A dozen teenagers braved the heat Saturday morning, nearly half of them walking the entire parade route.
Three hundred brochures, plus several bags of candy, were handed out along the parade route and members were excited over the response.
“We’ll need more brochures next year… we ran out. And nearly everyone started reading through them when we gave them to them.”
Next on their list is a fundraiser car wash at Dave Knapp Ford on Friday. Also on their agenda are two cemetery cleanup days in August, followed by service with Greenville Kiwanis at Gate 5 during the Great Darke County Fair.
In addition to the parade, four Key Club members helped clean Eagles Park at Shade Road following the joint DCCA-Eagles Ribs and Blues event earlier this month. This is the first year the Key Club has had such an aggressive summer event schedule.
“This says a lot for our young people,” said Bob Robinson, Kiwanis Board Member and Key Club Advisor. “They are always busy, especially in the summer with sports, vacations, jobs and family obligations. They still have time to serve their community.”
With the addition of several members in recent weeks, Key Club enrollment has passed the 50 mark. The recruiting campaign won’t go into full swing until the fall school semester starts. Key Club officers include Kent Holmes, President, Angela Borgerding, Vice President, Prital Mehta, Secretary, Claire Sherman, Treasurer, and Lacy Hoening, Reporter. GHS Junior Mariah Reitz, Division III Ohio District Lt. Governor, Key Club International, also participates in her local club’s activities and helps provide leadership to the group. Students participating in the Annie Oakley parade were Jenilee Braun, Tracy Bunger, Marlaina Harshbarger, Savannah Harshbarger, Holmes, Mehta, Nicole Noble, Courtney Overton, Reitz, Joshua Schoeff, Sherman and Natasha Swank.
The Key Club expresses its appreciation to Al Greiner for providing his vintage ’56 Ford Pickup, and Tractor Supply Company for the bales of hay used in the parade.