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  • Texas A&M Galveston CKI students help community with boat restoration

    In Galveston, Texas, community efforts to restore an old shrimp boat have benefitted from the Texas A&M Circle K International club. When the 2016–17 school started, restoration of the 1937 boat became one of the first projects tackled by the club.
    Club members got involved in the restoration after Linda Stevens, Texas A&M at Galveston CKI president, met a local woman who volunteered on the project. The two struck up a conversation and the boat restoration was mentioned. Linda quickly got involved and realized it was something other club members would enjoy, too. Work began in August, cleaning the inside and outside, moving equipment and tools and helping local volunteers bring the old vessel back to its 1930s heyday. 
    Of the 24 club members, 10 have helped with the Santa Maria restoration. The club also has volunteered doing similar work at Seawolf Park with the U.S.S. Cavalla, a World War II submarine, and with the U.S.S. Stewart, a destroyer escort.

    “The history of the Santa Maria and the feeling you get being on that boat is all too real,” Linda said. “It’s like the feeling you get when you go to your grandparent’s house. Even if you have never been on that boat before, you can feel all the memories and history.”
    A marine biology major, Linda values the historical importance of Galveston and recognizes the shrimp boat is one of the remaining chapters of a rich nautical story.
    “What attracted me most was probably all the love and importance shown by those trying to preserve the Santa Maria,” she said.
    When beginning college, Linda says she fell in love with “everything CKI stood for” and wanted to introduce that feeling to others. She’s served as secretary and president and said she’s been introduced to wonderful opportunities through service with CKI.

    “CKI has allowed me to grow as a leader and a human being,” Linda said. “I have always had a desire to serve others, but this organization has allowed me to go above and beyond what I ever thought I could do, by bringing students together and making our community better, as well as making great friends.”

    Joe Grillo (left) and Linda Stevens (right)

    right to left: Kristen Iannello, Nola Canann, Marissa Malinoski, Rebecca Burgamy, Robert Mani, Steven Lopez, Hailey Lawson, Kai Jie Sheng, Martee Hathorn,  Josephine Sullivan, Craig Sullivan, Katherine Rodriguez, Christian Sullivan, Robert Mihovil, and Joe Grillo in front.(the first nine are members)

  • Call for Award Nominations

    Nominations for the  Outstanding CKI Alumni Award, Humanitarian Award, and the Circle of Service Award are now open. Please note the criteria for each award listed below. All nominations are due January 27. These awards will be presented at CKIx17 in San Antonio. 

    Outstanding CKI Alumni Award

    The Circle K International Outstanding Alumni Award is designed to recognize one outstanding Circle K Alumnus who has remained committed to the realization of mankind’s potential after his/her years as a Circle K member. To be eligible for this award, the nominated individual must have been a dues-paid member of Circle K International for at least one administrative year. Nominees may have continued with their involvement with the Kiwanis-family upon their graduation, have accomplishments in the non-profit or other service-oriented fields. However, this is not a requirement. The recipient of this award shall be invited to attend the Circle K International Convention and accept the recognition.

    How to nominate: There is no application form to nominate an individual for the Outstanding Alumni Award. Nominations should be written as a narrative or letter to the CKI board and include a brief description why the person should be considered for this honor. Nominations are due January 27. Please send Jameson Root ( any nominees you might have for consideration.

    Humanitarian Award
    The Circle K International Humanitarian Award is designed to recognize one individual annually whose efforts on behalf of others have significantly contributed to the betterment of the world. Any individual who has had a positive impact on humanity is eligible to receive this award. Candidates may be nominated by any member in good standing with Circle K International. The recipient of the award shall be invited to attend the Circle K International Convention and accept the recognition.

    How to nominate: There is no application form to nominate an individual for the Humanitarian Award. Nominations should be written as a narrative or letter to the CKI board and include a brief description why the person should be considered for this honor. The Humanitarian Award should also include examples of the positive impact of this individual on humanity. Nominations are due January 27. Please send Jamison Root ( any nominees you might have for consideration.

