the beaver tree OCTOBER 2012 VOL. 4 / ISSUE 7
THE OFFICIAL KEY CLUB NEWSLETTER OF BROOKLYN TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL WE FEEL GOOD. WE FEEL MAD GOOD. AND WHAT?!
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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
THE 2012-2013 EXECUTIVE BOARD & CABINET
KEY CLUB WEEK
FALL RALLY INFORMATION
T-SHIRT DESIGN CONTEST
KEY CLUBBER OF THE MONTH
FUN & GAMES
KEY CLUB CHEERS
OUR CLUB VIPS
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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR HEY BROOKLYN TECH KEY CLUB, HOW DO YOU FEEL? It’s October! Our biggest project this month is raising funds for the Eliminate Project through the Trick-or-Treat for UNCIEF campaign. Pick up a box when you pay your dues in the SGO store from October 15th through October 19th, excluding the 17th, or you can contact Treasurer Alex at Alex@thetechkey.com for one if you haven’t already gotten a box. Many things happened this month, including one of the most anticipated events: the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. Read all about the fun our members had on pages 6-11. What about next month? There are lots of Key Club activities coming up, namely Key Club Week and the Fall Rally. If you don’t know what they both are already, learn more on pages 12 and 13. I guarantee that you’ll have tons of fun if you participate! Lastly, the executive board is launching the 2012-2013 club T-shirt design contest. Send in your design for a chance to get it printed on dozens of T-shirts and for it to be sported around school and to events. This is your chance to make sure we have an awesome T-shirt! Check out the requirements on page 14. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate seeing articles and pictures in my inboxes. Without your contributions, The Beaver Tree can’t exist. I rely on you guys to supply the newsletter with images and articles because this is YOUR Key Club experience and you should want to share it with everyone else. Plus, I am always open to ideas about what to put in the newsletter. You can e-mail me at Sharon@thetechkey.com and send pictures to email@example.com. Thank you for reading! Yours in the spirit of service, Sharon Cai Bulletin Editor 2012-2013
COVER PHOTO CREDIT: STEPHANIE CHERNG THE BEAVER TREE 03
EXECUTIVE BOARD 2012-2013
PRESIDENT HAN-CHANG KIM
SECRETARY TIFFANY LEUNG
BULLETIN EDITOR SHARON CAI
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VICE PRESIDENT CHRISTINE HE
TREASURER ALEX MOK
WEBMASTER TINA GAO
EXECUTIVE CABINET 2012-2013
ADVOCACY KAIWUI YE
DISTRICT FUNDRAISING SONIA SAAKIAN
COMMUNICATIONS SUNDY HE
TRAD SCRAP AMANDA LIU
HOME FUNDRAISING WEI LI
INDUCTION FUNDRAISING JENNIFER LEI
NON TRAD SCRAP
VISUAL MEDIA JOHNNY LEUNG
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2012 KIDNEY WALK OCTOBER 13, 2012
Did you know that over 398,000 Americans rely on a dialysis machine to keep them alive or that over 92,000 are on the waiting list for a lifesaving kidney transplant? The National Kidney Foundation, started in 1950, has since become the leading organization dedicated to fighting kidney disease. Diabetes and high blood pressure are the leading causes of kidney disease. The statistic of being at risk is 1 in 3, and it is currently the 8th leading cause of death in the United States. Many people don’t know they have it until it’s nearly too late. Learn more about what you can do to help and how to check the health of your own kidneys at http://kidney.org.
PHOTO CREDIT: STEPHANIE CHERNG
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RUGGED RUN FOR RESPECT OCTOBER 14, 2012
Rugged Run for Respect is a 5K out-and-back course on paved roads and dirt trails that includes hills, water, a low crawl, and a five foot wall to scale, a mud pit, and much more. It is designed to challenge athletes of every level with mud and obstacles: the very meaning of “getting down and dirty.” Thousands were in attendance at the first annual Rugged Run for Respect event at Aviators Sports and Events Center in Brooklyn. Proceeds benefit the 55,700 athletes of Special Olympics New York. Athletes 16 and up can participate, so if you’re interested check back next year! Find out more at http://ruggedrunforrespect.org/.
On October 13th, Brooklyn Tech Key Clubbers gathered to help out with the Rugged Run for Respect at the Aviator Sports and Events Center. It was an EXTREMELY chilly day and I could feel all my fingers and toes go numb before the event even started, but I loved being there to support all the runners :D! I found the run particularly interesting because I've never seen or heard of a run with obstacles. I felt really bad for the runners actually because of all the mud and water they had to go through to finish the race. My task was to cheer on the runners at one of the last obstacles and they smiled at me as I told them "You're almost there!" After all the runners finished, the event coordinators provided us with free lunch and T-shirts. I thought that the event was really fun and I hope the runners got the respect they deserve! — Sandy Mui THE BEAVER TREE 07
MAKING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER
The American Cancer Society is the leading organization in the fight to end breast cancer, the most common cancer among women in the United States other than skin cancer, and is the second leading cause of cancer death. Currently there are 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. Every walk is meant to honor survivors, raise awareness, and raise money for research, information and services, and access to mammograms for women who need them. By attending an event, your strides can help save lives. Learn more about what The American Cancer Society is doing to eliminate breast cancer at http://makingstrides.acsevents.org/.
