On October 7, 2018, Key Clubs from across the Carolinas met at the Avenue of the Carolinas in the Carowinds Palladium to share service stories and make connections with fellow servant leaders. Kiwanis representation, Circle K leaders, Preferred Charity speakers, and District Project representatives joined the festivities, too.
Little did many of these attendees know that by the time our district parted ways in the evening, our Carolinas Key Clubs would have pledged over $5,000 for Hurricane Relief for the Boys and Girls Homes and several thousand for the Christmas for Children campaign for the Homes, too! Even more unexpected was a $20,000 one-time donation from the Carolinas Key Club District to the Boys and Girls Homes to contribute to Hurricane Florence Relief. With an $80,000 deficit looming after Florence ravaged the Carolinas coast, the donations made by the district will provide for over a quarter of the recovery at our District Project in Lake Waccamaw.
These pledges and donations capture the spirit of giving that energized each Kiwanis Family member in attendance at Fall Rally. Love for Key Club was also reflected in handwritten notes from members who visited the membership development committee both prior to the Fall Rally programming. Members were prompted to share what Key Club has done for them. Responses included “Key Club has given me confidence” to "Key Club has made me a leader.”
After the rally concluded, members entered the park with a new perspective on how our District positively impacts the lives of children and families. They also had a new appreciation for how Key Club can change their lives. By the time each club departed from the park that afternoon, there was undoubtedly a vigor for service that will follow each member all the way to District Convention in March and beyond.