By: Rachel Ford
The Shorecrest Key Club is our branch of Key Club International, the oldest and largest student-led service program in the United States. One of three main service clubs, Key Club members are consistently active with its service opportunities. The Key Club is known for its “cook and serves” on Sunday mornings at Ronald McDonald House, where a small group cooks lunch for those staying at the house. Before the feats of culinary prowess participants bond at a nearby Publix getting ingredients for the lunches, which are usually themed (ex. Greek, Italian).
Key Club professional chefs and their feast from a December Cook and Serve
In addition to cooking under the benevolent gaze of Ronald McDonald, Key Club participates in occasional larger-scale club events. Key Club held several book drives for the Sallie House, a shelter for children and women who are victims of domestic abuse. In November members of local Key Clubs worked together to clean up Crescent Lake Park, creating a better park experience and also acquiring free Chick-fil-A gift cards which the Shorecrest group immediately spent. Later in January, club members had volunteer opportunities at the Temple Beth-El Art Show throughout the weekend to work as slip runners or deliver food to patrons.
Key Clubs from around Pinellas united at Crescent Lake in November
A program they run every year is Beads of Hope Africa, which sells beads of paper and epoxy made by women in Africa. This program has been very successful over the past few years and helps African students afford college in the United States. Key Club should begin selling the beads soon, so please consider saving your before-school coffee money to support Key Club instead of capitalism. Key Club is always looking for new service opportunities and will advertise their upcoming events on the Instagram (@sps_keyclub), and photos from the events can be found on Ron’s Instagram (@sullarom). For all meetings and information, Key Club gathers in Ron’s lair (ST4).