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Volume 1, Issue 3
The Official Newsletter of Division 6 of the New Jersey District of Key Club International
Chris’ Chronicle Hey There Division 6! Salutations Division 6!
In this issue! Introduction…..………………1 Kiwanis Worldwide Service Project….................................2 International Programs……..3
Advocacy Announcement..4 I hope you’re all enjoying your summers so far! I know I have been, from attending Key Club International ConvenKey Leader 2010……………..5 tion to the Kiwanis Family Picnic, my summer has been Reminders and Contacts…..6 stuffed full of Key Club events! Seeing as how I skipped publishing a July issue of my newsletter, Chris’ Chronicle, due mostly to sheer busyness, I have decided to combine issues and publish a July/August issue instead. While reading this issue you may notice that IMPORTANT DATES there is nothing written about International Convention, nor are there any pictures; this is because, to make up for my August lack of a stand-alone July newsletter, I have decided to cre10th Monthly Report Forms due ate a very special Key Club International Convention ediSeptember tion that will recap every moment of the New Jersey Disth 19 Southern RTC trict’s tour leading up to ICON itself. Hopefully it will inspire you to attend ICON in the years to come! So, enjoy my newsletter and the rest of your summers! We’ll talk soon about our summer PCM Yours in Caring and Service, to be held towards the end of the vacation. Then we’re back to school and back to Key Club!
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On June 24th, at the Kiwanis International Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Kiwanis International Board unveiled their Worldwide Service Project for the 2010-2011 Kiwanis Service Year: The Eliminate Project. This project is in conjunction with UNICEF, and is an effort to defeat maternal and neonatal tetanus. Maternal and neonatal tetanus are forms of tetanus that occur either during pregnancy or shortly after birth, and claims the lives of 60,000 babies and 30,000 mothers from 40 different countries annually. Fortunately, it is also easily curable. Merely three doses of an immunization can rid a person of this disease. At 60 cents per immunization, it costs only $1.80 to save a life. Kiwanis International has set a worldwide goal of $110 million to help fight this terrible disease. That amount could save 61,111 lives. However, just because The Eliminate Project is the Kiwanis Worldwide Service Project, it isnâ€™t exclusive only to Kiwanis clubs. As Key Clubbers, we should help our parent organization reach this goal, and work towards ridding this world of one more tragic disease. For more information on this project, including videos, downloads, and more, visit the two websites provided below:
The Eliminate Project Official Page: http://sites.kiwanis.org/Kiwanis/en/theELIMINATEproject/home.aspx The Eliminate Project Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/TheEliminateProject?ref=search
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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 Trick-or-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 Jared Greene**
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 Lieutenant Governor Crystal Ibe**
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Do you have a desire to improve your leadership? Do you want to want to make new friends with similar interests as you? What if I told you that both of these will happen in the same weekend? This isn’t a lie; I’m talking about Key Leader Weekend! Key Leader is run by Kiwanis International with the mission of providing a “lifechanging 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: the local community, the state/ national community, and the global community. 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. It is open to students grades 9-12 from any town. There are no restrictions on the number of attendees from any school, nor do you have to be a Key Clubber to attend. Registration is $175 for all Key Club members, which includes a $25 grant from the Kiwanis International Foundation, and $200 for any non-member. Register by October 15th to ensure your spot in the program. Speak to your Lieutenant Governor about how to sign up or if you have any questions – they’re more than ready to help! See you there! **Written by Lieutenant Governor Tom Kraeutler
Reminders and Contacts Presidentâ€™s Council Meeting
Change of plans Division 6!
Good news! Weâ€™re almost done with Officer Training! Not to worry, for the very small number of you who have yet to be trained, I will do so at the PCM or in an upcoming club visit.
The next PCM will not be held at my house, but, most likely, at a Pizza Hut in Howell, NJ, as that is a very centralized location for all of us.
Club Monthly Report Forms Presidents, I will be contacting you shortly to iron out a date that is good for everyone!
Keep in mind that your CMRFs are due on August 10th. They should be filled out for the month of JULY.