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A Note From Your Editor

Howdy Southwest, This is my third and final issue of Key to the Southwest. I am beyond grateful to have experienced this opportunity and to have served for two years on this incredible board. I can honestly say I met my best friends through this board and I am beyond sad to leave. I know that my love for service will continue on throughout college and my life afterward. Thank you to everyone who stood up with me to finish last minute projects. We have truly done our best to serve this district. In this issue you will find any and all farewells from all of our board members, information upon various clubs, as well as district and international convention. One last time you guys, Stay Spicy!

Yours in Service, Reagen Barragan thekeytothesouthwest@gmail.com

Reagen Barragan

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Contents

Key to the Southwest

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Member Crush Monday

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Service Project Highlight

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Club Spotlight

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Board Farewells

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Committee Farewells

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Trustee Farewell

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District Convention

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Governor's Project Update

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Key Leader Recap

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Preferred Charities & Our Partners

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International Convention 2019

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Member Crush Monday Through Member Crush Monday (MCM), we have been posting and honoring these amazing members. Find out who the past six incredible Key Clubbers Lt. Governor's have nominated to be recognized. Check out our instagram for more information! @swdkci

Aaliyah Esquivel | Estrella Division Willow Canyon High School

Ryan Balboni | Mohave Division Lake Havasu High School

Thalia Balcazar | Rio Grande Division Mission Early College High School

Logan Shorthair | Petroglyph Division Farmington High School

Mackenzie Rogers | Sangre De Cristo Division Los Alamos High School

Mobi Chiu | Sandia Mtn Division La Cueva High School

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Service Project Highlight

A service project that is a blast to be a part of, is the Hope and a Future Christmas party. Hope and a Future is a non-profit organization that helps out kids in foster care, they strive that one day all children in the Arizona foster care system will have a hope for their future. Thus, every year Hope and a Future arranges a big Christmas party for Arizona kids in foster care. As volunteers we help set up, chaperone the activity stations, and eventually help tear down at night. Each child gets a chance to eat dinner, play different activities, get a Christmas present, and take a picture with Santa Claus. It’s a very rewarding experience to help throughout the event and see the smiles of the kids unfold.

-Bridget Martinez Catano

Club Spotlight

The Gallup high Key Club of Petroglyph division has proven itself to be an exemplary model of what Key Club is all about. Despite financial struggles and very little support from outside of their club, they have managed to continue doing what they love most — volunteering. No excuses for them! They have helped with decorating before school and Kiwanis events. Gallup his Key Club has also hosted a recycling fair and manage activities at fairs and carnivals. Most importantly however, they were the one and only club to collect and donate over 500 books to the African Library Project, chosen as the service project for the Division Wide Function. Their efforts have gained themselves and their school recognition from their community. Their name is now known all around town!

-Sageene Saganey

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Executive Board Farewells Sarah Montaño | District Governor

Hello Southwest or shall I say Southbest Key Clubbers. I have had a roller coaster of a ride as governor of this crazy spicy district. When I first came in to my term I had an idea of how this year was going to go but as like can key club can be unpredictable i have had an experience that i never expected. Working to make the Southwest District better in dues paying and service has made a huge impact on my life as we have accomplished both of those. Seeing the impact being in Key Club makes to those in our district has made this experience unforgettable. Attending conventions, leadership trainings and most important divisional gatherings with all of you has made a huge impact. So thank you for being such an amazing district.

Amira Landeros | Secretary Treasurer

Howdy, this year has been unprecedented, I never would have imagined to have meet the most creative, driven service led people. It didn’t even click in my head that I would be our district secretary treasurer, but I’m more than delighted that I am! In office I have learned so many hints and within my office I finally learned the true meaning for Key club! Friendship & Service. In my four years of key club and the countless titles I have held, the many DCONs that I have danced, and all the service that’s been held, it’s crazy to think that now as a senior my team and I will be leading one! Thanks to my amazing bunch of friends, who I can consider my family. Thank you for being the YEE to my HAW Love you! And remember to stay SPICY!

Hannah Grunwald | Convention Chair Even though I am very sad to leave the board in March, I am so thankful for every board member, advisor, and key clubber that has helped me thrive in this position. I have learned so much, met amazing people, and most importantly, had so much fun! I had no idea the amount of work that would be put into this convention but I had so much help along the way. Thank you so much, Southwest. You have given me an experience I will never forget and I can’t wait to celebrate our hard work at convention in March! Thank you, Spicy Southwest!

