year. During the 2016-2017 service year, the Georgia District of Key Club International accomplished many goals from selling over 250 tickets for the Kiwanis Family Day, saving at least 819 mothers and all of their future babies from maternal and neonatal tetanus, to breaking the attendance record of 381 Key Clubbers at the Georgia Leadership Training Conference. With our Chipotle Fundraiser, we were able to raise $501.61, making the GSYH fundraising total $8,924.24 (as of January 15, 2017). The Georgia District also initiated a new international project called the Gift of Hearing with a Key Clubber in Taipei, Taiwan. With this project, we were able to connect Key Clubs across the ocean and involve our Kiwanis Family by working with the Auditory Verbal Center, one of Georgia Kiwanis’s district projects. I would say the 2016-2017 service year was a successful year for the Georgia District and all of these accomplishments would’ve been impossible without your service to your homes, schools, and communities. Each of you have made a difference in this world, and I would like to congratulate you for your dedication. Thank you for making “Caring, Your Way of Life”, Key Clubbers! Excited to see you all at DCON in St. Simons Island! Yours in Friendship & Service, Minyoung Kim District Governor

Hello Georgia Key Clubbers! The opportunity to serve as your District Secretary-Treasurer over the past year has been the greatest one of my life. The journey has not been an easy one, but together we have shaped the Georgia District into what it is today. This past year, we have broken records and cemented it in the history books! I’d like to personally thank each club advisor, officer, and general member for contributing their part to a greater cause- the Georgia District of Key Club International. Although now is a time for reflection on a successful year, there is still work to be done! For the clubs who have yet to paid dues, it is IMPERATIVE that you do so ASAP. Please email or visit to pay. Clubs that have not paid are on delinquent status and, if they remain unpaid, may risk having to recharter or pay several additional fees. Unsure about whether your club has paid dues? Emails will be sent out periodically to the clubs who have yet to pay until District Convention. Make sure you have submitted your club’s officer information via! This will keep you in the know about your club status, as well as events and happenings within the Georgia District! With District Convention rapidly approaching, I ask that everybody please sign up for the Georgia District Key Club text updates system through Remind! We will be sending out tons of updates about convention and running for district board in the days to come! Simply text @gakeyclub to 81010! Congratulations to a year well served. Together, we have grown the Georgia District to over 150 active clubs and more than 6000 members! I am proud of what we have accomplished and feel that we have successfully created a foundation for all future district secretary-treasurers to build upon. I thank you all once again for your contributions, and I look forward to meeting many of you at the District Convention later this month! For the last time, yours in service, Andrew McGraw District Secretary-Treasurer

Service is a Superpower!

By Jake Kwon, Lt. Governor of Divisions 11 & 14

As my term as Lt. Governor comes to an end, I am left on the verge of tears and the thoughts of reminiscence as I reflect back on the beautiful memories that I have created during the last four years as a Key Club member. Recently, I held a divisional council meeting at a Cumming Kiwanis facility to celebrate the arrival of Christmas as well as to discuss the matters of Key Club on the district level. Many clubs from all over the division attended. Seeing old faces as well as the new, I was constantly reminded during the meeting of the traits that all Key Clubbers share: their passion for service, their enthusiasm to lead the community into better circumstances, and their genuine enjoyment when serving others. At the meeting, a collection of dares were delegated to each Key Club member, and the member could either pass on the dare and donate to the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes or perform the dare in front of the whole crowd. During the activity, Mariah Carey's famous “All I Want For Christmas Is You” was sung, trendy dances were enacted, and funny prank calls were made, all in conjunction with a generous donation to a good cause. Looking back, I can only imagine the positive impact that service in Key Club has left in my life, and if I could obtain any superpower in the world, I would already have been granted it through Key Club. The superpower is service and its ability is to make people smile through acts of kindness. Service is truly what makes the world go ‘round.

Freshman Festival By Jake Kwon, Lt. Governor of Divisions 11 & 14

You don’t really know how much you love Key Club until you start talking about it… Ever since the beginning of freshman year, I have actively participated in all activities Key Club related and even managed to land a position in the officer team as a 9th grade class representative. As the successful year of service was coming to an end, Lambert Key Club decided to host a booth at the school’s Freshman Festival to recruitment of new members for the next year. As a freshman still afraid of public speaking, I opted out of attending the event. I knew that the president and the vice-president would be able to work the booth with no problem, as they were experienced Key Club members themselves who could share about their stories to the potential members.