    Circle of Service Award
    The Circle of Service Award was created to annually recognize and honor an individual within Kiwanis International who has made the most outstanding contribution to all of Circle K International. Those individuals, who are neither salaried Kiwanis officials, nor Circle K members, shall be eligible to receive this award. A majority vote of the CKI Board will determine the winner of the award. Individuals may not be recognized with this award more than once. Individuals may be nominated by members of the CKI Board or a Circle K district governor. Recipients will be selected by the CKI Board for announcement at the following Circle K International Convention. If, in the determination of the CKI Board, no qualified nominees have been submitted, then the award shall not be given in that year.

    How to nominate: There is no official application form. The person making the nomination should use the criteria below to create a nomination packet. A completed application package must include a nomination essay, written by the nominator, and up to five supporting documents. The supporting documents may include essays by other individuals, letters of recommendation, or other documents as the nominator sees fit. Nomination packets may be mailed to Jameson Root at 3636 Woodview Trace, Indianapolis, IN 46268 or emailed to and must be postmarked on or before January 27.

  • Updated downloads for 2016

    It's October and that means it's time for updated documents. 

    The following documents have been updated for 2016:

  • International Awards Task Force- Call for applications

    Are you interested in representing your fellow members on the international level? Do you have experience with awards on the district level? Do you enjoy writing assessments and evaluations? Well now's your chance to shine! An International Awards Task Force is being assembled and we need you to apply. Completed applications are due October 17 at 11:59 EDT. Download the application for complete details.  

  • March of Dimes "Give them tomorrow" initiative PowerPoint and Video link

    Is your club, division, or district looking for a simple, no cost way to support and promote March of Dimes? The month of November getting closer and that means Prematurity Awareness Month is on the horizon. Consider participating in March of Dimes newest initiative Give them tomorrow. Give them tomorrow is an integrated platform that unites the efforts of the March of Dimes, corporations, organizations and individuals to generate awareness and funding for the March of Dimes mission.
    Throughout the fall, the March of Dimes will incorporate this theme into all their actions as they seek to engage you, your friends and everyone you know.  

    Take some time to download the Give Them Tomorrow PowerPoint which includes information on the initiative, including a sixty second PSA. Share the information from the PowerPoint and the PSA with others who can help your club, division, and district support March of Dimes. 

  • Prematurity Awareness Month Activity Toolkit now available

    The March of Dimes Prematurity Awareness Month Activity Toolkit is now available for download. Use this toolkit to plan events on your campus or in your district. Don't forget to check out CKI social media for additional ideas and our Prematurity Awareness Month Pinterest Board for more ideas, too.  

  • Prematurity Awareness Month Fundraising Idea- Baskets for Babies

    Baskets for Babies

    A 3-on-3 basketball tournament is a great way to raise funds for March of Dimes by involving different campus organizations and community members. Your club will need to get the word out to field enough teams. Teams can be organized by age range- so you could have teams from the local middle and high school, your campus and even from the community.   

    Things you need:

    A gym- Check with your college/university to see if the space is open for your event and the cost to rent the space. In most cases, if the gym is not booked you can use the facilities for free or a very nominal fee. Make sure there is seating for those people interested in coming to watch the tournament. 
    Players/Teams- Each team should have 4 members so each team has one substitute. There are two ways to register players for the tournament. You can ask that teams be formed at the time of registration or if players cannot find enough players for a team, your club can pair up single players with others of the same age range and height.  Some organizations on campus will enter multiple teams. You can offer a discount to those organizations. 
    Brackets- Your club will need to determine when each team begins playing and create brackets for each age range. 
    Referees- Partner with members of the basketball teams to serve as referees and scorekeepers. You could co-organize the event with the basketball teams! 
    First Aid- Make sure to have ice packs, Band Aids, and Ace Bandages available in case of injuries. If you have an athletic training, physical therapy, nursing or pre-med students in your club this is something they can easily coordinate. 
    Scorekeeping equipment- In a 3-on-3 tournament, it’s easiest to keep score using flip-card scoring. You can make these or purchase them. You’ll need one for each court.   
    Concessions- Your spectators and players will get hungry. Have a concession stand selling food and drinks to those in attendance. Popcorn, canned soda, bottled water, chips, and candy are easy concession items. If you add items like hot dogs or sandwiches (like hamburgers and veggie burgers) you can increase your profits.  Club members should be in charge of the concession stand. You can provide information on prematurity, your club, Kiwanis and March of Dimes along with each item sold.  
    Prizes- Don't forget to provide prizes for the winners of each age range and invite someone from the local March of Dimes chapter to present the prizes at the conclusion of the tourney.
    Publicity- You’ll need a group of club members to create and distribute items to create a buzz around your event. This can be via social media, fliers around campus and speaking at meetings for other organizations. 
    Payment for your volunteers- Your volunteers are worth their weight in gold. While you can afford to pay them in cash, you can “pay” them for their time. One easy way to “pay” volunteers is providing food and drinks during the event. 
    Contact people for teams on tournament day- You should have one or two contact people for each age range on the day of the tournament. This person/people will make sure the teams get to the correct court and will fill out the brackets as each game is completed. Teams should know where to check-in upon arrival and who their point of contact is prior to arrival. 
    Admission- Spectators will want to come and watch their friends play in the tournament. You can charge a flat fee at the door or ask for a donation to March of Dimes. Make sure you have at least one person (and a money box with change) at each entrance at all times. 


