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2014 Key Chapter Winner Highlight: University of California, Riverside

September 29, 2014

In continuance with our 2013-2014 Key Chapter Award blog series, we would like to highlight the University of California, Riverside chapter.

Adopt A Classroom

Adopt A Classroom

The 2013-2014 academic year was a busy year for the University of California, Riverside chapter! For Make A Difference Day in the fall, the chapter collaborated with another student organization on campus to host a community cleanup at a local park. Members spent the day picking up trash on the playground and surrounding areas of the park, cleaning out the trash cans and replacing the trash bags. This event served as a wonderful opportunity to meet new people and help the community. The chapter also held an Adopt A Classroom event each month. Golden Key members would choose a classroom monthly at Bryant Elementary School and read to the students.

Global Youth Service Day

Global Youth Service Day

This is one of the chapter’s favorite events and continues to be a successful one. For Global Youth Service Day in the spring, chapter members went to the campus’ botanical gardens to help clean up the 40 acre area. Home to more than 3,500 species of plants and trails that extend up to four miles long, the gardens are difficult to maintain and any help is invaluable.

Each semester the University of California, Riverside chapter holds three general meetings in which members, officers and advisors gather to discuss upcoming chapter events. These meetings are unique, though, in that they also make functions out of them. For instance, to kick off the fall semester, the chapter turned their first general meeting into forum to discuss undergraduate research opportunities and how to build lasting relationships with professors. This forum was open to all students on campus, and it served as a wonderful opportunity to meet prospective members on campus. The second general meetings for each semester usually take place just prior to midterm examinations, so the chapter takes this opportunity to turn the general meetings into stress busters. In the spring, they collaborated with Active Minds to have a speaker come talk to the chapter about implementing healthy sleep cycles, napping and tips/facts regarding sleep in our daily lives. The chapter also uses one general meeting each semester to write heartwarming letters to soldiers who serve our country to show appreciation for all that they do.

Congratulations to the University of California, Riverside chapter for being named a 2013-2014 Key Chapter!

2014 Key Chapter Winner Highlight: University of Alberta

September 26, 2014

We would like to congratulate the University of Alberta chapter for being named a 2013-2014 Key Chapter Award winner.

Each year the University of Alberta chapter undertakes a large number of events that align with the three pillars of Golden Key, and this past academic year was no different.Alberta1 To promote leadership development in their members, the chapter created a leadership committee. The program is designed to engage chapter members in the community while promoting personal and professional development. Being a part of this committee allowed members to collaborate with other student groups in administering programs, designing and delivering workshops, managing fundraising projects and putting together volunteer groups for events. The University of Alberta chapter also continued with their service event at the Ronald McDonald House this past year. At this event, Golden Key members prepared dinner and mingled with the families who had children being treated at the center. This service activity is popular among the chapter members in that it allows them to offer support to those families and feel what they are experiencing.

In November 2010, the University of Alberta chapter was looking for a means to expand the chapter in an attempt to get members more actively involved.Alberta In light of this, the chapter put together a new organizational team with an altruistic core that was fiscally and ethically responsible. Consisting of ten members, this team came up with the idea for a benefit concert and silent auction to raise money for a select charity, which came to be known as The Vitalus. For the 2013-2014 academic year, the chapter chose Camp He Ho Ha as their beneficiary of choice– a local non-profit organization that provides safe recreational opportunities for physically and mentally disabled children and adults. The fundraising event brought together more than 200 individuals, and the chapter was able to make an impact on the lives of those enrolled at Camp He Ho Ha.

Congratulations to the University of Alberta GK chapter for being named a 2013-2014 Key Chapter winner!

Dr. Brendan Nelson Inducted As Honorary Member at The Australian National University

September 25, 2014

Director Dr.  Brenden Nelson receives Golden Key International HDirector of the Australian War Memorial, Dr. Brendan Nelson, was recently awarded with Honorary Membership in Golden Key. This accolade was presented at The Australian War Memorial by the chapter at The Australian National University, currently the highest ranked university in Australia. Dr. Nelson was nominated as an Honorary Member because of his distinguished service as Director of the Australian War Memorial and his impact in Australian Politics as former Federal Opposition Leader and former Minister for Defense.

