For the second year in a row, the Kiwanis Key Club District Convention (better known as DCON) was held at the Sheraton Hotel and the Seattle Convention Center. Approximately 2,500 Key Club students from the Pacific Northwest Division from the age of 14 to 19 gathered on March 13-15 for this annual event.
What exactly is DCON? It is short for District Convention where each year the Pacific Northwest District Key Clubs gets together to celebrate the past year of service, elect a new district executive board, meet other Key Clubbers in the area and learn about new service opportunities. The PNW district spans from Western Canada to Northern California with Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and the pan-handle of Idaho in between and includes over 300 clubs. These amazing young people dedicate countless hours to their communities and internationally and are always Proud ‘N’ Willing to serve! They embark on numerous service projects in their individual schools and communities and raise thousands of dollars each year for charities of their choice. Each Key Club member is expected to do at least 50 service hours per year, which equals more than 12 million hours of service annually.
Now for another question, what are Key Clubs? Key Club is the oldest and largest service program for high school students. It is a student-led organization that teaches leadership through service to others. Member of the Kiwanis International family, Key Club members build themselves as they build their schools and communities. Key Club has approximately 260,000 members in approximately 5,000 clubs. They are represented in 30 countries.
This year the theme of the convention was “To Infinity and Beyond”. Celebrating the 90th anniversary of Key Club this year, the kids were full of energy and ready to make a difference. At the opening ceremony, when asked “how do you feel”, the roar was deafening!!! They were definitely feeling good and ready for action! The weekend was filled with excitement and learning opportunities for service projects for the upcoming year. Saturday night, the students put on a talent show that rocked the rafters! It was one fun thing after another for these kids.
As the weekend drew to a close, the Key Clubbers went back home with hearts filled with new hope and compassion for their fellowman and with new ideas on how to help their communities. They also had a great time and took with them renewed friendships from past years and welcomed meeting new friends they will be sharing the future with.
If you would like to know more about Key Club, please visit the website at www.keyclub.org. The Kiwanis Club of Kirkland sponsors four Key Clubs and one Builders Club in our area -- Lake Washington High School, Juanita High School, ICS .and Overlake High School. Each of these high schools as well as Kirkland Middle School Builder’s Club (The equivalent of high school Key Clubs at a middle school level) was represented at DCON.
Kiwanis Club of Kirkland