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KEY RING

The official publication of the Georgia District of Key Club International


What’s in this Edition? 3 Governor’s Message 4 Dues 5 Committee Updates 7 GLTC 11 Running for Board 15 Getting Involved 17 Division Updates 19 Scholarships


As we enter the 3rd month of the school year (eek! that's

scary enough without Halloween) I'm sure you've conjured up many questions. Among those questions might be "What's going on in the GA District?" "What can I do to help?" or "How can I get involved on the district level?" This edition of the Key Ring is dedicated to those questions! As you read through,

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Tess Mosley, District Bulletin Editor


Hello Key Clubbers! It is a very exciting time here in the Georgia District. The Fall months are the perfect time to complete that special service project, fundraise for UNICEF, and connect with the Kiwanis Family. Throughout the Key Club year, remember that the District Board is here to serve you and help you with ny questions you may have. I encourage you to contact your Lieutenant Governor and/or Executive Board at any time. Many divisions will be having Divisional Council Meetings (DCMs) during this time; look out for communication from your Lt. Governor regarding details of dates, times, and locations. Perhaps the most exciting opportunity for service this month is Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. Clubs who have previously received boxes should have already been mailed new ones this year. By raising money, we take one step towards eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus from this world. This terrible disease kills several newborn babies and their mothers every year. However, there is a solution through the Eliminate Project! Just $1.80 will provide for three doses of a life saving vaccine. This is enough to immunize a mother and all her future children. I look forward to seeing all of your success stories in the next Key Ring edition! Jose J. Ramirez


A GUIDE TO SUBMITTING OFFICER INFORMATION The Georgia District of Key Club International collects officer information each year so the District Board can effectively communicate with the officers at each club. One person from each club should fill out the form to submit their club’s Officer Information for the 2017-18 school year. If your club hasn’t submitted the form yet, don’t worry. Here are 3 easy easy steps that you can follow!

Step #1 Go to gakeyclub.org/

Step #2 Click on the Resource tab and then the Submit Officer Information tab

Step #3 Fill out the google form with advisor and officer information and submit

How easy is that?! Thanks to all the clubs that have already submitted their officer information! ~From District Secretary-Treasurer Jin Jeon


Maternal/ neonatal tetanus is caused by tetanus spores found in soil, and 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. In 2010, Kiwanis International and UNICEF united to eliminate maternal/ neonatal tetanus, and you can help. For only $1.80, you can give a vaccine to a mother to protect her and her future babies. Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF is a primary way that Key Clubbers around the world raise money for the Eliminate Project. During October, some Key Clubs dress up in costumes and go door to door asking for donations. Other clubs host fall festivals and trunk-or-treats and raise money by charging for admission and refreshments. Trick or Treat for UNICEF is the whole month of October, so find something that works for your club and Trick or Treat for UNICEF to support the Eliminate Project. So how exactly can you help? The process is easy! You can participate in five simple steps! 1. Decide with your club what kind of fundraiser you’ll do. 2. Order your collection boxes 3. Collect donations. 4. Submit your club’s donations by Dec 31st! 5.Celebrate! You’re helping save moms and babies.


GSYH UPDATE

Hey Georgia Key Clubbers! The school year and key club season is in full swing, which means our passion for fundraising is in full swing too, right?! As a quick recap, the District Projects committee has unveiled a new fundraising and awareness campaign for the Foundation for Education project at the Mountainview Campus: My Hi-Five! 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! Now is the time you determine the success of your club’s fundraising efforts. Club officers and advisors should be meeting regularly to plan out and execute a successful fundraiser. ALL clubs who reach the $5 per member club goal will be recognized at District Convention

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. Additionally, I am willing to visit your clubs’ meetings and provide more information about the District Project. Please feel free to email me about scheduling a day and time for me to visit! 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


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By Katherine Lang, District Events Chair Hello Key Clubbers, who’s ready for another fantastic school year? For those of you who are dreading the school workload, let’s reminisce on another great summer for Key Club. These past few months have been full of excitement with action-packed events, specifically GLTC! First thing in the morning, we huddled around the entrance of Six Flags, as cars and buses filled with ecstatic students piled into the parking lots. The air was filled with chatter and laughter as lieutenant governors met up with their divisions, and students all the way from Dalton to Valdosta greeted each other. As the party moved into the Crystal Pistol, Key Clubbers danced and chanted prior to an information-packed session, sprinkled with the occasional icebreaker. After gathering for lunch and DCM’s, it was off to the numerous roller coasters! On behalf of the Georgia District Board, I would like to thank all of our attendees this year who contributed to making this GLTC great. We hope to have helped you furthered your passion for Key Club, and we are looking forward to seeing you again next year!

By Patrick Holman, Lt. Governor Division 2 In addition to awesome Roller Coasters and great fun with friends, my favorite part of Georgia Leadership Training Conference (GLTC) was meeting new people. At GLTC we got to meet with our divisions and talk to them about things like contact info, visits, and District Convention. After being dismissed from the Crystal Pistol we were given a chance to sit down and eat lunch with our division. I enjoyed getting to meet new friends and talk more about their school and ideas about fun meeting places. I met a lot of really nice Key Club members, and I cannot wait to visit them!


