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September 2012 magazine


Key Club takes over Orlando for 2012 convention

photos by Shawn Spence

More than 1,600 Key Clubbers from nations around the world—Canada, Jamaica, Aruba and the United States, to name a few—brought some magic of their own to Orlando, Florida, for the 69th Annual Key Club International Convention, July 4–8. 

In just four days, Key Clubbers did it all: They made tons of new friends, won awards for amazing service and danced to raise money for The Eliminate Project: Kiwanis eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus. Key Club members also voted for the organization’s new international leaders, learned more about how they can make a difference during workshops, and shared their favorite service project ideas at the Service Fair. 

Of course, there was also time for food, fun, souvenir shopping and sights in Downtown Disney, just across the street from the convention hotel. 

  • FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS: Eden Sher, actress on ABC’s TV show “The Middle,” shared her story of overcoming her insecurities to follow her dreams. 
  • GIRL POWER: This year marks the 35th anniversary of girls being allowed to join Key Club. Lisa Cross and Renee Wetstein, the first female Key Club International trustees, joined Annie Lewandowski and past female Key Club International presidents Lauren Kapsky and Abigail McKamey on stage to recognize the great impact girls have had on Key Club. 
  • “Hey Orlando, that was legit fun times tonight. Thanks for the love. #keyclub12"
  • TRICKY TRICKY: Justin “Kredible” Willman amazed the crowd Friday night with his one-man magic show. 
  • DO THE MATH: Key Clubbers raised
    US$538 in two minutes—that’s only 120 seconds!— at Thursday night’s Dance 2 Eliminate. That equals almost 300 women and their future babies protected or saved from maternal and neonatal tetanus. 

Want more? Check out more convention photos below and at Key Club's Flickr page, and check out for tweets, blog posts and more highlights from Orlando! KC

Key Clubbers showed off their district pride during convention with cheers and fun gear.

Delegates discuss with each other after candidates for Key Club International office have spoken about their platforms.

The Florida District of Key Club shares its successful fundraising ideas for The Eliminate Project during the Service Fair.

Alabama District Key Clubber Rebecca Riley speaks to convention attendees after she is elected 2012-13 Key Club International president.