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Kiwanis International | Jun 30, 2022

Key Club Convention

The Kiwanis International convention in Indianapolis isn't the only Kiwanis family party this season. After two years of virtual-only meetings, leaders from Circle K International (Kiwanis’ program for university students) and Key Club International (Kiwanis’ program for high school/secondary school students) are celebrating another year of compassionate service — this time in person as well as virtually.  

Key Club International convention
Key Club students will gather in Washington, D.C., U.S., July 6-10, to work together on a literacy-based service project, participate in student-led workshops and elect the next round of Key Club International leaders. Attendees will hear from two inspirational keynote speakers: Paralympic medalist Lex Gillette and Sal Khan, founder of the educational nonprofit Khan Academy.  

Circle K International ConventionCircle K International convention
The CKI convention, held in Austin, Texas, U.S., July 24-27, invites CKI members to make a positive impact in the host city. The convention's new format focuses on daily leadership and service activities in Austin, as well as educational workshop sessions and the always-popular talent show. Attendees will hear from Evan Austin, a three-time Paralympic swimmer, who will share the struggles he faced growing up with a physical impairment and the resilience he needed to become a Paralympic gold medalist. CKI delegates also will vote for members of the 2022-23 Circle K International board.

Circle K International ConventionHow can my Kiwanis club and I help?
Just like a Kiwanis International convention, these events involve travel costs and registration fees — sometimes a big barrier for students. Talk with your fellow club members about budgeting to pay at least a portion of the costs for CKI and Key Club students in your area to attend conventions and other leadership events in 2023.

What if my area doesn’t have a CKI club or Key Club?
This is a great opportunity to start one! Kiwanis Service Leadership Programs (SLPs) — including not only Key Club and CKI but also K-Kids for elementary school students, Builders Club for middle school students and Aktion Club for adults with disabilities — build leadership and character through service. These programs are hosted in a school or community agency and are often sponsored by a Kiwanis club or other civic organization. Since the first Key Club was founded in 1925, millions of students have been inspired to lead lives of service and significance through Kiwanis SLPs. Learn more about each program at kiwanis.org/slp

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