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The Iolian

June 2018 Summer Edition

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Table Of Contents Executive Updates Governor Tyler Swanson……………………………………………………………………..………………………….….3 Secretary Melis Dik and Statistical Secretary Rubi Zamudio-Rivera ………………………………………..4 Treasurer David Vargas……………………………………………………………………...……………………………...5

Editor Jenna Meehan……………………………………………………………………………..………………………....6 Meet Your District Committees New Club Building & Reactivation……………………………………………………………………………………..7 Leadership Development………………………………………………………………………………………………......8 Major Emphasis……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….9 Awards & District Project……………………………………………………………………………………………...….10 DCLC……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….…...11

Technology………………………………………………………………………………………………………..…………….12 Kiwanis Family Relations…………………………………………………………………………………………..……..13 Kiwanis Family Picnic Information……………………………………………………………...…………..……….14 ICON 2018 Schedule……………………………………………………………………………………………………...15 DCLC Theme Reveal………………………………………………………………………………………………..……..16 Key Leader Information……………………………………………………………………………………………..…….17 Five Year Strategic Plan Update……………………………………………………………………………..……...18-19 Governor Tyler’s Travels……………………………...…………………………………………………………………..20 Camp Independence Visitor’s Day…………………………………………………………………………..……….21 Club Spotlight…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….….22 At My First DCLC……………………………………………………………………………………………………….….23 I-I Captian Farewell………………………………………………………………………………………………………….24

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Governor’s Update Hey Key Clubbers! Out of all the different Key Club and Kiwanis events I have attended over my career as a Key Clubber, Key Leader is one of my favorites! I love Key Leader because it is both very educational and incredibly fun. You will learn how to become a better leader in your home, school, and community, and you make a lot of friends along the way. My favorite experience from Key Leader when I attended last year was the campers and I were led to this high rope course suspended 60 feet in the air and we all got our hats and harnesses to make sure we wouldn't get hurt (Safety first!) At first, the people who entered the course were extremely nervous and unsure of themselves, myself included! What I loved was that I could see everyone become more confident as they made their way through the course! From walking on tight ropes to a thrilling zipline, each camper conquered their fears and gained immense confidence in themselves. That's what Key Leader is all about! Finding the and building up the leader in yourself. To this day I believe that if I did not attend Key Leader last year I would not be a Governor today. Now, I could talk about Key Leader all day, but I don't want to take up the entire newsletter! Key Clubbers, mark your calendars for October 20th and get ready for the experience of a lifetime!     

Phone (815) 315-7120 Email: governor@iikeyclub.org Twitter: @TSwan1315 Instagram: tyler_swanson15 Snapchat: mr.swanson21

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Statistical Secretary’s Update Hello there! We've all been working hard on getting all of the monthly report forms in and I am so happy to report that 55% of our fellow clubs have 100% of their monthly report forms turned on time. It is very important that you turn these forms in because it's one of the many ways that the district board knows how to help. The MRF has received some changes that are only meant to help all of us. Also, please know that after the report form that was turned in in June, you don't have to turn in reports until September for the summer months. HOWEVER, it is very crucial that you still let us know how your club is doing and the events being held during the summer. Keep up the good work!

Secretary’s Update Hey everyone! I hope you’re enjoying your summer break! More rosters are coming in everyday; we have about 27% of the rosters in and the new school year hasn’t even started. Keep up the fantastic work, and if you haven’t turned in your roster yet, keep pushing to get it in by the September 15th deadline. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me and I’ll help you out! Melis Dik I-I District Secretary secretary@iikeyclub.org 815-262-5284 4