The committee attended a small ceremony at The Australian War Memorial, where they presented the certificate to Dr. Nelson and had the chance to speak with him about his role at the iconic museum. “I am not an expert at curating museums, but there are 330 members of staff here who are,” said Dr Nelson. ‘The value I bring is that I’ve got experience in leading people, exercising judgment and working for the benefit of Australians.” Dr. Nelson spoke about the importance of the First World War in creating the Australian identity and said “it’s when foreigners visit The Australian War Memorial that they really discover the soul of our nation.”

“It was such a pleasure to be able to present Dr Nelson with an Honorary Membership and have the opportunity to talk to him,” said Nicholas Ramirez, Golden Key chapter president at The Australian National University. “He is an exemplar candidate and a great role model for our members to look up to. Throughout his professional life, Dr Nelson has embodied the three pillars of Golden Key, academics, leadership and service.”

Golden Key is thrilled to welcome such a highly regarded member of the public service as an honorary member.

 

2014 Key Chapter Winner Highlight: Norfolk State University

September 24, 2014

The eighth chapter that we would like to feature in our Key Chapter Winner blog series is the Golden Key chapter at Norfolk State University!

During the 2013-2014 academic year, the Norfolk State University chapter held numerous events that aligned with the three pillars of Golden Key. One such occasion was the chapter’s Make A Difference Day community service event in conjunction with the International Coastal Cleanup Project. For the event, student members spent the day picking up trash in their targeted area and reporting their findings to the Ocean Conservancy Organization. By the time they were done, the chapter had collected a total of ten bags worth of trash, which earned the chapter a Certificate of Award and a mention on the Hampton Clean City Commission website. Later in the year, the chapter partook in Senior Services Day, a day dedicated to spending time with senior citizens in the area. Chapter members gathered at the Norfolk Healthcare Center where they hosted various games, played music, shared snacks and socialized with the elderly living at the center.

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One of the chapter’s most gripping events was collaborating with a local youth program that services at-risk youth who are on the verge of dropping out of high school. This program assists these youth by helping them to attain their high school diploma or GED and prepare them for life after graduation. The Golden Key members served as mentors to the students by keeping them inspired and focused on accomplishing their educational goals. These mentors would stay in constant communication with the at-risk youth, and they played an active role in ensuring that they graduate and have a better life. This project proved to be effective and was inspirational not only to the youth but also to the Golden Key members.

Congratulations to all of the members at our Norfolk State University chapter for their involvement in the community and for being named a 2013-2014 Key Chapter Winner!

2014 Key Chapter Winner Highlight: Oakland University

September 22, 2014

In continuance with our 2013-2014 Key Chapter Winner blog series, we would like to spotlight the Oakland University Golden Key chapter!

During the 2013-2014 academic year, the Oakland University chapter took part in a numerous service events that affected their surrounding community. OU1One such occasion was the chapter’s participation in Hispanic Outreach Day of Service at the Hispanic Outreach Center in September. Coordinated by Oakland University’s Center for Multicultural Initiatives, the Golden Key chapter co-sponsored the event, which included preparing the Center’s garden for the winter and preparing boxed lunches for all of the volunteers. This served as an excellent opportunity to collaborate with various departments and student organizations at the university and, more importantly, show appreciation and serve their community. One month later for Make A Difference Day, the Oakland University chapter participated in their annual Rake And Run to help senior citizens in their community by raking their yards. In order to make this possible, the chapter partnered with the Auburn Hills Community Center, who was able to provide a list of senior citizens who needed help and trash bags for members to use. An overall success, this annual event continues to be fun and rewarding for the chapter and has helped to create a strong sense of community amongst the members.

The Oakland University chapter’s largest event is their annual PB&J Day event. This year marked their 13th occasion of the event, and it continues to become bigger and better each year. OUThe goal of the service event is to make as many peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as possible for the Salvation Army to be passed out on their Bread & Breakfast Trucks. In order to make the event possible, the chapter partnered with grocery stores in the area who donated the necessary supplies. The chapter also received help marketing the event from the athletics department, who promoted it to student athletes, and the local radio station showed up to the event, as well. More than 140 volunteers participated in the event, and together they were able to make a record-breaking 2,223 sandwiches– 709 more than the previous year! This initiative serves not only as an excellent opportunity to help their community, but also promote their chapter to the university. In fact, the Golden Key chapter received the Student Activities Funding Board’s Best Fundraising Event Award and Outstanding Traditional Program Award!

