By serving others, Key Club members learn to appreciate what they have and become caring leaders. Start a Key Club and you’ll help teens realize the significance of one good deed—in their communities and around the world. Here’s how.
Find: Find advisors, members and a place to meet.
Lead: Get organized, file paperwork, train club leaders and build enthusiasm.
Serve: Reach out to the community and make a difference through meaningful service projects.
The first step is finding advisors, members and a place to meet.
Site and sponsor
Your home base (and meeting place) may be at a high school, a community center, or somewhere else. Usually, a Kiwanis club will sponsor your club—offering both financial support and hands-on guidance—although Key Club International doesn’t require Kiwanis club sponsorship to start a club. Who will help steer your club in the right direction? Most of the time, it takes two: an advisor from your site and an advisor from your local Kiwanis club.
Club structure and organization
Often, a core group of members helps assess the club’s potential, create a prospect list, promote the club and find other members.
Once you’ve laid the groundwork for your club, it’s time to get organized, file paperwork, train club leaders and build enthusiasm.
Put all the pieces together. Get together with new members to adopt club bylaws, officially elect officers and directors, plan your club’s meeting schedule and start brainstorming service project ideas.
The chartering process makes your club a reality. Once the work is done, plan to celebrate with a special ceremony.
If your club has been chartered in previous years but hasn't paid fees for a year or two, you can reactivate your club by completing and submitting the Petition for Reactivation form. If it has been more than two years, the club will need to be re-chartered. Complete and mail the entire Petition for Charter form.
Make time to train officers, create a budget and set goals for your club.
Once your club is official, you’ll be ready to reach out to the community and make a difference through meaningful service projects.
Think before you serve
Service is where community needs and member interests meet. Explore the possibilities!
Empower yourself with liability information, project ideas and tips on working with youth.