Treasurer’s Update Hey Key Clubbers, Glad to talk to you again! Since the last Iolian, a lot of fun things happened to the I-I District, so let's get started. At June Board last week, the Board approved the budget for the 2018 - 2019 school year. This was one of the most important items voted on at June Board for the upcoming year and showed how much of a team we really are. Additionally, over June Board the Board gave me permission to have a fun and delicious fundraiser. Over Key Club Week, November 6th to the 10th, I will be contacting Chipotle to see if they would like to host a fundraiser. Keep your fingers crossed and put this on your radar, this is an event you don't want to miss. Have a great rest of summer!!! Kind Regards, David Vargas Illinois Eastern Iowa District Treasurer Grants and Fundraising Youth Opportunity Fund Youth Opportunity Fund or YOF, is a grant-based system where your club can apply to win $100 to $2,000 for their next event. Last year over $70,000 was given in grants through this system, plus its super easy! Go to Key Club website, type in Youth Opportunity Fund and then sign right up. Don’t be afraid to apply chances are you will get it, about 10 clubs a year receive their respected grants!! Halo Movement

Halo Movement is run by Nickelodeon and is another grant-based system. There are 2 grant cycles throughout the year to help your club. Here, your club could win $100 to $2,500 in grants for your next event. The cool part is that the community votes on who should receive the grant. Plus, if you win you get featured on TV!! Kiwanis Gives Kiwanis give is a fundraising type system in which you always receive money. Unlike Halo Movement and YOF, Kiwanis Gives is like GoFundMe, where people donate money and you receive it. There is no need to wait and hope to receive money, you are almost always going to get money if you spread the word, plus the donors receive a gift as well. It’s a win win! 5


Editor’s Update Hello Illinois– Eastern Iowa District Key Clubbers, It is finally summer! However, just because school is out doesn’t mean your district board stops working, we start working ahead for next year! This past weekend at the June Board Meeting I had a great time working with Lieutenant Governors and your Executive Board. Next month, the I-I District is looking forward to hosting all of Key Club International for ICON in Chicago, IL! The start of the school year is a great time to add a Club Editor to your club’s board. Your Lieutenant Governor should have contacted every club without an Editor in your division and provided those clubs with resources. If you need help or have any questions regarding the position, please let me know. I would be more than happy to provide you resources and help train newly elected Editors! Additionally, please continue to submit to the Iolian’s Club Spotlight and At My First DCLC Sections. All you need to do is send your article and a photo (with the names of the students in the photo) to editor@iikeyclub.org . Remember, submissions have historically counted towards various awards at District Convention and are a great way to feature your club’s work. Keep up the great work and remember to contact me if there is any way I can be of assistance to your club! Yours In Service, Jenna Meehan Iolian Editor

Contact Me: Email: editor@iikeyclub.org

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New Club Building & Reactivation Committee Hello Key Clubbers, We are Sammie Musielak and Ashton Stipp, and we are proud to be serving as the New Club Building and Reactivation Co-Chairs this year! Together, we are responsible for helping new clubs form and helping clubs that haven't been active get going again. Currently, our efforts are focused on contacting schools without Key Clubs to see if we can generate interest. It's a lot of emailing and waiting, but we hope to follow up with meet- andgreets and eventually bring several new schools on board with Key Clubs during our year! As the year goes on, we hope to help existing clubs get their questions answered on things like paperwork and dues and to help connect the clubs to their LTGs and their local Kiwanis clubs. Sammie Musielak is responsible for the northern part of the district. I attend Batavia High School, where I serve as Key Club Editor and I am a LINK Crew Commissioner. Outside of school, I am a black belt in Karate, and an ordained Deacon at my church. I hope this year we can work together to be more accessible and promote leadership, so all Key Clubbers know the opportunities available to them at the District and International level. Ashton Stipp is responsible for the southern part of the district. I attend Woodland High School. I am involved in various extracurriculars such as National Honor Society, 4-H, Snowball, Key Club, Student Council and cheerleading. Serving as club officers, committee chairs and a past Lieutenant Governor for Key Club has given me amazing leadership skills. I hope that this year we can all work together to help reactive and build your clubs. Got questions? Sammie can be reached at newclubnorth@iikeyclub.org. Ashton can be reached at newclubsouth@iikeyclub.org. We look forward to working with you this year!