    • If possible ask teams to wear the same shirt so it’s easy for the referees to distinguish one team from another. 
    • Set the registration fee dependent upon your campus. Most programs will charge $80 per team (or $20 per person) or more. 
    • If you want to provide a t-shirt for the event, work with local businesses to get sponsorship and use those funds to offset the price of the shirt. Put the sponsor’s names and logos on the back of the shirt as part of their sponsorship agreement. This is great publicity for your sponsors. 
    • Do you want to give trophies? Team up with a local trophy shop and ask them to donate the trophies in exchange for putting their name and logo on your t-shirts, too.  
    • Remember, the more items you can have donated through sponsorship, the more funds you can donate to March of Dimes. 
    • Invite the members of the campus and local media to cover your event. 
    Other fundraising ideas-  
    Hold other contests as part of the tournament- Add a Three Point Shooting Contest, Free Throw Shooting Contest and a Slam Dunk Contest (check with the gym manager before doing this because no one wants to pay for a shattered backboard.) Charge an entry fee for those who want to participate- this isn’t limited to those playing in the tournament. Give out prizes.  
    Raffles- Ask local businesses to donate items like gift cards. Sell chances to win donated items or services. 
    Get your faculty and Kiwanis members involved- Ask the president or dean of your college/institution to participate in a shoot out with your club president or another faculty member. It’s great to get different levels of the administration involved with student organizations. Don’t forget to ask your sponsoring Kiwanis club to participate, too. 

  • Where to go in Toronto

    The start of CKIx is less than two month away. Our host committee from the University of Toronto Circle K club has developed this list of attractions and transportation options for you. Check it out and learn what Toronto has to offer! Don't forget, all dollar amounts are listed in Canadian currency. To find out the current exchange rate check out this handy currency converter. Remember the exchange rate can fluctuate daily, so check the exchange rate before you leave for Toronto to get the most up-to-date rate. 

  • JCI and CKI partnership webinar

    Have you heard of the new partnership between Circle K/Kiwanis and Junior Chamber International? Watch this webinar to find out more about the two organizations and how your clubs can get involved in this partnership. JCI Secretary General Arrey Obenson will be joining us to share about his organization and how the Kiwanis Family can get involved. When we work together, we can get more members and do more service!

    Watch the webinar here

  • Questions with Que- Office hours for PATH Leader Applications

    Have you thought about being a LSSP Team Leader? Have you looked at the application, but you still have questions? Join LSSP Fellowship Representative Jennifer Que for office hours any of on these dates for Questions with Que:
    Thursday March 10th: 8:00PM PST/ 11:00PM EDT
    Thursday March 17th: 5:00PM PST/ 8:00PM EDT
    Thursday March 24th: 8:00PM PST/ 11:00PM EDT 
    Thursday March 31st: 5:00PM PST/ 8:00PM EDT
    Have your questions answered and get first hand knowledge from someone who has been in your shoes! 
    Check out this link for more details, to submit questions, and access the office hours link!   

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