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Dear Editor,

On behalf of the entire Key Club of Riverhead High School and our supporting organization of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Riverhead thank you for publishing an excellent story about one of our hardest working members, Jyl Risteau. We are most appreciative and proud of the work Jyl is doing as the Lieutenant Governor for Division 1 of the New York District.

Jyl's responsibilities include the coordination of all Key Clubs including Riverhead High School, Eastport-South Manor, East Hampton High School, Hampton Bays Secondary School and Westhampton Beach High School. Last March, this fashion show was only a thought of Key Club members while riding home from the New York State District Convention. Jyl has taken charge of organizing the Fashion Show on December 5, and her leadership skills allow great potential for the event to be a resounding success. Our district will certainly be recognized as we go off to convention in March of 2007.

The Riverhead High School Key Club with the support of our local Kiwanis Club has been involved in the community for over 30 years and our philosophy is that the member is the most important part of our club. Without each member reaching for their own goals, the club would not accomplish as much as it has been able to.

Three years ago we were recognized at the District Convention for our presentation of a nontraditional scrapbook. After winning first place, our "Trunkful of Memories" was taken to Atlanta, Georgia to compete at the International Key Club Convention. Although we did not win, the experiences in traveling and workshops for our members who attended enhanced their leadership skills.

Our Be Homeless project has become an annual event and also won an award as Best Single Service Project in the state and now is being replicated throughout the nation. Our members grow in knowledge and skills as they attend these events. In July 2006, Katrina Roehrig, our past Lt. Governor, was elected as a Trustee for Key Club International. She is the first Riverhead student to serve in an international position.

Each one of our members continue to volunteer at their own pace, keeping family and schoolwork first. With members of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Riverhead, we just finished our annual Cystic Fibrosis Telethon, raising more than $3000 this year. We will be loading shoeboxes for Samaritan's Purse next week and helping out where needed on Thanksgiving events. In December, in addition to the Fashion Show, both Kiwanis and Key clubs have committed to ringing bells outside of local area stores for the Salvation Army.

On January 12, we are planning a talent show to raise funds for the needy. Each of the months following are seeds of activities that will grow to events in the months to follow. With your recognition and the community support, we can grow stronger and accomplish more every year. Thank you once again for the great story about one of our members!

MARY FLOOD, Riverhead Key Club President

LOUISE C. WILKINSON, Key Club Advisor

HARRY E. WILKINSON, President Kiwanis Club of Greater Riverhead

MARY FLOOD, LOUISE C. WILKINSON, HARRY E. WILKINSON
November 14, 2006

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