"The Club of Clubs"
Kiwanis Club of Tempe
Serving The Children of The World
Key Club is the longest operating, student-led, organization which provides teens with opportunities to build character, serve others, and develop leadership skills.
KCOT sponsored the formation of the Tempe High School Key Club in September 1956. Former congressman, state senator and longtime Tempe mayor, Harry Mitchell, was a THS Key Clubber himself, and then went on to become the club's faculty adviser.
KCOT also sponsored the formation of the McClintock High School Key Club in 1966. THS and MHS were the only high schools in Tempe at that time. MHS Key Club would eventually gain Tempe Nuevo as their sponsor Club in 1979.
THS Key Club continues to be sponsored by KCOT, and is vibrant with decorated members. Katie Phalen is the club's faculty advisor, along with Mike Jennings of KCOT.
CKI is a branch of Kiwanis International which promotes the virtues of leadership, volunteerism and community engagement for college students.
KCOT sponsored the charter of CKI at Arizona State University in December 1959, with new officers installed in 1960. ASU CKI became defunct and was re-chartered on May 12, 1975, with KCOT as the sponsor. Neil Giuliano, an ASU freshman and former Key Clubber from Bloomfield, NJ, was asked by District Circle K to help organize a club at ASU. Neil became CKI president in 1977-78, and joined KCOT in 1981; he served as KCOT president in 1986-87.
Today CKI is quite active at ASU with members dedicated to serving and improving communities. CKI advisor is Tracy Scott, KCOT member and Director of Marketing and Strategic Communication for the ASU Alumni Association.
Kiwanis Club of Tempe sponsored the Kiwanis Club charters for Tempe-Sunrise in 1967, and Tempe Nuevo in 1973.