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Key to Caring

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“Welcome back to a brand new Key Club school year!” From your Wisconsin-Upper Michigan 2012-2013 District Board Seven Habits of an Effective Teen

Paradigms and Principles -The next time you look in the mirror say something positive about yourself. -Show appreciation for someone’s point of view. -Think of a limiting paradigm you might have of yourself. Do something that totally contradicts that paradigm. -When you’re doing any kind of work tonight, go the extra mile and do more than is expected of you. -The next time you’re in a tough situation and don’t know what to do, figure out what principle you should apply to the situation.

KEY CLUB PLEDGE Don't know the Key Club pledge? No worries. Just follow along below: 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

Habit 1: Be Proactive -Do something today that you have wanted to do but never dared. Leave your comfort zone. -If you get in a fight with a parent or friend, be the first to apologize. -Use your tool of self-awareness right now and ask yourself, “What is my most unhealthy habit?” Change it.

these institutions. KEY CLUB MISSION Key Club is an international student-led organization which provides its members with opportunities to provide service, build character and develop leadership.

Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind -Determine three important skills you’ll need to succeed in your career. -Write a mission statement on paper. It can be long term or short term, but what is the one thing you want to accomplish? -Identify a negative label others may have given you. Think of a few ways you can change that label.

Habit 3: Put First Things First -Set a goal to use a planner for one month, and stick to it. -Identify your biggest time-wasters—do you really need them? -Think of something you’ve procrastinated for a long time that’s really important. Block out time this week to get it done. -Identify a fear that is holding you back from reaching your goals. Decide right now to stop letting that

Habit 4: Think Win-Win -Pinpoint the area of your life where you struggle most with comparisons. -At your next game, compliment someone from the opposing team. -Play a card, board, or computer game with others just for the fun of it, without caring whether you win or lose. -The next time someone close to you succeeds, be genuinely happy for them instead of feeling threatened.

Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood -See how long you can keep eye contact with someone while they are talking to you. -Sit down at the mall and watch people communicate with each other. Observe what their body language is saying. -Try mirroring one person and mimicking another, and compare. -Sometime this week, ask your mom or dad, “How’s it going?” Genuinely listen to them.

Habit 6: Synergize -Think about someone who irritates you. What is different about them? -Brainstorm with your friends and come up with something fun and different to do this weekend instead of doing the same things. -Get a group of friends together and play the Human Knot game. -Look around you and notice how much synergy is going on around you.

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw -If you normally don’t, eat breakfast. -Start an exercise program and do it faithfully. -Give up a bad habit for a week (ex: junk food) -Read a newspaper every day. -Build a “humor collection.” Buy hilarious movies, start a collection of great jokes, find things that you can go to when you’re feeling stressed. -Watch the sunset tonight or get up early to watch the sunrise. -Start a journal. -Meditate and reflect on your life. Do what works for YOU.

You have control over your life. You have to find the motivation to move in a more positive direction. Life isn’t easy, and you have to want it. It’s all up to you.

“The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens” By: Sean Covey

Member-Recruitment Ideas In addition to membership recruitment campaigns, here are some other ideas clubs can use to contribute to their recruitment efforts. Serve side by side Invite friends, parents of your Service Leadership Program members and other prospective members to join you in a service project. These people will experience firsthand the rewarding service your club performs while getting to know some other members. Form recruitment teams Divide your membership into teams, make recruitment a contest and offer an incentive. Teaming is a common sales tactic to motivate people. Though some may not strive to be the best, most will certainly work hard enough not to be last. You just might find that even “last place” is better than any previous efforts. Re-Member old friends Many Key Clubbers resign because of increasing demands on their time. Many of these are temporary situations, and after some time has passed, the former Key Clubber would be glad to rejoin. All you have to do is ask. Host creative bring-a-guest days Use some of these fun ideas to motivate your members to regularly bring guests to club functions. Issue a challenge Conduct a membership drive, and then issue a challenge to every new member: “Be the next to bring in a new member.” Adding an incentive may make it more appealing as well. “Be the next to bring in a new member and the club will buy you Starbuck’s certificate.”

