September Newsletter Division 25W
The Trojan Talk Jenks High School September 2016
Table of Contents Table of Contents
President’s Message What Key Club Offers Me RTC and DCM Managing the Workload K2K Southeast The Little Light House How to Juggle the High School Pains Board Member of the Month Hours Notice K2K East October Events Officer/District Contact Info Board Member Contact Info
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Presidentâ€™s Message Greetings fellow Key Clubbers, October is here--the month of Halloween!! This month, our main emphasis will be on Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. We will collect money while trick-ortreating and donate it to UNICEF, a charity that works towards providing children around the world with the same opportunities. Our general meeting will be on October 13 at 7:15 AM or 2:45 PM. Please attend either one! At the meeting, we will be doing a guess-the-candy-inthe-jar game, and you'll be able to guess by donating an amount of your choice to win the candy jar. We also have an upcoming social. Weâ€™ll be watching a Halloween movie in the planetarium. Read on for more details. The Junior Key Club at the middle school is having their inauguration ceremony on October 25th at 7:00 PM in the middle school cafeteria. Please come (you'll receive a point) to support our future and soon-to-be Key Clubbers. Your President, Hardi Patel
Hardi Patel Hardi Patel, Club President
What Key Club Offers Me By: Don Nuam Key Club has offered me so much more than I had expected. Not only has it been a great source of volunteer opportunities at my school and community, it has helped me develop my leadership skills as well. My junior year of high school, now in senior year, I was elected as the board member for Kids to Kids West and reelected this year. As a board member for the second year in a row, I have learned quite a few things about what it means to be responsible for a big project and the amount of effort that goes into making it a successful one. To be completely truthful, I think board members of Key Club work as much as most club officers do, with less recognition. Some of my jobs include emailing members who signed up for my project once a month, making sure they are actually volunteering by checking with their assigned location, and volunteering at the site myself at least once a week. Little things like checking my emails often in case anybody has a question or concern also require much accountability. Another major one at the beginning of the year is actually getting people to sign up for your project at the project fair. A lot of members are reluctant to sign-up because they either don’t know what the project is about or because they don’t want to be the first ones to sign up.
To fix this issue I have a massive poster that includes a summary of my project in colorful prints and candies to give them if they choose to sign up. I have seen that handing out candy really helps. If I fail to complete my any of my responsibilities, I can face the consequences of getting a “strike” or being taken down from my position. Because of this, I have learned to prioritize my responsibilities and manage my time wisely so I that I will complete them no matter how busy I get throughout the school year. Moreover, it has taught me essential communication skills. There were many occasions where I had to be patient between students and teachers and absolve problems that came across. I have also had to take responsibility for an error or a mishap that happened that were not necessarily my fault. Through this position I have realized how much I enjoy being a leader and coordinating different projects. Although it can get tiring, I treasure every minute of being a board member.
RTC and DCM By: Kathryn Aung On the morning of September 17th, Key Clubbers from Region 3 met for Regional Training Conference (RTC) and Divisional Council Meeting (DCM). This is where all of the divisions in our region get together to train for their duties and meet new people. Fighting the urge to sleep on a Saturday, I arrived at the beautiful Cascia Hall and was greeted by the sound of the bells as it turned 9AM. Following the signs that lead to the cafeteria where the conference was, I met Angela Chen, our Lieutenant Governor and Lily Tennekoon, board member of Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless. Oh and the smell of Krispy Kreme donuts, made it worth to wake up and come to RTC! What I like most about Regional Training Conference and Divisional Council Meeting were icebreakers and meeting other people within our region.
We discussed about each club’s strengths and weaknesses, recruiting new members and things to improve. I learned more about the Governor’s Project in partnering with American Cancer Society and plans for District Convention 2017. I was excited to learn about the dates for District Convention, which is from April 20th to 23rd so start planning to go and cheer when our club win awards! If you’re wondering what DCON is, this is where Key Clubbers from TexasOklahoma gather to elect new officers for the district and celebrate all that we’ve done during the year. Also the theme for DCON had just been released and it is … The Wizarding World of Service!!! (Another reason why you should attend District Convention.) I also learned that International Convention 2017 is from July 5th to 9th at San Antonio, Texas.
What is a better way to spend the summer than to be at the biggest event of the Key Club year and to celebrating the amazing things Key Club does with more than 1,600 Key Clubbers from all across the United States, Canada and the Caribbean? I highly recommend general members to attend Divisional Council Meeting, District Convention and possibly even the International Convention to learn more about Key Club International, meet new people who are passionate about service just as you are, and have the full experience of what it means to be a part of Key Club. One last note, Key Club has adopted a boy from Haiti and we’re selling cute bracelets to support his education so check those out!
