NOVEMBER 2019 | VOLUME 2, ISSUE 7
KEY CLUB MONTHLY T-O DISTRICT | REGION 7 | DISTRICT 39 S UPLIFT SUMMIT INTERNATIONAL PREPARATORY
TABLE OF contents 3
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
DON'T SIT ON COLORECTAL CANCER
THE TEACHER FEATURE
SWEET, SAVORY, AND SOMETIMES BITTER
A LITTLE CHILI ON THE SIDE
PUFFIN' FOR STUFFIN'
HUMAN'S OF TEXAS-OKLAHOMA
MESSAGE FROM THE EDITOR
Hi Summit Key Clubbers! We have had another fruitful month of volunteering! Thus far we have served our community by volunteering at the DFW Undy RunWalk & Kiwanis Chili Day in November! The semester is nearing its end and it has been a great few months getting to know you as we volunteer at service opportunities. I look forward to another amazing month of service together!
In Love and Service,
MONTHLY Can you solve these puzzles?
CONNECT THE DOTS
What do snowmen eat for a snack? RIDDLE OF THE MONTH
TEXAS OKLAHOMA DISTRICT OF KEY CLUB INTERNATIONAL PRESENTS
CREATING STARS OF SERVICE APRIL 23-26, 2020
LEDCON 2020 5
EVENT COORD Daniela Covarrubias
Our monthly meeting was
They were gracious guests and our club greeted
full of excitement. There
them happily. Eric Smith gave a speech at the
was not a dull moment in
meeting about potential scholarships for those
the air. The arrival of our key
who actively participate in volunteer work. He
club’s shirts, guests, and our
offered his contact information for those
interested in these scholarship opportunities. Our
appreciation card making
president wrote down his email and encouraged
activity led to one of the most successful
our club to apply. At the end of the meeting,
meetings in our Key Club’s history. The
both Eric Smith and Sharlene were given club
November meeting also talked about upcoming
shirts as well as an appreciation card for all they
events such as the Undy RunWalk, Making it
do for the district as well as our club.
Happen, UNICEF collection drive, Kiwanis Chili Day, and more.
For the last thirty minutes of the meeting, Aamilah presented this week’s task of writing a
After collecting orders from returning members,
letter for every teacher as well as every staff
new members, and teachers, our officers were
member on the high school campus. This
so proud to finally announce that they had
included core teachers, teachers for elective
arrived at the November meeting. Prior to the
classes, special education teachers, lunchroom
meeting, all the officers came together to label
workers, custodians, registration workers, and
the shirts and organize them together into their
more. Our club made over forty letters to thank
correct sizes. Teachers were given their shirts
all of the them for their hard work. It was
before the meeting commenced. Once the
inspirational to see our club all working hard
meeting began, the t-shirts’ arrival was
from one task. The level of creativity was through
announced about fifteen minutes into the
the roof as people used calligraphy, art
meeting. The club members cheered loudly and
techniques, and even made origamis for the
the shirts began being passed out. To avoid
cards. Despite worrying previously about not
disruption, only one other officer and I passed
being able to make all the cards from the lack of
out the shirts five at a time. Only about seven
participants, this was a pointless concern as
shirts remained by the end of the meeting
there was more than enough members to
which have since been passed out. Due to the
complete the project.
change in design, our officers were worried about people not liking the design as much as
The meeting went smoothly and I look forward to
last year. This was not an issue and the club
more monthly meetings for our club later on in
loved their shirts with many praising Lily, our
the school year. Our organization for these
editor, for her design this year with our new
meetings is definitely improving as time goes by.
mascot, the Shiba.
It is a pleasure to see how far our club has come from less than twenty members in the first year to
Lieutanent Governor of District 39 South,
the members we currently have. We will make
Sharlene Garcia and our Kiwanis Sponsor, Eric
sure to keep up the hard work and have a
Smith arrived at our monthly gathering.
riveting December meeting next month.
