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District Convention 2019 Recap

March 25, 2019 Authored by: Ami Patel
Before I hibernate for many hours, all 79 of us are finally back from District Convention and damn, what a weekend. We, as a club and the District Convention Committee worked tirelessly for this magical weekend where our members shined and made memorable experiences both within our club and with our friends throughout CNH. Our members repped UCI in our true annoying and obnoxious selves and showed the district what our club is all about!

Special shoutout to our very own, Chris Tran for serving as Sergeant-At-Arms Chair on DCON Committee! He trained and oversaw all the SAAs that helped give order to this wild weekend. We appreciate all the work you put in to ensure that DCON ran as smoothly as possibly! We are proud of you, say we are proud of you!

Another shoutout to our Spirit/Social Chairs, Andrew Yu & Lianne Larkin for producing an amazing, stellar Talent Act that we will forever remember! From the long nights of planning preparation to finally giving it our all on the stage Saturday Night, it was your vision, guidance, and motivation that lit a fire in everyone's heart to be as spirited and perform to the best of our abilities this past weekend, so thank you!

Most importantly, thank you to all the DCON Attendees! From participating in the Talent Act, serving as an SAA, to simply cheering your hearts loudly throughout all 3 days, YOU are the reason why UC Irvine echoed throughout the convention (**we made up >10% of the entire convention) and I truly appreciate every single one of you for making DCON even more memorable.Finally, the most anticipated AWARDS. As all my predecessors have said before, awards do not determine nor a measure of our true success. Awards can mark milestones but never come close to the value of our experiences we created and shared with each other because that is what makes our club so amazing! Without further ado, please congratulate the following for their achievements:

- 100% MRF On-Time [Winnie Lam]
- 2nd Place Outstanding Non-Traditional Scrapbook [Kimberly Bui]
- 3rd Place for Most Funds Raised for Independent Charities [Arleene ChaoDarin NgoEmybeth Tadena Pascual]
- 1st Place for Most Funds Raised for Feeding America [Akina Ishimoto & Nancy Huynh Nguyen]
- Distinguished Appointed Board [Andrew Yu]
- Distinguished Appointed Board [Chad Ruaburo]
- Distinguished Appointed Board [Chris Tran]
- Distinguished Appointed Board [Lianne Larkin]
- Distinguished Appointed Board [Naomi Gingras]
- 3rd Place Outstanding Single Service [Chad Ruaburo & Naomi Gingras]
- John Woodall Distinguished Membership Development & Education [Sarina Vang & Le An Pham]
- Don Hull Distinguished Kiwanis Family Relations [Cody Phan & Don Nguyen]
- Distinguished Secretary [Winnie Lam]
- Distinguished Vice President of Service [Alicia Sieu]
- Distinguished Vice President of Administration [Kimberly Cao]
- Distinguished President [Ami Patel]
- 2nd Place Mei Po Wong Overall Service (Platinum Division) [Alicia SieuChad RuaburoNaomi Gingras]
- Camille Goulet Distinguished Club
- 1st Place Outstanding Total Achievement (Platinum Division)
- Distinguished Kiwanis Club [Kiwanis of Corona Del Mar/Newport Beach]
- Divisional Spirit Award 
- Distinguished Divisional Excellence

Once again, congrats to everyone for being recognized for your hard work and dedication this term! DCON signifies the end of term, but also marks the beginning of a new. As we begin retiring from our respective Circle K responsibilities, we make room for new leaders to emerge that will take our club to even greater heights. UC Irvine Circle K you are one of a kind and will continue to shine bright as we move forward.

With love from your mammal, 
Ami Patel
2018-2019 UC Irvine Circle K President