Hello PNW Key Clubbers,
I hope you are all soaking up the sun during these final days of summer! I know the beginning of the school year can be a hectic time for our clubs as they try to juggle hosting meetings, recruiting members, and educating freshmen, so take the time now to prepare and get ahead! You should be meeting with your officer board now to prepare for Fall recruitment and your first meetings if you have not already done so.
As you prepare for the school year, I have two key things for you to keep in mind. First off, as a past club president, I want to encourage you to make use of our District’s Membership Growth and Reactivation (MGRC) resources. There are a plethora of existing recruitment email templates, club posters, infographics, and more for your club to use; it is just a matter of finding them and putting them to use. To make your job easier this year, the MGRC Committee has put together a linktree containing all of our resources, which you can find further down in this Biweekly.
Aside from using our District’s resources, I want to emphasize the importance of paying dues on time. You want to give yourself plenty of leeway with dues-payment since there is almost always some delay you will encounter. Whether it be that your school is unable to cut a check for a month or that some students are not paying their dues on time, there will be unexpected barriers that pop up. Remember that dues are $12.50 ($5.50 for the Pacific Northwest District and $7 for Key Club International) per member, and that your club is welcome to increase these dues to cover club t-shirts or additional costs, per your club bylaws. It is highly recommended that you submit your dues by the Early Bird Deadline, November 1st. Clubs that submit dues by then qualify for the Early Bird Dues Patch, as well as a raffle for PNW Key Club Merch and a Pizza Party! If you are unable to meet our Early Bird Deadline, you can still pay dues by our Regular Dues Deadline, which is December 1st. As always, dues are paid through the Membership Update Center (MUC), which the club secretary and faculty advisor have access to. The MUC will open for the 2022-2023 school year on Monday, September 7th and active clubs will be able to update membership records for the new year. We advise having your club secretary or faculty advisor log in and clean up the roster by deleting any members who may have graduated. You are welcome to direct any questions regarding dues or dues-payment to our District Treasurer Jessica Xiong at firstname.lastname@example.org or our District Administrator Brian Egger at email@example.com.
Lastly, please keep in mind that Key Club Days 2022 registration is STILL OPEN on our PNW Key Club Shop. Registration closes tomorrow (August 28th), so be sure to register NOW! I hope to see you at this event, whether in-person or virtually, to kick off the new school year! It will be a day full of spirit, service, friendship, and fun, with Key Clubbers joining us from all across the District. Please read on in the Biweekly Update for more information about Key Club Days, our MGRC Linktree, Summer ESPRESSO, and more!
With that, please keep in touch! There are many upcoming opportunities for you to engage with our District, making it critical to stay informed. You can keep up-to-date by following our Instagram page (@pnwkeyclub) and continuing to read our Biweekly Updates. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, ideas, or concerns you may have.
Get excited, because Key Club Days Registration is STILL OPEN!!!
As a reminder, Key Club Day North is being held Saturday, September 10th at Wild Waves in Federal Way, WA, and Key Club Day South is being held Saturday, September 17th, at Oaks Park in Portland, OR. This year, Key Club Days is split into a virtual and on-site portion, which attendees can selectively register for.
The virtual component of Key Club Days will include a Keynote presentation from Melvin Adams. Melvin Adams knows firsthand how to achieve great things despite challenging circumstances. Even though he was only 5’8”, he became a two-time NCAA All-American basketball player and the team captain of the World Famous Harlem Globetrotters. As an underdog who went on to become a professional basketball player, Melvin asks audiences, “Imagine what you can do?” Today, he encourages and entertains audiences and demonstrates how they can achieve their dreams no matter the circumstances they face. Afterward, you will engage in iconic Key Club Games like speed mingling, and attend various workshops and panel discussions. Virtual Early Bird Registration costs $15, which includes Key Club Days merchandise and a $1 donation to Help End Hunger.
Next, our in-person component of Key Club Days will be just as exciting as our virtual one. You will get the opportunity to meet Key Clubbers from across various Divisions, play fun team-building activities hosted by your LTGs, and participate in a miracle minute for Help End Hunger, which has the prize of pieing an Executive! Included with your registration cost is a ticket to your respective theme park; you will have plenty of time to ride roller coasters and bond with fellow Key Club members following our program. In-person attendees will receive their Key Club Days merchandise upon arrival at the theme-park. You can think of it like a mini DCON; it is not something you want to miss.
If it is helpful for planning, our virtual activities will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 11:30 a.m., which will be followed by in-person activities and lunch beginning at 1:00 p.m.
Since registration costs vary based on your event and selections (such as through purchasing parking passes and lunch), I encourage you to head over to the PNW Key Club Shop to see the pricing and learn more about this event. Registration for this event will close on Sunday, August 28, so REGISTER ASAP. If you are a club officer, please distribute this information to the rest of your club!
