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Greetings, Pacific Northwest District Key Clubbers!

Now that Halloween has passed and the holiday season is starting, it seems suiting that we celebrate Key Club Week together. This email update provides more information about ongoing events, including Key Club Week and Thirsty 30. Additionally, continue reading to see what happened at this year’s Canada and Alaska Conferences, the largest Key Club functions in Vancouver and Anchorage. Lastly, scroll to the bottom for information about dues payment from District Treasurer Katie Sell.

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

Key Club Week gives you the opportunity to show your community what Key Club is truly about: service. Each day places an emphasis on service, to promote Key Club within our homes, schools and communities and to make Key Club a household name. See this article for more information about Key Club Week and materials that may help your club participate.

Tomorrow is Dare to Care Wednesday. Key Club has three preferred partners — UNICEF, March of Dimes and Children’s Miracle Network. Take time to focus on service projects that help support these causes, such as making non-slip socks or capes for your local CMN hospital.

Thursdays are for Random Acts of Kindness. Spread happiness throughout your school by implementing little random acts of kindness, such as leaving cards with inspirational messages on every student’s locker or just simply holding the door for someone else.

Friday is when we Connect the K’s. Key Club is the largest high school service organization in the world and is a member of the Kiwanis family. Celebrate the entire family of Kiwanis by getting the whole gang involved. Connect with local Kiwanis, Circle K International, Builders, K-Kids or Aktion clubs and team up for a joint service project.
This month for our monthly District Project spotlight, we are featuring Ephrata High School in Division 58. This club has been doing amazing work for the District Project! They raised $2,259.80 for the Thirst Project by selling over 9,000 paper links during their homecoming week in a class competition. The amount they raised provides nearly 90 people access to clean drinking water for life. Great job Ephrata High School! We can’t wait to see what other creative fundraisers clubs can come up with next.
On October 12th, over 130 Key Clubbers from the Vancouver and Abbotsford areas gathered for Canada Conference 2019, the largest annual event for members in Canada. Lieutenant Governors of Division 13/15/17 Sarah Ngo and Division 18 Carmen Xiang organized the event at the University of British Columbia, which included a presentation from two of Thirst Project’s Road Warriors, a pizza lunch, and various team building activities. The main programming at each year’s Canada Conference consists of three rounds of workshops led by various Key Club officers and alumni. Topics covered included maximizing your impact, best practices for fundraising, and college admissions advice. Outside of the conference itself, District Administrator Brian Egger and Governor Justin Englund visited the Kiwanis Clubs of Vernon and Kamloops to discuss the expansion of Key Club in the Interior of British Columbia where, currently, there is only one active Key Club at NorKam Senior Secondary School.

Similar to Canada Conference, over 25 Key Clubbers gathered for Alaska’s largest Key Club event of the year, Alaska Conference, on October 26th. Lieutenant Governor of Division AYS Loren Odoardo organized the three-hour long event at Bartlett High School in Anchorage. The agenda included presentations from Thirst Project Road Warriors, the American Cancer Society, and the Kiwanis Club of Anchorage. Members also participated in icebreaker games, enjoyed pizza for lunch, and made no-sew blankets/dog toys as a service project. Later in the evening after the conference concluded, seven Key Clubbers also volunteered at Hope Kitchen, a nightly service project for the Key Clubs in Anchorage. Outside of this event, Road Warriors Justin and Maria gave presentations at Dimond High School, Colony High School, and the Kiwanis Club of Anchorage social, bringing Thirst Project to Alaska for the first time in the organization’s history!
Happy November, PNW! 

Throughout the entire month of November, we are hosting a district-wide Thirsty 30 campaign that will help us reach our goal of $60,000 to build five sustainable wells in the Mahlalini Region for the Thirst Project. Thirsty 30 is an efficient and effective fundraiser for any large or small Key Club to participate in. For 30 days (November 1st-November 30th), the challenge is to count the number of members in your club and assign each person a corresponding amount to fundraise for. By collecting 20 envelopes you can already earn $210, and if you collect 150 envelopes you can nearly fund an entire well. No matter if your club has been struggling to fundraise for the District Project or if they have successfully hosted multiple events, Thirsty 30 is the perfect opportunity for you to bring communities access to safe drinking water in the Kingdom of Eswatini. If you have any questions, feel free to direct them to me, District Project Chair Callia Thornton, at project@pnwkeyclub.org. We hope to see your Key Club participate in the district campaign and help PNW change the world!
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