Contests

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Contests Packet PDF

Contest Guidelines

The following includes general information that pertains to all contests. For more information or if you have any questions, please refer to your Key Club Guidebook, the rest of the packet, the NJ Key Club website, or contact either your respective Lt. Governor or the Contests Chairperson Katie Lynch (ltg9.lynch@njkeyclub.org).

  • All clubs (attending DCON or not) must complete an Annual Achievement Report Form and have it received no later than Friday, March 1st, 2019 at the residence of Zone Administrator Mrs. Helene Meissner. If you are not attending Convention, it must still be submitted. Failure to submit the Annual Achievement Report Form by Friday of DCON will result in disqualification from all other contests.
    **THE FRONT PAGE MUST HAVE ALL SIGNATURES TO BE ACCEPTED (unless a club does not have a sponsoring club. If so, this line may be left blank)**
  • All contest entries that are not prejudged must be handed in upon your club’s arrival at District Convention. These entries must be submitted no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, March 29th, 2019. Please note that no late entries will be accepted!
  • Key Club International instructions and rules should be followed for the Single Service, Major Emphasis, Oratorical, and Achievement Contests. All entry forms and explanations of these contests are in the Contests Packet, the 2018-2019 Guidebook, and on the Key Club International Website (www.keyclub.org).
  • All information on all the contests should be typed or neatly hand written. Make sure you obtain all required signatures and get them sent in time or the entry will be disqualified.
  • We encourage you to enter as many contests as possible. Although they may differ, the applicant pool for every contest is small when compared to the number of clubs in the District. In fact, contests are one of the most underutilized resources available to all clubs! Therefore, everyone has a chance at winning. Your chances of winning increase just by participating!
  • All deadlines are the RECEIVED date, NOT the postmark date.
  • Winning entries become the property of Key Club International and will not be returned. Key Club International reserves the right to reproduce winning entries for any use deemed appropriate by Key Club International. Appropriate recognition will be provided to the winning Key Club.

All contests, Awards of Appreciation Nominations, and Annual Achievement Report Form should be sent to:

Mrs. Helene Meissner
166 Oaklyn Road
Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
meissnerh@norwescap.org

Early Contests

District Project Fundraising Award
Due February 16th, 2019 and at DCON
For this contest, no entry form is required. This award recognizes two clubs that have made the largest donation to the NJ District Project, The NJ Federation of Food Banks. Please mail checks to:

COO Kiwanis International Foundation
3636 Woodview Terrace
Indianapolis, Indiana 46268

Distinguished Officer Award
This award is awarded to all club officers who have exceeded expectations throughout the service year, according to the Distinguished Officer criteria. The decision is made by the Lt. Governor of your respective Division. For more information, please feel free to contact your Lt. Governor.

Big 10 Award
No entry form is required for this award. This award honors clubs who have increased in membership by ten percent. Reminder to make sure your dues and online roster are up to date and correct so that you can be considered for this award!

Early Bird Dues Award
No entry form is required for this award. It is awarded to all clubs who paid dues by November 1st, 2018.

100% CMRF Award
No entry form is required for this award. It is awarded to clubs (and their secretaries) who have handed in the Club Monthly Report Form consistently and on time each month.

Awards of Appreciation

Robert J. Mascenik Outstanding Kiwanis Advisor Award
Due February 15
The NJ District Key Club Outstanding Kiwanis Advisor Award recognizes a distinguished Kiwanis Advisor who has gone above and beyond his/her responsibilities in serving Key Club and youth in general. One Kiwanis Advisor is honored each year.

Dominico Gatti Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award
Due February 15
This award is given to a distinguished Faculty Advisor who has gone above and beyond his/her responsibilities in serving Key Club and youth in general. One Faculty Advisor is honored each year. A narrative of how your Kiwanis Club interacts with your Key Club.

Prejudged Contests

Club Website Award
Due March 1st
This award honors the Key Club and its Webmaster. The website is judged based on layout, content, photos, Key Club logos, font size, general attractiveness, and loading speed of the site. To enter, please fill out the entry form on page 10 of the Contests Packet.

Single Service Award
Due March 1st
This award recognizes individual Key Clubs for their single best project. A qualifying project will be defined as a club service project, planned, organized and produced by the Key Club occurring on a single day, consecutive days or recurring on different days. Projects acceptable for this award may include both hands-on service projects and fundraising efforts. There are three categories for this award. Platinum has 86 or more members, gold has 61 to 85, silver has 36 to 60, and bronze has 35 or less. Criteria for judging include: Service need, Project plan, Project implementation, final results, public awareness, and members' participation. To enter this award, please fill out the form linked from the appendix of the Contests Packet and submit it with a complete report.

