About Key Club

All About Key Club

K-E-Y: Kiwanis Educates Youth/ Kiwanis Encourages Youth

Key Club is the oldest and largest service program for high school students. It was founded on May 7th, 1925 in Sacramento, California. What makes Key Club so successful is the fact that it is a student-led organization that teaches leadership through serving others. Members of the Kiwanis International family, Key Club members build themselves as they build their schools and communities.

Today, Key Club exists on almost 5,000 high school campuses, primarily in the United States and Canada. Growth efforts, however, have taken the Key Club experience internationally to Canada, the Caribbean nations, Central and South America, and most recently to Asia and Australia.

Key Club International is an organization of individual Key Clubs and is funded by nominal dues paid by every member. Its officers are high school leaders elected by the members at district and International conventions. The organization offers a wide range of opportunities to its members:

  • Leadership development
  • Vocational guidance
  • College scholarships
  • Subscription to the KEYNOTER magazine
  • Service-learning
  • Personal enrichment
  • Value-added member benefit programs
  • Liability insurance coverage

Originally, Key Club adopted as its motto, “We Build,” the same motto as its parent organization, Kiwanis International. In 1976, the organization opted to change its motto to “Caring – Our Way of Life” because these words more clearly conveyed members’ reasons for helping others.

Key Club consists of the Club Level, the District Level, and lastly, the Internatinal Level. There are a total of 33 Districts that make up Key Club International. Southington High School is apart of the New England and Bermuda District which consists of 31 divisions. Below is the website to our district! Check it out to learn about Key Club at the District level.


There are also various brances of the Kiwanis Family which include:

Kiwanis K-Kids: Elementary Level
Builders Club: Middle School Level

Key Club International: High School Level
Circle-K International: College Level

Akiton Club: For Adults with Disabilities
Kiwanis International: Adults after College

The Key Club Colors are,

White, to represent Purity

Blue, to display Unwavering Character


Gold, to emblem Service