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Key Club of Madison High School
Madison, NJ 07940 (map)
MHS Key Club 2009-2010
What is Key Club?
Key Club is a service organization that is half fundraising and half hands on volunteer service. It helps many organizations, with an emphasis on one specific group each year (this year is The Children’s Specialized Hospital). This way, Key Clubs from around the country join together to raise funds and awareness for a common cause.
Key Club will have planning meetings once a month on Wednesday after school at 3:00 PM and Thursday before school at 7:20 AM. The dates of these meetings will be announced, and you will receive Facebook reminders (if you are part of the group). All meetings will be held in the little theatre in G hall. You do not need to come to both meetings; come to whichever one is more convenient. At the meetings you will receive a calendar and will be given the opportunity to sign up for events. All meetings will count toward service hours. Although meetings are important and you should attend as many as you can, don’t worry if you miss one because you have another commitment. If you miss a meeting, you will be sent an agenda of upcoming events!
Points and Membership
In order to be an official member of Key Club you must do 2 things:
1. Fulfil a minimum number of service hours, which are tracked on a point scale. Each member must have 20 points (20 hrs of service) by the year’s end. These hours can qualify you for awards and recognition at the end of the year. Without fulfilling the service requirements, Key Club won’t appear on your transcript and you will miss out on a lot of fun!
2. Pay $12 in international, state, and Madison Key Club dues. This money contributes to the basic needs of the club like bussing, food, mailings etc.
Events are one of the main responsibilities of members and one of the most fun aspects of Key Club! After signing up for an event at a meeting or by contacting a board member to let them know that you can come, you then get out into the community and help. The service required at each event is extremely varied, which allows members to choose events that suit their interests. Below are some examples of past events, although they vary from year to year. You must attend any events that you sign up for, but, if problems arise (as we understand they do), you must contact a board member as soon as possible. Members are not required to attend all events, but are encouraged to be active and participate in as many activities as they can.
Examples of Past Events (and we’re looking for your ideas!)
SCEEP – a tutoring/mentoring program for students from Newark
Manning carnival games and booths at the KRS Fall Fair
Sorting drawings for Color-a- Smile- an organization that distributes children’s colorings to make others smile
Participating in walks for organizations like the Morristown Soup Kitchen and the Children Specialized Hospital
Hosting events for senior citizens before the school plays and musicals
Serving at the Breakfast with Santa at the YMCA
Marching in the Madison Santa Parade
Serving at a Fundraising Dinner for the Madison Community House
Running a car wash in the spring
District Project- Children’s Specialized Hospital
For the third year in a row, Key Clubs across NJ are raising money for the Children’s Specialized Hospital. “It is a comprehensive, pediatric rehabilitation hospital in the US. Last Year, more than 16,000 children around the state of NJ were treated in the hospital. Anyone under the age of 21 that requires medical, developmental, educational or rehabilitative care is admitted into the hospital regardless of their ability to pay for the treatment. Children’s specialized hospital never turns down a child because he or she can not afford the treatment necessary. This is where we, the NJ District of Key Club International come in. All of the money that the Key Club raises goes into a Children’s Fund which pays medical bills acquired from the children.” We contribute by raising money, participating in events and possibly volunteering at the hospital itself.