The 2020 Key Club International Convention has been canceled. The Key Club International Board of Trustees voted unanimously on April 16, 2020, to send a recommendation to the Kiwanis Youth Programs Board to cancel the convention. Based on health department recommendations, the Key Club board concluded that holding a convention in San Francisco, California, this year would be inadvisable and impractical because of the health threat to Key Club members, their families and all individuals traveling to and from the convention. On April 23rd, the Kiwanis Youth Programs Board of Trustees concurred and voted to cancel the 2020 convention.
“It is with profound sadness we make this decision today,” said Peter Mancuso, 2019-2020 Kiwanis Youth Programs Board chair. “We know everyone was looking forward to gathering to conduct our organization’s business, partake in educational opportunities and, of course, enjoy the fun and fellowship of our friends.”
The Kiwanis International Board of Trustees took similar action for CKIx and Kiwanis conventions.
“While it was a challenging decision, the Key Club International Board will proceed tenaciously to finish the year strong. Every decision, initiative, and program is made with our members in mind, especially their safety,” said K’lena Schnack, Key Club International president.
Per the Key Club International Bylaws, a Key Club International Council will be convened to elect the 2020-2021 Key Club International Board; details are being finalized. The International Council consists of the board of trustees and district governors.
“We are disappointed the 2020 convention is canceled,” said Michelle Study-Campbell, executive director of Kiwanis Youth Programs. “We understand your sadness at not being able to participate in what is always a highlight of the year. We are working hard to bring you opportunities to engage with fellow Key Club members via technology and provide inspiring content and training later this summer. We will be in touch with those details.”
The 2021 Key Club International Convention in Orlando, Florida, is scheduled for July 7-11.