DIXON – Ten Dixon High School students, including Division 13 Lt. Gov. Kari Wolfe, recently attended the Illinois-Eastern Iowa District annual Key Club convention at the Hilton Indian Lakes resort in Bloomingdale.
The convention, bringing together Key clubs from throughout Illinois and the river counties of Iowa, is a leadership experience and honors the best clubs in the district. Key Club International is the world’s largest service organization for high school-aged youth and is sponsored by Kiwanis International.
At the convention the students attended forums on topics such as leadership, service opportunities, fundraising, and officer training. Next year’s officers learned the basics of how to run meetings and be a successful club.
The DHS club received several honors, including the Inter-club Award, Super Kiwanis Family Relations Award, Theme and Major Emphasis Award, and Reports in on Time Award. These awards are given to small percentage of clubs.
Additionally, the club earned three district awards, meaning they were the top club in the district. These included the Connect the K’s Award for their work with the other K (Kiwanis) – Family clubs in Dixon, most notably the formation and sponsorship of the K-Kids club at Jefferson School, and awards for having the greatest cumulative ($2,000).
The club also was honored for having the greatest per member contribution to Kiwanis International’s worldwide service project, the Eliminate Project, designed to eliminate maternal and neo-natal tetanus.
Individual award winners included Vivian Villegas, distinguished president; Mackenzie Wolfley, distinguished vice president; Thomas Clemens, distinguished statistical secretary; Rachel Gascoigne, distinguished secretary; Hayley Thomas, distinguished treasurer; and Autumn Ewaniuk, distinguished senior.
Wolfe received the district’s highest honor for distinguished lieutenant governors, the Himmel-Smith-McConnell Award. She was one of three recipients of the award from among the I-I District’s 36 divisions.
The Key club’s faculty adviser is Lee Eastman. The Kiwanis advisers are Beverly Power and Geoff Vanderlin. The club meets every Friday morning, before school, during the school year.