Officer Elections Allow For Reflection and Excitement
Key Club held their annual officer elections in Theater 50 during lunch on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 and unexpectedly on March 14, 2014.
The event gave each candidate two minutes for a short speech and a chance to answer questions from the audience. Key Club is known for a large student membership and approximately twenty people showed up to the meeting to officers’ delight.
“I liked how there were a lot of different types of people who showed up,” junior and Key Club President Chloris Li said.
Despite the efforts to keep on a strict time schedule, there was not enough time for those running for Vice President and President to make their speeches.
“The timing could have been better,” Li said. “We’re going to finish the speeches at lunch on Friday though.”
However, even though only the votes of paying club members will count, it did not discourage non-club members from attending the event and casting their ballots.
“I showed up because I wanted to vote for Key Club’s officers of 2014-2015,” senior Roger Lee said. “I thought it was a fun way for members to interact with future club officers and learn about them.”
Some of these students took the opportunity to ask questions, with the most popular one being “How do you feel?” a request that results in a Key Club chant.
“I think it’s very important to know the chant,” Li said. “It’s the only thing that Key Clubbers alone know and it shows devotion to the club.”
Still, what makes Key Club so different from other clubs is the way they choose their officers and overall people feel that this method is more democratic and fair.
“Most clubs elect officers through applications, having previous club officers vote on new ones,” Lee said. “This is more fair, in my opinion, because it allows members to have a vote on their own club and allows officers who have shown much devotion to the club to receive recognition.”
In fact, loyalty and devotion were important factors in how students chose their favorite candidates.
“I would vote for [candidates] if they showed dedication to the club with their involvement in Key Club in the past years,” senior Ophelia Huang said.
Even with the event’s setbacks, results of the elections are expected to be announced on Friday, March 14, 2014 and students are confident that Key Club will continue its current purpose next year.
“I think it will still be a great club that will give students many community service opportunities, as usual,” Huang said.