KIWIN’S, the 32nd district of Key Club International, is a student-led organization that enthusiastically promotes the development of character and leadership through community service within the Kiwanis family.

Our motto: One Family. One Word: KIWIN'S.

Hey KIWIN'S! How do you feel?!?!?!?!?
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DCON 2014

By Erika Goto | IP District Governor | April 6, 2014 - 

There is no way of possibly describing it in a perfect way, but plainly said, it was legendary and the best weekend I’ve ever spent with my Ohana. Thank you so much KIWIN’S for giving me such an amazing opportunity to serve as your 2013-2014 District Governor. I wouldn’t have traded it for anything and I am hoping that all of you enjoyed this past year like I promised you would. For those of you who stopped me this past weekend at anytime and complimented me or the convention: It truly means so much and it warms my heart knowing that I did something right for you. This is when I know it was all worth it. DB POWERHOUSE lives on forever. You all make me so proud and blessed. 
#KIWINSDCON2014 #bittersweet #thankyoufromthebottomofmyheart

October District Member of the Month

By the Awards and Recognition Committee | January 2, 2014 - 

Congratulations Christy To for winning the second District Member of the Month for the year of 2013-2014, District Board is very proud of you! Keep up your amazing dedication!

Video Credits to:
Jennifer Ngo 
2013-2014 KIWIN’S District Technology Chair

Fall Rally

By Karina Wang | Turquoise LTG | December 2, 2013 -

FALL RALLY!! Two words that are music to my ears! First of all KIWINERS, I hope you all had fun! It was such a joy to see you all there!

My name is Karina Wang and along with Jacob, I am the proud co-head of the Special Projects Committee. Taking on such a huge task such as planning Fall Rally was definitely, not going to lie, really crazy. I didn’t really know what I was getting into when I first signed up. I knew it was going to be hard but I thought that if I could kind of breeze on through it. Definitely not what happened…haha. From 3 venue changes to last minute failures and miscommunication, it was a challenge that had to be done…just not with a breeze.  

Planning Fall Rally consisted of countless phone calls, video calls, emails, etc. Luckily we didn’t procrastinate, and we got the main details done pretty early. It was crazy knowing that hundreds of kids counted on the work ethic and the ideas of two crazy and pretty dorky kids. Jacob and mine calls usually consisted of 30 minutes of work followed by 30 minutes of dance breaks…which is why I love him so much and couldn’t have asked for a better committee partner. J

We asked around members and we listened. Most of the people wanted more group activity and the chance to meet others. We hoped to bring that through icebreakers (which was crazy beyond words can express) and small games such as the dancing. We felt the members needed more recognition and needed more education about KIWIN’S in general. With that, we came up with the trivia game, the tri-folds, and Elaine’s awards. 

Overall, as a District, we completely broke our record of Fall Rally attendees at over 850 people!!! (Last year we were at about 650). We have also raised over hundreds and hundreds of dollars for Pediatric Trauma Program. Compared to previous years, we have obliterated our records whoppingly! 

Although these past 6 months were definitely crazy, I am so proud to be part of it. As I stood on stage, and I’m sure all of District Board could relate, I felt this instant love and passion from YOU GUYS that made me fully aware of why I love KIWIN’S. We are an Ohana, and I couldn’t ask for anything more. I hope you all enjoyed Fall Rally, and I hope that you know that YOU made an impact to this world. 

Love always,
Karina

Fall Rally

By Jacob Batucal | Diamond LTG | November 29, 2013 -

Hey KIWIN’S!

Thank you to all the members who went out to Fall Rally North and South to support our minor emphasis, Pediatric Trauma Program! It has been an amazing experience serving as your Special Projects Fall Rally Committee co-head along with Turquoise Lieutenant Governor, Karina Wang.

