Meet a Key
Editor’s Message 3
Governor’s Message 4
Key Goes Green 5-7
Your Executive Committee 8-9
Meet a Key Clubber 10
Staying Connected 11
International Introductions (14-16)
Eliminate Update 18
Service Spotlight 19-21
Division/Zone map 22
Lieutenant Governors 23
Working Together 24
A Few Key Points 26-27
Contact Information 28
Hi, Florida District!
Since being appointed your 2015-2016 District Editor at this past DCON, I have had
the opportunity to get in touch with many club members an officers. If you aren’t
already, please be sure to follow the Florida District on social media and to create
accounts for your own clubs in order to show the impact your club has on others.
By staying in contact by technological means, you will be able to receive short,
essential updates on district news. Please do your best to implement hashtags like
#KeyGoesGreen for the Governor’s Project (page 5), #Elimin8 for The Eliminate
Project (page 18), or #FLKeyClub. (page 11)
Additionally, some of my responsibilities entail assisting club editors, managing the
Florida District’s social media accounts, creating and editing newsletters, and designing
this bimonthly publication, The Sunshine Source. If you haven’t received
any monthly emails from me and you are a club president, editor, faculty advisor,
or Kiwanis advisor, then make sure your OIF is up to date! If you ever find yourself in
need of help, feel free to contact me; I’d love to help any way I can.
Also keep in mind that you have the opportunity to send
me any pictures of Key Club service that your and your
club may do. Everyone has the opportunity to be featured
in The Sunshine Source!
Yours in friendship and service,
Florida District of Key Club International
Organize a recycling program at your school
-Caps of Love
Collect trash during lunch
Hold a bag/box drive: donate them to local charities, organizations,
or supermarkets to reuse for their own purposes
Do a beach/park cleanup
Create and maintain a community garden
Build birdhouses or bird feeders
Establish a butterfly garden
-On your school campus
-At an assisted living facility
Support environmental awareness programs
Educate elementary/middle school students about environmental
Team up with a local Circle K to eliminate any invasive plant
A Message from the Key Goes Green Committee
Our Governor’s Project, Key Goes
Green, is aimed at helping our Key Club
community get involved in the environment
through two main types of service:
Educational Awareness and Hands-On
Action. Whether we work with Kiwanis Kids
to teach the benefits of recycling, partner
with our local Builders Clubs for beautification
projects in our communities, or just organize
a simple beach cleanup with our
own clubs, it is all a step towards saving
our planet and educating our youth.
We all have the opportunity to work together
in many creative ways and in so many
different places. Nature is all around us; therefore,
we are surrounded by potential projects!
There are some great projects already arising.
Olympia High School held a children's program
in which they used experiments to demonstrate
the effects of oil on avian health, and the hard
work it takes to clean a bird's feathers. In Division
24B, Key Clubbers got together for a beach
clean at Hollywood Beach and while cleaning
were even able to rescue a baby turtle during
nesting season by returning it back to shore.
Currently at Miami Lakes Educational Center,
Key Clubbers are working to collect plastic
containers and bottle caps around the
school, and they will donate them to the Preserve:
Gimme 5 Program, which saves plastic
from being sent to landfills by transforming
recyclables into new toothbrushes and razors.
Congratulations to these clubs for taking
on Key Goes Green in such fun ways.
Any service you do with Key Goes Green will count toward
your Governor’s Project hours, allowing you to later qualify
for exciting awards, recognition, and a banner patch to
bring back to your club. Be sure you are noting these hours on
your Pride Reports!
If your club participated in a project, needs help, or is not sure what
counts as a #KeyGoesGreen project, reach out the Key Goes Green, Governor’s
Project Committee at email@example.com.
If you hashtag photos of your club's Key Goes Green projects with
#KeyGoesGreen on social media, you might be featured in the upcoming The
Sunshine Source or the Florida District of Key Club Twitter!
Did You Know?
The Everglades used to span from Lake Okeechobee in central
Florida all the way down to Florida Bay. Now only 25% of the historic
Everglades remains, which is being protected by the U.S.
National Park Service.
Gabriela Charlot Matthew Bonachea
What’s new with the District Board?