However, at the last minute, the vice-president had an urgent emergency to tend to and could not make the event; the president, needing further assistance, called on me to help out with the booth! Frantic, but willing, I showed up to the event clammy and queasy, not really sure what to expect. But when the first couple of freshmen and their parents came up to ask questions about Key Club, my passion for service took the lead and I blurted out everything that they would possibly want to know about the service organization. Unlike many times when I spoke publicly, I had a surprisingly eloquent and confident voice, and whenever I talked about the excellent service that Key Club provides to the community, it was filled with pride and joy. To this day, that moment lingers in my mind and leaves me awestruck at how radically Key Club has impacted my life, in ways that sometimes I cannot even recognize myself. Key Club has transformed not only my outlook on life, but also my character. Key Club is not only life-changing, but also life-saving.


By Sarah Vidyasagar, Lt. Governor of Division 7

Key Club members at Peachtree Ridge High School are so excited for District Convention at St. Simon’s Island. In order to lower the cost for all of our club members to go, we devised a fundraising plan. We planned to sell delicious donuts and warm hot chocolate in the mornings in our school cafeteria. Our club bought and had members donate 12 dozen boxes of Krispy Kreme glazed donuts and hot chocolate packets. Then we set up a table and reserved a time to sell with our school. I was initially skeptical of this plan, and was not exactly thrilled to wake up an extra thirty minutes to come to school. But, it turned out to be really fun! I bonded with my fellow Key clubbers as we quickly tore packets of hot chocolate and complained about not getting enough beauty sleep. This fundraiser definitely helped lower the price of DCON for students in my club. I highly recommend doing a fundraiser like this. Donuts are just the thing that hungry high schoolers want in the morning. Plus, volunteers at the donut stand get a free donut!

The Angel Tree

By Riley Power, Lt. Governor of Divisions 4 & 13 As the Key Club year closes out, it is sad to think back at the last year. Luckily, it is filled with happy memories. It has been filled with new experiences, new people, and more community service hours than ever before. My favorite service project to date was hosting an Angel Tree. At my public location, we put up a Christmas tree, but instead of decorating it with regular ornaments, it was decorated with names of needy children and what they wished for from Santa. Every child deserves a merry Christmas, and that is the goal of the Angel Tree. Anyone can take an Angel from the tree and then they assume responsibility for buying the listed gifts for that child. I got the pleasure, one week before Christmas, to deliver these presents to local daycares, churches, and orphanages. We were not allowed to meet the children, but it was enough to see their caretakers’ faces fill with joy of anticipation.

Boxes of Blessings

By Taylor Hatfield, Lt. Governor of Division 3

Key Club is all about giving, and what better way to give than to your local community? One of my favorite projects is making Christmas boxes for the Anchorage. The Anchorage is a really cool, Biblically-based rehabilitation center for recovering addicts and alcoholics. It gives the men a place to live where they will be held accountable, the opportunity to work, and counseling to help them conquer their addictions. My club and I have the opportunity every year to get a first-hand glance at the difference they make and ways to help. Every Christmas, we make fifty Christmas packed shoeboxes so we can give one to every man in the Anchorage. We pack things they need every day such as soap, toothpaste, shaving cream, and socks, as well as special Christmas treats! Fun things to add can be cards, books, snacks, candy, and always a Christmas ornament! I have been there myself multiple times, and everyone is always so grateful to have the packages donated. I would totally encourage you and your club to find an organization near you, like the Anchorage, to bless. Being able to make a difference in their lives does more for me than I can express and I know it will impact you too.

BREAKTHROUGH A Key Club Service-Immersion Experience

By Gaby Lirio, Project Chair at Colquitt County High School Breakthrough was a service immersion project that I attended January 2nd - 8th in Miami, Florida alongside eighteen other Key Clubbers from across North America. While in Miami, we served various groups of people. Our first service project was at the Miami Children’s Museum (MCM); here we had a meeting with Ms. Myrna Llaguno, the Associate Director of Community and Corporate Relations, to discuss the ins and outs of running a non-profit organization. At the MCM, another Key Clubber and I were paired with a worker and helped clean the grounds. Our third project was at Centro Campesino, a migrant farm worker community. We had a meeting with a few people to discuss farm workers and the hardships that they endure as well as how we can help the cause. We served at their senior center, Biscaye Senior Housing, by playing bingo with the residents. I had to call out the numbers in Spanish to these residents because I was one of the only Spanish speakers; this helped me connect on different level with these residents.

