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Greetings, Pacific Northwest District Key Clubbers!

Happy New Year! January is always a busy time for Key Club. Between DCON registration, club and divisional elections, and ongoing service projects, it’s easy to feel stressed or overwhelmed. I hope that this email will provide some useful information to assist you and your club with completing the DCON registration process.

On another note, many divisions are having their Lieutenant Governor Election Rallies in the coming days. If you’re planning to run for Lieutenant Governor, I wish you the best of luck. For candidates at any level of the organization, I encourage you to think about the impact that you would like to leave in your community at the end of next year. I cannot wait to see the talent that PNW Key Club holds.

As always, feel free to reach out to me at governor@pnwkeyclub.org if you have any questions!

The 2019-2020 Key Club International Board has asked PNW Key Club to pilot a new competition at DCON 2020 that focuses on community initiatives. The Community Initiative Competition is an individual or group event for up to three students that awards those who develop and orally present an effective hypothetical plan to address an issue in their community. This pilot program was developed to evaluate whether or not Key Clubbers would be interested in participating in competitions that focus on the application of critical thinking skills as they relate to community service.
 
Materials provided by the International Board are attached to this email, including the competition information packet, sample judging questions, and scoring rubric. See those materials in this Google Drive folder. Contest participants will need to identify an issue in their community, form a plan to solve or minimize that issue, and explain how a Key Club can participate in that project or initiative. Please distribute these materials to members of your club who are interested in participating. Due to constraints on our judging capacity, students interested in entering this contest at DCON must fill out this Google Form by Saturday, February 1, 2020. A limited number of students will be asked to give a presentation on their topic at DCON. These students will be notified no later than Thursday, February 27, 2020.
This year’s District Convention will be held in Portland, Oregon from March 20-22, 2020. For clubs to attend DCON, they will need to submit all registration materials by February 1, 2020. This includes completion of online registration and submission of contest entries found in Section C of the Call to Convention. All candidates for District Executive Office or International Endorsement must complete the required paperwork located in Section B.

If you have questions about registering for DCON 2020 or aren’t sure where to access registration materials, please consult the website listed below. Additionally, I highly recommend  that all advisors and officers read through Section A of the Call to Convention in its entirety as it provides a comprehensive overview of the registration process and convention activities. Frequently Asked Questions can be located on pages 38-41 of Section A.
DCON WEBSITE
SECTION A: REGISTRATION & GENERAL INFORMATION
SECTION B: OFFICER AGREEMENTS AND ELECTION INFORMATION
SECTION C: AWARDS AND CONTESTS
Are you interested in a scholarship for higher education? Key Club members can apply for one of seven PNW Kiwanis Foundation scholarships. Apply by February 1st.
PNW KIWANIS FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS
In addition to the PNW Kiwanis Foundation scholarships, Key Club members can apply for scholarships offered through the Kiwanis International Children's Fund. Most of these scholarships also have a deadline of February 1st. 
CHILDREN'S FUND SCHOLARSHIPS
Do scholarship applications fill you with dread? Check out these seven tips to help you stay organized and sane while making your applications stand out.
SCHOLARSHIP TIPS FROM KCI
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