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  • A Low Cost Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF idea: Truck-or-Treat

    It's mid-September and we're just a few weeks out from Halloween. Are you still looking for fundraising ideas for Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF? Here's a low cost idea to host on your campus: Truck-or-Treat. 

    What is Truck-or-Treat? Trunk-or-Treat is a safe alternative to door-to-door Trick-or-Treating. Instead of going from house to house in a neighborhood, children come to a parking lot (closed to incoming traffic) where the cars have their trunks open and decorated for Halloween. The children go from car to car in a parking lot and trick-or-treat. Families with small children love this alternative to traditional trick-or-treating because children do not have any streets to cross and the trick-or-treating area is confined to a parking lot. 

    These are some important tips for organizing a Trunk-or-Treat on campus:

    1. Ask your college or university for permission to close one parking lot on Halloween for your event. Determine the hours for your event and ask the facilities department if they can provide barriers to block off the parking lot to traffic during those hours.  

    2. Make sure the parking lot is close to restrooms that are easily accessible to people of all mobility levels. Check with your college or university to ensure the restrooms can be left open during your event and if your club will need to assume any financial responsibilities. Will the club need to pay for cleaning after the event or for consumable items such as paper towels, soap and toilet paper?  

    3. Invite other campus organizations to participate by decorating their cars and passing out goodies to participants. The number of participants depends on how you arrange the cars in the parking lot. Figure out how many cars you can accommodate before extending invitations. Participants provide their own car decorations and goodies.

    4. Decide what other activities your club will offer. Many organizations will offer fun activities such as face painting, bobbing for apples, Halloween crafts, and games. Can you solicit local businesses for donations? If you have games, can a local business offer your club prizes at cost or for a discounted rate? Let donors know you will acknowledge their contribution through signage at your event. (Example: Have a large banner or display board with each donor's name listed and urge those in attendance to patronize those businesses in the future.) 

    5. Will your club serve food? If so, what will you serve? Can you partner with local businesses to buy food items at a discount? Some ideas are hot dogs, chips, hot apple cider, candy apples, and donuts. This is a perfect time to partner with a Circle K Convenience Store in your city. Ask if they could provide hot dogs, chips and bottled water at a discount. Use that branding confusion to your advantage! 

    *Donate the profits from food sales to Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF 

    6. If you're going to offer food, make sure you have plenty of trash cans and recycle bins available near the food area and around the parking lot. 

    7. Determine if your club needs other decorations such as hay bales and pumpkins to make the event more festive. Ask the local pumpkin patch of you could purchase those items at a discount.

    8.  What is the schedule for the event? What time will the parking lot need to be empty so your club can decorate? What time will the truck-or-treat cars need to arrive to enter the parking lot? How many volunteers will you need for set-up, food and games, and clean up? Use that information to determine when members will work and what tasks they will be in charge of for the event.

    9. How will you get the word out to the community? Have some club members develop advertising for the event that can be sent out to the community. Do you need to run an ad in the local paper? Can your college or university post information on their website? Is your sponsoring Kiwanis club able to help you spread the word? Can you post informational fliers in the businesses who donated items? 

    10. Consider setting up a photo booth or area where families can have their photos taken by a member of your club. Print the photos and ask for a donation of US$2. Put the photos in cardboard frames with a message on the back "Thank you! Your donation saved and protected the lives of one mother and her future babies from Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus. To learn more visit:"

    11. Have members walk around with Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF boxes collecting donations during the event. 

    12. Consider having a costume parade and awarding prizes for the best costume in categories such as: scariest costume, funniest costume, most original costume for different age groups. 

    13. Also consider awarding a prize to the person with the best decorated trunk. Set up a table in the middle of the parking lot. Have cans with photos of the trunks on the front.  Ask the families who are in attendance to cast a vote for their favorite decorated trunk using spare change. The trunk with the most money at the end of the voting period is the winner. The change collected will be donated to Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. Let those in attendance know how many lives they saved and protected when you announce the winner. 

    14. When your event is complete, be sure to clean up the lot and the surrounding area before leaving. This helps your club maintain a positive relationship with campus officials and gives everyone a positive image of Circle K! 

    We know that is a lot of information, but a successful event requires a lot of planning. 

    Does your club host a trunk-or-treat? We would love to see photos and hear your story! Send your photos and your story to Heather McAlister. You might find your club featured on the website or CKI social media!    


