High Point ~ Hackettstown ~ Vernon ~ Pope John ~ Mount Olive ~ Sparta ~ Sussex Vo-Tech
Volume 1 Issue 4
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¡Hola, División 21! Greetings from Madrid, Spain! It’s beautiful out here—I wish I could bring our division out here for a nice vacation. It’s also crazy since Spain won the World Cup for the first time! I actually saw the soccer team in person parading down the streets of Madrid and got footage (remind me to show you all the next time we all get together!) I’ve put pictures from my travel throughout this newsletter for your enjoyment. This newsletter’s a little late than usual, but only because the computers here are a little strange with Microsoft Word. Nonetheless, this On the Key Road is jam packed with some key information: blurbs from the International Programs and Advocacy Committees, The Eliminate Project, upcoming events such as RTCs, Fall Rally, and Key Leader, as well as other information. Check out this YouTube Video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWXJtkg8ynQ for more information regarding NJ Key Club’s Major Emphasis Program (MEP): Live 2 Learn. Note: There will be no PCM for the month of July. Things are too crazy to have one take place with vacations and everything. I know I’m going out to California to visit my grandparents next week so we’ll meet again together in August at a date to later be announced.
Message from your LTG .............................1 Accomplishments Corner……..……….2 An Advocacy Announcement .......3 International Programs Blurb ...........................4 The Eliminate Project……..5 Local Service... ........6 Upcoming Events…7-8 Important Reminders.9 District Contacts……10
We’ve done it again: Division 21 has submitted 100% CMRFs on time for the month of June—what an accomplishment, especially since it’s the summer and we are all busy! Thank you so much Secretaries for your hard work! Now without further ado, I will let you enjoy my newsletter. If you have any questions at all, do not hesitate to shoot me over a text or email! Yours in Caring and in Service,
Gabrielle Gutierrez Lieutenant Governor of Division 21
Accomplishments Corner Division 21 has been a leading division of the New Jersey District of Key Club International thanks to all of your hard work and dedication! All of you: whether you’re a club Secretary filling out CMRFs or a general member participating in fundraisers, you have started our service year off to a wonderful start. Here are a few out of the many reasons why you guys are so amazing:
100% collection of CMRFs for the month of June from all clubs
In the Spotlight: Name: Kristen Greco HS: Mount Olive HS Position: President Grade: Senior
Club Thank-Yous Thank you, High Point: for early submission of CMRFs! Thank you, Sparta: for early submission of CMRFs! Thank you, Mt. Olive: for early submission of CMRFs and speedy submission of signed service agreements! Thank you, Vo-Tech: for super early submission of CMRFs! Thank you, Pope John: for on-time submission of CMRFs and submission of signed service agreements! Thank you, Vernon: for on-time submission of CMRFs! Thank you, Hackettstown: for early submission of CMRFs!
Kristen has demonstrated dedication to Division 21 in its early months. Although our OTC for her club was held outside of her high school: Mount Olive HS, she still managed to mail all of her officers’ and her own Signed Service Agreements with her advisor’s signature to me within days. Her club has consistently submitted CMRFs early and has maintained great communication. They were also able to accomplish community service, even with the end of school year arriving. Let’s give Kristen a round of applause!
An Advocacy Announcement Over 738,900 people in New Jersey live at or below the poverty level. 27% of children in New Jersey live in low-income households. 1 out of 5 families in New Jersey do not earn enough to afford basic necessities such as food and housing. These are all serious problems that are occurring in our own state, and they are rapidly increasing. However, we have the power to change them. That is why we are so excited to announce that the focus for the District Programs Committee for the 2010-2011 Service Year is Poverty. (All facts can be found on the New Jersey Anti-Hunger Coalition Website: http://njahc.org/hunger-in-nj.html.) This year, the committee will be dedicated to giving each club an opportunity to choose how they would like to go about advocating and serving while guiding them along the way. We chose to run the committee this way because each community is hit with poverty in different ways. Some examples of ways to advocate are to advertise as much as possible (such as posters and videos), and to contact your local government representative and attend press events. An easy way to get support would be to not ask for money, but instead trying to provide supplies, food, and service. Clubs could provide a ―service tip of the month‖ and statistics to give the members easy pieces of information to follow and spread. Clubs and divisions could also participate in service activities such as: Collecting school supplies at Fall Rally Collecting food at your school and community throughout the year (not just holidays) A ―Fill the Bus with Food‖ fundraiser (line up and pass the food to the bus) Volunteering at shelters/food kitchens Shop rite/Cost Co will give gift cards Gathering food left over at sporting venues Donating to Good Will Helping with Jennifer’s Closet Collecting prescription glasses or other necessities Asking local businesses to donate Seven Eleven gives leftover food to charity Organizing a Giving Tree activity Donating to Toys for Tots More information about the District Programs Committee will be available on the New Jersey District Website and in the back-to-school District Mailings. So, get ready to defeat poverty together, New Jersey! If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Co-Chairs of the committee, District Secretary Kevin Sun Division 5 Lieutenant Governor Julia Dickhaus. Written by Crystal Ibe, LTG of Division 11