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Board Farewells

Alaya Alshemari | Black Canyon It has truly been a pleasure serving on the Southwest District Board, for a second term. I have met so many amazing people, learned a variety of skills, and most importantly found my passion. Thank you, Key Club, for shaping me into the person I am today! Stay spicy Black Canyon.

Nicole Inocentes | Estrella It’s that time of the year when it’s sad to say goodbye but I’m glad to have served the Southwest Division and the Estrella Division well! I want to take this time to say thank you to the entire K family and my district board for supporting me in this journey as a Lieutenant Governor. Stay spicy southwest!

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Ella Erickson | Catalina Thank you, Southwest District, for letting me serve as Catalina Lieutenant Governor, thank you for the chance to be a part of this amazing board, thank you for giving me the opportunity to grow in my leadership. Cheers to a spicy new service year!

Anayah Peru | Copper This year, key club has given me some of my best friends and taught me more than I would have ever imagined. I will truly miss every one of the other board members and everyone else who this position as brought me. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity!

Bridget Martinez Catano | Lookout Mtn Parker Kross | Mogollon Rim at Large This position has been a once in a lifetime experience that I will never forget. Thank you to everyone who helped me achieve this position, especially Ginger Balboni. I would like to thank my fellow board members for the memories that will last a lifetime. Don’t forget to stay Spicy!

This year was one of the wildest roller coasters yet. I’ve had so much fun working as an ltg. I would like to thank all the district board on helping me get out of my comfort zone and on making such great friends. And I would also like to thank my home club and advisor on all the support they’ve given me. And lastly I would like to thank my division that I’ve come to get to know and love! I have made so many great memories, thank you southwest!

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Board Farewells

Allie Robinson | Mohave I am so happy that I got to be a part of this board and help Key Club grow within my division. I’ve met some of my best friends and I can’t be more thankful. Being a part of this board changed my life forever and helped me grow as a person.

Thalianna Mercado | Papago Hello there Southwest! This has been an honor and I have been reflecting on all the memories, all the tears, and all the struggles throughout this year and I know that all of it is just steps towards an amazing future. I am looking forward to shedding those last tears with my fellow board members, I couldn’t have asked for any better.

Audrey Barragan | Rio Grande

Alissa McIntyre | San Pedro Well, this is it. Being LTG was the best year of my life; I would like to thank my division for all their love and support, and my Board members, for being the spiciest group of wackadoodles around, and some of my best friends in the world. Stay Spicy, everyone!

Hello Southwest District Key Clubbers! I had the great pleasure of serving as the Rio Grande Lieutenant Governor for a short remained of the term. Although my time on the board was short, I wouldn’t trade it for anything! It has been a great opportunity of meeting other board members from across the southwest district, working with my clubs and being a greater part of Key Club. Remember to show your K!

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Sageene Saganey | Petroglyph I have had the honor of serving the Petroglyph Division as Lieutenant Governor. I got the chance to meet so many wonderful and kind people who I now call my friends. This position has challenged me in so many different ways and I am grateful. Stay spicy!

David Lopez | Sandia Mtn I would like to thank all of you for providing the opportunity to serve as your Lt. Governor. Though I have served from a distance, it has always been the our bond that made me feel so close! I truly thank all of you for making my term a successful one, I couldn’t have done it without all of YOU!

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Board Farewells

Sonya Svyatskaya | Sangre de Cristo Well Sangre De Cristo, it is time for us to part ways. This year has been one for the books and I hope it has been for you as well. Through out my term I was able to meet sooo many amazing key club member that I was immensely proud to represent. But this journey would not be possible without the help of many people. I would like to thank the people that made everything possible. I’m out Southwest. (*mic drop*)

Ivan Ordaz | South Mtn This year has been an amazing one filled with lots of memories and service. It’s been a privilege serving as the 2018-2019 South Mountain Lieutenant Governor and I couldn’t be any more proud of you guys. Farewell for now and thank you all for making this such a wonderful term!

Savannah Moffitt | Superstition Hello Southwest! It has been such an honor serving as the Superstition division Lieutenant Governor. I have been able to meet so many incredible key clubbers and kiwanians, had life changing experiences, and learning skills that have helped me succeed in many different aspects of my life. Thank you for all your support and kindness!

