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Division 4 North • Region 3 • Cali-Nev-Ha • Key Club International

KEY CLUB

MISSION STATEMENT

Key Club International is an international student-led organization that provides its members with the opportunity to perform service, build character, and develop leadership.

WHAT IS KEY CLUB

No, it is not a club that makes keys! The KEY stands for Kiwanis Educating Youth. Key Club International is an international student-led community service organization, which provides its members with the opportunity to perform community service, build character, and develop leadership. Key Club is unique because a local Kiwanis club, composed of the leading business and professional people of the community and a high school, jointly sponsors it. Key Club is the largest service organization of its kind. It offers numerous opportunities to link service learning with character education programming.

HISTORY

Key Club was established in May 1925 in Sacramento, California by the local Kiwanis organization. Educators who sought to replace fraternities with a "more wholesome activity for youth" first introduced Key Club at Sacramento High School. The idea was to form a high school service club and allow students the capability of contributing to their own communities.

Within a few years, it was evident that Key Club was gaining popularity across the United States. Many Kiwanis groups became interested in the service club's activities and soon sponsored similar organizations in their own cities. In 1939, Florida established enough clubs to hold a state convention and formed the first Key Club district. By 1940, fifty clubs were active in California, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Washington. In 1943, Key Club districts across the United States traveled to Florida for the first International Convention in which the first International President was elected Malcolm Lewis from West Palm Beach, Florida.

In years to follow, the organization continued to develop. The Kiwanis International Board of Trustees recommended the movement to all clubs in 1942 and directed the Boys and Girls Work committee to undertake the sponsorship of these clubs as an activity for high school students. In 1944, the Kiwanis International Committee on Sponsored Youth Organizations was created to "look after Key Club work." Additionally in 1946, a Key Club department was formed to record and handle correspondences, provide a link between Key Clubs and Kiwanis, and conduct the annual International Conventions. During the same year, the first Canadian club was established and the official Key Club International "Keynoter" newsletter was published.

Key Club continues to grow not only in the United States, but around the world. It has spread to seventeen countries and thirty-two districts. Undoubtedly, Key Club International lives up to its name as a club that serves the world. Key Club is an organization built to serve our "home, school, and community." Though its title may be a bit ambiguous, it calls its distinction through the services it promotes. Key Club is known for its active responsibility in helping the community as a whole by coordinating outings to nursing homes, orphanages, and homeless shelters, to name a few. In general, Key Club's primary mission and objective is to serve those in our community and those around the world.

VISION

To develop competent, capable, and caring leaders through the vehicle of service.

MOTTO

Caring, Our Way of Life.

PLEDGE

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 God;

and to combat all forces, which tend to undermine these institutions.

OBJECTS

*To develop initiative and leadership.

*To provide experience in living and working together.

*To serve the school and community.

*To cooperate with the school principal.

*To prepare for useful citizenship.

*To accept and promote 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.

CORE VALUES

The core values of Key Club International are Leadership, Character Building, Caring, and Inclusiveness.

STRUCTURE

Key Club International > District (Cali-Nev-Ha) > Region (3) > Division (4 North) > Club (Bolsa Grande HS) > Member (You!)

Key Club International is broken into Districts. Districts consist of Regions, which consist of Divisions, which consist of Clubs. The clubs consist of the actual members. Confused? Take a look at this example:

I am a member at Bolsa Grande High School KEY Club. Our club is located in Division 4 North. Divisions are the groups of clubs who meet monthly for monthly DCMs (Divisional Council Meetings) and hold events together. The mascot of our Division 4 North is the Otter. Our division is part of Region 3, Orange County. Our region is in the California-Nevada-Hawaii (CNH) District.

Clubs in Division 4 North: Bolsa Grande, Century, Garden Grove, La Quinta, Los Amigos, Pacifica, Rancho Alamitos, Santa Ana Valley, Santiago, and Westminster.

COLORS

Each color symbolizes an aspect of the Key Club International objectives:

Blue: Unwavering Character

Gold: Service

White: Purity

CLUBS WITHIN KIWANIS INTERNATIONAL

Kiwanis is a worldwide service organization comprised of individuals who want to improve their communities. As a group, they can achieve what they cannot do alone. It performs service beyond the capability of an individual; assistance to the aging, the needy, and to youth; improvement of communities; encouragement of international understanding. Kiwanis International is the one that sponsors all of the other organizations below.

Circle K is a coeducational service, leadership development, and friendship organization, organized and sponsored by a Kiwanis club on a college or university campus. Consisting of high school students, Key Club is the largest of the sponsored youth clubs. It is an organization built to "serve its home, school, and community." These young adults with a passion for service undoubtedly strive to better the lives of those less fortunate, and seek to build a better tomorrow.

