Composed by Anna Carroll
Official Official Publication Publication of of the the Sizzling Sizzling Southwest Southwest District District of of Key Key Club Club International! International!
In this issue:
1 – Gov Love! 2 – Club Highlights 2 – Key Leader 3 – K-Family Relations 4 – Governor’s Project (ELIMINATE) 5 – Conventions 6 – District Project (Beads of Courage) 6 – March of Dimes 6 – ME/YOF/Upcoming Events (ICON included) 7 – Board Business 8 – NEW Trustee’s Note 8 – Fun Stuff! 8 – Editor’s Note
Hello Southwest District! I hope the year has started well for you and your clubs! First off, I would like to congratulate the entire District Board for holding such successful training rallies! All throughout the district, the Lieutenant Governors held outstanding training rallies and provided the clubs of the district with some great materials! These past few months have been great! Working with the Lieutenant Governors and the other Executive Board members, we have made some great decisions like the District and Governor’s Project! Beads of Courage will be our District Project, and ELIMINATE will be my Governor’s Project! My goal is for every member to raise at least $2 for the ELIMINATE Project, and we could save over 10,000 lives! For more information on ELIMINATE, check out the article or go to keyclub.org. The Southwest District has gotten a new International Trustee! Congratulations to Cole Hickman from the California-Nevada-Hawaii District for receiving the position! His job as Trustee is to relay information from the International level, to our district, and assist us when we need help! Hopefully you all can meet Cole at Weekend of a Lifetime or District Convention! We are very excited to work with him, and are sure he will do a fantastic job! I hope you are all doing well in your clubs, and never hesitate to ask me questions! Add me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter at @GovGirlVanessa, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. - Your Gov Girl, Vanessa Richards
Guess what! You can discover the DCON theme inside!!!!
Really? I’ll check it out on page 5!
The next issue of the Key to the Southwest will be available ONLINE ONLY! You can access it and all other issues by visiting www.Issuu.com and searching “Southwest District Key Club.” Then, check out the last issue of the year, in print, at DCON!
Aztec, New Mexico – By: Dominic Frye
On September 24th the Aztec Key Club joined Nickelodeon in the Worldwide Day of Play event in a local park. Seven Key Club members and both Key Club advisors provided games and activities to approximately 50 kids of all ages for a three hour period during the blackout of Nickelodeon’s TV channels. There was a big game of kick ball with kids and parents playing against Key Clubbers. Other games such as water balloon volleyball, croquet, baseball, tug of war, relays and other games kept everyone active and having fun. Snacks and beverages were provided by the Key Club for the kids that participated in the event. We had very positive comments from some of the parents and overall it was a great event. We plan on doing it again next year and encourage every club to participate as it is an easy and fun project to do
Rio Grande Division By: Erin Duncan, Rio Grande LTG Nickelodeon went off the air from noon to 3 pm on September 24 for its annual Day of Play celebration that encourages its young viewers to go outside and play. The Rio Grande division coordinated an event for elementary kids to participate in the nationwide occasion: a field day. Different stations were set up for children to compete in different activities. There was jump roping, hula hooping, tug-a-war, a sack race, orange toss, and more. Every participant received a small prize. The winner of each competition received a raffle ticket. At the end of the day, all raffle tickets were collected and one was drawn for the grand prize of a brand new Razor scooter. Over two dozen local elementary school children participated in the event and almost 50 volunteers helped make it a success. Besides helping out, volunteers also brought cases of water bottles for the participants. There were many leftover cases at the end of the event so it was decided that they would be donated to the West Texas Food Bank of El Paso. Additionally, there was a donation box at the event for the University Medical Center and all proceeds collected were forwarded to the construction of the El Paso Children’s Hospital. This event could have not been possible without the coordination of the Franklin officers, the volunteers from Coronado and Franklin, the supervision of Mr. Rall, and Coronado High School for allowing their field to be used. Although only the Franklin and Coronado Key Club participated in this event, it was still successful. Children left with smiles on their faces, volunteers had a great time with the kids, and an excellent
On October 14th-16th, Key Clubbers, along with student leaders from many other organizations, gathered at Camp Sky Y in Prescott, Arizona for a weekend of fun, games, and leadership training!
