Greetings, Pacific Northwest District Key Clubbers!

I can’t believe that this is our last full month before the District Convention. Things are getting crazy for our Executive Team as we prepare training materials for the incoming lieutenant governors, make our final promotions of the year, and plan one of the best conventions that PNW Key Club has ever seen. We are so excited to see you next month in Portland!

This update is jam-packed with new information and opportunities to help your club. Thirst Project merchandise sales are open until the end of the month. International Convention registration is officially open. The Kiwanis-family Relations Committee has released their most comprehensive resource yet. And lastly, the Riley’s Way Foundation recently reached out to me so that I could tell you about a super cool grant opportunity they want you to hear about.

As always, feel free to reach out to me at if you have any questions!

The District Project Committee, and all of us on the District Board, are so excited to announce the opening of the PNW Key Club Shop for Thirst Project merchandise! 

This year, merchandise offerings include:
  • Hoodies
  • Crewneck Sweatshirts
  • Stickers
  • Bucket Hats
Designs and prices can be found on the PNW Key Club Shop. As always, 100% of the proceeds go toward building water projects in our District’s assigned Mahlalini region of eSwatini.

Purchasing merchandise is a win-win. It’s an easy way to support the PNW's fundraising efforts for the Thirst Project, and wearing it can also provide you with a platform to spread awareness about our cause.

The shop will be open until February 28th and members can pick up their purchases at DCON in March. 

We appreciate all your support! Water is a necessity of life that everyone deserves, and this is just one way that we can help to give everyone access to it. 

Feel free to utilize the graphic attached for promotional usage. And if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to District Editor Alicen Han or District Project Chair Callia Thornton.
Reflecting on my time as a club officer, one of my proudest accomplishments was working with my local middle school to reactivate a Builders Club. It was a goal that I had coming into my term as a club treasurer, and something that I know many clubs around the district hope to accomplish as well. Starting a Builders Club is rewarding. It helps students get connected with service at an earlier age and it provides Key Clubs with a reliable way to recruit incoming freshmen. However, working with Builders Club is challenging for many high school students. We don’t necessarily always have the means to effectively sponsor a club’s projects, mentor students, or provide a quality Builders Club experience. This is why I’m so excited to release one of the most comprehensive Kiwanis-family resources yet: Builders Club Curriculum. 

The Kiwanis-family Relations Committee has spent a few months preparing the Google Drive attached below. Inside, you will be able to find a total of 24 presentations that your Key Club or Kiwanis club can use to organize up to two Builders Club meetings per month. A few really cool features about this resource are that:
  • The Builders Club Curriculum can be used as an outline to help those interested in starting a club. Each set of slides includes activities and discussions that help foster leadership, a passion for service, and critical thinking skills that will undoubtedly lead to members having a positive experience.
  • Each set of slides asks challenging questions for middle school students. These are related to the community, people in their school, and more. These discussion topics are designed to help teach them valuable leadership skills.
  • Spotlighted service opportunities primarily focus on age-appropriate projects that take place within the school. This way, transportation shouldn’t be an issue for students and field trip forms won’t be required.
  • The meetings in each month are spaced out in a way that allows appropriate time for Key Club promotion, Builders Club social events, and icebreakers.
I want to send a shoutout to Kiwanis-family Relations Chair Katie Lee and her committee for taking the time to develop this resource. I encourage you to check it out by clicking the button below. Please contact Katie Lee at if you have any questions.
Every summer, Key Club International celebrates a year of service at the International Convention. Approximately 1,000 students and their advisors will gather together to introduce new programs, present awards to outstanding clubs, conduct the organization’s official business, attend educational workshops, and elect international officers for the upcoming year.

The 77th Annual Key Club International Convention will be held July 1-4, 2020 in San Francisco, CA.  The Pacific Northwest District of Key Club will be conducting its District tour, which will begin Tuesday afternoon, June 30, 2020 and return Sunday morning, July 5, 2020.  Attached is the itinerary for the tour. The tour package includes all air and ground transportation, along with hotel room, registration fees, tour admissions, all meals, district pins for trading, and many other items.

This year's convention and tour promises to be lots of fun! All Convention activities will be in the heart of downtown of San Francisco, CA. Our tour will also include activities and accommodations in San Francisco. We will have a guided tour of the city, visit Alcatraz, Sausailto, Golden Gate Park, Twin Peaks, North Beach, have time for shopping, view the Fourth of July fireworks, enjoy a District dinner at Fisherman’s Wharf, and much, much more.

If you’re interested in attending this year’s International Convention in San Francisco, please see the attached registration packet below.
The Riley’s Way Foundation is an organization that empowers young leaders to use kindness and empathy to create positive change in their communities. They recently announced the second annual Call for Kindness, a program for teens across the country to propose ideas for driving change that inspires kindness and builds meaningful connections in their communities. Fifteen students will receive grants of up to $3,000 to launch/grow their projects, as well as join a cohort of fellows from across the country where they will learn from peers and experts through the Riley’s Way Kind Leadership Series. If you have questions about this grant program, please contact Ashley Lin at or check out their website.
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