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Keep up with the latest news and excitement from around the Carolinas!

2019 International Convention: The Balti-MORE the Merrier

Gaby Tucker

The rush when you finally get to ride Verbolten at Busch Gardens, the delicious taste of Maryland crab, and meeting the friends of a lifetime, is only weeks away!

This year, the Carolinas Key Club will go on the trip of a lifetime to the 2019 International Convention in Baltimore, Maryland and our annual District Tour from June 29 - July 7. For over a week, we will visit breathtaking art museums, two thrilling amusement parks, a Washington Nationals baseball game, Mount Vernon, and D.C. monuments. If all of that wasn’t enticing enough, at International Convention you will meet Key Clubbers from across the world, elect the 2019-2020 International Board, hear from amazing professional speakers, attend thrilling leadership modules, and even go to a dance! At the convention, each member will have the distinct honor of representing our district and clubs as we propose our new amendment at House of Delegates!

If you are registered, please continue checking your email for trip updates and be sure to mail in your required forms so that they arrive by June 15!

What Can A Lieutenant Governor Do For You?

Sara Pinkowski

Lieutenant Governors are student leaders who serve the Carolinas District by assuming the position of a liaison between individual Key Clubs and the Carolinas District.

The Carolinas District Board is comprised of not only four executive officers but also 34 Lieutenant Governors who represent the 34 divisions within our district. Every club belongs to a division.

The work of a Lieutenant Governor is essential to the success of our clubs and District. Their responsibilities revolve around uniting their divisions through service, promoting District Events to their clubs and members, and training club officers and providing advisors with resources for club growth and activity.

So, how can a Lieutenant Governor be a vital resource to you and your club?

Lieutenant Governors are responsible for:

  • Providing monthly informational newsletters

  • Training club officers by holding a Club Officer Training Meeting

  • Holding regular Presidents' Council Meetings to address questions and concerns

  • Visiting club service projects and meetings

  • Uniting the Kiwanis Family by facilitating K-Family Interactions

  • Promoting and providing resources to facilitate annual dues collection

  • Collecting new contact information in order to upkeep regular communication and circulation of resources with officers and advisors

  • Holding a division-wide service function to increase club unity

  • Sharing knowledge and information gained through District Board Leadership Experiences

A new board of Lieutenant Governors is elected each year at District Convention. In the weeks following their election, the newly installed student leaders will begin reaching out to their clubs using contact information compiled by their predecessor.

It is crucial to make sure your club's contact information is shared with your new divisional leader, as they will be providing your club with all of the aforementioned resources and opportunities throughout the year.

The Carolinas District Board experience is one which offers young servant leaders the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and participation in Key Club through service to their division, District Board Leadership Experiences, and unforgettable member experiences including International Convention.

Interested in running for Lieutenant Governor at this year’s District Convention? Check out the complete list of Lieutenant Governor responsibilities and opportunities in the candidates packet on the District Convention Page.

December Partner Spotlight: Kiwanis Gives Online and to the Thirst Project!

Sara Pinkowski

The Thirst Project is the world's largest youth program with the intent to raise awareness and money to end the global water crisis. The Thirst Project is a non profit organization that actively works with youth to bring safe and clean drinking water wells to communities. One of their main focuses is a small town called Swaziland, Africa. Through tremendous efforts they hope to bring clean water to the entire community by the end of 2022.

On average, women and children are forced to walk up to four miles one way to receive dirty drinking water and another four miles on the trip back. This task is something that lasts almost the entire day. As a result, less children can afford to get the basic education they deserve and women are unable to contribute financially to their household, leaving just their husbands low income job to sustain them.

Dirty water in small communities like Swaziland causes a multitude of issues. Waterborne diseases kill more children every single year than AIDS, Malaria, and all world violence combined. Small children typically do not have strong enough immune systems to fight diseases like cholera, dysentery, or schistosomiasis. Even the bare act of collecting the dirty water can cause diseases through skin contact.

Once a community is provided with a clean water well, the disease rate drops 88% almost overnight. Child mortality rates in these communities drop by 90%. The clean water even helps a better control on spreading AIDS. Even if a person has the ability to contact medical attention, the dirty water consumption will kill them faster than the AIDS itself; clean water can change that!

Along with water borne disease, the act of carrying the 44 pound jerry can for almost 4 miles can cause tons of strain on the body. Women’s health issues have grown drastically from the act of collecting water everyday. They suffer from more spontaneous miscarriages and fatigue than regular women.

If you have any questions about their mission or the way clean water can help a developing community, visit their website:

Kiwanis International is now offering a secure, team-friendly platform that uses the power of email and social media to raise money for your service and fundraising projects. Kiwanis Gives Online will allow all of Kiwanis sponsored club members to ask friends and family for online donations, no matter where they live. This program is currently offered to Kiwanis sponsored clubs in the United States only.

This fundraising platform provides all donors a thank you gift: access to a private discount network, with savings of 15%, 35%, even 50% off at over 300,000 popular merchants—including local restaurants, retailers, big box stores, theme parks, hotels, auto service centers and more!

