Page 1

THE

MAY 2017

KEY RING

The official publication of the Georgia District of Key Club Internatioinal.


What’s in this Edition?

4 Major Emphasis Project- Eliminate 6 Thirst Project 8 Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes 10 Youth Opportunities Fund 14 Our Favorite Key Club Memories of 2017 19 Key Leader 20 Why we Loved DCON! 22 International Convention 26 Meet Your 2017-18 Board!


Hello Key Clubbers! My name is Jose Ramirez, a current junior from Habersham Central High School. First and foremost, allow me to thank you all for electing me as your 2017-2018 Georgia District Governor and giving me the opportunity to serve the best Key Club district. This is truly one of the greatest honors of my life because Key Club has done so much for me as I know it has for you. This amazing organization is filled with passionate servant leaders like you, and I know that together we can make a tremendous difference in our world, one project at a time. Our Georgia District had a very successful year and we should all be extremely proud of these accomplishments. However, as we face the beginning of a new year, I hope that we are all able to unite as a district and work towards our goals. Your 2017-2018 Georgia District Board of Trustees recently met in Macon, GA for their annual Board Training. Hopefully, you will all be able to meet your Lieutenant Governor at our various district functions. The District Board is here to help you, so don’t be afraid to contact us at our website: gakeyclub.org We have already set ambitious goals for both the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes and the Eliminate Project. The recently inaugurated Education Center has already begun to serve the children of its campus and this year the Georgia District Key Club hopes to finish the foundation for education project. Last year we were able to surpass our goal for the Eliminate Project by raising $14,014.96 and we hope to have another great year at our next District Convention in Macon, GA. I want to be the first to formally invite you to our annual Georgia Leadership Training Conference at Six Flags over Georgia on August 26, 2017. In this fun-filled day, you’ll get the opportunity to meet Key Clubbers from all over Georgia, learn more about your officer positions, and spend the day riding thrilling rides. I am excited to be able to meet as many of you as possible both here and at the 2018 Georgia District Convention. As we all embark on this journey, I encourage you to complete every service project with passion and dedication knowing that we are all able to create real change in the world. Yours in service, Jose Ramirez 2017-2018 District Governor


Major Emphasis Project Children: Their Future, Our Focus!

ELIMINATE By Mary Grace Watson, Major Emphasis Project Chair Kiwanis International and UNICEF united to combat and eliminate maternal/ neonatal tetanus back in 2010. Now in 2017, only 18 more countries need to be eliminated. Kiwanis International has reached its fundraising goal in pledges, but we have to continue to raise money to fulfill these pledges. For only $1.80, you can give a vaccine to a mother to protect her and her future babies. Maternal/ neonatal tetanus is caused by tetanus spores found in soil. When they come into contact with cuts during childbirth, children and mothers contract the disease. Once an infant has the disease, they have repeated, painful convulsions and extreme sensitivity to light and touch. This year the Major Emphasis/ Kiwanis Family committee decided to set our Eliminate Project district goal to be $15,000, and the club goal to be $250. Each club that meets their goal will save over 130 mothers and their future babies. As a district, if we meet our goal, we will save over 8,300 mothers and their future children. To reach this goal, we will need help from everyone in the Georgia District. Please make sure to raise money for Eliminate not only during Trick or Treat for UNICEF, but during the entire year. Together we can Eliminate maternal/ neonatal tetanus!


TRICK- or- TREAT! By Patrick Hollman, Lt. Govenor Division 2 My favorite fundraiser is Trick or Treat for UNICEF In October, we raise money for Eliminate, which goes towards helping cure maternal/ neonatal tetanus. Halloween is right around the corner from this project so to help raise money, Key Clubs all around dress up and go door to door asking neighbors and friends for donations for UNICEF. I enjoy it because it is a fun way to raise money. You are doing something good for someone while at the same time having a blast. I love packing people in my truck and driving around my town asking for donations. We have competitions with each other to see who can get the most donations. People’s reactions are funny when we pull up a week before Halloween wearing costumes, but they are usually kind and make generous donations. This fundraiser is easy to do and it can raise lots of money. Last time we raised close to $700! It brings all of us together to work for one cause, and everyone at my school has a great time doing it. If you don’t already do it, I would recommend you try. For every $1.80 you raise, you save a mother and her future children!


