Key Club is the oldest and largest service program for high school students. What makes Key Club so successful is the fact that it is a student-led organization that teaches leadership through serving others. Members of the Kiwanis International family, Key Club members build themselves as they build their schools and communities. Today, Key Club exists on more than 5,000 high school campuses, primarily in the United States and Canada. Growth efforts, however, have taken the Key Club experience internationally to Canada, the Caribbean nations, Central and South America, and most recently to Asia and Australia. Key Club International is an organization of individual Key Clubs and is funded by nominal dues paid by every member. Its officers are high school leaders elected by the members at district and International conventions. The organization offers a wide range of opportunities to its members.
- The first Key Club was created at Sacramento High School in 1925.
- What does the KEY in Key Club stand for? The “Key Boys” were the popular boys at Sacramento High School who started the first Key Club to give back to their community.
- The then future U.S. president John F. Kennedy was present at the 1956 convention in Washington D.C.
- Females were not allowed in Key Club until 1976.
- Past Key Club members include- Bill Clinton, Elvis Presley, and Brad Pitt.
- There are close to 260,000 members!
- Every Key Club official color has a meaning- Blue stands for unwavering character, gold stands for service, and white stands for purity.
- Current Florida senator Bill Nelson is a past Key Club International President.
- As of 2010, Key Club has 30 member nations, and clubs exist on every continent except Antarctica.
- Originally, Key Club adopted the Kiwanis International motto “We Build” as it’s own. However, the motto was changed in 1978 to “Caring - Our Way of Life,” because it was thought that this motto better reflected the passion the Key Clubbers have for serving the world.