Key Club International
is the world’s largest high school community service organization
. This organization is present in thousands of highschools and boasts over 200,000 members
who contribute millions of hours of community service
annually to their local communities.
Key Club International (KCI
) is a sponsored program of Kiwanis International
. This organization is akin to Circle K International
, Builders Club
, and K-Kids
. All of these organizations make up an unofficial institution known as the Kiwanis Family
Each individual club
has the typical club officers: President
, representatives and committee chairs. The specific structure of each club is up to its membership.
Chapters are organized into Divisions, each of which is headed up by a Lt. Governor
. Divisions are to clubs as counties are to cities in a way.
A group of divisions make up a District
. Districts each have a Governor
, Secretary, Treasurer, Bulletin Editor
, Lt. Governors (see above), and committee chairs. Some Districts include: Missouri-Arkansas, Southwest, Wisconsin-Upper Michigan, and West Virginia. There are thirty-one such districts. (As per the previous analogy
, think of Districts as States)
The International Level
consists of a President, Vice-president, and fourteen (14) Trustees
. Though there has been a movement afoot
for quite some time to reduce this number for reasons of cost and efficiency.
certainly do exist in KCI (see: Key Club
) however, their impact on the District and International Levels is actually smaller than perceived. The presence of excessive
club politics varies wildly
from one club to another... your mileage may vary
Key Club International strives to be the premiere high school service organization and has enjoyed a great deal of success
. While the aims of KCI are not as well enumerated as those of Circle K International
it should be noted that they are largely similar
the eleven charter members
of the first Key Club met in Sacramento
. Originally Key Clubs were intended to replace High School Fraternities
which enjoyed much success in the 1920's
. Kiwanians and educators hoped that Key Clubs would replace these fraternities with a more wholesome, service-based opportunity.
The clubs in Florida
formed the first state association of Key Clubs in 1939
. In 1946
the Key Club International Constitution and Bylaws
were approved, and shortly thereafter Florida became the first district.
Key Club, though originally all male
opened its doors to femailes in 1975
. Prior to that, females were typically a part of Key Club through loosely affiliated groups that were not officially sponsored. Key Club was second
to Circle K
, which allowed females to join in 1973
Key Club Pledge
I pledge, on my honor, to uphold the objects of Key Club International
to build my home
to serve my nation
all forces which tend to undermine
"Caring -- Our way of life."
This node contains information that could, at some point, become dated. All information herein was pulled from memory or gleaned from http://www.keyclub.org. all mistakes are my own damn fault.