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During the House of Delegates at the annual convention, Key Clubbers also have the opportunity to vote on amendments to the Key Club International bylaws. This year, five of the six proposed amendments were passed. To learn more about the changes to the bylaws and how they might affect you, continue reading.

Below are the six proposed amendments that delegates debated during the House of Delegates. Not familiar with the amendment process? Here are a few things to keep in mind:


  • Striked copy is current wording in the bylaws that the makers of the amendment wanted to change.

  • Underlined copy is the new proposed copy.

  • Red copy indicates that an additional amendment was made to the amendment during the House of Delegates.


To view the Key Club bylaws, go to: www.keyclub.org/guidebook. (Please note that some of the below amendments must be reviewed by the Kiwanis International Board before being added to the bylaws.)



Amendment #1
Presented by the Key Club International Board of Trustees


Article IX Districts
Section 4. In order to form a new district, the proposed area must include no less than 25 active Key Clubs and no less than 375 active Key Club members. at least 15 active Key Clubs and at least 450 active Key Club members. In the event a district fails to maintain this club and membership level for three years, the Key Club International board may decertify the district by two-thirds majority vote. In such case, the International director shall provide written notice to the governor and secretary of the sponsoring Kiwanis district and the governor and administrator of the Key Club district at least 120 days prior to any meeting at which the district’s decertification shall be considered.

Status: Passed

Date effective: TBD. Must be reviewed by the Kiwanis International Board at its next board meeting.

Case for amendment: For some districts, meeting the 25-club minimum is an ongoing problem despite meeting overall membership requirements. This amendment lowers the number of clubs a district needs to maintain its district status while also increasing the total number of required members.




Amendment #2

Presented by the Key Club International Board of Trustees


Article VIII. Club Members

Section 6. Any person, not in high school or an educational equivalent, who has performed some distinguished public service may be elected an honorary member of a club for a period of one year. Honorary members shall pay no dues and shall not be entitled to any privilege of a Key Club member.  Honorary members shall pay no dues but shall be entitled to all the privileges of full club membership except those of voting and holding office.


Status: Passed

Date effective: TBD. Must be reviewed by the Kiwanis International Board at its next board meeting.

Case for amendment: Prior to being amended, this section stated that any honorary member was entitled to the same privileges as dues-paid members, such as receiving Key Club magazine and winning grants. With the passing of this amendment, honorary members are Key Club members in name only.




Amendment #3

Presented by the Key Club International Board of Trustees


Article XXII. Revenue

Section 1. Each Key Club shall pay Key Club International, or its designated fiscal agent, annual dues of six dollars and fifty cents (US$6.50), being membership dues and subscription to the Key Club International publication, for every member, but not including honorary members.  Fifty cents of the dues of each member shall be deposited into the Youth Opportunities Fund to create an endowment to fund grants to clubs and scholarships. Dues shall be payable during a period of at least 60 days according to a schedule set forth in Key Club International Board Policies and defined for each nation taking into account academic calendar and financial practices of the nation. There shall be no other fees or assessments of clubs.


Status: Passed

Date effective: TBD. Must be reviewed by the Kiwanis International Board at its next board meeting.

Case for amendment: Before this amendment passed, 50 cents of each member’s yearly dues was deposited in the Youth Opportunity Grant (YOF) fund. When this bylaw was originally written, the intention was to grow the YOF account to US$1 million and use the annual interest to award grant recipients. The YOF account now exceeds US$1.6 million, which makes it self-sustaining. This amendment won’t affect clubs’ chances of receiving YOF grants.




Amendment #4

Presented by the Key Club International Board of Trustees


Article XXII. Revenue

Section 1. Each Key Club shall pay Key Club International, or its designated fiscal agent, annual dues of  six dollars and fifty cents (US$6.50) eight dollars and fifty cents (US$8.50) seven dollars (US$7), being membership dues and subscription to the Key Club International publication, for every member, but not including honorary members. Fifty cents of the dues of each member shall be deposited into the Youth Opportunities Fund to create an endowment to fund grants to clubs and scholarships. Dues shall be payable during a period of at least 60 days according to a schedule set forth in Key Club International Board Policies and defined for each nation taking into account academic calendar and financial practices of the nation. There shall be no other fees or assessments of clubs.

Status: Amended, passed

Date effective: Immediately

Case for amendment: Key Club International is currently in a deficit. Rather than cutting back on necessary resources, the Key Club International Board initially proposed a dues increase of US$2. Delegates then amended the amendment to raise dues only 50 cents. (This means that Key Club International dues will be US$7.) During next year’s season of district conventions, districts will have the option to increase district dues up to—but not exceeding—Key Club International’s US$7, which will combine district and international-level dues to no more than US$14. Any additional money you pay for dues goes directly to your home club to pay for service projects.




Amendment #5

Presented by the Key Club International Board of Trustees


Article VIII. Club Members

Section 1. Membership in Key Club International is open to anyone for the extent of their secondary/high school education.  The membership of individual Key Clubs shall consist of students from the four upper classes (or the five upper classes in the Canadian Provinces where high school is of a five year duration) of the high school in which they are enrolled (or in ungraded schools whose members shall be of age comparable to the four upper classes of high school),  Key Club members must be interested in service and qualified scholastically by school district requirements for extracurricular activities and of good character. No potential member will be denied the chance of membership in Key Club due to previous service experience or lack thereof. Members may only hold elected office at any level of Key Club International for a maximum of four years.


Status: Not passed

Date effective: N/A

Case for amendment: In some districts, students can be Key Club members for more than four years. By limiting students to only four leadership terms, this amendment was created to put all Key Club members on an even playing field when running for elected leadership positions.




Amendment #6

Presented by St. Andrew High School for Girls, Jamaica District


ARTICLE VIII. Club Members

Section 1. The membership of individual Key Clubs shall consist of students from the  four upper classes (or the five upper classes in the Canadian Provinces where high school is of a five year duration) of the  high school in which they are enrolled  (or in ungraded schools whose members shall be of age comparable to the four upper classes of high school),  Membership should cover one's tenure in high school as stipulated by their education system. These members should be interested in service and qualified scholastically by school district requirements for extracurricular activities and of good character. No potential member will be denied the chance of membership in Key Club due to previous service experience or lack thereof.



Status: Passed

Date effective: TBD. Must be reviewed by the Kiwanis International board at its next board meeting.

Case for amendment: In some districts, students can be Key Club members for more than four years. This amendment was created so that all Key Club members can be active members during their entire high school career, regardless of education system.




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