Your club leader must “activate” each fundraising event your club launches. Once this simple process is completed, your leader will receive an email from Kiwanis’ partner, Access Fundraising, that confirms the page is active and provides detailed login information.

Here are some tips: Review the fundraising page before it’s sent out to potential donors. Please check spelling and the appropriateness of any images and videos found on the page. Lastly, ask your club leader for final approval to launch your page. Once this is done, members can start the fundraiser by sending the page link to their family and friends.

If you have any questions, you can go to and click on FAQs for a PDF of Frequently Asked Questions.

Joy, Memories, and Spirit: How One Gift Goes Very Far

Sara Pinkowski

Imagine the night before Christmas in your childhood. Recall excitedly donning your favorite Christmas-themed pajamas, hopping in to bed, and falling asleep with extravagant dreams of the glorious morning to come playing vibrantly in your head. Remember the feeling of utter anticipation upon waking, when you burst out of your room and raced down the garland-wrapped stairs and came face-to-face with a glistening Christmas tree standing tall above a landscape of presents. Now, feel the warmth that filled your heart as you recounted on those fond childhood memories shared with family and friends.

For many children, this experience is one which they have never enjoyed. As a result of neglectful and unfortunate situations, many children find themselves waking on Christmas day to not a single gift or token of holiday spirit. While Christmas is not only about gifts, receiving a special present shows children that they are both loved and remembered throughout the holiday season and is a memory they will never forget.

The Carolinas District Project, the Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina, is home to young people from the ages of infant to young adult who may have never been gifted presents of their own before. This situation is where the Carolinas Key Club District finds one of our greatest opportunities to serve each year.

Every holiday season, the Carolinas District collects monetary donations from Key Clubs across North and South Carolina to support the Christmas For Children campaign to provide brand new gifts to the children of the Boys and Girls Homes at Lake Waccamaw. On one special evening in December, the children are presented with their top wish list items. This is a highly anticipated event for the residents of the homes each year, and it can not be done without the support of Key Clubs across the district.

Key Clubs made pledges at Fall Rally in October to provide support to the Christmas for Children Project. If your club participated and made a pledge, be sure to follow up on your pledge! If your club did not pledge a particular amount, you can still contribute to the project! It is easy to conduct a simple hot chocolate sale or other fun winter-themed fundraiser to raise donations for the Boys and Girls Homes.

All donations can be sent to District Administrator J. Scott Johnson at the following address:

Christmas for Children

C/O J. Scott Johnson, Administrator

Carolinas District Key Club

2008 Pinecrest Drive

Greenville, NC 27858

Donations for the project will be collected through the Spring.

Give the gift of a wonderful Christmas this holiday season and open your heart to sharing your blessings with these amazing kids.

November Partner Spotlight: March of Dimes and Up With People

Sara Pinkowski

Every day, babies around the world are born premature. March of Dimes directly serves the babies and their families affected by prematurity.  March of Dimes is a nonprofit organization that works to improve the health of mothers and babies by preventing, treating, and providing education about birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

Key Club works with this non profit to help moms and babies around the United States.  Premature birth (birth before 37 weeks of pregnancy) and its complications are the #1 cause of death of babies in the United States.  In the United States, about 380,000 babies are born prematurely each year. The preterm birth rate (the percent of babies born before 37 weeks each year) is 9.8 percent in the United States. This means 1 in 10 babies is born too soon. The U.S. preterm birth rate is among the worst of high-resource nations.  Just imagine breathing through a tiny straw 24 hours a day. That’s what it’s like for a premature baby born with underdeveloped lungs. One way to fundraise for March of Dimes would be having an adorable baby contest at your school. Staff can bring in their baby pictures and students can pay a quarter to guess who they belong to.  The money you raise for the March of Dimes funds vital research to help find a cure for premature birth.

How can you get involved?  November is Prematurity Awareness Month and November 17th is Prematurity Awareness Day.  This is a perfect way to work with your Key Club to raise awareness about March of Dimes and their mission.  Remember to wear purple!

The Up With People mission statement states, “Through music and action, we empower young people to be positive agents of change for a more hopeful, trusting and peaceful world.” This mission statement reflects similar values to that which the Kiwanis family upholds.

The Kiwanis International and Up With People partnership is fairly new, having been founded in 2014. However, we have been able to make a grand impact within the past four years. Together with Up With People, we have been able to introduce a new understanding of intercultural values and service. Some simple ways to express this understanding include leadership or cultural workshops and service and travel experiences for youth. Up With People and Kiwanis have collectively inspired youth, served the community, and expanded the impact of intercultural values across the globe.

Together, we have logged 9,513 hours of service, impacted 33,578 local teens, touched 17,750 audience members by performances, impacted 88 service organizations, hosted 376 families, created 1 new Satellite Kiwanis Club, and expanded our partnership to Europe and Asia.

You can get your club involved with Up With People in so many ways! Here are a few examples:

Sponsor a visit – UWP makes a great fundraiser and friend-raiser for your club.

Host a cast member or volunteer with the cast.

Invite the Up With People cast to be entertainment or workshop leaders for conferences or club gatherings.

For more information about Up With People or the March of Dimes, visit their respective websites or check them out under the “Partners” tab at