Coming in as Diamond Lieutenant Governor, I was excited that I was put on the Special Projects Committee. However, I was even more excited when I found out my partner was Karina! Since day one we have been working non-stop with our committee partners Daniel Luong and SJ Yun, to plan Fall Rally North and South. That meant hours and hours upon Skype calls, emails, text messages, phone calls, etc. From the start the Special Projects committee was determined to make Fall Rally 2013 the best. Of course there were some obstacles along the way, but we got through it thanks to our awesome committee advisor Mr. Wallach! Truly without Mr. Wallach Fall Rally would not have been possible. 

I am still in shock on how many members attended Fall Rally North and South. Both rallies combined had an attendance of 900 plus members! That’s a large contribution to the Pediatric Trauma Program!

Again, I am still in awe on the overall support and spirit of the KIWIN’S members at Fall Rally. The love and support you all show to our family and to our emphasis is truly inspiring. 

It has been such a privilege serving as on the 2013 Special Projects Committee. I hope you all had fun losing your voices and hanging out with your fellow KIWIN’S Ohana. Thank you for all your awesome love and support and hope to see more of you at DCON 2014!

KIWIN’S Week

Hey KIWIN’S! KIWIN’S week is here from November 4-8! Get a chance to spread the word of KIWIN’S to all your friends! The following themes for each day are: 

  • Monday - Show Your K in Every Way (dress in your KIWIN’S gear and tell your friends about KIWIN’S)
  • Tuesday - Kudos to the Key Players (say thanks to your faculty and Kiwanis advisors for their support and give them a card or basket for all their hard work)
  • Wednesday - ELIMINATE Day (fundraise for ELIMINATE and spread awareness)
  • Thursday - Bring a Friend to KIWIN’S Day (bring your friends to your general meeting) 
  • Friday - Your Way (do anything creative in order to spread the word of KIWIN’S! Please keep it appropriate!)

Keep in mind that clubs are allowed to interchange the days if they wish. 
Example: Bring a friend to KIWIN’S day can be done on a day when clubs have their meetings!

Remember to tag #kiwinsweek2013 or #kiwinsweek on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook! 
We may offer incentives for the club who participates the most! 
Good luck and have fun this week KIWINNERS!

September District Member of the Month

By the Awards and Recognition Committee | October 27, 2013 - 

Hey KIWINNERS! 

There is a new section on the website under News called “Member of the Month.” Yes, you heard that right, District Board is now recognizing one member of our District each month for their hard work and dedication. Congratulations Brandon Hai for winning the first District Member of the Month for the year 2013-2014, District Board is so proud of you! Keep up the good work!

Video Credits: Alex D. Nguyen and Thien Nguyen (alumni from Jet Division of KIWIN’S)

Finding Ohana

By Vicki Nguyen | Jet Division, La Quinta High School Corresponding Secretary| October 27, 2013 -

It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us family.

Grüßgott! Hola! Tchao! Привет! 你好! 안녕하세요! Whatever ethnicity, race, or gender you are… Hello! This is Vicki Nguyen, the corresponding secretary, from La Quinta KIWIN’s and to start off, how is everyone doing? Well if you ask me, I’m doing mighty fine! When the sudden topic of the Keeping Up With KIWIN’s came up, I immediately wanted to write something that meant so much to me in my heart and I think this applies to many other people as well. A lot of people ask me, “Why KIWIN’s?” or “What makes KIWIN’s the best club on campus for anyone to join?” And to be honest, it took me quite a while pondering over the endless possibilities of answering those questions. Why exactly did I join KIWIN’s and not any other club at La Quinta? I’m pretty sure every single person in KIWIN’s has come across this question from time to time. 

