Club of the Month is a recurring segment that highlights one of the 89 clubs at the Bay. This month, staffer Sophie Schifter interviewed senior and president of Key Club Dixon Yeung.
“Key Club is the world’s largest and oldest youth service organization in the world and has been chartered for almost as long as the school has been around,” said Dixon Yeung. Key Club meets every other week, alternating between Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
What is the purpose of the club?
We offer our members at least one service project opportunity a week, whether it is helping at the local soup kitchen in Fort Lauderdale, a beach clean-up at Hollywood Beach, or assisting handicapped individuals ride horses as therapeutic treatment at a Davie ranch. We also place an emphasis on leadership development and leadership by service, which is why we offer 11 officer positions every year. Key Club has been having several opportunies for leadership and helping out during the school year.
Do you have any events coming up?
The next upcoming events we will have are our first Horses and Handicapped (where we help handicapped individuals ride horses as therapy), Glam-A-Thon (which is a large walk in South Florida that raises money for breast cancer), and a volunteer opportunity at a soup kitchen. We also plan on having a Car Smash where we will have a junk car and will provide a sledgehammer to the members in our club to “strike out” MNT. We will charge a small fee to hit the car, with all proceeds going to the project. This will help eliminate a disease called Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus. This will take place in November.
What sets you apart from other clubs?
While some clubs may offer high school students service hours by donating canned goods or money, Key Club places an emphasis on meaning. Key Club went to Western High School to help sort, package and hand-out the goods, giving them directly to the people who needed it.
What are your goals for this year?
Our goal for this year is to bring more exciting, creative and meaningful service projects to our members, as well as surpass the number of members we had last year, which was over 230.