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Greetings, Pacific Northwest District Key Clubbers!

My name is Dmitri Saberi and I am your 2017-2018 Pacific Northwest District Governor. This is the first of many bi-weekly updates that will be sent throughout the year to all the members in the Pacific Northwest. The purpose of these updates is to inform and educate you on what is going on at the District level and to provide useful resources that you can utilize within your club. Additionally, there will be several opportunities to get involved at the District level outlined in this email, so I encourage you to read the updates carefully and take advantage of the information that is provided. Please enjoy the update and contact me at governor@pnwkeyclub.org if you have any questions!

— Kiwanis Children's Cancer Program— 
The Kiwanis Children’s Cancer Program was founded in the Pacific Northwest by Past Governor Frank Morehouse of the Pacific Northwest District of Kiwanis International in 2010. At that time, Past Governor Frank worked at a hospital in which a young cancer patient by the name of Penny stayed. Penny was diagnosed with a brain tumor that required surgery and radiation therapy. During her hospital stays, she would visit with Governor Frank, and share with him her struggle and experiences throughout her life regarding her battle with cancer. Penny eventually lost her fight with cancer and passed away, but during the time that Governor Frank spent with Penny, he developed a genuine relationship with her. Frank Morehouse then created this program, KCCP, in dedication to Penny’s loss and memory, and to bring awareness to cases such as hers. Currently, KCCP is operating in Doernbecher Children’s Hospital located in Portland, Oregon, Seattle Children’s Hospital located in Seattle, Washington, and BC Children’s Hospital located in Vancouver, BC. The Program's mission to raise awareness to fund and support pediatric hematology/oncology fellowships in partnering hospitals within the PNW is continuing to expand upon and spread their vision to move towards finding a cure for children’s cancer once and for all. PNW Key Club has selected this program as our District Project for the year, and we aim to raise $75,000 as a District! Please remember that this is only possible with your help. Email governor@pnwkeyclub.org or project@pnwkeyclub.org to get involved and join the fight!

We are excited to announce that the KCCP Merchandise Store is officially open. All transactions will be online, and payments will be through credit/debit cards. Click here to access the online merchandise shop. All proceeds go to KCCP.
Key Club is made up of four major levels, each led by a Board of Officers:

1. The Club Level: The most important level of Key Club. The club level is where the action happens: the fundraisers, service projects, and other service-oriented events are held by the clubs. As a member, you are the reason Key Club has the vast impact it has. The club level is led by a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Editor. However, each club puts its own spin on this system, so there are typically positions added and subtracted to the aforementioned Board.

2. The Divisional Level: This level serves as the liaison between the club level and the District/International levels. There is only one official officer for this level, the Lieutenant Governor. It is the Lieutenant Governor's responsibility to oversee the clubs in their division, and disseminate information from the higher levels.

3. The District Level: The next level is the District level. Just as clubs within a District are organized into divisions, divisions are organized by area into Districts. We are all a part of the Pacific Northwest District, which spans all of Washington, Oregon, and Alaska, in addition to parts of Canada, Idaho, and even California! In fact, we are so large that we are geographically the largest District in all of International. There are 41 Divisions within the Pacific Northwest, each assigned to a Lieutenant Governor. At the District Level, the PNW is led by an Executive Board; the Governor (Dmitri Saberi), the Secretary (Ashley Villanueva), the Treasurer (Brian Nguyen), and the Editor (Kaho Otake). The District Board as a whole is comprised of Lieutenant Governors and Committee Chairs, and is led by the Executive Board.

4. The International Level: International is the highest level of Key Club. As the name suggests, Key Club International reaches all around the world. Just as Districts are made up of Divisions, International is made up of 33 Districts. This level is led by an International Board, which is comprised of 11 Trustees, and is led by the International President and Vice-President. The Trustees are liaisons to the District Level, and each are assigned to three Districts (Just like Lieutenant Governors!). The Trustee for the Pacific Northwest this last year was Nicole Montana. We recently elected a new International Board at International Convention, and our new Trustee will be assigned to us in the coming weeks.
  • Seattle Rally: July 22
  • Portland Rally: August 5
  • Tacoma Rally: August 7
  • Canada Rally: August 12
  • PNWOF: Released September 1
  • DCON 2018: March 16-18, 2018

— PNW Opportunity Fund —

The PNWOF (Pacific Northwest Opportunity Fund) is a grant system for any chartered Key Clubs and members around our district that have great service ideas they want to bring to life, but lack the funds to do so. The PNWOF Committee will be working diligently throughout the year to provide financial support to individual clubs and members to help support our District Project, strengthen the local community, and encourage servant leadership through service grants. The application form for the grant will be released on September 1 and the due date for the application form is October 31. Do you have a great idea for a service project but don't have the resources to take action? What are you waiting for? Apply! If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email pnwof@pnwkeyclub.org