DON'T SIT ON
EDITOR Lily Huynh
The frosty wind nipped our
It was time to roll out, members were divided
fingertips and the sun still
into three teams: cheer team, refreshments
asleep; it was the start of
team, and registration team. The cheer team
the 2019 Annual DFW Undy
consisted of Abby Baker, Alexandria Nguyen,
RunWalk event. Members
Isabella Nguyen, and Lily Huynh. Cheer team
wore layers of layers of
drove out to their marked location and made
clothes to keep warm from
inventive cheers that brightened up the runners
the unusual chilly weather in Texas. It was the
and even police officers who passed by them.
morning of November 6th, around 5:30 AM, when
The refreshments team were Yazmin Menjivar,
members began to gather. It was too dark to see
Arturo Cornejo, Estefania Ramirez, and Adriana
our other members except the shadows they
River. Refreshment team not only passed out
cast under the street lights. Even though dim, we
drinks to runners but also cheered them to
worked through it and first sorted out the
reach the end. The registration team were Arian
merchandise to be given to runners later on. The
Tashakori, Daniela Covarrubias, Hamza
merchandise being passed out was not only your
Abdilahi, Alan Mach, and Edmond Mach. They
typically t-shirt, but it came with a pair of
stayed behind to help at the main location,
underwear. Strange, right? Unlike most, the
some helping pass out the underwear, others
Colorectal Cancer Alliance wanted their merch
registering runners in, and others helping out
to pertain to their goal, colorectal cancer:
the tents that lined the grassy field.
Cancer that begins near the end of the colon, or the rectum. There was so much underwear that
As the event ended, runners were awarded
stacks of it stretched across three tables, all
medals for their hard work. Sadly, some
including a variety of sizes from babies to adults!
members left early due to scheduling conflicts but those who stayed pushed through and
As the sun began to peak over the horizon,
helped with breaking down the event. The chilly
runners slowly began to make their way to
but fun-filled event came to a close as
registration. Tents gleamed under the rising sunâ€™s
members went home with happy smiles and new
rays. However, some stations were not prepared
yet, such as the food tent. Thus, we hurried to bring the snacks and refreshments across the field on a cart. Some being more prideful than others, tried to push stacks and stacks of water bottles on one rickety cart. As suspected, the poor cart barely made it halfway across the soft grass and people had to carry some of the packs of water to the station by hand. This all worked out because members were awarded with some of the snacks which consisted of a variety of granola bars.
SECRETARY Isabella Nguyen
Every day of every year, our
With the completion of the card deliveries, Uplift
teachers are thinking about
Summit International Preparatory s Key Club
all of their students and the
continues its tradition of delivering Thank You
ways to assist their scholars
notes to the staff every year. The colorful cards
to the best of their abilities.
serve other purposes beyond just being a fun
Now, it's the students’ turn
project, they express our gratitude, our
to give back. At the
connections, our appreciation, and our love for
November 8th General Meeting, our members
all of the staff members that allow us to flourish
all worked together to create cards for EVERY
and grow. This tradition fosters and cultivates the
staff member on campus. After the extensive
relationship between the students and the staff
decorating and heartfelt notes, the members
and is a motivator to work hard every day.
all completed the cards. As the officers traveled the hall carrying the The following week, it was time for the officers
heartfelt messages, we were able to see the
to begin their roles of delivering the cards with
faces of the teachers light up. Even the tired
a goodie bag and a smile. Along with the
teachers with forlorn faces transformed their
colorful cards, the teachers received a cookie,
frowns into smiles. We were able to capture
stamp, and eraser, and occasionally, a mango
these moments in our photos and received many
for our gluten-free friends. Of course we did
hugs and thanks in return.
not limit the gifts to the teachers, each of the staff members from our administrators to our
In the spirit of the season, Key Club is reaching
RTC team to our custodians to cafeteria
out to everyone to share their feelings and
workers, everyone received a gift of gratitude
express their gratitude for the community around
from our thankful members From November 13th
them. Even the most mundane and small things
to November 14th, the officers worked hard
deserve a ¨thank you to show our
scouring the halls and travelling the campus to
appreciations. Both the club members and the
deliver the cards to each of the teachers.
teachers were happy to participate in this event
and were able to show their appreciation. Each card addressed all of the thanks from the
Ultimately, it's the fun feelings and memories
club members for everything that the staff does
shared that truly become the moments to
for us. Without our amazing teachers and
school staff, we would be unable to learn everyday, eat our lunches, or be able to attend our beautiful campus from morning to night. There is no way for our members to properly express how thankful we are but in this thankfulness season, we did our best to convey our feelings while serving some smiles!
and sometimes bitter
EDITOR Lily Huynh
The night consisted of
Hoards of members began to fill up the room,
homemade boba tea, ice
the sweet smell of black tea welcoming them in.
