Walton High Key Club celebrates 50th

Published: Monday, December 23, 2013 at 05:22 PM.

This year marks 50 years since Walton High School acquired its official Key Club charter. While records show the club has been active as far back as 1945, the school decided to celebrate the golden jubilee last month honoring guest speakers from WHS alumni.

"At the beginning of the year I didn't even realize it had been 50 years," said Key Club President and WHS senior Thomas Brannon. "Once we realized, we knew we had to do something special. Our whole club set up the event with a slideshow and yearbooks all the way back to 1945."

 A highlight of the evening was when Don Butts, Key Club president in 1967, presented the current club with the original Kiwanis bell. As a senior, Butts had taken the bell to be re-bronzed. When he went to college, the bell was returned to his home, where his mother packed it away with the rest of his high school memorabilia. Brannon said the club will start ringing the bell to commence future meetings.

 Butts, along with WHS key Club alumnus David Drake, class of 1958, spoke to students, giving them a taste of Key Club's past.

"Seemed like a different world back then," Brannon said.

Indeed the club, as well as the school, has seen changes over the years. In fact, it's only been in the past ten-plus years that the club went from an all-male organization to co-ed.

"A lot has changed since the 1940s," said Johnnie Kay Ealum, Key Club faculty advisor.

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