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CKI magazine is published digitally in April and November. 
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In this issue

  • In with the new

    Make this the best year yet

    Today’s the first day of the new year. 

    No, it’s not an April Fools’ Day joke. April 1 marks the beginning of the CKI year—the day new club and district officers step into their roles. As you make a transition—from being a member to an officer, from an officer to a CKI graduate, or any combination in between—ask yourself how you can make this your best year yet. If you’ve had as much fun in CKI as we have, that’s a tall order. 

    Who’s “we,” you ask? Well, we’re your 2013–14 Circle K International ...

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  • Open to opportunity

    Fun and games at club meetings can reveal leaders’ hidden potential

    Author: Amelia Ahnert 


    Everyone in CKI knows leadership isn’t just for officers. But how do you identify and develop leaders in your club? One way is to get people talking—and showing their leadership skills—during activities at club meetings, socials and downtime during service projects. Below are some examples of “icebreakers” and other activities that can help you identify potential leaders. 

    Of course, these games are more than just for fun. After each activity, take a few minutes to discuss what happened. What went well? What could’ve gone better? How ...

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  • Meeting makeover

    Leave the snoozing for the alarm clock

    Authors: Mason Kuang and David Limjoco

    It’s a fact: Some meetings are just boring. 

    Another fact: Your CKI meetings don’t have to be a snoozefest. Regardless of whether it’s an all-member meeting or a small committee planning session, it doesn’t take much to give a meeting a jolt of excitement. Here are a few ways you can give your club meetings a makeover. 

    Make it fun. Schedule a fun theme for each meeting, such as “CKI secret service,” class pride or Freaky Friday. 

    Let ’em talk. Give all members (not just the president) ...

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  • Improve your serve

    Plan and track your CKI lifestyle

    Authors: Alex Bour and Danielle Sammut 

    Service is one of the most important aspects of CKI. It’s more than just what we do. It’s our lifestyle. Here are some tips about planning campus and community-wide events and keeping track of your service hours. 

    How do I plan an event? Follow these basic steps: 

    • Build a strong team of leaders. 
    • Reserve a location on campus in advance. 
    • Set a budget, then apply for a Tomorrow Fund grant. 
    • Secure plenty of volunteers. 
    • Market your event with fliers, banners and dining hall napkin placards. 
    • Ask friends, family, ...

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  • Be a task master

    5 ways to get organized

    Authors: Mason Kuang and Kathy Le

    Balancing school, CKI and your social life can get crazy sometimes. The good news is that following these five simple tips can keep all parts of your life more organized and much less stressful. 

    1. Make a to-do list. Before you start your task, think about what needs to be done and record it on paper, in your planner or on your phone. Be specific, and keep your list with you for reference as needed. 
    2. Break down larger tasks into smaller sub-tasks. Be sure to include timelines for each task. ...

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  • Give while it's hot

    Make summer another season of service

    Author: Kathy Le

    Just because school’s out for the summer doesn’t mean your community doesn’t need you until fall semester. Summer’s the perfect time to keep your club active, even if members have summer jobs or other commitments. Whether it’s service, fellowship or building relationships with other members of the Kiwanis family, there are plenty of opportunities for projects. 

    Not sure where to start? Try out some of these ideas! 

    SERVICE AND PHILANTHROPY 

    “Topless” car wash: If the title itself caught your attention, it could make headlines in your hometown! Host a car ...

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  • Good on the go

    Stay connected with CKI—no matter where you go this summer

    Author: Jonathan Pevarnek


    The summer’s an amazing time for CKI members to relax at home with their families, travel across the globe or get exclusive internships. Unfortunately, many of those awesome opportunities pull students away from campus, which makes summertime projects and socials difficult to schedule. 

    If you’re still on campus during the summer, stay in touch with members who are out of town to let them know what's going on. Try to connect them with other opportunities by sending a weekly or biweekly email with information and ideas to ...

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