cream sandwiches, cookies
Cups were being passed left and right, with
galore, and High School
Treasurer Alexandria Nguyen and Secretary
Musical. To congratulate our
Isabella Nguyen serving drinks, Event
members in raising more
Coordinator Daniela Covarrubias refilling the
than $400 in funds for the
broiler to steam more tea, President Aamilah
Trick-or-Treat UNICEF boxes and the club, the
Chowdhury managing the flow of students and
Key Club officers went out of their way to create
teachers coming in-and-out of the room, and
a social to remember! All the chaos, joy, and bad
Vice-Editor Lily Huynh driving around town for
singing concluded the night and gave the kids
more supplies and taking pictures of the event
something to remember before they left for
Thanksgiving break. Overall, the night was hectic but full of fun in Making boba tea is a simple process, but letâ€™s just
the end. The members and officers came
say some of us officers over complicated things.
together to sing memorable songs from High
Vice-Editor Lily Huynh, Secretary Isabella Nguyen,
School Musical. Furthermore, no one could get
and Event Coordinator Daniela Covarrubias were
enough of the boba tea made so many came
left to do the heavy-lifting, cooking the tapioca
back for seconds and even thirds! The social
balls. Now it may seem easy, but to walk back
being this successful inspired us to continue this
and forth from the classroom to the water
tradition and even expanding our homemade
fountain took a long time. When cooking the
boba tea to other Key Clubs in our district too!
tapioca balls, we used a steamer to get it boiling
The night closed with a success and all extra
faster and added some honey to sweeten it up.
teas were taken home to enjoy with our
After that, we brewed bundles of black tea
families. The stressful week of assignments and
packets as the base of our boba tea. Because
exams was concluded with sweet, savory, and
we did not have many supplies on hand, we
sometimes bitter boba tea!
actually used a rice cooker to steam them in! The rest was pretty simple, just adding the flavoring which were milk tea, green tea, and thai tea.
However, that was not the end of it, we underestimated the amount of scholars attending the social, thus there was not enough supplies. So Vice-Editor Lily Huynh had to rush out to buy an assortment of items, such as cookies, ice cream cakes, ice, straws, cups, and more! It was quite hectic as they were only given thirty minutes to get all the supplies and come back in time for the floodgates to open.
A LITTLE CHILI
on the side
MEMBER Yazmin Menjivar
The annual Kiwanis Chili Day
s or helping with preparation on the chili.
was occurring November 23,
Even if it was packed, the members didn’t
2019, and members were
have trouble finding a job for themselves to
looking forward to it. Most
do. All were sent to be inside of the kitchen
members had gone to the
area, some helped with washing the trays.
event the year prior while
While the other members got the tray passed
others hadn’t. Despite it not
to them in order to dry it and place it back
being foreign to some of the members, that
to the area where chili was being served.
didn’t stop them from gaining new skills. From
The Key Club members got a chance to
being positioned in new areas to interacting
interact with other key clubs such as Sam
with other key club members, there was
Houston Key Club, they decided to agree on
always something to learn.
switching positioned every hour. Where they would go inside of the kitchen, while the
When first arriving they noticed all the other
Uplift members would do what they did and
key clubs present, most of them already had
clean tables. Since the event hadn’t initially
something to do. Such as popping out tables
begun and members were still in the kitchen
or helping with preparation on the chili. Even
preparing the chili. Other members who
if it was packed, the members didn’t have
were done doing what they needed to do in
trouble finding a job for themselves to do. All
the moment, got a bowl of, the delicious
were sent to be inside of the kitchen area,
some helped with washing the trays. While the other members got the tray passed to them in
Taking the moment as a chance for a short
order to dry it and place it back to the area
eating break, the rest of the members
where chili was being served. The Key Club
grabbed chili before things got busy. When
members got a chance to interact with other
getting their chili they got a chance to talk
key clubs such as Sam Houston Key Club, they
to a few members of a different key club
decided to agree on switching positioned
who were serving the chili. After grabbing
every hour. Where they would go inside of the
their chili they got a chance to make it their
kitchen, while the Uplift members would do
own, by selecting cheese and fritos if
what they did and clean tables. Since the
wanted. When getting their drinks they also
event hadn’t initially begun and members
got to talk with other key clubs, by having
were still in the kitchen preparing the chili.
the small talk they get to learn a bit about
Other members who were done doing what
how things are in contrast between the two
they needed to do in the moment, got a bowl
schools. Something which doesn’t usually
of, the delicious chili.
happen, so it allowed the members to get a chance to open up to growth. Growth in the
When first arriving they noticed all the other
skill of communication by talking to all the
key clubs present, most of them already had
different members and introducing
something to do. Such as popping out tables
themselves. Communication wasn’t only seen
through those interactions, but also when cleaning up tables.