  • CKI member circle the city with service and celebrate 100 years of Kiwanis at CKIX15 in Indianapolis

    Attendees of CKIx 2015 completed 4,500 hours of community service around the Indianapolis area. The largest community service projected was termed “Extreme Neighborhood Makeover” and included multiple projects around the Hawthorne and Haughville neighborhoods. Circle K’ers helped to clean up neighborhood parks and community centers, cleaned up neighborhood streets of weeds and trash, painted murals in the community, and even spent some time with the local children they were volunteering for. There were so many Circle K’ers out doing great service that the Indianapolis newspaper, the IndyStar, even featured them. There was a lot of publicity of the “Extreme Neighborhood Makeover” and Shayna Cole (Indiana District Governor) represented Circle K International well in interviews at the project sites.

    Wrapping up service to the Indianapolis community, CKI members branched out to nine organizations across the city on Friday, June 26 to perform service including Ronald McDonald House, Faith Hope Love; 24 Hours of Booty, St. Vincent de Paul food pantry, Coburn Place, Exodus Refugee, Teacher’s Treasures, Gigi’s Playhouse, and at Gleaners the group made history as the most food sorted in one day, setting the record at 32,504 pounds of food sorted. The warehouse now has an honorary LSSP shirt with every volunteer’s signature that will hang in the office.

    The delegates of the 2015 convention elected the following individuals to serve for the 2015-16 board of trustees: President Racheile Ricklefs (Florida District); Vice President Jessica Davis (Indiana District); Trustee-At-Large  Calvin Charles (Capital District); Subregion A Trustee  Cedrick Mah (Western Canada District); Subregion B Trustee  Jennifer Park (California-Nevada-Hawaii District); Subregion C Trustee  Emily Bagwell (Michigan District); Subregion D Trustee  Sara Nguyen (Missouri-Arkansas District); Subregion E Trustee  Amanda Ferster (Pennsylvania District); Subregion F Trustee  Vy Tran (Capital District); and Subregion G Trustee Camille Tyler (Carolinas District)

    Passed Amendments:

    • all amendments passed

    • there was one amendment to an amendment: It was moved that Amendment 7 be reworded to “When the majority of the club votes to do so, the club may choose to elect members to committee chairs”.

      • The amendment was made to Article 8, section 2: Club committees. The original amendment stated: “The club also may choose to elect members for positions of committees where 50% of the club votes to electing members of positions of committees”.

      • the amendment to the amendment passed

    On Saturday morning, Circle K’ers got up bright and early to attend convention workshops. Workshops varied between topics on service and volunteerism to professional skills. Members learned about planning events, managing a budget, how to “chill out” and de-stress, and how to set and achieve fitness goals. There was a diverse set of workshops to attend and some members were even able to do one three-hour workshop where they had just $200 and planned a service project and executed it all at one time.

    The entire Kiwanis family came together for an Indianapolis Indians baseball game on Friday evening complete with fireworks. President Kathy Le played one of the on-the-field games and Kiwanis president Dr. John Button and executive president Stan Soderstrom threw the first pitch at the game. Kiwanis and Circle K members were joined by Key Club and Aktion Club attendees at the game.

    Delegates to the convention were also treated to a concert by hellogoodbye and A Great Big Pile of Leaves. During the concert lead singer of Hellogoodbye, Forrest Kline, wore a Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF box during the performance and even crowd surfed in it. The band also allowed students to come on stage and interact with the band for most of the performance. The band closed the show with an entertaining rendition of Happy Birthday for Kiwanis International. Circle K’ers and Key Clubbers alike had a great time enjoying the music and celebrating the end of convention.

    The closing session honored distinguished district leaders and recognized club award recipients. Award Winners
    are posted online.

    LSSP Photos from James Brosher 

    LSSP Photos from The Indianapolis Star 

    News Coverage from WTHR

  • Individuals, clubs and districts win big at CKIx15

    Several clubs, districts and individuals were recognized for their achievements at CKIx15 in Indianapolis. The following were recognized in the categories listed:

    GEM Award

    Ruby Division:

    • First: Clarkson University
    • Second: Florida State University
    • Third: Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
    • Fourth: Western Kentucky University
    • Fifth: Eastern Michigan University
    Sapphire Division:
    • First: University of Scranton
    • Second: University of Colorado at Boulder
    • Third: Marianopolis College
    • Fourth: Marist College
    • Fifth: Virginia Commonwealth University

