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Kiwanis clubs celebrate Key Club Week

Osage City Kiwanis Club is joining other Kiwanis clubs across the U.S. this week in celebrating Key Club Week. Key Club is the junior service organization of Kiwanis International.

The first Key Club was formed at the high school in Sacramento, Calif., by 11 charter members in May 1925. The idea of junior service clubs was mulled over for a year, at which time it was decided to pattern it after Kiwanis clubs that offered service to the community as well as leadership skills to its members.

Key Club was originally available to high school boys to provide vocational guidance to those who had decided upon their future occupation. Eventually it was to be offered to the entire school. The concept became so popular that the Sacramento High School Key Club still thrives today. Over the years, a noticeable trend away from just providing business contacts for boys led to the club becoming a complete service organization for the entire school. It also offered a social program to balance its service activities. It parallels the growth of Kiwanis International, which also started as a business oriented organization and turned into one of the world’s largest service organizations.

Osage City Kiwanis has sponsored a Key Club in USD 420 for a many years. It’s a Kiwanis service leadership program made up of students who are interested in learning the value of service to their school and community, enjoying growth in leadership skills, and knowing how to fundraise to support their activities. They are enthusiastic and undertake a variety of projects that benefit their school and community. The club is led by a faculty advisor who is also a member of the Osage City Kiwanis. Key Club is one of three service leadership programs available to students of USD 420.

Information thanks to Dave Azwell.

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