December/January 2014 www.floridakeyclub.org Volume X Issue 5
In the Holiday
03 Editor’s Message
04 Governor’s Message
05 Frequently Asked
06 District Education and
10 Running for Higher
11 Spring Zone Rally
12 The Eliminate Project
14. K.I.S.S. Inc.
16 Service in the Holiday
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20 Zone Spotlight
21 Working Together
22 Kiwanis Family Conference
Yours in service
25 Key Club Week Recap
one is having a great school year so far.
day season, take a moment to thank
has made an impact on your life. Also,
ure you are continuing to do service
months and making a difference in the
r service project ideas, check out the
Holiday Season” article on page 16. If
questions or your club is interested in be-
The Sunshine Source, please let me
The countdown to DCON has undoubtedly started
for the majority of us. Make sure that as you and your
club prepare for DCON, you finish fundraising, prepare
for the awards you plan to submit, and inspire
your younger, less experienced members to attend
District Education and Leadership Conference.
As we enter the second half of the holiday season,
continue to dedicate your time to helping others.
The holiday season is especially meaningful and
giving a child their first Christmas gift or Thanksgiving
meal is a once in a lifetime experience. Sometimes,
all it takes to improve a life is one conversation, one
meal, or one smile. You could be the difference
maker in someone’s life.
I hope you all enjoy your holiday season. Merry
Christmas, Happy Hanukah, Happy Kwanza, and
Happy New Year!
Yours in service and friendship,
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Now that the first semester is ending, we are losing
membership. What should we do?
Make sure to keep actively engaging your members! You can
do this by offering a variety of service projects on a regular basis,
playing icebreakers at meetings, hosting socials/ parties for your
members, or individually following up on members who have not
been attending meetings. Also remember that the beginning of
the second semester is the perfect time to host a membership
drive. With this, set up a booth or table about Key Club and encourage
people to learn about Key Club. For more information on
ways to promote your club and membership, view the Public Relations
Guidebook at floridakeyclub.org/documents-resources.
2. What is the difference between FLOF and YOF?
The FLOF grant is managed by the Florida District of Key Club
International. On the other hand, YOF is a Key Club International
grant program. FLOF and YOF also differ in the amounts of money
that they can award. The FLOF grant will award up to 2/3 of the
project’s costs (maximum rewarded is $1,000). With YOF, a club
can receive between $100-$2,000 for the project (amount decided
by the International YOF committee). For more details about
the two grants check out http://floridakeyclub.org/flof/ or contact
District Treasurer Nick Azcarate at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is DCON?
The District Education and Leadership Conference
is an opportunity to inspire and be inspired!
Every year the mighty Florida District has its annual
conference that allows 2,000 service leaders from all
over the state of Florida and the Cayman Islands to
come together as one district to celebrate a year of
amazing service. This year’s District Education and
Leadership Conference (DCON) will be held April 9-
12, 2015 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando,
Florida. In the four days, you will have an experience
of a LIFETIME!
As attendees, you will have the honor of electing
your next district leaders, participating in workshops,
experiencing live entertainment, winning
awards and contests, and much more!
In addition to the educational aspects of DCON,
the memories made are immeasurable, and you will
meet people that will turn into lifelong friends. No
matter what part of the conference interests you
the most, there is one thing I can promise, you will
discover the true meaning of the Key Club family.
Registration for the 77 th annual District Education
and Leadership Conference is officially open! Now is
the time to start fundraising so that your club is able to
attend this amazing event. For the first time, you have
the opportunity to ensure your spot at this unforgettable
event by sending in a $50 deposit by January 16 th .
This deposit is non-refundable; however it can be applied
to a different Key Clubber if the original Key Club
member is no longer able to attend the conference.
All other registrations for DCON, including
the remainder of the payments after submitting
a deposit, must be completed
no later than February 28 th to
avoid an additional cost of $50
Rosen Shingle Creek
Early Bird Register by
Quad $260; Triple
$315; Double $355;
Package pricing varies on room accommodations:
Quad $260; Triple $315; Double $355; Single $545.
If you wait until after February 28 th , you are considered
part of late registration, and your spot cannot be guaranteed.