What does being part of the Kiwanis Family mean to you?
Key Club – By: Katelyn Littleton, Los Alamos HS Key Club There I was at the beginning of my sophomore year, eating lunch in the very same location as all of last year seeing as I still did not have my license so I could go off-campus for lunch. Much to my dismay, Mrs. Boerigter, the teacher whose classroom (a.k.a. hot lunch spot) my friends and I inhabited for at least 40 minutes every day, had become the new advisor for a club I had always heard about, but had never been to. Now every Thursday a horde of kids led by scary upperclassmen flooded MY lunch place, and at first I was less than impressed. But since I was there anyway, I could not help but overhearing what this organization called Key Club was about, and slowly my opinion of the people in Mrs. Boerigter’s room began to change. The club went from being an annoyance to something I was interested in to something I was even involved in. Key club, you see, was about helping people and serving the community, not to mention building an awesome homecoming float! Though I did not participate in any major projects that year, and really only went to events that my friends were also attending, it was an encouraging introduction into something that would consume my time during my last two years of high school, and become a true passion of mine. My real dedication to service and to Key Club came when Anna Carroll (then the Sangre de Cristo LtG and a member of my high school’s Key Club) started a project having to do with shoe collection for the Soles for Souls charity in my junior year. Not only was it an amazing opportunity to provide less fortunate people the opportunity to have shoes for the first time in their lives, but also for me to become inspired to really start helping people. Bryan Williams, from Think Kindness, an organization that works in conjunction with Soles for Souls, ended up being able to come to all of the schools in our district to kick off our shoe drive. He gave wonderful presentations about not only donating shoes and the implications of that simple act, but also kindness in general. He is the type of person you just want to sit and have a conversation with for hours because of all of the wonderful things he had to say. From the moment he stepped up in front of the huge crowd at my school, my skepticism about the enormity of the project dissolved completely. He made me realize for the first time in my life why we really need to help those less fortunate than ourselves. The shoe drive, which extended for several weeks after Brian kicked it off, was a total success, and I was so happy that I had been a part of collecting, counting, sorting, and packaging all of those shoes! Now, as my club’s secretary in my senior year of high school, I am super excited to be organizing a big project of my own. My amazing committee and I are organizing a benefit concert from which all of the proceeds will go to UNICEF’s project Eliminate. I can only hope it is even half as successful as Anna’s shoe drive, and I hope I am able to inspire other high school students like Brian Williams inspired me last year. The most power anyone has is the power to pass on a message that you believe in, and Key Club has opened doors to allow me and many others to do just that!
The Kiwanis Family:
K-Kids (Elementary School)
Key Club (High School) Aktion Club (Special Needs Adults)
Builder’s Club (Middle School) Circle K (Collegiate) Kiwanis (Adult Members)
Circle K – By: Emma Carroll, Pomona College Circle K Club (Former Southwest District Key Clubber at LAHS Key Club) After my amazing experiences in high school Key Club, joining the Claremont Colleges Circle K was a natural next step for continuing my commitment to service. At first, I didn’t know what to expect, but joining Circle K has turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life. My Circle K club has over 300 members, which is much bigger than my high school Key Club, but that just means even bigger opportunities for service! We meet every Wednesday over dinner to plan our fundraisers and service projects. Circle K brings service minded individuals from all over campus together and is a great way to make new friends from diverse backgrounds and social circles. Like in Key Club, my Circle K has a Kiwanis advisor who connects us to the rest of the K family and helps oversee the club. We have partnered with our local Habitat for Humanity, and participate in many projects at their building sites and the local ReStore. We also work closely with the Inland Empire United Way, packing meals for underprivileged students to eat during the weekends and helping to provide teachers with extra school supplies for their classrooms. Another favorite project is our monthly beach cleanups, where we pick up litter and help sustain the environment of California’s beautiful beaches. The Claremont Colleges Circle K enables me to give back to my community in college and make the most of all of my service opportunities.
