Running for an elected officer position is a pretty big deal, but if you think you’re ready for the challenge, don’t hold yourself back. Like the saying goes, you miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take. Here are a few more words of wisdom to consider when running for a Key Club position.
Talk to a current officer
To some people, a position like club president seems simple enough. As president, you might do manageable tasks such as making meeting agendas and delivering speeches. But a little-known fact is that there’s a lot of behind-the-scenes work that goes into being president (or any other officer position, for that matter). No matter which position you try out for, it’s a good idea to talk to the Key Clubber currently in the position you want. Figure out the job’s time commitment and weigh that against any other commitments you have coming up.
Continue the conversation
Talk to your club advisor or another adult in the Key Club world about any position you’re interested in. Ask about the responsibilities of the position you’re interested in and about any changes to your club or district in the coming year. He or she might suggest another position more suited to your strengths that you hadn’t considered before. If you believe in yourself first, then it is as Ralph W. Emerson once said: “Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.”
Don’t depend on your social status
The reality of any election is that sometimes it can be a popularity race. But the good news is that it’s only partially that way. Don’t depend on your social status when you run for a position. Make sure that you go into the elections well prepared for the position you are running for. Be sure to also be honest and realistic with any promises you make while campaigning. For example, promising an ice cream party at every Key Club meeting may sound enticing to members, but unless you are paying for that out of your own pocket, it is highly unlikely that it would happen.
Delegates: During election season, keep this in mind when you vote. Choose candidates for their leadership skills and realistic promises, not for their popularity.
Running for a position takes guts
All you can do is to try your best. Getting elected isn’t guaranteed, but just remember this: Failure helps us grow. Did you know that Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team? You know, that guy that played for the Chicago Bulls and was a six-time NBA champion, five-time NBA MVP and a four-time NBA All-Star (as well as an actor in “Space Jam”). Did you know that Albert Einstein, who wasn’t able to speak until he was almost four years old, was told by his teachers that he would never amount to much? Or that Oprah Winfrey was demoted from her job as a news anchor because she “wasn’t for television?” Even Dr. Seuss had his first book rejected by 27 publishers. The point of the story is to never give up. If you’re truly passionate about something, keep trying. When it gets tough, remember this quote: “Don’t be afraid to fail. Be afraid not to try.”