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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. Welcome to the third Bi-Weekly Update of the Pacific Northwest District of Key Club International! These updates center around providing information from the District to our members in as straightforward and simple of a way as possible. I would encourage you to make sure that everyone in your club is signed up to receive these emails, as they will prove to be extremely useful, especially when school comes into full swing and the District will have a very large amount of information and resources to distribute. Tell your members to go to www.pnwkeyclub.org to sign up for this mailing list; the first pop-up you see will give you the option to provide your information and join the list.

This particular email will highlight the recent Official Visit to our Canadian Divisions, recap the area rallies, and provide some basics on the Kiwanis Children's Cancer Program, in addition to reasons for you to get involved and #SupportTheFight! Enjoy the update, and never hesitate to contact me at governor@pnwkeyclub.org if you have any questions, want to get more involved at the District level, or just want to talk.
The four area rallies this year were held in Seattle, Portland, Tacoma, and Canada. The purpose of these rallies is to train officers and educate members, whilst energizing all in attendance and helping everyone rekindle their spirit for the new school year. Each rally was planned and organized by their respective area Lieutenant Governors (Seattle Area Lieutenant Governors planned Seattle Rally, and the corresponding statement is true for the other three). The rallies were filled with excitement, spirit, and passion. Additionally, they encompassed two general sessions, officer training, workshop sessions that focused on both personal development and Key Club oriented objectives, guest speakers, the spirit stick, and other components of an overall extremely valuable day. The District Board hopes that members at all rallies had an enjoyable and educational experience. We are already hard at work to improve the system for next year and ensure that your experience will improve even further from this point! 
The Kiwanis Children's Cancer Program (Or KCCP) is PNW Key Club's 2017-2018 District Project. Each year, the Governor of the Pacific Northwest selects a particular program or cause to pledge a certain amount of money from the District throughout the year. This year, Governor Dmitri Saberi has elected to continue the Kiwanis Children's Cancer Program as the Pacific Northwest District Project, pledging $75,000 from the District this year. KCCP is a program based at three hospitals within the Pacific Northwest: Doernbecher Children's in Portland, OR, Seattle Children's in Seattle, WA, and BC Children's, in Vancouver, BC. The funds that we donate to the program are split evenly between the three hospitals, and all go towards funding fellows that conduct research in pediatric oncology and hematology. These fellows are funded for a three-year program, and then go on to take permanent positions at other hospitals or universities throughout the nation. These fellows are truly at the forefront of the battle against childhood cancer at this moment, and by funding them to do research at three highly acclaimed hospitals, we are truly putting our money where the most important part of the battle is. Let's go all in on the war on childhood cancer, and be a part in taking this deadly disease down for good. Click the button below to get involved and help us reach our $75,000 goal.
DONATE TO KCCP NOW
From August 11-13, Governor Dmitri Saberi and Assistant District Administrator Criena Sekhon had the opportunity to conduct an official visit to Divisions 13/15/17 and 18 in Canada. After arriving on Friday afternoon and exploring the Richmond night market during the evening, Governor Dmitri and Assistant Admin Criena moved on to official business. During the first part of the day on Saturday, they attended the Canada Rally. At the Rally, Governor Dmitri gave opening remarks, presented Presidents/VP's Training and other workshops, and gave closing remarks on DCON 2018. It was an extremely successful and organized event, thanks to the diligent work of the Canada Rally Planning Committee, comprised of officers from Divisions 13/15/17 and 18 and Lieutenant Governors Lily Du and Sophie Choi. After the event, Dmitri and Criena accompanied the officers of Division 18 to an officer dinner. At this gathering, Dmitri got the opportunity to answer members' questions about the District, DCON, and other pertinent information for the clubs in a direct and well-conducted way. After a successful day at Canada Rally and the Division 18 dinner, they had breakfast with the Division 13/15/17 officers and members on Sunday morning. Similar to the Saturday night event, it was very much a simple and straightforward way to communicate directly with members and/or clubs that needed certain things from the District level. Both divisions came out of their meetings with the Governor and Assistant Administrator with the information, guidance, and resources they needed. It was a very successful, effective, and enjoyable visit for Dmitri, Criena, and all the members involved, so thank you to everyone involved in making this Official Visit a success.

Vroom vroom, here comes Nhung! Hello Pacific Northwest District Board! My name is Nhung Tran and I will be serving as your International Trustee for the 2017-2018 service year. If you are curious about the pronunciation of my name, it is the sound of a car speeding down a street (“nyoom”). I come from the California-Nevada-Hawai’i KIWIN’S Key Club District and I am an incoming senior at La Quinta High School in Orange County, one of the busiest yet laidback places in California. Since I was young, I was interested in the arts, so I took on painting, drawing, sculpting, dancing, and more. My passion for art then progressed towards the digital route, where I taught myself graphic design, web design, animation, and video production. I sought to contribute my skills to this organization, and I was able to combine my passion for Key Club, the arts, technology, and communications as a Club Bulletin Editor and District Bulletin Editor. I am looking forward to working with you all as an International Trustee. I hope we will be able to incorporate our skills for a successful year for the Pacific Northwest! Don’t be afraid to reach out to me because I would love to get to know each of you better! Take care.

In Service and Spirit,

Nhung Tran
Key Club International Trustee 2017-2018
nhungtran.kci@gmail.com
714-725-1240

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.

— 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! 

— 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! 



Do you want to be featured in the official publication of the Pacific Northwest District of Key Club: THE ESPRESSO? 
 

The Google Drive link to submit photos for THE ESPRESSO is below. Submitting photos is strongly recommended as it will give you a chance to be featured in our district publication. Although this folder is for THE ESPRESSO, these photos will be used for other mediums by District Editor Kaho Otake.

SUBMIT HERE
The Executive Board is proud to present Volume 3 Cup 1 of The RECAPpuccino. Stay tuned for updates, important news, upcoming dates, and more!
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