If you take the time to read nothing else in this paper, read this page. The smallest action can save a child’s life, and it is our responsibility to take the time to care!
MNT: A Parent’s Worst Nightmare
By: Perla De Los Angeles District ELIMINATE Chair
Ten years ago, Kiwanis International pledged to raise awareness and $75 million to end iodine deficiency disorder (IDD). Today the results of the $80 million that were raised are evident; in 1990 20% of households in the world were consuming iodized salt, today that number has increased to 70%. Those funds are now being used in 89 developing countries and 80 million children will be born free of IDD this year alone. The Kiwanis family became a key part in the campaign against IDD, and now we’re doing it again. Here in the states one wouldn’t think that tetanus could become deadly. After all if you step on a rusty nail you just get the tetanus shot for it and you’re worry free. Well, in the 38 countries all over the world that are affected by maternal/neonatal tetanus (MNT), it is a very common thing. So, the Kiwanis family has pledged to raise $110 million to eliminate MNT by 2015. There’s no doubt that it can be accomplished, but the first step to our goal is awareness. Babies affected by MNT become untouchable, and will ultimately pass away within the first week of life. They become sensitive to touch, sound, light, and like all babies, they’ll cry when they are irritated. However, because they’re so sensitive to touch, a stroke from their own mother will cause excruciating pain. That has to be a parent’s worst nightmare; to have their baby there with them, sick and in pain, but they can’t do a single thing about it, all they can do is ask: Why me? Why my baby? Think about when you were younger. Think about all those times you got sick from a cold or maybe chicken pox. Who was there to make you feel better? Your Mom, dad, aunt, uncle, grandma, grandpa? Whoever it was, they were there to tend to you while you were feeling down. Now imagine being the sickest you’ve ever been and no one can make you feel better, because as much as they try, no matter what they do, they’ll just cause you more pain.
MNT is a preventable disease with a simple solution: vaccinations. The three vaccines needed to eliminate MNT costs a mere $1.80. Think about the last time you were truly hesitant to spend $2 on a pack of gum, an energy drink, a bottle of water, some nail polish, a candy bar, a bag of chips, or a soft drink. In the grand scheme of life, would you really remember that one day you went without one of these things? As little as $1.80 will save a mother and all her future children from this horrific disease.
In the time it took to read this article 23 lives were lost to MNT. It’s just not fair.
A baby dies from MNT every nine seconds.
To eliminate MNT from the Earth, more than 100 million mothers and their future babies must be
Prepare. Educate. Advocate. Fundraise. ELIMINATE.
For help, visit www.TheEliminateProject.org or email Perla, your district Eliminate Resource, at: email@example.com
immunized. This requires vaccines, syringes, safe storage, transportation, thousands of skilled staff and more. It will take US$110 million — and the dedicated work of UNICEF and every member of the Kiwanis family.
On to… …and the theme is, hang on!