Left: New Club Building North Chair Sammie Musielak Right: New Club Building South Chair Asthon Stipp

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Leadership Development Committee Hi I-I District, My name is Jenna Lasky and I am the 2018-2019 Leadership Committee Chair. I have been involved with Key Club for the past three years of high school and have served on my club's board during my sophomore and junior year. When I was elected Lieutenant Governor this past March, I stepped down as a board member and happily took on the new role! I have loved every second of my involvement with the District so far and I can't wait to see what the rest of the year holds. In school, I am also involved in many different clubs including Literary Magazine, Medical Club, World Language Honors Society, National Honor Society, the school newspaper, and After Schools All Stars (a tutoring club). Outside of school, I volunteer at the library and Glenbrook hospital and babysit when I can! Taking part of so many commitments has taught me to enjoy every aspect of a club, event, or meeting because there is so much diversity in it and I am able to gain so much experience from each activity. Volunteering is truly one of my biggest passions and I know it will be a part of my life for the long run. Being a leader of a group always scared me little at first, but being a LTG and committee chair has given me the tools to adapt and become more comfortable. Now that you know a bit more about me, let's talk about the goals of the Leadership Committee! In brief, the objectives of the Leadership Committee are to prepare an informative multi-hour training session for Lieutenant Governor elects at the January board training in 2019. This committee includes myself and 3 other Lieutenant Governors. These wonderful ladies are Natalie Bock, Hannah Darbro, and Brianna German. Shout out to our awesome Committee Advisor, Mrs. Wolfeheinz! Our goals for the year include adjusting the training slideshow to make it more timely, adding a few pages to the reference binder that each new recruit receives at the training, as well as coming up with fun activities to do with the elects during the orientation. One of the new additions we plan to include in the training is a recap video of all the committee member's terms on the district board. I think this will give the elects a good sense of what they are going in to as they take on their position. They will also receive complimentary LTG swag that the committee and I will start designing at the June board meeting. I can't wait until our finished products come together and we get to train some fresh meat in January! Thanks for reading. Sincerely, Jenna

Email: Ltg7@iikeyclub.org and co-chair Hannah Darbro at Lg21@iikeyclub.org 8


Major Emphasis Committee The Major Emphasis Committee is excited to bring forward some new and exciting service ideas that will hopefully engage the current key clubbers as well as encourage new members to join this year! Myself and my fellow committee members, Kiara Hackett and Shannon Paton are in the process of filling out a “schedule� of events, fundraisers, and activities that include actual charity events that are recognized nationally as well as fun projects that should be easily doable through schools around the district. We hope to provide lieutenant governors the resources such as schedules and service ideas throughout the year so that all clubs, big and small, can help our four preferred charities. We have also included a goal of $12,000 for the Thirst Project, which would fund a well for a lifetime for one village of people in need of clean, accessible drinking water. In the next few weeks and months, the Major Emphasis Committee is hoping to finish the schedule of events, finish planning out service projects, and add new fields to the Monthly Report Forms to make tracking donations from each club easier. We are looking forward to an exciting and engaging year! Email: Ltg30@iikeyclub.org

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Awards Committee Hello all! My name is Ananya Kommalapati and I am your chair for the Awards Committee this academic year! I am currently a Sophomore at Normal Community High School and am also the Lieutenant Governor for District 22N.

The Awards Committee is responsible for creating the Awards Booklet and awarding people for all their hard work and the contributions they make towards Key Club. Specifically for this year, our goal is to double the amount of awards applications that we receive. We also are looking to see that we are receiving applications from new clubs as well! We are an extremely detailoriented committee and are willing to work extremely hard to fulfill our goals. All in all, I am super excited to work with you all and accomplish a lot this year!

