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The Value of a GK Membership

September 15, 2014

In our latest video, several members from around the world share the value they’ve gotten out of being a Golden Key member.

2014 Key Chapter Winner Highlight: Florida International University

September 14, 2014

The fourth chapter that we would like to recognize as a 2013-2014 Key Chapter Award winner is our Florida International University chapter!

During the spring semester, the Florida International University Golden Key chapter participated in a plethora of service events in their community.FIU Several of these events were held in conjunction with a local non-profit agency, Camillus House, who provides a wide range of social and health services to homeless, mentally disabled, physically disabled, drug addicted and other under served people in the area. Chapter members aided in the preparation and serving of food to more than 500 individuals one Saturday for lunch. Roughly one month later, the chapter held a book drive for the Camillus House Library. Members were able to collect and donate more than 200 books for those who seek assistance from the shelter. This book drive is held every semester for the Camillus House, and the Florida International University chapter has been honored with a plaque in their name to be placed in the library.

On January 18, the Florida International University chapterFIU1 participated in Martin Luther King Day of Service. Dedicated to the late social rights activist and humanitarian, this day is meant to serve as an opportunity for citizens to give back to their respective communities. As a service event, chapter members restored Bunche Park, located in a low income status community, by cleaning the park and painting the sitting area for the local families to enjoy. This event served as an excellent means to give back to their community, and the chapter members were able to forge new relationships with students at their university who are not affiliated with their chapter.

Congratulations to the Florida International University chapter for their continued success and being named a 2013-2014 Key Chapetr!

Glamour Magazine’s Top 10 College Women Competition

September 10, 2014


Each year for the last 58 years, Glamour Magazine has been recognizing ten outstanding college women: scientists, athletes, activists, businesswomen and more.  Glamour is currently looking for the best and the brightest applicants from the Class of 2016 for their 2015 scholarship. Female Golden Key members in the United States and Canada can apply!

The ideal applicant will be a junior in college, has a stellar academic track record, has exhibited strong leadership skills, excels in her extracurricular activities or athletics, and gives back to her community or campus in some way. If you’re interested, you must apply by the September 15th application deadline*.

*Please note: Due to the quickly approaching deadline, the entire application may be submitted electronically to

You could be one of Glamour’s Top 10 College Women! In fact, Martha Stewart was a winner in 1961! Read more about the 2014 winners online here.

The ten winners receive a $3000 cash prize and a trip to attend the Top Ten College Women event in New York City in the spring of 2015, and one grand prize winner will receive a $20,000 cash prize as recognition of her accomplishments. Plus, all winners will be profiled in the May 2015 issue of Glamour.

To apply for the 2015 contest, visit this link:


Watch What Happened At International Summit

September 6, 2014

Last month you read all about the 2014 International Summit in our recap blog. Now, you can see it for yourself!

We’re excited to share two videos about the experience at the 2014 International Summit, held in Boston, MA from 31 July to 3 August.First, here’s a video highlighting the entire conference:



Summit delegates also had the chance to participate in a wide variety of service projects. Secondly, we’d like to share a video about these service events which kicked off our SPARK a Change initiative:



Want to see more about the 2014 International Summit? View our photos from the conference here:

2014 Key Chapter Winner Highlight: California State University, Los Angeles

September 5, 2014

In continuance with our Key Chapter Winner Highlight blogs, we would like to recognize our California State University, Los Angeles chapter for the 2013-2014 academic year!

During the Fall semester, the California State University, Los Angeles chapter participated in the fourth annual League of United Latin American Citizens Health Fair in the Los Angeles area.Cal State, LA1 This event offered citizens a variety of free health services from receiving free flu shots to screenings for diabetes, blood pressure and HIV. Chapter members passed out goodie bags, water and pamphlets to participants arriving for their health screenings, as well as recruited citizens in the area to come participate. The event brought together more than 16,000 people! For the chapter’s Make A Difference Day event, members volunteered at the SugarTIPS and Children’s Dental Center for a service event that offered free dental screenings to the South Los Angeles community, which is known for being a low-income area. Members assisted the patrons in filling out their release forms to receive the free dental screenings and helped to watch their children while they were getting checked. This event brought together roughly 200 people in the community!

