Too many Key Leader applications

The Key Leader 2008 event hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Grand Cayman has received more applications to attend than there are places available.

As a result of the extraordinary demand for this advanced personal development and leadership event, teens who applied early but who have already attended Key Leader 2007 will not be selected for this weekend’s event.

Late applicants will also have to apply for the Key Leader 2009.

Four teens from Cayman Brac High School are guaranteed places and suitable sponsors from Cayman Brac to assist with the travel and course fee would be welcome. A number of teens from the Cayman Cadet Corp are also attending and Kiwanis would like to thank the Cadet Corp for supplying camp cots for the Cayman Brac attendees who cannot bring their own sleeping gear.

Kiwanis President, Ruud van der Pluijm, said, ‘We as a club are still learning how to most effectively manage the Key Leader event. Since its inception by Distinguished Past President Paul de Freitas in 2007, hundreds of hours have been spent by our members in hosting the 2007 event and planning for 2008. We are overwhelmed by and grateful for the response from Cayman’s teens. It is strong evidence that they fully understand that success in life does not come handed out on a plate but must be earned through accepting personal advancement opportunities such as Key Leader and the Cadet Corp.’

Chairman of the Key Leader 2008 event, Wiekert Weber, noted that the club is aware that many teens will be disappointed that their applications could not be accepted. He promised that the Kiwanis Club of Grand Cayman would look at increasing the number of places for the Key Leader 2009 event in conjunction with the host, Saint Ignatius Catholic School. However he noted that this also has its problems. ‘We are provided with an excellent facility at Saint Ignatius and we thank them for it. However the school is not residential in nature and therefore is equipped for day students. This means that the number of showers available for males and females is limited to what would be required for games and gym – the facilities are fine for that but would be stretched by increasing the number of places on the event.’

Parents wishing to enrol their teens for the 2009 Key Leader event may do so by sending an e-mail to [email protected] or by calling either Ruud van der Pluijm on 947-9956 or Paul de Freitas on 916-6331.

Kiwanis is a global organisation of volunteers changing the world one child and one community at a time. It operates Key Clubs at Cayman Prep, John Grey, Saint Ignatius and Triple C schools. Its major projects are Buy a Kid Breakfast, Kiwanibike, Santa Landing and the new Bookmobile, a mobile library and general purpose emergency trailer which will soon take to the roads of Grand Cayman.