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Key Way


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The Governor’s Notes Hello! I am Morgan Wade, and I am your newly elected Missouri-Arkansas Governor. I supported Key Club since my freshman year, but in my sophomore year (this year) was the year the organization changed my life. I saw the amazing benefits that this club creates and the way the students truly were involved. To see so many students with a passion to help others changed my perspective on how I perceived others. I started getting more and more involved and I realized that this is what I wanted to devote my time to. As a governor, I chose the Wounded Warrior Project as our district service project. This is an amazing organization that I can personally relate to. I want to use this organization to help create a sense of longing for not only local veterans but also veterans nationwide. There are many reasons why people choose service, but one of the main reasons people serve is to create change. The whole reasoning behind Key Club is making a difference in the world through service. But that’s where the situation gets complicated, service is something anyone can do but many people choose not to do it.  Service, of all kinds, can be so impactful the result is mind boggling. People came together to cut up old, unneeded jeans and we helped create healthier lives as well as create opportunities for small children. Even if the effect of our service is not seen first hand, that doesn’t mean the effort goes unnoticed. The child that was saved could later on become a voice that speaks out across nations, or a doctor that saves the lives of children in countries much like their own. The moral of this is, service may be hard and Key Club may make you stressed but was the service provided ever truly meant for your own benefit? To conclude, I would like to thank all of the service members out there. Thank you for your time dedicated to changing the world. Yours Respectfully, Morgan Wade

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I nternational S ervice P artner

Thirst Project was founded by a group of college students who wanted to educate people about the global water crisis. Seth Maxwell, founder and CEO of Thirst Project, tells about how he learned about the global water crisis and what he did to help fix it. “Like all great things, it started with coffee,” he writes. Through a series of coincidences and what he called “God at work,” he learned about how many people in the world do not have clean water, and he felt compelled to do something about it. Seth got with seven of his closest college friends, and they pooled their minds and money to tell people about the water crisis. Seth Maxwell tells about the beginnings of his organization, “We pooled all of our money together (which literally amounted to $70) and were able to purchase 1,000 bottles of water from our nearest grocery store. (We MAY have laid it on pretty thick and begged the manager for a crazy discount.) We took to Hollywood Boulevard and began giving away free bottles of water so that we could get people to stop and talk to us, so they would ask us, “Why are you doing this?”

We asked them, “Did you know? Did you know that (at that time) over one billion people don’t have access to safe, clean drinking water?” In one day, we spoke to over 1,000 people. We raised awareness about the water crisis to these people with hardly any plan other than to simply tell people. Almost everybody gave back for the water that they took, and we were able to turn $70, into $1,700. This was used to fund our first rehabilitation of a freshwater well.”

“With your help, we can give water. With your help, we can give life.”

Standing on the street talking to people evolved into speaking at schools, and one thing led to another, and Thirst Project was founded. It is the world’s leading youth water activism organization that activates students and young adults to go out and change the world. A common question when looking at the world is, “I am only one person; what can I do?” Thirst Project shows that youth can make a difference. 8 million dollars have been raised to provide clean water to over 280,000 people across the world. The mission is not done, yet. Thirst Project plans to provide safe and clean drinking water and sanitation to the entire nation of Swaziland by 2022.

663 million people in the world lack clean and safe drinking water

The average distance that someone in a developing community walks to fetch water is 3.75 miles

A 5-gallon jerrycan can weigh up to 44 pounds

Every 21 seconds a child dies of a water related disease

What can I do? Fundraise- just $25 can give a person clean water for life; Do a run or walk for water- have demonstrations; speak at your school Invite a speaker to your school or club- contact Tracie Mae at to get in touch with a thirst project rep Text “THIRST” to 97779 Want more? Go to to find out about trips and internships for a hands-on experience of a lifetime

Key Club partnered with Thirst Project to create Thirsty 30. It is a pledge to collect a certain amount of money in 30 days. Here’s how it works: Lay out envelopes with varying numbers on them. These numbers will be how much each Key Clubber is pledging to collect for the global water crisis. Have each person talk one; the number he chooses will be the amount he or she pledges to collect. You have 30 days to collect that money. It’s that simple.

