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We are nearing the end of the month October and I can proudly say that this was a very successful month! I
always love this time of year because the community service opportunities are well focused on the holiday, and I am even more excited to see what events November and December hold. Pumpkin unloading, working at the carnival, and participating in walks;
Alzheimer's and Color Run, were some of the biggest highlights of October.
encourage all of you to
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amount of service events we have
These events have been a blast, and I
keep volunteering, especially with the
during the first semester of the school
year. Thanks for reading our October newsletter, we have some really fun events in this Issue! :)
I pledge, on my honor, to
Yours in service,
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.
CAMRYN CARREON newsletter
Key Notes A NOTE FROM THE PRESIDENT
Hey Key Clubbers!! The end of the semester is quickly approaching and so is Thanksgiving break! I hope you all have a great start to this holiday season and hopefully keep volunteering throughout it. I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank all the key clubbers who have been keeping active with service projects throughout these past few months. I’d also like to thank you all for helping us raise $3,128.74 for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s! None of this would have been possible without all of you.
I’m excited to see what more we can accomplish and help the community with as a Key Club this year. November has many projects to be on the lookout for, whether it's the annual Thanksgiving Store at Some Other Place, concession stands, or just the usual monthly projects at Some Other Place, Inner City Hand Up Ministry, or the Giving Field, so there should be plenty of volunteer opportunities in store for all of you. I hope to see you all at many of these projects. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and lets make it a better than good month! :D
Yours in service,
EDITOR KEY NOTE
Hey guys, It’s Connor here, your favorite Key Club article editor. This month has been a very active month for the West Brook Key Club, and that makes me very proud. It shows our pride and determination to keep on volunteering, especially after many of our members were personally affected by Hurricane Imelda.
It brings me great joy to see how hard everyone is working for our community, I feel like this has been our most productive month yet! Happy clubbin’!
Yours in service,
COMMUNI TY SERVI CE OPPORTUNI TI ES DATE
Some Other Place
Held Saturday mornings for members to serve meals to those in need.
TheÂ Giving Field
Planting and harvesting produce that go towards local soup kitchens around the Golden Triangle.
11/6, 11/13, 11/20
Inner City Hands Up Ministry
11/2, 11/9, 11/16
Moving Yard Line Chains
Similar to Saturdays at SOP, Inner City is held every Wednesday evening to serve meals to those in need.
WorkingÂ concessions at local soccer games during the weekends of Summer and Fall.
Moving and keeping up with JV Football teams in moving the chains during the games.
DONATIONS Project 5: Bags for the homeless, every $5 donated= 1 hour Can Tabs: 100 tabs= 1 hour West Brook's Clothing Drive, gently used clothing!
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Inner City Hands Up Ministry Some Other Place The Giving Field Soccer Concessions
Moving Yard Chains Key Club Meeting
at Wesley Methodist Church A FEATURED ARTICLE BY SIDDARTH HALASWAMY
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DESCRIBE YOUR EXPERIENCE VOLUNTEERING FOR A PUMPKIN PATCH HOSTED BY A NEARBY CHURCH.
Walking out on a Saturday morning to unload pumpkins from a truck in the hot sun doesn’t seem too enticing, but the actual experience does pervade far beyond these conditions. Our Key Club was able to take part in the pumpkin unloading for the Wesley United Methodist church, and our members worked efficiently, forming chains of individuals in order to properly transport the pumpkins to the wooden stacks. We also had many individuals in a large 18-wheeler truck help transport pumpkins off the truck and to the church grounds. There were at least 500 pumpkins transported off of that truck. This project was particularly labor-intensive, as we jostled the pumpkins back and forth between the arms of one another, working ever so cautiously in order to avoid breaking the pumpkins. Individual pumpkins had to be transported as there was not much space for error. These pumpkins were then to be later sold at the church. Unfortunately, there were at least 100 pumpkins that were already rotten. They had to be transported to a special location in order to be properly disposed of and thrown away. As an officer, it was pertinent to ensure that our members were transporting the pumpkins appropriately, lifting by the base and not the stem to avoid breaking them. While we had our task set out for us, the experience itself was quite memorable. Under the exacting supervision of the church directors, we pulled away at the pumpkins, much like Ford’s assembly line. Each member worked without fatigue, and an hour and a half into the project, the pumpkins had been successfully moved. What had been estimated to last around three hours or more had been completed in half the time. However, with the concept of efficient labor aside, the pumpkin patch also served a purpose for the cultivation of new relationships as we shared our vehement passion for helping the community. This is the true value that organizations such as Key Club tend to offer in today’s society. They serve as methods to facilitate a more interconnected network of members within a community, all working towards the same objective, the enhancement of the particular aspects we value in our own lives.
