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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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  • Avoid burnout

    With all the rah-rah talk we hear about giving 110% and pushing ourselves to the max, we can feel guilty when we start to feel unengaged or disinterested in something we once were passionate about. We may try to pass it off as being tired or having a bad day. But if you are feeling that way, you may be experiencing the first signs of burnout.

    Burnout is a lot like stress. But while stress can make you feel overwhelmed and apprehensive, burnout makes you feel detached. The praise and good feelings you used to get from doing something just ...

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  • Break free with CKI magazine's travel issue

    CKI magazine's newest issue is live! Check out the Fall 2014 travel issue by clicking on the links below.

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  • Start strong

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  • 7 ways travel can rock your world


    Story by Jamie Moore

    Adam Braun was a college student backpacking across the globe when the course of his life changed forever. In India he asked a little boy begging on the streets what he wanted most in the world. 

    The answer: a pencil. 

    Braun reached into his backpack, pulled out a pencil, handed it to the child and watched the boy’s face light up. In that instant Braun felt what he calls a transformation in himself. 

    “I realized the incredible power of education,” says Braun. “I realized that even as a young person I could help someone in a ...

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  • Ready, prep, go!

    We all like to imagine ourselves as free spirits who just go with the flow, but most people find their vacations benefit from a bit of forethought. So before you pack up your duffle bag and hit the open road, here are a few reasons to consider doing a little planning first. 

    Time off from work. Put in your time-off request early, especially if you want to travel during popular holidays that your co-workers may want off as well. 

    Leave the homework at home. Plan to do those big papers or assignments in advance so you don’t spend half of ...

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