Want to get in contact with us?

District Governor:                  swdkeyclubgovernor@gmail.com District Sec/Treas:                  swdkcsectreas@gmail.com

District Bulletin Editor:          thekeytothesouthwest@gmail.com

District Convention Chair:    swdistrictconventionchair@gmail.com

Lt. Governors:       click here or go to swdkeyclub.org/district-board District Administrators:        michaelwilliambraun@gmail.com                                                      southwestdeb@gmail.com

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Committee Farewells Service Committee Nicole Inocentes

Howdy Southwest, I’m Nicole Inocentes, service committee chair and it’s sad to say but, the end has come to term of the service committee. But I’m happy to say that the service committee has accomplished so much this year! We began the year creating a schedule for flyers for use of the social media and Lieutenant Governor’s to advertise the Governor’s project and major emphasis. The service committee and the Governor were successful in creating a resource for the members for all use of the K family. A service project survey that members will utilize to share successful service projects to others around the southwest district. We also plan to use the raised money to buy bracelets for the Governor Walk, so watch out for them! I’m so proud of the service committees hard work and communication this year, they play a huge part of this years success! Shout out to Bridget, Allie, and Audrey.

Growth & Communications Parker Kross

This year The Growth and Communications Committee has been working hard to keep everyone updated district happenings. We have been able to grow on social media by making frequent posts. We have worked to encourage outstanding service by highlighting our wonderful club members every other week through Member Crush Monday. We have promoted all district events such as Fall Rally, Key Leader, and DCON. We would like to thank everyone that interacts with our social media account! Without the members, none of this would have been possible. As a committee we have has a great year and will continue to promote events with our fantastic social media.

Council Elect Ella Erickson

Now that this is the final Council Elect update I feel like I can finally tell you all that writing updates are difficult because part of what the Council Elect committee does is know Robert's rules of order and the official bylaws. We were the point people in official board meetings on what to do, but we also spent much time working on rewriting the bylaws that we found ineffective for our district. We reviewed former bylaws and had numerous meetings working on the proposed change that all Lieutenant Governor Elections be held at DCON. In addition, we also created the procedures for the LtG. elections this year, which had to be done prior to DCON. I can confidently say I have loved serving all of you as chair and I think I speak for the entire Council Elect committee in saying that we appreciate the opportunity you all have given us to work for the district and it's future!

District Convention Hannah Grunwald

This is my last DCON update, I can’t believe it! I have had so much help along the way from the board, advisors, my home club, and every one of you. We have almost finished all of our planning and we can’t wait to share it with you. My committee has accomplished so much including decorations, fun workshops, and a great place to meet like-minded Key Clubbers. Even though I am sad my term has almost come to an end, I am so proud of the work we have done and cannot wait to see you in March!

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Trustee Farewell

Hello, Southwest District Key Club Members! I am a little saddened to say this, but your District Board is in their final month. Let me tell you how good of a job each Lieutenant Governor and your District Officers—Hannah, Reagen, Amira, and Governor Sarah—all did. Nothing that the Board achieved this year could have been done without each and every one of them. I would like to give a special shout out to your District Secretary- Treasurer, Amira. She, like I, both were appointed to our District Officer position mid-year. This kind of appointment adds on to the stress of the position that is normally there. She has worked tirelessly to catch up and be on track with what she needs to do every month. Great job, Amira! Now, for my Governor Sarah—I am so happy to have been your Trustee. You have brought the best ideas to my Trustee Independent Committee meetings and sent some of the funniest texts. I would not trade Sarah for the world. After DCON, I am excited to continue serving you, our members, with the new District Board. Now, I am going to give you some advice—talk with your District officers and me! We are here to serve you, our members. We would love to hear your ideas on how we can make Key Club a better organization for you. Hope to see you at District Convention at the end of the month! Yours in Service, Foster Hillis International Trustee Key Club International

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Service Unlocks the Hero in You

District Convention 2019 Albuquerque, NM

Hey Southwest! We are busy finalizing the 2019 District Convention! As you know, the theme is Super Service, focusing on what makes the ideal Key Club hero. DCON is a big project and it requires a lot of teamwork because there is a lot to get done. We are working hard to make a safe, fun, and memorable convention for our lovely Southwest and sad that our planning is coming to an end. We are going to be having our traditional workshops along with our special theme workshops that our board has been working on over the past few months. Our team is so excited to share what we have put so much time and energy into! We cannot wait to see you in Albuquerque! Joining us in Albuquerque? Show off your Southwest Spirit through chanting or purchasing merchandise at our booth. Don't forget to bring appropriate clothing for the event. Click below to watch our promotional video for convention. We cannot wait to see everyone in attendance!

