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THE BUCKEYE KEY In This Edition

Governor’s Message……….…2 Secretary-Treasurer’s Message……………………….…4 Trustee’s Message………….…5 DLC Important Info!…….…6 Club Spotlight: La Salle…….8 Thirst Project Update……….9 Rustic Pathways……….…. …10 Club Spotlight: New Albany…………………………..11 Service Project Ideas ………12 Moment of Inspiration.…..14

Bulletin Editor’s Welcome Hello Ohio Key Clubbers! I hope you had a relaxing, enjoyable, and fun-filled holiday season filled with family, friends, and service. Along with completing tons of service in your clubs, I hope you are getting pumped for District Leadership Conference!! In this edition, I will be providing information on DLC as well as updates and service project ideas to implement in your club!

Thanks so much for reading! Yours in Service and Friendship, Simmi Diwanji

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Governor Prestin Minter’s Message Hello Ohio Key Clubbers! I hope you are all doing well and are having a great start to your 2017 - I know that club officer elections are underway, congratulations to those elected and good luck to those taking the initiative of leadership in our district! If you haven’t heard, Our District Leadership Conference is March 10-12th at the Embassy Suites in Dublin, Ohio! The theme is Superheroes of Service and will be an amazing weekend full of fun workshops, an amazing dance, the election of our 2017-18 district board. If you haven’t had the opportunity to attend a district event like Fall Rally or District Leadership Conference, I highly encourage you to attend. Convention is an amazing time to meet new individuals and connect with other clubs throughout the state – sharing ideas about service, and celebrating our successes collectively. If you are interested in attending, please talk to your Lt. Governor! Registration is closing soon – all information can be found on our district website, ohkc.org. If you are interested in running for an executive position and have any questions, please feel free to contact me at prestin.minter48@gmail.com It is mind-boggling to think that my term as Governor is ending soon. It has been an honor to serve you as district governor and we have made significant accomplishments together as a district to strengthen relationships, increase communication, and create a legacy. To strengthen relationships means to bridge the gap between all levels of our organization. The establishment of the “club care packages” are underway, and will provide clubs with the ultimate Ohio Key Club resources throughout the final months of this year, as well as the years to come. With the help of Circle K, there is a map that not only your Lt. Governor has access too, but you as well, that shows all of the active clubs in the state of Ohio on all branches of the Kiwanis Family. I hope you 2


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have had an opportunity to connect with your respective Lt. Governor and have had a great year working alongside them. If you have not, please visit the district website where there is contact information for each board member! By embracing all forms of communication and involving individual members in district affairs, we have established a connection between the district and the clubs as well as provided resources for all of our district. Together we have participated in twitter polls and social media competitions, promotion videos starting you the member, and have revamped the district website to provide more credible and useful resources. Communication is vital and is always transparent, if you have any questions about or organization or just want to say hi, I am always completely available for you (prestin.minter48@gmail.com). Finally, the legacy that has been established not only by this year’s district board, but also by the 10,000 members of our incredible district has been remarkable to see come into fruition. While we didn’t quite adapt to our goal of creating merchandise, we have revitalized the branding and the use of social media to create a stamp on the district and on our communities. I’m sure you’ve seen Cardie the Cardinal around – our district’s mascot – as well as the familiar Ohio Key Club logo. Our Public Relations committee working closely with our executive board has devised an amazing brand guide just for Ohio – graphics that you can use in your clubs to add some pizazz to your newsletters. It has been an amazing year full of progress. I wish you all the best during this next chapter in the year. Thank you all so much for your dedication to making your communities and this world a better place. It has been an honor serving you as District Governor and I wish you the best in your service endeavors. Happy 2017 and we will see you at DLC in March! Yours in Friendship and Service, Prestin Minter Ohio District Key Club Governor 3


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Secretary-Treasurer Connor Moreton’s Message Hello Key Clubbers! Are you as excited as I am for DLC?!? Well it's less than two months away and I can't wait to see all of my friends and what they've accomplished throughout the year! We, your Ohio District Board, have been working day and night to bring you graphics, save-the-dates, endless amounts of forms, and constant reminders! Many Lieutenant Governors have been working with exponential progress in their committees, but I fit into this progress in a different way. I have been focusing on giving out RFL points, budgeting for DLC, writing email after email to many great organizations that will be represented at DLC, and helping out with any committee that I can! This includes social media posts for PR, advertisement purchases for the DLC committee, and goal-setting for those and the rest. All of this hard work guarantees an experience at DLC you won't forget! We have a jam-packed three days for Key Clubbers to listen to inspirational speakers, attend interesting forums, and elect some of your 2016-2017 Executive Board! Oh... and I can't forget my favorite part! You're definitely going to see me at the dance! I hope to see you all there! Yours in Service and Friendship, Connor Moreton