By Christina Lee, Lt. Govenor Dvision 14

663 million people on our planet lack access to safe, clean drinking water...Every 21 seconds, a child dies of a water-related disease...Children spend on average six to eight hours walking for water each day -- time that should be spent in school.

Guilt had instantly succumbed me, and I felt extremely selfish. Obliviousness to this horrifying reality was not an option; I had to partake in this battle against the water crisis. During the fall of 2016, Lambert Key Club had two lively, enthusiastic visitors from the Thirst Project. The Thirst Project is the world’s leading youth water activism organization, and their purpose is to “build a socially-conscious generation of young people who END the global water crisis”. The speakers were captivating, and their energy was

contagious. At the end of their speech, I was instantly trying to find ways to help. I realized that through Key Club, I could express my desire to alleviate the water crisis. Key Club International has been partnered with the Thirst Project since 2014. That January, Lambert Key Clubbers took action and participated in Thirsty 30, which is an excellent fundraiser that can easily be executed anywhere. Although Lambert key Club altered some rules, the end goal was the same: to bring awareness of the water crisis in our local community. The Thirst Project has successfully broadened my perspective towards many aspects of life, and they have flourished my commitment to participate in this global fight.


THIRSTY 30! Make your team! This could be your officers, your club, or your entire school.

Raise! Everyone gets 30 days to raise their amount.

Pick the envelopes! Each team member picks an envelope with a number on it. This is the amount that they are committing to raising!


Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes Hello Georgia Key Clubbers! My name is Andrew McGraw, and I will be serving as your 20172018 District Project Chairman. The District Board and I are beyond thrilled to work with all of you this year in continuing our nearly 30-year partnership with the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes to provide love, shelter, and opportunity for the abused, neglected, and forgotten children of Georgia. This year, the District Projects committee has unveiled a new fundraising and awareness campaign for the Foundation for Education project at the Mountainview Campus: My HiFive! Every Key Clubber in Georgia is challenged with raising at least $5 for the project. If everyone does their part, the $120,000 project will be paid off in its ENTIRETY by the end of the 2017-2018 Key Club year! Throughout the year, I will be sending updates through email, newsletters, phone calls, social media, and more to give you information about our project and ways to effectively fundraise, so keep an eye out! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask! Basic information about our involvement with the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes can be found at www.gakeyclub.org/ gsyh. You can contact me by emailing projects@gakeyclub.org. I look forward to working diligently with all of you, and can’t wait to see how much we will accomplish! Yours in Service, Andrew McGraw


#1

FUNdraiser

By Tess Mosley, Bulletin Editor Fundraisers never have to be all work and no play! There are plenty of fun fundraisers you can do in your clubs. My favorite one we do at Chestatee High School is Teachers Got Talent. Once a year, our Key Club gathers teachers from our school, and they compete in a talent show to win $100 for their organization of choice! We hold the event in our theater, the teachers provide their own equipment, and we rely on word of mouth and the announcements for promotion, which means this event doesn’t require any spending and all ticket sales can go straight to Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes. This year, we were able to donate $417 from this event! While you may think your teachers’ only talents are teaching, you’d be surprised at how many have a hidden talent! Some of the talents this year included a dancing duet, drum performance, singing, and acting. Even our officers got to show off their talents in a dance number to “Our Favorite Son”, making light of our vice president, Noah Merck’s presidential campaign for 2048. Overall, this fundraiser was a great experience and a very creative way to raise money!


Youth Opportunities Fund

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 WILL BE AVAILABLE IN JULY. 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.


