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STAY UPDATED WITH TAKE A SNEAK PEEK LEARN MORE ABOUT KEY CLUB'S OUR DISTRICT INTO THIS YEAR'S CHARITIES! BOARD LTC! Read on for our District Board's final updates and farewells to NY District Key Club! PAGE FIVE
Learn more about how NYDKC's Leadership Training Conference can change your life!
Get to know each of Key Club's Preferred Charities and the impact of our District Project!
ISSUE 4 • SPRING EDITION • 2018-19
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UPDATES FROM YOUR NY DISTRICT EXEC BOARD! Stay updated with the work that your Executive Board is doing for the 2018-19 Service Year!
YOUR 2018-19 INTERNATIONAL BOARD Presenting your International Board for the 2018-19 service year & an update from your International Trustee!
INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION The details for the 2019 International Convention have also been announced! Learn more about where, when, and how to register for ICON 2019!
LEADERSHIP TRAINING CONFERENCE The date for the 2019 Leadership Training Conference has been announced! Learn more about where, when, and why Key Clubbers should attend!
Winter 2018 Edition
KEY CLUB'S PREFERRED CHARITIES
From North Shore HS to Westhampton Beach HS, check out service spotlights from clubs all over NY!
A look into our partnerships with various charities including UNICEF, Children's Miracle Network, and more!
GOVERNOR'S & DISTRICT PROJECT Learn more about our Governor's Project, Comfort Cases and our District Project, One Tree Planted!
MEMBER FEATURE: MY KEY CLUB JOURNEY! Learn more about Freya Zhu's time in Key Club. Freya is an an avid Key Clubber from Stuyvesant High School in Division 11.
CONTACT INFORMATION Ever need any help or advice? Don't be afraid to reach out to anyone on the District Board!Â
Editor's Note Hi everyone! Fahad here. If you didn't know, which you kind of should know by now, I'm serving as your 2018-19 District Bulletin Editor! Iâ€™m a senior at the Bronx High School of Science and have served as my club's Bulletin Editor and Webmaster for the 2017-18 service year.Â
Wow! I can't believe we've already reached the end of the service year! Congratulations to each and every club in NY for a successful service year! Over the past service year, I've released the Summer, Fall, and Winter Editions of The Empire Key! Additionally, I have worked personally with each Lieutenant Governor to ensure that members remain updated on everything that's going on in Key Club on the District and International level.
As we approach LTC, which is this weekend, I hope you all take advantage of everything LTC has to offer. LTC is the perfect time to step outside of your comfort zone and meet Key Clubbers from around New York who share the same passion for service and community! I encourage you all to build meaningful relationships with other Key Clubbers and Kiwanis members - whether it be at LTC or at volunteer events! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me through email, text, or even Facebook Messenger!
NY District Editor
Bronx Science Key Club volunteers at United Half Marathon
An Update From GOVERNOR ERICA SWIRSKY
An Update From EA ANTHONY GUAN
An Update From EA AARON WU
An Update From SECRETARY PETER ALEGRE
An Update From TREASURER AMIT NARANG
Emily Rice 2018-19 INTERNATIONAL BOARD
Hannah Nivar Vice President
Western Canada, Taiwan & Philippines
International Trustees Cindy Shou
CNH KIWIN’S West Virginia & Carolinas
Georgia, Florida & Kansas
Nebraska-Iowa Alabama & Southwest
Texas-Oklahoma Missouri-Arkansas & Bahamas
Pacific Northwest, NJ & WisconsinUpper Michigan
Louisiana-Mississippi -West Tennessee NY & Utah-Idaho
Eastern Canada Michigan & Capital
Illinois-Eastern Iowa Pennsylvania & Indiana
Kentucky-Tennessee Minnesota-Dakotas New England & Bermuda District
Jamaica, Ohio, Montana
Caribbean-Atlantic, Rocky Mountain & CNH
An Update From Our International Trustee International Updates
I hope everyone's LTC preparations are going
From President Emily Rice's recent email
well. I am looking forward to seeing everyone
again in less than four days! For this trustee
According to Kiwanis and Key Club policy,
update, I will be mostly going over some board
grievances may be submitted about any
transition information. Outgoing Board Feedback It has been a true honor to work with each one
policy before it takes effect. Please send Greg (firstname.lastname@example.org) and me (email@example.com) any grievances about any policy changes by April 10th. (See board minutes attached)"
of you for the last nine months. I cannot wait to see all the amazing things that you all will accomplish in the future. If you could take a few minutes, please reply to this update with a few
As always, let me know if you need resources, have questions, or any other assistance to help you succeed in your Key Club positions.
things that you would like me to continue to do
for the next board and a few suggestions for
improvement as well.