Running for District Board While the school year is just starting for most of us Key Clubbers, DCON will be here before you know it! Are you one of those Key Clubbers who wish your voice would be heard more? A Key Clubber who wants to bring more service to than just your local community? Well then, maybe it’s time to join the District Board! The world of Key Club is a lot bigger than you know it! Encompassing your school, your state, and even this amazing country! If you wish to join the District Board, then have no fear and run at DCON! Best stated by Walt Disney, “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” Take a leap of faith, and get out of your own comfort zone. Are you ready to lead WI-UM next year? I promise that this journey will create unforgettable memories for life! As the school year embarks again, stay active in service, let your voice be heard, and think about this great opportunity. Talk to your school board members, and better yet, your Lieutenant Governor! I’m glad I joined the District Board as a senior after talking to last year’s board members, and hope dedicated Key Clubbers like you, don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity! Brandon Li, District Webmaster

Webmaster and Secretary/Treasurer Updates! Hello WIUM Key Clubbers, As we enter another school year full of great service, the website has been updated to further help provide resources and guidance for your Key Club. Below, are just some highlighted changes that have been made:

 The Webmasters and Governors Blog will be updated on a continual basis, filled with crucial and new information, providing insight to what’s happening on the District Board and important for your clubs to utilize.

 The Events tab currently has Fall Rally registration readily available to download! It can also be found on the home page! In November, DCON registration will start so keep your eyes out for that!

 In the Resources tab, several new files have been added to help your club in a variety of ways. From member recruitment

videos, to icebreaker activities, to District and International grant applications, these resources hopefully can help out your club!

 In the Newsletter tab, the latest Key To Caring has been posted! Share the latest article with other Key Clubbers! Even better,

show it to a friend who hasn’t joined Key Club yet and encourage them to join this amazing service organization! Also, our International Trustee, Yein Ha, has created monthly Trustee updates as well. You can find her past two Trustee Talks on the page as well!

 The latest addition to the WIUM website, is the ELIMINATE page! On this page, you can see how many countries still have MNT,

how our district is currently doing on our fundraising goal for DCON, as well as accessing a multitude of resources for the ELIMINATE project! Being a major emphasis set by International, the whole Kiwanis family is in action to help make the world a better place through this project and we want to see your club in action too!

The website will be going through some major renovations over the next few months, so if you’d like to see any changes made, feel free to e-mail your thoughts to me at! I can’t wait to see all of you at the Fall Rallies and grow together as amazing servant leaders! Together in service, Brandon Li, District Bulletin Editor

Hello WIUM Key Clubbers! Hope you are all having a great kick off to the school year and your Key Club year as well. We are off to a great start this year! A huge congratulations to WIUM on reaching a new high on membership. As of August 31st, we have 7,012 registered members in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan alone! Thank you all so much for your dedication to your homes, schools, and communities.


Since March 2012, the Wisconsin-Upper Michigan District has recorded almost 14,000 hours. It is a great accomplishment, but there is still much to do if we plan to reach our goal of 70,000 hours before District Convention 2013. So please make sure you record ALL of your member’s service hours and send them in through your Monthly Report Forms. Even though the reports are due each month on the 5th you can still submit any missing months. Use our online MRF under the Resource Tab at Remember every single hour of service is greatly appreciated by the recipients; and we want to reward you for that service. Are you holding elections? If so please submit your election results to us. Again, use the Resource Tab on the District Website and complete a New Officer Information Sheet (NOIS). One last reminder, Fall Rally registration information should be in your hands. We are looking forward to seeing everyone at this year’s Fall Rallies! Yours in Service, Rachel Bath, District Secretary/Treasurer

ELIMINATE The International Kiwanis-Family is teaming up to ELIMINATE Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus from the face of the Earth by 2015. Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus, or MNT, is a deadly disease that robs a mother and her baby from any chance of a future together. $1.80 is all it takes to save a mother and all of her future babies from this disease, but in the countries where MNT is prominent, individuals are unable to afford this vaccination. Does this sound like an unrealistic mission? Some may doubt that the Kiwanis-Family will be able to accomplish this ambitious goal, but we are well on our way to doing so. The Darboy Kiwanis Club hosted a “Chair-ity” Non-Walk in May, 2012, to raise money for the ELIMINATE project. Kiwanians, Key Clubbers, and Builders Club members joined forces at the community park. They formed teams and decorated a chair with a creative theme. They collected pledges to sit—not walk, run, or jump around—but sit for three hours straight. This non-walk was an amazing success! The chair themes were very unique. One team decorated their chair as the Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf. Another team’s theme was the Layz Boyz--they brought a couch, a TV, and an X-Box out to the park! Other chairs were decorated as pirate ships, dogs, beaches, and more! It was so fun spending time with my Kiwanis-Family while raising money for the ELIMINATE project. That day we saved more than 2,074 lives! WOW! This is such an outstanding accomplishment and makes me excited to continue our quest, as a Kiwanis-Family, to ELIMINATE Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus. We, the Darboy Kiwanis-Family, want to challenge everyone to plan and execute an ELIMINATE fundraiser because together we can save lives and change the world!!! ELIMINATE “Chair-ity” Non-Walk Haley Nett Division 18