While some members would be eating their chili the rest helped with picking up trays, being a cashier, and washing up tables. Helping them learn how to be flexible since members had to transition from one job to the other. Once it was eleven, floods of people were coming in. The members all got to talk with people which would come in, laughing at jokes and sharing smiles when they would ask to pick up trays that werenâ€™t needed anymore. This event allowed for members to be exposed to situations where they have to be highly interactive. This helped with their social skills, and it gave the people who were eating their chili a sense of being at home.
Soon, the leaders of the pack came by, quickly
Wait, “Gobble Gobble
grabbing the water to continue their grueling
Gobble” that’s more like it.
race. Not long afterward, the little group of rare runners became large masses of racers and
TREASURER Alexandria Nguyen
Before the parades, before
their dogs, all thirsting for water. Realizing they
the kick-off, and before the
had nowhere near enough cups, Key Clubbers
feasting commences, Key
worked to fill up more. In almost an instant, all
Clubbers kicked-off a great Thanksgiving Day
of the paper cups had disappeared. Lily and
with the 10th annual Arlington Turkey Trot. Turkey
Camilla did their best to fill up cups as
Trot is a tradition that was celebrated since 1869.
Alexandria, Isabella, and Yazmin continued to
This fun race, run, jog, walk, stroll, roll, or even
cheer on the runners while lining up more cups.
crawl attracted hundreds of participants who
To meet these demands, members used a hose
raised money donated to the Boys and Girls Club
to quickly dispense the water into each cup.
of Greater Tarrant County.
Though it appeared to be a difficult task, the members worked hard and pushed through.
As members arrived on-site at six o'clock in the
With innovative techniques, Key Club ensured
morning, they gathered to give thanks to one
that every participant was able to receive their
another. The volunteers, fueled with a dedication
to giving thanks and immeasurable cheer, soon took off to receive their duties for the day. After
As the race wound down, the members
helping set up booths, the participants soon
disassembled the station and made their way
came trickling in. With the new surge in turnout,
back to the stadium to partake in the festivities.
Key Clubbers were quickly relocated to the water
After cleaning up, members reunited to take a
station. Eager to help, members took the two-
few more pictures as memorabilia of their
mile journey to the only break in the 5K run.
As the race was about to commence, members
Turkey Trot offers the Arlington community an
worked diligently to set up the swiftly
opportunity to come together to give thanks for
approaching race. Members Alexandria Nguyen,
all that we have and to raise funds for those
Camilla Gatica, Isabella Nguyen, Lily Huynh, and
dedicated to protecting and improving the lives
Yazmin Menjivar promptly filled hundreds of
of others. While the Arlington Turkey Trot is
paper cups for the advancing runners. After
intended to celebrate community and a healthy
unexpected interventions from the wind, the
lifestyle, it is much more than a pre-Turkey 5K
members were able to create a system to fill and
and 1 Mile Fun Run. By giving back to the
conserve cups efficiently. After covering four
community, Key Clubbers were able to share a
large tables with the cups, they waited for the
meaningful beginning to a day of gratitude.
first racers to come by.
Many of us have had goals for ourselves as we have moved forward, but I really did not have any goals. For
MEMBER Arian Tashakori
most of my life, I was very introverted and practically self-absorbed from being
confined in my household with no real motivation to pursue anything. I did not develop my communication skills or any social skills whatsoever throughout my Middle School career. However, in moving to High School, I joined multiple clubs, one being Key Club. It was through Key Club where I bettered my social skills and became very extroverted and affiliated with my community more. It was during my sophomore year when I joined Key Club and I partook in my first event on October 27th of 2018. The Superhero Run was my first ever diverse community service event, and I found it to be very enjoyable. The feeling of being at the event was quite unique. It was a tad chilly, and the chill was only amplified by the wind. Although it was chilly and very early in the morning, I found that it was quite fun. As a matter of fact, I was being more social as I was doing tedious tasks with fellow peers and students from other schools. This experience left me with a hunger which I still have now. A hunger for the need to volunteer, and I want to strive to be in every event I can be in.
