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In This Issue
03 Governor’s Message
04 Meet the District
06 DCON Recap
08 Summer Filled
13 Editor’s Message
Hello to the Mighty, Mighty Florida District!
My name is Lauren McAllister, and I am extremely honored to have been
elected to serve as your District Governor for the 2014-2015 Key Club year. I have
served you for the past two years as a Lieutenant Governor and as District Secretary,
and I hope to continue to improve the organization that we all love so dearly.
This is an extremely important year for our District and for the Kiwanis Family.
Not only will we join our Kiwanis Family counterparts in Indianapolis for International
Convention at the end of this year, but it is also the last year of The Eliminate
Project. The Eliminate Project is a 5 year initiative to save the lives of mothers and babies
in less developed nations that do not have the access to medical care we do in the
United States which prevents our family members from contracting maternal and neonatal
tetanus (MNT). This being said, we are fortunate enough to be with our Kiwanis
Family as a part of Key Club during a period of great joy as we approach our goal.
Please continue to fundraise and spread awareness. Every cent raised for this project is
contributing to the protection of a life.
I look forward to seeing the monumental achievement our District will reach as
we dedicate our lives to bettering our homes, schools, and communities. Through
SNAP, The Eliminate Project, and all of the amazing projects we as Key Clubbers participate
in, WE will provide a better future for the world. Gandhi once said, “The best
way to find yourself is to lose yourself in service to others,” and I couldn’t agree with
that any more than I already do.
Yours in Service and Friendship,
Meet Your District Board
Wharton High School
Osceola High School
Pembroke Pines Charter High
Gulf Breeze High School
Tampa Bay Technical High
Division Name Division Name
1 Morgan Denny 16 James Lowe
2A Matthew Lancaster 17 Ian MacDonald
2B Brayton Miles 18 Linda Martin
3 Zac Schroepfer 19A Junior Pierre Louis
4 Taylor Paddock 19B Emily Vance
5 Borica Chhem 20A Stephan Jaksch
6 Geeta Minocha 20B Palak Shah
7 William Woulard 21 Samantha Maher
8 Jasmine Myers 22 Chase Canales
10A Justin Raman 23B Aaron Forde
10B Michael Greenwald 24A Katherine Sims
10C Estefania Baez 24B Katherine Castaner
11 Abby Wells 25A Eileen Rivery
12 Gabby Stead 25B Noah Shahaf
13 Charli Baden 25C Sara Kvaska
14A Conner Aspray 26A Ruben Martinez
14B Shane Meagher 26B Jose Leoncio
14C Bailey Gray 26C Griffin Baker-Royo
15A Illena Patlan 26D Dominique Small
The Florida District celebrated 76 years of service at the wonderful
2014 District Education and Leadership Conference from April
24 th — 27 th ! 1,700 superheroes answered the call to service and participated
in workshops, elected the new Executive District Board leaders,
showcased their talents, and much more. Congratulations Shane
Meyers and Kathryn McAllister for receiving endorsement for International
Trustee, and Tyler McNanna for receiving endorsement for International
Vice President! During the opening session, 2004-2005 Florida
District Lieutenant Governor Robbie Stokes brought new meaning to
the definition of a servant leader, and showed that by just doing a simple
action, like talking to a stranger, Key Clubbers can change the lives
of those around them. On Friday night, students were able to watch a
truly mesmerizing performance by the famous hypnotist John Young.
A huge shout out to the 2013-2014 DCON chair Devon Mims
and his committee for planning such an amazing and unforgettable
Every memory from this past conference will be cherished, and as
a new chapter of the Florida District unfolds, new possibilities are upon
the horizon. Please make sure to join us at the 77th Annual District
Educational and Leadership Conference from April 9-12 for more unforgettable
experiences and memories that will last a lifetime!
