Southeast Key Club Joint Meeting, 9-17-15

Southeast Key Club & Kiwanis of OKC

Joint Meeting, 9-17-15

If you did not attend this potluck dinner, officer installation, and opportunity to interact with and learn from these truly positive, energetic, overachieving Key Club members, you lost something uplifting and educational. What is more important than developing our youth, our future workforce, especially this bunch?

Key Club Activities

Miriam, the Key Club vice president, spoke about some past and planned activities. The club members enjoyed volunteering in the past by hosting Halloween and Easter parties at Toby Keith's OK Kids Korral, a home for children battling cancer. The Kids Korral is beginning a teen board. Ten our Key Club members have applied to be members.

Key Club members will also participate in and support the school's volleyball tournament between classes to raise food cans for the Southeast High School pantry. Twenty cans per person allow a student to compete, and five cans allow anyone to watch the competition between classes. The goal is 4,000 cans of food for SE students. This is another opportunity for us to take cans and stay a while at the event. Hint, hint!

Miriam, who is also senior class president, introduced the launch of a new community service project. Some of the Key Club members will be trained as mentors through Teen Trendsetters (TM) Mentoring Program, a literacy program of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. After online training in leadership, mentoring, and reading, the high school mentors will meet at least 22 sessions after school with first graders from Shidler Elementary School. This is one of five programs the BBFFL introduced recently into Oklahoma and the only one in Oklahoma City Public Schools.

Southeast High School will participate in the Susan B. Kommen race for the Cure. Teacher/leader, photographer, and wonderful man, William Chamberlain, has a personal interest in this event. His wife, who attended the Key Club event, recovered from cancer over 20 years ago.

Southeast High School Key Club will do so much more than the above mentioned as they have in the past.

Presentation of Key Club Membership Certificates

Sponsor Mary Cloos and the Key Club president presented membership certificates, pins, and $5 gift cards, funded by Kiwanis members, to the first 30 members who paid their dues. Gift cards were to Starbucks or Teapioca Lounge.

Key Clubbers Desire and Perseverance

This year Southeast High School Key Clubbers had to go home after school to have a separate activity slip signed just for this event.

Dinner, Kiwanis Adults, and the Culture

When the club was chartered, the potluck with our Kiwanis members was so popular with the youths that they have asked each year to have us attend the installation. Our club  provides the fried chicken, but the students bring a wide range of homemade and purchased foods.They "dress to the nines," genuinely smile ear to ear, and treat us like royalty. Really, they are the royalty. Most of these students are academically successful, serve in more than one school leadership role, and work after school and/or on weekends. Nurtured by the administration, faculty, and staff and an usual supportive school culture, they see the world as a source of endless opportunities if they work hard, serve their school and community, respect others, and set/pursue goals.

Thanks to Mary Cloos for being such a dedicated, productive servant/leader teacher advisor. Thanks to Noma Gurich, too, for championing this Key Club.