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  • Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF: It's more than going door-to-door

    Circle K International has united with all Kiwanis-family members and UNICEF to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus from the face of the earth through The Eliminate Project. Kiwanis Service Leadership Programs have raised more than US$3,084,255 as of August 14, 2014. Pat yourselves on the back for all of your great work! Every US$1.80 donated will save or protect one woman and her future babies. Now is also a great time to start planning for Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF 2014.


    • If your CKI club participated in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF in 2012 or 2013, a box of supplies will be shipped to your school by September 15. Here is a list of clubs who will be receiving supplies. If you club hadn’t participated during those years, you can order supplies from the Kiwanis store by the end of September.

    • Your club can easily raise money for Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF without going door-to-door. Consider hosting a cornhole tournament or pumpkin pie bake-off for donations. Start planning the fun. Find fundraising ideas, information on how to submit funds and how to earn a banner patch at www.TheEliminateProject.org/trickortreat.


    Breaking news: We just announced a new opportunity for Kiwanis clubs to support the fundraising efforts of their CKI club. Ask your local and/or sponsoring Kiwanis club to match your funds raised for The Eliminate Project and be eligible for the Unity Award (US$500 or more). You will double your lifesaving impact and make a difference together! More details at www.TheEliminateProject.org/slprecognition.


    Questions? Contact campaign@theeliminateproject.org. Thank you again for your generous support. You’re making a difference!

  • CKI turns Music City into “Service City”

    They came. They served. And they went—but not without leaving an undeniable mark on the community.


    Almost 350 CKI members and administrators representing 206 CKI clubs celebrated at CKIx—the ultimate six-day experience that combines the best of the Circle K International convention and Large Scale Service Project—in Nashville, Tennessee, June 17–22.


    Get the scoop on what happened at CKIx with these highlights:


    • Activities kicked off with service projects at 21 locations around the city, including the Nashville Zoo, Boys and Girls Club, Soles4Souls and Cheekwood Botanical Garden.

    • After only three days of projects, CKI members completed more than 3,800 service hours in the convention’s host city. (That’s about 14 hours of service per member!)

    • As part of the “Amazing Service” workshop, nine members and two administrators were given US$200 and one day to create a service project—from brainstorming to completion—for the Nashville community. Participants donated snacks and “craft bags” of coloring books, stickers and crayons to children who were in the hospital or staying at Nashville’s Ronald McDonald House.

    • In addition to their local service, attendees raised more than US$1,000 during CKIx for The Eliminate Project: Kiwanis eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus.

    • Convention delegates elected Kathy Le of the Western Canada District as the 2014–15 Circle K International president.

    • With Kiwanis International President-elect Dr. John Button, 2013–14 Circle K International President Daniel Tsang presented Nashville Mayor Karl Dean with the Distinguished Leadership Award.

    • Other award winners included Outstanding Alumni Eric Paul of New York, whose 40 years in the Kiwanis family include leadership positions in Key Club, CKI and Kiwanis; Humanitarian Award honoree Stephanie Yu of California, a senior at University of California, Berkeley, who founded A Brighter Tomorrow to help students with depression; and Circle of Service Award recipient Alison Mandel, who was nominated for her work as the Kiwanis advisor to the Elmira (N.Y.) College CKI Club.

    • Click to see a complete list of distinguished award recipients

    • Click to see a complete list of club award recipients

    Want more? Search for #CKIx14 on Instagram and Twitter to see photos and tweets from Nashville. And mark your calendars: In late June 2015, CKIx will join other Kiwanis-family clubs in Indianapolis to celebrate Kiwanis International’s 100th birthday! Stay tuned for updates at www.circlek.org/CKIx.


  • Grant Helps with Club Serenade

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    Every February around Valentine’s Day the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Circle K hosts a large scale event known as Circle K Serenade. With approximately 100 people in attendance each year, it is the club’s largest external fundraiser and unites members from around the district.

    Male performers showcase their musical talents with an exhibition song that is used to entice audience members to bid for a serenade on stage in front of everyone. Throughout the evening there is an opportunity drawing, photo booth, and on-site fundraisers that attendees can participate in.

    “… I’m really happy and proud with the way it turned out. The decorations exceeded everyone’s expectations, the music was great, the crowd was interested, and everyone just had a good experience.” – Karen Galera, University of Nevada, Las Vegas Circle K
    For 2014 the event theme was “Find Your Missing Piece” and the proceeds went towards Autism Speaks, an organization dedicated to funding research into causes, prevention, treatments, and a cure for autism as well as increasing awareness and advocating for individuals affected with autism spectrum disorders. In total the event raised $2566.00 for the cause.

  • Honor a special woman

    There’s no better gift for Mom on Mother’s Day — or another special woman in your life on International Women’s Day — than saving lives in her honor.

    When you give to The Eliminate Project Kiwanis eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus, you can honor your mom, the mother of your children or another special woman by saving or protecting the lives of mothers and babies. Your honoree will receive a postcard informing her of the gift and other recognition items, including a limited edition 2014 Mother’s Day brooch, that coordinate with the amount you give. Through the Mother’s Day Zeller Fellowship Program, a gift of US$1,250 to The Eliminate Project saves or protects more than 690 women and their babies from maternal and neonatal tetanus.