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International Trustee Jessica Bae’s Message Greetings Ohio District, Here in Seattle, February is often the start of the warmer weather, return of the hummingbirds to the bird feeders, and bright, pink colors of cherry blossoms. I don’t know much about the weather in Ohio(it sounds like it gets pretty cold) but I am nonetheless amazed that it is already the month of February. In the span of these past six months, I have witnessed your district achieve great heights. All of you, in your own individual clubs, schools, and communities, have contributed to positively change the world, and I could not be more honored to be serving as your Trustee. As we move forward, I encourage all of you to continue to help others in need, and live by Key Club’s values: leadership, character building, caring, and inclusiveness. No matter what your dreams may be, these will not only help you achieve your goals, but also to stick true to your own values. Continue to work hard and serve‒I believe in you. This weekend, I will be flying to San Antonio, Texas for the Key Club International Board meeting! We are currently working to finalize the developments of resources, completion of directives, and preparation for the International Convention this summer, in San Antonio. If you have any questions or feedback, please share them with me, as I would love to share your thoughts during our discussions. I wish you the best of luck as you continue on with your own journeys in your homes, schools, and communities. And as always, know that whenever you are in need, I am only a phone call or an email away! In love and service, Jessica Bae International Trustee, Key Club International 425-248-7258 | jessicabae.kci@gmail.com

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DLC Important Information! Ohio District Leadership Conference is just around the corner! Join hundreds of Ohio key clubbers at the Dublin Embassy Suites from March 10-12th for a weekend full of fun, service, and friendship! This year’s theme is “Superheroes of Service” because all key clubbers are heroes to their community :)! Your DLC cochairs Ashley Ho and Austin Underwood as well as the DLC committee have been working hard these past few months to plan an amazing conference for you to attend! At DLC, you will be able to hear from inspiring speakers, participate in a variety of service projects, elect your new Ohio District board, and of course dance at our Governor’s Ball!

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Register Now! How: Fill out registration forms, found on the district website (ohkc.org) Deadline: All forms and checks must be mailed in with your school to the District by February 14, 2017

Want to run for District Office? At DLC, we also elect our executive board (governor, secretarytreasurer, and bulletin editor) and later appoint a webmaster and a historian! If you are interested in running for any of these positions, check out the elections packet and complete and mail in forms by February 14! (https://drive.google.com/file/d/ 0Bwl9JLZeobSYRlJ4b21jaHZHQjg/view)

Forms: Registration Packet: https:// drive.google.com/file/d/ 0Bwl9JLZeobSYd0pOT2NfdzNlSk0/view Contests Packet: https://drive.google.com/ file/d/ 0Bwl9JLZeobSYRXBRTGwyUUlTRU0/ view More Info: ohkc.org 7


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Club Spotlight: La Salle

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La Salle High School is part of the sixth division in Ohio Key Club International. They are an outstanding club and have done a superb job! Some of the noteworthy accomplishments they were involved with this past year include‌. - Having held at least 4 Key Club meetings a month and have a strong membership turnout. - Having supportive members, as demonstrated by the amount of hours they log each month. For November alone, they were able to complete 398.5 hours and average approximately 200 hours per month. In the past, they have received high praise for their service efforts at the City Gospel Star 93.3 Radiothon. The La Salle chapter not only serves for their high school, but also local churches and civic organizations. All members and advisors should be extremely proud of their hard work. ~ Article by Division 6 LTG Lauren Wright

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Thirst Project Update! Hello Ohio Key Clubbers, I hope your year has been amazing so far! In this edition of the Buckeye Key I wanted to share some knowledge on one of my favorite organizations. This organization just so happens to be a newly partnered organization with Key Club and is on the wave to create a social change. The Thirst Project and Key Club have teamed up to bring clean drinking water to all. In fact, so far Key Club and the Thirst Project have been able to help provide wells in Swaziland. The most recent project has been the 'Thirsty 30'. This project was held through the month of January, Key Club members who participated were responsible for setting up envelopes with a certain dollar amount on the front. They then allowed other key club members, teachers, family, and friends to pick as well. This project is a really fun and easy way to raise awareness and fundraise for the Thirst Project.

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If you're interested in learning more about the Thirst Project you can join us at District Leadership Conference at Dublin Embassy Suites March 10-12th where you can even have the opportunity to meet a representative! ~ Article by Historian Bethany Waleri

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Rustic Pathways! Do you want to travel and spread your love of service? Well here is the perfect opportunity for you! Rustic Pathways is an international travel organization that gives students the chance to travel while spreading service and immersing oneself in different cultures. Rustic Pathways has a partnership with Key Club International to give Key Clubbers the chance to travel while showing their leadership in the international community. With over 30 years of experience, Rustic Pathways is a global leader in designing quality community service, education, and adventure programs. The belief in cultural and international immersion are critical components to any global education and is the pride in creating unforgettable adventures that are safe, inspiring, and educational. These belief transfer into what makes Key Clubbers who they are and the belief of service for all within Key Club. The Rustic Pathways and Key Club partnership opens up opportunities for Key Clubbers to travel as they sport