Since the last issue of The Sunshine Source, the Key Club
Board of Trustees and Kiwanis Key Club Committee attended
Leadership Training Conference June 12-14 in Haines
City, where the Board bonded and learned leadership
skills. Mike Greenwald resigned as District Treasurer. Past Lt.
Governor Palak Shah was appointed, and approved by
the District Board of Trustees, to serve as District Treasurer.
Thank you to Mike and Palak for your service to the District!
Hello, Key Clubbers! My name is Palak Shah, and I am honored
to be serving as your District Treasurer. I am a rising junior
at Palm Beach Central High School in Wellington, FL. My
Key Club journey began freshman year, and ever since, I
have been a dedicated member ever since. When I am not
doing Key Club stuff, you can most likely find me watching
Netflix or painting (maybe doing homework). I hope you
have a fantastic summer, and I cannot wait to see what we
accomplish this year. As always, don’t hesitate to ask any
questions you may have!
District Leadership Training Conference (LTC)
Meet a Key Clubber
Meet Tiffany Vaughn, a senior at Leon High
School and a Key Clubber who served first as a club
member and now as a club president. She joined
Key Club her sophomore year after receiving encouragement
from Amber Borgerson, a close family
friend and former Division 3 Lieutenant Governor.
She quickly discovered her passion for service and
soon convinced her friends to join.
“We all love this club not for the service
hours that we get out of it, but because we simply
have a good time helping people together. It makes
us feel good, and it's fun,” Vaughn said.
Vaughn is also an avid music lover and plays
guitar, as well as participates in two separate steel
drum ensembles. This past year, she brought her
love for music and service together by establishing a
music program called “Frets in the Philippines.”
She fundraised over $3,000 for music books and
instruments for her younger cousins’ school with
the help of generous contributions from friends,
family, and even the guitarist from the band American
This summer marked Vaughn’s first time
doing community service abroad. She travelled to
her cousins’ home in Isabela, Philippines, to teach
music classes to the students and teachers there. After
just a week of music classes, her students were
able to play several songs, including their national
anthem, which is something that feels truly gratifying
“These kids can barely understand my English,
so watching them read the musical language at
a truly excellent level and knowing that their comprehension
is a result of my teaching is nothing less
than a surreal feeling. I've been helping teach guitar
to kids in America for years,” she explained, “but I
feel like I never really got the satisfaction that comes
with teaching until I came over here and laid the
groundwork for a totally new program.”
Though only able to remain there for two
weeks, Vaughn said that she has been preparing her
three cousins to teach the classes after she leaves.
She hopes to return in a couple years once she has
earned enough money to make the trip, but until
then, she is proud of what she’s accomplished. In
addition to the feeling of fulfillment, this entire
journey has given her a new perspective in possibilities.
“If I can become a certified teacher before
graduating high school, I truly believe that anything
is possible. It makes me think about all the different
dreams I've had growing up; I now recognize them
as attainable goals,” she said.
It has also impacted her love for service. She
now plans to organize more projects that give immediate
satisfaction for her own club members in the
same way that she was able to point to a music note
and hear her student play it, all with the understanding
that she made it possible.
“I mean, that's what this club is all about,
right? We all want to make a difference; we all want
to feel like we've really helped someone; at the end
of the day, we all want to feel like leaders,” she concluded.
Connection is Key
Follow the social media accounts below in order to stay up to date on what’s
going in Key Club and with The Eliminate Project! Also, consider creating social
media accounts for your own clubs! Remember hashtags, too! (#FLKeyClub,
#Elimin8, #BeTheKey, #KeyGoesGreen)
International: Key Club International
Florida: Florida District of Key Club
Eliminate: The Eliminate Project
International: Key Club International
Eliminate: The Eliminate Project
A Message from the Marketing & Public Relations Committee
The Marketing and Public Relations Committee has made a Flat Stanley Key,
which will be a cut out with #BeTheKey written on one side and "I
The 76th Annual International Key Club Convention (ICON) in Indianapolis,
Indiana was truly the experience of a lifetime. From June 24-28,
Key Clubbers from around the world gathered to make new friends, to vote
on legislature, to learn more about the organization and its opportunities in
workshops, to elect the international board, and much more.
This year’s convention was unique in that Key Club shared its convention
with other branches of the Kiwanis Family- Circle K, Aktion Club, and
Kiwanis– in order to celebrate Kiwanis’ 100 years of service. Throughout
the convention, the four organizations came together for several ceremonies.
