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  • Go Purple on November 17 to fight Prematurity

    World Prematurity Day is Tuesday, November 17th. To show your support for March of Dimes and their fight against prematurity we're providing a purple cover photo and a profile picture for you to use on November 17. Go Purple! Fight Prematurity! 

  • November is Kiwanis Family Month

    November is Kiwanis Family Month! The Kiwanis International Board of Trustees has set aside the month of November for Kiwanis family members everywhere to increase involvement and interaction on every level of the organization -- Kiwanis Kids, Builders Club, Key Club, Circle K, Aktion Club, and Kiwanis as well as those students who participate in Key Leader, Bring Up Grades, and Terrific Kids. 

    The Kiwanis Family Relations Committee has been working diligently to provide member education, contests and ways for members to promote their Kiwanis Family affiliation during the month of November. Here are some of the items your committee has provided for you:

    Got K-Family Kwestions? 

    The 2015-2016 CKI Kiwanis Family Relations committee presents you with an informational webinar, featuring a dynamic duo: Camille Tyler, our committee secretary, and Nick Stringfellow, our Kiwanis Ambassador! K-Family Month (November) is an entire month dedicated to strengthening and celebrating our bonds with the entire K-Family. This webinar recording includes K-Family facts, service project ideas, and advice on how to collaborate with different branches of the K-Family. Have more K-Family Kwestions? Feel free to contact the CKI Kiwanis Family Relations committee at

    Listen to the webinar at your convenience and learn more about the Kiwanis Family! 

    Photo Challenge Contest

    The committee is holding a photo challenge contest for the month of November as well. To qualify for the contest, the member (that's you) must post in the "Kiwanis Family Month" event page with a photo of their K-Family interaction with a caption. You can post as many times as you want! At the end of the month, the committee will look at all the photos and award a prize for the best picture for each branch of the K-Family: K-Kids, Builders Club, Key Club, CKI, Kiwanis and Aktion Club. Six prizes will be awarded! Winners will receive CKI swag from the committee. 


    Show your K-Family pride

    The committee has developed two cover photos for social media so you can show your K-Family pride! Download these cover photos and show your love for the Kiwanis family! 

    Need Kiwanis Family Month ideas? 

    Over the past week, we have been providing ideas to help your club celebrate Kiwanis Family Month via social media. Here are all our ideas in one place:

    Kiwanis Family Talking Points

    Don't miss the upcoming social media posts we have planned highlighting talking points for each Kiwanis Family program! Look for those next week on Facebook and throughout the month on Twitter

    The committee also has a few surprises in store for the month, so don't miss out! Check the CKI social media pages and have a great Kiwanis Family Month! 

  • November is Prematurity Awareness Month

    Every year, 15 million babies are born too soon worldwide. More than one million will not get to celebrate their first birthday and those who survive often have lifelong health problems. We need YOUR help to raise awareness of prematurity, the #1 leading cause of death in newborns. World Prematurity Awareness Day is November 17th. Throughout November, we encourage you all to help March of Dimes raise awareness by fundraising and spreading word on your campuses. 
    Here are a few ideas:
    • Light you school in purple: Work with your administration to help spread the color purple. Make ribbons wear purple, and decorate you campus purple. Arrange for the spotlights for a prominent building on campus to be purple for the month of November. 
    • Get involved with your local hospital: Call the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit [NICU] at your local hospital and ask how your club can help. It could be assembling care packages (prepackaged snacks, magazines, journals, iTunes cards or gift cards to purchase gas for trips to and from the hospital) for families spending time at the hospital with their baby. Or, collect new or gently used children's books for parents to read to their baby.  
    • Spare change for parking: Collect spare change from members at all your club meetings in November. Donate the change to the local NICU to pay for parking for a family with a child in the NICU.
    • Cutest baby contest: Ask professors/staff and club members to submit baby photos. Display the photos in the dining hall and ask the student body to vote for the cutest baby. One cent = 1 vote. Use the proceeds to purchase books such as Waiting for Emma: A Brother's Story (For Siblings and Families with Babies in the NICU) by Danielle Leibovici for the NICU staff to distribute as needed. This book explains the NICU and includes supplemental materials and activities for families. Include book plates with your club name in the inside front cover. 
    • March for Babies: Has your club participated in March for Babies before? Visit to find out more about the March of Dimes signature fundraising event, and start getting people excited for March for Babies (last weekend in April in most communities).
    • Share a Story: Invite someone with a connection to March of Dimes to share their story with your club. Or share one of the many stories available at .
    For more  ways to get involved on your campus, feel free to use the guide provided by March of Dimes:

    For additional ideas and information visit:

  • The newest updates and downloads on

    Now that you're back in the school groove, we wanted to let you know about some recently updated information and downloadable documents available here at CircleK.Org.

    Chartering Information- check out the updates to the chartering kits.

    Petition for Charter and Petition for Reactivation paperwork- updated documents are now available.  

    Items for recruitment- Does you club need items for recruitment or organizational fairs? We have downloads for you. Check out the signs, posters and even CKI banners you can download and have printed. 

    CKI Bylaws and Policy Code- The 2015-16 CKI Bylaws and Policy Code documents are now available for download.

    The Tomorrow Fund- We have simplified the landing pages for the Tomorrow Fund to make it more user friendly. Also, the application for Tomorrow Fund Grants is now available. 


    Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF is one of our most important fundraisers of the year. It’s the perfect opportunity for your Circle K club to make a difference in the lives of women and babies around the world as we work together to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. Just US$1.80—less than the cost of a bag of Halloween candy—provides a series of three doses of vaccine, which protects a mother and her future newborns.
    Have a question about Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF? Check out our list of frequently asked questions!

    Where can I get supplies for trick-or-treating?
    If your club participated in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF in 2013 or 2014, a box of supplies has already been shipped to you. If your club didn’t receive it or if your club didn’t participate in the past two years, your advisor can order boxes from the Kiwanis store now.

    What can I say when I am trick-or-treating?
    Let potential donors know how important their donation is and thank them. You could say, “I am part of ________________ (name of your university/Circle K), and I am participating in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. All donations are being used to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus around the world. Every $1.80 pays for the necessary vaccines to protect a mother and her future newborns. Would you like to donate?”

    What else can we do, besides go door to door?
    It doesn’t take much money or time to create a successful Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF fundraiser. Consider one of these ideas—or come up with your own!

    What if it’s too late to order boxes? 
    Don’t worry! You can print out Trick-or-Treat labels or make your own displays to let everyone know about your club’s activities and opportunities to donate.

    What do we do with the money we raise?
    When your fundraising is done, send a check or money order (payable to the Kiwanis International Foundation) and your completed gift form to:
    The Eliminate Project: Campaign Office
    Kiwanis International Foundation
    P.O. Box 6457 - Dept. #286
    Indianapolis, IN 46206, USA
    Write your club name or club number on the memo line of the check.

    Can my club get recognized?
    Clubs that raise and submit more than US$250 by December 31, 2015, will receive a special banner patch. Learn about other recognition opportunities at You can do it!

    What is the fundraising goal for Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF in 2015?
    With the participation of all Kiwanis Service Leadership Program members, including Circle K members, the goal is to raise more than US$1 million for Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF in 2015, to save or protect more than 555,555 lives. Will you take part? 

    How can I get more information?
    Visit or contact for more information. 

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

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