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Volunteering for the 4th Annual NYC Poetry Festival #NYCPoFest on Governor’s Island with @bxscikeyclub. #keyclub #governorsisland (at Colonels Row, Governors Island)

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It’s a volunteering kind of morning. (at Bowling Green)

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Knowing that I’m officially an alumni of Key Club is weird. But in a month when I’m an alumni in practice, that’ll hit me even harder.

Shoutout to @itsdqiu for getting me this pin at #KCCA14.

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#20InspiringKeyClubbers Day 20: Danny Qiu (@itsdqiu)
New York District Webmaster

I’m sure many expected this (including him), but Day 20 is none other than one of my best friends, Danny Qiu. I feel like I’m writing his nomination letter for Distinguished Webmaster again. Today is actually the first anniversary of our meeting, so there you go.

He being my best friend isn’t why he’s on this list. He truly is an inspiring Key Club member. For one, as his club’s Webmaster, he was the most active member by hours in his club. Even as a board member hard at work, Danny went well above and beyond the expected amount of service completed. He puts his heart into Key Club. Speaking of his being webmaster, he worked hard to create, maintain, and make relevant a website essentially from scratch that serves as a central location for information related to his club. The amount of time he spent keeping the website up to date is comparable to his hours.

He cares tremendously for the future of Key Club. Never have I seen somebody go to the lengths that Danny has if he thought that the future of the club was at stake. His inspiring me mostly comes from his ability to do whatever he can in his power to bring Key Club, especially his own, up. He’s one of the most recognizable faces in his club (competing with Kalvin) because of his consistent work in his Key Club, even after retiring as Club Webmaster.

On the day that Danny and I met, I walked with him from Times Square to Chinatown. And recently we walked together from East Harlem to Little Neck-ish. And through all of the crazy adventures we’ve been through, he’s always been by my side, there to support and encourage me.

I could go on forever, but I won’t. Danny, I know I only say this when I’m really emotional, but I love you for everything that you’ve done for me. I’m lucky to have had a friend do as much for me emotionally as you have and the second-worst part of not being a Key Club member anymore is that I won’t see you as much (the worst being the Key Club experience, of course).

#keyclub (at Duffy Square)

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#20InspiringKeyClubbers Day 19: Jasmine Quindala (@quindollar)
Bronx High School of Science Key Club President

I waited until midnight because I could sneak it in as an 18th Birthday post :) Happy Birthday Jasmine! <3

Anyway, I absolutely love Jasmine’s strong enthusiasm for all things that help others. When she told me that she was running for President, I was immediately disappointed that I wouldn’t be able to stick around for the entirety of her term because I knew it would be one of the best that our already-amazing club has ever had. Maybe it stems from her having been in Builders Club (an opportunity I wish I had), but it’s more likely a conditioned part of her amazing personality.

At VisionWalk last year, Jasmine was such a happy spirit. I remember her making this little boy smile with her energy. I’m glad she convinced me to go to that event. At the Friends of Rockaway event with NYC Young Professionals Kiwanis Club, it was beautiful to see Jasmine truly happy as a result of being a part of bringing a person’s house back to living condition. There’s probably a reason that she was Outreach Committee Chair. At almost every event Jasmine attends, her interactions with the people we’re helping is something that not only makes our impact that much more meaningful, bit I’d something that others should aspire to do at events.

Jasmine is a leader with the warmest heart, as much as she argues that at times and I know that the club is in amazing hands with her.

#keyclub

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#20InspiringKeyClubbers Day 18 [late]: Timmy Zhu (@timtimwazhere1)
Bronx High School of Science Key Club Vice President

I’m going to mostly describe my experience with Timmy as a member in order to get across how he’s inspired me. He should already know I think this way about him, as I wrote one of his recommendation letters for the Distinguished Sophomore Key Club Member award. But now others will see it.

For one, Timmy is a very nurturing person. He looks after the younger Key Club members and motivates them to do more. And they receive him so well it’s kind of cute (then again, they do call him “dad”…). He’s also one of the most dedicated kids in our club. And by dedicated, I mean both in hours and in spirit. He knows how to get a crowd to smile, and I personally have really appreciated his ability to be there for anybody who needs him. He’s a really comfortable person to be around. With Timmy around, being a Key Club member truly does mean being a family member.