Managing the Workload By: Hridaya Shah Key Club might seem overwhelming at first, but I promise, it will become a lot easier and fun. The first time you saw all the possible projects, you might have reeled back a bit. That six hour goal at the end of each month might seem daunting, but if you look at it from the right angle, it’s a lot less stressful. As a sophomore, I’m still finding out new ways to get more involved with Key Club, but I’ve learned these few tips since freshman year. The best way to get the full experience of Key Club is to get involved with almost all the projects. Eventually, find a few projects that interest you and your friends, and start interacting with other members at projects. It’s a lot more fun volunteering with others than alone! Some Members often don’t have a ride to get to projects, but projects like tutoring and Grace Living Center are a short walk from school or on the school campus. Take advantage of them and contact board members with questions.
Get organized with logging your hours. Logging hours might be a pain, but it allows the officers to see the activity in all the individual projects, it also lets you take credit for the service you’ve done. If you forget, those hours can’t be recorded, and you can fall out of good standing. Attend as many meetings and socials as you can. They can be a lot more fun than you think, and it’s a great opportunity to interact with other club members. You can even get a point for attending the meetings. Check the Key Club website, boards, and social media regularly, and listen to the daily announcements for upcoming projects and events. Reach out to friends and let them know about monthly projects. Any questions of ideas? The contact information for the officers, board members, and sponsors is always available on the website!
Finally, remember that Key Club is about a lot more than the resume or the hours or the shirt. It’s about finding what you can do to connect with your community and help others around you. Becoming a part of the Kiwanis family and making a difference, regardless of how little, is a great feeling. Key Club is not meant to be hard to manage or demanding, it is about dedicating a part of yourself for a cause bigger than all of us.
K2K Southeast By: Lauren Wilkin September has been an important month for K2K Southeast because the project has officially started. As school is back in session, teachers are ever so busy with classwork and other projects. They need volunteers to help make their lives a little easier, so over the past month, I have gathered a list of all the teachers that need a volunteer. After the first general meeting, I encouraged members to sign up to volunteer for a teacher. Thankfully, I had an abundance of members request to volunteer for a teacher, which is a true testament to the Key Clubberâ€™s willingness to serve others. I was able to assign willing Key Clubbers to volunteer each teacher that requested a helper, but unfortunately, there were more interested volunteers than teachers. For those that are still interested, but unable to volunteer right now, I would suggest a few courses of action. You could possibly find a friend that has already been assigned a teacher and see if they would be willing to allow you to volunteer with them.
Volunteering with a friend not only makes it even more fun, but preparing art projects or cleaning the classroom is a great time to catch up with friends. I would also suggest that those students who were unable to volunteer with K2K Southeast continue to read emails from me. There may be opportunities later in the year to volunteer for a teacher, and you would not want to miss out. For the volunteers that did receive a teacher, they should be developing a plan to start volunteering every week at Southeast. One of the best aspects of K2K Southeast is that it is a very flexible project, and it also last throughout the entire year. This makes it easy to get the required amount of hours each month, but if there is a day you cannot make it, it very easy to come another day of the week.
Right now, many volunteers are getting in contact with their assigned teachers and finding times to volunteer. Some have already been volunteering on a regular basis. Our club members are helping prepare art projects, grading papers, cleaning classrooms. I would encourage all K2K Southeast volunteers to start volunteering in the next couple of weeks. It is an extremely rewarding experience to see the gratification on a teacher's face after you have graded a stack of papers or cut out art projects for every student.
The Little Light House By: Alayne Morrel Jenks Key Club has a new project this year: the Little Light House! This organization is a preschool for kids with special needs or disabilities. Every year they serve over a hundred families by providing them with tuition-free education and therapy for their children. However, the Little Light House is very volunteer-dependent, which is why Jenks and LLH have decided to join forces in improving the lives of kids from all over Tulsa. When the school first opened its doors in 1972, it’s only teacher was a young woman who had just graduated from college. She was assisted by five devoted volunteers while serving the school’s first five students. A year and a half later, the Little Light House had grown well past 15 students, and professionals were calling it “a model program within a sixstate region.” Today there are over a hundred kids who are benefitting from the efforts of this nonprofit organization.