    A mother’s love is an enduring force for good. Spread Mom’s even further by supporting The Eliminate Project. Give now or before June 15 for special Mother’s Day recognition.

  • Scholarship available

    The Kiwanis International Foundation is thrilled to offer our 2014 scholarship opportunities though the Cunat International Scholarship program. 

    The foundation extends tremendous gratitude to the Cunat family for their steadfast dedication to the Kiwanis family, education and service to the community which makes these scholarships possible. 

    While serving as 1992-93 governor of the Illinois-Eastern Iowa District, Brian Cunat and his wife, Miki,established the Cunat International Scholarship to recognize and support Kiwanis-family members who are setting out to make a difference in people’s lives as they work their way through school. The Cunats believe in setting goals, staying the course and accomplishing goals. Life goals should be not only self-serving, but include the concept of helping others and making the world a better place for all. While serving as 2001-02 Kiwanis International President, Brian and First Lady Miki expanded the scholarship program to include other parts of the world. Their beliefs that our future is in the hands of youth, motivates them to fund these scholarships. 

    Scholarship applications must be postmarked by or sent via email by May 30, 2014. Email applications are encouraged and can be sent to scholarships@kiwanis.org

  • Dues and reports

    Any paid Circle K clubs can use the Membership Update Center to add new members and update records after officer elections. Circle K clubs on suspended status and wanting to pay 2013-14 dues cannot use the Membership Update Center and should follow these steps:
    1. Create a roster (in excel or word). Round up information from each new member including: first and last name, email address and expected year of graduation for each member.
      Please include a note saying “delete all other members from current roster” to delete former members from roster or you club will be billed for these members as well.
    2. Calculate dues owed. Using the International and District Dues amount per member based on the club’s district, determine the total amount due for the entire club membership and add the international club fee owed ($600 for schools with enrollments over 5,000 students, $450 for schools with enrollments under 5,000 students, or $300 for two-year host institutions).
      OR
      Request an invoice. To obtain an invoice, email the roster information above to memberservices@kiwanis.org and an invoice will be calculated and emailed to you.
    3. Identify club. Include club name and ID number on the check.
      Mail check and roster. Send to:
      Kiwanis International
      PO Box 6069 Dept 123
      Indianapolis, IN 46206-6069
    If you have any questions or problems, contact our team at memberservices@kiwanis.org.

  • Big gift for The Eliminate Project

    Thanks to a generous Kiwanian, the Kiwanis family is closer to reaching its US$110 million goal for The Eliminate Project: Kiwanis eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus. The anonymous gift of US$1 million brings the Kiwanis family's overall progress to US$48.2 million in cash and pledges (as of February 16, 2014).
     
    Every gift to The Eliminate Project matters and helps us to protect all of the 61 million mothers and their babies at risk, especially in the more than 25 countries where we still battle.
     
    Let's make sure 2015 is a year of celebration. Find ideas and inspiration at www.TheEliminateProject.org/ideas.

  • Check out anniversary site

    Get ready to celebrate 100 years of Kiwanis International! The 100th anniversary website with everything you need to make the most of your club’s commemoration is now live.

     
    At www.kiwanis.org/kiwanis100, you’ll find tips about how to prepare for your celebration, learn more about Kiwanis history and feel the pride of belonging to our enduring organization. Plan to make your own history by attending Kiwanis anniversary events throughout the year, and ready yourself to keep serving the children of the world far into the future. Check out the Kiwanis 100th anniversary site now!

  • Love your club? Let the world know!

    There is a lot of love in the world. But there's nothing like a love that makes the world better.

    When you love something — when something really matters to you — you want to share it. You want other people to love it with you. So think about what you love about your Kiwanis club. Then think about what could happen if we all shared our Kiwanis stories.

    Show this short “Let the world know” video at an upcoming club meeting to spread your enthusiasm. It’s an easy way to encourage others to share what they love about Kiwanis. You’ll love the results.

  • CKIx speakers named

    The “X” is coming this summer. Are you ready for it?

    CKIx, an ultimate six-day experience that combines the best aspects of the Circle K International convention and Large Scale Service Project, launches in Nashville from June 17–22. CKI members who attend will have awesome opportunities to learn, lead and serve in from fantastically inspiring speakers.

    PhiredUp Productions dares you to make CKI, the world and—most importantly—yourself better than ever before. Learn how you can improve the community around you (jumpstart your club’s growth with just a handshake!) during CKIx’s first keynote address. Then get schooled by “Mom Nonnie” Cameron Owens during the interactive etiquette luncheon. See how something as simple as good manners can become an essential tool for leading and attaining your dreams.

    More details about the inaugural CKIx event will be revealed soon! Get updates at www.circlek.org/CKIx and start your fundraising now with the CKI sponsorship toolkit at www.circlek.org.

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