Key Club wouldn’t exist without you, our amazing members. There are more than 276,000 members now, just like you, who have joined this organization to give back to their homes, schools and communities. But Key Club goes far beyond the club level. We’re an international organization! Take a peek at how Key Club works.
More than 276,000 members make up Key Club International. With that many members, things can get a little hectic, so a framework was created to structure our organization.
It all starts with members in a club. Key Clubs aren’t limited to schools. Some Key Clubs are community-based. No matter which type you are in, every club has a few things in common. For example, clubs have a president, vice president(s), secretary, treasurer and an editor. As of last year, there is also a webmaster position, but not every club has implemented this yet. Clubs may also have other leadership positions, such as committee chairs.
Your club is clustered together with other schools in the area to form a division. Most divisions host divisional rallies, allowing you to meet Key Clubbers from other schools while taking part in a service project or social. Divisions are overseen by a lieutenant governor, who is a representative of the district board (see “District” category below). The number of divisions and lieutenant governors varies by district.
A district is made up of several divisions. There are currently 34 districts within Key Club. Some include only one state (Kansas District), while others are made up of multiple states (Minnesota-Dakotas District). The rest are made up of geographical regions (Pacific Northwest District). Check out the Key Club districts map to see all 34 districts.
Each district is led by a district governor who is elected with the rest of the executive board at the district’s annual convention. The district’s executive board includes a governor, secretary, treasurer (or combined secretary-treasurer) and bulletin editor. As with clubs, districts also have the new position of webmaster. Other board positions include the lieutenant governors and district chairs. If you want to take your leadership skills to the next level, consider running for a district position. Want more information? Talk to your club advisor and the student who currently holds the position you are interested in.
All 34 districts, as well as Key Club nations that don’t fit into any district, make up Key Club International. How international are we? Currently, there are Key Clubs in 38 countries. Each year, delegates at the Key Club International convention elect a new Key Club International Board, which includes a president, vice president and 11 trustees. The trustees oversee districts, similar to how lieutenant governors oversee divisions. Together, the Key Club International Board—with the guidance of Kiwanis staff—helps lead our organization and elevate our members’ passion to the next level.