Can’t find a fundraiser you like? Make up your own! By Jasmine Ramirez, Lt. Governor Division 4 I have always been involved with community service, but not really big on fundraisers. I was always involved in things like car washes or clothes sales, but I hadn’t really found one that I really liked. The reasons behind the fundraisers were the reasons I didn’t like the fundraisers, but once I was exposed to Key Club it seemed like every fundraiser was worth it. However, I am fairly new to fundraisers and I hadn’t really found one that I enjoyed until now. My Key Club has recently got a new adviser and she is still new to how to request to perform a fundraiser, so we haven’t been able to do much. Throughout this year she has improved and once I started taking over the ropes, we realized that we needed a little more money to continue to get supplies for other fundraisers, or supplies for our first few meetings, which almost serve as member drives. We decided to look for fundraiser ideas and couldn’t find any, and it was frustrating until my mother helped me out a bit. She gave us the idea of “Kiss Your Senior Goodbye” where we would sell bags of Hershey’s Kisses at lunch with little paper lips attached to a string that kept the bag closed. Anyone could buy one for a senior and write them a little message and then we would deliver them to all the seniors on the same day. We are planning on doing this fundraiser this year and I hope it gets approved because it would allow us a way to show our love for our seniors while being able to fund our Key Club events!


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. Find out how you can help here. 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. Find out what you can do here. 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. Find your local connection here.

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.


Onions Can Cause Tears

(of joy!)

By Hope Grant, Division 6 Lt. Governor In Key Club, there are many different service projects that we dedicate ourselves to, such as helping the homeless, Pennies for Patients, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, or my High Five. All these projects that we commit ourselves to show us different perspectives on how we can find new ways to help people. Regardless of whether the activity that you do with your club is on the local, District, or National level there is never an idea that cannot be used. I learned this from doing Onion Sales. At my home Key Club, we do a service project called Onion Sales in the last quarter of the school year. We go around our school, community, and local businesses and ask people around us to buy Sweet Vidalia Onions in bags that weigh 5 or 10 pounds. We also tell them with each bag they buy the proceeds go to the March of Dimes. When I first began this project, I use to ask myself, “who in the world would buy so many onions?” I also use to believe that the project wouldn’t be as successful as others claimed it would be because once again, we’re selling onions. However, the project turned out very successful and our club raised a lot of money. I liked this service project because it really changed my outlook and how I can help people. It also taught me to stay open-minded despite my own reservations. Even though I thought onions were distasteful, other people didn’t have the same views as me and they wanted to buy them. This simple difference in preferences taught me a valuable lesson. When people need help you can’t always rely on the same unoriginal ideas that are worn out after being constantly reused so often. You’ve got to think outside the box. Bake Sales and Car Washes are great ways to raise money for a worthy cause, but they’re so commonly done that they don’t always draw in a crowd large enough to do more than break even. I’m really glad that I participated in this service project because it also taught me to find value in every idea because some things have more value than you think they have. If an onion can save lives, can you image what else can?


By Christopher Blanton, Lt. Governor Division 3

My favorite fundraiser is.... the male beauty pageant my home club puts on every year. We get guys from our club and spend days practicing for a pageant. These practices include long hours of teaching and rehearsing dances, discussing talent portions and telling what can -- and can’t -- be done. My favorite part has to be the formal wear section though because watching guys try and walk in heels is the funniest thing I have ever seen. The last practice is amazing. It’s insane to me how much of a train wreck the show can be at the beginning of the night, but no matter what, the show always manages to be pulled together just in time. The night of the show requires includes a huge portion of the club to be on their feet, whether they are doing makeup, acting as the stage manager, or just making sure the guys are doing what they are supposed to. It can be an insanely hectic night, but the outcome makes it worth it. Two years ago, we raised nearly $1700 and this year we managed to increase that to just over $1900. It’s great to have the support of the community and the school with this service project, and the proceeds all go to charities or programs that we decide on as a club.


By Eric Gonzales, Lt Governor Division 11 For me, Key Club isn’t something I’ve always been apart of. In fact, I only joined this year. But since joining Key Club, I’ve had a lot of fun times and good experiences! To pick a favorite is really hard to do. There were moments where I was having so much fun that time completely flew by and next I knew I had to leave. But, I’d have to say that my favorite Key Club memory out of this whole year was when we held a club get together that was hosted by both Key Club and Student Government. I thought it was really cool and fun to have all these clubs get together and have a good time. I enjoyed all the Key Club meetings we had too! There was something about sitting at a bunch of tables and discussing important business that made it stick out unlike any other event or meet-up I’ve been to or been involved.

