Marty the Mighty Meerkat

The meerkat can represent many things. The way the meerkat stays with its pack could represent Key Clubbers sticking together, connecting with one another and supporting each other. They always communicate with each other. The way the meerkats look out for each other, take care of each other and provide for one another is exactly what Key Clubbers aspire to do for their communities. That is why the Mo-Ark District chose the Mighty Meerkat as our new mascot. Like the meerkat, Key Clubbers always stick together, and always try to help each other. The meerkat is a great example of a good Key Clubbers members.


What do you Know about Key Club?

Key Club was started in May 1925 in Sacramento, California, by the local Kiwanis club. The original purpose of Key Club was to provide an active, vocational guidance program for the student body. Later, in response to many other opportunities for service in the school, Key Club began to expand. Today Key Club is the largest high school service organization in the world. It has become the high school service club.

At the outset, Key Club grew with the help of Kiwanians who visited the Sacramento club and came away with the idea of introducing the high school service club to their own communities. This idea spread quickly, and soon Key Clubs began to form across the United States.

By 1939, Florida had enough clubs to hold a state convention and form an association of Key Clubs, thus starting the first districts. Members then traveled to Florida for the first International Convention. There, Malcom Lewis, from West Palm Beach, Florida, was elected the first International President.

Key Club experienced a banner year in 1946, during which the first Canadian club was established, and the official publication of Key Club International, KEYNOTES, was first published. Also in that year, at the convention in New Orleans, the Key Club International Constitution and Bylaws were adopted.

With the Constitution and Bylaws as a guide, Key Club International has since spread across North America and to seventeen countries, which have now been divided into 31 districts.