At the House of Delegates, Key Club members voted to pass proposed
amendment 1, w hich restricted the formation of any future Key
Clubs or KIWINS in schools where one of these organizations already exist.
However, proposed amendment 2, which involved the optional formation of
a Webmaster position for clubs, was not passed. Finally, proposed amendment
3 w as passed, thereby officially recognizing the position of
The convention had numerous fun aspects, including a baseball game
just across the street from the convention center, a dance, fireworks, a
Hellogoodbye and A Great Big Pile of Leaves concert, a Pancake Lunch for
The Eliminate Project, a pony, and more! (See pictures below.)
The Florida Tour visited several fun destinations by bus, both on the
way to ICON and back to Florida. Some of the stops included Stone Mountain
in Georgia, the Louisville Slugger Museum in Kentucky, Kiwanis Headquarters
in Indianapolis, as well as white water rafting and horseback riding
in Tennessee. (See pictures of the Florida Tour below.)
Sincerely, the Florida District
This entire convention, as well as the Key
Club year, would have been impossible without
our 2014-15 Key Club International leaders.
We appreciate your hard work this past year;
Florida would especially like to thank International
President Maria Palazzolo, International
Vice President Kevin Zhang, Florida’s International
Trustee, Laken Kelly, and International
Trustee Shane Meyers, who represented the
mighty mighty Florida District as a member
and as the 2013-14 Florida District Treasurer.
Thank you, and good luck in college; we hope
to see you all again in Circle K!
A Message International President Rip Livingston
Greetings, Florida District!
Just a few weeks ago, our organization convened in Indianapolis for our
annual International Convention alongside Circle K and Kiwanis International
as we celebrated Kiwanis’ centennial birthday. It was an unforgettable
experience for all, and that week, I was fortunate enough to be elected
President of Key Club International.
As International President, my job is to lead our organization for the next
year; to set the vision of what Key Club is, should be, and will be; to supervise
and work with your 11 International Trustees, ensuring that they
serve and work with your district properly; to unite all 33 districts under
our common mission, and to do everything in my power to leave this organization
better than I found it when I leave office in 2016.
Key Club has an exciting year ahead of it! We’re entering the last decade of
our first 100 years. We’re embarking on a journey to fulfill a 3 million dollar
pledge to the Eliminate Project. We’re working every day to make membership
larger, stronger, and an experience that leaves all 270,000 satisfied.
As a Key Club member, you’ve chosen to be a part of something greater
than yourself. Greater than your home club, your division, or even your
district; you’ve chosen to be one of the thousands of hands Key Club International
unites for the greater good around the word. As the saying goes,
“United we stand; Divided we fall”: Let’s unite, Key Club. We’re a global
network of smart, inspired, capable servant leaders. Can you imagine what
we can do when we come together?
It’s an honor to be your leader this year. I wish
you the very best in all of your endeavors this
school year- Key Club and otherwise- and thank
you sincerely for being a Key Clubber. Let’s have
a fantastic year!
President, Key Club International
A Message International Vice President Addison Clipfell
My name is Addison Clipfell, and I’m the 2015-2016 International Vice
President. I’m so excited to serve alongside Rip and the rest of the
trustees for the upcoming year. I look forward to working with not only
them but also all of you guys! Some fun facts about me are that I
play the violin, I’m a whovian, I love Sudoku, I have a dog named
Roxy, and I absolutely love Key Club. Well, you knew that last one,
I truly hope I can inspire and aid all of you in sparking enthusiasm for
Key Club in your members this year. This is extremely important in
creating long-lasting connections, and it is key to keeping members in
the Kiwanis Family. Also, I hope all of your unique clubs continue to do
amazing service in the upcoming year and share it with me along the
However, most importantly, I want you to know that while I hold the
office of I.V.P, I’m just a regular teenager. I think history is boring, I
seriously struggle with grammar, I fan-girl over David Tennant, hang
out with friends, and love to serve. I’m just like all of you! I’m not
only here to serve you guys; I’m here to be a friend, and anything else
you may need. I want to be your friend, a
supporter, a source of encouragement, and a
Vice President all wrapped into one.
So, with this information, feel free to Facebook
message me literally anytime.:) My
contact info is below, and I can’t wait to
have an amazing year of service, everyone!