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Together Together We We Rise Rise Sarah MontaĂąo | District Governor Hello Key Clubbers. This years Governors Project was Together We Rise. I foster care organization that works to get rid of the trash bag problem in the foster care system. No child deserves to care all of their belonging in a trash bag no matter the circumstances. Together We Rise works to get rid of this problem by sending foster children bags with hygiene products, coloring books, a teddy bear, and a blanket.Together We Rise also gives bikes to foster children in more stable homes. These kids have the ability to learn how to ride a bike and are able to get around. So for the southwest district has raised over $5000 and made over 80 bags and 20 bikes to help children in need. Our Southwest District Convention is right around the corner. As a club you have the ability to turn money in during our convention and that money will go straight to the organization to help kids around the country.

Key Leader Recap Savannah Moffitt

From February 16 through the 18, key clubbers attended Key Leader in Vanderwagen, New Mexico at Kamp Kiwanis. The event is advertised as fun leadership training but truly, it is so much more. This year, the beautiful scenery of the camp looked completely different with a thick layer of snow on everything. After changing into warmer clothing, the events started with fun pictures, tasty snacks, and new introductions. The attendees were then given interesting classes on leadership characteristics and important skills with fun, interactive activities and team building games. At the camp, members form friendships, share experiences, and learn how to be effective leaders in the community. If I had to describe Key Leader in one sentence, I would explain it as a break from the craziness of normal life to learn new leadership skills while having fun and making new friends from around the southwest!

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All About Our

Preferred Charities & Partners Key Club International is the largest student run, student led organization with over 270,000 members worldwide. To help us serve our communities effectively and reach out to children, different organizations have begun supporting us. There are three levels to partnership ranked highest to lowest: Vision Partner, Co-Sponsor, and Major Emphasis Projects (MEP's). Find out more about these below.

Vision Partner | Landscape Structures -Landscape Structures (LSI) has joined Kiwanis International as a vision partner to bring play to communities across the globe. LSI is proud to provide high-quality commercial playground equipment and planning consultation services that reflect the high degree of integrity that Kiwanis clubs expect. You can find out more about them here. Co-Sponsor | Rustic Pathways -Rustic Pathways has been the leader in global teen adventure travel and community service programs since 1983. Through purposeful design, we create culturally-immersive travel programs for students ages 12 to 22, customizable teacher-led trips for school groups, and gap year semesters for recent high school grads. For more information, click here or visit rusticpathways.com/programs.

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Major Emphasis Project | IHOP -Your club members can support National Pancake Day by serving as ambassadors to encourage restaurant patrons to support Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. In November, watch for information from Key Club & Kiwanis International about registering to volunteer on National Pancake Day. Major Emphasis Project | Children's Miracle Network -Members work together by sponsoring fundraising events and conducting service projects at their local children's hospitals. Contact your local CMN hospital and invite a representative to a club meeting to share ideas and create a partnership. Major Emphasis Project | March of Dimes -Since the 1940s, Key Clubs have worked with March of Dimes to make a positive impact in the lives of babies everywhere. Today, Kiwanis members continue that culture of service by supporting the March of Dimes all year long by hosting service projects, raising funds and educating communities about the crisis of preterm birth. Major Emphasis Project | UNICEF -UNICEF is the only organization of the United Nations dedicated exclusively to children. Working with other United Nations bodies, governments and non-governmental organizations, UNICEF helps to provide for children’s needs in more than 150 developing countries through community-based services in primary health care, basic education and safe water and sanitation.

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International Convention 2019 When? Where?

June 30th - July 9th, 2019 Baltimore, Maryland

Join us for next years ICON in Baltimore, Maryland! We will bring the spice to the east coast on June 30th as we arrive in Baltimore to tour, serve, and have the time of our lives. Quad prices are $1,300 per person and $1,450 per person if you register as a trio. If you would like more information, please click here.

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The Key to the Southwest | Volume 56 Issue 3  

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The Key to the Southwest | Volume 56 Issue 3  

The official publication of the Southwest District Key Club.

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