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Narwhal News December 2012 Volume 2 Issue 7

“CaringOur Way of Life”

We cannot forget to let our Key Club spirit shine through in everything that we do to serve our home, school, and community.

Santa Susana High School Key Club 3570 Cochran Street Simi Valley, CA | (805) 520-6800 Division 42 East | Region 10 | Cali-Nev-Ha


Key Club Week: November 5th – 9th Member’s showed their Key Club spirit by making thank you cards, trickor-treating for Unicef, dressing in spirit colors and bringing their friends to our meeting at the end of the week!

In This Issue… • Past Events Page 2-3

• Upcoming Events Page 4

• Our KEY Family Page 5-6

• Recognition Page 7

Pet Search By Kayla Hoffman

• Calendar Page 8

• Contact Info Page 9

• Message from the Editor Page 9

Simi Valley Missing Pets is one of my favorite places to volunteer. They help find and rescue lost and abandoned dogs. I assist by watching the puppies at charity events, and even hike up in the mountains to help find dogs! It is really exciting and I really feel like I am giving back to the community! They have a Facebook page: “Simi Valley Missing Pets” where they post lost/found dogs, and information for search parties if you are interested in helping out by finding dogs or even just by helping connect people to their lost dogs.



Past Events

Roller Coasters and Spirit Battles By Arielle Madayag Fall Rally was the best, and the most enjoyable night of my life. My friends and I had so much fun going on roller coasters, showing off our spirit to all the other key clubbers, and battling for that spirit stick. Although we didn't win, at least we made it in the top 5! I'm so excited for the upcoming rallies within my high school years. It was one of the best days I’ve ever had and I encourage you to go and experience this amazing day of spirit and fun.

Giraffes & Bunnies & Turtles OH MY! By Kaila Mattera High school students woke early and traveled from all over on a Saturday, that could only mean one thing, Fall Rally. At Six Flags Magic Mountain on Saturday November 10th, Key Club members came to share an experience unlike any other: Fall Rally South. As a first time attendee, every expectation I had was met and surpassed! Key Clubbers were vibrantly decked out in every color of the rainbow with every animal that you could imagine as a mascot on their t-shirts. I cannot believe that anyone could feel any other way than being filled with spirit because our attendance supported Pediatric Trauma Program and celebrated our accomplishments in raising so much money for this amazing cause; truly making a difference. Seeing not only the size of some other divisions at the spirit rally but also the intensity of their Key Club spirit was awe inspiring. This year we made Division 42 East history! For the first time ever, we got into the top 5 divisions during the rally! We showed everyone that the amount of people does not measure the amount of your spirit! By the end of the day, my respect for Key Club grew ten times and I feel so honored to be a part of this amazing organization that is truly unique and supportive of its members and their efforts to reach a common goal nothing short of changing the world for the better.

Contribute to the Newsletter! Write articles and submit photos! Did enjoy volunteering at an event? Do you volunteer somewhere on a weekly basis? Write an article about it and send in photos! You can receive 30 minutes of service per article!

1. Download the article template from 2. Write your article – Use your creativity to discuss your topic 3. Include any photos you may have from the event (preferably candid photos of you or others performing service) 4. Email it to: 5. Email Subject: NarwhalNews_TOPIC.



Ongoing Projects Pop Tabs Throughout the year we collect pop tabs for Ronald McDonald house. This is a place in close proximity to a hospital where families can stay when their child is in the hospital. They recycle the pop tabs and use the money to help families pay to stay at the house as well as pay the utilities and other expenses needed to keep the house running. So keep collecting! They can be from canned beverages and even the tabs from canned food!

Upcoming Events

Toy Drive for Knights of Columbus When: Dec. 1 – Dec. 14th Where: Please bring toys (unwrapped) to the CCC We will be collecting toys of $10 or more for children who have nothing and wouldn’t expect a Christmas this year. The toys are sent to various Knights or Parish functions to be wrapped and given to the children. Last year, over 150 families in need received these toys. For each $10 or more toy that you turn in, you will receive one hour of service, and you feel all good inside knowing that you are making a difference in a child’s life. So please, if you have any questions or ideas that can help for this, please email Elvira Hernandez at, message her on Facebook, or post something on the Key Club Facebook group!!

S.O.S. (Save Old Spectacles) We are continually collecting glasses for SOS. Check with everyone you know to see if they have any old specs that they do not use anymore. Keep in mind, the end of the school year is ending and if every member brings in at least 3 pairs of glasses, our sponsoring Kiwanis of Santa Susana will throw us a pizza party!

Rose Float Decoration and Food Wagon Possible Dates: Dec. 8, Dec. 15, Dec. 22, and Dec. 26 - 31 Where: Pasadena, CA What: We are looking into securing a date(s) to help decorate the Kiwanis Rose Parade Float, and/or feed the volunteers in the Kiwanis food wagon. If you are interested, please talk to Paolo. (

Feeding the Homeless Our club helps at 2 different locations for feeding the homeless and we could always use more volunteers! We help with set up, dinner service, dishes, and clean up after. *PLEASE SIGN UP WITH LILY OR MICHAEL BEFORE SHOWING UP!

• Stillwaters Café at Shepard of the Valley Church: Thursdays from 5-7pm • The Samaritan Center: 1st Thursday of the month from 4:30 - 6pm Located on 230 Royal Ave.



