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TABLE OF CONTENTS Table of Contents 1 Editor's Message 2 President's Message 3 Life as a Board Member 4 Staying Involved with Key Club 5-6 Fall Rally 7 Member of the Month 8 A Key Club Summer 9 Summer 2k18 10 Finding Balance 11 September Events 12-14 The KEY to a Great Summer 15 Major Emphasis Projects 16-19 Contact Information 20
EDITOR'S MESSAGE LILY TENNEKOON
"Make each day your masterpiece" -John Wooden
Hi Key Clubbers! How have the first two weeks of school been? I hope they've been great! Remember to stay on top of your service! We just appointed our new board members and I am so excited to see the service projects they have planned for you! If you have any pictures from volunteer activities or would like to write an article for the newsletter, please email me. THE TROJAN TALK | PAGE 2
PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE EMILY TURNER
It’s exciting times at Jenks Key Club as we launch into our new year with our great new officers and board members. I am so thrilled to be apart of such a hardworking group and can not wait to see what we accomplish together this year. The new school year has officially started! We are excited to welcome you to our first meeting on September 13th before and after school for a projects gallery walk. Find out about the cool new projects our board members have planned for you! Whatever your passion, I hope this newsletter can give you some ideas from the service projects that have been going on these past couple of months and some insight into what Jenks Key Club is all about. I can't wait to be joining you all in making a difference this year and seeing our returning key clubbers as well as meeting all of our new service leaders. We are the next generation and together through service we will make it great!
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Life as a Board Member Kate Kouplen I have been a Board Member for the Jenks Key Club for the past three years and it has helped me assume a larger role in my community. I have had the opportunity to chair multiple projects which have enabled me to be more involved at school and at one local animal shelter. Our school has so many clubs from which to choose, that is somewhat overwhelming at enrollment. However, none of the other clubs I have participated in have helped me grow as a person like Key Club. Key Club is one of the largest clubs at my high school with its focus solely on volunteering and creating a better community. There are way too many people who join Key Club just to be able to list it on their college resume, but this club is so much more than just a line on a college application. Through Key Club, I’ve found ways to be connected with my community and made great friends with similar interests, all while volunteering. Jenks High School is a large school and it is impossible to know everyone on campus. The Key Club brings together students from across all grades which allows you to meet people with similar interests that you may not have known otherwise. Key Club encourages you to stay motivated to help your community and become more involved in school. Along with being a Key Club Board Member, I am also an active Key Club volunteer at the Tulsa SPCA. Being a Board Member isn’t enough, I want to lead by example and make a point to stay active and visible in my efforts. Volunteering at the TSPCA is a passion of mine for too many reasons to count. I love the animals, staff, and saving lives. So many dogs and cats have come through the shelter this past year with heart-wrenching stories, and to be able to say I played a small part in making their lives better makes it so rewarding for me. It pains me to think about why someone would abuse an animal, yet it happens all too often. I’ve learned that these animals are kind and have only one goal in life and that is to sit on your lap, beg to petted and love you unconditionally. Volunteering at the TSPCA has helped me realize just how much we can learn from these abandoned and abused animals. They have taught me how to get through rough patches in life; push through, always see the best in people and love unconditionally. The Jenks Key Club has certainly helped me be more active in and aware of my community. Helping others lays the foundation for being the best person you can be.
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Staying Involved with Key Club Athan Lau This year, we have a lot of wonderful new members join Key Club. As most of them are freshman, they have no clue on how school clubs operate, what to do, and how to do it. It is our job as Board Members to help them be involved with Key Club. One common issue I experience would be the lack of stable communication between Officers, Board Members, and members. I’ve noticed some Board Members not checking their communication platforms (GroupMe, Remind101, Mail, etc.) oftenly. This problem is then amplified when members ask Board Member questions about a project, but don’t get a response. This leads to a confusion on where to go, what to do, and when projects occur. As the Board Member for Kids to Kids High School, I would always post the required information for available projects on the website (what, where, when, how to sign up), send out a Remind to members enrolled in the K2K HS Remind101, and actively check my email account for any questions asked. This helps all members be notified on what volunteer opportunities are available around the High School and helps lots of teachers throughout the school year. Another way to keep members involved in Key Club would be General Meetings. These meetings give members updates to what volunteer opportunities occur that month, the next Club Social, and sometimes give award recognitions to members who have done a lot of service to the school and community. These recognitions can help motivate lots of members to do more within Key Club. For our first General Meeting, members have the ability to sign up for Board Projects. For K2K High School, I plan on informing what this project offers, when they occur, and how to be notified. The use of Remind101 is a convenient way to inform many membres about K2K High School opportunities. One more way to keep members involved in Key Club would be our Club Socials of the Month. Club Socials are a fun gathering place where members can bring along friends, chat about Key Club, and know more about their Officers and Board Members. I can also chat with members to know how they feel about my projects, what should I change and how I can improve. To help new members, I will do my best to inform them of volunteer opportunities, general meetings, and club socials through the use of the website and Remind101. This is what I will do as the Board Member for K2K High School. THE TROJAN TALK | PAGE 5
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TAYLOR HATHEWAY GENERAL MEMBER OF THE MONTH ATHAN LAU BOARD MEMBER OF THE MONTH Keep up the great work!
