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Throughout its development into an established institution with a long history with the Near West Side, Marquette University High School worked to begin regulating and tracking their involvement and interest in the Near West Side. As MUHS's Key Club was directly and consistently involved with community events and fundraisers, the organization was one of the first examples of official interactions between students at MUHS and the Near West Side. Some popular events MUHS has been involved in are the Blood Drive and Annual Rummage Sale. The club as had continuous community service efforts for 50 years. Although both the members and events of Key Club routinely change, the motto of "Caring - Our way of Life" has remained constant.

Browse the articles below to learn more about the various events, activities, and community service organized and sponsered by the MUHS Key Club.

MUHS Key Club Updates and Projects, January 1971

MUHS Key Club Updates and Projects, January 1971

Describes the projects the MUHS undertook during the semester, including Project 71 at St. Thomas grade school, 6 Key Club members wheeled St. Camillus Hospital patients to and from mass and visited with them after mass, mission collections, Operation Drug Alert program, which aims to educate the school and community to the use and misuse of drugs, school cleanup project in order to help students be aware of their individual environment, rang bells for donations in city shopping centers, participated in the March of Dimes, and held their annual Rummage sale.

M.U.H.S. Key Club Projects, May 1971

M.U.H.S. Key Club Projects, May 1971

MUHS Key Club projects including: Rummage Sale (March 21-22) held at St. Rose grade school, which raised $350 for the scholarship fund for Project '71 tutees, and Project College Prep, which is a free, six-week summer school for boys from the Inner Core to increase their motivation to study and to prepare them for college preparatory curriculum. The article includes a picture of the Key Club president, Dick Grob, presenting a rummage sale check to Father Doran.

Key Club Opens New Doors, May 1973

Key Club Opens New Doors, May 1973

Details past and upcoming Key Club events including 1972 Rummage Sale, March of Dimes, Easter Seal drive, a ski and tobogganing party, Brewer games, and Masses.

MUHS Key Club Updates and Projects, January 1975

MUHS Key Club Updates and Projects, January 1975

Details the recent projects of the MUHS Key Club, including the annual Rummage sale, which raised over $2,600 for the scholarship fund, Project ‘75 (provides tutoring for over 30 black students), and the Thanksgiving Basket Drive for Milwaukee’s needy families.

Key Club, October 1976

Key Club, October 1976

Details the events, fundraisers, and projects of the MUHS Key Club, including Project ‘77 (tutoring program for minority students), the annual Rummage and Bake Sale, and the Thanksgiving basket drive for Casa Maria (a private relief organization).

"Key Club Meets New Challenges," May 1977

Key Club Meets New Challenges, May 1977

National Key Club theme for 1976-77 was "Challenge: Indifference." Details MUHS Key Club events of the 1976-77 school year, including: the Blood Pressure Program, raising money for Indian Mission in Pine Ridge, S.D., Rummage Sale, Project ‘77, bell-ringing with the Kiwanis for Salvation Army, Toys for Tots campaign (distributed to children’s homes in the MKE area), sent food and turkeys to the Guadalupe Center on the South Side (from the Can-a-Man drive), Easter Seals tag days, 2nd Slave Auction (Key Club seniors and juniors were auctioned off at the Kiwanis Luncheon and raised $375 to go to the Key Club International Convention), Blood Drive with the Milwaukee Blood Center.

MUHS Key Club Projects and Updates, January 1978

MUHS Key Club Projects and Updates, January 1978

Details the current and upcoming projects of the MUHS Key Club, including the weekly Mission Collection for the St. Francis Indian Mission (a Jesuit Mission in South Dakota), which raised over $2,000, the Annual Rummage Sale (held with the MUHS Mothers’ Club) which raised $3,500, the Thanksgiving food collection and a Christmas toy collection. The Key Club members also help in a variety of areas around the school such as helping with special events, including Project ‘78 (the tutoring program for Inner City boys).

MUHS Key Club, February 1981

MUHS Key Club, February 1981

Details the projects of the MUHS Key Club during the Fall 1980 semester, including a can and food drive in cooperation with the Channel 12 Food for Families project, helping sort and package the food at the lakefront Naval Training Center during Thanksgiving vacation, a charity basketball game with local TV personalities at MUHS gym, the 12th annual Rummage Sale raised over $5,000 (has raised over $40,000 for the Scholarship Fund since it began). With the help of the Mothers' Guild, the Rummage Sale was the largest project of any Key Club in Wisconsin and one of the largest in the nation.

"Key Club Plans Projects," February 1982

Key Club Plans Projects, February 1982

Account of upcoming projects for the MUHS Key Club, including Food for Families can drive, course in CPR, and the 3rd Annual Blood Drive on March 12.

"Key Club 'Opening New Doors,'" October 1982

"Key Club 'Opening New Doors," October 1982

Article details the main semester projects of the MUHS Key Club, including biweekly mission collections, Food for Families in conjunction with Channel 12 and annual Auction involvement, “Buck a Man” drive, and the Blood Drive

"Key Club Opening Right Doors," November 1983

Key Club Opening Right Doors, November 1983

Editorial that praises the MUHS Key Club’s series of conferences with people who live in the vicinity of MUHS in the hopes of resolving some of the conflicts which exist between the two groups. These issues include: parking problems, vandalism, noise from students, and MUHS's plan to tear down two dozen houses on Michigan avenue.

Student gives blood at blood drive, 1990

Key Club's Efforts Aren't in Vein, March 1984

Details various events assisted by the MUHS Key Club, including the Jerry Lewis Telethon, Food for Families, Blood Drive, volunteering, and community service. The article also includes a mission collections update: The Key Club delivered funds to local sites and donated to further locations. The Key Club also organizes CPR training courses, Marquette Parents’ Dance, Rummage Sale, Salvation Army bell ringing campaign, Bowl a Thon for the American Lung Association, donated toys from Toy Drive to Westside Community Center, gave $3,600 from Mission collections to a needy family (Koch family). Other updates include members taking CPR classes and the annual Auction is set to take place on May 5.

"Key Club Unlocking New Doors," November 1984

Key Club Unlocking New Doors, November 1984

Details events and activities organized by the MUHS Key Club, including the DePaul Hospital Run for DePaul Rehabilitation Hospital, helping with the parents’ dinner dance, the Mothers’ Guild luncheon and rummage sale. The MUHS Key Club also held two mission collections for the Mother Butler Center, which assists and educates poor Native Americans in South Dakota, and the second collection benefited the Congress for Working America, which provides jobs for the unemployed in America. 

Key Club Hits High Note, December 1986

Key Club Hits High Note, December 1986

Article summarizes Key Club activities, including the Thanksgiving Food for Families drive (raised over 2,000 cans of food), Christmas basket drive in connection with the Kiwanis Club, which asked students to raise money for food and “adopt” a family during the Christmas season; Jay McKenna, Carolyn Parrott, John Manning, Chuck Nevins, Joe Horning, Tom Waldoch, Tom Nevins, Food for Families.

Feeding the Hungry, One Basket at a Time, December 2011

Feeding the Hungry, One Basket at a Time, December 2011

Article on the Key Club's Christmas Basket Program during which they sponsored 109 families and provided them with baskets of food.