Wow. I can’t believe it. It’s the beginning of a brand new year. For those of you who don’t know, The Key Club year goes from Mid April to Mid April of the next year. I want to thank you all for committing so much time to service and being active members of this amazing club. There have been so many things that our club has done which I’m proud of. The 2nd most fundraised club for American Apparel Jackets for our division and ending being part of the most fundraised division overall. Being the powerhouse of the division with our strong presence and loud spirit, and being one of the largest clubs? Fundraising $5500 for American Cancer Society?! , you guys are incredible. Which is why it makes me sad to have to retire today.
Key Club has been such a large component of my life the past three years, if anything it was my life. I came in as a young sophomore only doing this for the required hours, I didn’t expect myself to end being awarded outstanding President and Divisional Executive Assistant two years later and lead this newly awarded DISTINGUISHED CLUB. I got sucked in after seeing how happy the community was when I had the opportunity to help them, and three years later, it was over just like that. So many events and memories came from this organization alone and I am proud to have served as your President. Although there have been ups and downs with this whole journey, I don’t regret a single moment of it. I’ve seen many of you grow as a member and leaders. It makes me excited to know that the future of the club is in great hands.
I want to thank all of my officers for doing their jobs to the best of their ability. Our amazing advisor Ms. Filice who has assisted us even when we had obstacles. I want to give special shout outs to Mennen Kassa, who has been an officer since her Sophomore year and being one of the most responsible officers ever, I don’t know what I’d have done without you. Thanks for all the long phone chats and for just being so amazing. James Chen for being there when times were rough and immediatly knew what to do and for always wanting what was best for the club. You’ll do great this upcoming year and remember that the sky is the limit as long as you push it.
Last and imporantly, Jomel Bautista. You came in your freshman year already acting like an officer. You were publicizing this club and making sure everyone came to do service. You became a sophomore representative. You helped assist even when you didn’t need to. You later became my vice president, always keeping me in check and for making sure that whenever I had to make a choice, it’s the members that matters the most. You have a wonderful board who will assist you to the best of their ability, keep remembering how much our club has impacted the community, our division and district overall. Know that I’ll be there if you need some advice.
What you all do is amazing, keep doing service and be active members of the community. Keep that waddling D34S penguin spirit going. So now, I officially retire as your 2010-2011 President and officially turn the president position over to your new President for this upcoming year, Jomel Bautista.
This is your Immediate Past President Chris Dam for the last time.
Key Club International, Cali-Nev-Ha, Region 17, Division 34 South, Cupertino Key Club, It’s been real. Three years and it’s all over. I will always hold Key Club dear to my heart.