LMHS Senior to Lead Key Club International
Linn-Mar High School senior Alex Drahos has been elected President of Key Club International, a global youth service organization with more than 267,000 members around the world. Drahos will serve in this top leadership position for the organization that represents 5,300 clubs at high schools in more than 38 countries. He is the first person from Iowa to serve in this top leadership position of this 95-year-old global youth service organization.
In learning of his new position, Drahos said, “I am honored to serve as the next Key Club International president, representing thousands of students and causes. From Linn-Mar High School Key Club to the International Board, this organization has taught me the value of service, leadership, integrity, and inclusivity. I am dedicated to ensuring students have a positive and transformative Key Club experience this service year. It is a privilege to have the opportunity to work with talented individuals around the world to promote volunteerism in our homes, schools, and communities and I am excited for this coming months!”
Drahos has been involved in Key Club since his freshman year at Linn-Mar. Last year, He served as one of 11 elected International Trustees for the organization. During his sophomore year, he served as the district editor of the Nebraska-Iowa District and won an award for his service in that role. Previously, in the Nebraska-Iowa District, he chaired both the service committee and the sponsorship committee. He also served in the past as lieutenant governor of Divisions 6&9 of the Nebraska-Iowa District.
The elected leadership of the organization is the Key Club International Board that is comprised of a president, vice president, and 11 trustees. These 13 young people provide overall governance of the organization. In addition, they meet regularly with the elected district governors (young people who are elected to oversee a geographic regional area). The international board and governors together form the international council that also meets regularly.
Key Club International is a youth organization affiliated with the Kiwanis organization. Key Club provides “opportunities to serve, build character, and develop leadership.” Young people perform acts of service in their communities while focusing on the core values of “leadership, character building, caring, and inclusiveness.”