By Vivi Ngo, Lt. Governor Division 1 Throughout the 2016 and 2017 year, there have been so many service projects at my school and my division that it is very hard to just choose one. However, today I have decided to write about one of my most memorable service projects. At the beginning of the 2017 year, the Lt. Governor of Division 7 held a division rally at a local coffee shop and cafe, right before district convention. After meeting the other school and playing an ice breaker game, we wrote Valentine’s Day cards for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals as our service project. This was my first time attending a divisional rally, and not only was it fun but I was able to meet other amazing Key Clubbers around my area and build a closer relationship.


The Key to my Heart By Garbo Wu, Division 12 Lt. Govenor I have been a part of Key Club for almost three years, and it has not only taught me so many lessons along the way, but has left me with plenty treasurable memories that I would never forget. One of my favorite service projects that my home club does every year is called the Valentine’s Day AVITA Party. On this special day, members from our home club all wear our dress uniform and help out with the Kiwanis members from Clarkesville. It is a party for a group of special needs adults. We serve pizza for them, sit down and eat with them, talk with them, and in the end, we play Bingo with them. Some of these adults would not talk to us at first, but after the meal, they don’t want to leave us. The two years I have served in this project, I have one memory that sticks in my mind. It was the first year and I sat down with an old man who had the whole table to himself. When I asked If he would mind I sit down, he looked up, and without a single word, he shook his head. I sat down, and tried to have a chat with him; I offered to bring him pizza and drink, and helped him win a prize in the Bingo game. When it came time to leave, he took my hands, shook them hard, and said to me: “Thank you.” I paused, and he said these words over again with even more weight. In that moment, those two simple words moved me. Key Club brought me this opportunity, and I am truly grateful for it.


By Kobi Sisengchanh, Division 10 Lt. Govenor Special Olympics is one of my fondest memories of Key Club. I look forward to this very special event every year! At Habersham Central, we dedicate an entire day to kids with disabilities. They get on a bus, come to the Raider Stadium, and have the time of their lives. We as Key Clubbers get to partner with a buddy, a Special Olympics Participant, and get to know them as they play games, run around, and win awards. What makes this day so special to me is that we get to see these wonderful kids light up with joy as soon as they step off of that bus. The excitement radiates of off the kids and spreads like wildfire! It starts at roughly 8:00 am with the carrying of the Special Olympic Torch around the track and ends with the awards ceremony at 12:00 pm! Everyone helping out works non-stop and it is worth every second. There are sports such as bocce, races, and the long jump. Additionally, the Olympians can play games like the parachute, picking ducks, and throwing a beach ball, or participate in the activities available, which are face painting and bracelet making. Now, Special Olympics is less than a week away and I couldn’t be happier!


Sending Love to Louisiana By Megan Peta, Lt. Governor Division 7 Sometimes the best service projects are spontaneous and in the moment. Back in August of 2016, major flooding hit the state of Louisiana. People were forced onto the street and all their prized possessions were destroyed. Hearing about the awful scenario miles away from our own school, Mountain View Key Club vowed to raise hygiene products such as water bottles, shampoos, soaps, and toothbrushes for those who were affected. We ended up raising 1,225 items for the victims! All our members made cards and letters to send to the victims as well to bring them comfort and love in their hard times. These types of projects remind us that we can make a difference. All the things we see on the news aren’t just events; they are an opportunity to do something about the way the world is. If you stay informed, you would be surprised of the opportunities that are just within your grasp.


