Southwest Georgia Homeschool Key Club honored at convention

Local club is sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Dougherty County

ALBANY — The Southwest Georgia Homeschool Association Key Club, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Dougherty County, held its annual banquet recently at Beattie Road Church of Christ, with highlights being the announcements of numerous statewide honors it has earned.

The accolades were announced at the recent Georgia District of Key Club Convention, held in St. Simons Island. Among them were:

— First place for their “ELIMINATE” Walk project to help eradicate neonatal tetanus around the world.

— Second place for fundraising for Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes.

_ A ribbon for best project for “Light the Night” Walk to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

— First place in the Scrapbook competition (the SWGHSA scrapbook will advance to judging at the Key Club International convention in Anaheim, Calif., this summer).

Patches earned for “Early Bird Dues” and participation in “Trick of Treat for UNICEF” that raised more than $250.

Individual honors were presented for Sarah Ashley Butler, the Key Club’s secretary, who was named “Key Club Distinguished Officer of the Year” and Allison Goddard, the recipient of a Key Club Leadership Scholarship. Sarah (2013-14) and Allison (2014-15) have also served as Georgia Division 3 lieutenant governors.

Kristin Caso, Sponsored Leadership Programs Chair for the Kiwanis Club of Dougherty County, received the “Outstanding Kiwanis Advisor” award.

“Of course,” said Kristin Caso, “I’d like to add they have the finest Key Club Advisor in the Georgia District of Key Clubs, Darlene Butler, who chartered the club in 2003.”

The SWGHSA Key Club currently has more than 50 members. Albany’s own Katrina Baranko is 2013-14 Governor of Kiwanis’ Georgia District and presided over the Key Club district convention.