Page 1

New York District Key Club - Division 2

September 2010 | Volume I, Issue 4

Governor’s Greeting - 1

Stephanie Salinas

Service Spotlight and Public Relations -2 District Projects


A Word from Your Secretary




Dues and Finance


K-Family Relations


Governor’s Project


Paperwork Status


Why Join Key Club


The Eliminate Project -8 UNICEF District Charities

Greetings! From Your Lt. Governor


Its September and everyone is back to school! Sadly, the summer is over but it will come once more after a year filled with work, fun and service. Luckily, I am proud to say our division was able to focus on service projects throughout the whole summer! However, now with a fresh year coming up we should all focus on ways to gain members, keep them, plan events, and have dues and paperwork in on time! At this time I would also like to say that anyone who needs help, advice or just to say hello should not hesitate to contact me! I wish everyone a successful year!

Events coming up:


Service Spotlight


St. Judes Hospital


Fun & Games


Divisional: Date Subject to Change: October 5,2010 at 7 p.m. Sayville High School Buddy Walk: October 24th, 1-3p.m. Register online!

Principles of Key Club -14 Contacts


Fall Rally: November 6th , 10a.m. - 2p.m. Patchogue Medford High School

Governor’s Greetings- Nadyli Nuñez Can you believe that it is time to re-walk those hallways and sit at your desk ready to learn? Summer vacation is over and I hope everyone had a great time. Whether you were working or getting to the summer homework, I’m sure you’ve created memories that you will look back to and smile. Now the break has ended and school has begun! I still remember when I joined Key Club my freshmen year. They were participating in a popular annual event called the “Stay-Awake-AThon”. A lot of the upperclassmen where going to attend so I figured it would be a great way to meet people and make friends. Sure enough I made tons of friends from every grade. Spending twelve hours with high school students and some Kiwanis members can really bring each other together. To recruit members, my home club appealed to students by promoting a fun service project; do the same! At the beginning of the year, students are deciding what to join. Use flyers, shirts and announcements to get the word out. Let everyone know how cool Key Club is. Ask your principal if you can have a Key Club table during lunchtime where people are informed about the organization. Promote what will appeal to high school students. Remember, people join for the friends (and sometimes food) but stay for the service. This time of year is one of the most important to really get the Key Club word out so start talking!

Service Spotlights and Public Relations- By District Bulletin Editor Jensen Cheong As Key Clubbers are transitioning back to a life of balance, I want to take this time and space on the page to remind clubs to continue sending me service spotlights. Again, a service spotlight is a small article and some photographs or a service event that the club participated in. The number I have received is going up exponentially and I hope to receive more. Please send me your service spotlights on or e-mail them to me at Since many of your schools commence at the beginning of September, I chose to publish the next Empire Key at the end of September. That will give you time to get back into school mode. This next Empire Key will feature information that will prove to be very useful in your Key Club. Make sure to read it and also understand it. It will also include all the rallies and divisional training conferences dates. Lastly, I hope all clubs have a circulating newsletter. If not then that should not be a problem. I am working to create a manual on how to make a newsletter. I do not believe in templates as they do not represent a club rather a generic plug-it-in document. I hope for this manual to be released very soon. As always, you may e-mail me your newsletter for advice and comments! If you have any problems or concerns, please e-mail me or call me.

District Projects- By Lieutenant Governor Zachary Baum I hope everyone is really enthusiastic about all the great District Projects we have chosen for this service year. I assure you that you will discover a District Project that you are really passionate about. This year the New York District Board has chosen Fisher House, Make-A-Wish Foundation, St. Jude’s, The National Down Syndrome Society, The American Cancer Society, Kamp Kiwanis, Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Center, Kiwanis Pediatric Lyme Disease Foundation, Doctors Without Borders, and Local Causes. All of these charities are doing amazing things to make the world a better place. I highly encourage all clubs to get in touch with the local chapter of the District

Project that interests your club. Many of these charities host events in your area. On the dates and locations listed below, the National Down Syndrome Society will be having their annual Buddy Walk. St. Jude’s Children's Hospital will be having their “Give Thanks Walk” at the locations below, please check with your local chapter for dates. Keep up the great service to your “Home, School, and Community”. (NDSS) Buddy Walk Dates: September 11th- Lewiston, NY September 18th- Binghamton, NY September 19th- Plattsburgh, NY September 25th- New York, NY September 26th- Rochester, NY September 26th- Liverpool, NY October 2nd- Potsdam, NY October 3rd- Schenectady, NY October 24th- East Islip, NY St. Jude Walk Dates: Albany: Crossgates Mall Poughkeepsie: The Poughkeepsie Gallaria Syracuse: The Carousel Center Mall West Nyack: Palisades Mall New York City: Time Warner Center