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By Vivi Ngo, Lt. Governor Division 1 270 Key Clubbers across the state of Georgia all came together under the umbrella of service on August 26, 2017 at Six Flags for Georgia Leadership Training Conference (GLTC for short). The room was filled with excitement, positive energy, and enthusiasm. With so many unique individuals in the same room, my favorite part about GLTC was meeting you guys! Personally, I love meeting new people and making new friends and GLTC gave me the chance to meet 270 strangers! Everyone was so willing to introduce themselves and step outside their comfort zone to make new friends. Not only was I able to meet Key Clubbers from Georgia, I also met our amazing International Trustee Nhung Tran from Orange County in California. I first met Key Clubbers when walking around the front gate introducing myself during registration. While waiting for the front gates to open, I met this one guy who came by himself but he did not feel alone because he instantly welcomed by our district board and introduced to other Key Clubbers! It was amazing getting to know everyone and people within my own district, hopefully I’ll get to meet more of you guys at District Convention!


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 Megan Peta, Lt. Governor Division 7 Among the Instagram feuds and foreign policy disputes, there is a crisis that plagues 663 million people on our planet and never makes mainstream news. In developing countries all over the world, there are communities that lack access to clean drinking water. The effects: lack of education, spread of bacterial infections, and so much more. Communities are devastated by the lack of water, a necessity for survival, but there is change happening. Key Club International has recently partnered with Thirst Project who uses the power and leadership of youth organizations around the world to end the water crisis. They encourage young people to put their creative powers to use to raise money and awareness for the global water crisis. YOU can be the change in this world and fight to end such an i mportant human rights battle. Everybody deserves access to clean water. Learn more at www.thirstproject.org.


"Why did you run for Di By Jasmine Ramirez, Lt. Governor Division 4 I ran for district board because of my love for Key Club, the want to better the communication to my division, the need to serve others, and ultimately because a friend said I should and I said “bet”. I lost epically as an uninformed Division 4 Key Clubber in a Division 13 divisional rally, but came out as a winner at District convention. I am so glad I ran for board because I have made so many wonderful memories with so many wonderful people. They have strengthened my love to serve others and have always supported me and helped me when I needed it. I love board because if you need help, everyone will work together to help you even if it isn’t their position, or even if it isn’t Key Club related. While there are many deadlines and serious rush moments, District board is just a group of people that want to make our little corner of Key Club more efficient and fun. If you have a passion to serve others and enjoy doing all you can to make sure that it’s easier for others to serve, then you should run for board. If you want to make sure that each club is getting the message loud and clear, then you should definitely run for a Lt. Governor position . While it is a lot of precise, time sensitive work, it is a great reward when things get done. District board is a great opportunity for those with big hearts to help those who serve others.


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By Katelynn Barnes, Lt. Governor Division 5 Applying for a position on the district board is hands down one of the best decisions I have made. Why did I apply? I was filled with so much passion and love while working with my home club and wanted to be able to share my passion for service and this amazing organization on a bigger level. I wanted the chance to form amazing friendships and learn as much as I could about Key Club. Being on the board has pushed me so far out of comfort zone, and I have loved every second of it. I have been able to connect with Key Clubbers from all over the world, and have had the opportunity to see first hand what the wonderful foundations like the GSYH are doing. My term so far has been challenging, but I would not change a single second of it. My love for Key Club only continues to grow each and every day because of this amazing opportunity I have been blessed with. I have made so many incredible memories and friendships. My position on board has also provided me with so many wonderful travel opportunities. If running for board is something you have been considering, go for it! I promise you won’t regret it.


"Why did you run for D By Christina Lee, Lt. Governor Division 14 & 15

Ever since I was little, I always had a desire to make a positive impact on the world. As I grew up, however, I realized that finding solutions to the world’s most devastating diseases was a lot harder than I assumed at the age of seven. Although my early dreams of eradicating diseases and ending deforestation were easily crushed by reality, I realized that there were numerous other ways to help. Since the beginning of my freshman year, Key Club has given me the opportunity to produce a tangible impact on the world. As a nervous freshman, I spontaneously ran for a Lambert Key Club officer position. Since that day, Key Club has been my driving force, my motivation to step beyond my limits and my expectations. That year Jake Kwon, who was a senior at Lambert, was the lieutenant governor for division 14 and 11, and Minyoung Kim, a long childhood friend, was the district governor. Throughout the year, I witnessed Jake’s and Minyoung’s unwavering commitments and dedications to serving their community. I myself wanted to serve the community on a larger scale. Early on I developed a growing desire to run for the position of lieutenant governor. I was captivated by the idea of getting to expand my boundaries and meet like-minded individuals. That winter I was elected as the Lieutenant governor of Division 14!


