What is Key Club International?

Key Club International is the high school organization sponsored by Kiwanis International. Key Club assists Kiwanis in carrying out its mission to serve the children of the world. High school student members of Key Club perform acts of service in their communities, such as cleaning up parks, collecting clothing and organizing food drives. They also learn leadership skills by running meetings, planning projects and holding elected leadership positions at the club, district and international levels.

Key Club International brings together all Key Club's members' efforts and energies into an area that makes an international impact through the Major Emphasis, "Children: Their Future, Our Focus.” The Major Emphasis unites Key Clubs under the banner of service that deals with the most important part of our community, our youth.

The Key Club service initiative is the hands-on element of the Major Emphasis. All of the hands-on service provided to children by Key Club International members is directed to a single area of need, to make a substantial impact. The current service initiative, The EliMiNate Project, allows Key Clubbers joining forces with Kiwanis International and UNICEF to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus.

Each year, Key Club International teams up with its three service charities, March of DimesChildren’s Miracle Network and UNICEF, for the fundraising element of the Major Emphasis. As you plan your club’s service programming for the year, keep these organizations in mind. Each Key Club is encouraged to participate with these charities as we join together to make a difference in the lives of children.

New this year is a partnership with Hershey’s Track and Field Games.  Key Clubbers are encouraged to volunteer their assistance whenever such a sponsored event occurs within their geographic area.

For more information, visit the international website at: www.keyclub.org

What is the California-Nevada-Hawaii District?

In 1924, Sacramento High School in Sacramento, California was suffering from destructive clubs and fraternities. The fraternities were outlawed and moved underground, meanwhile continuing to exercise a negative influence on the student population. Teachers and community leaders of Sacramento High feared the detrimental influence of the destructive clubs and fraternities. These leaders sought a means of replacing the negative groups’ influence with wholesome youth activities. Mr. John Dale, the principal of Sacramento High, and Mr. Frank Vincent, a faculty member, thought their school needed an organization of students who discouraged delinquency by leading through good examples.

            Mr. Vincent asked the local Kiwanis Club for help to establish such a beneficial organization for educating youth. The two men decided to pattern a new group after their local Kiwanis Club. John Dale and Frank Vincent’s idea of a junior service club similar to Kiwanis was presented in 1924. A charter for the club was not approved until after eleven young men signed a petition on March 25, 1925 to the Kiwanis International Office in Chicago requesting to be chartered as a Junior Kiwanis Club. By the time the charter was granted and the club held its first meeting, the membership had grown to twenty-five members.

            Kiwanis hoped to provide vocational guidance to the students of the entire school through the Junior Kiwanis Club. The club became known as the Key Club because of the positive influence the key students who planned the club’s weekly luncheon meetings had on the school’s atmosphere. Kiwanians attended their Key Club Meetings as guest speakers and Key Club members attended Kiwanis meetings. As the experience of Key Club grew, a trend developed  expanding the original purpose of providing vocational guidance and worthwhile activities to students. Soon the entire Sacramento High student body was allowed to join a newly formed service organization, and a social program was offered to balance its service activities.

            Key Club went through a period of expansion by word-of-mouth in following years. The youth service organization convinced communities throughout the United States to start Key Clubs patterned after the first Key Club established at Sacramento High School. By 1939, about fifty Key Clubs were chartered, mostly in the southern U.S. In the same year, Florida formed a State Association of Key Clubs (The first Key Club District). In 1943, the Florida State Association of Key Clubs invited Key Clubbers from Alabama, Louisiana, South Carolina, and Tennessee to attend its convention. Afterwards, Key Clubs formed an international association and elected Malcolm Lewis of West Palm Beach, Florida as its first president. In 1946, the official Key Club International Constitution and Bylaws were approved, and the association became Key Club international (KCI).

            The first five clubs officially chartered by Key Club International were at Sacramento, Monterey, Oakland Technical, Hemet, and Stockton (now Edison) High Schools. Key Club grew beyond the place of its birth, and a few clubs already existed in Nevada. In 1947, it was decided that a district should be formed. The first step was taken as all Key Clubs and Kiwanis Clubs in California were invited to hold a conference in San Diego in October of 1947. The Key Club California-Nevada (Cali-Nev) District Bylaws and Constitution were adopted and new district officers were elected. John Cooper of Oakland Technical High School was the first District Governor of the Cali-Nev District. The first official Cali-Nev District Convention was held in Oakland in March 1948. It was attended by eighty members representing the 23 recognized district Key Clubs.

            The California-Nevada District converted to the California-Nevada-Hawaii (Cali-Nev-Ha, CNH) District when McKinley High School Key Club was established in Hawaii in 1952. The first edition of the Cali-Nev-Ha Key appeared on May 1, 1954. Presently Cali-Nev-Ha has over 36,000 Key Club Members from 638 clubs in eighteen regions, and sixty-three divisions!

What is a region?

A region is a grouping within an area. One or two Kiwanis members are assigned as Region Advisors who help the Lt. Governors with the divisions they serve.

We are a part of Region 15 which consists of D32 and D20. This goes all the way from Petaluma to Eureka.

Fun Fact:

D32 Dinosaurs and D20 Tsunamis 

Region Phrase: "Our MILLION WAVES of Rawring Service won't be stopped"


What is Division 32?

Division 32 covers all of the Key Clubs in Mendocino and Sonoma County. The following high schools are Key Clubs of Division 32:

-Cardinal Newman  (President: Lelania Beyer)

-Casa Grande           (President: Dallas Phillips)

-Cloverdale               (President: Maggie Duran)


-Fort Bragg               (President: Eric Medina)

-Humboldt                 (President Amy Grandfield)

-Healdsburg             (President: Christian Guerrero)

-Lower Lake             (President: TBA)

-Montgomery            (President: Serena Uppal)

-Maria Carillo           (President: Kelly Fitzgerald)

-Piner                         (President: Karissa Mills)

-Rancho Cotate       (President: McKenzie Martin)

-Santa Rosa             (President: Jinny Tran)

-Sonoma Valley       (President: Michelle Stovall)

-Windsor                  (President: Kevin Leon)


The Purple Dinosaur is our mascot!

If you would like to start a Key Club in your school, contact us! Our e-mails are in the contact us section!

Who are our leaders?

Our division wouldn't run smoothly without our wonderful leaders. Here, they attended May Board at Rancho Cucamonga.

From left to right:

Jacob Torres: District PIE (Policy International and Elections) Chair

Sue Cummins: Region Advisor (Region 15)

Tricia Tran: Lieutenant Governor