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Key Club DECON is Cancelled

by NEBD Key Club on 03/11/20

Our Key Club Leadership Team has been closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. While we had hoped to move forward with our District Educational Conference, it has become increasingly clear to us that we will be unable to do so. Many school districts are restricting travel and field trips and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has advised that all large events not be held. Therefore, we are canceling this year's District Educational Conference.

The health and safety of our students, advisors, and volunteers will always be our first priority. We know that this cancellation is upsetting, especially for our students who have worked so hard over the past year. Our 2020 DECON looked promising with nearly 800 registrants, a new format for workshops, and an amazing keynote speaker. We hope that your Key Clubs will all be back in 2021 to make our next DECON even more special for our students.

We are still working out the mechanics of canceling a DECON and appreciate your patience. Below are some details that we can share now:

Refunds
Thanks to our longstanding relationships, both the Tower Square Hotel and Sheraton Hotel have generously agreed to let us out of our contracts with no charge this year. This means that we will be able to provide full refunds to all attendees. District Financial Counselor Tim Daly will process these refunds over the next couple weeks.

Elections
Pursuant to our bylaws, in the absence of a District Conference, the District Board will elect officers for next year. Most Divisions have already elected their 2020-2021 Lieutenant Governor, so we will ask the 2019-2020 District Board to elect a Governor, Secretary, Treasurer, and Bulletin Editor for the 2020-2021 year. We will hold an online meeting of the 2019-2020 District Board to complete this process and ask all declared candidates to attend the meeting to speak and answer questions from the District Board.

Contests
We intend to hold District Contests remotely to the extent possible. We will extend the deadline to submit entries until April 3 and accept entries from all Key Clubs in our District. We will send out additional information on how to submit entries by mail or email soon. We will be asking for adult volunteers to judge contest entries remotely. We will mail all awards to the respective winners. You will hear more from Brian Cofrancesco about this shortly.

Workshops and Speakers
We are currently exploring formats that we can use to present the keynote speech and all of the incredible workshops in a webinar format. This will likely take place over a couple weeks in April and will be available to all Key Clubs in our District. More details on this coming soon.

Future Events
We are continuing to monitor this situation as it pertains to our 2020-2021 District Board Training in April. In addition, Key Club International is monitoring as it pertains to Key Club International Convention in July.  We will have more details about those events in the coming weeks and months.


We understand that this is very disappointing—we feel it too. We are proud of our District and our student leaders who served their communities with distinction this past year. Thank you to each of you for all you do for your students and for Key Club. We look forward to seeing many of you in 2021!

KPTI Open House 2019

by NEBD Key Club on 11/10/19

Calling all Key Clubs: Join us for KPTI Open House Saturday, December 7, 2019, 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM Tufts Medical Center, 800 Washington St., Boston, MA 02111 Registration Deadline: November 22, 2019

Register Online Today

District Educational Conference

by NEBD Key Club on 11/05/19

April 3-5, 2020 - Springfield, MA
Registration is now open for the District Educational Conference (DECON 2020). Contest and scholarship rules and entry forms are also available online. 



 

Recognition at Key Club International Convention!

by NEBD Key Club on 11/05/19

Congratulations to our many amazing Key Clubs and Key Clubbers who were recognized at Key Club International Convention!
Distinguished District Governor: Joshua Cram
Distinguished District Secretary: Perry Crovo
Distinguished District Treasurer: Jackie DeQuattro
Distinguished District Editor: Andrew Kirdahy

Robert F. Lucas Lieutenant Governors:
Conrad Nguyen, Grace Jerell, Rachel Gardella, and Victoria Tenney

Distinguished Key Clubs:
Wareham High School and Southington High School

Diamond Distinguished Key Clubs:
Canaan Memorial High School, Colebrook Academy, Dexter Regional High School, Foxcroft Academy, Jonathan Law High School, Kennett High School, Ralph C Mahar Regional High School, and Sanford High School

In addition, our District received the Thirst Project District Service Award for raising the most per-member of any District for the Thirst Project! Check out the presentation and recognition on our District Facebook and Instragram pages!

In Memory of Mr. George Whitney

by NEBD Key Club on 11/05/19

The New England and Bermuda District is saddened by the loss of our longtime District Administrator Mr. George Whitney. Mr. Whitney served as District Administrator for 41 years, starting in 1978-1979. Before that, he served as Assistant District Administrator starting in 1974. He was a teacher and mentor to over 1,000 District Board members and made a positive impact on countless thousands of high school students who were in Key Club during that time. Mr. Whitney is remembered for his dedication to the Key Club organization, his humility, his sense of humor, and his strict but understanding demeanor. 


The 1988-1989 District Board named the Leader of Leaders award after Mr. Whitney to recognize an adult in the District each year who has brought out the best in the youth of the New England and Bermuda District by bestowing upon them trust, responsibility, and challenge of leadership. Mr. Whitney lived up to these ideals as he mentored and guided countless Key Club leaders through our District. 


Mr. Whitney with Ned the Lobster