District conventions play a crucial role in the future direction of a district and a Key Clubber’s overall experience. However, the informative workshops, district board elections and a fun-filled weekend with other Key Clubbers come at a price that poses a financial barrier for many clubs and their members. Here are some ways Key Clubbers can find financial support to attend district conventions:
- Start planning now. The Key Club International website has a Sponsorship Toolkit document that explains the 3/3/3 concept on addressing fees, along with an organized approach to finding funding for district convention.
- Ask your Kiwanis club for support. Using the Sponsorship Toolkit mentioned above, a Key Club can approach its sponsoring Kiwanis club with a plan for attending district convention and request funds to supplement those raised by the Key Club members. Remember, establishing a strong relationship with your Kiwanis club has immense value beyond the logistics of getting to district convention.
- Communicate with your school administration (if applicable) about providing transportation (such as school vans) to district convention. A group transportation alternative might reduce cost-related difficulties for members.
- Collaborate with a business in your region to fundraise. The following businesses have an established fundraiser system that makes raising money for a cause as simple as submitting a quick application online or to the local store’s manager.
Many of these resources can help remove financial challenges that keep Key Clubbers from participating in district conventions.