2019 INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION
JULY 3-7, 2019 / BALTIMORE, MD BALTIMORE MARRIOTT WATERFRONT
A Peek into Last Year's ICON
"AN EXPERIENCE LIKE NO OTHER"
NY DISTRICT KEY CLUB'S 71ST ANNUAL LEADERSHIP TRAINING CONFERENCE THEME: HAWAIIAN
When? March 29th - 31st, 2019 Be sure to mark the date on your calendar!
Why? To connect with Key Clubbers from all over New York District! LTC will be a weekend full of recognition, workshops, and fun! You'll also be able to elect next year's District Executive Board!
Where? The Desmond Hotel in Albany, New York!
Service is having the courage to put others before yourself. I pledge, on my honor, to uphold the Objects of Key Club International; to build my home, school and community; to serve my nation and God; and combat all forces which tend to undermine these institutions.
North Shore Key Club's Service At The Kettle Article By Hannah Kareff, Division 4N The North Shore Key Club volunteers for the Salvation Army, raising money for this organization by ringing the bell in front of nearby grocery stores. This has been a club tradition, going on for the past 20 years. The event is title "Kids at the Kettle" and our Key Clubbers ring the bell every Saturday at the Stop & Shop Store in Glen Cove, New York. Club members love to sing, dance, and have lots of smiles as they say “Happy Holidays” to all while collecting donations for this wonderful organization. Its an amazing event that brings a smile to everyone's face! We sing carols, and dance to our wonderful Christmas music. Candy canes are given out to all children, and it is rumored that there might be a surprise visit from Santa…you never know!
"The event brings smiles to everyone's faces" Quote by Hannah Kareff Division 4N
So with their Santa Hats on and a big Ho Ho Ho to one and all, the North Shore Key Club supports the Salvation Army by ringing the bell and raising money! Pictured from left to right are the club members on the first day of bell ringing: Katie Rogers, Emma Morley, Mary Sotiryadis, Jamers Vanchieri.
New Hyde Park Key Club's Dodgeball Tournament Article By Phoebe Speter, Division 4S The past few weeks the New Hyde Park Key Club has been busy organizing and getting ready to host two big events for two different charities. On February 28th, we held a dodgeball tournament at our school. Fourteen teams, consisting of groups of Jr. High and Sr. High students signed up to participate. Each team paid $40 to play and all money was donated to the Alexander Begonia Foundation. Along with teacher volunteers, Key Club members helped to referee the games and also cheered on the athletes. A total of $560 was raised that day. On March 1st, we held a Faculty Basketball Game that raised
a little over $1800 for the St. Baldrick's Foundation. Twenty faculty and staff members participated in the game. We charged admission and gathered over 20 different raffle prizes from various community businesses. In addition, we sold cotton candy and bracelets for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. We partnered with our schools Dad’s Club for this event and they sold food and drinks to spectators. By both organizations combining money, we hope that we will raise a combined $5000 to St. Baldrick’s and look forward to seeing our principal shave his head if we reach that goal!
The Alexander Begonia Foundation supports children from underprivileged & poverty ridden backgrounds. 17
OCEANSIDE'S HOLIDAY DOOR DECORATION EVENT BxScience Key Club's Climb to the Top WRITTEN BY YI LAN ZHANG DIVISION 11
It's not like every day that we get to wake up before the sun does. Climb to the Top occurred on March 3rd, 2019 from 5AM to 9AM at the Rockefeller Plaza. It was my first time seeing midtown Manhattan so empty and peaceful. When I walked in, I was met with the energetic vibe from the participants and volunteers. There were volunteers from Circle K and Key Club. Bronx Science Key Club and Stuyvesant Key Club were assigned to the Spirit Team. We were given orange pom poms and clappers. Our task was to refill the climbersâ€™ energy with our enthusiastic cheers at the finish line. We hid around the corner and had a guard signal the coming participants. It was really inspiring to see people from a variety of background climbing 66 flights of stairs to raise
funds for people affected by multiple sclerosis. While waiting for the finished climbers, Stuyvesant and Bronx Science Key Club played hand games and conversed with one another. We got to make new friends through Quackduty-oso and cheering. We also filmed ourselves cheering and chanting the Key Club chant, giving off positive vibes the whole time. Even though it was a Sunday morning, many volunteers showed up to help out with their best. All the shouts of encouragement and applause made that morning a very memorable one.
