The Golden Key Honor Society’s First-Ever Global Initiative

During his 20 years with Oakland University from 1993 to 2013, Gary Russi served 18 years as its president, leading the implementation of 64 academic programs and the construction of an honors college. During his tenure, Gary Russi also had the distinction of being recognized as an honorary member of the Golden Key National Honor Society Oakland University chapter for ten years.

As one of the largest and most well-recognized honor societies, the Golden Key National Honor Society maintains a global presence with more than 400 chapters and over 2 million members. In its efforts to change lives through scholarship and leadership, Golden Key International launched the SPARK a Change initiative, its first-ever international outreach program, at its 2014 International Summit.

An estimated 1 in 5 adults is illiterate, and even children with access to public education often face many socioeconomic challenges that prevent them from realizing fulfilling careers. With the intent of supporting children in at-risk communities, the SPARK a Change initiative pools Golden Key resources in order to touch at least 400,000 lives. To that end, each chapter is encouraged to do its part in helping Golden Key International raise 400,000 hours of community service and $40,000 by 2017. Proceeds will go toward fostering literacy, education, and life preparedness in youth.

To find a local Golden Key chapter or to register a SPARK a Change event, visit http://www.goldenkey.org/programs-privileges/service/