Hello PNW Key Clubbers,
I cannot believe I am writing my final Biweekly Update. It feels like it was yesterday when I was first elected as District Governor, scrambling to finish my first Biweekly Update on time, trying to figure out what to include and how to send it out. Twenty-three Biweekly Updates later, we’ve accomplished a lot and have a lot to celebrate. Whether it be our membership count, service hours, District Projects contributions, or Divisional spirit, PNW Key Club has truly soared above the rest this service year.
Throughout this past year, your District Board has been working hard to support each and every one of you. I want to take this final Biweekly Update to give a final review on the three goals I set at the beginning of my term: increasing member-centric opportunities, increasing rural club engagement, and spotlighting our clubs and members.
First off, in the very first Biweekly Update, I promised to provide more member-centric opportunities for engagement within our District. And, one Exec Live, two Key Club Days events, three Exec Chats, and four Instagram takeovers later, I’m proud to say we’ve done just that. This year, we’ve seen higher levels of engagement than ever from club members at every event – whether it was a webinar, DCON, or DCM. We have you all to thank for taking the opportunities and running with them. It’s the members, our vehicles of service, that truly make this organization excel, so to see them more engaged means we as a District are more active.
Next, I pledged to support our rural clubs this year by giving them more in-person opportunities. And, 20+ Key Club Days Off-Site Events, 30+ in-person Officer Training Conferences, and 50+ in-person Divisional Council Meetings later, I’m confident that we have accomplished just that. By emphasizing local, in-person, high-quality events over online all-member events this year, we have increased not only our quality of membership but our quality of service. Clubs have learned how to support their local community and make a visible, direct impact on the lives around them. They’ve taken ownership of their service, and seen better results whether they are urban or rural.
Finally, I committed to highlighting the stars that make PNW Key Club shine. It’s the Club President working hard to include all members in an icebreaker, the Activities Coordinator working late nights to find meaningful service projects, and the member showing up to every service project that molds the core of Key Club. Through the promotion of existing member spotlight opportunities such as DCON awards and the addition of new spotlight opportunities such as the Holding Hands to Help End Hunger Campaign, we have given credit where credit was due and inspired members all across the PNW to do more. We hope you have been able to learn from, and be inspired by, these individuals – more of which are to be recognized at DCON 2023.
I hope when you look back on this service year, you can be proud of everything you’ve accomplished. I would highly encourage you to look back on your goals and see where they took you. Celebrate your successes, and note your deficiencies for your successors.
Thank you all for this opportunity to serve as your 2022-2023 District Governor. The immense amount of support from clubs, our District Board, and Kiwanians alike have continued to fuel me and enable me to thrive in this position. I owe all that I have learned, and all that this District has accomplished, to each and every one of you. Thank you for continuing to make PNW Key Club soar, and for being the leaders of tomorrow.
I look forward to making my final farewell this weekend in Seattle, WA, at DCON 2023! I hope to see and meet you there.