On October 21st, Brooklyn Tech Key Clubbers gathered in Central Park to participate in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. Lots of people came out to participate in the five-mile walk and it was great to see the flood of pink. When started walking, we ended up straying away from the path and reached many “dead-ends.” We jumped over obstacles in our way to get back into the route of the walk. The best part of going to these big events is meeting up with other Key Clubs from around the city. I was reunited with some of my old friends from elementary school who are now in Stuyvesant Key Club and it was great to see them again (shout out to Bonnie Lee and District Governor Daniel Lin)! When I finally finished the walk, I felt so accomplished even though my legs felt numb. It was a great opportunity for exercise, but it’s even better to be out there supporting a great cause! — Sandy Mui
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OCTOBER 21, 2012
PHOTO CREDIT: LILY CHEUK,
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As part of Assemblyman William Colton’s “Speak Up and Clean Up” campaign, volunteers gathered to clean up 86th Street and Bensonhurst Park in preparation for Hurricane Sandy. Volunteers were rewarded with free pizza and a special NYS Assembly certificate as well as service hours. Check out the pictures from the event below and read what Key Clubbers had to say about it on the next page!
PHOTO CREDIT: CAITLIN UANG
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OCTOBER 27, 2012
The Bensonhurst and Bath Beach Clean-up attracted many people from several high schools, but Brooklyn Tech definitely had the hugest turnout. This clean-up was different: volunteers weren’t only cleaning up the streets to maintain a clean neighborhood but to prepare for Hurricane Sandy. We were in charge of cleaning up Bath Avenue from Bay 14th to Bay 25th, but surprisingly there was little garbage and litter on the ground. We mainly raked leaves and made sure that the street drainage grates were unclogged. By doing so, we would lessen the chance of flooding following the arrival of the hurricane. We were potentially saving lives and property this way. Along our route, we encountered a middle-aged man who was clearing the sidewalk with a leaf blower and were quick to offer him some help. At the end, the block was almost completely clean. The man was very grateful and thanked us. It felt very good to help someone out and clean up our community at the same time. Many people who walked past us on the street praised us for our efforts. An elderly woman came up to a Key Clubber and actually said, "If I see William Colton, I will tell him what a great job you kids are doing to clean up the neighborhood!" — Olivia Chen
William Colton's "Speak Up and Clean Up" campaign has really gone far since it first started last summer. This focus for this clean-up was preparing for Hurricane Sandy by cleaning up the streets and drains. Brooklyn Tech Key Club cleaned up areas from between Cropsey Avenue & 20th Avenue to Cropsey Avenue & Bay 14th Street. We picked up mostly leaves, probably because it was particularly windy that day. Although quite breezy, the weather was just right to be out and cleaning the streets! On the way back to the meet-up location, we bumped into a man who was cleaning his front yard using a leaf-blower and we offered to help him clean up. He was really grateful, and it made me feel good to be able to provide aid. Sadly Hurricane Sandy wound up doing more damage than expected, and I’m still praying for everyone out there. — Sandy Mui
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KEY CLUB WEEK
What is Key Club Week all about? It’s about promoting Key Club! Key Club Week gives members the opportunity to place an emphasis on service and to make Key Club a household name by telling our community about what we do. Do your part to make Key Club week amazing and to start off Kiwanis Family Month with a bang. Check out how Brooklyn Tech Key Club plans on spending their Key Club week and make sure you join in!
MONDAY, NOV. 5 Show your K in every way—Today’s the day to pull out your Key Club hoodies and T-shirts! Wear them to school and show off that Key Club pride. After 9th period, find Treasurer Alex in the first floor center section for a group picture. TUESDAY, NOV. 6 Kudos to the Key players—Show your appreciation for our advisors: write a thank-you note, make a card, or scribble a heartfelt message. Help us recognize the Key Players that contribute their time and effort to our club. Take the day off to make it really special. You will receive +5pts for each card you make, provided that effort is shown. Leave them in Secretary Tiffany’s mailbox in 7C1 the following day. Thursday, November 8 is the last day they can be submitted. WEDNESDAY, NOV. 7 Connect the Ks—Key Club is the largest high school service organization in the world but is only one part of the Kiwanis Family. Celebrate everyone by making “fan-signs” for other Key Clubs, K-Kids, Builders Clubs, and Circle K Clubs in division 9 and/or the rest of New York. Check out the Public Relations Directory for more information! Submit your drawings, posters, and other art to Bulletin Editor Sharon’s mailbox in 7C1 by Monday, November 12 at the latest. THURSDAY, NOV. 8 Trick or Treat for UNICEF—Even though Halloween is over, it doesn’t mean you can’t continue raising funds for the Eliminate Project. Remember, it’s +1pt/$1 raised, max +20 points. Highest fundraiser will receive an additional +10pts. We’re collecting boxes at our next general meeting on Wednesday, November 21, 2012. FRIDAY, NOV. 9 Key Club Scavenger Hunt—Join the annual scavenger hunt by looking for our executive board (+2), cabinet (+1), and two district executive board members (+3). Find everyone and receive +30 points! Prepare an index card with your name and OSIS. When you find an executive member, shout out “Hey [name], how do you feel?!” and then they will sign your card. If you can’t name them, no points for you! Please remember to be kind and courteous. Scavenger hunt lasts from first period (8:00AM) to the end of 9th period (3:19PM). After 9th period, find Bulletin Editor Sharon in the first floor center section to hand them in. Visit our website to refresh your memory of what our board looks like!