District Project Committee Hi everybody! My name is Vidhula Srinivasan and I am going to be a junior at Glenwood High School, in Chatham IL. I am the Lieutenant Governor for Division 28/29 which mostly consists of schools in the central IL region. As the chair of the District Project committee, along with Haleigh Flahtery, David Binkley and Autumn Reed, we hope to raise money for the Kiwanis Neuroscience Research Foundation. This foundation has been providing financial aid to finding a cure for diseases of the central nervous system. Last year, the committee sold lanyards to fundraise for the District Project and this year we hope to raise even more money than we did in the past! 10


DCLC Committee Hello I-I District! My name is Melina Colucci and I'm so delighted to serve as the chair for this years District Convention. I'm currently wrapping up my junior year at Lake Park High School while playing volleyball, working, as well as continuing my service of course and although these are great to do, I'm mostly excited to continue working along side Lieutenant Governors Marco Gomez, Reagan Toole, and Ben Keierleber to ensure a great convention. In the plans, we have four themes TBD, a social media campaign planned out, as well as different ways to make this years convention more engaging and interactive. With feedback from this years board members and you all as well (keep an eye out for a feedback form from your Lieutenant Governor) , we are hoping to make this the best convention yet! Feel free to contact me with any questions. P: 630-246-1345 E: dclcchair@iikeyclub.org

The DCLC Committee holds a meeting! Pictured: Melina Colucci, Regan Toole, Marco Gomez & Ben Keierleber

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Technology Committee Hi Key Clubbers! I’m Sydney Ringold, your new tech chair! I’m a rising senior at Dubuque Senior High School in Dubuque, Iowa. Some of my extracurriculars include Model UN, Speech, FTC Robotics, Coding Club, and music. Some random facts about me are that I have a twin sister, I compete in piano competitions, and have a love for pineapples. My committee focuses on the best way to incorporate technology into everyday club business. We are always looking for new and exciting ways to use technology. Our main goal is to make technology fun! In addition, we focus on the public relations aspect of our district, but put a tech spin on it. So, we will help run the social media accounts and brainstorm ideas about how to use technology to spread awareness.

This year, I want to make technology more attainable for all clubs. I recognize that technology can be confusing, frustrating, and even scary at times, but I plan to remedy this. With my committee, I hope to create a forum that clubs can use to communicate about technology. Think of it like an online help desk without the annoying wait! I also want to recognize clubs when they do awesome things with technology. So, my committee will be working closely with the Iolian Editor to get this accomplished. As websites are vital to spread information, I want to make sure that every club has one and plan to make myself readily available to offer help whenever needed. In addition to this, I will update the district website and keep it current! I’m incredibly excited to serve you all this year! If you ever need help or even just want to chat, don’t hesitate to email me at techchair@iikeyclub.org! Yours in service and friendship Sydney Ringold I-I District Technology Chair 2018-2019 12


Kiwanis Family Relations Committee Hello! I am Kortny Marsh, the committee chairperson for the Kiwanis Family Relations committee. I am very excited for The Kiwanis Family Relations Committee's goal is to help unite every part of the Kiwanis Family. The Kiwanis Family includes K-Kids, Builder's Club, Key Club, Circle K, Kiwanis, Aktion Club, and Golden K. We are dedicated to making sure these parts of the family do not drift apart. Staying in contact with the other parts of the family is essential. When the parts stay connected, it means that when a member gets too old for the last, they will most likely join the next. For instance, if your Key Club is active with your middle school's Builder's Club, you are more likely to attract past Builder's Club members to Key Club. If there is already a bond, then it is less scary to go the next step. Not only do these connections keep our family alive, it is also an amazing way to impact the world more. When you can get the help of multiple clubs on one service project, it opens up many more doors. If Key Club is involved, they can bring the school and sometimes more able bodies to the mix. Kiwanians can bring their businesses and guidance. K-Kids and Builder's Clubbers bring creativity and fun. Also, the more volunteers at a service project, the more that can be done and the quicker things can go. That is why it is our goal to make sure we keep these clubs a family. We are also the ones that will be working on Key Leader for the year, which an amazing event you should look into. Thank you! Email: ltg13@iikeyclub.org 13


Kiwanis Family Picnic Who? All members of every branch of the Kiwanis Family! What? A fun picnic with games, food, & tons of time to meet members of the K Fam! There is even a service project! When? July 21st from 12:00 pm– 4:00 pm Where? Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington, IL Why? To create memories, have loads of fun, & learn more about what makes the Kiwanis Family so awesome!