A Key Club Summer Claire Hargrove Key Club influenced my summer in so many ways. I actually got to volunteer throughout the summer at Jenks Southeast Elementary instead of just with back to school activities as well as volunteering at church every Saturday night. I got to go set up a teacher’s classroom library and it was the BOMB! The teachers and faculty are so sweet and are so easy to work with as well. The fun thing about volunteering at a school is that you can usually get a good amount of hours every single time you go. I get a minimum of three hours every time I go. This is great for someone like me who doesn’t have a lot of extra time for volunteering Each Saturday night, my family and I go volunteer at Life Church. We are a part of the greeters on Host Team. This has been a great way to earn service hours and meet some incredible people. My favorite thing by far that I did this summer was Meet The Teacher at Jenks Southeast Elementary. I gathered volunteers and we met two different days to help pass out school supplies. It was so fun because the same girls volunteered each time so we really got through it. We ate lunch together and have even planned days to get together this school year.
Key club is amazing because you earn so many new friends, great life skills, and a great activity to list on your resume. Life can throw you all kinds of curve balls, such as a bad grade, family and/or friend problems, etc., and the people of key club are amazing people who you can count on and help you through these times. This activity has also made me think in ways I never would have before. Thinking of projects to get involved in and places to volunteer. Over the summer, I researched for many hours wanting to find another place to get involved in and I finally found one. I had previously heard of the Little Lighthouse, but never really knew what they did for the community. Reading about it and learning that they help children with special needs really pinged on my heart which told me that this was the place I needed to volunteer. Since life is so crazy right now, I haven’t gotten a chance to submit an application and start volunteering thought. But I am so super excited to get started.
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Summer 2k18 Hareem Shoaib This past summer was something that still is being played like a movie in my head. Every waking and sleeping moment was a precious symbol of my happiness. I went to Pakistan after a total of eight years, and it was such a blessing and beautiful moment to meet all my family again. Being away from my cousins and aunts and uncles really made me more grateful for them, because I had someone to go across the oceans for. Of course, food and music and games was all fun, but what also contributed to my wellspent time was my volunteering. I volunteered for SPADO - Sustainable Peace and Development Organization - which was simply so eye-opening and lovely. Basically, what SPADO does is reach out to the general Pakistani population about their basic rights in the country. Since the previous Pakistani politicians have done everything to keep people in the dark, some even as aged as 80 years of age are clueless as to what they can demand from their country. The part of SPADO I worked with dealt with women’s rights, and it was definitely something I was excited to be a part of. Every day, we would go to a new location in Pakistan and spread awareness of public and government rights to the people. Since most women are becoming educated in Pakistan, there were a lot less women than I expected to meet in those informative group sessions. In fact the women did come were very open to the ideas and shunned any prejudice I had previously held for them out of my brain. Of course, there were still men and women who had no idea they had such small rights as “the right to vote without any outside influence”. Because the general Pakistan elections were coming up on July 25th, 2018, my volunteer work was a great influence on the people, because they realized they had to let the country hear their voice and speak up for themselves. I don’t want to seem self-centered, but I definitely owe the great results of the Pakistan elections to be because of SPADO’s and my personal work to urge the community to stand up and vote. Pakistan finally elected a Prime Minister who not only knew about politics but also had the capabilities to speak up to bullying nations. That volunteer opportunity not only gave me 200 hours but also an insight into Americans also not knowing about about their general rights. Volunteering with Key Club really led to my passion for volunteering even when I was on a vacation. SPADO was such an amazing organization that the other volunteers there became a sort of second family to me. I hope to volunteer for SPADO whenever I go to Pakistan next. THE TROJAN TALK | PAGE 10
