Key Clubs

Kiwanis Clubs across the world strive to begin and support Key Clubs in their neighborhood High Schools.  Key Clubs teach young people about service to their communities beginning in their own schools.  Kiwanis Club sponsors provide financial support as well as the support of dedicated Club Members. Teachers at the High Schools provide the weekly support that is essential for success.

Key Club Round-up

Jane Addams Key Club

Jerry Seppelt was relieved to announce that he had finally found the "ceremonial bell" which he has promised Larry Massey for the past six years. Unfortunately, Larry could not make the meeting and will have to wait another year for his bell.

The Club was ably led by Terry Jones who is heading for Ohio State in the Fall.

Toys for Tots and the Walk for Hunger, were special events this year. The Club also raised money for Cystic Fibrosis. And of course, they were privileged to participate in the State Convention.


Hi-Tech Academy Key Club

Led by Rene Weston, who is heading to Purdue in the Fall, the perennial national competitor in Robotics, found time for service projects as well.

The Club rounded up toys for kids at Christmas time. They found time to serve meals at the Ronald McDonald House. And they assured the success of their younger brothers and sisters by reading to the grammar school children at Gidding School.

This Spring, the Club initiated Operation Smile, to assist children afflicted with Cleft Pallets.


The Cleveland Kiwanis Club supports three Kiwanis Key Clubs at High Schools of the Cleveland Metropolitan School System. While the entire Club takes pride in supporting five Key Clubs, our success is led by Club Member Jerry Seppelt, a former teacher, who is passionate about helping young people become generous and involved citizens.

1. The Collinwood High School Key Club made a presentation of its work at the February 5, 2009 meeting of the Downtown Cleveland Kiwanis Club. Club Members were treated to a slide show about Key Club activities presented by five Key Club members and two of their inspirational teachers. Click here to see scenes from the Collinwood Key Club work teaching reading to elementary students at Cleveland's Longfellow Elementary School.

2. East Tech High School Key Club made a presentation at the January 13, 2011 Meeting about their Robotics Competition coming up in the Spring.

Today's program was a wonderful exposition of the Cleveland High School's Robotic Team from East Tech. Major sponsors of the team include GrafTech, NASA, Rockwell and the Cleveland Kiwanis.

Kiwanis leader Julie Loeb is the adult leader of the team.

More than 5000 teams from around the world participate in the annual competition which will be held in St. Louis this year. Because the East Tech team earned a place in the Robotics Hall of Fame, under the guidance of Club Member Jerry Seppelt, the Cleveland Team is automatically placed in the International competition every year.

On the weekend of April 7 to 9, 56 local teams will compete at the CSU Wolstein Center.

The wildly popular Robotics competition brings high school students into contact with working scientists and engineers who volunteer their time to work with the teams. Students who had never picked up a screwdriver, are creating wildly imaginative solutions to the engineering problems posed by the competition sponsors.