To me, KIWIN’s is indescribable. It’s a mixture of happiness, fatigue, irritation (from early morning events), excitement, and a lot of weirdness all amalgamated together into this club. In my life, I’ve never witnessed the most awkward moments nor have I ever had every single weekend booked for projects to attend nor have I ever met the most peculiar people ever until I joined KIWIN’s. Now many may say, “Vicki, why in the world would you stay with KIWIN’s if you feel this way?” and I completely agree with those who feel that way, but all the inept moments that I have witnessed led to the most amazing memories in my life. All the endless projects we have every single week made me realize how much I love serving my community and others. And all the uncanny people I’ve ever met turned out to be some of the greatest people that have ever impacted my life. All of these things accumulated together is what makes me able to make me, me! And as cliché and stereotypical as that sounds, I’ve never come across a group that always had their arms open for me to join whenever I wanted to even if I wasn’t a member. 
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KIWIN’S Week

By Jack Wang and Jennifer Ngo | District Secretary and Technology Chair| November 3, 2013 -

Hey KIWIN’S! KIWIN’S week is here from November 4-8! Get a chance to spread the word of KIWIN’S to all your friends! The following themes for each day are: 

  • Monday - Show Your K in Every Way (dress in your KIWIN’S gear and tell your friends about KIWIN’S)
  • Tuesday - Kudos to the Key Players (say thanks to your faculty and Kiwanis advisors for their support and give them a card or basket for all their hard work)
  • Wednesday - ELIMINATE Day (fundraise for ELIMINATE and spread awareness)
  • Thursday - Bring a Friend to KIWIN’S Day (bring your friends to your general meeting) 
  • Friday - Your Way (do anything creative in order to spread the word of KIWIN’S! Please keep it appropriate!)

Keep in mind that clubs are allowed to interchange the days if they wish. 
Example: Bring a friend to KIWIN’S day can be done on a day when clubs have their meetings!

Remember to tag #kiwinsweek2013 or #kiwinsweek on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook! 
We may offer incentives for the club who participates the most! 
Good luck and have fun this week KIWINNERS!

The Kiwanis Convention Experience

On the weekend of August 16-18th, District Governor Erika Goto, Jade LTG Cerena Nguyen and Awards Chair Elaine Cheng attended the Kiwanis Convention. 
By Elaine Cheng | District Awards Chair | September 10, 2013 -
It was my first time attending a Kiwanis Convention!!!

I felt really anxious to go to such an amazing event, and it was my first time in Reno, Nevada: The biggest little city in the world. When I arrived at the hotel with my Kiwanis Advisor, Victor and Jade LTG, Cerena, we met up with Erika and got ready in the hotel room. I actually realized I under packed on my clothes!

KIWIN’S’ job at the convention was to manage our exhibit of our club showing. It was nice getting to talk to all the Kiwanians, most of them being elders. A lot of them did not even know what KIWIN’s was! Crazy right? Many questions popped up from “What is KIWIN’S?” to “Why doesn’t KIWIN’s just merge with Key Club?” It was hard answering the second question of why we didn’t just merge. Our answer was, “KIWIN’s is another district that allows a greater chance for high school students to become a leader. Since we are smaller in size, we do believe that everybody deserves to be able to step up. Along with that, KIWIN’s also focus on family orientation. With the smaller amount of members, we are able to get to know others in a closer matter. “

This trip has given me the chance to get to know more about other District Governors and our District Assistant Administrator, Mr. Wallach, a whole lot more. IT has also given me the opportunity to meet many new people!

I thank KIWIN’S for giving me this wonderful opportunity to attend the 93rd Annual Cal-Nev-Ha Kiwanis District Convention!

Impressing KIWIN’S with a New Look!

By Paul Pham | Jet Division, Segerstrom Fundamental High School President | August 19, 2013 - 

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Segerstrom KIWIN’S Board poses for their photo | Credits to Vinhson Nguyen http://www.flickr.com/photos/78953691@N04/

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When meeting new people, the first impression is the single most important push that could lead someone into believing you or doubting you. Hello KIWINNERS! Paul Pham from Segerstrom KIWIN’S, and I’m here to talk about our latest social that included a photoshoot to help impress members when they first meet us to promote KIWIN’S. The day started off with 4 of my other board members meeting up at my home to hitch a ride to Diamond Jamboree to start our day. The first 5 of us ate together for breakfast and sported our new KIWIN’S Cardigans and made sure everyone saw how polite and courteous we are.

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