District Convention 2016: My Renewed Love for Key Club

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DCON 2016 RenewedLove

For everyone out there fighting that post-DCON depression, remember this quote by Dr. Seuss that I'm sure you've heard before: "Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened."

While partly true, saying that DCON is "Fall Rally times three" is a total understatement. Although it lasted three days, and although my friends' voices might have sounded three times worse than at Six Flags after all the cheering, celebrating Key Club was only a small part of the experience. There was something I noted in every training and workshop to bring back to my home club, and during passing time between these, my mind would be whirring with new ideas. At every meal and general session when everyone came together, I was so blown away by the sheer amount of people around me. There was at least one new person that I spoke to every hour. Even during a bathroom break, I bonded with someone over the fact that the sink tap went off way too quickly: it drove us both crazy. We had places to be, people to see, memories to make!

"Y-E-T-I, let me hear your yeti cry!"

Oh, I cried, alright. I think--out of the thousands of us present at DCON this weekend--there were only a few soldiers who were able to just barely hold back the tears. Tears of sadness, because of the 2015-2016 term ending, and we bid goodbye to our beloved retirees. Tears of joy, because of the 2016-2017 term starting, and we say hello to our new ohana who we'll begin another journey with. Tears of relief, because you didn't leave your phone in the hotel after all (when you really needed it to capture all of those moments). Whew. You don't have to ask me how I feel: DCON was unforgettable. There may have been tears, but there were also smiles, and way more of them, too! My jaw still hurts from laughing and smiling so much even right now as I think and write about the most memorable weekend I've ever had. A big thank you to everyone who was there for sharing it with me. Considering that Kiwanis is forever, this is more of a beginning than an end. Key Clubbers and other K-Family, new and old--let's make some more memories!