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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email Marian O'Higgins at email@example.com 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! :)