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New club at DHS draws students

by Nancy Hamlett

Many high school organizations perform service to the community as part of their goals, but the Key Club, Douglas High School’s newest club, is totally devoted to service to the community.

John Amundson, a Kiwanis International member, approached the senior service organization with the idea of implementing the high school organization. A steering committee was formed, and Amundson approached Allen Gosselin, who teaches the leadership class at the high school. The idea grew with Gosselin’s enthusiastic support.

But a service organization for high school students can’t be a success without the students. Gosselin talked to several students at school, and the word about a new club spread like wildfire. When a booth was set up at the DHS Club Fair, the support was overwhelming.

“Within a short period of time, we had 20 or 25 students interested in the club,” said Amundson. “Excitement for an organization like this funnels back. The turnout was great.”

The club was formed on Jan. 11 with Christi Burruel as president, Sharah Shearer as vice president, Kaitlyn Doyle as secretary and Kim Gitthens as treasurer. Lindsay Dimitri is the club’s historian.

According to Burruel, the club now has 34 active members, with new students showing up at every meeting.

“When kids heard that they could join a club that does something for the community, there was a lot of support,” said Burruel. “Now that they’ve seen us in action, there are more all of the time that want to join.”

Key Club has already participated in a highway cleanup, and it plans to help at the March of Dimes Walk on April 29. Further activities in the planning stages are assisting with the Kid’s Fishing Derby and Block D events and fund-raising for the Iodine Deficiency Disorder Project. A toy drive for Eagle Valley Children’s Home and a reading program at the elementary school level are also in the planning stages.

Key Club is an international program, and members are encouraged to become involved at levels higher than the high school. Ellen Lillegard was recently elected as Lt. Governor for District 45, which includes Douglas, South Tahoe, Carson City and Dayton.

“Maybe at first the kids were interested in Key Club because it was another thing they could put on an application,” said Lilleguard. “But as they got involved,they have found out that this organization is way different from than anything else in the school. It gives us the opportunity to really get into the community.”

At a recent meeting, new officers were elected for the 2000-2001 school year, with Becky Mihelic heading the club as president, Lindsay Gordon as vice president, Mariah Archer as secretary and Tiffany Sanchez, treasurer.

Mihelic said that her goals for Key Club during the 2000-2001 school year are for the club to get even bigger and to become recognized in the community.

“The best way we can do that is to get involved,” said Mihelic. “The more we help our community, the better it will be for everyone.”

The Key Club meets every Friday during the lunch hour in room 407 at DHS. The executive board and the general membership rotate meetings every other week.

“Key Club builds your confidence,” said Lillegard. “You get to meet exciting new people, you have a chance to care about the community. Anybody can have a chance to make a difference.”

Key Club will have a membership drive before the end of the school year. For more information about Key Club, contact faculty advisor Allen Gosselin at 782-5136.