Timmy is a great leader in the sense that he is able to successfully act as a Vice President when doing such is necessary. However, at events, he is very simply a role model, where people follow him because they respect his general ability to lead as opposed to following him because he is a board member. In my opinion, that quality is one of the best that a leader can have. He doesn’t let his title stop him from doing what brought him to Key Club, as he frequently is seen at events. The Vice President in theory should be the face of the club, and Timmy does a good job of being that face.

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#20InspiringKeyClubbers Day 17: Andy Zheng (@aquicktrip)
Bronx High School of Science Key Club Member

Andy is perhaps one of the strangest kids that I’ve met through Key Club. We met at one of his first events, as he went to Chinatown Beautification Day over the summer before his freshman year. Getting to know him over the year has been something that I’m lucky to have done.

Andy has a passion to serve, like many others on this list. But Andy has this very unique way of displaying it. I recall a time where he was limited to one Key Club event per weekend and how hard that was for him because of the many opportunities to serve that he was missing out on. But he still went to everything that he could, and even attended events for other divisions. He is such a happy spirit and makes any event that much funnier.

In one of the strangest service experiences, Kalvin, Nancy, him, and I spent so much time trying to help set up for NYCAASC that we had to spend the night at NYU. Not many people would stay behind that long when they could have left at like 7:30-8:00 PM. But Andy did it with such a strong sense of enthusiasm. Andy’s like a poster child for what I’ve experienced in Key Club — fun times mixed with doing everything in my power to serve others to the best of my ability. And he’s going to be a model to follow for any incoming members to Key Club.

#keyclub (at Kmart)

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#20InspiringKeyClubbers Day 16: Michelle Petersen
Immediate Past International Trustee/Outstanding Board Member

Michelle is great. If you went to ICON (or like me, had to settle for the livestream that I took this screenshot from), you heard Immediate Past International President Rayford Penny describe Michelle in a way that, if I wanted to, copying and pasting would more than suffice for this post. But I don’t believe in plagiarism.

I only physically met her at Leadership Training Conference, since I was a Conference Staff member. She was so bubbly, and her stories were fun to listen to. We bonded over receiving college admissions results at the same time in the pool room of the hotel (Jimmy @jimmyjam4321 probably appreciated that she got into Brown, because he had to do pushups for the rejections). But I could tell from

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#20InspiringKeyClubbers Day 15 (late :’(): Kenji Yeoh (@kenjiyoyo)
Division 11 Divisional Executive Assistant

Kenji has been something of a really good partner in Key Club to me. He comes out to many different types of events, big and small, for the sake of helping out. Even being busy with debate work, he always makes time to come out and serve with Key Club. And whether we’re at an event with over 100 members or an event with 5 members, Kenji always has a way of standing out. While I’m on that, there’s been at least two Key Club events where it’s just been the two of us, making the best of our work ethic to provide for the organizations we came out to support.

He’s a leader in the making for sure. Along with his passion, he has this strong sense of direction which he uses to guide younger members. He’s also guided me, in a sense. Despite being two years younger than me, Kenji has been somebody I can freely talk to and he always has wise words for me. He’s a living example of the idea that wisdom can come from any age. I don’t know how Key Club would have felt without his unique personality around. I know he’ll do a great job handling the new programs being introduced to Division 11 and I know he’ll help bring the division through another successful service year.

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#20InspiringKeyClubbers Day 14: Jordan Louie
Stuyvesant High School Key Club Member

Jordan is something. And I’m not just saying that because I called her my “almost girlfriend”. She’s actually something. Besides the very obvious two individuals who are truly the face of Stuyvesant Key Club, Jordan is one of the strongest members of her club by measure of passion and quality of service (if not by measure of hours).

I tend to get into deep conversation with her about things and I’ve definitely learned a thing or two from them. One of these conversations took place at the Walk MS event, where we cleaned up the site of the event at the end of the activities. In this conversation, we basically talked about how even though the work we were doing wasn’t the most fun (some of the garbage was submerged in unidentifiable fluid), it was worth it because it allowed the people we were helping out to use their raised funds more to help their cause (in this case, assisting people with Multiple Sclerosis). It was also brought up that we’d rather be doing the work we did at that event than doing nothing, because there’s just no point in being there to do nothing. I’ve always respected opinionated people, and Jordan is a person with a beautiful perspective on life in general if I may say such.

She’s such a happy spirit with such a caring personality, and I’ll miss her dearly when I’m gone. Stay active, Jordan <3

#keyclub (at Yaya Tea Garden)