key leader

Just What Is Key Leader?

Immediate Past-Gov. Bert says it was THE one experience that really stood-out from his year traveling around the Rocky Mountain District. Governor Bob learned the value of Key Leader this past weekend, though he struggled to make those midnight room checks.

Key Leader is a weekend that teaches high schoolers leadership skills and team building. But to just leave it at that is really not an adequate description. KL is an experience that won’t soon be forgotten by those young people. Workshops taught 5 principles of leadership: Integrity, Growth, Respect, Community, and Excellence. Hands-on workshops gave the student participants the experience of building a team through communication and trust.

Student facilitators (who had taken the course before) were team leaders who not only built their team but also demonstrated Key Leader skills by example.

All of this happens in an atmosphere of mutual respect, personal growth and honesty. Sprinkled with spontaneous outbursts of dance and singing. Smiles… so many happy smiles.

Key Leaders learning who they are by challenging their values, working through physical challenges (like the spider rope pictured here) that got them out of their comfort zone. Teaching the young leaders how to communicate with others that might not share their personality type and to trust their new friends. Exercises that made them think, work together to achieve a group goal, discover who they are… who they want to be. GROW.

If your Kiwanis club isn’t sending kids to Key Leader, you really should volunteer or at least spend part of day at Key Leader. (Contact Key Leader chairwomen, Barb Fuller, for details.) It is a great program.

-A. Arbuckle

The Paradoxical Commandments

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.

Kent M. Keith

I don't think people realize how much I want to change the world.

Call me a loser, but I really do want to make things happen. I want to inspire people, save lives, make people smile. I just wish that there were more people that wanted to do that with me. We’re all so selfish and stubborn that we forget to think about others and what we can do for them. The world doesn’t change because people aren’t willing to.

If we all just stopped to smile at the cashier in the grocery store, pick up a stranger’s dropped book, tell a friend that we care about him/her, this place we call a hell-hole could turn into a place we’d be happy to live in.

I want to make a difference. Where do I start?

Day 21 - A picture of something you wish you could would never forget

Key Club has changed my life for the better. It broke my barriers down and taught me how to love others without thinking about what I get out of it; I am now prepared to “give up who I am for who I might become.” Thank you for the amazing experience. <3

*Our group had been discussing  the best way to eliminate the guards in the area (this town, Broonwatch, and a couple of neighboring towns) when the following happened.*

Alchemist: What about the neighboring city of Carin?

Leader of the revolution played by DM: They only have a small outpost there, and it seems that most of the food supply for the area comes from Carin.

Necromancer: Wait, so Carin has less troops, and has a key resource?

Leader of the revolution: (slight pause) Yes.

*party stares at each other with intrigue*

Necromancer: So we are all headed to Carin then?

*General consensus among the party*

Necromancer: Well, let’s see if there is anyone headed that way and hitch a ride in the morning!

DM:(seething) Well shit. There goes my plan.

The next morning, as revenge, the DM unleashed a horde of goblins and kills the horses that were pulling our cart.

DM: Well I think that’s about it for today. See you next week?

War On Isis US commandos kill key leader in Syria

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War On Isis US commandos kill key leader in Syria

US special forces killed a senior Islamic State group leader in a raid in eastern Syria, the White House said yesterday, as jihadists closed in on Syria’s ancient Palmyra and Ramadi in Iraq.

President Barack Obama ordered the raid on Al-Omar in east Syria on Friday night to capture senior ISIS leader Abu Sayyaf and his wife Umm Sayyaf, US officials said.

The bold operation, with elite commandos striking at IS’s inner circle, was a rare use of “boots on the ground” by the United States, which has fought the jihadists almost entirely from the air.

Abu Sayyaf played a senior role in ISIS’s lucrative oil and gas operations, and his wife — suspected of being involved in “terrorist activities” — was put under military detention in Iraq, Meehan said.

US Secretary of Defence Ash Carter said the operation was a “significant blow” to ISIS.

A young Yazidi woman who was apparently being held as a slave by the couple was also freed by US forces. US officials said the raid was “with the full consent” of Iraqi authorities.

In central Syria, the jihadists inched ever closer to the ancient majestic city of Palmyra, whose colonnaded streets and elaborate tombs have been under threat by an ISIS offensive since Wednesday.

The world heritage site lies at the gateway to Syria’s vast desert, extending to ISIS-controlled territory in neighbouring Iraq. If Palmyra falls, ISIS would expand its control from Syria’s east and north to the country’s heartland.

Fearing a similar fate for Palmyra, known as the “pearl of the desert,” UNESCO has called on the UN Security Council to act in order to save one of the Middle East’s historic treasures.

Both Syria’s opposition and regime have demanded that the renowned site not fall to the jihadists.

In neighbouring Iraq, ISIS fighters tightened their siege on the last government positions in Ramadi, west of Baghdad, a day after they seized the city’s government headquarters.

Source: Afp, Beirut