As a part of Read Across America, the California State University, Los Angeles chapter worked with a relatively new non-profit organization, S.W.E.L.L.Cal State, LA (SugarTIPS Wellness Education for Life Longevity), to launch their new tutoring program for children in South Los Angeles. Although this event was primarily hosted by the Golden Key chapter, many other student organizations at California State University, Los Angeles participated in the event. Volunteers tutored the children in different subjects and provided motivation to aim for completing high school and college. The event brought in more than 200 children and was widely perceived to be the most successful service initiative events that the chapter has ever hosted.


Congratulations to the California State University, Los Angeles chapter for their dedication to serving their community and being named a 2013-2014 Key Chapter!

2014 Key Chapter Winner Highlight: Ashford University

September 3, 2014

The second chapter that we would like to recognize for being awarded the prestigious Key Chapter Award for the 2013-2014 academic year is the Ashford University chapter!

During the 2013-2014 academic year, the Golden Key chapter at Ashford University hosted numerous events that benefitedAshford members and their local community. One such event was the chapter’s Leadership Summit, which brought together more than 100 chapter members, prospective members, faculty, alumni and honorary members! Five of the professors gave interactive presentations on leadership practices, and three student organization presidents held Q&A sessions for those in attendance. The chapter also hosted, in conjunction with Career Services, mock interviews where local professionals in their community participated in practice job interviews and offered feedback for future interviews.

In the October of 2013, the Ashford University Golden Key chapter worked together with the Office of Service and Leadership (OSL) Ashford1and the Student Government Association to host “Good Neighbor Day”, which was originally intended to be a day of cleaning up in the local community. The Ashford chapter wanted to participate in this event, but it was to take place on the same day as Make A Difference Day. To remedy the situation, the organizations agreed to collaborate and have a friendly challenge to see which organization could bring together the most volunteers. To bring people out, the chapter marketed the event on campus and in the residence halls by passing out flyers and creating awareness on campus. The Ashford chapter set a goal to attract 70 volunteers to participate in Good Neighbor Day/Make A Difference Day, and in the end, they brought together more than 100 volunteers!

Congratulations to the Ashford University for earning their first Key Chapter Award! We look forward to hearing about their success in the upcoming academic year!

2014 Key Chapter Winner Highlight: American Public University System

August 29, 2014

As an international honor society, Golden Key understands the importance of recognizing excellence both in and out of the classroom. To honor the dedication of our chapters, the Key Chapter Award was instituted to be presented to select chapters across the globe who exemplify outstanding achievement and/or contributions in the areas of the three pillars of Golden Key: academics, leadership and service. This year 23 chapters in North America were presented the Key Chapter Award, and to kick of our blog series, we would like to first highlight the American Public University System chapter!

During the 2013-2014 academic year, the Golden Key chapter at American Public University System participated in a wide array of service and leadership events,APUS1 one of which was the Los Angeles Beach Clean-Up Event. By partnering with the Surfrider Foundation, a grassroots non-profit organization dedication to the conservation of oceans and beaches, Golden Key members, alumni and honorary members came together to clean up the beach and learn more about sustainability. The chapter also hosted the Golden Key Kick-off to Commencement- Networking Banquet, which was a banquet for graduating students who were in town for the university’s annual Commencement Ceremony. This event served as an excellent opportunity for students to network prior to graduating, and it was incredibly successful with a large amount of alumni and honorary members in attendance.

As an online university system, the American Public University System chapter could not participate in Global Youth Service DayAPUS like a traditional brick-and-mortar university. Due to chapter members being scattered all over the country, the chapter sought to make a large impact in local communities by encouraging these ‘distance members’ to participate in their own clean-ups and other service projects in their local communities. Members were directed to various social media platforms so members from around the globe could share their pictures and stories of community service. The chapter provided their distance members with links to find community service projects in their area, so they could collaborate with others and would not be alone in their efforts. The chapter also worked with the Student Services Department to coordinate the Stop Hunger Now event, in which meals were packaged and shipped to Panama to assist those in need.

We would like to congratulate the American Public University System chapter for their ongoing success and being named a 2013-2014 Key Chapter!



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