Key Leader Camp By Andrea Manning, Lt. Govenor Division 8 Key Leader Camp is an exciting 3-day leadership camp experience. This past March was my second year attending. I served as a student facilitator which gave me the opportunity to apply the skills I acquired the previous year. Over these three days, we held seminar style lessons on service leadership, participated in many group activities, built “neighborhoods�, and practiced teamwork through a ground ropes course. Our neighborhoods consisted of about eight Key Leaders who we spent the majority of the weekend collaborating with on numerous projects and exploring what it means to truly serve others while leading. The ropes course managed to disappoint many as we passed by a sky-high rock climbing wall with a bridge ladder that we assumed was the ropes course, only to find ourselves planted firmly on the ground tossing a ball around, practicing trust falls, and (eventually) pushing each other through a car tire that was about 5 feet off the ground. Despite our general dismay, we still had an awesome time and grew closer as a team and as individual leaders. Overall, my two years attending Key Leader camp were invaluable moments that I am grateful to have been able to experience.


I loved DCON because.... By Katherine Lang, District Events Chair On the late afternoon of Friday, February 26th, buses lined up along the Sea Palms Resort in Saint Simon’s Island. The streets were filled with the buzz of chatter of excited students from all over Georgia, waiting outside the building behind the closed doors. When the clock struck 4:00 pm, Georgia Key Clubbers poured into the resort, ready to spend a weekend to celebrate the successes of the 2016-2017 year. Georgia District Convention is a weekend opportunity for students from every corner of Georgia to meet under one roof and learn about the structure of Key Club beyond our school level. This includes workshops, banquets, and even the experience to elect the following year’s Georgia District Board! Every hour of this productive weekend was filled with educational sessions and chances to interact with members from all over Georgia; it’s extremely difficult to select a specific highlight. Workshops, service projects, meals, and even the distinguished 3K Walk for Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Homes were adored among all the attendees, but in my opinion, none hit home quite like the Farewell Brunch that was held on Sunday morning right before the end of an amazing 2017 Georgia District Convention. It was truly a bittersweet morning. You could feel it in the air; everyone knew this phenomenal year was ending, but only to be replaced by a hopefully even better one. The Farewell Brunch was an unforgettable memory because everyone had the chance to look back and recall all their cheerful memories that Key Club has brought them and say goodbye to the current District Board and to students we met through the seemingly-short weekend. We united under our passion and got to say goodbye with the people who cared. Seeing the District Board retire was the hardest part of all; they had tears rolling out of their eyes but smiles on their faces while saying goodbye to the Club they knew and loved. I had only met them a couple days before, but it was almost like they already incorporated us into their family. It was truly a perfect way for Key Club to say “until next year...”


By Manas Angalakuduti, Policies and Contests Chair In my two service-filled years with Key Club, District Convention (DCON) was definitely my favorite memory in Key Club. At first, I thought the convention would be like any ordinary club convention, but I soon realized how I wrong I was. Before District Convention, I didn’t know of the many service projects and exciting service opportunities that are available to me. Representatives from different projects such as The Eliminate Project and the March of Dimes helped raise awareness to Key Clubbers about service opportunities that we could participate in. Now that I can know about each of the projects, I can make a difference in people’s lives around the world. These workshops were not only educational, but also included fun and engaging activities. My favorite workshop was the March of Dimes workshop because the representative from the program really engaged me in conversations as well as the activities. Her activity was splitting all of us into four groups and thinking of as many songs as you can in one minute and then singing it. If a group already sang a song that you sang, then you are eliminated. I met many new people at District Convention, some of which are on the board. The social environment was unlike any other. The dinners were fancy with a good taste of modern music, and the party was definitely one of the main highlights of convention. I have never had a more exhilarating experience and cannot wait to see what District Convention has in store for next year.


This year’s Key Club International Convention is held in San Antonio, Texas from July 5 to July 9! Why should you go? Every Key Clubber should attend because it’s the biggest event of the Key Club year! Imagine celebrating the amazing things Key Club does with more than 1,600 Key Clubbers from all across the United States, Canada and the Caribbean!