    Emerald Division:

    • First: University of California, Santa Barbara
    • Second: Saint Mary’s College
    • Third: The University of Hawaii
    • Fourth: University of Washington
    • Fifth: Ferris State University

    Diamond Division:

    • First: The University of Nevada, Reno
    • Second: University of California, Davis
    • Third: University at Buffalo
    • Fourth: University of California, Irvine
    • Fifth: Elmira College
    CKI Achievement Award

    Bronze Division:
    • First: Saint Martin’s University
    • Second: Eastern Michigan University
    • Third: Washington University
    Silver Division: 
    • First: University of Central Florida
    Gold Division: 
    • First: Rutgers University
    • Second: University of Alabama
    Platinum Division: 
    • First: University of California, Los Angeles
    • Second: University of California, Berkeley
    • Third: University of California, Davis
    Single Service Award: 

    Bronze Division: 
    • First: Washington University
    • Second: University of Maine
    • Third: Eastern Michigan University
    Silver Division: 
    • First: West Chester University, Pennsylvania
    • Second: University of Central Florida
    Platinum Division: 
    • First: University of California, Davis
    • Second: University at Buffalo
    • Third: University of Michigan
    Kiwanis Family Relations Award:
    • First: University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
    • Second: University of California, Los Angeles
    • Third: University of Central Florida
    Video Award:
    • First: University of Wisconsin at Madison
    • Second: University of California, Los Angeles
    • Third: Saint Martin’s University
    Preferred Charities and Service Partner Award:
    • First: University of Michigan
    • Second: University of Aruba
    • Third: Rutgers University
    ELIMINATE Project Award
    • First: Rutgers University
    • Second: University of California, Los Angeles
    • Third: Saint Martin’s University
    Distinguished Governors:
    • Byron Montilla (CNH)
    • Rachel Shanley (New England)
    • Emily Bagwell (Michigan)
    • Kathryn Orr (Indiana)
    • Emma Betz (PNW)
    • Cedrick Mah (WECAN)
    • Katherine Kotas (N-I)
    • Benjamin Romano (Capital)
    • Dawn Kreder (New Jersey)
    • Marcelo Urieta-Bravo (T-O)
    • Molly Baumann (Ohio)
    • Jessica Bloom (Alabama)
    • Renee Girard (New York)
    • Nicolette Wilson (Caribbean)
    Distinguished Lt. Governors:
    • Roy Alexander Corpus (CNH)
    • Kyle Prado (CNH)
    • Angela Apinyavat (CNH)
    • Gerald Biando (CNH)
    • Brandon Anthony Baello (CNH)
    • Jim Tammen (WUM)
    • Shayna Cole (Indiana)
    • Karl Uzcategui (New England)
    • Kia Adams (Florida)
    Distinguished District Secretaries: 
    • Alex Switzer (PNW)
    • Jessica Davis (Indiana)
    • Jonny Paguio (CNH)
    Distinguished District Treasurers: 
    • Walaa Ahmed (New York)
    • Alan Perez (CNH)
    • Jennifer Tuggle (T-O)
    • Camille Tyler (Carolinas)
    Distinguished District Editors:
    • Rachael Stieg (New Jersey)
    • Kathleen Hurley (Michigan)
    • Francheska Aristy (Florida)
    • Marissa Blackmore (WUM)
    Distinguished District Chairpersons:
    • Monica Wang (WUM)
    • Kayla Ahrens (WUM)
    • Jordan Grapentine (WUM)
    • Samantha Robinson (WUM)
    • Baldwin Chang (CNH)
    • Tae Hyun Lim (CNH)
    • Jennifer Que (CNH)
    • Seng Khang (CNH)
    • Mimi Ton (CNH)
    • Katie Pope (Florida)
    • Shannon Feeney (Florida)
    Distinguished District Kiwanis Committee Members:
    • Joseph Giordano (New Jersey)
    • Kyle Pierce (Alabama)
    • Kristina Badali (Pennsylvania)
    • Kelly Shaup (Pennsylvania)
    Distinguished District Administrators: 
    • David Womack (Alabama)
    • Greg Wegrich (PNW)
    Oratorical Contest:
    • Nick Stringfellow (CNH)
    Distinguished Districts: 

    • California-Nevada-Hawaii
    • Western Canada
    • Ohio
    • Georgia
    • Capital
    • Alabama
    • New England
    • Indiana
    • Michigan
    • New Jersey
    • Wisconsin- Upper Michigan
    • Pacific Northwest

    Humanitarian Award:
    • Jeremiah Olson
    Circle of Service Award: 
    • Jennifer Wolff

  • Be an informed voting delegate- Proposed bylaw amendments are now available

    Are you attending CKIx as a voting delegate? If so, now is the time read over the proposed amendments to the bylaws. As a voting delegate you will vote on each of the proposed amendments to the bylaws.  