Builders Club serves as a means for middle school students to better their communities. At this age, contributing to the lives of others takes on a more distinct concept; it is now when these young teenagers understand the meaning of service.

Although elementary school kids may seem young, it is during this time in their childhood that they're minds must be nourished with the knowledge of service. With K-Kids, children are able to learn about community service and helping others at a young age.

The Aktion Club program was created by the Florida District of Kiwanis International in 1987 to address the needs of citizens with disabilities. An Aktion Club is a community-service group of adults who are developmentally impaired, and it is co-sponsored by a Kiwanis club or division and an agency that serves people who have disabilities.

DISTRICT PROJECT: SHINE

Cali-Nev-Ha has a specific project focus that is selected each year. The project focus changes each year, and it's selected by the District Project Committee of the District Board. The District Project is a project that the whole district participates in.

Project Shine: Bringing Light into Someones Lifefocuses on individuals with special needs, whether it is academically, physically, or mentally. As Key Clubbers who become dedicated to this project focus on helping those with disabilities, we can now be the leaders and examples in our schools and communities on how we should be treating those with special needs, and how to help and support them as best we can. As Key Clubbers, our motto is Caring- Our Way of Life. Those with some type of disability need people to care for them and to show them acceptance. We now have the chance to exemplify our motto and truly live up to it.

And, besides directly helping those with special needs, we can also work on educating and spreading awareness to people in our community about the different disabilities. It would offer people a better understanding on the various types, which in turn can lead them to be more empathetic and understanding. Overall, our District Project is helping to unite people with differences, and to also help to change the negative ways people with special needs are treated.

* Information provided by http:///www.cnhkey.org/

MAJOR EMPHASIS PROGRAM

"Since 1925, Key Club International has provided more than 12 million hours of service to homes, schools, and communities each year. From building bridges, to collecting over six tons of food, thousands of dollars raised for cancer research, helping eliminate iodine deficiency disorder, Key Club International plays a vital role in serving the children of the world.

In 1946, the organization was challenged to build a program to bring together all Key Clubs and members to focus energies on making an international impact. This program is still followed today through the Major Emphasis Program (MEP): Children: Their Future, Our Focus.

To fulfill the Major Emphasis Program, Key Club International serves children in many ways. By working with Key Club International's partner organizations, Key Clubs serve children by aiding other organizations committed to serving children. Key Club International celebrates its three partnerships: UNICEF, March of Dimes, and Children's Miracle Network.

The Key Club service initiative is another element of the MEP and is created on a two-year basis. All of the hands-on service provided to children by Key Club International members is directed to a single area of need, to make a substantial impact."

PTP

Pediatric Trauma, or unintentional injury, remains the leading cause of death among children ages 14 and under in the United States. More children die from unintentional injuries than all other childhood diseases combined. In addition, injury results in the deaths of approximately fifteen children per day in our country. Many of these deaths can be prevented!

Recognizing the serious need for education and training in the areas of pediatric trauma and injury prevention, the Kiwanis CalNevHa Foundation established the Pediatric Trauma Program (PTP) in 1994. Our mission is to develop local projects, which will reduce the number of children in our district who are killed or injured by accidents.

Utilizing the knowledge and expertise of our partner hospitals, the Foundation identifies projects the Kiwanis family can undertake to address the issue of Pediatric Trauma within their own communities. The Foundations partnership with childrens hospitals in Oakland, San Diego, Loma Linda, Madera, Honolulu and Reno connect the Kiwanis family to the issue of Pediatric Trauma.

The Kiwanis CaliNevHa Foundation works closely with our partner hospitals to provide funding to train pediatric doctors, nurses and first responders, to purchase muchneeded pediatric medical equipment and to create or expand community outreach programs.

All of this is only possible due to the generous support of our clubs and members. Donations earmarked for PTP are spent in three major areas: grants to our partner hospitals; grants to Kiwanis and SOAP clubs; and PTP safety items which are available for purchase by the Kiwanis family at a subsidized cost.

Today, the Pediatric Trauma Program continues to enhance our current Foundation programs with new areas for community service and involvement.

* Information provided by http://www.keyclub.org/

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Welcome Otters and Friends!

Welcome to Bolsa Grande’s Key Club website! This site provides the fun that occurs within our club, officer contact list, previous and upcoming events, information about Key Club and much more! We provide you with all the up-to-dates and also a link of your current hours. Any questions or concerns? Please feel free to contact any of the current officers. Hope to see your lovely face at our daily Thursday meetings!

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