A good crowd of nearly one hundred persons gathered at the Willmar Conference Center on Monday night, October 24, to witness the chartering of two new Key Clubs by Willmar Kiwanis, the Dream Technical Academy and Willmar High School.
Key Club is the largest high school youth organization in the world, and provides its members with opportunities to serve their community and school, build character and develop leadership.
Willmar Kiwanis President, Rebecca Clayton, presided over the banquet, and she and Mayor Marv Calvin welcomed the many Kiwanians, Key Clubbers, and parents who attended. Pastor David Zylstra shared the Invocation.
Following dinner, Peter Larson, Governor of the Minnesota-Dakota District of Kiwanis International, was the guest speaker and shared his strong feelings on “The Importance of Key Club”. He said that he himself became a Kiwanian through the involvement of his own son in Key Club.
Sixteen charter members joined the Dream Technical Academy Key Club, and forty charter members joined the Willmar High School Key Club. School advisors for the Dream Technical Academy are Diane Norby and Katie Pederson, while Debbie Kliedon will serve as the Kiwanis advisor. Linda Saunders and Sheri Pederson are the school advisors for the Willmar High School Key Club, while Fran Hussong and Griffin Leitch will serve as Kiwanis advisors.
Rev. Dennis Hier, a Lt. Gov. in Division 6, installed the officers for the two clubs. Amy Haney, as the newly elected President, will lead the Dream Technical Academy Key Club, and Gracee Krall will lead the Willmar High School Key Club. Other officers for the Academy are Ashton LaBelle, Caterina Orellana, Miranda Stueckrather, Nissa Johnson, and Carissa Harrison; and for the Willmar High School Key Club, Calley Titrud, Carly Hulstein, Riley Schneider, Adi Gunderson, and Annie Schaefbauer.
The inspiring evening closed with the Pledge of Allegiance led by Kiwanis and Key Club members.