Hello PNW Key Clubbers,

I loved getting to meet some of you at our July Exec Chat Webinar this past week! All of your energy and enthusiasm for service is infectious; I can’t wait to see what you accomplish in the rest of your term. It was especially fun to talk with you during our open floor discussion.

As our District moves into the fifth month of our term, I want to remind you that the Key Club International Board’s term has only just begun! As I talked about in the last Biweekly Update, we recently elected our 11 trustees, our Key Club International Vice President Layla Nguyen, and Key Club International President Lillian Thai. They are all incredibly excited to serve you throughout this upcoming service year, and they wanted to introduce themselves to you!

First, here’s a message from our International President, Lillian:

“Hey PNW!

My name is Lilian Thai and I’m beyond grateful and honored to serve as the Key Club International President this upcoming term. I am an upcoming senior from Dallas, Texas in the Texas-Oklahoma District. In my free time, I love to play tennis and travel with my family. Some of my goals for this upcoming year are to implement quarterly feedback forms, revamp the Key Club International website, increase DEI resources, and connect with Key Clubbers through social media. If you ever need anything, feel free to email me at lilian.thai@keyclub.org. I can’t wait to see all of the amazing service and leadership that y’all accomplish this upcoming year. Thank you for reading!”

Next, here’s a message from our International Vice President, Layla!

“Hello Pacific Northwest!

My name is Layla Nguyen and I am the 2022-2023 International Vice President. It is a great honor to be elected into this position and I can’t wait to see where this year will take us.

To start off, I just wanted to introduce myself and I would love to get to know you guys! I am from the Southwest District and will be an incoming senior this year. Something about me is I have been getting back into reading or well let’s say I have been trying to. I was in a book slump for almost a year and couldn’t get through any books, but I am currently reading again (FINALLY). However, it has been about three months now… and I am only a little over 100 pages…there are 376. As they say, slow and steady wins the race. Aside from reading, I enjoy watching movies, hanging out with my friends, taking pictures, and playing sports.

Now let’s move on to Key Club! As I mentioned, I will be serving on the International board this year and have some goals that I have set out which target four main points: communication, support, growth, and engagement. My goals were split into two semesters this year because the main difference I have noticed is that in semester one there is a lot of potential for growth due to the excitement and eagerness for clubs at the start of the year. But, when semester two hits, students tend to feel more burnt out and become less involved. As a result, I wanted to have semester one goals target growth while semester two focuses on retention. Some of the items I want to work on with my board are recruiting more liaisons, creating a program for new clubs to make their startup easier, hosting competitions for districts to participate in, and more!

Before I sign off, I want to reiterate that if you ever need my assistance, please feel free to reach out whenever, I am here to serve and help you out! You can contact me throughout my social media or email, layla.nguyen@keyclub.org.

Thank you for your time,

Layla Nguyen”

Finally, while we don’t have our new International Trustee yet, we do have a departing message from our Immediate-Past International Trustee, Emily Leonard!

“Where do I even begin? After ICON, and my bittersweet retirement, I can confidently conclude that serving as International Trustee was one of the best experiences of my life. Not only has this organization connected me with some of the most amazing people and my best friends, but it has provided me with so many unparalleled leadership opportunities. Being a High School student, and having the ability to travel internationally, serve as a servant leader, interact with a diverse group of youth leaders, have such phenomenal adult advisors dedicated to community betterment, and learn the ins and outs of all things service, leadership, scholarship, and effective communication has been insane. Before you jump into the service year, take a moment to appreciate all of the great things about Key Club. Truly a club incomparable to ANY other. I cannot thank you all enough for being so inclusive, kind, passionate, spirited, and inspiring. I have learned so much merely serving alongside you all for the past year. I cannot wait to hear about all of the amazing things you accomplish, and places you go! With that being said, please enjoy the pages of photos I have included from my term as trustee. I couldn’t have asked for a better district assignment, more  inspirational and powerful districts, amazing AND hilarious adult mentors, and the kind district board members I have had the pleasure of meeting. I seriously love you all. Best of luck in all of your future endeavors, and do not hesitate in reaching out for any help or with any questions.”

Feel free to contact any of them with any questions or ideas you have! I’m sure they would all love to hear from you.

Aside from those introductions, I’m excited to announce that Key Club Days 2022 registration is NOW OPEN on our PNW Key Club Shop. We are incredibly excited to get back together, both in-person and virtually, through this event. Whether you plan to join us in-person or virtually, at Key Club Day North or South, I encourage you to register for the event now to take advantage of our Early Bird price! It will be a day full of spirit, service, friendship, and fun! You can learn more about the event and registration below in this update, in addition to information about our DCON Logo Design Contest, Exec Chat Webinar Recording, PNWOF Webinar, and more!

With that, please keep in touch! We will have many more opportunities for you in the coming weeks, so it is important to keep up-to-date with our Instagram page (@pnwkeyclub) and Biweekly Updates. Never hesitate to reach out to me via email at governor@pnwkeyclub.org with any questions, ideas, or concerns you have.

Get excited, because Key Club Days Registration is NOW 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. Early Bird registration will give you a $5 discount for the event, but it will end on Sunday, August 14th. Regular registration will close on Sunday, August 28, so keep that deadline in mind. We encourage you to register now to take advantage of the discounted price. If you are a club officer, please distribute this information with 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.

Key Club Day North Registration
Key Club Day South Registration

As you may already have seen on our Instagram, the theme for DCON 2023 is going to be… Once Upon a Service! DCON will be a weekend of whimsical workshops, enchanting decor, and, of course, a ball! What is a fairytale without a ball?!

In order to help bring DCON to life, consider taking part in the Logo Design Contest! Showcase your creativity by submitting a design that highlights and celebrates our theme. The winning design will be displayed on convention merchandise (pins, t-shirts, bags, etc.), worn by all attendees. Further, the selected artist will receive free registration to DCON 2023. Get creating, because submissions are open until Tuesday, August 1st, and you don’t want to miss out on this opportunity!

For more information, check out the PDF attached below. Feel free to contact District Convention Chair Lynnsay Pham at convention@pnwkeyclub.org with any questions or concerns you may have. Happy designing!

Logo Design Contest Information

On Tuesday, July 26th, our Executive Committee hosted our second quarterly Exec Chat Webinar! Thank you to everyone who attended, and special shoutout to Lynnsay Pham, Division 44 LTG, for winning our Key Club Trivia Kahoot and $15 Amazon Gift Card. We covered a variety of topics during this webinar ranging from Key Club Days Registration to our District Directory. I especially enjoyed our open floor discussion, where I was able to get all of your questions answered and learn more about you as individuals. If you were unable to attend, there is no need to worry! You can find a recording below on our PNW Key Club YouTube Channel.

July Exec Chat Recording

If you’re interested in applying for or learning more about the PNWOF, join us on Thursday, August 18th, from 7-8 PM. The PNWOF Committee will be hosting this webinar to share information on how to select a service project, what a successful application looks like, fundraising tips, and more! We will also hold an open floor Q&A session to answer any questions you might have regarding the PNWOF. Take this opportunity to learn more about the PNWOF before the application opens on Thursday, September 1st. Register through the link below no later than August 14th at 11:59 PM if you would like to attend!

Register Here

Recently, 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.

OTC Recording
OTC Slides

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 project@pnwkeyclub.org with any questions, ideas, or suggestions.

One Pager
Food Bank Tracker
Donation Link
Issuu Page

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!

Get Started

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 governor@pnwkeyclub.org or District Administrator Brian Egger at administrator@pnwkeyclub.org 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.

Contact: District Governor Kyle Hanson
Contact: District Administrator Brian Egger