OCT 5TH, 2019
THE 5K COLOR RUN a featured article by Eduardo Elias
8 Growing up in the United States, I never really realized how long five kilometers was; I guess, generally, I’m just not all that great at conceptualizing distances. So when the people who were running the Color Run, who were very lively, might I add, started pumping everyone up for the run to begin, only one thought crossed my mind: 5km can’t be THAT bad. Can it? I’ll just take this as a quick run. (BOY WAS I WRONG, but more on that later.) Let me back-up a little bit. The Gift of Life 5K Color Run is an annual event in Beaumont. Each year, hundreds of people from all around our community come together and help spread awareness about and raise money to fund research for breast cancer. Because this event serves the community, and because serving the community is Key Club’s mission, Key Club always finds a way to be involved in this event. The volunteering began early in the morning, around six o’clock. Key Clubbers were hard at work, scattered around different areas of downtown helping set-up for the run. Key Club was assigned two stations near the end of the race. There volunteers would hand out water and gleefully cheer on the runners as they headed towards the final stretch of the run. Other members of Key Club, such as myself, were registered to run the race instead. Because of this, I was able to visit some of the prerace booths that were strewn around the starting point. At these booths, people gave away informational pamphlets that taught people the early warning signs of breast cancer and various other trinkets; I thought they were neat and, more importantly, very useful. The race itself started at around nine. I,being ignorant of the metric system, ran at a good pace. I was exhausted by the time I got to the fourth water station, but seeing my friends from Key Club cheering me on and chanting my name motivated me to overcome the final hurdle and finish the race in under thirty minutes. It’s the little things like this, motivating people and really taking steps to be involved in the community, that makes me so proud to be a member. I finished the race and went back to help motivate more runners. I had
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fun handing out water and reminding people to stay hydrated, or, as my friend Prabhu eloquently put , “Hydrate don’t diedrate!” ( shout out r/hydrohomies). After that, we waited for all the runners to finish, put up all our tents, tables, etc., threw away our trash, and went home. We may not have done anything especially noteworthy or outstanding, but I really think such acts of grandeur are unnecessary. Small, seemingly insignificant things add up. Our motto states that the objects of Key Club are to build our home, school, and community; I think we can hold our heads up high and say we did just that.
St. Anne's Halloween Carnival A FUN AND FESTIVE EVENT FOR THE COMMUNITY
OCTOBER 26TH, 2019
Key clubbers work various booths at the communityÂ carnival, where people from all ages gather to enjoy the exciting Halloween holiday!
DCON 2019 A RECAP
e c i v r e s o t n i groove N E W T H E M E T B A S O O N ! !
What is DCON? DCON is a four-day retreat in Dallas, where Texas- Oklahoma Key Clubbers are able to meet, discuss new ways to serve, and make memories.
Is it fun? You bet! At DCON, members are able to participate in games, exciting contests, meet new people, and much more! Many people consider it a unique, eye-opening event.
How do I sign Advisor Lori Abel will provide forms before the
event dates (TBA). After you fill out the form, get ready for a whole week of fun!
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THE WALK TO END ALZHEIMER'S A FEATURED ARTICLE, BY KHUSHI MALANI
Held annually in more than six hundred communities
nationwide, the Alzheimer Association’s “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease! Not only does the event provides more than $405 million to over 2,600 scientific proposals, creating critical advancements, it brings the global research community together to tacklecommon challenges, such as the first new diagnostic guidelines for Alzheimer’s in 27 years. This year, the West Brook Key Club decided to take part in this life changing Event.Before the walk, a total of forty-three Key Club members at our schoolparticipated in collecting donatations and fundraised a total of $3,128.74 for the cause. Not only did this surpass our goal of $2,000, but we ranked #7 out of all the teams for the most money raised, and #3 for the top groups. As a first-time experience, this showed how big of an impact our club truly has on something even bigger than us. On the day of the event, our club was asked to help set up everything before the walk itself. Our members had to arrive at 5:30am, to help set up tents and tables, blow up balloons, put out signs, make promise flowers, and more. Even though it was earlier than when most teenagers wake up on a weekend, our members did it without blinking. After everything was set up, it was time for the walk to begin. Those who were walking with the team all got together to help put on the wristbands and pass out the shirts. Others who were simply volunteering were assigned an objective such as scattering along the route to cheer on the walkers, passing out water bottles, checking if anyone needed assistance walking, and showing the walkers the correct path to take. Volunteers alsowere assigned to booths that needed more assistance, such as the Flower Garden andKiddie Area. Along with the approximately 45 West Brook members, key club members from Beaumont United also participated in volunteering for the Walk to End Alzeihmers.For the West Brook Key Club’s first year participating in this event to endAlzheimer’s, I am overjoyed to see how many members took the time and effort to helpsupport this cause. From this point forward, I personally hope to see this level ofparticipation continue for years to come by raising more funds and bringing more awareness to the cause.
UNICEF is the only organization of the United Nations dedicated exclusively to children. Working with other United Nations bodies, governments and nongovernmental 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.
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.
PROGRAMS Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity's Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit's mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.
Thirst Project hopes to educate the next generation by arming students with information about how they can be a part of social change, make a difference and encourage others to join in
New Board + Contacts
Sponsor Lori Abel (409)782-9675 LABEL@BMTISD.COM
Reporting Secretary Alex Suh (409)466-9627 ALEXKSUH@GMAIL.COM
Editor Camryn Carreon (409)434-9265 CAMNIICOLE02@GMAIL.COM
Historian Siddarth Halaswamy (409)291-1139 SIDDARTHHALASWAMY@GMAIL.COM
President Khushi Malani (409)370-3646 KHUSHIMALANI1@GMAIL.COM
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