Presidential Blue Key Society

When students search for colleges, a school’s clubs and organizations can be a big draw in choosing a particular school. Colby-Sawyer has a wide variety of options for its attendees, ranging from Student Government to Anime Club. But one organization that is unique to this institution is the Presidential Blue Key Society (PBKS).

The Presidential Blue Key Society was founded during the 1940s under a different name, Key Club. The club was established as a group for on-campus tour guides but faded out towards the end of the 20th century. In 2015, the club was revived under its current moniker. Ten students were inducted into the revived society, which focused on encouraging student leaders to share their experiences with the rest of the college community, including alumni.

Joining Presidential Blue Key Society is not quite as simple as joining some of the campus’s other organizations. Every spring, students are allowed to apply for entry. There is a minimum GPA requirement, as well as an entry essay and a required interview. Adding to the exclusivity of the organization is the fact that there are a limited number of spots to fill.

Once admitted, Presidential Blue Key members hop right into planning fun and engaging events for both the student body and the local community. Just this semester, the society has held a snowman building contest and pancake bar, as well as a s’mores and hot cocoa night. They have also distributed their Charger Card, which lists all of the discounts CSC students can receive from local businesses. Current secretary Meredith Ellis ’23 states, “I love this group because we are able to work on community outreach and create fun events.” They joined the group in hopes of getting more involved with the campus community, adding, “I love a challenge.”

“There are many reasons why I joined the society,” said Eric Miller ’22. “I joined because I like being a leader on campus, and PBKS helps create leaders that can build a working relationship between faculty, staff, community and students.” Miller describes society members as “catalysts for change, trying to make the campus more fun and inclusive for all sorts of people of different backgrounds.”