International Convention (ICON)

Electing International Officers, visiting the Wonderful World of Harry Potter, Meeting Fellow Key Clubbers from around the Globe, Workshops, and Much More. Here is a glimpse of what our attendees experienced: I attended the K-Family Integration Workshop at ICON 2012. I learned a lot from that workshop such as, Kiwanis wants to be more involved with Key Club but, Key Club rarely invites them to their events. One thing that Key Clubbers need to understand is that Kiwanians are our family, and you never ignore your family. Another thing I learned is school clubs don’t like to do service with other clubs. We need spread service throughout our districts, not just our home club. But, the most important thing I learned is Key Clubs from other districts like to see what’s going on in your district. Because you might be doing an awesome service project in your home town, that another club wants to try. We need to communicate more with other districts as well as other clubs in our districts. Caucusing was an amazing experience. I got to hear all of the candidate’s plans for the upcoming Key Club year, and where they hope to see this organization in the future. Even though it was a long and tedious process, it made me think about the organization as a whole and where I think it should be in the future. The district tours were a once in a lifetime experience. Not to mention, flying to Orlando was my first time in an air plane. Visiting Downtown Disney, Universal Studios and Epcot is something I’m never going to forget. I will always remember eating my way around the world in Epcot, and falling into a flowerbed in Downtown Disney. Not to mention, seeing Key Clubbers from other districts at these places made it so much more fun. ICON 2012 is an experience I will not soon forget. Aly Laird, District K-Family Chair Spending a week in Florida for Key Club International was a fantastic experience, and I came back home with tons of new ideas for my divisional clubs! I learned about great causes, fundraising ideas, icebreakers, and service projects. Out of all the amazing service projects I discovered that week, one in particular stood out to me: the YUDA Bands Project. Families in Guatemala work to make handmade bracelets made out of leather and coconut! Students like us Key Clubbers then sell these bracelets for $7.00 each; every 175 bracelets sold, sponsors one Guatemalan student for one year. By selling these bracelets, not only are we helping provide education around the world, but we are also creating jobs and increasing global awareness. These bracelets are really neat and can be worn by both genders. I thought they were so awesome that I bought four of them and gave them away to friends back at home! So “Wear a band. Change a Life”, and join in on the YUDA Band Revolution! Go to to check out the bracelets, find out more about the project, and learn the step by step process of ordering the bracelets and successfully carrying out this project! Julie Schweiss, LTG Division 8 Nickelodeon's World-wide Day of Play is an annual day where Nickelodeon encourages kids to get up and get active. What's so cool about the event is you can host one in your own neighborhood really easily. At ICON we grouped up and tried to think of creative events that we could plan. My favorite idea was a paint fight, who doesn't want to get a little messy? The most common idea I heard was an Olympic themed event, any type of exercise is great. This year’s date is set for October 6, however you can host a Day of Play any time you want. To register your event, go to to gain access to posters, giveaways, and even funding. This organization is a great opportunity to host an event for a great cause. You also could be the first in WIUM! Kelsey Connors, LTG Division 18 Going to the service was super fun, getting to meet so many Key Clubbers from around the world and getting to learn about so many service project ideas was just great. Also it was interesting to get to speak with several of the candidates for International Office one on one. Speaking with them really helped me make my decisions for voting. Plus it helped to find so many service projects like the Parn Project where they use plastic bags and turn them into yarn which was weaved into birthing mats that are sent to Africa. Connor Sawyers, LTG Division 5

KEYCLUB Wisconsin-Upper Michigan District Hello Wisconsin- Upper Michigan!

I am Sam Leicht, and I will be serving as your 2012-2013 District Governor for the balance of our year together. You have no idea how excited I am to begin this new role in Key Club. I am looking forward to begin connecting with all of our outstanding servant leaders. I would first like to tell you a little about myself. I am going into my senior year at Kimberly High School, and I am extremely passionate about what I spend my time doing—particularly, community service, singing, and learning. I have three older sisters who have influenced me in significant ways (for the better I hope…) and incredible friends who are supportive of me and make service an amazing experience. I have huge plans for this year. Your District Board has set some very hefty goals, and I am going to ensure that we meet every last one of them. Starting right now, our District is going to improve astronomically on communication. While we will be sending out information to you via email and the Divisional Facebook Pages, you can also find regular updates through our District Website ( and Twitter account (@WIUMKeyClub). Take advantage of these resources, they have been created to better assist your club when utilized. More than anything however, I want every WisconsinUpper Michigan Key Club Member to know that they can make a difference. I respect and cherish everyone’s opinion, so if you ever have any comments, concerns, or suggestions for the District, please feel free to contact me. You can call, email, or text any time. I am dedicated to making this year fantastic, and I know that our incredible District is up to the challenge to move forward this year. Yours In Service, Sam Leicht District Governor Wisconsin- Upper Michigan District Key Club International Phone: 920-284-7157 Email: K i wa ni s -f a m i l y m em b er k e ycl ub . o r g

