The Pajewski Publication
Hello Key Clubbers! I hope that you all are doing well! I am so excited to be apart of the Executive Board, as District Editor of the Capital District Board for the 2015-2016 term is truly a very exciting adventure! Throughout my term, I will be updating The Pajewski Publication, so that every Key Clubbers can be kept up to date throughout my journey!
International Convention (ICON) 2015:
International Convention 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana was my first ICON that I attended. ICON 2015 was an eye opening experience because I met so many Key Clubbers from Districts all around the world. ICON 2015 was the celebration of the 100th year of Kiwanis International and the 90th year of Key Club International, which meant that all K-Family clubs attended this event. I never expected there to be so many Key Clubbers, Kiwanis, Builder’s Club Members, and Aktion Club Members in attendance at ICON 2015.
At International Convention 2015, I had the opportunity to meet other Key Clubbers from all around the District. Though I struggled to chose one single event that had the biggest impact on my Key Club experience, attending 2015 International Key Club Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana with the rest of the Capital District had a lasting impact on my journey as a Key Clubber.
ICON 2015 was like no other convention; this was the first time that all the Kiwanis family groups met in one location to not only provide service but to share ideas and celebrate the 100-year birthday of Kiwanis.
There are many reasons why ICON 2015 was my favorite memory of my Key Club experience ; it allowed me to provide community service, meet a larger community of the Kiwanis family, share my service successes with others, and hear from a very important role model of mine. In terms of community service, we helped share pancakes with the community of Indianapolis; this experience allowed me to connect with many different Kiwanis family members, including Crazy Mary from the Minnesota-Dakotas district. Being a delegate at ICON was a very new experience; after the final tally of votes, it was so enjoyable to meet the new international board that consisted of two Capital District Members.
I was also humbled to present my division project, the Benjamin Hair Just Swim for Life Memorial Foundation Project regarding drowning prevention, at the ICON World Showcase. This allowed me to share my division's success creating a project from the beginning and see how much of an impact it can make. I'm excited to share that the Kiwanis Club of Charlottesville recently chose Just Swim for Life as their benefactor for the annual Dogwood Festival Pancake Breakfast!
Finally, listening to the speech given by the recipient of the Key of Honor, Mr. Joe Stankus, was indescribable. His speech gave me pause and allowed me to further reflect on my life priorities that will always include service to the community. ICON gave me ways in which I will continue to be involved in Key Club and Kiwanis in the future.
My Past year as LTG: (2015-2016):
During the 2015-2016 Key Club year, I had the honor to serve the Capital District as the Lieutenant Governor of Division 9A. I gained so much leadership experience and was able to make a whole new “family” from holding this position. Being on the Capital District Board is wonderful, there are so many LTGs that I had the opportunity to meet and become friends with. As Mr. Stankus said, “The friendships that you make on this board will last a lifetime.” I will be friends with many of the people on the Capital District Board from the 2015-2016 term for a lifetime. Shout out to Shinbee Park, Caroline Johnson and Michael Bell for being the closest friends I made on the board, Miss y’all <3!
Throughout my term as LTG, I was able to establish a strong line of communication within my division, with all of the clubs in my division. This was very hard for me to do, since all of the clubs were in one central area except one club, which was located 1.5 hours away. But, I succeeded in creating a strong line of communication within my division by sending "Monday Memo's", creating a Division 9A Facebook Page, and sending reminder emails/texts to Presidents, Vice Presidents, Secretaries Treasures and Faculty Advisors.
As an LTG, I was tasked with creating a Division Project. This was a very tough decision for me. I selected Benjamin Hair Just Swim for Life Memorial Foundation (BH-JSL) as my division project for the 2015-2016 Key Club Year. Each Key Club in my division was tasked with collecting swimsuits, caps and goggles that were donated to the BH-JSL Foundation. Clubs also volunteered at the Ben Hair Memorial City County Championship meet at The University of Virginia Aquatic and Fitness Center and the Ben Hair Memorial Open Water Swim at Lake Anna. Not only was my project a huge success in my division but it was a extremely successful in my community; My Kiwanis Club adopted this project for their spring pancake breakfast fundraiser, and my local Rotary Club adopted this project for their annual 5k. Each of these two service organizations in Charlottesville are working together to raise money for the Ben Hair Just Swim for Life Memorial Foundation. I am so glad that I chose this project to my division project, and I hope that it succeeds throughout the years!
District Convention (DCON):
District Convention is one of my favorite Key Club events every year. The 2016 convention in Baltimore, Maryland was my third DCON. Each District Convention is a new experience for me. My freshman year DCON was Disney themed and my sophomore year DCON was Superheroes theme. This past year DCON was Mythology themed “Our Service is no Myth;” each of the themes really shaped the way that the convention is presented. From the first DCON to my most recent, I challenged myself to step out of my comfort zone. I improved my public speaking skills, presentation skills as a workshop presenter, and shared my experiences in design and photography.
Kiwanis District Convention (DCON):
Each year, the executive members of the Capital District Board and four LTGs are invited to attend this event and intern for the Kiwanis DCON committee. This year I attended with Governor Danny Inglis, Secretary-Treasurer Alekya Bheemerdy, Editor Emma Stone, and LTG’s Saad Fakhar, Alexander Lin, Jason Mooreland and Manasha Bhetwal. As interns for the Kiwanis members, we attended leadership and professional development workshops, were tasked with colleting tickets at each of the meals, and networked with Kiwanians during their events and banquet.