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S ervice S potlight

SPOTLIGHT ON SERVICE This issue’s service spotlight is on Calvary Lutheran High School’s Key Club. Calvary Lutheran is located in Jefferson City, Missouri. At this past DLC, CLHS Key Club earned multiple awards, including first in the silver divison for single service project, first in the Major Emphasis category, Distinguished Club of Achievement, Public Relations Award, and bronze level honors. Two lieutenant governors, Micayla Gentges and Amanda Thieme, and Key Way Editor, Madeline Wilson, are from Calvary. Some of Calvary’s biggest projects are Operation Bugle Boy, the Color Run, and blood drives. Calvary’s advisor, Denise Crider, puts a big emphasis on service, and her area of focus is veterans. Operation Bugle Boy is the perfect fit, and it is the biggest event of the year. Operation Bugle Boy is a veterans’ appreciation night where Key Club partners with Operation Bugle Boy to honor the veterans and give back to them. A meal is served, and entertainment and honorary speakers come in. It is a day of celebration to bring attention back to the current and retired soldiers. 33 Key Clubbers from Calvary Lutheran High School joined with many others to serve over 500 guests. The event is a wonderful opportunity to truly give back to your country and be inspired by the heroic people that fill the room.

Calvary Lutheran’s Key Club partners with the Special Learning Center in Jefferson City for a few projects. Aside from Key Clubbers volunteering on their own time, the annual color run and granny basketball games are structured to give back to the Special Learning Center and raise money for learning disabilities. The color run course laces over the campus and is spotted with students squirting powdered paint on runners. Later in the day, a game of granny basketball takes place. A granny league comes to play the students, and concessions and tickets are sold. All proceeds go back to benefit the Special Learning Center. This past school year, they raised $3,300 for the Special Learning Center. Another project that Calvary does is the blood drive. Calvary hosts 5 drives per year. They partner with American Red Cross to save lives, one unit at a time. During school assemblies, they recognize first time donors with a pin. Donors also get put on Mrs. Crider’s wall. The students are excited to help with the drive or donate blood because they can take part in saving lives. Last year 211 units of blood were donated.

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M ajor E mphasis

Key Clubs all over the world participate in a variety of service projects to benefit their communities. Every Key Club has the authority to select its own service projects because usually there are many more service needs in a community than there are service clubs and agencies to meet them. However, all Key Clubs are asked to participate in the Major Emphasis: “Children: Their Future, Our Focus.” In 1946, Key Club International challenged all Key Clubs and members to focus energies on making an international impact. This program still is followed today through the Major Emphasis: “Children: Their Future, Our Focus.” Key Clubs help serve children in many ways. The main projects that Key Club supports are The Eliminate Project, UNICEF, Children’s Miracle Network, and March of Dimes. Each issue will feature one of these great organizations that helps change the world, one child at a time.

There are so many opportunities to raise funds for these organizations or serve the children in your community, and there is something for everyone.: Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF- Dress up in your favorite costume and go through your community collected monetary donations for UNICEF instead of candy. Dance Marathons for Children’s Miracle NetworkCMN affiliates hold official Dance Marathons. Charge a small over charge and sell concessions to raise money. You can designate a Key Clubber to DJ, and have prizes for the “last man standing” to give incentives for participations. Tutor Time- Volunteer at a local elementary school or special learning center and tutor the students there. March of Dimes- Consider hosting your own March for Babies to raise funds. Be sure to mark out a clear course. You could host a celebratory breakfast to kick off the event.



promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. UNICEF was created with a distinct purpose in mind: to work with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path. We advocate for measures to give children the best start in life, because proper care at the youngest age forms the strongest foundation for a person’s future.

We involve everyone in creating protective environments for children. We are present to relieve suffering during emergencies, and wherever children are threatened, because no child should be exposed to violence, abuse or exploitation. UNICEF upholds the Convention on the Rights of the Child. We work to assure equality for those who are discriminated against, girls and women in particular. We work for the Millennium Development Goals and for the progress promised in the United Nations Charter. We strive for peace and security. We work to hold everyone accountable to the promises made for children.

All children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential-to the benefit of a better world.

We promote girls’ education – ensuring that they complete primary education as a minimum – because it benefits all children, both girls and boys. Girls who are educated grow up to become better thinkers, better citizens, and better parents to their own children. We act so that all children are immunized against common childhood diseases, and are well nourished: no child should suffer or die from a preventable illness.

We are part of the Global Movement for Children – a broad coalition dedicated to improving the life of every child. Through this movement, and events such as the United Nations Special Session on Children, we encourage young people to speak out and participate in the decisions that affect their lives. We are active in more than 190 countries and territories through country programmes and National Committees. We are UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund.

I nternational C onvention

Picture this: You find yourself sitting in a ballroom larger than any you have ever seen. All around you, an assortment of different accents, personalities and characters fills the air and space. Several you find familiar, yet many others are foreign. To distinguish between them, each accent, personality and character is dressed to the nines as animals, household items or vegetables. To your right, you discern a moose engaging in a fervid deal with a kitchen mitt. “I’ll trade you a 2015 chili and a 2016 flamingo for your lobster one,” you overhear. In that moment, a bee pops into the deal with a decade-old pin that was passed down from his sibling before him; the moose and kitchen mitt revel in its glory. It is quite a sight to see; it never fails to induce awe (whether it is your first or your fourth time). It is the illustrious Meet and Greet at the annual gathering that we have come to know and love: Key Club International Convention. Throughout our organization’s history, we have found ourselves in locations spanning from sunny Anaheim, California to the U.S. capital. At convention, our members have been able to experience each respective host’s unique locale. And this summer, we are delighted to convene in the historic city of San Antonio. From great attractions like The Alamo to the Tower of the Americas and, of course, the River Walk, San Antonio has so many alluring attractions for you to visit. But not only that—this year, Key Club also will be sharing its convention with our collegiate counterparts, Circle K! We have the rare opportunity to meet those who have been in our shoes and swap stories of service and fellowship. Trust me when I say that this will be an opportunity that you will not want to miss. I cannot put into words how excited I am for this year’s convention, and for good reason. With everything that we have in store for all of you, it surely is going to be an event to remember. When convention commences on July 5, we’ll make sure to take many pictures, share many laughs and build many bridges, for the week will go by very quickly. Yet, despite the seemingly momentary nature of the event, what we’ll take home with us will be endless. Convention is right around the corner, and I cannot wait to meet every single one of you! Yours in caring and service, Devin Sun Key Club International President

Summer is right around the corner, and so is the Key Club International Convention. Start making plans now to attend the convention this July. It will be held in San Antonio, Texas on July 5th through the 9th. International Convention is a great time to get to know people like you from around the continent. The trip will be packed with speakers, sight-seeing, service, and plenty of fun.

Why go to the convention? Because it’s the biggest event of the Key Club year! Imagine celebrating the amazing things Key Club does with more than 1,600 Key Clubbers from all across the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.

If that isn’t enough, you’ll also have the opportunity to: • Bond with your people. Travel to and from International Convention with your district. • Share innovative service project and fundraising ideas. • Listen to amazing speakers. • Learn about servant leadership. • Train for your 2016-17 leadership position. • Elect next year’s Key Club International Board. • Hear about our success so far with The Eliminate Project—and how you can help eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. • Discover new charities and organizations you and your club can team up with. • Have fun and make memories and friendships that last a lifetime. • See the sites in San Antonio. From

D istrict L eadership C onference

DISTRICT LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE 2017 This year’s District Leadership Conference was a huge success! Key Clubbers from all over Missouri and Arkansas gathered together to celebrate a year of service. Over 425 members attended. The District Board worked incredibly hard to put on a wonderful weekend full of fun activities, such as dances, forums, and service projects. The theme for this year was “Peace, Love, Key Club,” and it was woven throughout the whole event, from the opening to the closing ceremonies. A dance was held to fundraise for the district project, Heifer International. Multiple forums were held to teach others how to lead new service projects. The old District Board was retired, and the new Board was installed.