A network of licensed speech pathologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, an assistive technology specialist, a low vision therapist, a registered nurse, certified special education teachers, and experienced and highly trained associates work as a transdisciplinary team to ensure that each child receives the best care in a loving and accepting environment. They even have a summer apprenticeship program where young adults ages 14 and up are able to learn more about occupations relating to children with special needs while serving alongside professionals. In addition to that, volunteers at the Little Light House can do a number of things to help. Whether it be working in the classroom, administration, facility maintenance, outreach, or fundraising events, no talent ever goes to waste. During the month of August, the Little Light House finally finished construction on their new building. The only thing left to do was move in! I and several other volunteers aided them in unpacking boxes, building play areas, organizing classrooms, and cleaning.
The number of volunteers there- students, parents, friends, and other family members- was astonishing. Over the course of two days, roughly 16 hours, we were able to move everything that was needed from the old building into the new building. The staff members were incredibly grateful and wasted no time in getting to know all who were helping and making them feel welcome. As we enter the new school year, I will definitely look forward to bringing volunteers to the Little Light House. Serving these kids is a wonderful opportunity to show compassion, make new friends, and better the community. Not only that, but helping extraordinary people benefits the servant as well as the one being served.
How to Juggle the High School Pains By: Brandon Le How is it possible for one high school student to balance so many activities? Students spend countless hours complaining about school, work, volunteering, sports, extracurriculars, etc. to the point that they start giving up their passions. I have a tip for all students on how to get your work done, GET OFF YOUR NETFLIX AND INSTAGRAM AND (in the words of Shia LaBeouf) JUST DO IT! I’ve seen so many students become discouraged by the responsibility that comes with high school. Warning: this is just the beginning. College is 4 times the work of high school, and life is 10 times the work of college. Life never lets up because with every moment, it wants you to grow through the challenges you face. I’d like to take a moment to help you realize how much work your parents do for you. Just last week, my father, practically single-handedly, replaced 8 window blinds on the top floor of my house. It took him 3 hours on a Saturday afternoon. My father works 9-10 hours a day and 2 weekends a month; I’m sure he would not be thrilled to be spending 3 hours on one of his free Saturdays fixing his house, but that is the price that comes with growing up.
Responsibility gets more difficult year after year. In high school, juggling life can be seen as a debate between what you want to do and what you need to do, but as you get older it becomes a debate between two things you need to do. While you think now that if you can’t handle two things at once the solution is to quit doing one, eventually you’ll be required to do both, so it’s best to realize that now and work towards being a well-rounded hard worker than a one-track average student. The biggest tip I have for juggling the many things in life is to just put away the electronics for a while and just do your work and don’t stop until your goal is reached. Most students psychologically make up the excuse that they have no time, and I understand that they may have jobs and volunteering and sports all together, and that is a viable reason why it may be difficult for you to finish your work. However, imagine being in the car on the way from school to a dance studio or from the studio home, there’s a big chunk of time in which people could do their homework, and yet students instead spend it on their phones. Students may also come home and go straight to their room to watch TV or look at YouTube videos. If one were to finish their
work before getting distracted by electronics, there time could be used much more efficiently, and free time would be much more rewarding. This kind of mindset also needs to be applied to deciding when the best time is to go out with friends. My last tip is just to plan ahead. People like to live in the moment and give up when they think they’re done for the day, but you’re just going to contribute to more stress later on. For instance, in AP Lang I have to read a 450 page book within the next week. That’s about 60 pages a day. Seem like a large number? Why would any normal person read that much in a day? Because if I don’t I’m going to be spending Friday night, or most of my weekend catching up for not sticking to my schedule. It’s easier to take a little more time out of everyday than to do all the work on one day. This kind of mindset is really important for you to understand because it is not just about your life right now, but it will immensely help your life as you go to college, move out, live on your own, etc. I know it’s not the most fun thing in the world to read this article, and I know that you probably won’t like the message I’m trying to get across, but I think that life is never going to stop pushing you to work, so it’s best to know how to balance life early on before you give up on the future. 8
CONGRATULATIONS to Sana Shaikh For being the September Board Member of the Month!
! NEW HOURS SUBMISSION NOTICE ! Starting this year, all hours will have to be individually recorded on the website. Any hours recorded on sign-in sheets will not be entered into the website by our VP of Hours. Sign-in sheets are only for documentation purposes. All members will have to be responsible for submitting their own hours after each volunteering activity. If the president declares a project that will not require individual submission, she will announce this prior to the volunteering event. Hours will still be due on the last day of each month. If you have any issues with hours, please contact Anitesh Bajaj, VP of Hours at email@example.com.
