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International convention: Day 1 in review

by: Maha Aziz

Key Club International Convention (ICON) has been a wonderful experience so far! Today we had our opening session with speaker Eden Sher, who plays a character on the TV show "The Middle."  She gave an inspirational speech on believing in oneself and never giving up on your dream. Next, clubbers were allowed to eat lunch either in Downtown Disney or in the hotel. Promptly at 2:00 p.m., caucusing for the new international board candidates began. Though it was four hours long, it was enjoyable and went by quickly.  Afterwards, clubbers ate dinner, swam, went to Downtown Disney, and did other things.

From 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., clubbers danced for The Eliminate Project and raised money to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus from the face of the Earth, a disease which still takes the life of one baby every 9 minutes. Through some creative fundraising at the dance, we raised US $538.00 through the "MNT Minutes" that were held throughout the dance, where clubbers donated as much spare change as they could in one minute. Some clubbers also created a new dance move called the "Eliminate" move. We were disappointed when the dance was over. The first day of ICON was a rewarding experience and we are all looking forward to tomorrow! Key Club is simply the best organization in the world!

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