Here's my two cents, KCI, but I'm keeping the other 48

Well, I am officially no longer a member of Key Club International, and I’m leaving with a very poor taste in my mouth. Over a massive fifty cents too.

For those who DON’T know, as of July 5, 2014, every Key Clubber now has to pay AT LEAST fifty more cents to join this organization, probably more to be completely honest. To many, it’s not a big deal (very debatable); fifty cents can’t even buy you coffee or boba, but it’s International’s reasoning for pushing the amendment in the first place that’s embarrassing.

Let me get this straight, I still love Key Club. I may be burnt out, and I may not want to do work anymore, but this last ICON just makes me feel gross about where this organization is going. $40k on a two minute video that could have been produced by a high schooler, $60k on a godawful Key Club app, and thousands more on who even knows what have dropped us tens of thousands of dollars in debt, and what does International do to fix this problem? Make Key Club members across the world pay for their mistakes.

What kind of message are we trying to send if our organization isn’t even fiscally responsible enough to keep ourselves from dropping $170k in debt? Are we to follow the branch of Key Club that can barely run themselves administratively? Are we to learn from their example and make sure we make others pay for our mistakes? Are we to be honest and caring servant leaders when those we’re SUPPOSED to look up to lack even the most basic transparency so that WE can understand what will affect us in this organization?

This is an embarrassment to ALL of us as Key Club members AND as a branch of the Kiwanis Family. Whether or not this amendment was truly necessary is no longer even the question. The question is whether or not the example that the “leaders” of this organization are setting is one that we should all follow to be model Key Clubbers.

Here’s to you, Key Club International. I’ve given you all my 2 cents, but until this mess is made up for, neither I nor many of the other individuals that are the ones truly affected by this amendment are willing to give you the other 48. Cheers, and I truly hope that someone fixes this, for our sakes and the sake of the organization we all love.

*EDIT*

To those who complained about CNH fighting the amendment as well, I do hope you realize that WE are doing our duty to represent the members that could not attend this convention. Yes, I am sure that you are dying to go buy your overpriced dinners. There were many of us that would have rather been eating as well. Although we may be obnoxious and loud and spirited, we know our duty as leaders in this organization. Do you?

The Member Experience

Let me start of by saying these past two and a half months of vacation have been the best ever. Enjoy it before you actually have to be a productive member of society. It’s a much needed break from well, everything. After getting all gross and nostalgic about Key Club, though, I thought I’d put some things into perspective for all the aspiring leaders (also known as members!) of this organization.

When you think about Key Club, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Waking up at 4:30 AM to go to a service event and question your life choices and then realize you regret nothing because Key Club? Making sure you plan enough events and fill out your MRF correctly for the club you serve? Cranking out tools and resources to help others in their quest to serve and struggling to balance all your deadlines? Those are all VERY different things, and those all reflect my personal experiences over my four years in Key Club.

So, tell me. Where is the magic that drew you into the Key Club in the first place? Was it that service project with all of your friends and peers, or was it the politics that can hang over Key Club like a dark cloud? (Or maybe you enjoy politics; I sometimes did.) For me, it was waking up at 4:30 every weekend to get away from school and home to just do something I loved with people I loved.

Somewhere along the way, I lost that magic. I lost track of the small things that kept me in love with Key Club as I drowned in school work, college apps, and officer duties which my free time that was set aside for Key Club was used for. I loved serving at all the different levels of the District, but I forgot why I joined Key Club in the first place. The magic was gone, replaced by MRFs and newsletters and websites and The Hive.

There wasn’t much left to truly experience as a wide-eyed and innocent Key Clubber when you’ve helped in planning more or less everything you go to.

That’s why we say the member experience is really the BEST experience you will get. Keep fangirling over how perfect Prajwol is, or how senpai Victoria noticed you. Keep waking up at 4:30 AM for events without even a second thought. Keep amassing your collection of Key Club swag and sob quietly as your wallet empties before you even realize. Keep being a member, whether you are a club officer, LTG, District Officer, or whoever you may be.

It really is the best thing in the world.

This is the biggest favor I’m asking of my followers and friends ever.

My plan is to attend Icon this year for Key Club International and, of course, the expenses for this trip is about 1.6k including my airplane fees. I know this is a large sum and I know this is so difficult to make in such a short time but I’m planning to do the 2 payments plan where I pay half on May 15 and half on June 15. I’m also asking for a sponsorship from my Kiwanis Club and hopefully from my home club. This trip means a lot to me. Key Club is what changed me, shaped me, into being a better person. It helped me realize that I am a better person, as long as I make the choices that make me feel right in the long run. Key Club has changed me so much that I want to be as involved in it as I can possible can. This has become my path, key club. It’d be so great if you guys would help me in such a small amount of time.

How can you guys help? Well? Talk to me, and we can work out a sponsorship. As little as coins or small bills will help, because these coins do add up! I will do anything for this :/ But if I don’t raise enough funds then I will simply not go.

I don’t even know if this will work, but I’m going to give this a try.

 

Goal: 1075 + 525 (air fare)

Current: 150

 

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