A Word From Your Secretary: Grace Na Summer is coming to an end very quickly which means that school is just around the corner. This past summer, I have gotten many monthly report forms, which show the progress of each club. It is amazing to see how clubs have raised so much money and have completed so many service hours for their home, school, and community. I have been very fortunate to work with such flexible secretaries that could deal with the Monthly Report Form issue. There has been some error in the online submission and our Webmaster, Emily Lew, is working on it. For now, however, the PDF version of the MRF has been posted back up so that you are able to mail the MRF, Also, some new ideas of submitting MRFs have been brought to my attention. Secretaries can try submitting online, email a print screen of the MRF, or copy and paste a filled out online submission. I will respond back within a week to secretaries who have decided to email me a print screen or a copy and paste. If secretaries have submitted online and have received a receipt back, I received the MRF as well. It is extremely important to send in an MRF even if no projects were done within the month.

What is Youth Opportunities Fund (YOF)?- By Lieutenant Governor Domenick Pesce What if your Key Club has a great idea for a service project and you simply just don’t have all the start up cash needed to fund this great event? The Youth Opportunities Fund may be just what you need. The Youth Opportunities Fund or YOF is an endowment from Kiwanis International that usually provides grants from $100 to $2000 for clubs to fund projects they have planned. Typically the YOF funds clubs planning larger scale projects who ask for a portion of the total cost of the project. Many times the clubs that are asking for funds are working with other organizations to finance and complete the project. In order to apply for the grant you must fill out and application it can be downloaded here. The application must be mailed and submitted to Kiwanis International 3636 Woodview Trace Indianapolis, IN USA, 46268. This application must be received by October 15. If your club has been chosen to receive the grant, notification of the Key Club International Board’s decision will be mailed no later than January 15. If you would like more information through Key Club International it can be found here. Start planning those large scale service projects!

Dues and Club Finance Management –Treasurer Safanah T Siddiqui It’s that time of the year again. Yes, we’re all heading back to school, but what I’m talking about is time to collect dues. The amount of dues to be paid by each member is the same as last year’s—$6.50 for international, $5.00 for the district, and $1.00 to $3.00 for your club. Ask your club officers about the total amount you owe. If you’re a club treasurer, visit for details on the dues submission process and membership update center. Note that in order to get “early bird” status, dues for a minimum of 15 members must be received on or before November 1st. If 15 members’ dues are not in by December 1st, your club will be listed as delinquent, and after February 1st, a club will be listed as suspended until the payment is received. Keep in mind that your school may take awhile to process your request to send out a check and mailing takes a few days. Therefore, you should pay your dues as soon as possible. With the new school year begins a new fiscal year. As a chapter of a non-profit organization, it is especially important that your club works well with your advisor and treasurer to manage your club’s account. All treasurers should join the NYDKC Treasurers google group ( to stay updated on financing advice and dues submission. Of course, don’t hesitate to contact me at with any questions. Have a great year!

K-Family Relations- By Lieutenant Governor Roberto Cantos As the school year comes to a start, it becomes important to initiate and maintain contact with your local Kiwanis family branches, which may include Kiwanis clubs, Builders Clubs, and K-Kids clubs. These K-Family Branches truly have the power to enrich any club’s activities. These different branches will inform you of new project ideas and will often incorporate Key Clubbers into their events. When planning events, you will also have new groups to work with that offer new strengths. For example, K-Kids might excel at making cards for a local nursing home or hospital, but they will likely not be able to raise money on their own. It is especially important to maintain contact with your sponsoring Kiwanis Club, as they can play a powerful role with your club. Kiwanians, as your elders, will often be able to help you plan events and overcome any challenges that you may face as a club. If you have contact with your local Kiwanis, you will be able to get in touch with other K-Family branches, as Kiwanians oversee these clubs. If you do not have contact with your Kiwanis clubs, you should contact your Lieutenant Governor who should be able to get you contact information.

Governor’s Project : Lt. Governor Stephanie Salinas As many of you know, the 2010-2011 Key Club Year has adopted a Governor’s project geared towards education. The project is formerly known as “Keys To Education” and is an incentive for spreading the knowledge in education. Most recently, the Governor’s Project committee has continued its efforts in setting forth multiple ideas that help strengthen its goals. The project truly is a wonderful way to share simple things others might not know. It seems that the aspect people love most about its incentive is that education is not only shared to young children, but also the disabled, seniors, and people of all ages. It is important to pay mind to this project because it opens the door to really make a difference! A Key Clubber can simply go to a library and read to a group of children, or visit a nursing home to play scrabble. Overall, the most important thing we must remember is that no one should be excluded from an education and we as Key Clubbers can

Paperwork Status - Reminder! Monthly Report Forms are due the 7th of each month.

These are the Totals for the NYDKC. They are divided into divisions. Please take a look and lets step up our service hours!