Fall Rallies Three great opportunities to learn more about the Kiwanis-Family and grow as a Key Clubber are coming up! They'll be held in the Waukesha, Iron Mountain, and Eau Claire area on different weekends early fall. Learn what service is all about, while starting lifelong friendships with other Key Clubbers!!! 12:00noon – 12:45pm Registration Check-In 12:45pm-1:00pm Welcome/Introductions 1:00pm – 1:45pm Workshop Session I President/Vice President Officer Training Secretary/Treasurer Officer Training Bulletin Editor Officer Training Club Board of Directors (Class Directors/Other Board Members) Advisors Training K-Family Feud – Key Club Version (non-officer attendee fun workshop) Fundraising (non-officer attendee workshop) Scholarships (non-officer attendee workshop) 2:00pm – 4:00pm Servant Leadership Retreat (All Attendees) Being a strong leader isn't easy. Sometimes leadership asks you to step out of your comfort zone and be different from the norm. Being a servant leader also doesn’t mean you need to hold an official position. This workshop will give you the tools to build yourself as a leader. The four different aspects of leadership covered in the presentation will give you a well-rounded view of how you need to act in order to stay strong in front of your peers and adhere to the expectations of Key Club International. Throughout the activity, be prepared to put your life in retrospect and see what you need to do in order to grow and become the best leader you can be. 4:00pm – Safe travels home

Key Club Week Key Club Week gives you the opportunity to show your community what Key Club is truly about: service. Each day places an emphasis on service, to promote Key Club within our homes, schools and communities and to make Key Club a household name. Do your part to make sure Key Club Week—Nov. 5-9, 2012—starts Kiwanis Family Month with a bang. Join other Key Clubs from around the world by following the suggestions below. Check out the Key Club Week Manual for more ideas for each day. MONDAY, NOV. 5 Show your K in every way—Show people what Key Club is all about! Spread the word by wearing Key Club gear and publicizing Key Club Week in local stores, your school Web site, community newspapers—even on the radio. Officially announce Key Club Week in your community with a proclamation and refer to the Key Club public relations manual to get great tips on how to publicize Key Club in your community. TUESDAY, NOV. 6 Kudos to the Key players—Personally thank all the Key Club supporters you know—teachers, advisors and other Key players. Write thank-you notes, host an appreciation dinner or do something uniquely your own style to recognize the contributions of these special people. WEDNESDAY, NOV. 7 Connect the Ks—Key Club is the largest high school service organization in the world and is a member of the Kiwanis family. Celebrate the entire family of Kiwanis by getting the whole gang involved. Connect with local Kiwanis, Circle K International, Builders, Kiwanis Kids or Aktion clubs and team up for a joint service project. THURSDAY, NOV. 8 Bring a friend to Key Club—More members = more service. Increasing the amount of service Key Club performs increases the impact Key Club has on the world. Bring a friend, or two, or more to your next Key Club meeting. Download recruitment resources. FRIDAY, NOV. 9 Your way—This is your club’s chance to do its own thing and make its mark. Pick a project, plan a recruitment party or combine activities from the other Key Club Week days. Whatever idea you choose, take

it and run with it.

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Sam Leicht

Melissa Falagian

Rachel Bath

Molly Metzler

Nick Lewicki

Kelsey Connors

Brandon Li

Caitlin Randell

Erin Idler

Ian McIntire

Stephen Lin

Megan Kelley

Madison Springhetti

Jenna Larson

Trent McKinnon

Jenna Larson

Connor Sawyers

Jenna Larson

Mitchell Roeske

Melissa Panetta

Julie Schweiss

Alyssa Laird

Nikil Prasad

Kristen Rosen

Charlie Thao

Ian McIntire

Jenna DeMoulin

Baylee Radke

Mitchell Sauder

Kathy Gillis

Maddy Bologna

Kim Wesley

Kristen Rosen

2012-2013 KTC Issue 2  

WIUM's District Newsletter