Where to start?

Key Club members get more out of high school. They appreciate what they have. They become caring leaders. They do good deeds in their community and around the world. Find out how you can do your part to encourage and inspire these extraordinary teens. Tap into these helpful tips and tools.

Perhaps a good way to start in your role as advisor is by reading all pertinent Key Club information and going to www.keyclub.org to learn more through the Key Club videos and literature. Then, study past minutes and scrapbooks of the local Key Club. With this background, begin thinking about what will have to be done to make the Key Club a success.

The role of a faculty or Kiwanis advisor is an important one. You will be called on to give of your time, your energy, and your enthusiasm. Because of your dedication and commitment, students will be provided with a valuable tool to become better leaders and also be provided with an organization with which to serve their home, school, and community.

Top Advisor Tips

  • Dues: Make sure dues are collected and paid to Key Club International. Ensure your club has updated its membership roster.
  • Club Operations: Meet monthly with your leadership team/board of directors. Set agendas and assist with their leadership needs.
  • Club Meetings: Don't sit in front of the room or lead any meetings. Ensure meetings are about service, social, ceremonies, awareness, education, committee meetings, or personal development.
  • Advising Committee: Form an advisory committee. Don't do the advising all yourself. Set small roles based on skills and make one person in charge of training annually.
  • Club Officer Training: Hold annual training and planning conference each year with officers. The Pennsylvania District organizes training in the division. Contact your Lt. Governor for more information.
  • Interact with your Sponsoring Kiwanis Club: Meet frequently with a member of the sponsoring Kiwanis Club. Keep the communication lines open.
  • Don't Get Hung Up On: Paperwork, tracking service hours, parliamentary procedure, or t-shirt colors!
  • Focus on Service: Get your hands on the service your Key Club members want to do!
  • Community Evaluation: Access the needs of your community to gain interest from the club members. Also, utilize the skills of the club members to start or do activities.

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