New England and Bermuda District of Key Club
District Educational Conference
April 9-10, 2022
Sheraton at Monarch Place, Springfield, MA
The 73rd Annual New England and Bermuda District Key Club Educational Conference will convene in the Sheraton Hotel at Monarch Place in Springfield, MA on Saturday and Sunday morning, April 9 and 10, 2022. Below is your District Conference Packet. In it you will find all the information/materials necessary for attending the conference and participating in the various District and Key Club International contests.
This year’s District Educational Conference (“DECON”) will look very different from the past. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and limitations in hotel space, we have pared down our DECON to be able to fit in one hotel and to only require one overnight. In addition, we have implemented a new online registration system, which will allow the faculty advisor to put as many students in each hotel room as their school district will allow. Your per-student cost will depend on the number of nights and number of students per room.
More educational workshops covering Key Club topics, service, leadership, and personal growth topics, as well as additional offerings for adult advisors.
Changes to our election procedures, which were first adopted in 2019-2020.
Condensed schedule: Opening Session will take place on Saturday morning. We have shortened the free time in the evening and included an on-site dinner. Finally, we have eliminated the dance and replaced it with activities that allow for social distancing.
Three meals included with registration: Saturday lunch, Saturday dinner, and Sunday brunch. This will allow for our condensed schedule by removing the need to go off-site for meals.
Kiwanis International has updated their criminal history background check policy and chaperone training requirement pertaining to all adult chaperones. More information on these policies is included later in this packet.
Every Key Club in the New England and Bermuda District should have a minimum of TWO members present at this conference. You are invited to register up to 10 individuals from your Key Club, including chaperones. This total does not include 2021-2022 District Board Members or 2022-2023 Lieutenant Governors, who will attend DECON with the District starting on Friday. Once registration closes on February 15, 2022, we will make additional spots available to Key Clubs in the order that they request additional spots.
The conference has an overall limit of 400 people. Registration will close early if we reach that limit.
COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements
All attendees must provide either proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control, or if they are medically unable to receive the vaccine, a negative PCR test from within 72 hours of the start of the conference.
In addition, all attendees must provide a signed COVID-19 waiver when they register.
Throughout the conference, attendees will be required to wear face coverings in all function rooms, common areas, and hotel hallways except when actively eating or drinking.
These policies protect the health and safety of all attendees and their families. Failure to comply with these policies will be grounds for dismissal from the conference.