2015-2016 International Vice President
A Message International Trustee Amy Jiang
Hello, Florida Key Clubbers!
My name is Amy Jiang, and I have the distinct honor of serving as your international
trustee this year. For my last year in Key Club, I am grateful to
have been given the opportunity to work and interact with my three districts:
Florida, Illinois-Eastern Iowa, and Eastern Canada. I am eager to
see the future obstacles we overcome and the successes we share.
As a past club member, club president, and lieutenant governor, I have
been moved, over and over again, by the passion and dedication of Key
Clubbers. Now, as international trustee, I want to aid such individuals in
their pursuit to serve their home, school, and community. By educating
members about unsure topics and empowering individuals to use the
available resources, I hope to create a united and informed member front.
As an elected leader of Key Club, I serve you all. You all trusted that I
would covey your comments from the district to
international level, communicate international
updates, and believe in your district with all my
heart. Throughout this year, I want to prove
that you have trusted in the right person for
Of course, this would not be possible without
your help. So, if you have any questions or
comments, feel free to contact me! I look forward
to a great service year with the mighty
mighty Florida District!
Yours in Service,
To our new international leaders
To all of our new international board members, the Florida District
is eager to work with you and see where this upcoming
years leads us. Also, congratulations to former Lieutenant
Governor Ian Macdonald, who will be representing Florida as
International Trustee to the Districts of Texas-Oklahoma, Caribbean-Atlantic,
and Indiana. Good luck!
Congratulations to the district board members and clubs mentioned below! Also, thank
you for applying for these awards and doing all of the work involved with even qualifying;
keep up the amazing hard work, even for those of you who have graduated.
2014-2015 Outstanding District Governor
2014-2015 Outstanding District Treasurer
Distinguished Clubs– Diamond Level
Barbara Goleman Senior HS
Cape Coral HS
Hialeah Gardens Senior HS
2014-2015 Outstanding District Editor
2014-2015 Outstanding District Secretary
2014-2015 Robert F. Lucas Outstanding Lt. Governors
Lieutenant Governor Div 3
Lieutenant Governor Div 8
Lieutenant Governor Div 9
Lieutenant Governor Div 10B
Lieutenant Governor Div 11
Lieutenant Governor Div 17
Lieutenant Governor Div 18
Lieutenant Governor Div 19A
Lieutenant Governor Div 19B
Lieutenant Governor Div 20A
Lieutenant Governor Div 23A
Lieutenant Governor Div 23B
Lieutenant Governor Div 24B
Lieutenant Governor Div 25A
Lieutenant Governor Div 25B
Lieutenant Governor Div 26A
Lieutenant Governor Div 26B
Lieutenant Governor Div 26D
Junior Pierre Louis
Monumental Pancake Lunch- ICON
The Eliminate Project Update
Have you heard the great news
yet? With the help of the Kiwanis Family
and UNICEF, India has ELIMINATED maternal
and neonatal tetanus (MNT) ! This
incredible accomplishment would have
been impossible without Florida Key
Club’s contributions, as our district as a
whole raises some of the greatest funds
for The Eliminate Project.
from Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF to The
Eliminate Project until 2020 or until
the disease has been eliminated.
Keep up the great work, Florida!
However, despite this feat, there
are still 22 countries that have still not
eradicated MNT. We must continue our
efforts for The Eliminate Project in order
to meet Key Club International’s goal of
3 million dollars, as well as fulfill the Florida
District’s promise to donate all funds
1 baby dies every 9 minutes from tetanus • 160 babies die each day from
tetanus • MNT has been eliminated in 37 countries • 22 nations still suffer
from tetanus • 3 doses of tetanus vaccine = immunity from tetanus •
Woman + vaccine = protected baby • US$1.80 protects 1 woman and her
future babies • The Eliminate Project saves or protects millions of moms
& babies • Elimination =
Armwood Key Club
As a member of Key Club, you have infinite service
and fundraising opportunities to consider.
Here are some of the Florida District’s best examples
of leadership through service; hopefully,
you may find a project that your own club
would be interested in!
