Clovis Key Club is active again at Clovis High School and club facilitators are looking to recruit members, according to Key Club advisor Larry Holland.
Clovis Key Club has two members to date.
Key Club offers youth a positive outlet to learn leadership skills and have fun through projects, according to Holland.
"When I was in school we didn't have Key Club," said Holland, who has been part of Key Club for about 43 years. "It's such a good opportunity for the kids to be involved in the community and help them grow in the right paths of life, get them excited about the good things and leave the bad things out."
Holland said Key Club facilitators are planning a summer full of activities, including attending city and county commission meetings, taking courthouse tours, sitting in on court hearings and volunteering at the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico.
At an annual Key Club convention, youth will have opportunities to compete in speech contests and participate in informational workshops.
Hank Dropps believes his generation needs to get more involved in the community and be more aware of current events.
Dropps said joining the Key Club at CHS last year helped him learn to better serve his community, overcome shyness, and gain confidence when communicating with others.
"I feel like I talk more in class," said Dropps, a junior at CHS and 2013 Clovis Key Club president. "I feel like I'm not so nervous around kids and I can get up more and just really talk and express how I feel. I have leadership positions now because of Key Club."
Dropps said he plans to participate in Key Club until he graduates, then plans to join Circle K, the college equivalent of Key Club.
"Not many kids just go out and do community service for free," said Dropps, who is on the CHS drumline and sings in the high school choir. "So it (Key Club) kind of opens their eyes to the fact that not everybody is as fortunate as they are. After completing a project, I always get told by my kids, 'Hey, this felt really good to do.'"
According to Holland, the club needs 20 members to join Key Club International and become chartered. Holland said becoming chartered means club members will be covered under Key Club International insurance.
- What: Clovis Key Club
- When: 6 p.m. Tuesdays
- Where: Meetings are in the Matt 25 Hope Center basement
- For who: Teenagers ages 14-18
- Cost: $15 per year