Things about the Hi-King Klub
- The Hi-King Klub, or HKK for short, was formed by a group of young ladies as a hiking/social/philanthropic club more than 50 yrs ago.
- Membership is by invitation only and with express parental permission.
- Until you're fully initiated, you're called a Scum. (By the end of the week, you smell like scum. That's for sure!)
- Initiation is also known as "Hell Week." Each day of initiation has a theme, like Baby Night or Farm Day, and these events are open to the public. Crowd participation (i.e. jeering & cheering) is highly encouraged. Only one night during initiation week is private: Initiation Night.
- Scums are responsible for raising money for a chosen charity and will do all manner of things to get donations from the crowd, like eat raw eggs, do a skit, or sing a Scum Song to name a few. (My hair has never been shinier, by the way. And I learned that raw eggs aren't so bad so long as you don't break the yolk on the way down!)
- There is a general set of rules you must abide by lest you face a) punishment or b) banishment from the club. For example, you cannot shave your legs for the entire week of initiation, and you must wear a specified "uniform" to school and to each evening's activities. Banishment only occurs if you break the rules of secrecy or do something to tarnish the integrity of the club or yourself. (And it does not happen often.)
- Assuming you make it through initiation, you're inducted into the club your junior year as a Little Sister at Presentation - a big, expensive formal affair to which you must be escorted by a cute, tuxedoed guy and wear a fancy dress. You graduate to Big Sister your senior year and get your official club jacket.
- As a club member, you participate in many community activities, like canned food drives and charity fundraising. We also fundraised to cover costs of Presentation.
- HKK is a sisterhood. It taught me a lot about myself. I have great memories that I'll always cherish, and I learned some life lessons that have proved invaluable over the years.