Finding Balance Lily Jiang If you're involved in a bunch of clubs and sports, taking lots of AP classes, or both, then chances are, your life is very hectic. Or, if it isn’t yet, then it definitely will be in the near future. Most people find it impossible to balance sports, clubs, other extracurriculars, AND homework, but it is definitely doable. I myself am participate in 5 clubs, 2 of which I am heavily involved in. On top of that, I have 4 AP classes and extracurriculars to manage as well. I have a couple of tips and tricks to help you manage your time wisely so that you’ll be able to successfully pass your classes without cutting out lots of extracurriculars, all while having some free time to spare! My first tip is an old one that everyone has heard, but it is important enough I will repeat it. DON’T PROCRASTINATE! Simple as that. I know that it is incredibly difficult to stay off your phone, but you have to train your mind to not be dependent on it. The more you do it, the easier it becomes! I cannot emphasize how time-saving it is to just grind through all your worksheets and reading assignments and Key Club articles, if you don’t have to stop every five minutes to Snapchat your friends. Another big tip is to be organized. Organization is a huge way that you can save time, as then you won’t have to spend half an hour everyday trying to find that homework sheet you lost in your void of a backpack. Have a designated to-do folder so that everything you need to do is in one area. I would also suggest using a planner, or if you’re like me, set reminders, have an online agenda, AND own a planner. It really helps organize your events and homework, and then you don’t have to worry about forgetting if the teacher said there would be a test the next day because it’s all in your planner! The last tip is not very common, but it has definitely helped me save time and keep up on my assignments: don’t wait to do something if it takes less than 2 minutes. For example: getting up from your comfortable chair to charge your phone while you do your homework instead of waiting until you finish. This allows you to charge your phone while you’re not using it, instead of wasting time later waiting for it to turn on after you’ve used up all the battery. Another example is putting your homework in your backpack right when you remember it instead of telling yourself that you’ll do it later, and then forgetting it for school the next day. While balancing all your clubs with homework and sports might seem very overwhelming and daunting at first, once you find a way to organize and save time, it actually is very doable. I hope that at least one of these tips has helped you!
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September Events September 4 Math Tutoring September 6 Math Tutoring September 11 Math Tutoring September 13 General Meeting September 13 Math Tutoring September 14-23 Tulsa Greek Festival September 15 Laps for Little Ones September 18 Math Tutoring September 20 Math Tutoring
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The KEY to a Great Summer Carrie Shupack Key Club influenced my summer in so many different ways! I did a lot of volunteering this summer, including a kids camp at my church, and at different Jenks schools. My church, Tulsa Christian Fellowship, does a Vacation Bible school for children every June. It is five days long, and it goes from nine in the morning until noon. About one hundred kids come every year. They do lots of things, including Bible stories, games, crafts, and snacks. Â Working with kids at my church is so enjoyable and fulfilling. Whether it was helping them with their activities, or making the food, I knew I was influencing their lives for the better. During the month of August I volunteered for an afternoon at Jenks East Elementary. All of us volunteers helped sort back to school paper for parents of the students that go there into folders. There were different stacks of papers, some were schedules, others flyers for upcoming events. We got one paper from each stack and made them into small piles for each parent. Then we put the little piles into sets of about twenty five for each classroom in the school. I personally enjoy organizational jobs like this, so I found the experience to be fun. A couple of days before school started, I helped my former AP World History teacher get her classroom ready for the school year. This included putting her classroom library in order, stacking textbooks, arranging desks, and moving unnecessary boxes to other rooms. I enjoyed spending time with a favorite teacher, and organizing the room. One thing I missed doing this summer was volunteering at the Tulsa libraries. Every summer, from the time I was thirteen years old to fifteen years old, I participated in the Teen Team program at Helmerich library. This involved helping sign kids up for the Summer Reading Program. I would always go once a week on the same day for around three hours and help with the kids, or do other jobs they assigned me, like shelving and organizing books. Unfortunately, I aged out of this particular volunteering program. However, since I am the board member for libraries this year in Key Club, I hope to become a regular volunteer at local Libraries. Key Club influenced my summer so much, and provided me with opportunities to serve that I would not have known about otherwise, and I am very grateful.
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