By: Michelle Boerigter Sangre de Cristo LTG Convention, on both the District and International levels, is a difficult phenomenon to explain. I bet you expect me to say it was amazing and fun and life-changing (which it is); however, there is much more to these great congregations than simply abstract positivelytoned adjectives. DCON can be defined as: 1. Alarming: you walk into a hotel, decorated in some outrageous theme with arrows and signs pointing you... everywhere. There are hundreds of terribly giddy, community-service-crazed teenagers and haggard chaperones/advisers running around, excited to meet and talk to people they most likely have never met before, or haven't seen since the previous year. This will be the most organized chaos you will encounter in your life. Ever. 2. Somewhat Manageable: As you wander around and come to cope with the colors and the high-levels of energy, you begin to settle in. You come to understand the nature of the District Board's purple shirts. You find your room, meet a few new people so you don't feel like a total social oddity, and head off to dinner. Later, you listen to some fabulous speaker that makes you want to go, drop everything, and save the world. The night ends often with a Meet and Greet of sorts, where again you are thrust into a mass of incredibly cheerful people, but this time it is less terrifying. Caucusing often begins that evening as well. 3. Quite Intriguing: The day begins with a charity walk in the early morning, where you are both sleepy and invigorated, by the cold air and the jazz of service. As the day proceeds, listening to caucus speeches and going to trainings and seminars, you begin to get a little giddy yourself. All these new ideas, projects, and ice breakers, as well as the thought of actually taking part in voting for your new Board is actually pretty arousing. 4. Totally Rocking: The final evening is a blast. All the Board gets dressed up (you do too) and an amazing meal is supplemented by various forms of talent, ending with the Board auction, where you can buy your very own District Board member for the evening (profits going to charity). Awards are given out, and you celebrate your clubs personal achievements for the past year. The last evening is also the dance, with a real DJ/ambiance/dance floor, where you can get your groove on, hang with both your old and new friends, and celebrate the grand totals that your clubs raised for whatever charity the convention chose to donate to. 5. Inspiring: the final breakfast you are both tired and pumped. You finally hear the results of who the new Board is, watch as they hand off/ accept their new positions, and wonder about how you are ever going to get through all these new ideas you have in mind for your club at home. The new governor gives his/her address, the bell rings, and it is all over. The end. But for you, that bell is like a starting gong, the beginnings of your own personal race to serve others in the most ways possible before next Convention Not to sell it short, but ICON is like DCON... only MORE! More people, more decorations, more energy, more formality, more events, more dances, more meals, more caucuses, more speeches... you get the hint. It’s international! Be there!
This year, DCON will be held in lovely city of Phoenix, AZ, on April 13-15, 2012. DCON registration materials will be distributed at November Weekend of a Lifetime! If not received there, watch for them in the mail or contact your LTG! DCON Registration is DUE March 1, 2012!
Join hundreds of the Southwest District’s finest Key Clubbers to celebrate our service through a video game themed extravaganza! The cast of the Super Mario Brothers will be the main focus and special guests! Come find out how you can take your service to the next level!
Do you want to design the dcon t-shirt/Pin? The Southwest District has many Key Clubbers with a variety of skills and talents. Knowing this, the district board is holding the annual T-shirt and Pin Design Contest for our DCON theme of “Level Up in Service.” All you have to do is create a design that incorporates the following elements: The Southwest District Key Club, the Key Club logo, and the Convention Theme. The deadline is December 17! The T-Shirt is limited to only 4 colors (that includes black and white unless on a black or white shirt). The Pin is also limited to only 4 colors (plus the color gold). The winner of the contest will receive free registration to DCON! That is a $195 value! Don't miss out on this great opportunity! Send your designs to Robert.firstname.lastname@example.org. By: Caverns LTG Jose Lujan
The Beads of Courage program began right here within the Southwest District of Key Club, in Arizona in 2004. Southwest District Key Clubbers have supported and enabled this organization to grow and expand into over 100 children’s hospitals in the United States, New Zealand, and Japan, where it serves over 30,000 children with severe illness. Beads of Courage helps kids fight their diseases and tell their stories, using beads to chronicle their journeys through painful and dangerous treatments. Now, it is our job to continue to support this wonderful organization and make it even bigger inside and outside of the Southwest! Want to get involved? Fundraise, hold a bracelet-making party, and spread the word! Learn how at www.BeadsofCourage.org/pages/fundraising.htm or contact Governor Vanessa at email@example.com for more information!
By: Rachel Belgum
The Mohave Accelerated Key Club participated in the annual March of Dimes March for Babies Walk on Saturday at the Bullhead City Community Park. The event was sponsored by local hospitals and the Phoenix chapter of the March of Dimes foundation which supports infant health. There were over 100 participants at the event with the largest number of volunteers coming from our very own MALC Key Club. Way to rock the community and March for Babies, MALC!
Come join Key Clubbers from all over the world to celebrate service, get great new ideas for projects, be inspired, and have tons of fun in the sun at ICON 2012 in Orlando! And did I mention that you get to go to Disney World? So, keep your calendar clear for July 48, 2012, next summer! Stay tuned for registration information later!
