My weekend at Key leader was an amazing experience, my second year there and I was excited enough to meet some old friends and meet some new ones! I was surprised till this day that I was able to conquer my fear of the trust fall and meet some new servant leaders! My key leader streak will not end until next year! I will count down the days until Key Leader 2018.
At LeadCon, all districts get assigned an IT (short for international trustee).
Our new IT... (drumroll please...)
Here's a message from her!
Greetings and salutations, Michigan District!
My name is Audrey Dilgarde and I am honored to introduce myself as your International Trustee for the 2016-2017 year.
This year, I have the pleasure of serving the Capital, Montana, and Michigan Districts! This means that these three Districts are “Sister Districts,” and will be in communication with each other throughout the year.
As a Trustee, my responsibilities span from acting as a liaison between the Michigan District Board and the International Board, representing the opinions of your District at the International Level, and serving on a committee and carrying out its directives.
Throughout the year, I will be working alongside the Michigan District Board and together, I’m positive that we’ll accomplish many goals this year and lay down many new opportunities for current and future Michigan District members!
To tell you a little about myself; I’m originally from a west African country called Cameroon, but I now live in a mountainous suburb outside of Denver, Colorado called Morrison. Morrison is filled with gorgeous mountain and forests, so a favorite past time of me and my friends is exploring our local environment and adventuring all over the mountains.
I’m very excited about serving as the Michigan District’s International Trustee, and I can’t wait to see all of the adventures we embark on together!
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me. You can either add me on social media (@audiggs) or email me at email@example.com.
This is going to be a great and exciting service year for the Michigan District, and I can’t wait to meet you all at Michigan’s 2017 District Convention!
Yours in service and friendship,
Key Club International Trustee
I'm super late on this, but what else is new :/
ICON was a super eye-opening experience for me!
It was the first time I got to meet all the District secretaries in person, and it was just super cool. Everyone was welcoming, and we shared a lot of resources and advice. I'm hoping these tips I got will help me to better serve you!
There were endless booths, workshops, great dances, and the atmosphere was electric!
Want to see more of what we did there? Check out this video to see all the action! (Shout-out to our fellow secretary and Key Leader Ambassador David Tran for making it!)
This is my subtle way of saying-hey, contact me if you ever need anything! I'm here for you :)
BUT ANNA YOU HAVE SO MANY THINGS TO LOOK AT!!! WHAT DO I DO?? THE WEBSITE? THE REMIND 101?? THE FACEBOOK GROUP??? HELP!!!
Okay, first of all relax a little, we're all hear to help! The reason I have so many means of contact is that I want to make sure every secretary gets the necessary resources. I'm going to put a list of ways to contact me below but DON'T freak out. Utilize one to two of these resources and you'll be good (use more and you'll be my BFF).
(Also, the list is in terms of how much I utilize each, but don't worry I check each of these every single week.)
--Facebook group (MIKC Secretaries 2016-17)
--Facebook group chat (add me--Anna Mylvaganam) and send me a message requesting to be added to the chat)
--Remind 101 (Text “@g88h4” to “81010”)
--inquiry on the club secretary page
But talk to everyone, not just me
I want to stress how important keeping in touch with the district is. When I was first serving as a club secretary I saw contacting district officers as simply paperwork for potential awards, but it's so much more than that. Each of us have unique experiences and perceptions of leadership, and we can help you out!
In addition, we have a TON of resources.
--Think your club is the only one having problems coming up with winter projects?
Think again- and Tyler is here to help.
--Think your club is the one that experiences that GINORMOUS member drop in the spring time?
Think again- and Charvi is here to help.
--Think your club is the one that only really talks to their Kiwanis for funding- or you don't feel close with any of your K-fam branches?
Think again- and Lacey is here to help.
--Think your club is the only one who get help jump-start a Key Club at a neighboring school and you have no idea how to start?
Think again- and Jacob is here to help.
And I'm not just saying this. During my term as a club officer I found myself in EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THOSE SITUATIONS. I asked my club leadership about it, and they had their ideas but they seemed pretty same old, same old. Some stuff worked and other things didn't. And I don't regret asking my president about those things, I just wished I had gone to the district level sooner.
The 4 individuals above? Their LITERAL JOB DESCRIPTION is to help you with whatever you need in their area of expertise. (Tyler is projects, Charvi is Membership Development, Lacey is K-fam, and Jacob is new club building.) They spend their whole year creating kits, sending emails, and creating new goals to better serve YOU.
So help them help you. Email each one of them now just to say hello. They'll appreciate it so much. And building a relationship with them now will help you be more comfortable asking them things in the future. Or maybe you have legitimate concern and really need their help. Believe me, these people are phenomenal. They are SUPER responsive. (And if they're not responding lemme know and I'll holler at them) :)
--Other great people to talk to--
YOUR LTG-- OMG THIS PERSON THOUGH. They spend their life trying to contact you. Believe me :)
They are your liaison on board. If you are like "hey, I don't like this thing" or "I literally have no idea what this Key Club thing is..." talk to them. They are YOUR rep.
AND THEIR NEWSLETTERS? READ THEM. PLEASE. I spent my freshman year not knowing who my LTG was, and not putting an effort to get to know them. One of my biggest regrets. Their newsletters literally have SO MUCH USEFUL INFORMATION.
