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  • Make A Difference Day - October 22

    For 20 years, USA WEEKEND and HandsOn Network, a business unit of Points of Light, have joined together to sponsor Make A Difference Day, the largest national day of community service. Held annually on the fourth Saturday in October, Make A Difference Day is a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors.

    Make A Difference Day is sponsored by USA WEEKEND Magazine in partnership with HandsOn Network and supported by Newman’s Own. Oct. 22, 2011 marks the 21st anniversary of this day of service!

    Millions of Americans unite in a common mission to improve the lives of others on Make A Difference Day. To learn more visit their website:

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  • Just What Is Key Leader?

    Wow! Check out Kiwanian and Key Leader chaperone Alan Arbuckle's first hand account of Key Leader at Mountain Chalet Aspen in Colorado, October 7-9. 


    Immediate Past-Gov. Bert says it was THE one experience that really stood-out from his year traveling around the Rocky Mountain District. Governor Bob learned the value of Key Leader this past weekend, though he struggled to make those midnight room checks. 

    Key Leader is a weekend that teaches high schoolers leadership skills and team building. But to just leave it at that is really not an adequate description. Key Leader is an experience that won’t soon be forgotten by those young people. Workshops taught 5 principles of leadership: Integrity, Growth, Respect, Community, and Excellence. Hands-on workshops gave the student participants the experience of building a team through communication and trust. 

    Student facilitators (who had taken the course before) were team leaders who not only built their team but also demonstrated Key Leader skills by example. 

    All of this happens in an atmosphere of mutual respect, personal growth and honesty. Sprinkled with spontaneous outbursts of dance and singing. Smiles… so many happy smiles.

    Key Leaders learn who they are by challenging their values, and working through physical challenges (like the spider rope pictured here) that got them out of their comfort zone. Teaching the young leaders how to communicate with others that might not share their personality type and to trust their new friends. Exercises that made them think, work together to achieve a group goal, discover who they are… who they want to be. GROW.

    If your Kiwanis club isn’t sending kids to Key Leader, you really should volunteer or at least spend part of day at Key Leader. It is a great program.

    To learn more about events in your area visit and contact the local Key Leader chair listed there. To learn more about sponsoring a student, visit

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  • Empower young leaders through Key Leader

    Give young emerging leaders a push in the right direction. Give them the experience of a Key Leader weekend. Registration is open for nearly 30 Key Leader weekends this fall, and many are filling up fast.

    Key Leader can be life-changing for young adults. Participants learn about service leadership, while learning confidence in their own leadership abilities. Kiwanis members help make that happen:
    • Encourage high school students in your community to attend a weekend retreat this fall
    • Have your club sponsor a student
    • Volunteer at a facility near you
    We are offering nearly 30 Key Leader retreats this fall. Find a date and location that works for you!

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  • March 2 Success

    Key Leader is one of many tools that can help you prepare for a successful future. There are other opportunities that can help you achieve your goals as well. One is the March 2 Success program offering free online SAT/ACT preparation flashcards and practice tests. Additionally, there is a program to help 6th through 12th graders boost standardized test scores and prepare for high school. For those planning on going to college, there are resources for learning about the college application process and financial aid. Teachers, parents and school counselors can create an account and monitor student progress as well. Take a look at these brochures to learn more, or visit March 2 Success is offered for free, with no obligation to all students by the U.S. Army. 

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