How Key Club Works
Key Club International is a self-governing organization that elects its own officers, determines its own service activities and establishes its own dues structure.
Key Club International is an organization comprised of individual Key Clubs and is funded by nominal dues paid by every member. Its officers are high school leaders, who are elected by the members at district and international conventions.
Key Club International encompasses all clubs within the group's 33 organized districts and in countries that are not included in any specific district. Key Club International is led by the International Board, which is comprised of the International president, International vice president and 11 international trustees, all students and active Key Club members.
A district is normally defined by state or nation and tends to match a similar Kiwanis district. Each district is chaired by a governor, who is elected by delegates at the annual district convention.
Each district is divided into territories called divisions, which are made up of various clubs. Each division has a lieutenant governor, a student leader who carries out the district's policies and provides support to the clubs.
Key Clubs are established in a high school or equivalent institution. A community-based club also may be chartered. Elected officers are president, one or more vice presidents, secretary, treasurer, editor and one director from each class.
The international, district and club levels operate under a set of bylaws that spell out their respective policies. You can find the International Bylaws in the Key Club Guidebook, the official guide for Key Club, which is distributed every spring to each club.
- 2016-17 International Guidebook (745.2 KB)
Download the 2016-17 International Guidebook