Late registration, with its $50 increase, ends
Awards and Contests
Awards and contests allow you and your club to be
recognized for all the awesome work that you do for
your community. Award and scholarship applications
are due March 13th, 2015. Only a select amount of
awards require applications to be submitted, so it is encouraged
that you take a look on the Florida Key Club
website to see which awards fall under that category.
Contests applications are due April 9, 2015. Contests are
to be judged at DCON in April. The theme for this year’s
speech contests is: What will Key Club accomplish in the
next 10 years before Key Club’s 100th anniversary?
As seniors enter the season of college applications,
keep in mind that the Florida District offers a variety of
great scholarships. The scholarships to be awarded this
year are the DCON Program Ad Scholarship, Governor’s
Project Scholarship, Florida District Matching Scholarships,
Naranjo Scholarships, and the G. Harold Martin
Outstanding Club President Scholarshiph. There will a total
of at least 16 scholarships given out- each one being
$1,000. All award, contests, and scholarship applications
can be found at www.floridakeyclub.org.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ACTIVITY AT
Hearing from Candidates
Meeting people from across
Member Appreciation Ball
Running for Higher Office
Being a part of the District Board not only provides you
with leadership experience, but it also allows you to make a
greater impact on other’s lives.
Serving the Florida District of Key Club International as a Lieutenant
Governor or Executive Officer allows you the experience
of meeting and working with many high school students
who share the same passion for service. As a District Board
member, you would work with the board members in improving
Key Clubs in all corners of the District and even plan our
District’s largest event– DCON.
If running for higher office sounds like something you have
an interest in, all the information needed to run can be found
at www.floridakeyclub.org, or you may talk to your Lieutenant
Governor. Lieutenant Governors are elected at Spring
Zone Rally, executive elected positions ( Governor, Treasurer,
and Secretary) are elected at DCON, and the executive appointed
positions (Editor, Webmaster, Executive Assistant, and
DCON Chair) are appointed at DCON. For more information
about running for higher office, please take a look at
We invite you into the Florida District Board family. Do you
have what it takes?
Spring Zone Rally Schedule
Date: January 25th
Location: Niceville High School (800 E John Sims Pkwy,
Niceville FL 32578)
Date: January 24th
Location: Amos P. Godby High School (1717 West
Tharpe Street, Tallahassee FL 32303)
Date: February 1st
Location: Palatka High School (302 Melon Rd.,
Palatka, FL 32177)
Date: February 15th
Location: University of Central Florida (4000 Central
Florida Blvd, Orlando, FL 32816)
Registration Cost: $5
Date: February 14th
Location: Keiser University (5002 W. Waters, Tampa, FL
Date: February 14th
Location: Lakeland Senior High School (726 Hollingsworth
Rd, Lakeland, FL )
Date: February 8th
Date: March 7th
Location: Pine View High School (1 Python Path, Osprey
Date: January 31st
Location: Barron Collier High School (5600 Cougar
Drive, Naples, FL 34109)
Date: February 7th
Location: Nova Southeastern University Health Professional
Division, Terry Building (3200 S. University Ave,
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 3314)
Registration Cost: $5
Date: January 17th
Location: Hialeah Gardens High School (11700
Hialeah Gardens Blvd, Hialeah Gardens, FL 33018)
Division 25D (Caymen Islands):
Date: March 14th
Registration Cost: CI$5.00
HE ELIMINATE PROJECT FUNDRAISER
The Eliminate Project is
geared towards preventing
(MNT), a completely preventable
disease. It affects mothers
and their babies who are
born in unsanitary birthing
conditions and/or have not
been vaccinated. Tetanus
causes tiny newborns to suffer
painful convulsions and
die. A $1.80 vaccination
could effectively prevent this
disease from plaguing the
lives of mothers and their babies.
With your help, we can
protect hundreds and thousands
of lives. The Eliminate
Project Committee and the
Florida District of Key Club
has launched a district-wide
fundraiser to benefit The
Eliminate Project. By selling t
-shirts at a cost of $15, we
hope to make tremendous
progress towards our district
goal of $125,000 raised for
The Eliminate Project. If ordered,
these shirts would
handed out by your Lieutenant
Governor in January or
February. If you do decide to
purchase a shirt, please make
an order with your club by
December 1st and contact
your Lieutenant Governor.