ARE YOU EXCITED TO… Bond with your people? Travel to and from International Convention with your district? Share innovative service project and fundraising ideas? Listen to amazing speakers? Learn about servant leadership? Train for your 2016-17 leadership position? Elect next year’s Key Club International Board? Hear about our success so far with The Eliminate Project— and how you can help eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus? Discover new charities and organizations you and your club can team up with? Have fun and make memories and friendships that last a lifetime? If so register NOW @ http://www.gakeyclub.org/events/ icon/


International Convention

l a v i v r Su uide G

By Calista Moore. Lt. Governor Division 13

“It started off as a dream, but turned into something bigger than any of us could ever dream of.” ~The Buried Life The Buried Life is a group of boys traveling the world, doing their top 100 things to do before they die. As one of the members gave an inspirational message to hundreds of key clubbers, I sat there and pondered what would be on my own bucket list. Of course the usual came to mind: win the lottery, go skydiving, and shave my head, but there was something more that I wanted to have on my list. I wanted to continue serving in key club by being on the district board for next year. I’m now crossing that off of my list, and the only reason I am is because someone pushed me to go to International Convention 2016. So here I am, pushing you to take this once in a lifetime chance. Go to international convention this year, you will experience so many incredible things! Of course, I could be the promotional video and give you the “YOU’LL MEET SO MANY PEOPLE AND WE’RE GOING TO SIX FLAGS, COME ON DUDE! IT’S LIT!” If you want that here’s the link: http://www.keyclub.org/events/ couonvention.aspx . But what I’m going to do is give you a survival guide for International Convention (ICON)!

Be optimistic! You’re in Texas for an entire week sharing an experience with

hundreds of key clubbers, what is there to be negative about? You live in Georgia; you can handle the heat.

Make acquaintances! Not everyone you meet is going to be a life-long

friend. You’re not going to click with everyone, but don’t let that stop you from introducing yourself to everybody and anybody. It doesn’t hurt to know someone’s name or what state they are from, it’s all about connections.

Take notes!

There are going to be SOO many speakers and workshops that there is no way you will be able to remember all of them. Take detailed notes on what is being said then apply that to your home club/district board.

Actually listen to the speakers. After being there for a week, you’re going

to be tired of sitting and listening, but everyone has a different story to tell and they are there for a reason, just like you!


Go to as many workshops as possible.

You’re not forced to go to the workshops, mom isn’t there making you go. But every workshop is different; they are a lot more laid back compared to general sessions and this is where you’ll actually be able to meet people.

Make friends! You WILL get closer to the people in your district but try to make friends from all over the world, and compare childhood stories! How you grew up is probably a lot different than someone in Canada or the Bahamas.

Embrace being a tourist. You’re going to go to a lot of tourist sites, don’t be

afraid to be a tourist! Take hundreds of pictures, bring your camera, don’t eat chicken tenders at an authentic Mexican restaurant!

Bring a light jacket. Yes, you’re in Texas in the middle of the summer and it’s

going to be hot but inside the hotel’s conference center they want to freeze you, that is their objective in life. I cannot express to you how important it is to bring a light jacket/ sweater.

Be involved in the caucusing process! At the beginning of ICON, you will be

given a packet with every candidate running for a position. Take notes when they are giving their speech, ask them questions, go up to them personally and see how they are when they aren’t behind a podium, this is your lasting mark on next year’s Key Club!

Bring your favorite snack! One day you might wake up late and not have

breakfast, that’s when you reach into your bag and pull out your favorite snack! But if you’re anything like me I suggest bringing some sort of coffee/energy drink, it’s a long week and in order to have a good time, you need to be awake! I hope you’ve enjoyed my ICON survival tips! If you have any questions on ICON feel free to Email me at calista.moore@gakeyclub.org or our governor at jose.ramirerz@gakeyclub.org. Can’t wait to see you in San Antonio Texas for International Convention!


Meet your 2017-18 Georgia District B District Governor, José Ramirez! In

his spare time, you can find him playing the Alto Sax, watching Grey’s Anatomy, or listening to his favorite alternative music. But be sure not to mess with him, because he’s trained in martial arts!

Division 3 Lt. G Christopher Bl

currently in the pro computer, and lov coding. He also lov Supernatural!

