One of the most important parts of the Key Club year is the first couple months of school in which new freshman enter the school year with hopes of becoming as involved and engaged as they can in the schools and the sophomores and juniors hustle quickly to join clubs that they need for organizations such as National Honors Society and college applications. This desire proves extremely to beneficial for Key Clubs around the nation as they now require less effort to get members to join. Recruiting members is simple and can be done in numerous different ways. Most high schools have a freshman orientation and by setting up a booth at one of these events with information on membership requirements and the meaning of Key Club, clubs can easily round up interest from parents and students. Additionally, clubs can get membership recruitment posters hanging up around the school with information on when and where club meetings are held in order to get the word around. Most members have younger siblings or friends, so letting people know to join Key Club isn’t all too bad. The key is to make Key Club an open environment and make it seem fun and interesting to new members.
Now that a club has its members set up for the year, the next step is to making sure that each member is thoroughly engaged in the club. Although this might be difficult with extremely large clubs, it’s definitely worth the cost. Clubs should allow its members the opportunity to get to know each other and to enjoy themselves either through group icebreakers or activities. Once a student feels like they belong within the club, they’ll feel more comfortable coming to club meetings and volunteering at events. Another way to get members to participate more is to offer them events that they will enjoy. Look around for a variety of different events that members can volunteer at and encourage them to sign-up for these with their friends so that they can feel more comfortable at them. Additionally, holding club socials is vital for the members. Not only can you raise a significant amount of money from these, but it allows members to get to know each other and make new friends while helping out great causes.
The beginning of the school year is not only hectic with adjusting to new schedules and getting to know your new classmates and teachers, but it also serves as the most important time for Key Clubs. As a club officer, it is up to you to make sure that you promote your club among parents and to the students at your school, and then making sure that each of them is actively participating in club activities through making them want to actually be there. With these simple steps, you can prepare yourself for an amazing Key Club year!