Congratulations to our Oakland University chapter for their continued success and being named a Key Chapter for the 2013-2014 academic year!

2014 Key Chapter Winner Highlight: Metropolitan State University of Denver

September 19, 2014

In continuance with our blog series, we would like to highlight the Metropolitan State University of Denver chapter for being named a 2014 Key Chapter!

During the 2013-2014 academic year, the Metropolitan State University of Denver chapter participated in many events that are directly related to the three pillars of Golden Key: academics, leadership and service.MSUD1 One of the chapter’s memorable functions was a member networking event, which served as an excellent opportunity to re-engage chapter alumni and honorary members with current members. The Metropolitan State University of Denver chapter has numerous alumni still living in the Denver area, and this occasion gave newer members the opportunity to build new relationships with these alumni and honorary members. In addition to many student members, the networking event brought together ten alumni members, four honorary members and four individuals from the campus community looking to forge a connection with the chapter. For Global Youth Service Day in the spring, the chapter worked with Habitat for Humanity to build a duplex house in a local neighborhood. The team, consisting of student members, honorary members and the families moving into the homes, contributed almost 70 labors hours to build these homes. This included installing storm braces, building scaffolding and erecting the roof struts among other supportive activities.

About a year ago, a student in the Metropolitan State University of Denver community passed away after a battle with leukemia, one of the most prevalent forms of blood cancerMSUD. In honor of this student, several organizations at the university partnered with each other to hold a Bone Marrow Drive on campus. The Golden Key chapter was the first of the organizations to provide all of the volunteers necessary to run the drive, assist in the planning of the event and lead in the marketing of the event. By assisting their partner in the event, Delete Blood Cancer, the Golden Key chapter was able to properly screen donors to ensure their eligibility to participate in the drive.  Chapter members also served at the information, registration, swabbing and participant gift stations. The event brought together more than 150 people, including several alumni members and honorary members.

Congratulations to the Metropolitan State University of Denver chapter for being named a 2013-2014 Key Chapter!

2014 Key Chapter Winner Highlight: University of Alabama

September 17, 2014

In continuance with our 2013-2014 Key Chapter blog series, we would like to spotlight our University of Alabama chapter for receiving this prestigious honor.

One event that the University of Alabama Golden Key chapter holds dearly is their “Remembering April 27, 2011” event.Bama On this date, a deadly tornado swept through the town of Tuscaloosa, Alabama and resulted in one of the largest losses in school history. Of those who were tragically lost, one was a chapter officer, Melanie Mixon. In honor of her and all of those in the community who lost their lives, the Golden Key chapter gathers on the anniversary of the storm each year to pay their respects. The chapter also participated in “Get on Board Day”, which gives student organizations the opportunity to speak to the hundreds of students at the university about Golden Key. Chapter officers passed out flyers, t-shirts and other Golden Key items while educating attendees on the chapter’s service events, scholarships and leadership opportunities. This event also served as an excellent opportunity for the officers to brag about being named the university’s “Most Outstanding Honor Society,” which contributed to chapter member Kim Townsel being awarded the 2014 Graduate School Scholarship for $10,000.

One of the more special events that the chapter participated in was their Halloween Party at Regency Retirement Village. Chapter members and officers gathered at this local retirement home dressed in costumes for a day of mingling with the residents.Bama1 To make the day interactive for the residents, the members held a costume contest in which the residents were the judges. The costumes ranged from SpongeBob and a lion to an Alabama football player and a deviled egg– to no surprise, the Alabama football player won! The chapter also had cake and candy bags prepared for them to end the day. Although this was only the inauguration of this event, the chapter hopes to make this an ongoing tradition in the fall. The Golden Key members found this to be an incredible opportunity to promote the chapter and university’s image in Tuscaloosa, as well as give back to members of the local community.

Congratulations to the University of Alabama Golden Key chapter for, once again, being named a Key Chapter Award winner!

 

 

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