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Special Edition: District Convention

Division 20 Volume 1: Issue 10

A Farewell from Your Lieutenant Governor

An Official Special Edition Key Club Division 20 Newsletter What is District Convention?

In This Issue:

Hello Division 20, District Convention, abbreviated as DCON, is less than two weeks away! This year, the New Jersey District Board is working hard to put the convention together and we are following a 1920s Great Gatsby theme. The convention will be as roaring and ritzy as the 1920s themselves were. As things quickly begin to wrap up, I’d like to thank you all for an excellent past year of service. Thank you to all the officers for your consistent hard work and dedication to Key Club. From attending PCMs to hanging out at Fall Rally, your love for service is both acknowledged and appreciated! I couldn’t have asked for a better group of officers to work with. Also, thank you to all of the advisors for providing guidance to the officers throughout this past year. While Key Club is a student-led organization, the projects would not have been as successful without your help and support. Lastly, thank you to the District Board for welcoming me into the family. You guys all rock and I wish you all the very best of luck in your future endeavors. I will miss all of you! Keep in touch! If you have any questions or want to talk, feel free to email me at my personal email: or call/text me at (973) 618-6800.

What is DCON . . . . . . . 1 Meet My Elect . . . . . . . 2 District Convention . . . . 3 DCON Schedule . . . . . . 3 Talent Show . . . . . . . . . . 3 The 23 Divisions . . . . . . 4 ELIMINATE Walk . . . 5 Sargeant at Arms . . . . . . 6 Packing List . . . . . . . . . . 7 Dress Code . . . . . . . . . . 7 Contact Information . . 8

Yours in Caring and Service, Rocky Trifari

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Meet the Elect! Hello Division 20, My name is Michaela Patoilo and I am a junior at Roxbury High School. I am honored to say I will be serving as the Lieutenant Governor of Division 20 for the 2013-2014 service year. I am genuinely looking forward to this year on the New Jersey District Board and I am so grateful to have this opportunity. In addition to Key Club, I am involved in numerous extracurricular activities, including as Girl Scouts, Academic Decathalon, and National Honor Society, among others. A few fun facts about me are that I am trilingual, and I have a third degree black belt in the art of taekwondo. I speak English, Spanish, and Portuguese. In my free time, I love to play soccer, work with children, and give back to my community. I have been involved in the Kiwanis-Family since Builder’s club, and have always been extremely active in my school and community. I was only a general member before becoming Lieutenant Governor Elect, and I think this truly shows how each individual sets his or her own limitations for the greatness they can achieve. I look forward to meeting all of you and serving as the Lieutenant Governor of Division 20 for the upcoming service year! Yours in Caring and Service, Michaela Patoilo Lieutenant Governor Elect of Division 20

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District Convention What? DCON: District Education and Leadership Convention It is a gathering of Key Clubbers, advisors, and Kiwanians for a fun and informative weekend!

When? April 5th – April 7th

Where? The Ocean Place Resort and Spa Long Branch, NJ

Why? To celebrate the beginning and end to a phenomental year of service! There a dances, contests, awards, great food, and so many opprotunitiess to meet new people. You will have the chance to meet the retiring District Board as well as the upcoming District Board. DCON will give you the chance to grow closer with all of your friends from the New Jersey District of Key Club International. Plus, it’s a fun weekend away from home. Hope to see you there!

Condensed Schedule Friday Service Fair Key Note Speaker Session Caucusing Friday Night Dance Saturday Morning Awards Session Workshops Meet the Candidates Contests House of Delegates Evening Recognition Night Saturday Night Dance Sunday Eliminate Walk

Talent Show The 67th Annual New Jersey District Convention is coming up, which means you have a chance to show off your amazing hobbies, talents, or skills! Anyone and everyone can audition! There are a few rules while performing: No act may exceed 6 minutes. You MUST provide your own resources, e.g. CDs,props, iPods, instruments, juggling equipment, cannonballs, etc. Any singing routines must have their song without the lyrics on CD (unless you are playing an instrument as well), but must have a copy of the lyrics for the judges. All ask must be appropriate, not offensive, illicit, etc. Any talents are encouraged to audition, not just singers/dancers/instrumentalists!" If you have a crazy talent, come show it off! Fame has to start somewhere! If you have any questions, please contact Joseph Toumanios at

