February 5, 2011

What is Key Club?

Who are Key Club’s service partners and how does Key Club support them?

UNICEF, March of Dimes and Children’s Miracle Network are all service partners. Key Club members provide fundraising support for each of these groups. Find out more at www.keyclub.org/partners.

What is Kiwanis?

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. Members help shelter the homeless, feed the hungry, mentor the disadvantaged and care for the sick. Kiwanis develops youth as leaders, builds playgrounds, raises funds for pediatric research and more. Working together, members achieve what one person cannot accomplish alone.

What is the Kiwanis family?

The Kiwanis family includes Kiwanis members, or Kiwanians, and all of Kiwanis’ Service Leadership Programs, which provide service and leadership opportunities for young people and adults with disabilities around the world.

  • Elementary school students. Kiwanis Kids (www.kiwaniskids.org) provides three programs—K-Kids, Terrific Kids and Bring Up Grades—for students ages 6–12. In each, lessons of leadership and self-development are introduced through learning to plan, set goals, work with others and celebrate successes.
  • Teens. Kiwanis offers three meaningful, interactive programs that allow students to discover their own leadership potential—Builders Club (www.buildersclub.org), exclusively for middle and junior high school students ages 12–14; Key Club (www.keyclub.org), the largest high school service club in the world for ages 14–18; and Key Leader (www.key-leader.org), a weekend leadership experience for students age 14–18.
  • Young adults. Circle K International (www.circlek.org) is the premiere university and college service organization in the world, with clubs on more than 500 campuses in 17 nations. In Europe, Kiwanis Junior gives young adults a chance to volunteer for their communities.
  • Adults living with disabilities. Aktion Club (www.aktionclub.org) is the only community service club for these adult citizens, providing members an opportunity to develop initiative and leadership skills in serving their communities, while enabling integration into society.

What is Key Leader?

Key Leader is a Kiwanis weekend leadership education program for high school students. Its mission is to provide a life-changing experience that inspires young people to achieve their personal best through service leadership. Key Club members and nonmembers can attend this inspiring leadership weekend. Register at www.key-leader.org.

What is Key Club Week?

Key Club Week is usually the first week of November, which is also Kiwanis Family Month. During Key Club Week, clubs are encouraged to spread the word about Key Club by participating in themed days. This includes inviting friends to meetings, planning special service projects and promoting each club’s activities locally.

When is Key Club International Convention?

The Key Club International Convention (ICON) occurs annually in July. The purpose of the convention is to elect the international officers, review accomplishments of the past year and set policies for the coming year. New programs are announced and national speakers participate. Members from every club should attend each year.

What are District Conventions?

At District Conventions (DCON), which happen each spring, Key Club members elect new student leaders, learn new service projects, meet other Key Club members and attend interesting workshops. Each district convention is held annually and usually lasts two days.

How much are member dues?

Key Club International’s annual dues are $6.50. In addition, each district charges a varying amount for annual dues. Find out what your district dues are.

My high school already has more than one service club. Why should we join 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 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 website (www.keyclub.org), Key Club magazine, and conventions all offer ideas for service opportunities. Better yet, begin by looking around your school for existing needs.

Where can I find service project ideas?

Check out Major Emphasis ProgramKey Club’s service partnersproject planning tips and fundraising project ideas.

Where can I find bylaws, templates, scholarship applications and other resources for my club?

Lots of helpful resources can be found in the resources section of the website. In addition, the Resources section on the Utah-Idaho website will contain many commonly used presentations and documents, as well as registration packets for DCON and ICON.

What is a Division or President Council Meeting?

Lieutenant Governors lead three to 10 meetings each year. This is a great time to update, educate and train Key Club officers and advisors, as well as potential club leaders, within the geographic region. Division Council Meetings (DCMs) are held for any Key Club member to attend; President Council Meetings (PCMs), however, are only for club Presidents.

What are club officer training conferences?

Lieutenant governors hold annual training sessions for club officers at a divisional training conference or other prearranged meeting. Training includes positional leadership, committee structure, how to lead meetings and service opportunities.

Who can I call if I have questions?

If you have questions about dues or want to order a Key Club shirt, the International Office has 122 employees available to support the entire Kiwanis family.
United States and Canada: 1-800-KIWANIS, ext. 411
Worldwide: 1-317-875-8755. ext. 411
Jamaica: 1-800-885-4480, ext. 411
Bahamas: 1-877-223-0535, ext. 411