Did you apply for a YOF Grant? No? Then you could be missing out on free money! Youth
Important Dates to Remember: November 1, 2011 – Early Bird Dues December 1, 2011 – Dues are DUE!!!!! January 27, 2012 – Early Registration for February Weekend of a Lifetime February 3, 2012 – Final Registration for February Weekend of Lifetime February 18-20, 2012 – February Weekend of a Lifetime (Kamp Kiwanis, near
Opportunities Fund grants are given out annually to Key Clubs who
have great ideas for service projects but need some cash to get them
off the ground! You could get up to $2000! The application deadline,
March 1, 2012 – DCON Registration Due
October 15, already passed for this year, but there’s always next year!
April 13-15, 2012 – DCON (Phoenix, AZ)
Check it out at: www.keyclub.org/service/yof/yofgrant
July 4-8, 2012 – ICON (Orlando, Florida)
Board business Running the district is work and play! See what we do, month to month, and day to day!
The weekend of April 29- May 1 was an unforgettable weekend for our district board members. That was the weekend they received their training to serve as a district board member. Lieutenant governors such as Amanda Howlett, Jose Lujan, Michelle Boerigter, Erin Duncan, and Nathan Jackson were flown to Phoenix, Arizona. Also, a board these flights was your bulletin editor Anna Carroll! The board members who didn’t fly, didn’t fly simply because they already lived in Arizona! Board training took place in Ms. Susan Poland’s classroom at Dysart High School. Over the weekend the board members roomed together in a wonderful hotel. Of course boys roomed with boys and girls roomed with girls. Remember, boys are blue; girls are pink, no purple. During the day, the board members learned all the guidelines to making the perfect newsletter, the qualifications for the Robert F. Lucas award and various things like that. We formed committees for District Convention as well as committees to make our clubs better. The board members also learned the importance of team work. When asked the board what they thought of the weekend, Dakota Hogeboom said, “I thought board training was a HUGE help, it helped us all bond, gave us some volunteer hours and let me experience what a relay for life was. The flash drive, calendar, and CD’s have been a great help. I'm glad Susan went over all the dates, and what certain things were and the emails. Some of the stuff I never knew. Plus I learned new ice breakers games!” The night of April 30th, the board members got to attend Relay for Life of Surprise, Arizona. This was a great way to bond even more as a board, and help find a cure for cancer. The American Cancer Society sponsors Relay for Lifes’ all around the US. Their goal is to find a cure for cancer, eliminate cancer, and make more birthdays. The Relay for Lifes’ that happen all go for anywhere between 12 hours to 18 hours. They go on all night because cancer never sleeps. At these events they have luminaria ceremonies. These ceremonies are done in the dark and silence to show respect those who have lost their lives to cancer. Cancer is a serious and deadly thing. One of the board members, Nathan Jackson, vowed to walk as long as he could. He walked for eight hours walking a total of 12 miles. He did this for his grandma who had lost her life to pancreatic cancer a few weeks before. By: Ryan Sun Sandia LTG
Thanks to this wonderful weekend, our board so much. With this knowledge, our board will be able to serve our clubs to the best of our abilities. Let’s make this year rock SWD!
