What is Key Club?
Key Club International is the high school organization sponsored by Kiwanis International. Key Club assists Kiwanis in carrying out its mission to serve the children of the world. High school student members of Key Club perform acts of service in their communities, such as cleaning up parks, collecting clothing and organizing food drives. They also learn leadership skills by running meetings, planning projects and holding elected leadership positions at the club, district and international levels.
The First Key Club
In 1925, California State Commissioner of Schools Albert C. Olney and Frank C. Vincent worked to establish the first Key Club at Sacramento High School in California. This club was comprised of the key boys in the school, willing to serve the school in any way possible and to create better school spirit. Thus, the club was dubbed Key Club.
- To develop initiative and leadership
- To provide experience in living and working together
- To serve the school and community
- To cooperate with the school principal
- To prepare for useful citizenship
- To accept the following ideals:
-To encourage the Golden Rule in all human relationships
-To promote the application of higher standards in scholarship, sportsmanship and social contacts
-To develop a more intelligent, aggressive, and serviceable citizenship
-To provide a practical mean to form enduring friendships, to render unselfish service and to build better communities
-To cooperate in creating and maintaining that sound public opinion and high high idealism which makes possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism and good will