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ICON 2018 Schedule The I-I District Tour of Key Club International Convention 2018 will commence on July 3rd. The following is the schedule released by Key Club International for official convention events. Wednesday, July 4 12:00 – 5:00 PM Registration 5:00 – 6:15 PM Opening Session (with CKI) — Introduction of candidates 7:00 PM Dinner Thursday, July 5 8:30 AM Key Club Kickoff Session — Meet and Greet — Meet the Partners District Spirit Costume Contest — Host District Carnival Pin Exchange 12:00 PM Lunch 1:30 – 4:15 PM Workshops 4:30 PM Candidates meeting 4:30 PM Dinner 7:30 PM General Session (with CKI) 8:30 PM Talent judging 9:00 -11:00 PM Dance and student lounge Friday, July 6 8:30 AM General Session (w/o CKI) 9:45 – 11:30 AM Workshops 11:30 AM Lunch 1:30 – 5:00 PM District caucusing 5:00 PM Dinner 6:30 PM President’s reception 7:30 PM Recognition Session — Talent Show Saturday, July 7 8:00 AM Nominating Conference 9:00 AM General Session (with CKI) 10:00 – 11:45 AM Workshops 11:45 – 1:15 PM Lunch 1:30 – 5:00 PM House of Delegates 5:00 – 7:00 PM Dinner 7:30 PM Closing Session 9:00 – 11:00 PM Dance and student lounge

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DCLC Theme Reveal Your DCLC 2019 Theme is…………………………………..

Join us March 8-10, 2019, in Schaumburg, IL, at DCLC 2019!

Get Connected! Twitter: @iidclc18 Instagram: @iidclc19 Have any questions or suggestions? Email Melina Colucci at dclcchair@iikeyclub.org 16


Key Leader Who? Everyone in 8th grade– 12th grade (even non-Key Club members!) What? A weekend full of fun activities to learn about leadership! When? October 19th-21st, 2018 Where? Great Oaks Camp in Lakon Il Why? “Key Leader is a great learning experience where you will learn how to better yourself and your community. You learn about community, leadership, compassion, and so many other things that will help you build your Key Club. It’s great for all ages, but it will benefit eighth graders through sophomores the most. It is also a place where you will build lasting friendships that never die” - Kortny Marsh, Key Leader Chair How much? $225 How to register? Your Lieutenant Governor will send you registration information shortly

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Five Year Strategic Plan At the June Board Meeting on June 8th,2018, Governor Tyler Swanson unveiled the I-I District Five Year Strategic Plan. The plan was made in collaboration with the District Administrator and Executive Committee and input was received from Lieutenant Governors. By implementing this plan throughout the district, the I-I District hopes to grow membership to 11,000 and create stronger clubs across Illinois and Eastern Iowa. The following is a brief outline of the major goals set forth by the Five Year Strategic Plan.

ON THE WAY TO 11,000 – WE MAKE SERVICE POSSIBLE 

Kiwanis Family strength

Kwanis Leaders promote "Responsibilities of Leadership" to clubs Promote/Implement new ways for kiwanis clubs and key clubs to engage Form Kiwanis clubs to sponsor orphaned Key Clubs

Membership Growth

Tiered incentives for growing clubs New Club building strategy with specific targets with an emphasis on the chicago area Inviting 8th grade builders club members to DCLC Improving the way the district board analyzes and utilizes Monthly Report Forms Helping clubs improve member recruitment Expanding outreach to builder's club

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Five Year Strategic Plan cont. 

Member Education

DCLC 2019!