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FALL RALLY @ MURROW HIGH SCHOOL Top off Key Club Week by attending the Fall Rally at Madison High School! What is the Fall Rally? Think of it as a mini-LTC where the five divisions (8, 8A, 9, 10, and 11) in New York City come together and spend the day attending workshops, participating in fundraisers, and networking with other Key Clubbers. Come learn more about the different Key Club positions and responsibilities of officers, especially if youâ€™re considering to apply for higher office for the 2013-2014 service year! Workshops will also go over essential skills like writing college essays and public speaking. Donâ€™t miss out on all the fun! Check out pictures from the 2011 Fall Rally.
Date: Saturday, November 10th, 2012 Location: Edward R. Murrow High School 1600 Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11230 Time: 10:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. Directions: Q to Avenue M Admission: $10 Dress Code: Business Casual * Lunch will be provided *
PHOTO CREDIT: JIM CHAN
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T-SHIRT DESIGN CONTEST Every year the executive board launches a contest to encourage our most creative, artistic, and imaginative members to design a shirt that represents Brooklyn Tech Key Club. Will you be one of them? It’s a great honor to be able to say you created a T-shirt that dozens of kids wear to school or to events. This year, we’re looking to get our club T-shirts much earlier, and we’re hoping to get a record number of designs sent in. Didn’t really like the designs in the past years? Well, this is your opportunity to submit your idea! Members who submit designs will receive +5 points per entry (max +10pts) and the contest winner will receive +10 points and a free t-shirt! Send all scanned or screenshot submissions to Webmaster Tina at firstname.lastname@example.org. Paper submissions can be placed in Webmaster Tina’s mailbox in 7C1. Deadline: Friday, November 30, 2012 Shirt Requirements: 1. There can only be a maximum of 3 colors excluding the shirt color. 2. The T-shirt must include the words “Brooklyn Tech” and “Key Club.” 3. There should not be any designs on the sleeve. You may have designs on both the front and back of the shirt (it’s encouraged!) 4. You must either have a beaver and/or a key. 5. Core values (leadership, character building, caring, and inclusiveness) and/or the motto “caring-our way of life” is optional. 6. Think before you submit. A haphazard design with little thought will NOT receive points. Profanity will not be accepted.
The winning design for last year’s T-shirt!
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KEY CLUBBER OF OCTOBER
What does it mean to be “Key Clubber of the Month?” Each month, we award a specific Key Clubber(s) who has made the most impact on our club for that month. To receive this award, a Key Clubber must not only attend most events that month but must also actively participate and contribute to Key Club and their community. We want a Key Clubber(s) who is fit to represent Brooklyn Tech and serve as a role model to others. For the month of October, this honor goes to …..
Shirley Fang Jorge Robles Key Clubbers of October
“Be the change you want to see in the world.” - Mahatma Gandhi
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FUN & GAMES
OCTOBER PUZZLE Weâ€™re changing things up this month with a jigsaw puzzle! Put the pieces together to form the picture on the bottom, screenshot your completed puzzle, and send it in to Sharon@thetechkey.com. If you have suggestions for future fun and games, email them to me as well. Happy solving!
Click here for the jigsaw puzzle!
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KEY CLUB CHEERS Our Chant Hey Key Club, how do you feel?! We feel good. We feel MAD good. AND WHAT?
New York District Key Club Chant Hey Key Club, how do you feel?! We feel good! OH, we feel so good. OH! *pelvic thrust*
Key Club Pledge 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 to combat all forces which tend to undermine these institutions
Beaver Call Beaver one, beaver all, let’s all do the beaver call!
Meet Bang, the Beaver!
Beaver two, beaver three, let’s all climb the beaver tree! Beaver four, beaver five, let’s all the beaver jive! Beaver six, beaver seven, let’s all go to beaver heaven! Beaver eight, beaver nine, STOP! IT’S BEAVER TIME! Go beaver! Go beaver! Go beaver!
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OUR CLUB’S VIPS
KIWANIS COMMITTEE REPRESENTATIVE MR. GIOIA
FROM THE MAPLETON KIWIANIS MRS. NEURINGER
BROOKLYN TECH KEY CLUB ADVISERS
MS. FILIPPELLI MRS. BARANOWSKI
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Missing from picture: Emma, Johnny, Jennifer, Wei, Sundy, and HC
PRESIDENT HAN-CHANG KIM
VICE PRESIDENT CHRISTINE HE
SECRETARY TIFFANY LEUNG
TREASURER ALEXANDER MOK
EDITOR SHARON CAI
WEBMASTER TINA GAO
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THANKS FOR READING!
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