DCON 2017 Recap
DCON 2017 was an absolute success. The annual convention of the Caribbean-Atlantic District was held at the Accra Beach Hotel and Spa in Barbados from the 6th April to the 9th April 2017. Dozens of key clubbers were in attendance where most of them hailed from host country Barbados as well as key clubbers from the countries of Aruba, Guyana and Trinidad. Before the convention began, the key clubbers attended a meet and greet where many new friendships were made with team building exercises and games such as 'Leaning Circle,' 'Pyramid Cups' and the traditional 'Simon Says.'
The first day of DCON 2017 was off to a great start with the Call to Order by our IP Governor, Whitney Williams and a warm welcome done by DCON Committee Chairs, Anisa Thompson and Chantal Corbin. They were then greeted by our International Trustee, Clifford Young and a motivational speech by Joseph Dolphin. Throughout the morning session, each key clubber was invited to tell the convention their favorite key club memory as well as one thing they would like to see in the upcoming key club year.
After an excellent Lunch, the key clubbers attended Leadership workshops put on by the IP Board Members and later, were allowed to meet the candidates for the new board. This session is done by the process of caucusing where each candidate is asked to present their speech on why they should be elected into that position while the attendees of the conference are allowed to ask them questions afterwards. In the evening session, it was fun and games as the key clubbers took part in a Picture Treasure Hunt. an Oratorical Contest and a wonderful talent show that night where the key clubbers showed their skills in singing, dancing, drama, spoken word and the famous" PEEPBACK."
The second and final day of DCON 2017 was a serious but fun one as candidates were asked to present a second speech in the House of Delegates session while other key clubbers attended workshops during that time such as "Keys to Keeping Your Cash in Check" by Melinda Belle, "You Too Can Save A Life" by the Heart & Stroke Foundation and "Leadership" by Pastor Jamal Medes.
Project Happiness Workshops occured in the afternoon session just after lunch where the key clubbers were invited to play "Kahoots," an interactive online game where players use their phone to answer questions on key club trivia. Afterwards, it was downtime where the key clubbers hit the beach for some fun in the sun, the pool to stay cool and the room of games where they tested their aim on the pool and ping pong tables.