I am so glad that I had this wonderful opportunity to attend this event. I would have never imagined that so many adults from all over the Capital District were committed to such a wonderful organization, I am so happy that I was able to meet so many different Kiwanians.
I was only selected to be the Webmaster for the Capital District Key Club days before Board Training Weekend began. Once I got the call from Governor Danny Inglis, I was extremely excited for my up coming term.
Since I was already on the board last year as a Lieutenant Governor for Division 9A, I already knew some of the activities that we were going to do over the course of the weekend. But, I can still say that I was excited to meet all of the new faces of the new Lieutenant Governors.
On the first day, the board gathered together for games and activities which exercised different skills, like team work. The new board all worked together on each and every task and challenge which was put forth on them. Each of the activities all had lessons which will help each of the board members throughout their terms
On the second day, many of the adult committee members shared information with the board regarding various topics, from email etiquette to what the Eliminate Project is to how to begin a successful term as a Lieutenant Governor.
On the last day, Board Training was coming to a close. It was Sunday and many of the board members were very tired. We all still got up bright and early to begin our day with the 2016-2017 Capital District Board first board meeting.
I am so excited for the year to come and my term as District Webmaster!
Charlottesville Kiwanis Service Leadership Program Night:
On May 2nd, 2016 Charlottesville Kiwanis Club invited me to their annual Service Leadership Program Recognition meeting. Each year the Charlottesville Kiwanis Club has a meeting towards the end of the school year to honor the Service Leadership Program for division clubs. Here, I was recognized for serving as the LTG of Division 9A for the 2015-2016 year and for my commitment to the Benjamin Hair Just Swim for Life Memorial Foundation. The Charlottesville Kiwanis Club was so motivated by my Division Project selection that they voted to select the Benjamin Hair Just Swim for Life Memorial Foundation as their organization to benefit at the annual pancake breakfast fundraiser.
International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia was a blast! This is my second International Convention, but it was just as fun as the first. I encourage everyone to attend the next International Convention in San Antonio, Texas.
We arrived in Atlanta, Georgia in the morning around 10 after a long bus ride. The bus ride was only supposed to take around 8 hours from Richmond, Virginia (where I got on the bus) but unfortunately due to traffic it took longer than expected... but that is okay, because we had more time on the bus to bond together! On the first day we had until 5 o'clock for free time then we had to be back at the hotel, it was suggested that we either go to the Georgia Aquarium or the Coca-Cola Factory. I chose to walk down the Georgia Aquarium where I was able to see many different exhibits and a dolphin show. Even though I typically think of younger children enjoying aquariums, I had a great time since I was able to spend it with my Key Club friends.
The convention lasted for a total of four days, where we attended caucuses, workshops, ice breakers, dances, ceremonies and group speaking events. I really enjoyed listening to all of the candidates speeches for International Office. My favorite part about the convention was attending The Thirst Project Workshop, and hearing them speak to the who convention during the Opening Ceremony. The Thirst Project is Key Club International's new service partner, I think that it was very interesting to hear them talk about the Global Water Crisis and how we as Key Club Members can help. One of the main highlights on International Convention for me was that I was honored with the Robert F. Lucas Distinguished Lieutenant Governor Award, for my previous term as Lieutenant Governor of Division 9A.
After the convention ended we had one more day in Atlanta, Georgia where we had the opportunity to go to the Natural History Museum, the Zoo and either the Georgia Aquarium or the Coca-Cola factory (depending which we did not go to yet). The Coca-cola factory was a very interesting experience, especially since some of the Key Club Members from the Capital District challenged each other in the taste-testing room to drink all of the flavors.
Overall, my I had a wonderful time in Atlanta, Georgia at the 73rd Annual International Convention. I encourage all members to attend the next International Convention in San Antonio, Texas.
Kiwanis Family Conference- North Carolina
I had the privilege to attend Kiwanis Family Conference with District Governor, Danny Inglis, District Editor, Emma Stone and Lieutenant Governors Esha Kashmiri and Tea Le. The conference was located in Black Mountain, North Carolina.
At Kiwanis Family Conference I was a Student Leader for a group of Key Clubbers, Builder's Club member Kiwanians and Circle K Members. Each group had a different mascot which was themed to country western music. My group's mascot was Elvis Presley. As a Student Leader I was partnered up with the Alabama District Governor, William Sims. Together we lead a group of 10-12 people in different workshops and activities. William and I lead our group in a 'Lip Sync Battle', where we had to choreograph a dance to one of Elvis Presley's famous songs. Another activity that we lead was creating a poster themed to Elvis Presley, we had to include branches of the Kiwanis Family, our favorite projects and themes of Kiwanis. Another group activity that I lead with William was drawing our version of a farm or ranch on a large piece of paper. Everyone had to work together to include specific aspects of a farm. After, this was completed we were given materials to make the farm 3D. We used marshmallows, spaghetti, and gummy-bears. The last project we completed at Kiwanis Family weekend was created 'Wanted Posters' for members in our group; each member was paired up and drew wanted posters for each other.
Kiwanis Family Conference was a three day adventure in the mountains of North Carolina. I encourage every member to join us next year at Kiwanis Family Conference! You can join as a Builder's Club member, Key Clubber, Aktion Club Member, Kiwanian or a Circle K Member!