Key Club International
What is Key Club?
Key Club International is the oldest and largest student-led organization for high school students. Key Club exists in 38 countries around the world!
Key Club is an international, student-led organization that provides its members with opportunities to provide service, build character and develop leadership.
Leadership, character building, caring, and inclusiveness.
I pledge, on my honor, to uphold the Objects of Key Club International;
to build my home, school and community;
to serve my nation and world;
and combat all forces which tend to undermine these institutions.
Key Club aims to cooperate with school principals and teachers to provide high school students with invaluable experience in living and working together and to prepare them for useful citizenship. Our members develop initiative and leadership skills by serving their schools and communities.
In doing so, we hope to promote and accept the following ideals:
To give primacy to the human and spiritual, rather than to the material values of life.
To encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships.
To promote the adoption and application of higher standards in scholarship, sportsmanship and social contacts.
To develop, by precept and example, a more intelligent, aggressive and serviceable citizenship.
To provide a practical means 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 idealism which makes possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism and good will.
Structure of Key Club
Key Club is an international organization comprised of 33 districts and includes clubs in countries that are not within specific districts. Key Club is led by the International Board of Trustees which includes the International President, International Vice President, and 11 International Trustees. Members of the International Board of Trustees are elected by delegates at the annual International Convention.
Each district is led by a District Board which is comprised of elected and appointed students. District Boards are led by the Executive Board members – this typically includes the Governor, Secretary, Treasurer, and Editor. Executive Board members are elected by delegates at the annual District Conventions. Following a District Convention, District Committee Chairs are appointed through an application by the Executive District Board to assist with their term. The District Board also includes Lieutenant Governors that act as a liaison between the district and divisions.
Districts are divided into divisions that are comprised of various clubs. Each division has a Lieutenant Governor, a student leader that oversees the activities of all the clubs within their division and provides support to club officers with dues, projects, and management. Lieutenant Governors are elected by the clubs of their division.
Key Clubs are established in a high school or equivalent institution. A community-based club also may be chartered. An Officer Board typically includes the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Editor. Club officers are elected by the members of their home club. Following elections, committee members are appointed through an application by the Officer Board to assist with their term.