By: Kelsey Yeagle I wonder why no one else finds it odd that the whole third grade building at Jenks East Elementary has shrunk: the clocks are lower, the hallways are narrower, the very roof hangs precariously close to one’s head and everything carries the aura of different. Or at the very least this was how I found the building upon returning after a 9-year hiatus. I started volunteering here and found that this campus had a few more lessons to teach me. The first thing I learned is paper cutters are not necessarily selfexplanatory--how can you measure two inches if you're always cutting off the end? However, fear not, I escaped with all 10 fingers. This is quite impressive considering I how startled upon seeing my third grade teacher again (she, like the building, has shrunk). We got to reminisce about about the glorious days of my childhood. The second lesson I learned is that kids and their newfangled devices have invaded the school. Many hallways currently boast the ornamentation of dozens of “selfies.”
Essentially, these creations mimic an iPhone screen (displaying a selfportrait) and a small autobiography Many kids wrote about their parents and families, but shout out to the kid who drew their Unwanted Alien friend named Elliot. Also, to the kid after my own heart whose “faverit foob is meatball.” This is another of the reasons I love volunteering at the elementary: kids are fantastic. However, my favorite aspect of volunteering here is the opportunity to finally contribute to the school system who has dedicated so much to me. Our school has worked tirelessly to help us achieve and I will never understand how many hours it has taken to do so. For example, last Thursday I cut out a few hundred 2x3 note cards for vocabulary words and it took me hours. How much more time have my past teachers spent working for me?
Thus, despite many changes that have occurred within the past decade, I am certain that the effects of Key Club will be long-lasting. Everyone I encountered expressed some acknowledgement or gratitude upon seeing so many Key Clubbers volunteering to make the lives of our beloved childhood teachers slightly easier. Ultimately, I have love getting to volunteer at Jenks East Elementary because it has afforded me fantastic opportunities to see old teachers, give back to my school, and laugh with the next generation of Trojans.
OCTOBER EVENTS October 7-9 October 8
Feed the Homeless
Kiwanis One Day
Fall Invitational Swim Meet
Builderâ€™s Club Initiation
CLUB CONTACT INFORMATION VP of Special Projects
Hardi Patel president@jenkskey club.org
Dominique Savage specialprojects@ jenkskeyclub.org
SECRETARY of Minutes
SECRETARY of Hours
Rejoice Chigede minutes@jenkskey club.org
Cing Nuam serivcehours@jenk skeyclub.org
Ruthie Ashley editor@jenkskey club.org
Angela Chen ltg@jenkskeyclub. org
VP of Hours Anitesh Bajaj vicepresident@ jenkskeyclub.org
TREASURER Taylor Burnett treasurer@jenks keyclub.org
DCON LIAISON John Jacob dconliaison@ jenkskeyclub.org
Fawaaz Hameed webmaster@ jenkskeyclub.org
Valerie Hinkle webmaster@jenks keyclub.org
Anamitra Paul webmaster@jenks keyclub.org
DISTRICT CONTACT INFORMATION Governor
Club Sponsor: Rachel Langley
BOARD CONTACT INFORMATION Janet Hong Sydney Langley Brandon Le Hridika Shah Hridaya Shah Lucy Kim Valerie Song Kathryn Aung Lily Tennekoon Don Nuam William Chao Kelsey Yeagle Zoe Ganye Francine Chun Elenista Lam Sana Shaikh Lauren Wilkin Audrey Adib-Yazdi Naomi Curtis Emily Turner Mikayla Diggs Clayton Engelby Angela Cao Sanjeev Musuvathy Alayne Morrel Kate Kouplan Hailey Welch Mujtuba Yousufi
Grace Living Center firstname.lastname@example.org K-Family Representative email@example.com K2K High School firstname.lastname@example.org Community Outreach email@example.com Community Outreach firstname.lastname@example.org Social Chair email@example.com Random Acts firstname.lastname@example.org Bridges Foundation email@example.com Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless firstname.lastname@example.org K2K West email@example.com Print Shop firstname.lastname@example.org K2K East email@example.com Jenks Campus Beautification firstname.lastname@example.org Libraries email@example.com Social Chair firstname.lastname@example.org Pet Pals email@example.com K2K Southeast firstname.lastname@example.org Aquarium email@example.com Sports Concessions firstname.lastname@example.org Wright Elementary email@example.com Hospital firstname.lastname@example.org Partners with Purpose email@example.com Global Gardens firstname.lastname@example.org Food Bank email@example.com Little Light House firstname.lastname@example.org SPCA email@example.com Faith Based firstname.lastname@example.org High School Tutoring email@example.com
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Published on Oct 4, 2016