Our KEY Family Division 42 East

There are only a few months left of the 2012-2013 term! Time goes by so fast! If you are interested in running for Lieutenant Governor for the upcoming term, please talk to Paolo or contact our DCM: current Lt. Governor Kristine Rafanan at December 22nd LOCATION & TIME: To be decided

You DO NOT have to be a junior to run for this position. Any member who has paid dues is eligible to run for the position.

More information coming soon!

Conclave: January 19th

HI NARWHALS! Only a few more weeks until winter break! We can do it! But please do not start slacking in school keep up those good grades! There are only a few more months until the 2012-2013 Key Club is over. Let's finish this year off strong! How? Performing service, of course! This time of the year is the time of giving. Remember, the smallest act of kindness can mean the world to someone. It is also time to think about the upcoming Key Club term. I suggest researching respective position you are interested in. If you are interested in becoming the next Lieutenant Governor, please do not hesitate to ask me! -Kristine Rafanan Division 42 East LT. Governor



Our KEY Family California-Nevada-Hawaii Become part of the CNH Graphics Department! Are you an aspiring artist? Graphic artist? Just enjoy creating cool graphics? Join the many artistic Key Clubbers who help to create visuals and other great graphics! Apply Here:

Key Club International ON TARGET TO ELIMINATE MNT! The Kiwanis Family has raised over US$18.2 million for The Eliminate Project as of September 2012!! Our efforts in fundraising will contribute to saving over 10 million mothers and their future babies from maternal neonatal tetanus!

Kiwanis of Santa Susana Key Club, don’t forget that your parents and their friends can get involved with our community too by becoming a Kiwanis member. Any interested adults can contact Jeff Bertoniere, 805.377.0130 or for more information.



Recognition Message from Paolo

Cali-Nev-Ha Kiwanis Foundation Scholarship Application

Hello, Narwhals! November treated our club and division really well. I would like to say thank you to those who went to Fall Rally South. For the first time ever in Narwhal history, Division 42 East made the Top 5 in the spirit session. I hope all of you who went had an amazing time and I know I cannot wait until Fall Rally South 2013! December is a month of giving, celebrating and cheering. Holiday service is very important to our Key Club. Whether it's donating to a charity, making scarves for the homeless, or donating toys to children who are less fortunate. The holiday season brings good vibes because everyone around you is so jolly and happy. I am so thankful to have wonderful members like all of you because you make up the one million reasons to serve. I wish you and your families’ happy holidays!

Financial assistance is given to a selected number of students who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, service to their school and community, academic ability and have been active members. Scholarships are presented annually at District Convention and are valued from $750 to over $20,000. The Kiwanis Cal-Nev-Ha Foundation Board of Directors will approve the number and value of scholarships. To apply, you must be a current member who have been active for a minimum of one year and has a 2.5 GPA or greater. Applicants must be graduating seniors and their GPA must be verified by the faculty advisor. Service performed as a Club member is the most important

-Paolo Recto Santa Susana Key Club President 2012-13


To download the KIWIN'S/Key Club Scholarship application, please click here.

Member of the Month

Gabi Nguyen The Member of the Month for November This past month, Gabi has attended Fall Rally South, where she showed her mad division spirit. She has also volunteered for the Santa Susana Kiwanis at their blood drive. Thank you, Gabi, for being such a great Key Clubber! Keep it up!

Congratulations, Gabi!



December 2012 Sunday












6 Samaritan Center (4:30pm)


7 8 Endorse LTG Candidate (During meeting)









Still Waters Café 13 14 Toys for Still Waters Knights of Café Columbus Due 20






Still Waters Café





27 Still Waters Café



Key Club Fun Fact This is the largest and oldest community service program for high school students.

Keep a look out for other events that may come up as well as event details and sign ups! 8


Officer & Advisor

Contact Info Stillwater’s Café Chair Lily Chapman 805-813-7175

President Paolo Recto 805-404-2268

Vice President Samaritan Center Chair

Spirit Coordinator Cinthya Lopez 805-210-4969 Member Recruitment Chair Nikol Spaho 805-791-8850

Sohil Bammi 805-300-9213

Michael Gulino 805-210-1990


SAA (Sargent At Arms) Lily Chapman 805-813-7175

Faculty Advisor

Historian Lorraine Ador Dionisio 805-210-9555

Kiwanis Advisor

Fundraising Chair Jimmy Lam (805)-304-3839

If you ever have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact an officer or advisor!

Michelle Hosogai 818-633-6588

Secretary Serena Lee 805-624-2544

Editor Kaila Mattera 805-338-3344

Mrs. Sharon Demartino Mr. Lloyd Picker

Officer Email:

Visit us on the web! Our website: Facebook: Santa Susana Key Club Group | SSHS Board

Message from the Editor

Happy Holidays everyone! That’s right, its holiday season, a time filled with cheer and family and the desire to something good for others. I encourage you all to participate in some kind of holiday oriented service this season whether you help out feeding the homeless or donate toys for kids in need, there is no deed that will not go unnoticed. Hopefully you will to spend times with your families and share in the merriment of the holidays eating food, or playing games, or anything that brings you closer together in the spirit of the holidays! Have a fantastic, happy, joyous, wonderful, merry winter break and I will see you all next year!!

Tumblr: SSHS Key Club | Division 42 East CNH District Website: Key Club International:

Swimming in Service,

Kiwanis International:

Kaila Mattera 2012-2013 Bulletin Editor 9



Caring- Our Way of Life

Narwhal News SSHS - December 2012  

Volume 2 Issue 7

Narwhal News SSHS - December 2012  

Volume 2 Issue 7