And ask them for advice. Many of these guys are veterans and totally get what you're going through. Last year I was a little stressed about a situation in my club, etc and that's normal, it happens, but my LTG was able to help me through it. And yours can too.
BUT I'm here too!!!
If the chairs don't respond, your LTG doesn't email you back- here I am! (But talk to me even if they do :) Contacting you guys isn't my only responsibility, but it's certainly the most fun part of my job. Let me know if you EVER needs something, and I'm a phone call away <3
All in all, we're all here for you. We WANT you talk to us. In fact we're refreshing our emails waiting for yours. We want to serve you, but you need to let us. So email/text/message us right now.
Yours in service and friendship,
Hey club secretaries!
As some of you know, the MRF site has not been functioning for a while, so instead I have created a Google Drive platform of submission.
This will be the same form, just in a Google Drive format! To access the document, click here!), and make a copy of the document. Share the document with me on the 15th of each month, and email me a message if you don't get a response within 3 days that your monthly was received!
Questions? Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
(1) Check out this video of the FABULOUS LTG of division 16, Ally John, and I being super awkward! We made this at Key Leader with details of ERFs, ICON, and monthlies!
Hey Key Clubbers!
I'm Anna Mylvaganam, your new district secretary! It is an honor to be serving you all this year. Even though I took office just a week ago, I'm already looking forward to great event: Key Leader 2016!
But first, I want to tell you about why attending this event is so important to me.
My experience at Key Leader 2015
As a sophomore who had just been elected as President for my club (last year), I was very excited for the upcoming Key Club year. The first day we arrived, everyone signed up for rooms. I saw Addie Clipfell’s (IP Michigan Governor and International Vice President’s) name in the first room, and I immediately signed up in that room. She was a mere celebrity as far as I was concerned.
I got to know her a little better as the conference went on. I asked her about running meetings, and advice for Key Club things in general. When I first talked to her I must have said something like, “Wow, I can’t believe I’m actually talking to you.” She immediately shut down any idea of social hierarchy in an organization like Key Club. “I’m just a regular student like you,” I remember her saying.
(Our neighborhood group and I'm somehow the most awkward one (far right)
What is the actual weekend was like
As the conference continued, servant leadership entered the equation. Everyday we had educational sessions discussing these different aspects, but they were far more collaborative and interactive than I could imagine. The group was fairly large, and I was shy at first, but then I remember standing up and openly disagreeing with other students and talking about these same ideals even during breaks.
With the progression of servant leadership throughout the conference, I remember thinking about how I wasn’t at the top of some pyramid at my club. All the attendees here were so confident in their leadership abilities, but they were modest and earnest. Not self-depreciating, modest.
Also, we were in the cutest little cabins. And the food was amazing. Usually the two don't go together...
How it changed me
I think in this stage in my Key Club journey, a reality check was just what I needed. A girl who previously served in my club stepped down my board. Our board members talked about how she was “downgraded to just a member.” A “peasant” one board member said. Now thinking back on it, I can’t believe the leadership in our club would ever use that language. How can we be leaders in our club without complete support in the group of people we are serving?
Besides teaching me valuable lessons, Key Leader is the reason I'm serving on the District Board. Addie urged me to at least think about District Board during that weekend, and I definitely did, but I was like I can't dedicate THAT much time to Key Club (lol because now Key Club is literally my life). The thing that pushed me over the edge was Ashleigh Blair. She recommended me for the position of Key Leader Ambassador- where I served as a liaison between the District Board and the Key Leader program. When I came in contact with the District Board more and more I really began to see some of the inside framework that the District level involved. So, I ran for secretary and here I am today!
Key Leader has certainly changed my experience, and I hope you take the time to register because it could change yours as well!
Registration (DO IT SOON)
So as of today we only 27 spots left!!! Register today and follow the directions by clicking here. See the flyer below for more info, and email me at email@example.com or email Marian O'Higgins at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info!
REGISTRATION WILL LIKELY CLOSE IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS SO DO THIS ASAP
$175 for student facilitators (if you've attended before and want to lead a group)
$250 for first-timers
Also, be sure to ask your Kiwanis clubs! (Our Kiwanis club sponsored the whole thing, so you never know! :)
I am Katy Wolff, your new district secretary! It is an honor to be serving you all this year. Since I have been elected, I have:
- attended Post SLC and Spring Board
- went to ICON in Indianapolis
- made newsletters
-worked on the directory
and I am preparing for Summer Board. I hope to meet some club secretaries at Fall Rally and SLC this year and feel free to contact me!
In friendship and in service,
Hello, secretaries! This is your new Secretary, Natalie. It's lovely to start talking to you!
The first thing I want to remind all of you about is updating your officer information. We do that at the District level by sending in Election Report Forms (ERFs for short). You can find a copy of this form under the "For Your Club" tab on the website. All the information on your election report form is used in the District Directory, so if your officers aren't comfortable with their information being published in the directory, be sure to note that on the form.
The form itself is pretty self-explanatory, but if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me. You can scan these forms and email them to me at email@example.com. ALso, send these forms to your LTG; they would love to be able to contact your officers! It makes their life so much easier if they know the easiest way to get in touch with your club!
Thank you so much for your time!