Bringing 700 members to DCLC 2019 New promotion strategy

Useful giveaways 

Fall Leadership Rallies

Increasing quality of programming Promote use of KCI officer guides Club Officer Group Pages Promotion of KCI Guidebook Updating the district website 

Communication to Key Clubs

Better systems for collecting officer and advisor information Higher quality Division Council Meetings New PR strategy 

Key Club Excellence

Giving Clubs the recognition they deserve Using Social Media to promote club fundraisers and projects

Input? We want you to be involved in the process as well! If you have any questions or comments regarding the Five Year Strategic Plan contact your Lieutenant Governor and Governor Tyler Swanson (governor@iikeyclub.org).

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Governor Tyler’s Travels Over the past couple of months, I have had the privilege of visiting two more fantastic clubs in our district! In April, I went over to Peotone, Illinois to visit Lincoln-Way West as they helped clean up the stables at Victory Reins Therapeutic Ranch! Together we fed the horses, washed their water buckets, and helped clean the place up! At the end of the cleanup I smelled terrible and I was sneezing dirt, but I had a wonderful time with these great members! At the end of May, I was lucky enough to be able to visit Dubuque Senior as they celebrated a successful service year at their first ever end of year banquet! I gave a presentation on our new five-year strategic plan and watched the induction of the new club officers I had a great time and I hope I can visit again soon!

Left: Governor Tyler at the Lincoln-Way West Key Club Right: Governor Tyler at the Dubuque Senior Key Club

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Camp Independence Visitor’s Day Camp Independence benefits from the donations provided by the Kiwanis Neuroscience Research Foundation. If you are not attending ICON, consider visiting their camp to learn more about the great work that they do!

Location: YMCA Camp Duncan property 32405 N. Hwy. 12 Ingleside, Illinois 60041

Date: July 5th, 2018 Time: 11:00 am– 1:30 pm (lunch is provided) RSVP: https://www.ymcachicago.org/forms/campindependence-visitor-day?

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Club Spotlight : Glenwood HS Glenwood High School Key Club hosted a bake sale on May 21, 2018 during a semester exam study session. Glenwood students were able to choose from treats such as cookies, cake pops, brownies, and puppy chow to munch on while studying. As a result of the bake sale and some individual gifts, Glenwood Key Club donated $250 to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Memorial Fund. This fund was created by the Florida District of Key Club and Florida Kiwanis Foundation to commemorate the students and faculty who were lost/affected by the terrible tragedy - including two Key Club members. Division 28/29 Lieutenant Governor Vidhula Srinivasan challenged the clubs in her district to raise $500 for the Fund. Glenwood Key Club members wanted to show that “Caring” really “Is Our Way of Life” and were happy to help meet the challenge. We are united in our desire to make the world a better place, and we stand with Marjory Stoneman Douglas! (The Florida Kiwanis Foundation with the Florida District of Key Club plans to match up to $20,000. http:// floridakeyclub.org/msd-fund/)

Pictured: Evan Kern, Treasurer of Glenwood High School Key Club

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At My First DCLC By: Arti Patel, Dekalb High School Key Club President

For Dekalb, DCLC is one of the most anticipated events of the year. It’s something that a great deal of our club looks forward to and all that go come back with a smile on their face and new memories and skills! This year those who went learned a lot at DCLC! For starters, I was able to attend the presidents workshop and learn so much about my position and being a leader. I know that our vice president (Yesenia Ortiz) and secretaries (Jasmine Rojas & Ariana Delgado) were able to attend their workshops and learn so much about their positions as well. DCLC was also a great bonding experience for our club. We went into the convention with officers for the next year elected, therefore, the new exec board as well as general members were able to bond so much. We all had so much fun and it was truly an amazing experience! We look forward to attending next year!

Pictured: Abby Morris, Liliana Peterson, Arti patel, Andrea Morales, Yesenia Ortiz, Allie Pontarelli,Jasmine Rojas, Ariana Delgado,JosĂŠ Carmona , and Francisco Lozano

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I-I Captain thanks you for reading the Iolian!

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The Iolian June 2018  

The official publication of the Illinois-Eastern Iowa District of Key Club International

The Iolian June 2018  

The official publication of the Illinois-Eastern Iowa District of Key Club International

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