The sheer urge to volunteer is what I believe is the adventure that happens at each and every event. I found that this was my goal in Key Club, to become more open and strive to be more extroverted. When looking at all my experiences, Key Club pushes not only their
core values of work and community, but it helps me be able to become more open with people, such as the River Legacy Fall Festival event I attended. I volunteered almost fifteen hours at this event in the hay bale ride, where I assisted in transporting attendees on the hay bale ride.Â It was through this event that I got to communicate and see children and adults smile upon coming to the hay bale ride. I could feel their excitement as I talked more openly and positively. Even with the attendees leaving, seeing every person smile after enjoying themselves at the event was beyond my content. I met and talked to hundreds of people, that each created another memory and experience in which I feel connected to.
With all the efforts I have put throughout these years, I have made countless friends, endless jokes, incredible opportunities, and become more social by pushing through my comfort zone. It is through Key Club that I found value in every experience, where I truly believe that every friend, peer, and person I have met along my neverending story so far, has made some type of impact on me. Their impacts have made me feel whole and a part of something greater. As my passion grows stronger, I want to continue going to every event and make as many of these long lasting bonds I can before I leave High School. These experiences I have made will last longer than anything I would have done at home by myself.
VOLUNTEER EVENT MEETING SOCIAL/DCM
Room 202 Welcome back the club members and present new events and new ideas for the new year.
WINTER SOCIAL Uplift Summit International Preparatory Cafeteria Award members for their hard work, play games, and eat food to end the year.
WINTER SCOUT BADGE DAY 703 NW Green Oaks Blvd, Arlington, TX 76006, USA Naturalists will help Scouts complete all or some of the necessary requirements to achieve certain badges and/or journeys. All materials are provided.
HOLIDAY PARADE OF LIGHTS 100 S Center St, Arlington, TX 76010, USA Participate in the Holiday Parade of Lights. Join us on the first floor from 2 to 5 p.m. to enjoy free activities, including games, crafts, and photos with Santa. After the activities, head outside to enjoy the parade.
MAKING IT HAPPEN 1 AT&T Way, Arlington, TX 76011, USA Help at concessions with a local organization at the AT&T stadium for the Dallas Cowboys vs LA Rams game!
WINTER DEC/DCM 1071 Turner Warnell Rd, Arlington, TX 76001 The Divisional Election Conference, or DEC for short, will determine the next Lieutenant Governor fo following year.
MISSION ARLINGTON CHRISTMAS STORE 210 W South St, Arlington, TX 76010, USA The Christmas Store: Where parents “shop” to receive free gifts for their children! More than 32 thousand children (32,888) received Christmas gifts last year.
MAKING IT HAPPEN 1 AT&T Way, Arlington, TX 76011, USA Help concessions with a local organization at the AT&T stadium for the Dallas Cowboys vs Washington Redskins game!
UNICEF "UNICEF is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to advocate for the protection of children's rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential."
- UNICEF's Mission Statement
MARCH OF DIMES "Prematurity is the #1 killer of babies in the United States. We are working to change that and help more moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies. From polio to prematurity the March of Dimes has focused on researching the problems that threaten our children and finding ways to prevent them."
- March of Dimes's Mission Statement
CHILDREN'S MIRACLE NETWORK "Children's Miracle Network Hospitals' mission is to generate funds and awareness programs in partnership with and for the benefit of member hospitals/foundations and the children they are privileged to serve."
- Children's Miracle Network's Mission Statement
DISTRICT TECH PRODUCER
DISTRICT CONVENTION LIASON
REGION 7 ADVISOR
DIVISION 39 SOUTH LTG
CLUB EVENT COORDINATOR
It's almost the end of our first semester together, can you believe it? I am so proud of our members not only participating in our events but also working with other clubs as well. I can see all of you growing as great individuals and I hope the community you build right now with your fellow Key Club members will help you in the future. I know many of you have so much to juggle right now, such as finals and more. So I thank all of you for taking your time to come to our events, socials, and more! I hope y'all have a great day and continue to be amazing people!
In Love and Service,
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