On the same day, we also had a meeting at the Miami-Dade City Hall with their Chief of Service, Mr. Raul Hernandez. We discussed the ways Miami is improving socially and in education. Our last service project was at the WOW Center, a center for adults with disabilities. At this center, we were paired with an Aktion Club member and painted parking curbs green to match the center. I was paired with a Cuban member in order for him to be able to communicate with me. We also attended their Aktion Club meeting and participated in Happy Quarters, a game where we would donate quarters and share something we were happy about. Not only did we serve numerous people, but we also participated in educational sessions that encompassed Key Club and the service we did. Being a part of Gen 1 of Breakthrough is an indescribable experience that I was blessed to have. I was able to foster incredible relationships along the way and grew as a conscientious citizen. I would definitely recommend Breakthrough to any Key Clubber who is passionate about serving others!

CONTESTS & APPLY FOR DISTRICT BOARD By Jin Jeon, Policies & Contests Chair

It is NOT too late to begin making scrapbooks or posters for the contests at District Convention! Show your club’s talent and creativity by participating in any of these contests: Digital Club Poster, Non-Digital Poster, Traditional Scrapbook, Non-Traditional Scrapbook, Oratorical, Talent, Quiz Bowl Competition, & Club T-Shirt!!! UPCOMING DEADLINE REMINDERS!!! All Key Club International Award applications must be presented and properly registered at the Georgia District Key Club Convention by 6:00 p.m. on Friday, February 24th, 2017. Registration for the International and District Contests will be held during registration at the convention on February 24th, 2017. APPLY FOR COMMITTEE CHAIR!!! Committee chairs are appointed each year by the district governor during the three weeks FOLLOWING the district convention. Committee Chairs include: Kiwanis Family & Major Emphasis Chair District Projects Chair Policies & Contests Chair District Events Chair Public Relations Chair (tentative) An application will be made available by February 26, 2017. Fill out the application and SUBMIT if you are interested!!!

Preferred Charities

The March of Dimes works to end premature birth and other problems that threaten our babies by helping moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies. If something goes wrong, they offer information and comfort to families. In addition, they research the reasons why babies are born too soon or very sick and work on prevention. Read more about their partnership with Key Club here.

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. Find out more here. UNICEF, the only organization of the United Nations dedicated exclusively to children,works with other United Nations bodies, governments and non-governmental organizations to assist in children’s needs through community-based services in primary health care, basic education, and safe water and sanitation in more than 150 developing countries. Since 1994, Key Club has been Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF and over the years has raised nearly US$5 million for iodine deficiency programs worldwide and HIV and AIDS programs in Kenya and Swaziland. Now it’s helping The Eliminate Project.

Co-Sponsor Rustic Pathways has 30 years of experience leading exceptional international education and service programs for students. With over 130 programs in 20 countries, Rustic Pathways is the global leader in its field. Recognizing our shared values, Rustic Pathways has partnered with Key Club to provide its members with the opportunity to broaden their global perspective while performing meaningful service projects in communities around the world.

Service Partner The Thirst Project’s mission is to build a sociallyconscious generation of young people who END the global water crisis. They do this by educating students about it and activating them to rock the clean water cause & build real water projects all over the world. Waterborne diseases kill more children every single year than AIDS, Malaria, and all world violence combined. Find more about Key Club's newest preferred charity here.

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.

Engaging in local opportunities, the U.S. Army personnel connect with Kiwanis family members and provide access to local battalion support and resources. Contact your local battilion to invite soldiers to speak at a club meeting and take part in service projects! Visit this link to learn more about becoming an army officer.

Landscape Structures, Inc. creates innovative playground equipment. The Kiwanis Family partners with Landscape Structures to bring play and playgrounds to communities, especially on Kiwanis One Day. Learn more here.

Thank you for reading this edition of The Key Ring. Please feel free to contact any of the following individuals if you have questions, comments, or concerns. District Governor Minyoung Kim 470.262.4171

District Secretary-Treasurer Andrew McGraw 912.424.1075

District Administrator Brad Malone 770.842.7813

District Editor Amanda Lang 678.622.7926

International Trustee Clifford Young 347.633.0897

Key Ring - February 2017  
Key Ring - February 2017