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The 23 Divisions At District Convention, you will watch as the people whose faces are seen in the graphic to the left step down and pin our successors. Our names are as follows: Lieutenant Governor Division 1A Christopher Addonizio Lieutenant Governor Division 1B Kelly Tran Lieutenant Governor Division 2 Vacant Lieutenant Governor Division 3A Alyssa Fazio Lieutenant Governor Division 3B Nikita Daga Lieutenant Governor Division 4 Sarah Thomas Lieutenant Governor Division 5 Alissa Perri Lieutenant Governor Division 6 Brittany Kraft Lieutenant Governor Division 7 Vacant Lieutenant Governor Division 8 Tracy Vollbrecht Lieutenant Governor Division 9 Kelly Bian Lieutenant Governor Division 10 Mohammad Haji Lieutenant Governor Division 11 Mei Chen Lieutenant Governor Division 12 Zackary Waldorf Lieutenant Governor Division 13 Diti Shah Lieutenant Governor Division 14 Bria Metivier Lieutenant Governor Division 15 Melika Behrooz Lieutenant Governor Division 16 Christina Xiao Lieutenant Governor Division 17 Ashna Bhatia Lieutenant Governor Division 18 Heather Krannich Lieutenant Governor Division 19 Penny Xu Lieutenant Governor Division 20 Rocky Trifari Lieutenant Governor Division 21 Eric Smuda If you are interested in getting to know the board a bit better prior to Convention, you can learn more about us on at Meet the Board.

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ELIMINATE Walk ELIMINATE Walk at DCON 2013! Written by LTG Nikita Daga Wouldn’t it be awesome to raise money for the Eliminate Project while you are at District Convention? Well, you can at New Jersey District Convention 2013! On Sunday morning of District Convention (April 7th), you and your fellow Key Clubbers can participate in the walk to raise money for ELIMINATE! You can sign up as a club or an individual and it’s free to participate. This walk is a great way to bond with your club, enjoy the beautiful sunrise, and raise money for a great cause. You can also show off your 1920s themed T-shirts and take pictures on the beautiful shore line!Talk to your advisor or your Lieutenant Governor for more information on how you can attend this awesome walk! Don’t forget to collect donations!

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Sargeant at Arms

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What to Pack for DCON! Don’t procrastinate: start creating a packing list for 2012 District Convention now! The following is a short list to give you a head start: - 3 business professional outfits - Casual clothes -Clothes for the 1920s themed dance. - Semiformal clothes (for the Saturday Night Dance) - Pajamas - Toiletries - Cameras to take pictures - Notebooks/pens/folders to take/carry notes - Money for the Key Club store, Tie Sale, ELIMINATE, etc. - Form for the ELIMINATE walk - Medical and Parental Consent forms - If you’d like, bring a laptop. The hotel will have WiFi. Remember chargers for your electronics too! - Your enthusiasm for service

DCON Dress Code The dress code will be enforced. NO T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, jeans, shorts, sandals, sneakers, skirts shorter than 2 inches above the knee, flipflops, or loungewear are allowed (unless during one of the permitted casual attire times). Proper Men’s Attire - Button down dress shirt - Ties - Slacks - Dress shoes - Jacket (optional) Proper Women’s Attire - Dress - Blouse - Slacks - Dress shoes The dress code above must be followed: - All sessions, workshops, all meals, the Saturday Night Dance Casual attire is permitted: - The Service Fair - The Friday Night Dance - Saturday afternoon (during free time)

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Contact Information

District Governor Nicole Ventrone

District Secretary Celina Baquiran

District Treasurer Joseph Toumanios

District Editor Zachariah DeGiulio

District Webmaster Lucas Dos Santos

LTG of Div 20 Rocky Trifari

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DCON Newsletter  
DCON Newsletter  

An official Division 20 Key Club Publication.