Pennsylvania Key Club

International Office Endorsement

To run for international office, candidates must caucus at the district level before the International Convention to seek endorsements.

International Office Endorsement

Minimum Responsibilities and Commitments for Candidates Seeking International Office
International President, Vice-President, and Trustee

A candidate seeking endorsement for International Office agrees to accept all of the following responsibilities if elected, unless otherwise excused by the District Administrator in writing. Key Clubbers who wish to seek the office of International President, Vice-President, or Trustee must receive the endorsement of their Districts.

To seek endorsement a Key Clubber must first file the required forms with the District Administrator. A Key Clubber who wishes to seek the endorsement of the Pennsylvania District for his/her campaign for International President, Vice President, or Trustee must:

  • Read the responsibilities listed in the Key Club International Constitution and Bylaws.
  • Be familiar with bylaws and policy code of the Pennsylvania District of Key Club.
  • Request the appropriate information from Key Club International.
  • Complete and submit all required forms to Key Club International on time.
  • Attend the District Convention in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on March 10-12, 2017.
  • Attend the 2016 International Convention in Atlanta.
  1. Candidates running for International Office will be limited to no more than $100.00 for campaign material.
  2. Candidates must complete and submit:

Submission of Materials

The Statement of Candidacy for District Office, Biographical Form, and Letters of Recommendations should be mailed NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY 28TH, 2017 to:
District Administrator Bob Orlando
315 Luzerne Ave
West Pittston, PA 18643

The Convention Program Biography with Campaign Literature Template should be e-mailed to District Administrator Bob Orlando at administrator@pakeyclub.org. If this form is not submitted by February 15th, 2017 you will risk your chances of being in the DCON program book.

The Campaign Expense Form is to be handed in at the Candidates Meeting at 4:30 PM on March 10th, 2017.

Other Notes

  1. Only clubs in "good standing" may attend the district convention/leadership conference and have candidates for office or endorsement. This includes the clubs dues must be paid for the year.
  2. All candidates for office must attend the Candidates’ Meeting on Friday, March 10, 2017.
  3. At the House of Delegates, the endorsed candidates for district office are required to present a short speech, conforming to the House of Delegates regulations.
  4. Candidates nominated from the floor at the first general session of the District Convention/Leadership Conference must have the statement for candidacy, biographical form, and letters for recommendation completed and submitted to the District Administrator prior to the commencement of the first general session of the District Convention/Leadership conference.
  5. Campaign posters shall not exceed 18 × 24 inches and shall be displayed in the Convention Center only and only in designated areas. There will be no campaign material in the House of Delegates. (Note: Adhesive or “peel off” stickers may not be attached to any hotel property.) In addition, the District Board may ban any election material that is not considered proper by Key Club standards.
  6. Key Club International and Pennsylvania District Boards require all officers relinquish any other Key Club positions (on the local level) that they might hold, should they be elected (or appointed) as District Officers.
  7. Any candidate not complying with these rules, or not acting as a Key Clubber should, may be eliminated from running for office. The decision of the Pennsylvania District Board and Administrator is final.

Details of Events and Activities

Caucus Procedure
Purpose: Evaluate the qualifications of each candidate and determine the most qualified for each designated office or endorsement.

Format: Set period of time per candidate for a brief speech and answer questions from all attendees.

Moderators: Lt. Governors and a Kiwanis Committee member will be assigned to each caucus room to act as a moderator. The Kiwanis Committee member has authority to disallow any question deemed person, in bad taste, or of a harassing nature to the candidate.

Etiquette: The candidates are not to be touched, asked to ingest any material or asked to partake in any behavior that is in poor tasted. Rude behavior will not be tolerated.

Note: Adults are not allowed to ask question or to suggest questions to Key Clubbers!

Remember:
• Explore the qualifications of the candidate for the office which he/she is seeking.
• Seek knowledge of the duties of the office, past experiences, goals, organizational skills and experience serving on a team.
• Persons are not allowed to enter or leave the room while candidates are present.

Events and Time Limits

• District Officer Candidate Speech - 2 Minutes
• Standard Key Club Questions and Open Questions from the Floor - 5 Minutes

Standard Key Club Questions and Open Questions from the Floor Procedures
Note: Timing of the five minutes will start after the first question is asked.

  1. Key club members will raise their hands and wait to be called upon by the Lt. Governor or candidate.
  2. Question will be asked to the candidate.
  3. If the question is deemed inappropriate by the caucus moderator, he or she will intervene and have the candidate not answer the asked question.

Sample Key Club Caucus Questions
Key Club members can ask a standard question below to the candidate OR ask a question that he/she has developed.
• What is the Key Club pledge?
• What is the Key Club motto?
• What is one thing you would change while in office?
• How are you qualified?
• What sets you apart from the other candidates?
• What previous offices have you held in Key Club?
• What is the hardest obstacle you will have to overcome while in office?
• What inspired you to run for Key Club office?
• What does Key Club mean to you?
• Who is your hero? Why?
• What does KEY stand for?
• What would you do with $1,000,000?
• What are your strengths and weaknesses?
• What other activities are you involved in?
• What was your favorite Key Club activity and how will it help you on the board?
• What superpower would you like to possess? How would you use it in Key Club?
• Why should you be elected?
• What are your goals?
• How would you balance your extracurricular activities with Key Club?
• How would you, as a Key Club board member, reach out to the Kiwanis Family?
• Who is the most important person in Key Club and why?
• What are the other branches of the Kiwanis Family?
• Where is International Convention this year?
• Why did you join Key Club?
• Tell us your favorite Key Club story.

House of Delegates
Purpose: The House of Delegates provides a forum for the candidates for each office to present their final message to the District delegates. Voting is also done for any district bylaw amendments at this time.

Procedures: The members of the House of Delegates hear speeches and answers to questions from each candidate for each office and vote.

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