Hello West Virginia Key Clubbers!
My name is Haden Kersting and I am serving as your West Virginia Key Club District Governor for 2012-2013! As Governor, I lead the West Virginia Key Club District Board as we support over 45 active clubs that continually make a difference in our homes, schools, communities, and world. Thank you for visiting our website and for supporting our organization.
Our district is going strong!
This past November, we held our 12th annual Fall Rally where over 125 Key Clubbers from around the state got together to not only learn more about the Kiwanis Family, but to build friendships, develop leadership skills, have fun, and experience the excitement. It was an incredible experience for me as I hope it was for all who attended.
We are also steadily increasing our membership for the current year despite the adjustment to the new Membership Update Center. Additionally, we have several newly chartered and reactivated clubs including Independence High School near Beckley, Philip Barbour in Philippi, Preston in Kingwood, and Robert C. Byrd in Clarksburg!
Lastly, we have heard about great projects our clubs are doing, including fundraising for The Eliminate Project. As of the most recent update in October, our district had raised $4,137.04 total for The Eliminate Project! We raised over $200 for this program in combination with March of Dimes at our Fall Rally, and we hope our members continue to contribute to some of these amazing initiatives in their clubs.
We will keep the ball rolling!
We are on our way to our Eliminate Project contribution goal of $8,000 in the 2012-2013 year alone, but we really need to push to raise this money, equivalent to the funds for 4,444 vaccinations from tetanus!
Also, we are four new clubs away from our goal of 50 clubs in the West Virginia Key Club District.
We are still working to have 5 new clubs in attendance at District Convention, to have 50 more people at District Convention, and to reach a membership of 1,700. With the help of all the clubs in West Virginia, we should be able to accomplish these goals.
We are here for you!
Whether you attended Fall Rally this past November or whether you are a member who just heard that there are Key Clubs outside your school, I encourage you to take advantage of the resources Key Club provides. Get in touch with your district board, and find out how you can maximize your service potential! Through Key Club, we can make an impact by working to end globally devastating diseases such as maternal and neonatal tetanus through The Eliminate Project. We can get project ideas and help from the District Board as charities like Ronald McDonald House (District Project) and projects like Students Enriching Educational Development (Governor's Project) are promoted. We can step up and grow in servant leadership.
Another resource I encourage you to take advantage of is the extended network of caring students that Key Club provides. As previously mentioned, Fall Rally was a blast! Your District Board is working hard and hopes to make the 67th Annual District Convention: "Licensed to Serve" even more incredible, so I hope you can attend and join Key Clubbers throughout West Virginia in this worthwhile experience.
Most importantly, we want to provide you with the most helpful and up-to-date resources that we can. Be on the lookout for more information on the website, Facebook, and Twitter so that you have the most current resources at your fingertips! If you have any questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I have had an unparalleled experience in this position so far and I am excited to connect with your clubs more as we approach District Convention in March! I hope to see you there! In the meantime, let's keep building up our district and serving our state and world!
Yours in Friendship and Key Club Service,
2012-2013 District Governor
West Virginia Key Club District
As we approach the end of 2012, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all Key Club members for the service that you do, and to thank all advisors for taking the time to work with these fine young men and women who truly make a difference in the lives of the individuals, schools, and communities that they serve. From the reports that I receive from individual clubs, and the reports that I receive from the Key Club District Board, the West Virginia Key Club District is hard at work changing your homes, schools, and communities for the better.
We had a successful Fall Rally. Carolinas Key Club District Administrator did his usual outstanding job in team building and leadership training. Although attendance was lower than in previous years, the enthusiasm made up for the smaller numbers. Your District Board has been working hard on the upcoming district convention, which promises to have an outstanding program of entertainment and education. I hope to see more clubs, and more Key Club members, in Charleston on March 22.
Also, do not forget to start planning for ICON 2012 in Washington, D.C.--it's never too early to begin fundraising for what will be a fantastic convention. If you are interested in joining the District Tour, please contact your local District Board member for more information.
I wish every member of the Kiwanis Family a Happy Holiday season and a Joyous New Year.
Richard M. "Dink" Yurko
West Virginia Key Club District Administrator