District Secretary Treasurer, Jin Jeon! Jin loves Korean food, the show

Division 4 Lt. G Ramirez! Jasmin

Bulletin Editor, Tess Mosley! Tess

Division 5 Lt. G Barnes! Katelyn

House M.D., pandas, and science. If she was given the chance to travel anywhere, she would go to Puerto Rico, and one of her talents is swimming!

is an avid performer in both theatre and dance, and spends her spare time playing the ukulele or cross stitching!

Division 1 Lt. Governor, Vivi Ngo!

Vivi’s dream vacation is a trip to the Maldives, and on the way you could find her listening to her favorite country music, or watching shameless.

Divison 2 Lt. Governor, Patrick Hollman! Patrick loves hunting, fishing,

golfing, and country music! When he isn’t having fun in the outdoors, or working with Key Club, he might be watching the Walking Dead or his favorite Olympic sport, baseball.

guitar, and ukulel anywhere, she wo favorite animal is food group is all t

turtles, drawing, a

Division 6 Lt G Grant! Hope enj

fantasy movies, an related!

Division 7 Lt. G Peta! Megan is a

player, and loves D show Parks and R all, hummus!


Board of Trustees!

Governor, lanton! Christopher is

Division 8 Lt. Governor, Andrea Manning! If Andrea could go anywhere,

Governor, Jasmine

Division 10 Lt. Governor, Kobi Sisengchanh! Kobi plays the trumpet and

rocess of building his own ves graphic design and ves Chorus, and the show

ne can play the piano, le, and if she could travel ould go to Venice. Her a goat, and her favorite things sugar!

Governor, Katelynn

nn loves swimming, sea and Hawaii!

Governor, Hope

joys singing, reading, nd all things STEM

Governor, Megan

a very talented soccer Documentaries, the Rec, puppies, and most of

it would be Italy, and loves the show Criminal Minds. She’s attended Key Leader for two years, so if you have any questions, ask her!

the French horn, and loves hip-hop! He would also love to go to Australia and see the Great Barrier Reef!

Division 11 Lt. Governor, Eric Gonzales! Eric is very artistic, and loves singing, making music, and art!

Division 12 Lt. Governor, Meilin Wu! She spends her time drawing, playing the Guzheng, and watching Chinese dramas. You may hear us call her Garbo, after the actor Greta Garbo!

Division 13 Lt. Governor, Calista Moore! Calista plays the saxophone,

listens to 70’s classic rock, loves watching buzzfeed, and has a black belt in karate!


Division 14 Lt. Governor, Christina Lee! Christina is a total science nerd! Her number one hobby is scientific research, her favorite movie genre is documentaries, and her favorite animal? Platyhelminthes, aka flat worms!

District Events Chair, Katherine Lang! Katherine

loves to play the trumpet, watch parks and rec, and listen to Shawn Mendes, and her dream vacation would be to Tokyo!

Policies and Contests Chair, Manas Angalakuduti! Manas keeps very busy by participating

in FBLA, Red Cross, Robotics, and of course Key Club, and by swimming, programming, and playing the saxophone!

District Project Chair, Andrew McGraw! Andrew

loves music, penguins, and the show Emerald City. He’s also blue-green color blind, and an ordained minister!

Kiwanis Family and Major Emphasis Project Chair, Mary Grace Watson! Mary Grace plays tennis and the piano, and loves to sing (especially along with Taylor Swift). Her favorite food group? Gummy bears!

Contact us at... District Governor Jose Ramirez governor@gakeyclub.org

District Secretary-Treasurer Jin Jeon sectreas@gakeycub.org District Administrator Brad Malone brad.malone@gakeyclub.org

District Bulletin Editor Tess Mosley editor@gakeyclub.org


Thanks for reading! Want to be included in the next edition?

Write a 150-300 word article relating to Key Club! This could be your favorite service project, fundraiser, or memory.

Pick a good picture that relates to your story!

Send your article and picture to editor@gakeyclub.org by July 15th! Be sure to include your name and the school you’re from.

Questions? Email your Lieutenant Governor or editor@gakeyclub.org for more information or help!

Key Ring May 2017