Start Your Keystone Club
Whether you’re forming a new club or joining a long-standing group, Keystone is your Club. The goals of any Keystone Club are to engage new members, achieve a certain charter level, create meaningful leadership opportunities for Keystoners and develop a plan for the future – and you partner with your advisor to make that happen.
Recruitment is finding new members and encouraging them to join Keystone. For new or existing Keystone Clubs, engaging new members is a priority until you reach the ideal size of 10 to 15 Keystoners. (Clubs must have at least six members.)
An orientation welcomes new members, helps them learn the basics of membership and gives them a chance to hear from Keystone youth about interests and skills they hope to explore.
Once you’ve recruited and welcomed new members, you’ll conduct your first regular Keystone meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to form a connected and purposeful team.
Keystone is all about working as a team – making decisions, solving problems, and taking responsibility for change together. This is important because no one develops leadership on their own. Instead, your leadership strengths come to light when you contribute meaningfully to the team and find yourself an important part of the process. See AGENDA: FIRST MEETING for guidelines on conducting this meeting. Here’s what you’ll do in the first meeting.
In Keystone, you’ll have many chances to lead. You’ll try out different roles and responsibilities – as you do, you’ll build on existing leadership skills and develop new strengths as well.
The National Keystone charter period runs from September 1 to August 31 each year. The Keystone officers and advisor (the planning team) work together to make a plan for the charter year, which includes planning to meet the requirements of one of four charter levels: basic, silver, gold and legacy. A plan helps you keep track of everything the club hopes to accomplish in the coming year: specific goals you’ve set, important events and activities, and meeting requirements for the club charter. Planning for your Keystone Club year will take place over several meetings. Use the MEETING PLANNER for help leading these meetings.
The end of each charter period is a good time for you and your teammates to review progress you’ve made over the past year – both as individuals and as a team.