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Dalton Adams holds Key Club Flag

Bardstown High School sophomore Dalton Adams has been elected to serve as governor for the Key Club Kentucky/Tennessee District.  Dalton is the second Bardstown Key Club member to serve as governor. Char Hubbard Rhoads ‘91, served as district governor during her time at Bardstown High School. 


District governors are elected by delegates at the annual district convention. The election process starts on the first night of the convention with the first round of caucusing where candidates give a speech and have nine minutes to answer questions. A second round of caucusing is held on the second night of the convention. On the third day of the convention candidates have an opportunity to give a longer speech to the house of delegates before they vote for officers. 


“I was interested in the governor position because I felt as though I could use my experience to better our district which took a hit due to COVID-19 this year,” explains Adams. Dalton's duties as governor varies but his main job is to lead the board throughout the year and to represent the district. 


While the district is called the Kentucky/Tennessee District it represents all of Kentucky, most of Tennessee and little bit of Georgia. This group will meet in the Spring (April 9-10) Summer (July 16-18) Winter (November 19-21) (District Convention 17-20). 


Each district officer will also have other tasks designated to them by Dalton, and the board of trustees which includes all of the district officers. They will plan a fall rally at Dollywood, as well as a District Convention in Franklin, Tennessee.  


Adams explains “Key Club is completely student run, so it's truly a different experience having control over decisions that impact a group of people. However, I truly don't have a whole lot of power in decision making during board meetings. My job is to lead the board, but not make decisions with, or for them. I don't even have any voting power so that I can not influence their decisions.” 


This isn’t the first officer position Adams has held. He recently finished serving a term as lieutenant governor for division 12 which encompasses Nelson, Grayson, Breckinridge, Meade, Hardin, Larue, Bullitt, Spencer, Bullitt, Shelby, Henry, Trimble, Oldham, and Jefferson counties.


“The opportunities in Key Club/ Kiwanis are endless. Key Club is solely a High School thing, however Circle K is in colleges, and Kiwanis in adulthood,” shares Dalton. “There is always a place for someone in any Kiwanis organization.” 


Dalton also touches on how Bardstown City Schools (BCS) has helped him get where he is from all levels of his academic career. 


“At BCS I have learned to persevere, and how to lead through all of the opportunities presented. I have participated in many different organizations at BCS. From Speech and Drama, to Key Club, to Mock Government, they have all taught me so many different things that would not have been possible if they were not provided at BCS,” said Adams.  “People come from all walks of life, but we all have one common goal which is to serve.” 


Dalton is looking forward to this experience mostly because he loves to lead, and this is a great opportunity to do so.

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