MAR - APR 2019
Colonie Central Key Club's Annual Badminton Tournament WRITTEN BY MARYAM REHAN, DIVISION 16
Colonie Central High School hosted their annual Badminton Tournament in the first week of March as a fundraiser activity to bring all the teachers and students together. It was very successful and unifying for Colonieâ€™s tribe to have them show off their badminton skills. A total of thirty teams signed up for it, and many students came to cheer and motivate the players. CCHS Key Club was able
to raise a total of $300. After 29 grueling matches, the winners triumphed and were given trophies as well as the sports bracket as a souvenir from the club. Colonie Central HS Key Club feels proud to have accomplished such a fun, huge, and exciting event, and we hope to have more in the future as the year ends. Pictured Below are CCHS Key Clubbers at their Annual Badminton Event.
TIES I R A H DC E R R E PREF
IHOP NATIONAL PANCAKE DAY
CHILDREN'S MIRACLE NETWORK
MARCH OF DIMES
District Project ONE TREE PLANTED
For every dollar donated, One Tree Planted pledges to plant one tree. One Tree Planted is a non-profit organization that aims to tackle deforestation and environmental destruction by planting trees, one at a time. This organization plants trees in North America, South America, Asia, and Africa. Many of the regions where they plant trees are places that have suffered forest fires and floods. In the process, One Tree Planted has a greater impact as well; they're able to create jobs, build communities, and protect habitats all over the world.
Fundraising Goal: $6,000.00 Current Amount Raised: $2,715.76
Governor's Project COMFORT CASES Comfort Cases is an organization that strives to provide backpacks with daily essentials to children in the foster care system. Their inspiration comes from the belief that every child deserves to feel a sense of dignity - which comes from the fact that a foster child is able to call a special bag his own. With this in mind, the charity provides daily essentials such as lotion, books, pencils, pajamas, toothpaste, soap, stuffed animals, and more to foster youth around the United States.
Fundraising Goal: $5,000.00 Current Amount Raised: $19,269.75 22
My Key Club Story Featuring Freya Zhu Stuyvesant HS Division 11
WHY DID YOU JOIN KEY CLUB? I have been approached many times with the question “Why I joined Key Club” and to be honest, I’m not quite sure. I wasn’t exactly looking for something to do on the weekend nor did I join because I wanted service hours. In middle school, I served as the treasurer of Kiwanis Builders Club and this sparked my decision to join Key Club. It wasn’t long after that I found myself waking up before sunrise nearly every week to attend Key Club events. I will not lie and say that I did not hate waking up early and that it wasn’t difficult to attend events after a long week of school. So why did I stick with it? Because at every one of those events, I met new people that made every event and fundraiser worth the time. All these people made me love the rush I get when I sign up and attend an event. Seeing everyone’s faces and receiving everyone’s hugs is why I chose to stay dedicated in the club and will be why I will always remain dedicated to this club.
HOW HAS KEY CLUB'S CORE VALUES INFLUENCED YOUR DAILY ROUTINE? Key Club’s core values pushed me to become a more social and outgoing person. It was the driving force behind the courage that I have when I would walk up to someone that I don’t know and introduce myself. It also made me feel the need to lead when the time calls for it. If a problem were to occur, it would be very likely that I would find myself finding solutions. Key Club as a whole encouraged me to improve my prior self. To think more positive, be more caring, be more inclusive and welcoming. In a few years, I will be graduating from Key Club but the core values of Key Club has embedded itself deep within me and will not dissipate for many years to come.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR FUTURE KEY CLUBBERS? In order to fully understand the magic that is Key Club, it is necessary to stick with it. If the first few events don’t appeal to you, don’t just assume that the club isn’t for you. It usually takes most of the dedicated Key Clubbers a few events to fully see the beauty of Key Club. Another thing is to not to feel intimidated by others and take initiative. Don’t see someone’s position as a fence that restricts access. Instead, see it as an opportunity that can facilitate interactions between members. I would also like to say that there is nothing you aren’t limited to do as a member. You can embody the core values of Key Club without having a position. You can be a leader whenever you want and anywhere you want. You will still have an impact on people without a position. The most important advice is to to know your limits and not forget your original purpose of service. Take a break when necessary and enjoy service for service. Always build your character, be inclusive, caring, and be a leader.
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