Digital Club Poster
1 st Saint Brenden
2 nd Manatee
3 rd Olympia
Non-digital Club Poster
1 st Pembroke Pines Charter
2 nd Jensen Beach
3 rd North Fort Myers
Club Project Display Board
1 st Gulf Breeze
2 nd Jesuit
3 rd University
Traditional Club Scrapbook
1 st Hialeah
2 nd Tampa Bay Technical
3 rd Mater Academy Charter
Non-traditional Club Scrapbook
1 st Saint Brendan
2 nd Hialeah Gardens
3 rd West Broward
1 st Lorina Morton (Timber
2 nd Brendan Legel (South
3 rd Kara Powell (Barbara
For a complete list of winners, click the summary link on the
Awards and Contests page at wwww.floridakeyclub.org
1 st Jesuit
2 nd Mater Academy Charter
3 rd Palatka
1 st Kayla Williams and
2 nd Sarah Austin Pompano
3 rd Bleed Blue (St. Peters
Kiwanis Family Relations
Each year, District Governor candidates strive to choose a Governor’s Project that will
inspire, touch, and motivate Key Clubbers. This year the Governor’s Project is SNAP which
stands for Special Needs Awareness Programs. Not only will this project bring Key Clubbers
to devote time to serve alongside Aktion Clubbers, but it will enable them to truly brighten
someone’s day and impact a life. One of the highlights of this project is that it is easily implemented.
Clubs can work with national and international Special Needs organizations like Special
Olympics, Horses for Handicaps, Buddy Baseball, Tennis for Fun, and Easter Seals. However,
it gets even simpler than that. Clubs can participate in SNAP by reaching out to their
school’s ESE Programs to help with activities or preparing for the next day’s lessons. The simplest
of things are what make a difference, so take the time and make a difference in the life
of a Special Needs individual!
Caps for Love
Club: Suncoast High School
Key Clubbers collected bottle caps for an organization called Caps of Love. By recycling these
bottle caps, Caps for Love is able to provide service dogs and wheelchairs to disabled children.
Club: Southeast High School
TOP Soccer is a program where Key Clubbers are able to teach and play soccer with special
needs children. To find the nearest TOP Soccer program nearest you, please check out their
Club: Manatee High School
By being involved in Miracle League, Manatee High School
Key Clubbers were able to become “buddies” to special
needs children, and teach them about baseball.
Aktion Club Meetings
Park Clean Up
Club: Gulf Breeze High School
By simply attending local Aktion club meetings, students are
able to participate in SNAP. Gulf Breeze Key Club attends an
Aktion Club meeting each month and leads a service project
The Eliminate Project
With The Eliminate Project, Kiwanis International
and UNICEF have joined forces to eliminate maternal and
neonatal tetanus. Neonatal tetanus kills one baby every nine
minutes—nearly 60,000 newborn children every year. A significant
number of women also die because of maternal tetanus.
The end of this one disease means the beginning of better
health for so many families.
Teacher Pie Auction
Dodge to Eliminate
Club: Lawton Chiles High School
By hosting a dodgeball tournament , Lawton Chiles Key
Club was able to fundraise for The Eliminate Project. Students
created teams of 6-8 people, and paid $10 each to play.
Along with this, many Key Club members helped in facilitating
the event by assisting with admissions, concessions, and
Dodge to Eliminate
Club: King High School
By hosting a Dance Marathon with lots of
food, games, and music, this Key Club was
able to socialize and raise money for The
Teacher Pie Auction
Club: Jensen Beach High School
For this fundraiser, students had the opportunity
to bid on pies that they could throw at
Children’s Miracle Network
Children’s Miracle Network Hospital
is a nonprofit organization that raises money
to benefit kids and increases the awareness
of its member hospitals.
Club: Manatee High School
To support the Children’s Miracle Network,
a toy drive was hosted. Key Clubbers simply
placed boxes around the school in order to
collect the toys.
March of Dimes
The mission of March of Dimes is to improve
the health of babies by preventing birth
defects, premature births, and infant mortality.