istrict Board?" As the Lieutenant Governor for Division 14 and 15, Key Club has become an integral aspect of my life; this organization has broadened my perspective, my motives, and my beliefs. By planning and attending divisional council meetings and Key Club conventions, I have been able to interact with individuals from all across the world - open-minded, selfless individuals who I would not otherwise have been able to meet in the absence of this incredible organization. Through this position, I have been able to give back to not only my local community but to communities miles away. I have seen the result of hard work and dedication through the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes tour, where my love for the organization flourished. Nothing makes me regret my decision to run for lieutenant governor; the only regret that I have is not joining the welcoming Kiwanis Family earlier. I encourage everyone to immerse themselves in the Key Club experience and to run for the district positions if interested. This experience has made me more inclusive, compassionate, and courageous. I have gained new perspectives that allow me to see beyond the surface, and I am a part of a family composed of individuals who inspire me every single day.


How do you like to get involved? By Megan Peta, Lt. Governor Division 7 Finding a project that a whole school can rally behind requires a delicate balance of compassion and school spirit. Mountain View Key Club achieved such a project by hosting their first Car Smash for Eliminate. Leading up to the much anticipated homecoming game, students could purchase tickets during lunch to smash a car. At the game that Friday, those who bought tickets that week or anyone who bought tickets on site got three hits at an old junk car covered in school colors and battle cries. Not only did the project raise $217.42 for the Eliminate project, but it cultivated school spirit in those who participated and added to the developing culture within the high school. This project can be used for all sorts of charities whether it’s Eliminate, Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes, or Thirst Project. A car smash is a great way to raise money and get an entire school excited about service.

By Alia Bly, Lt. Governor Division 11 Key Club has introduced me to many life-changing service projects, an opportunity I find very unique. Throughout the missions in which I have participated, YUDA Bands has taken precedence in my mind. This widespread mission was the first major project I took part in, and being a member of something so much larger than myself proved very impactful in my involvement as a future Key Clubber. Not only did this service initiative capture my attention, but it inspired a great portion of students at my school to become involved. For such a small cost, my school was able to make a large influence on the life of another aspiring student. Not to mention, the bracelets were very cute. I hope all Key Club members get the chance to take part in a service project that means as much to them as YUDA Bands did to me.


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.

The Youth Opportunities Fund can Help!


What’s going on in Division... 8

By Andrea Manning, Lt. Governor Division 8 Division 8 is kicking it into high gear for the remainder of the club year! Next week, our first Divisional Council Meeting (DCM) is being held where the club officers will officially meet one another for the first time and begin voting on various division wide collaborations we want to have throughout the year. We are currently discussing planning a division wide service project for the upcoming month of October. We want this to be a large scale event to match the size of our division and we want it to have an equally large impact! In addition to this, I’ve had many officers looking for general collaboration and ideas on ways in which they should conduct meetings, host small scale service projects, and get their members engaged in the various activities and fundraisers their clubs host. All of these topics will be discussed in addition to many others at our first DCM.


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By Hope Grant, Lt. Governor DIvision 6 All around Division 6, Key Clubbers have been volunteering in this year’s in IronMan, a triathlon race in Augusta, Georgia. Key Clubbers this year had 2 jobs: lend support to the racers and provide them with water or gatorade while racing. Additionally, some Key Clubbers were able to lend a hand during Hurricane Irma in Florida and others have been volunteering at the local Boys and Girls Club. In October, we are volunteering at the Hope House of Augusta for their Murder Mystery Fundraiser, which will be pretty spooky. The proceeds of the event will help support the Hope House of Augusta, which aids the support of those recovering from various addictions. We will also be hosting a Halloween Party for the Homeless Children at a local family homeless shelter, and on the 31st we will be Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF.

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By Kobi Sisengchanh, Lt. Governor Division 10 In the past few weeks, two hurricanes have landed in the US and affected the lives of many. Thousands of people throughout parts of Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Alabama, South and North Carolina, and Florida have lost their homes, food, and many other items to the hurricane. Most of those affected are taking refuge in nearby shelters, and they need our help to recover. That is why Habersham Central Key Club is fundraising and collecting items to donate to areas hit by hurricanes. Even though we have had an unexpected week off of school, we will continue our fundraising to help those still without food, shelter, and other essentials that they have lost to the hurricane. The hurricanes have affected us all in one way or another and we are trying to help in any way we can to build back the homes, schools, and communities hurt the most.


Hey there GA Key Clubbers! Are you a senior heading into college? Sign up for a chance to receive 1,000 dollars to help with your fees for college! One of the most important parts of going to college is scholarships.

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Administrator, Robert Barron, at 605 Chenocetah Drive, Cornelia, GA 30531. ~ Manas Angalakuduti, Policies and Contests Chair


Questions, comments, or concerns?

Contact us!

District Governor Jose Ramirez governor@gakeyclub.org District Secretary-Treasurer Jin Jeon sectreas@gakeycub.org District Bulletin Editor Tess Mosley editor@gakeyclub.org District Administrator Brad Malone brad.malone@gakeyclub.org

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