Florida Key Club's Sunshine Source Vol X No 5 Dec-Jan 2015


The Sunshine


December/January 2014 www.floridakeyclub.org Volume X Issue 5

The Eliminate

Project District




In the Holiday


Key Clubbers,

03 Editor’s Message

04 Governor’s Message

05 Frequently Asked


06 District Education and

Leadership Conference

10 Running for Higher


11 Spring Zone Rally

12 The Eliminate Project

14. K.I.S.S. Inc.

16 Service in the Holiday


I hope every

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everyone who

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20 Zone Spotlight

21 Working Together

22 Kiwanis Family Conference

24 Dues

Yours in service

Katt Crowdis

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

and friendship,


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 treasurer@floridakeyclub.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


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

per person.


April 9th-12th


Rosen Shingle Creek

Resort, Orlando,


Early Bird Register by

February 28th


Quad $260; Triple

$315; Double $355;

Single $545.


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

March 19,2015.

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.



Pool time



Hearing from Candidates

Meeting people from across

the district

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

www.floridakeyclu b.org/running-for-higher-office.

We invite you into the Florida District Board family. Do you

have what it takes?


Spring Zone Rally Schedule

Zone A:

Date: January 25th

Location: Niceville High School (800 E John Sims Pkwy,

Niceville FL 32578)

Time: 1:30-6:00pm.

Zone B:

Date: January 24th

Location: Amos P. Godby High School (1717 West

Tharpe Street, Tallahassee FL 32303)

Time: 2:30-7:00pm

Zone C:

Date: February 1st

Location: Palatka High School (302 Melon Rd.,

Palatka, FL 32177)

Time: TBA

Zone D:

Date: February 15th

Location: University of Central Florida (4000 Central

Florida Blvd, Orlando, FL 32816)

Time: 12:00-5:00pm

Registration Cost: $5

Zone E:

Date: February 14th

Location: Keiser University (5002 W. Waters, Tampa, FL


Time: 8:30am-12:30pm

Zone F:

Date: February 14th

Location: Lakeland Senior High School (726 Hollingsworth

Rd, Lakeland, FL )

Time: 1:45-6:00pm

Zone G:

Date: February 8th

Location: TBA

Time: 10:00am-2:00pm

Zone H:

Date: March 7th

Location: Pine View High School (1 Python Path, Osprey

FL, 34229)

Time: 8:30am-1:00pm

Zone I:

Date: January 31st

Location: Barron Collier High School (5600 Cougar

Drive, Naples, FL 34109)

Time: 9:00am-2:00pm

Zone J:

Date: February 7th

Location: Nova Southeastern University Health Professional

Division, Terry Building (3200 S. University Ave,

Ft. Lauderdale, FL 3314)

Time: 11:00am-4:00pm

Registration Cost: $5

Zone K:

Date: January 17th

Location: Hialeah Gardens High School (11700

Hialeah Gardens Blvd, Hialeah Gardens, FL 33018)

Time: 8:00am-1:00pm

Division 25D (Caymen Islands):

Date: March 14th

Location: TBA

Time: 9:00am-1:30pm.

Registration Cost: CI$5.00





The Eliminate Project is

geared towards preventing

Maternal/Neonatal Tetanus

(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,

Mike Greenwald


rg) if you have any questions

about this project.


K.I.S.S. Inc.


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

their standard

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 explains.

Geeta is an inspirational

leader who, with

her continued efforts,

makes a difference in the

lives of so many special

needs individuals.

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,

and community.

This year, the Governor’s Project is

SNAP, which stands for Special Needs

Awareness Programs.

Tennis Stars

Division: 14 B

Club: Jesuit High School

Key Clubbers helped special-needs

children how to play tennis.

Aktion Club Social

Division: 19A

Club: Oasis Charter High School

This Key Club hosted a social/dance

for their local Aktion club.

Goody Bags

Division: 19B


Club: Lehigh Senior High School

Members created goodie bags for the

special needs students at their high


Hang 10

Division: 19B

Club: South Fort Meyers High Schoo

Members volunteered with Surfers for

Autism to help autistic children learn

how to surf.

Friendship Bracelets

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.

Multi-Cultural Party

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

to enjoy.

Kiwanis Family Potluck

Division: 3

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

Purple Fundraiser

Division: 25A

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

Division: 24B

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.




Goodie bags

Division: 18

Club: Sarasota High School

This club makes goodie bags filled

with candy and toys to give to children

in the hospital.

Hospital Reading

Division: 25 A

Club: Hialeah Gardens Senior High


Key Clubbers went to a local hospital

and read to the sick children.

Club Fundraisers

We all Scream for Ice cream

Division: 9

Club: Montverde Academy

This Key Club sold ice cream during

school lunches as a fundraiser for their


Coupon Books

Division: 23A

Club: Coral Springs High School

Club: Niceville High School

Members donated coats to give to the

homeless for the cold winter.

Blood Drive

Division: 19A

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

Division: 19B

Key Clubbers sold coupon books to

raise money for the club.

School Spirit Wear

Division: 23A

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.

Book Drive

Division: 24B

Club: Cooper City High School

This Key Club collected new or gently

used books as part of a book drive.

Community Service

Coats for Love

Division: 2B


Zone Spotlight

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.

Rustic Pathways

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 treasurer@floridakeyclub.org

with any questions that you may have.



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

On the

“Kudos to the

Key Players” day,

this Key Club

celebrated their

members by

throwing an

ice cream social.

Kiwanians also

attended and

spoke about the

Kiwanis Family.


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.

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