Do not hesitate to ask The
Eliminate Project Chair,
rg) if you have any questions
about this project.
Geeta Minocha, Lieutenant
Governor for Division
6, created her own
not-for-profit called Kids
in Special Situations
(K.I.S.S. Inc.) eleven
years ago. K.I.S.S. Inc.
works with elementary
school ESE children in
order to help them befriend
peers. This not-for-profit
organization hosts frequent
small group activities
for ESE children,
and with the help of
teachers and student volunteers,
have helped the
kids practice social mannerisms.
Geeta also hosts
two large parties each
year so that the ESE students
can practice the
mannerisms learned with
other students. Recently,
Geeta hosted a Halloween
social for the kids
that was very successful.
“I developed the idea
for K.I.S.S. Inc. because
my cousin, who has mild
autism and cerebral
palsy was bullied at
school and had a hard
time making friends,”
Geeta is an inspirational
leader who, with
her continued efforts,
makes a difference in the
lives of so many special
Make a difference in someone’s life and bring smiles to everyone in the
community that you touch. Hopefully these examples of great service
projects can inspire your club to make an impact in your home, school,
This year, the Governor’s Project is
SNAP, which stands for Special Needs
Division: 14 B
Club: Jesuit High School
Key Clubbers helped special-needs
children how to play tennis.
Aktion Club Social
Club: Oasis Charter High School
This Key Club hosted a social/dance
for their local Aktion club.
Club: Lehigh Senior High School
Members created goodie bags for the
special needs students at their high
Club: South Fort Meyers High Schoo
Members volunteered with Surfers for
Autism to help autistic children learn
how to surf.
Division: 25 A
Club: Barbara Goleman Senior High
Key Clubbers braided small sections o
old shirts into friendship bracelets an
gave the presents to ESE students.
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.
Division: 23 A
Club: Coral Glades High School
Many members and high school students
dressed up in cultural clothing.
There was also food, music, dancing,
and many games for all who attended
Kiwanis Family Potluck
Club: Florida State University High
This potluck raised funds for The
Eliminate Project and also connected
three branches of the Kiwanis Family.
Games which were played included
musical chairs, a 3-legged race, and
trivia questions. There was also a photo-booth
and an Eliminate
merchandise table. They also had a
raffle to raise even more money for
The Eliminate Project
Club: Mater Academy Charter
This Key Club sold purple paper baby
bottles and purple candy for
March of Dimes. By selling purple
items, they also exposed the signature
color of March of Dimes to
Bowling for Babies
March of Dimes
Club: Cooper City High School
This Key Club hosted a bowling event
to raise money for March of Dimes.
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: Sarasota High School
This club makes goodie bags filled
with candy and toys to give to children
in the hospital.
Division: 25 A
Club: Hialeah Gardens Senior High
Key Clubbers went to a local hospital
and read to the sick children.
We all Scream for Ice cream
Club: Montverde Academy
This Key Club sold ice cream during
school lunches as a fundraiser for their
Club: Coral Springs High School
Club: Niceville High School
Members donated coats to give to the
homeless for the cold winter.
Club: Cape Coral High School
They volunteered at a blood drive that
their school does several times per
year. The Key Clubbers helped register
donors, manage drinks and snacks,
and help pack up the materials on the
last day of the blood drive.
Cook for the Firefighters
Key Clubbers sold coupon books to
raise money for the club.
School Spirit Wear
Club: Monarch High School
The Key Club sold hoodies that displayed
the school name and logo to
the student body as a fundraiser.
Club: Riverdale High School
Members went to the firehouse and
made dinner for the firefighters.
Club: Cooper City High School
This Key Club collected new or gently
used books as part of a book drive.
Coats for Love
After weeks of promotions, Zone
J held its Key Club Kick-off Conference
on September 27th at Nova
Southeastern University (NSU).
Breaking the Florida District's record,
over 1,000 Key Clubbers, Kiwanians,
advisors, and parents attended the
event. For Divisiona 23A and 24 B,
100% of the clubs in the divisions
were represented by 50% of their
members. The entire day was filled
with excitement as students listened
to guest speakers, attended workshops,
cheered at the announcement
of DCON's theme, and crowded
around The Eliminate Project stand.