Share your own service experiences with the
district by completing all of your pride reports
and using #FLKeyClub on your social media
Club: Trinity P reparatory School of Florida
This Key Club raised over $100 for The
Eliminate Project by organizing a Guessing
Game, in which they filled three jars with
candy and asked participants to donate $1
per guess. The person with the closest
guess was awarded the jar of candy.
Club: Southeast High School
This Key Club held a “Miss Ugly” pageant in which guys from the school
volunteered to wear Disney princess costumes. They raised around $600
for The Eliminate Project from contestant fees and entry tickets.
Club: Barbara Goleman Senior High School
This Key Club held their semi-annual “Dodge to Eliminate” dodgeball game
in order to raise funds for The Eliminate Project. Members worked at the
concession stand, sold tickets, retrieved after balls, and MCed.
Club: Saint John Neumann High School
This Key Club raised money for a Guatemalan
boy named Veleyda Huz by selling YUDA bands.
All proceeds went toward his education.
Club: Lake Minneola High School
This Key Club created a project called Saving
Lives with Stayin Alive, and the challenge
is to take a shorter shower, preferably
for the duration of the song "Stayin
Alive" by the Bee Gees. Participants then
post a picture on social media using the
hashtag #SavingLivesWithASnap. They also
raised $115 and donated it to Save the
Rain, and they continue efforts to preserve
gallons of water by raising awareness of
the Global Water Crisis.
Club: St. P etersburg Senior High School
Club: Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
This Key Club volunteered at the Cultural Arts Night at Park
Trails Elementary School and assisted the children.
This Key Club organized a Blood Drive for their school. They also helped on
the day of the event and ensured that the project went smoothly.
Club: Boca Raton Community High School
This Key Club helped set up, run, and clean up an ice
cream social for Calusa Elementary School.
Club: Cypress Bay High School
This Key Club participated in the Relay for Life
in order to raise money for cancer research.
Thank you to these outstanding clubs; keep up the amazing work! Continue including
pictures in your pride reports, and I might just include them in the next
issue of The Sunshine Source. (Key Goes Green projects on pages 6-7.)
Which division and zone are you in?
Verify your membership at: http://floridakeyclub.org/
Did you know that you can double check whether or not
you’ve been added as a member of Key Club International?
Just visit FloridaKeyClub.org,
and click the blue button
labeled “Click Here to Verify
Membership.” on the home
Even if you paid your dues
to your club, you should
make sure that your club
sent in the check to the
Florida District and to International.
International Dues: $7.00
District Dues: $4.50
If your name is not listed or if
the information listed is
incorrect, contact your club
secretary or advisor to
update the information.
Club Dues: Must be at least $11.50, but clubs can increase that
amount with a 2/3 vote and by adding it to their Club Bylaws
If you have any questions about dues, reach out to your club treasurer,
lieutenant governor, or the District Treasurer, Palak Shah.
Find your club in the club directory at: http://floridakeyclub.org/club-directory/
Who’s your lieutenant governor?
Contact information available at: http://floridakeyclub.org/contact-information/
1 Sophie Kline
2A Taylor Thomas
2B Daniel Wyatt
3 Mariam McKee
4 Hannah Wacha
5 Zachary Prioletti
6 Ashley Chamberlin
7 Stacey Guillen
8 Katherine Havemann
9 Reaghan Wooster
10A Jenna Dovydaitis
10B Neil Laverde
10C Giovanni Mella
11 Sabrina Spotts
12 Dalton Carter
13 Francis Ameng
14A Matthew Brink
14B Drew Valenti
14C Annie Gibbs
15A Zachary Jones
15B Hannah Rosenbaum
16 Sarah Paust
17 Neemi Patel
18 Mira Chauhan
19A Gabriel Castellanos
19B Jennifer Madden
20A Ijahala Pottinger
20B Alyssa Frank
21 Martha Hagan
22 Samantha Varela
23A Danielle Ginzburg
23B Kimberly Moya
24A Jennifer Moscovitch
24B Sabrina Flores
25A Sabrina Cequera
25B Natalie Antenor
25C Alexander Perez
26A Jonathan Garcia
26B Gianna Hasbun-Prinstein
26C Jennifer Rivera
26D Beatriz Buena Dorea
Key Club would not be where it is today, with over 270,000 members worldwide,
or have the great impact it does without the help of several organizations. Key
Club International’s preferred charities (UNICEF, March of Dimes, and Children’s
Miracle Network), vision partners (Nickelodeon and Landscape Structures Inc.),
and co-sponsors (Rustic Pathways and the U.S. Army) have played integral roles
in all that we do. We are so grateful to all of these organizations and look forward
to changing even more lives for the better with your help!
