Key Club members were servers at February's Crab Feed at St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church. (File photo)
Rancho Murieta’s Key Club, in which teens volunteer to help at community events, says it needs a membership influx, and soon, or it will close up shop. What would this mean?
- Were you at the Easter Egg Hunt? Key Club members helped in booths and scattered eggs for the kids to find.
- How about Kids Fishing Day? The hotdogs were grilled and served by Key Clubbers.
- July 4 breakfast? February Crab Feed? Those were Key Club servers.
That’s just a start. Every year Key Club volunteers help make a dozen community events successful.
Sydney Shead, an 11th grader at Bradshaw Christian School and president of the Rancho Murieta Key Club, said the Kiwanis-sponsored group needs to find volunteers in seventh through 12th grades. The group will hold a regular meeting 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Rancho Murieta Association Building. All interested teens are welcome to attend and bring a friend. And then?
“Our May 21st meeting will either be a party to celebrate member recruitment,” Shead wrote in an email, “or it will be a goodbye/wrap up party to the club.”
Kiwanis member Teresa Field helped organize the RM group in 2012. It had two dozen members then and is down to about 15 now, Shead said, with two seniors graduating soon.
The local Kiwanis also sponsors Key Club groups at Pleasant Grove and Sheldon high schools. For larger events, the groups pool resources to help out.
“Our local club is always the first choice to help the Kiwanians when possible, because they like using the local kids,” Field wrote, “but we call upon the other clubs when we need more kids, which we do for the Easter Egg Hunt and the Crab Feed.”
Speaking about what the Key Club means, Shead said it doesn’t only benefit the events.
“I think it gives a great opportunity to not only volunteer,” she said, “but to volunteer in our community. That makes it more personal. It’s nice that we get to meet people from our neighborhood that we might not get to know otherwise.”
Here’s the full list of activities where RM Key Club members volunteer:
- Knitting caps for premature babies
- Crab Feed
- Father-Daughter Dance
- Easter Egg Hunt
- Kids Fishing Day
- July 4 Pancake Breakfast
- Relay for Life
- Blues & Brews
- Harvest Festival at Cosumnes River Elementary School
- Kiwanis installation dinner
- Trick or Treat for UNICEF
- Caroling for Cans