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What Is Key Club?
Key Club International is the oldest, largest, and most successful non-profit student-led organization for high school students. We teach and spread our core values through community service: caring, character-building, inclusiveness, and leadership which were adopted by our Key Club International Board in 2002. Members of Key Club, a part of the community-service based Kiwanis International Family, develop themselves into young leaders as they positively impact their schools and communities.
Our organization was the inspired vision of California State Commissioner of Schools Albert C. Olney, and vocational education teacher Frank C. Vincent, who together worked to establish the first Key Club at Sacramento High School in California on May 7, 1925. Today, Key Club exists on almost 5,000 high school campuses, 38 different countries, primarily in the United States and Canada. It has also grown internationally to the Caribbean nations, Central and South America, and most recently to Asia and Australia. With over 12 million hours of community service a year, Key Club International is an organization comprised of multi-state districts, divisions, and individual Key Clubs on high school campuses around the world.
It is a student-led organization that teaches leadership through service to others. Key Club members build themselves as they build their schools and communities.
The New York District
In the midst of tall cityscapes and serene nature lies the New York District. The New York District is the most active district of Key Club International. New York District Key Clubs have been transforming communities in its region for 94 years and includes over 300 clubs that operate under 29 divisions. Through rain or shine, snow or hail, Key Clubbers in the New York district dedicate countless hours to their communities and internationally, and are always Proud and Willing to serve!
This service year, Key Clubbers across the New York District will be fundraising to support our endorsed projects such as Project Semicolon, New York Chapter of the Special Olympics, and Kamp Kiwanis. These Projects seek to better our community and New York District Key Club has set a goal to raise $200,000 worth of funds as an initiative. We have already raised $175,000 out of our $200,000 goal is this year! You can help by volunteering and showing up at more of our local events!
Service Hour Goal:
This service year, Key Clubbers across the New York District will be volunteering to support our endorsed projects such as Project Semicolon, New York Chapter of the Special Olympics, and Kamp Kiwanis. These Projects seek to better our community and New York District Key Club has set a goal to volunteer for at least 120,000 as an initiative. We have already completed 105,000 hours out of our 120,000 hour goal this year! You can help by volunteering and showing up at more of our local events!
Structure of Key Club
Key Club is an International organization with over 260,000 members in 30 countries!
Each club that has paid its dues is part of Key Club International. This level is where most of the service takes place. Clubs consist of members, officers, and Faculty Advisors. The Kiwanis Advisor from the Sponsoring Kiwanis Club is also involved on this level
Ex: LaGuardia High School > LaGuardia Key Club
A division is a grouping of clubs in an area. The Lieutenant Governor leads the division , some with the assistance of a leadership team – executive assistant(s), editors, and task coordinators. The Kiwanis Advisor, Kiwanis Lt. Governor, and District Administrator are also involved on this level. Each division has a mascot.
Ex: Division 11 Pandas
A district is a grouping of divisions within an area. A district is led by a District Governor, Secretary, Treasurer, Executive Assistants, Editor, and Webmaster. The Lt. Governors of each division within the region the district are also involved on this level.
Ex: New York District
International consists of all the districts, divisions, and clubs of the organization. It is led by the International President, Vice-President, and 11 Trustees. The International Administrator and Key Club Department and Kiwanis International President are also involved on this level.
What kind of service projects can a Key Club undertake?
There is almost no limit to the scope and nature of Key Club service projects. The Key Club Web site, Key Club Magazine, and conventions all offer ideas for service opportunities. Better yet, begin by looking around your school for existing needs. Refer to http://nydkc.org/forms-paperwork/ for ideas!
Are there any minimums for involvement in a Key Club?
Many clubs utilize a point system in which members earn points for attending meetings and projects. The best rule of thumb is the 50-hour rule: Every Key Club member should be willing to undertake 50 hours of service each year. (Throughout the organization, more than 12 million service hours are produced annually.)
My high school already has more than one service club. Why should we add a Key Club?
First, and most importantly, most high schools can only benefit by having more clubs provide positive service opportunities for students. Multiple service clubs can, when properly encouraged, produce a synergy of service to a school and community. Second, Key Club is one of the few organizations that actually is a student-led organization from top to bottom. That means the members elect the officers and pay the dues. What better way to teach real responsibility?
What’s the cost for chartering a new Key Club?
The chartering fee for new Key Clubs is US $600 and must be paid at the time of chartering.This fee includes the membership pins, cards, handbooks, certificates, a gong, gavel, and banner.
How many members are needed to start a new Key Club?
Fifteen is all it takes; however, no more than one-half should be scheduled to graduate in the same year.
The club membership form asks for member names and mailing addresses. Will Key Club sell or rent these to third parties?
Absolutely not! The membership database is for the exclusive use of Kiwanis International’s Key Club Department and Key Club International. It will only be used to mail organization and benefit information to members under the control of Key Club and Kiwanis.
How do I build a new Key Club?
With a Kiwanis club in your community, order a new-club-building kit from Key Club International.
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