— PNW District Convention 2018 —
It may be summer vacation, but the District Board is already hard at work planning for DCON 2018! District Convention is an incredible weekend that brings around 2000 Key Clubbers from across the Pacific Northwest together for a celebration of the service year. In addition to taking part in electing the next Executive Board, Attendees will have the opportunity to experience professional speakers, an entertainer, workshops led by District Board members and professional facilitators, a Service Fair featuring colleges and other organizations, a dance, and so much more! We can't wait to see you all back in Portland, Oregon, from March 16-18, 2018. This year's theme is Destination: Service, which emphasizes every member's individual journey through Key Club and the diversity of our organization. Get ready for an exciting trip through several iconic locations around the world! Speaking of the theme...The Logo Design Contest is now open and we're looking for creative Key Clubbers to design logos for the official Convention t-shirt, pin, bag, and lanyard. If you or someone you know might be interested, visit www.tinyurl.com/dconlogo2018 or email convention@pnwkeyclub.org for more information. 

— The Kiwanis-family —
In the PNW District, we have over 13,171 members but did you know that we have an even larger Kiwanis Family? The Kiwanis Family consists of six different branches that bring together different age groups and people who all have a common passion for service. K-Kids is designated for elementary school students and much like the middle school branch, Builders Club, it teaches the value of serving your community to a younger audience. The next branch is very familiar to all of you, Key Club! Key Club is the largest and oldest service program for high school students. Going off to college in the fall? Join Circle K, a service organization for college students! For adults living with disabilities is Aktion Club, an organization that allows them to build leadership skills through service. Lastly is our parent organization, Kiwanis. Without Kiwanis, our Kiwanis Family wouldn’t exist! 

It's finally here: Volume 28 Issue 1 of THE ESPRESSO (click here). This is the official publication of the Pacific Northwest District of Key Club, published seasonally by District Editor, Kaho Otake.


In this issue: 
  • Recaps from DCON, Spring Joint DCMs, and more!
  • Jane Tang's Key Club Story 
  • Updates from the Executive Board and our International Trustee, Nicole Montana
  • Information regarding our District Project: KCCP
  • Preview of Summer Rallies 
  • Club Spotlight: Hermiston Key Club (Division 80)
The Executive Board is proud to present Volume 3 Cup 1 of The RECAPpuccino. Stay tuned for updates, important news, upcoming dates, and more!
From June 16-18, Governor Dmitri Saberi and District Administrator Brian Egger traveled to Division 82 to visit clubs in the Ashland, Grants Pass, and Klamath Falls area. Governor Dmitri made three presentations, one in each town. You can see pictures from the Klamath Falls visit in the top left, the Ashland visit in the top right, and the Grants Pass visit below those. The presentation consisted of information from the District level, in addition to tips on communication, growth, fundraising, bettering your club, making your service more effective, and more. Additionally, Brian and Dmitri joined the Grants Pass Key Club to partake in a service project on Saturday, which was to clean the local fairgrounds. They are pictured here right after the project, relaxing with ice cold coffees to recover from a day in the sun. It was an honor for Governor Dmitri to be able to spend the weekend with such a dedicated group of individuals, and we can't wait to see wait to see what these clubs will accomplish in the future. Be on the lookout for more information on official visits in future updates!
Here are some quick and easy fundraising tips to ensure your success with KCCP fundraising!
  • Create a goal and communicate that to customers: If your customers hear/see that you are far from your goal they are likely to help. Alternatively if they see that you are close to reaching your goal, they are likely to want help with the last couple dollars of your sales.
  • Plan seasonal fundraisers: Think of what would be a want/desire during the summer! For instance, a car wash, BBQ sale, 
  • Reach beyond Key Clubbers: Think of fundraisers that reach out to the community and gain involvement from all age ranges. We do not want Key Clubbers to be the only people donating, we want the community to be our main donors.
  • Look and ask for community help: Before you start planning, inform your Kiwanis that your fundraiser is occurring and get their input on how to make it more successful. Also, when using supplies (such as things to sell or tools to make what you’re selling) look to stores such as Target, Trader Joes, Fred Meyer, and QFC for help/funding. In order to do this, you will need a letterhead that can be requested via an email to project@pnwkeyclub.org.
  • No amount is too small: No matter if your fundraiser raises $10 or $1000, all of it is profit for KCCP, so do not be afraid that your fundraiser will not succeed, just go for it!
  • Spread the cause: when fundraising you are not only selling the item or the service you are providing, you are sharing the cause that you are supporting (In this case, KCCP). Have a flyer or informational poster about what KCCP or the preferred cause is and who they are supporting.
  • Share your ideas: Most times the most successful community outreaches and fundraisers begin with one members idea so don’t be afraid to push to make your ideas possible. 
If you have any questions about anything regarding fundraising, please email our District Project Chair, Danielle Bae, at project@pnwkeyclub.org
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