Club Bulletin Award
Due March 1st
This award recognizes Key Club editors. It recognizes the THREE best NJ Key Club newsletters. A minimum of 8 issues should be submitted in a 3 ring binder. The entry form on page 9 of the Contests Packet must be included in the binder.

Kiwanis Family Relations Award
Due March 1st
This award is for clubs with the best Kiwanis Family Relations. Please complete the form on page 7 of the Contests Packet along with descriptions of the joint projects that are mentioned on the form. If there are multiple projects or multiple K Family Clubs, feel free to photo copy the form, or download it from the NJ Key Club Web Site to submit more. There are 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places for this award.

Major Emphasis Program Award
Due March 1st
This award is given to the Key Club with the best Major Emphasis Project. There will be first, second and third place awards given. Please complete the form linked from the appendix of the packet.

Club Achievement Award
Due March 1st
This award recognizes the most outstanding clubs based on overall service leadership as specified by their Annual Achievement RF. If you are attending DCON, failure to submit this form on time will result in disqualification from all other contests. Annual Achievement RFs were sent out as a part of the November District Mailing and can be found online at njkeyclub.org. Clubs will be categorized based on membership. Platinum is 86 or more members, gold is 62 to 85 members, silver is 36 to 60 members, and bronze is 35 or members or less.

Contests at DCON

Best Club T-Shirt Design
Due March 29th
The Club Bulletin Award recognizes the best club T-Shirt Design in the NJ District. Clubs must bring TWO identical t-shirts to be judged at District Convention. upon arrival. Be creative and stand out!

Traditional Scrapbook Contest
Due March 29th
For this award, clubs design a traditional scrapbook of their Key Club service year. Each scrapbook must have a cost sheet with signatures and the club information sheet attached to the inside cover. First, second, and third places will be awarded. The rules are on page 4 of the Contests Packet and need to be followed. If they are not followed, the scrapbook will be disqualified.

Non-Traditional Scrapbook Contest
Due March 29th
For this award, clubs design a non-traditional scrapbook of the Key Club service year. Each scrapbook must have a cost sheet with signatures and the club information sheet attached to the inside cover. First, second, and third places will be awarded. Rules are on page 5 of the Contests Packet and need to be followed. If they are not followed, the scrapbook will be disqualified.

Digital Poster Contest
Due March 29th
Create a poster on the computer to recruit new Key Club members. It will be judged based on appearance and effectiveness of message. The poster should be printed out and no larger than 17” by 22” and no more than 1/8”thick. It should not bear the name of any school, community, or district. Please fill out the entry form linked from the appendix of the Contests Packet and include it with your entry.

Drawn Poster Contest
Due March 29th
Create a non-digital poster to recruit new Key Club members. It will be judged based on appearance and effectiveness of message. The poster should be no larger than 17” by 22”and no more than 1/8” thick. It should not bear the name of any school, community, or district. Please fill out the entry form linked from the appendix of the Contests Packet and include it with your entry.

Video Contest
Due March 29th
Create a video designed to promote Key Club, your Key Club, or both. It must be 30-60 seconds in length and must be VHS or DVD clip. The entry must be playable on a computer and a DVD player. Please fill out the entry form linked from the appendix of the Contests Packet and include it with your entry.

Impromptu Essay Contest
Due March 29th
Any Key Clubber who attends convention is eligible to partake in the essay contest. Key Clubbers who enter will be given 60 minutes to write an essay. The essay will be judged on content, grammatical accuracy, originality, and clarity. The topic for the essay will not be known in advance.

Oratorical Contest
Due March 29th
Any Key Clubber who attends convention is eligible to partake in this contest. The presenter is given a maximum of 5 minutes to give a speech on a topic. This contest is judged on clarity, depth, originality, reference, grammar, word choice, posture, voice, and audience attention. The topic is “What does Key Club mean to you?”

Talent Contest
Due March 29th
Any Key Clubber who attends DCON can showcase his/her talents. Presentations must be in good taste and you must perform alone or in a group of people all from the same club. The talent should be no longer than 6 minutes. It is judged on content, performance, poise, audience response, and personal evaluation. Performers can sign up by filling out the Talent Show form included in the December District Mailing or by contacting your LTG.