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  • Thank you to our partners!

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  • Because of CKI

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  • CKI will always be a part of you

    Story by Cody Schara

    CKI was the organization that really helped me grow and develop during my undergrad years. Now that I’ve graduated, I still have a hard time letting it go.

    I’m now an academic advisor, and my job is all about creating environments to help students feel comfortable to share their stories. Most people think academic advisors just register students for classes or send them endless emails about upcoming academic deadlines. But the core of what an effective advisor does is the intentionality behind the environments they create for students. My time in CKI helped me immensely in ...

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  • Show your K in every way

    Story by Keyla Reeder

    I joined the Kiwanis family two years ago as a member of the Circle K of Colegio Education Professional Intermedio (E.P.I.) in Oranjestad, Aruba. I was one of the founding members of the club and its first president. My club and I encountered a lot of challenges. Through that experience, I have learned how to build my leadership skills and enhance my ability to help those in need, and I have gained a lot of friends along the way. I have learned how to plan, organize and execute projects. For everything from service projects to fundraisers, ...

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  • Get on board

    Story by John Shertzer

    Why do we choose to belong to organizations like Circle K International? Why do we invest our time, financial resources and energy in experiences like this? Surely it would be less taxing on us just to do our own thing—to serve when we can and however we want; not to be constrained to the structure of a club; to walk our own path instead of a shared one.

    And it is true that more and more people are taking a path away from membership organizations. Groups like Kiwanis have seen a drop in the number of ...

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  • Follow your passion

    Story by C. Kevin Wanzer, CKI Leadership Academy fellow

    I remember, as a kindergartner, setting up a lemonade stand in front of our house. When kind or thirsty patrons would stop and buy a cup, they’d hear me say, “Before I give you your lemonade . . . a magic trick!”

    At age 7, in my own way, I was able to hold these confused, unsuspecting folks hostage for a few moments as their cars idled in the driveway. I would then launch into five minutes of an over-rehearsed spiel, typically culminating in a dozen red-foam rabbits springing from my ...

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  • CKI inspires positive change

    How does Circle K International enrich members’ college years? In what ways does community service, fellowship and leadership development influence who you are—and who you become? We asked seven current and former members of Circle K to share thoughts, stories and insights.

    Zachariah Lowe (second from right), University of Akron (alumnus)

    As a freshman at The University of Akron in the fall of 2010, I thought I had it all together: My grades were good, I had many high school friends back home, and I was excited to be in college. I maintained the status quo for about two years. ...

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  • Rocky starts. Famous endings.

    10 people who failed spectacularly ... and followed their passion anyway

    We all like to believe that we’ll find our passion, and the rest of our lives will magically fall into place. Money, fame or the soul-satisfying pleasure of waking up each day to a job we love will surely be our reward . . . won’t it?

    Following your passion isn’t always that simple. Sometimes it’s filled with obstacles. Sometimes we even fail, miserably and often, before reaching the goal we desire. When that happens, do we keep fighting for that dream, keep following that passion—or do we find a ...

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  • Tim Daly retires

    New England CKI administrator plans retirement after decades of service

    Story by Kasey Jackson

    Preparing to write about a humble man you’ve only met in passing once or twice should prove difficult.

    So you reach out to the troops—his circle of friends and trusted sidekicks through the years.

    CKI magazine: “Tell me about Tim Daly. I know he’s been a Key Club advisor for 50 years and a Circle K District administrator in New England for more than 25 years. But just who is Tim Daly? Why has he invested so much of his life in serving through the Kiwanis ...

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  • Matchmaker, matchmaker

    Matchmaker, matchmaker ...
    Make me a match,
    Find me a find,
    Catch me a catch
    Matchmaker, matchmaker,
    Look through your book,
    And make me a perfect match.

    For the daughters in the musical "Fiddler on the Roof," finding the perfect match seemed as simple as singing a song. For many of our alumni, it was as simple as joining Circle K International.

    We knew of several CKI alumni marriages already, but we were still surprised by the number of responses we got when we posted these questions on the CKI Alumni Facebook page:

    We know CKI is all about service. ...

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