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their Key Club spirit. The famous Key Club exclusive opportunity with Rustic Pathways is a chance to travel to the Dominican Republic. Travel with fellow Key Clubbers to get to know the rural, mountain region of the Dominican Republic. Work alongside the welcoming Dominican community on infrastructure and water quality improvements while immersing yourself in island culture. Then relax by swimming in the turquoise water, or chilling on the white sand beaches of the Dominican coast. This opportunity is August 1st through August 9th. While you may think that this opportunity is expensive, Key Club has created a way that all can join! Submit your sweepstake form for a free trip by April 1st or apply for a scholarship by March 5th on the Key Club International website and have your opportunity to go and serve your home, school, and international community. ~ Article by Division 10E LTG Kendra Asiedu

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Club Spotlight: New Albany New Albany is my home club and over the past year I feel my club has done a great job in organizing in school projects, fundraising for key club’s partner organizations, and allowing our members to see the impact of their service by completing hands-on projects. With around 200 members, New Albany completed semester one with over 2200 total service hours for more than 15 different service opportunities! This past year we have volunteered at Salvation Army Christmas Cheer, cooked meals at the Ronald McDonald House and Faith Mission homeless shelter, made dog toys and no slip socks, and much more! Our volunteering at Faith Mission was to help serve food to homeless people right in the heart of Columbus! Able to serve around two-hundred men and forty women at two locations, Faith Mission is a twenty-four hour emergency shelter that provides three meals a day, three hundred and sixty-five days a year. Forty of our club members came and served around two hundred of the homeless; each member who volunteered can talk about how truly

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eye-opening the experience was. To come and volunteer, and leave seeing life through a new perspective (in comparison to our privileged community) was emotional and appreciated. We can't wait to return with even more people to serve and even more passion next year! We complete this project on New Years Eve morning every year, so I’m sure the shelter would love more clubs coming in to volunteer! Plan a project with Faith Mission and spread the word to your club! ~ Article by (me) and New Albany Junior Class Officer Michael Dewberry

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Valentine’s Day Service Project Ideas! Valentine's Day is just around the corner and a great opportunity for service projects! You might be asking yourself, what kind of service projects are there to do around Valentine’s Day? Well, there are several things your club could do!

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4. Volunteer as “room moms” at an elementary school that might not have enough parents to help out with the Valentine’s Day party. ~ Article by Division LTG Taylor Sienerth

1. Take Valentine's to your local nursing home and pass them out to the residence and chat with them for a little while. 2. Have some key clubbers make or donate some cookies filled with love and leave them in the teacher’s lounge at your school. 3. Have a Valentine’s day appreciation card exchange within your club! Give each member a name of another member and have them make a card about what they think that person really does well or is super good at! 12


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Fundraising Idea: Raffle Baskets! Hi guys! I’m Sakhi Patel and I’m the Key Club President at Westerville Central High School. This has been my third year as president, so I have been through multiple fundraising ideas that have either been a hit or a complete miss. One idea that I have started this year is that we do a monthly raffle basket matching a specific theme. I’ve seen so many of these raffle baskets at DCON and Fall Rally and they have worked so well, so I thought why not give it a shot at my home club. Through out the year we have done multiple seasonal baskets, along with holiday baskets, and some other random baskets. Each officer pitches in and brings in an item to put in the basket. A few days prior to our club meeting, we send out an announcement to the members informing them to bring in donations if they would like a chance in winning the basket. At our club meeting we first go around and collect donations and mark off the hands of people who donated.

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After that we play a quick game of heads or tails, having each person commit to either heads or tails before we flip a coin, if their choice matches the outcome of the coin then they continue playing and if not then they sit down. We keep going and by the end of the game we have a lucky winner and about thirty dollars in donations. The donations of each raffle basket have either gone to The Eliminate Project, Caring and Sharing, The Thirst Project, or as a club fundraiser. This has been a very easy and fun way in raising donations for any charity or cause. It worked very well for my home club and I just wanted to share the idea with you all in hopes that it would help yours too! ~ Article by President of Westerville Central Key Club Sakhi Patel

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Moment of Inspiration “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day a few weeks ago, I thought I would provide a quote from the inspiring man himself. A lot of the time we can be utterly selfish without even realizing it, and I think this quote brings attention to that. Even when we think we are being selfless, we are actually being selfish because being selfless makes you feel good (if that makes any sense); it makes you wonder if there are really any selfless good deeds. Let me provide an example: say you donate $100 to a cancer research foundation. You just lost $100, so it is selfless in that way, but the satisfaction of helping is greater than the joy the money provided, so it turns selfish. Now, with that being said, if giving provides a mutual jubilation to both the recipient and benefactor, than it is mere perfection and should be performed by all those able.

District Leadership Conference “Superheroes of Service” March 10-12, 2017 Dublin Embassy Suites

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