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Weir Key Club visits convention

July 28, 2012
By ANGELINA DICKSON - Staff writer ( , Weirton Daily Times

WEIRTON - Members of the Weir High Key Club paid a visit to the Weirton Kiwanis Club earlier this month to discuss the opportunities gained by those who visited the Key Club International Convention in Florida this summer.

Key Club members Katarina Alatis, Morgan Goff and Morgan Abbott put together a presentation of events for the Weirton Kiwanis Club as a thank you to Kiwanis for contributing to their trip.

"It was an amazing experience. There are no words to say thank you enough for the donation," said Alatis.

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Representatives of the Weir High Key Club visited the Weirton Kiwanis Club recently to discuss a trip to Florida for the Key Club International Convention earlier this month. Pictured from left is Katarina Alatis, Morgan Goff and Morgan Abbott making a presentation of events to the club. -- Angelina Dickson

During the convention, Alatis said there were more than 2,000 people in attendance who helped raise $10,000 in one week for the Eliminate Project - a Kiwanis project to eliminate neonatal tetanus, a disease that kills 60,000 babies and a significant number of women each year.

Abbott then took time to discuss some of the other details of the convention. She said each club member had to participate in a number of seminars. She said it was good to see how involved the club members are and realize they can actually touch people's lives.

Abbott said participants were involved in a Kiwanis House of Delegates seminar as well, which she said was an incredible learning experience.

"We really got to see how involved we are in making our own organization," she said.

One thing each of the girls said they didn't realize was the relationships built during the event. Abbott said there were friendships made from all over the world they will continue. She said she and the others are looking forward to returning in the coming year.

"This really was a life-changing experience," added Goff.

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