    The following bylaw amendments were submitted prior to Monday, April 27, 2015 for consideration by the 2015 House of Delegates in Indianapolis. Please click on each amendment to review proposed changes.

    Amendment 1 - Article 6, Section 5
    Amendment 2 - Article 12, Section 4
    Amendment 3 - Article 14, Section 1
    Amendment 4 - Article 14, Section 3
    Amendment 5 - Article 17, Section 3
    Amendment 6 - Article 19, Section 5
    Amendment 7 - Article 18, Section 2

    Be sure to look over the proposed amendments before the House of Delegates on Thursday, June 25 and make an informed decision concerning each proposed change.

    Proposed amendments can also be found in the Elections, Amendments and Resolutions landing page on the CKIx website. 

  • Be an informed delegate: 2015-16 International Board candidate literature available

    Are you attending CKIx as a voting delegate? If so, now is the time to read about the members who have declared their candidacy for international office. Remember, as a voting delegate you will vote for the offices of international president, vice president, international trustee-at-large and your subregion trustee. 

    The following CKI members have declared candidacy for international office by the April 27 deadline. These candidates will be included in the House of Delegates printed materials as well as the first round of formal caucusing at CKIx. You may view each candidate’s campaign literature by clicking on his or her name. You may also visit the Elections, Amendments and Resolutions landing page on

    Emily Bagwell
    Emma Betz
    Calvin Charles
    Loyce Chin
    Jessica Davis
    Shannon Feeney
    Amanda Ferster
    Mak Hozo
    Brian Kenny
    Andrew Liguez
    Cedrick Mah
    Sara Nguyen
    Daniel Norwood
    Clara Oh
    Jennifer Park
    Racheile Ricklefs
    Benjamin Romano
    Kyler Tagupa
    Vy Tran
    Camille Tyler
    Katie Wyslocky

  • 15 Reasons to Attend CKIx this summer

    The clock is inching closer and closer to the April 17th deadline to register for CKIx for the early bird rate of US$225. Still can't make up your mind? Check out what members of the Promotional and Internal Marketing Committee have to say in this Buzzfeed Article.

    Don't forget, April 17th is the deadline to register for US$225. 

    Don't delay- Register today! 

  • CKIx Marks the Spot webinar

    Still haven't registered for CKIx? Want to learn more so you can make an informed decision? Watch "CKIx Marks the Spot" to learn more about the service projects for LSSP, how to find sponsors to finance your trip and so much more! 

    Or visit:

    Go To Webinar CKIx Marks the Spot

  • Kiwanis One Day Word Cloud

    Calling all members- take a few moments to submit a word or two for in the Kiwanis Family Relations Kiwanis One Day Word Cloud. The whole process will take less time than composing a Tweet. Click below to get started!  

    Kiwanis Family Word Cloud 

  • Parli PROS and DCONS webinar



    How do I make a motion? 

    Do I need a second?

    What does it mean when someone says "Point of order?" 

    Do you ever hear the term "Roberts Rules of Order" and ask yourself "Who is this Roberts guy and why does he get to make all the rules?" 

    If you do, then we have a webinar just for you! Parli PROS and DCONS will bring you up to speed with parliamentary procedure tips, give you key terms and prepare you for your upcoming house of delegates at DCON. 

    Use the link to view this helpful and informative webinar.... you'll be a Parli Pro before you know it!

    Parli PROS and DCONS Webinar 

  • Show Your Love, Save a Life

    Love is in the air; can you feel it? Valentine's Day is on the way, a perfect time to show your love for others while saving lives. Circle K International on campuses worldwide will again host Show Your Love, Save a Life events for The Eliminate Project: Kiwanis eliminating maternal-neonatal tetanus. 

    Use the guide to plan events or create projects. Enlist the help of your Kiwanis friends, too; they'll love the chance to show their love for CKI and The Eliminate Project

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