Club: Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart
By partnering with a local frozen yogurt shop
and sharing the profits, Carrollton Key Club
raised money for March of Dimes.
Bowling for Babies
Club: Cooper City High School
Through holding a bowling event, Cooper City
Key Club was able to donate thousands of dollars
to March of Dimes. Each contestant was
charged $10 to enter into the bowling contest.
Club: Bradon River High School
Hosting a luau in the summer is great way to
fundraise for the upcoming year. Brandon
River Key Club’s luau included games, food,
music, and a movie.
Club: Hialeah Gardens Senior High School
By planning a garage sale, this Key Club was
able to fundraise money for their club.
Club: Pinebrook Pines High School
Pinebrook Pines Key Club hosted a pancake
breakfast and invited teachers, friends, Kiwanians
and others in the community to enjoy a
Cookies for Cancer
Club: Coral Glades High School
This Key Club received donated cookies from
Walmart and sold them during school to raise
money for cancer research.
Club: Avon Park High School
Through hosting a Mother-Daughter Day
event for underprivileged families, Key Clubbers
were able to increase the bond between
families, and also educate them on important
Park Clean Up
Division: 20A & 20B
Club: Suncoast High School & Seminole
Ridge High School
Two Key Clubs came together to make a
greater difference restoring the environment at
Pine Jogs Environmental Education Center by
removing invasive plants, tending garden beds,
and planting trees.
Club: Holms County High School
Community members brought a can of food as
the admission ticket to watch a movie.
Club: Gulf Breeze High School
Through the Dictionary Project, Gulf Breeze
Key Club delivered 729 dictionaries third graders
in twelve schools. This project allowed the
kids to improve their vocabulary and prepare
for their first year of FCAT.
For More Information
For more information about the featured projects,
please contact myself or the LTG of the
club’s division. Also, if your club has a great
project that you wish to be shown, please let
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is it important to attend DCMs?
Divisional Council Meetings are essential to attend! They are a great opportunity
to get updates about what is going on in the Division and District and to learn
important information about what you should be doing in your club. Additionally,
by collaborating and talking to other clubs, your Key Club can get some ideas
about service projects or fundraisers.
What should we do over the summer even if we are not able to
meet because people are on vacation or are busy?
Over the summer no matter what, your club should be planning for the next
school year. Even if your club officers are not able to meet together, you can still
setup a conference call.
What should I do if I have a faulty officer on the club board with
Use the 3 strikes and you’re out rule! If a board member is not doing his or her
job, let them know that there will be consequences. Make sure to establish clear
officer requirements. Requirements for officers can include, but are not limited
to, a minimum number of monthly service hours, a report of tasks completed, or
a minimum number of attended projects. If you must remove a board member,
be sure to do so in a diplomatic manner and the following the procedure spelled
out in your club bylaws.
I am so excited to serve as your 2014-2015 District Edi
tor! If you ever have any questions, comments, or con
cerns regarding The Sunshine Source or about public re
lations please feel free to let me know. As District Editor, I
will make sure that you are well informed about the ac
tivities going on in the Florida District and about the re
sources available to clubs.
If your club is interested in being featured in The Sun
shine Source, please contact me. In each issue, I will be
featuring service projects from throughout the District
so if your club has planned an exception al project,
please let me know. I hope everyone has a great sum
mer, and if you ever need anything, just contact me!
Yours in service and friendship,
Objects of Key Club International
To develop initiative and leadership.
To provide experience in living and working together.
To serve the school and community.
To cooperate with the school principal.
To prepare for useful citizenship.
To accept and promote the following ideals:
To give primacy to the human and spiritual, rather
than to the material values of life.
To encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all
To promote the adoption and application of higher
standards in scholarship, sportsmanship and social
To develop, by precept and example, a more intelligent,
aggressive, and serviceable citizenship.
To provide a practical means to form enduring
friendships, to render unselfish service and to build better
To cooperate in creating and maintaining that sound
public opinion and high idealism which makes possible
the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism and