Karin Church, Kiwanian from Los Alamos and Key Club District Coordinator, talks about Key Club activities and challenges. Courtesy picture
BY BROOKE DAVIS
Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos
On Feb. 1, Key Cub District Coordinator and local Kiwanian Church Karin spoke to the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos about the activities and challenges of Key Clubs in their district, which includes New Mexico, Arizona, and El Paso. in Texas.
She began by reviewing the organization’s core values of leadership, character building, caring and inclusiveness and outlined its structure encompassing local clubs all the way to the international level. There are a total of 127 clubs in the Southwest District with over 3100 members. The clubs are primarily student-run with Kiwanian mentors and supporters and academic advisors.
The coronavirus has had a significant impact on Key Club. Membership has dropped by half, there has been a huge loss of institutional knowledge, significant turnover of advisors and a major disruption of ties with Kiwanis.
However, Key Club fights back. The number of members is now increasing and an increasing number of activities are planned. Church gives credit to the young people she leads, saying they are “incredible at coming up with ideas” and praising them for their enthusiasm, involvement and drive.