by: Zara Williams
"Only a life lived in the service to others is worth living."
Albert Einstein gives to us in this quote the notion that service is not only an important part of life, but that it is in fact service which makes life worthwhile. This notion, in my opinion, is best exhibited in the many works of Key Club International. Teenagers from high schools in the United States, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia all come together with one common goal: to serve their communities in order to produce a better world for all. Key Club gives these students the chance to impact their world by becoming caring and competent servant leaders. One very relevant example of the leadership qualities demonstrated by the members of Key Club is the Key Club International Convention (ICON.)
Who would have thought that high school students could find the time and resources to fund and execute a grand event such as the international convention? The students possess an inner drive, a passion and willingness to hone their leadership skills by engaging in various activities. The international convention attracts students from all walks of life, including students from my home district, the Jamaica district. The district governor, Renisha Daley, and lieutenant governors such as Lt. Governor Toni Williams were a few of the people present at this year's convention. The Key Club International Convention is an opportunity for students to develop skills to better aid their nations via workshops on various topics, and is also where the new international board is elected. The electoral process and the invaluable teachings given at ICON are just a few of the ways in which the student-led organization shapes the servant leaders.
This year's international convention is my first, and I can say with clarity that it will not be my last. Key Club has impacted me in a number of ways, and has helped me realize many goals which I would not have found possible before, such as the ability to speak publicly or certain leadership qualities. The fact is, I am not done learning, and the journey will continue for me just as it will with the hundreds of Key Clubbers who have walked my path.