Attendees were also offered an exclusive
campus tour of NSU after the
conference. Everyone left with a
greater knowledge of Key Club and a
stronger motivation to serve the community.
In addition to our Preferred Charities (UNICEF, March of Dimes, and Children’s
Miracle Network), Key Club International has partnered with three organizations as vision
partners. These organizations and Key Club together, make a difference in the lives
of children. and teens across the world.
Key Club Co-Sponsor Rustic Pathways has 30
years of experience leading exceptional international
education and service programs for students.
Together, Key Club and Rustic Pathways
have the opportunity to broaden their global perspective
while performing meaningful service projects
in communities around the world.
Hershey Track and Field
Key Club has joined with Hershey Track and Field
to serve children by helping them get active and
develop healthy lifestyles.
Nickelodeon joined the Kiwanis family as a 2013
Vision Partner of Kiwanis International with a focus
on its Big Help initiative, which addresses issues
in service, education, the environment and
health. Learn more about Nickelodeon’s Big Help
efforts, the Halo Awards program and Day of Play
at pro-social.nick.com or nick.com/thebighelp.
By International Trustee Shane Meyers
Prepared with a willingness to serve and suitcases full of warm
clothes, hundreds of Kiwanis Family members descended upon
Black Mountain, North Carolina in November for Kiwanis Family
Conference (KFC), an event full of bonding, leadership development,
and fun. During the weekend, attendees gained a better understanding
of what it means to be a part of this family by
interacting with their individual groups.
This year’s theme was the “Worldwide Web of Service” and attendees
were grouped into different countries. As a group leader,
I worked alongside a member of CKI to lead discussions
and activities. Although we participated in upwards of 10 different
activities, the real value was in the discussions that we
had and friendships that we forged.
Even though there was a lot of structured time, we still managed
to explore the surrounding area. On Saturday, I went on a
hike up Black Mountain with another International Trustee
and spent time with the International President. Some other
attendees used their free time to go to Asheville and explore
the shopping. The balance between free time and structure
gave every attendee the opportunity to meet countless governors,
CKI and Key Club trustees, and both International Presidents.
As I sat in the airport waiting for my flight back home, I
couldn’t stop thinking about all the service to my home,
school, and community that I would do when I got home. I
firmly believe that anyone interested in augmenting their perspective
of Key Club should attend this event.
By District Treasurer Nick Azcarate
The District would like to extend a congratulation and thank
you to all of the clubs that have already paid dues by this time.
I would especially like to commend the following five clubs for having
the largest membership in the District!
214 J.P. Taravella High School
198 Cypress Bay High School
196 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
184 Boca Raton High School
184 TERRA Environmental Research Institute
There is still time to get dues turned in by the final deadline of
December 1, 2014. Your club can pay by credit card which will be immediately
processed by Key Club International.
To refresh your memory, the process starts with the Club Secretary
and Faculty Advisor reviewing the instructions located on
www.floridakeyclub.org/dues. Please feel free to contact me at email@example.com
with any questions that you may have.
KEY CLUB WEEK RECAP
Clubs from around the District participated in Key Club Week
this year held November 3rd-7th. The following Key Clubs planned
great a Key Club Week filled with fun and service.
Miami Lakes Educational Center
This Key Club sold henna tattoos during
lunches and passed out small pin-back buttons
with the Key Club logo to show off their school
and club spirit. For “Kudos to the Key Players”
day, they created a thank you banner for their faculty
advisor. On the final day of Key Club Week,
Miami Lakes Educational Center Key Club came
together and held a pb&j sandwich drive to donate
sandwiches to their local shelter.
Palm Beach Lakes Community High School
“Kudos to the
Key Players” day,
this Key Club
ice cream social.
spoke about the
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 human
To promote the adoption and application of higher standards
in scholarship, sportsmanship and social contacts.
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 communities.
To cooperate in creating and maintaining that sound public
opinion and high idealism which makes possible the increase
of righteousness, justice, patriotism and good will.