The annual service project for the conference was Sole Hope. Sole Hope is a non-profit organization that works to prevent jiggers, parasites that burrow into the soft skin of the hands and feet to lay eggs, and give shoes to underprivileged children in Uganda. By collecting and cutting up old jeans, Key Clubbers could take an active role in changing the lives of the people of Uganda.

Your New District Board Governor

Morgan Wade


Bethany Amerson


Spencer Morrow

Key Way Editor

Madeline Wilson

Division 1

Jack Dahn

Division 2

Werthen Gass

Division 3

Micayla Gentges

Division 4

Kierston Holstine

Division 5

Amanda Thieme

Division 6

John Maune

Division 7 and 8

Dylan Britton

Division 9

Tanner Grandclair

Division 10

Jared Dutton

Division 11

Stormy Simpkins

Divison 12

Hania Herrera

Division 13

Lauren Grace

Division 14

Bradyn Snow

Division 15

Athaliah Villarreal

Division 16

Ernesto Casas

Division 17

Kyle Wilkins

Division 18

Sydney Cisneros

Division 19

Jared Dutton

Preferred Charities March of Dimes was founded by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and works to improve the health of babies by preventing premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality. Key Club helps by raising funds and celebrating World Prematurity Day in November to raise awareness.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is a nonprofit organization that helps hospitalized children. Donations go directly to its 170 affiliated hospitals to purchase equipment, conduct research, and save lives. Key Club sponsors multiple fundraisers to help the CMN Hospitals.

UNICEF is part of the United Nations and is the only organization that is exclusively for children. It assists in primary healthcare, education, and clean water and sanitation in over 170 developing countries. Key Club raises funds for UNICEF by participating in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF and the Eliminate Project.

Sponsors and Partners

Rustic Pathways is Key Club’s co-sponsor. Rustic Pathways works to combine education, service, and travel to create an unforgettable and life changing experience. Through Rustic Pathways you can win scholarships, free service trips, and you can go on trips of a lifetime.

Thirst Project is Key Club’s international service partner. It is the world’s largest youth water organization, and it works to bring clean and safe water and sanitation to developing countries by activating youth. Through Thirst Project you can get internships and trips to Swaziland, the focus country.

Nickelodeon is Key Club’s vision partner and works to inspire kids to take action and make a difference in the world. It works through programs such as Worldwide Day of Play and Big Help to teach kids about health and wellness, service, education, and the environment.

Letter from the Editor

Contact our District Executive Officers Governor Morgan Wade Secretary Bethany Amerson Editor Madeline Wilson Treasurer Spencer Morrow Administrator Jim Zuroweste

Hello, my name is Madeline Wilson, and I am your District Bulletin Editor for the 2017-2018 Key Club year. I’ve never done this before so you’re going to have to bear with me. Anyways, I am so excited to be serving you all this year. I have had a blast in Key Club so far, and I am excited to see what this year holds. I get to combine my passions for design and service to have this wonderful opportunity to be editor. Before I get too far, I’d like to tell you all a little bit about myself. I am a senior at Calvary Lutheran High School, and I am actively involved in cross country, basketball, and track, as well as other clubs. Outside of school, I love to read, take photos, and watch sports, and I am actively involved in my home church. I really enjoyed making this edition of the Key Way, and I hope that you all have as much fun reading it as I did making it. Inside this issue, there are plenty of articles about all things Key Club. The featured partner, Thirst Project, is one of my absolute favorite organizations. There’s information on UNICEF, ICON, and even a look at my home club. Enjoy this summer edition of the Key Way, and I’ll see you next issue!

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