District Convention, or DCON, is an annual gathering of hundreds of Key Clubbers—from all over the state of New Jersey—to celebrate the end of a successful service year and the beginning of a new one. In 2019, the Toy Story-themed DCON will take place at the Ocean Place Resort in Long Branch, NJ, from Friday, March 29th to Sunday, March 31st.
Throughout the weekend, guests will enter contests, attend workshops, receive recognition for their accomplishments, participate in onsite service projects, and elect the next district executive board. There will also be dances held on Friday and Saturday nights—and the beach is right next door!
Want to learn more about the K-Family, fundraising ideas, public speaking, or Key Club's partner service organizations from around the globe? At DCON, you'll attend workshops led by the New Jersey District Board, as well as influential guest speakers. Drop by the Service Fair outside the Atlantic Ballroom to learn more about other volunteer organizations!
DCON is a time for honoring Key Club members for their hard work, dedication, talents, and achievements over the course of the service year. Contests include the oratorical and essay contests, and the Talent Show, an audience favorite. Some awards given to clubs and members include the Distinguished Officer Awards, the 100% CMRF Award, the Single Service Award, and the NJ Key Club Scholarships.
Which division will claim the coveted Spirit Stick this year? Bring your spirit and division cheers as you represent your division at DCON 2019!
At DCON, all members will have the opportunity to meet the candidates running for district executive offices for the 2018-2019 service year—District Governor, District Secretary, District Treasurer, and District Editor (the District Webmaster is selected by an application process). Delegates will then represent each club at the House of Delegates to elect the next district executive board! If you are interested in running for a position or have questions about elections, contact Elections Chair and Division 4 LTG Lauren Quadir.
There are over fifteen scholarships, ranging in value from $500 to $2,000 that will be awarded to the members of the New Jersey District of Key Club who have exemplified incomparable dedication to serving the children of our world, and have been upholders of the objects of Key Club International during their high school years. Applications must be postmarked by Friday, February 15, 2019. Email any questions to Scholarships Chairperson Kaitlin Cirillo.
There are opportunities to participate in service projects and fundraisers right at DCON—be sure to bring canned foods and nonperishables for our food drive, and bundle up for a Hunger Walk down the boardwalk on Sunday morning! Stay tuned for more details.
Registration is $310 per member—clubs that register after the early deadline of February 16, 2019 will be charged an extra $10 per member and chaperone registered. Regular registration is due postmarked March 1st. Contact DCON Registration Chair and Division 5 LTG Ellie Hulit for any questions.