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Official Pacific Northwest District Key Club Lieutenant Governor Newsletter

Division 60/62—Thuy Nguyen

Greetings, I can‘t believe this is the second to last newsletter that I will create as Lieutenant Governor for Division 60/62. Perhaps, the irresistibly sweet scent of Valentine‘s Day chocolate is melting away the bitterness of being so close to leaving. Somewhere along my relationship with life, a Key Club affair had occurred, and it‘s just about the greatest turn that I‘ve taken yet. Pleasing people is hard enough as it is in daily life. Try having it as a job and you‘ll really know what it takes to be a leader. One gets in the business of leadership for the medal of authority, the publicity glaze, and the good paper record. Be that as it may, they leave the pedestal with the undying passion to serve, the patient of a sloth, the long lost wisdoms, the life-long friends, and the experience that‘s worth as much as gold in this on-going cycle that is life. If words were to be knitted into a stretch of fabric, they wouldn‘t be enough to cover the meaning of leadership. Certain things in life are meant to be tasted not seen. Therefore, I guess I should stop trying to convey the past year of my life with convolution of words. Happy Valentine‘s Day y‘all!!!

Sincerely, Thuy Duong Nguyen “I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

— Maya Angelou a.k.a the light of my life.


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DIVISION HOUSEKEEPING David Douglas High School is continuing to strive for higher level of club activity. Thanks to the gracious wisdoms from the Kiwanians, I realized that as an authoritative officer it‘s not adequate to hold the members‘ assertiveness accountable for the well-being of the club. We, as authoritative figures of the club have to be assertive as well. That being said, David Douglas is welcoming a new project, the Children‘s Book Bank. In addition, the 13 DCON attendees are trying to repress their excitement for the Key Club event of the year.

Grant High School, the home of our division‘s newly elected Lieutenant Governor, is blossoming into a bright club of Division 60/62. The President and Vice President are implementing a Valentine‘s Day fundraiser, where Hershey‘s kisses transform into scintillating red roses. Giovanni, a passionate Key Clubber, an eccentric President, has already plotted a blue print for the club‘s success in which fun and extended community service are the essential components.

Lincoln High School, where Miss Judy Lee resides, is also brain-storming for new fundraiser ideas as well as ways to keep the club exciting and active. Franklin High School and Madison High School are on their way to being fully chartered.


DIVISION 60/62 NEWLY ELECTED LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

Age: 17 (in 3 months) Current position: President of Grant Key Club Last District: Jamaica District of Key Cub International Hobbies: Singing random songs, crazy dancing, watching Glee, reading Twilight & Harry Potter books, watching movies, yoga, volunteering, and Key Club! Favorite Musicians: Glee, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Florence & the Machine, Imogen Heap, Madonna, Linkin Park, Paramore, Evanescence, Michael Jackson etc. People who inspire me: Harvey Milk, Bayard Rustin, Wanda Sikes, Kiwanians, Key Clubbers, the outcasts – people who are treated harshly, supportive family members and a very special person in my life – I love you so much! Best experience in Key Club: Bringing Grant Key Club back to life – When I started the club with the help of my club‘s great officers and members, I saw myself as the boring, stuck up and ―much too formal‖ President who did nothing but continuously talk at club meetings and try to be ‗the perfect President‘. Our club wasn‘t progressing as much, we needed a big change, and I needed to find a way to drive members to our club. I knew the first thing I had to change as President was my relationship with the club‘s members, I knew I needed to bring more fun into our meetings, and make it less solid and formal than it was. So, for the first time in my life, I slowly came out of my shell, I came out of the box that I used to hide the real Giovanni, and I met the me I never knew. My greatest life accomplishment: It is said that, one cannot help another until they help themselves, and that one cannot love another until they learn to love themselves. So my greatest accomplishment was learning to accept myself for the unique and extra-ordinary individual I am. To love the qualities I bear, and accept the fact that I am different from many people. I realized how beautiful of a person I am on the inside, so why keep it to myself?  What are my plans & goals for Division 60/62? : My plan for the division is to turn the pages in our history, and create a more progressive and sustainable division. I will plan projects and events that will allow our division to work as one team instead of separate bodies, and motivate clubs within our division to cooperate with nearby Key Clubs. In our division, our clubs are divided and we don‘t work together as we should. As a result, clubs are constantly weakening, failing and slowly going out of existence. We need to put an end to this in our division. My plan is to bring the division together and allow clubs to co-exist. Some clubs are progressing faster than others, and some clubs are more developed than others. But this will change. I will spend time to bring our club leaders together, and I will give our division the opportunity to work as one.


DISTRICT CONVENTION: WILD FOR SERVICE!!!!

March 25 – 27, 2011 Doubletree Hotel near Seatac Airport. As of right now, Panda is the mascot of Division 60/62. DCON attendees, showcase your division by accessorize yourself with apparels that will acknowledge others of our mascot, the humble yet conquering Panda.


KEY DATES

EXECUTIVE BOARD

Lieutenant Governor Election Rally Governor Caitlin Snaring January 22nd pnwcaitlin@gmail.com DCON Registration Deadline Secretary Yoo Eun Kim February 1st Winter Board Meeting Registration kcyooeun@gmail.com January 30th Treasurer Meghan Ruff pnw.treasurer.ruff@gmail.com Editor Varun Awasthi varun.awas@gmail.com Program Director Christine Kim sujin692@gmail.com Convention Chair Ana Fakkema akfakkema@gmail.com

LTG. CONTACT Lieutenant Governor Division 60/62 Thuy Duong Nguyen (971)-227 4961 thuydhngyuyen@gmail.com

DCON 2011 GO WILD FOR SERVICE!


Final February