During this past month of September, Key By: Nathan Jackson Club Southwest hosted its annual Officer Copper LTG Training Rallies across the district. On various days and in several locations, the district board members got together with the boards of their clubs for the rally, giving the attending club officers Governor Vanessa takes care of information about the positions in Key Club, service projects, and other really business during a Southwest District cool stuff. Rallies were held in Phoenix, Tucson, Camp Verde, and Albuquerque, as well as a few other locations. The district board introduced Board meeting this past spring at itself, answered a few quick questions, and the forums soon began. During the Dysart High School in Phoenix, first forum, we trained the officers of our clubs, explaining each position, its Arizona. responsibilities, and how to effectively serve as a board member. Separate sessions were held during this forum bank on the various positions: from president to webmaster. The second forum bank covered service ideas in Key Club, such as the District Service Project (Beads of Courage) and Governor’s Service Project (Eliminate). The final forum bank covered a variety of topics, including Key Family Relations, Fundraisers, Leadership Weekends, and District/International Convention. Also discussed were ME, Major Emphasis, and SOS, Seasons of Service. I held my Officer Training in Albuquerque on September 10 with Bulletin Editor Anna Carroll and Lieutenant Governors Michelle Boerigter and Amanda Howlett. Our rally was a great success. The four of us met nineteen awesome club officers and two fantastic club advisors. We taught our officers about their job in Key Club and the various service projects suggested by Key Club International. In particular, the presentation on fundraisers given by Anna was especially informative, offering many unique approaches to fundraising. Our club officers asked some excellent questions and shared some awesome fundraiser ideas. In addition to the informational sessions and forums, we also played some icebreaker games and had a great time!
New Trustee’s intro. – Cole Hickman Unfortunately, our originally assigned Trustee was unable to fulfill his duties, but we are so lucky to get to work with our new Trustee, Cole! Find out all about him below! INTRODUCTION: Hello, my name is Cole Hickman and it is with great pleasure that I serve as your 2011-2012 International Trustee. I am honored to be able to serve such an eclectic group of individuals, ranging from the rainy-in-the-west and sunny-in-the-east Pacific Northwest District, the always sunny California-Nevada-Hawaii KIWIN’S District, to the good ol’ Southwest District! I look forward to getting to know the executive boards, as well as the district boards of each division on a personal and professional level, one that allows us to share our excitement for the organization and our unwavering, unequivocal devotion to service and love. GOALS FOR 2011-2012: I want to diversify and promote tolerance within this organization. We are an international club, one that embraces a wide variety of religions, cultures, sexual orientations, lifestyles, etc. I feel that it is absolutely integral that I promote a strong sense of personal expression and acceptance to this organization. In doing so, I hope that each member will be able to set aside any insecurities or prejudices they may have and lose themseleves totally in the selfless service of others. ABOUT ME:I was born in Los Angeles, California on October 13, 1994 and have been an Angeleno all of my life. I have family in Tacoma, Washington and Toronto, Canada, whom I visit frequently. I joined Key Club during my freshman year in high school, admittedly because my mom said I would make friends. I made more than friends- I made memories. An insatiable passion to serve began to build up inside me, and it was that unquenchable impetus to serve that led me to serve as Club President, receiving an “Outstanding”-Level award at the California-Nevada-Hawaii District Convention in 2011. It was also at this convention that I was endorsed to run for International President at ICON 2011 in Phoenix. Although I was not elected, I now have the amazing opportunity to serve this great organization as an International Trustee! This opportunity has allowed me to become a consummate servant leader, and it is this same spirit of leadership that I hope to inspire in all members of Key Club during my term as a Trustee. In love and in service, Cole Hickman - International Trustee: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Bulletin Editor’s Note – By: Anna Carroll! Just like all of you, I am sure, I have been super busy! Between school, horseback riding, getting my college applications in, and, of course, participating in Key Club activities, I feel like I have been constantly busy since the start of the school year. Even though my life is undoubtedly insane, I would not want it to be any other way! I was recently discussing that idea with Sangre de Cristo Lieutenant Governor Michelle Boerigter, and we realized that we have not been bored in years; there is always something exciting, fun, and meaningful for us to be doing. Even though I feel really stressed by everything at times, why would I ever want my life to be boring? It is when I am at my most busy that I am making the biggest difference. No matter how busy we get, there is always time for us to serve others. We must remember that, while we are stressed by parents, grades, homework, teachers, sports, and friends, others are stressed because they are hungry and do not know where their next meal is coming from, or they are sick and cannot pay for their care. It our responsibility to reach out to help! So, I hope all of you are having a fantastic fall, getting everything you need done, taking a little time for yourself, and, most of all, serving your homes, schools, and communities!