Why Join Key Club? Pat-Med President Christina Heifferon

Key Club is an international high school community service organization that is made up of over 250,000 members worldwide. If the size of this organization does not convince you that this is a great club I hope to persuade you with a few more reasons. Key Club is all about community service, our motto is “Caring- Our Way of Life”. If you enjoy making a difference in your home, school, and community then Key Club is the club for you. We host clean ups and food drives all year round. I can say from personal experience that seeing the similes on the faces of those that you help is heart warming. While volunteering I can assure you will have fun-community service is not as boring as most people make it out to be- especial when you are with your friends. Another reason to join Key Club is for the friendships. I have been in Key Club for three years and have created lasting friendships with many fellow Key Clubbers. The friends that I have made go beyond my own school club. Key Club is an international club that is broken down into districts (and every district is broken down into divisions). Every year in the spring the districts host a conference that are used to celebrate what we did in the past year and to kick off a new year of community service. In the summer Key Club International host a conference to also celebrate what was done in the previous year and to kick of a new year. These conferences are a lot of fun and also a great way to meet new people and get new ideas. Another great reason to join Key Club is for the ability to write all the community service you will do on your college application. The probability of you going to college after high school is extremely high and by joining Key Club you have the ability to say you were part of an extracurricular activity that made a difference in the world we live in. If you are planning to go to college you also have to worry about paying for college and by getting involved in Key Club you open a door to many scholarship opportunities. If I have not yet convinced you that you should be a Key Clubber, I don’t really know what else to tell you. Go ask any Key Club member what they think of Key Club and all the answers will probably be relatively the same. They will tell you that you should get involved because it is an amazing club and if they don’t tell you that, then I promise they are not really a Key Clubber because I can name a hundred people that would tell you Key Club is their life and it makes the world go round.

The Eliminate Project William Floyd President Lauren Miranda

KIWANIS International and UNICEF have teamed up to “eliminate� maternal and neonatal tetanus. This disease that us as Americans typically never have to deal with being that we get a vaccination before the age of seven, affects 60,000 babies and 30,000 mothers every year. This disease causes tiny newborns to endure painful convulsions and extreme sensitivity to light and touch. This disease strikes the most poor, those geographically hard to reach, and those without health care. MNT is what they are looking to eliminate. This stands for Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus. It kills one baby every nine seconds. MNT is caused from tetanus spores found in soil everywhere come in contact with open cuts during child birth. In order to get this awful disease off the earth by 2015 it will cost 110 million dollars. As well as 129 million mothers and their future babies to be immunized. It will take vaccines, syringes, safe storage transportation and tons of skilled staff. This all can be accomplished with our help. Each mother needs just three doses of the 60 cent immunization to protect not only themselves but their babies too being that they pass on the immunity. When KIWANIS and UNICEF joined together to get rid of iodine deficiency disorders, they achieved one of the biggest public health successes in the twentieth century. Let this be only one of the most successful of the twenty first century. Reaching to the poorest and most neglected women and children to give them the life saving health care everyone deserves.

Lindenhurst President Sarah Frohn

UNICEF, which is short for United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, is an organization known all around the world. Their priority is keeping children healthy and providing them with the lives that they deserve. UNICEF was created so that we can help overcome obstacles like poverty, disease, violence, and discrimination that a child might have to unfortunately have to face. UNICEF promotes girls’ education, provides medical care to fight common childhood diseases, looks for ways to help prevent HIV/AIDS, and works to ensure equality for those who are discriminated against. Overall, this organization is crucial to the lives of many children. Without its help and support, children all over the world would not be able to maintain healthy and happy lifestyles. UNICEF works with other both larger and smaller organizations. Local organizations and clubs, such as Key Club, are great for raising money so that UNICEF can help these children with what they need. Around Halloween time in the United States, one will often see many small orange boxes with a small slot on top. Most people can recognize this as the “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF “ box. This is for children to collect money for UNICEF from houses they trick-or-treat at on Halloween. It’s a great way to get children of all ages involved with community service. It’s very important that Key Clubs, as well as other types of clubs, do their best to raise as much as possible for this organization so that together, we can all advance the cause of humanity.

Buddy Walk: Mission: To further awareness of the contributions and needs of individuals with Down syndrome and to raise funds for advocacy, service, and research organizations. Goal: The long term goal of Alexander's Angels is to raise awareness outside the Down syndrome community by continuing working with local colleges and with Down syndrome organizations in a collaborative effort to promote a better understanding of people with Down syndrome. Alexander's Angels aims at presenting the person with Down syndrome for what he/she is, a person with feelings and abilities much like anyone else. To that end Alexander's Angels aims to organize events that showcase to the community-at-large special talents within the Down syndrome community. Do your part! Participate in the Buddy Walk taking place on October 24th from 1-3 p.m. at Heckchester Park in East Islip, NY. Get your club together and help one of our 10 district charities. Registration can be done online at:

District Charities for the Key Club Year 2010-2011 Sayville President Kelly Salloum Every year, Key Club has a list of district projects that it fundraises for and supports. This year the district projects are: Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Center, Kamp Kiwanis, Pediatric Lime Disease Foundation, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Doctors Without Borders, The American Cancer Society, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Down Syndrome Society, The Fisher House, and any local causes. Each one of these projects does so much for the community and it is so important for us as Key Clubbers to help them achieve their goals in any way we can. Below is a description of each district project so you get a glimpse of the difference these amazing organizations are making.

Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Center The Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Center at North

Kamp Kiwanis : Kamp Kiwanis is a camp owned and operated by the New York District Foundation. The camp gives a great

Shore University Hospital Foundation sponsors a variety

experience for youth, adults and those with disabilities. Check

of events during the year designed to raise funds and/or


to support efforts to reduce pediatric injuries or support

Pediatric Lyme Disease Foundation: This Foundation is mostly funded

pediatric treatment. For more information, visit

through donations from Kiwanis Clubs--let’s help out as well, Key

Club! It is a scary possibility to consider for the New York State residents who enjoy spending time outside during the summer

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Located in Memphis, Tennessee, St. Jude

months. Lyme disease may affect the brain in many ways. This Project was set up to help pay for medical treatment for treatment

Children’s Research Hospital is a leading pediatric

for children with this growing disease since treatment is so expensive

cancer center that provides care to children with

and many insurance companies do NOT pay for it.

cancer and other catastrophic diseases, working to find cures through research and treatment.

Down Syndrome Society: The mission of the National Down Syndrome Society is to be the national advocate for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. The National Down Syndrome Society envisions world in which all people with Down syndrome have the opportunity to enhance their quality of life, realize their life aspirations, and become valued members of welcoming

Doctors Without Borders Doctors without Borders operates in nearly 60 countries and aids those people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, exclusion from health care or natural disasters. The Fisher House™ program is a unique private-public partnership that supports America's military in their time of need. The program recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and the hardships of military service by meeting a humanitarian need beyond that normally provided by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.

Make-A-Wish Foundation: Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has given hope, strength and joy to children with life threatening medical conditions. This Organization grants a child’s one dying wish every 40minutes, in the U.S.

Local Cause: Local causes are exactly what the name says! Does your local animal shelter need extra funding to fix up its basement due to flooding? Do you want to contribute to a scholarship for someone who passed away in your town? This project is meant for Key Clubbers to help out within their communities doing different projects that benefit their community.

Service Spotlight

The service spotlight this month is dedicated to the Volleyball Tournament that took place on August 20th at 3 p.m. Divisions 1,2 and 3 worked together for an afternoon of volleyball, fundraising for fisher house and school supply drive for the Light House Mission. CONGRATS! If you would like to submit a service project please do so by emailing me at

This year, one of our ten district charities is St. Judes Hospital. We were lucky enough to visit the hospital in Memphis during ICON and be informed about their purpose, causes, and goals. It would be an awesome way to fundraise for this charity by donating toys and supplies they need. The following is a list of toys that need to be donated.

Back to School with Division 2:

Awards Dedication Divisions Education Freshman ICON Juniors LTGS NYDKC Scholarships Seniors Service Sophomores Trust Unity


Principles of Key Club Mission Statement "Key Club is an international student-led organization which provides its members with opportunities to provide service, build character and develop leadership."

Vision "To develop competent, capable, and caring leaders through the vehicle of service."

Core Values The core values of Key Club International are leadership, character building, caring, and inclusiveness.

Pledge I pledge, on my honor, to uphold the Objects of Key Club International; to build my home, school and community; to serve my nation and God; and combat all forces which tend to undermine these institutions.

Motto Caring – Our Way of Life

Objects • • • • • •

To develop initiative and leadership. To provide experience in living and working together. To serve the school and community. To cooperate with the school principal. To prepare for useful citizenship. To accept and promote the following ideals: • To give primacy to the human and spiritual, rather than to the material values of life. • To encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships. • To promote the adoption and application of higher standards in scholarship, sportsmanship, and social contacts. • To develop, by precept and example, a more intelligent, aggressive, and serviceable citizenship. • To provide a practical means to form enduring friendships, to render unselfish service, and to build better communities.

District Contacts:

Division Contacts:

Governor Nadyli Nu単ez

Lt. Governor Stephanie Salinas: 111 Green Ave. Patchogue, NY 11772

District Secretary Grace Na

District Treasurer Safanah T. Siddiqui

Webmaster Emily Lew

District Editor Jensen Cheong

New York District Administrator Andy Lowenberg

(631) 875 - 7351 Kiwanis Committee Rep. Mr. Farrell

September Newsletter  


Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you