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Ellen Sharp, Crown Writer

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Being a volunteer means more than just helping out at an event. A volunteer is someone who freely takes time out of their day to help someone who needs it more than he or she does. In high school, some students join volunteer clubs to hangout with their friends and receive volunteer hours to make their college applications look good, but others join to make a stranger smile for the day. Four years of Senior Regina Antonetti’s high school career has been dedicated to volunteering for Key Club. Key Club has not only been part of Antonetti’s life throughout high school, but it has taught her how to be a selfless and faithful person.

Key Club has immense impact on every board member. Becoming a leader was a significant role for Antonetti. Antonetti had the privilege of being elected President for the 2017-2018 school year. She and the advisor, Mrs. Kelly, were in charge of finding new and exciting volunteer opportunities, and it taught her so much. “Being president of a club that I am so passionate about was a great experience. Encouraging others to get involved and seeing my peers enjoy the club as much as I did made me happy, and I felt a sense of accomplishment.” Antonetti not only entered the club with her friends, but she made so many new friends along the way. Key Club has a special effect on high school students, especially Antonetti. Students are able to see that not everyone is fortunate to have food at their table every morning and night. Antonetti has been taught so much from this club and create a special bond with one another, “As a person, Key Club has taught me responsibility and humility and has shown me the importance of service to the community. It has allowed me to get out of my shell and become more social with those around me.” Serving others has lead to Antonetti’s close friendships with others who are passionate about similar causes.

Key Club is not only a school club, it is also an international organization. Every year the districts come together for a Key Club District Convention. Marian Key Club is apart of the Illinois-Eastern Iowa District. At the convention, awards are given to school clubs that show the most successful projects and abundance club members. Antonetti has had the privilege to attend four DCLCs. “Being apart of the awards received at DCLC gave me a sense of pride for our club. Because of the effort and dedication all of the members put in at our events, we are able to accomplish so much, and to have that be recognized is amazing.” She has attended the District Convention four years in a row and has loved every one of them.  In addition to the annual convention, service projects are thought long and hard about. Antonetti has been through so many throughout the years, that she looks forward to doing them again the next year. Some stand out a little more than others for her as special memories, “My favorite service project is Marian Cares. Even though it is only for a few hours, we are making the biggest impact in the lives of others. It has taught me to be humble and stay grateful for the things that I have.” Marian Cares offers a variety of necessities for those who need it most around the county. It is advertised in the local newspapers throughout stores to get the word out. From conventions to service projects, Antonetti has been an important member of the Key Club family and forever will be remembered.

Antonetti has not only been influenced by every service project she has ever participated in, she has also made so many memories and friends along the way. “I can’t pick a favorite Key Club memory. There have been so many throughout the years, things like the different friendships I have made, to every service project and the joy it brought, to District Convention adventures. The last four years were filled with laughter and fun and hold a place in my heart.” Antonetti is attending Loyola University in Chicago this fall, which doesn’t have a Circle K, an international collegiate service organization that is a service leadership program of Kiwanis International. Antonetti plans on getting involved in other service clubs and organizations in college because Marian Key Club has left such an impact on her, and she wants to continue her love of volunteering. The club has become a passion in life which will permanently remain in Regina’s life.

 

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