A Message from the Service and Major Emphasis Committee
Service and Major Emphasis focuses on impactful and meaningful service
through the preferred charities of Key Club International, which are: UNICEF,
March of Dimes, and Children's Miracle Network. As a result of working with
these charities, lives are being saved.
During the upcoming months of the school year, be sure to help with these organizations
by getting a blizzard on July 30th for Miracle Treat Day; this will benefit
Children's Miracle Network. Make sure to secure Trick or Treat for UNICEF
boxes early on because of limited supplies. Fundraising for Trick or Treat for
UNICEF helps with funding for The Eliminate Project. You can also help March of
Dimes by holding a walk for March of Babies.
As Key Clubbers, working with these charities clearly show the core values of
caring, inclusiveness, character-building and leadership through fundraising
and awesome service projects.
Florida Opportunity Fund (FLOF)
The Florida Opportunity Fund (FLOF) is a grant for service projects available only
in the Florida District of Key Club International. FLOF can give clubs up to 2/3
the money necessary for service projects; however, schools must provide 1/3
of the amount they wish to receive. The amount of money you can get ranges
from $100 to $1,000.
Your club must be in good standing, meaning they have submitted most Pride
Reports on time, completed the OIF, paid dues, and are active in service projects
and divisional/district events. Below are two FLOF applicants who received
the service grant. Visit floridakeyclub.org to view more!
Divisions 18 & 19 – Meals of Hope
Jesuit High School – Habitat for Humanity Build
The Youth Opportunity Fund (YOF) is Key Club International’s grant program for
service projects. You can receive funding for projects between $100 to $2,000
once a year.
Youth Opportunity Fund (YOF)
Applicants must have an adult advisor, and divisional projects are not eligible
to receive a YOF Grant. Applications are due by October 15th.
For more information regarding service grants, contact District Treasurer Palak Shah at
Treasurer@FloridaKeyClub.org, or visit floridakeyclub.org and select the “FLOF & YOF”
tab. Also, you can contact the FLOF Committee at FLOF@FloridaKeyClub.org for any FLOFrelated
A Few Ke
Key Club is the world’s largest and oldest student-led organization, with
over 270,000 members in 35 nations worldwide. It originated in Sacramento,
California, in 1925. Two Kiwanians, who were also administrators,
chose to establish a club to develop leadership in 11 of
the school’s “key boys,” hence the name “Key Club.”
Key Club is one of the branches of the Kiwanis International
Family, in addition to Aktion Club, Circle K International,
Builders’ Club, and Kiwanis Kids. However, Key Club
remains the largest of the organizations.
OFFICER INFORMATION FORMS (OIFs) are to be filled out by the secretary as
soon as possible and should be updated throughout the year. They allow the
lieutenant governor and Executive Committee members to contact club officers
and send information regarding divisional, district, and international news.
PRIDE REPORTS are monthly online reports detailing each club’s service, meeting
attendance, and more. They are to be filled out by the Club Secretary on
the 10th of each month. However, the Summer Pride Report for June, July, and
August is due September 10. These reports allow Lieutenant Governors and
district executive officers to track the club’s involvement.
Visit this website to fill out your OIF and Pride Reports:
Secretaries and clubs who fill out all Pride Reports are eligible for
awards and recognition at the District Education and Leadership
Conference (DCON) in April!
I pledge, on my honor, to uphold the Objects
of Key Club International; to build my
home, school and community; to serve my
nation and God; and combat all forces
which tend to undermine these institutions.
Caring– Our Way of Life
Key Club is an international, student-led
organization providing its members with
opportunities to perform service, build
character and develop leadership.
Leadership. Character building.
We are caring and competent servant leaders
transforming communities worldwide.
Learn more about Key Club’s history at: http://keyclub.org/discover/historytimeline.aspx
Blake High School
TERRA Environmental Research
Cooper City High School
Boca Raton Community High
Palm Beach Central High School
Contact information for all board members, including Lt. Governors and Zone
Administrators, is available at: http://floridakeyclub.org/contact-information.