International Programs As Key Clubbers, most of us are aware that the District Project for this service year is the wonderful Children’s Specialized Hospital. However, did you know that Key Club International also partners with other service organizations around the world? One such organization is the March of Dimes! March of Dimes is a global non-profit organization that aims to combat premature birth, birth defects, and infant mortality in infants while also promoting healthier lifestyles for mothers. This great cause has been around since 1938 and has raised millions of dollars for treatments and research. Key Clubbers have a passion for service and March of Dimes is a truly worthy cause and there are many ways you can get involved. The first step is to contact your local March of Dimes chapter and partner with them to hold a fundraiser. Any type of fundraiser can help you raise money for the cause, no matter how large or small. They can range from bake sales to car washes to dances to anything you can imagine! Additionally, your club can sell March of Dimes merchandise, such as wristbands or T-shirts, etc. The possibilities are endless so don’t be afraid to get creative! March of Dimes’ largest event is the annual walk, March for Babies, so your club should definitely plan on attending. This year the fundraising goal for the NJ District is $3,000, so let’s work together to make it happen! To get more information and find a March of Dimes chapter near you, visit www.marchofdimes.com Another Key Club International Service Partner is UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund). This year, UNICEF launched their ―I Believe in Zero‖ campaign. This awareness program is based on the fact that, worldwide, 25,000 children die every day from preventable causes. However, by increasing education, providing medical care, and supplying food for these children, UNICEF hopes to reduce that number to ―zero‖. More details on this campaign can be found at www.ibelieveinzero.org. As Key Clubbers, you play an integral part in the UNICEF fundraising process. The major fundraiser for UNICEF is Trickor-Treat for UNICEF. Every club in the NJ District should receive a bundle of orange boxes, stickers and other information before Halloween. Some leave the boxes in local businesses or in various rooms throughout their school. Others stick them in friend’s lockers or teachers’ mailboxes. The most common method is, of course, going around Trick-or-Treating on Halloween with the bright box in hand! Whichever way you choose, you can contribute! This year, the fundraising goal for UNICEF for the NJ District of Key Club International is $33,190.25. --3.3 million: The number of newborns worldwide dying in the first month of life is 3.3 million --190 countries that UNICEF works in --25 for 25,000 children dying every day from preventable causes. To reach this goal, we need everyone’s help so please pick up an orange box today and start Trick-or-Treating! (http://youth.unicefusa.org/trickortreat/ )
Written by Lieutenant Governor of Division 10, Sarah Noorani and Lieutenant Governor of Division 14, Jiayun Fang
The Eliminate Project Please visit the following sites for more information on how you and your club can help this cause: http://sites.kiwanis.org/Kiwanis/ en/theELIMINATEproject/home. aspx http://www.facebook.com/The EliminateProject?ref=search#!/T heEliminateProject
With The ELIMINATE Project, Kiwanis International and UNICEF have joined forces to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. This deadly disease steals the lives of 60,000 innocent babies and 30,000 mothers each year. The effects of the disease are excruciating â€” tiny newborns suffer repeated, painful convulsions and extreme sensitivity to light and touch. To eliminate MNT from the Earth by 2015, 129 million mothers and their future babies must be immunized. This requires vaccines, syringes, safe storage, transportation, thousands of skilled staff and more. It will take $110 million â€” and the dedicated work of UNICEF and every member of the Kiwanis family. Kiwanis and UNICEF joined forces to tackle iodine deficiency disorders, achieving one of the most significant public health successes of the 20th century. Now, they are eliminating MNT from the face of the Earth. And in doing so, the project will reach the poorest, most neglected mothers and babies with additional lifesaving health care. The end of this one disease means the beginning of better health for so many families. (http://sites.kiwanis.org/Kiwanis/en/theELIMINATEproject/home.aspx)
Local Service: Karavan of Kids What your club can do: help run activities What your Kiwanis club can do: have an informational booth regarding Kiwanis and youth
Get Pumped: Upcoming Events
K-Family Picnic: The K-Family Picnic takes place Saturday, July 24th at Oakhurst Park in Ocean Township. The event begins at 12:00 pm and will run until about 5:00 pm. The cost is $10 per person. Games, activities, and food are all a part of this wonderful opportunity to bond with other New Jersey Key Clubs, Kiwanis Clubs, and Builders’ Clubs! Directions from North Jersey: Take the Garden State Parkway to Exit 105 toward NJ-35/Eatontown/Long Branch. The exit road will turn into NJ-36 E. Take NJ-36 E for 2.2 miles. Take Ramp onto NJ-35 S/State Route 35. Take NJ-35 S for about 2 miles. Pass over West Park Avenue and turn right into the jug handle toward West Park Avenue. Take West Park Avenue for 1.3 miles. Take a right onto Larkin Place. The Park will be on your right hand side.
