The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

March 26, 2013

Danville Key Club will battle at international event

By Karen Blackledge
The Danville News

DANVILLE — DANVILLE — Winning Danville Area High School Key Club entries for volunteer hours and a scrapbook will advance to an international convention June 30-July 7 in Washington, D.C.

The winners were members with individual service hours, a single service project and the club scrapbook, according to faculty adviser Marsha Kouf.

Abbie Wolfe was third and Kylie Romeo was fourth in highest individual service hours. Abbie had 536.6 hours and Kylie logged 515.5 hours from March 18, 2012, through March 7.

Their community service included serving as mentors and tutoring younger children. They also babysat during home and school meetings and volunteered at Toys for Tots and breakfast with Santa events.

Jacey Snyder won a first-place trophy for a Silver Division Single Service Project report about a faculty and staff cookout project.

The club scrapbook, designed and created by a committee of members, won second place.

Awards were presented at the Pennsylvania District Key Club Convention and Leadership Conference March 8-10 in Hershey. Nineteen members attended the convention with Kouf, in her 14th year as adviser.

For the third consecutive year, Abbie won first in the oratorical contest. She presented her speech in front of more than 900 people on the topic “How does someone know you are a Key Club member.”

Breezy Hendrickson was chosen by the district board as the 2013 Sandy Nininger Award. This is the highest honor given to an individual club member at the district level. The club nominated her through two 1,000-word essays and a biographical history of her service on why she is an inspiration to the club and her extracurricular involvement.

Nininger is a former Key Club member awarded the first Medal of Honor in World War II. On Jan. 12, 1942, after his own company was retired from the front lines to rest, Lt. Nininger joined Company K. He was killed that day in the Philippines.

A club can nominate one outstanding member except members who are on the district board or international board.

Abbie also wrote a report on the club’s major emphasis program projects of homecoming carnival stands which benefited the Ronald McDonald House. The report received honorable mention.

Club officers received distinguished officer status. They are President Kendra Craig, Vice President Jacey Snyder, secretary Breezy Hendrickson, Treasurer Cody Griffin and bulletin editor/webmaster Grace Deegan.

Grace created and entered a poster and video designed for membership recruitment and retention in the digital club poster and club video categories.

Junior Katelyn Quinn received the Bob Bagans Unsung Hero Award for Division 12 South after being nominated by the club for going above and beyond the call of duty as a non-officer.

The club received banner patches for participating in the Youth Serves Youth Project, McDonald House and co-sponsoring the Builders Club at the middle school.

Also awarded the club was a certificate for third place for the highest average of service hours per member with 67.79 hours per member. A total of 3,796.5 hours was logged from March 18, 2012, to March 7.

At the closing session, sophomore Meghan Pontz was retired as Division 12 South lieutenant governor.

With several club members planning to attend the international convention, the club is holding two fundraisers to pay their way there. At the international event, members vote for officers and policy changes, receive training and learn about important club events and procedures and interact with members from across the U.S. and the world.

The first fundraiser is an all-you-can-eat flapjack breakfast with Elmo from 8 to 10 a.m. April 7 at Applebee’s in Lewisburg. The cost is $5 per person. There will be photos with Elmo, a 50/50 drawing and Chinese auction.

The second fundraiser is Vera Bradley bingo April 28 in Danville High School with doors opening at 12:30 p.m. and games starting at 1:30 p.m. The cost is $20 for 20 games. There will be retired and current products and a concession stand. A limited number of tickets are available.

To pre-purchase tickets for both events, email to mkouf@danville.k12.pa.us or call 570-847-0230.