You can see the video below for some highlights from last year’s event.
We hope to see you there! See the links below for registration.
The summer edition of the district’s quarterly publication by our District Editor, known as THE ESPRESSO, has officially been released on the PNW Key Club Issuu Page! In THE ESPRESSO, you are able to read about executive updates, resources, upcoming events, club and member spotlights, and more. To access the publication, simply click on the link below, which takes you to the PNW Key Club Issuu page that hosts THE ESPRESSO alongside additional toolkits and booklets.
The Membership Growth and Reactivation Committee has been working hard to gather and create resources that will help your clubs prosper and grow! To make things easy for you, they have created a Linktree that hosts all the tips, tricks, and tools needed to help your club see growth this service year. These resources include guides on how to recruit 8th graders, conduct your club meetings, and much more. The MGRC Committee will continue to share and make resources throughout the year, so make sure to stay up to date by bookmarking the Linktree, which can be found below! If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions for the MGRC Committee, please don’t hesitate to contact our MGRC Chair, Hannah Kim, at email@example.com.
Our Kiwanis Family Relations Committee is proud to present their K-FAM Resource Linktree! It includes lots of resources and content that are helpful in fostering a strong relationship between our Kiwanis-family branches and Key Club! The K-FAM Linktree contains resources not only beneficial to Key Club but to all other Kiwanis-family branches as well, so be sure to look over it and share it with your local Kiwanis-family clubs. There exists email templates, guidebooks, infographics, and much more. The K-Fam Committee will consistently update this throughout the year so make sure to check back! Access to this Linktree can be found below. If you have any questions for the K-FAM Committee, don’t hesitate to contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org. They are always happy to help you out!
In early summer the Executive Committee hosted an Officer Training Conference (OTC) for officers without Lieutenant Governors and officers that were unable to attend their LTG’s OTC. Now that this has been conducted, we have a recording and slides available for you below.
This training is split up into sections, including Key Club 101, general officer training, and position-specific training. If you are an officer, we would advise that you watch any section that would be of interest to you, in addition to viewing the training for your specific officer position. Hopefully, these resources will help you learn more about your position while getting tips and tricks from the Execs. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions you have about this content.
Our District Project, Help End Hunger is more than just a project, it’s a movement. Originally created with the intent of providing local relief to communities disproportionately affected by COVID-19, the continued plague of food insecurity has provided reason for this district project to be extended into the 2022-2023 term. This project provides meaningful and unique opportunities to get involved through multiple vehicles of service. Throughout the service year, Key Clubbers are especially encouraged to participate in service projects at their local food banks, through food packaging, food drives, monetary donations, and educational events. The District’s goal for the 2022-2023 service year is to provide 100,000 meals to those in need! Our District’s contributions to this goal will be calculated through monetary and food donations recorded in secretary reports, so please help us reach our goal this year!
To get started, you can see past resources from the 2021-2022 District Project Committee below at our Issuu page. They have published numerous resources, ranging from General Fundraising Guides to articles in past ESPRESSOs. Two particularly useful resources are their one pager and Food Bank Tracker, which I’ve linked below for your convenience. The time to get involved in the District Project is now! You are always welcome to reach out to our District Project Committee Chair, Pauline Adonis, at email@example.com with any questions, ideas, or suggestions.
Are you looking for something to do over the summer? Do you desire to become a better leader? If the answer to either of those questions is yes, then, you should consider getting yourself a Global Leadership Certificate. Check out the video below by our International Trustee, Emily Leonard, to learn more!
PNW Key Club can now be supported through Amazon Smile! Activate AmazonSmile on the Amazon mobile app or shop through smile.amazon.com with Pacific Northwest Key Club as your selected charity to have a portion of your eligible purchases donated to Key Club at no extra cost to you.
Follow the instructions below to activate AmazonSmile on the mobile app.
We are pleased to report that nearly all Divisions have Lieutenant Governors now, and some for the first time in many years. This is all thanks to the help of the advisors and Key Clubbers that nominated eligible students. However, we still need your help! Lieutenant Governors are vital to the health of each Key Club division, and serve as the critical connection between the club and district levels. Clubs in divisions that have no Lieutenant Governors lack a consistent source of relevant updates, resources, and leadership.
The following divisions have Lieutenant Governor vacancies.
- Division 9
- Division 22/24
- Division 34
- Division 42c
- Division 52
- Division 74
- Division 78
If you or anyone you know is from one of these divisions and is interested in serving as a Lieutenant Governor during the 2022-2023 year, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or District Administrator Brian Egger at email@example.com for more information. I can assure you that serving on the District Board is an incredible experience and will help you develop your leadership skills.