Fall RTC (North) If you haven’t attended the Spring North RTC last weekend at Morris Knolls High School, it is imperative you attend this Fall Northern RTC being held at Millburn HS. Unfortunately, this is a greater distance than Morris Knolls, but if you chose not to come to the Spring RTC, it is mandatory you attend this one. More details will follow soon regarding times and directions. It will take place on Saturday, September 25th. If for some reason, you cannot attend this one, you will have to go out of your way to attend either the South or Central RTC. They are your last options! Fall Rally Fall Rally is an awesome gathering of over a thousand Key Clubbers from all over New Jersey who come together at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ to get pumped up for the new service year! It will take place on Sunday, October 10th. Even though it is not until October, it is vital you begin planning for how your club will go about this. If you wait until school begins again in September, it might be hard for you to gain approval for a bus since your Boards of Education will not meet for awhile. Start having your club members save money, talk to your school’s administration, and plan early. That way, when the fall comes around, you don’t have to worry about getting your Key Club field trip approved and you can ease into Six Flags without any anxiety.
Upcoming Events (continued)
KEY LEADER -written by Tom Kraeutler, Lieutenant Governor Division 7 Do you have a desire to improve your leadership? Do you want to make new friends with similar interests? What would you do if you could do both of these in the same weekend? No, this isn’t a sham, its Key Leader Weekend! Key Leader is run by Kiwanis International with the mission of providing a ―life-changing experience that inspires young people to achieve their personal best through service leadership.‖ The weekend is designed to kick-start a lifelong process of personal leadership growth and development. The program focuses on leadership in three communities: local, state/national community, and global. It is a highly esteemed program in New Jersey and its greatness is directly related to the high remarks of our District on the national level. This year, Key Leader will be held Friday, December 10th through Sunday, December 12th at Camp Lebanon in Lebanon, New Jersey. Key Leader is open to all students from grades 9-12 and, though it is run by Kiwanis International, is open to ALL students, not just Key Clubbers. Registration is $200, although any attending Key Clubbers will receive a $25 from the Kiwanis International Foundation and will pay only $175. If you are interested, be sure to register by October 15th to ensure your spot in the program. Contact your Lieutenant Governor for registration information and if you have any questions – they’re more than ready to help! See you there!
As you may have noticed, there aren’t many important Key Club days coming up since it is now summer. A lot of times, clubs fall out of the loop because of the long summer gap and it’s hard to get back to things come September. We realize many of you guys are inactive during the summer However that does not mean your responsibility as a Key Clubber and Executive Officer ends. You are still responsible for:
Completing CMRFs for the months of June, July, and August: Even if your club is inactive. Simply leave the “service and hours” section blank, but specify PCMs, OTCs, and anything else Key Club related.
Attending PCMs and OTCs coordinated by me: To enhance our communication, I will be holding monthly PCMs during the summer (one in June, one in July, and one in August) Presidents and/or Vice Presidents, you are required to attend these. I will try to come up with a date that is acceptable to all of you. If you missed your club’s OTC, you are responsible to meet with me over the summer to coordinate a training time.
Preparing to attend the Fall RTC: As you know, the Spring RTCs ended this weekend. That means you are responsible to attend the Fall North RTC in Millburn to be trained. If you cannot make the North RTC, it is up to you to travel to the Central RTC or South RTC.
UPCOMING DATES: July 24th: K-Family Picnic at Oakhurst Park in Ocean Twp. August 10th: CMRFs for the month of July are due August PCM: TBA
Lieutenant Governor of Division 21 Gabrielle Gutierrez High Point HS District Administrator Mr. Barrie Werfel Kiwanis Club of Livingston NJDAWerfel@aol.com
Zone Administrator Mr. Stephen Gandley Kiwanis Club of Hackettstown firstname.lastname@example.org
Governor Rachel Orbach Holmdel HS email@example.com
Secretary Kevin Sun Bridgewater-Raritan HS firstname.lastname@example.org
Webmaster Shivam Patel JPS HS email@example.com
Treasurer Devan Corona Jackson Memorial HS firstname.lastname@example.org
Editor Nicole Darrah Montville Township HS email@example.com