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  • Kick start your planning for Kiwanis Family Month

    It’s time to begin preparing for 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. To help kick off the planning process, we’re giving you a few ideas to get you started.

    • Show your club’s appreciation to your sponsoring Kiwanis Club by hosting an appreciation meeting.
    • Send your sponsoring Kiwanis club president a letter thanking the club members for their support and wishing them a happy Kiwanis Family Month.
    • Invite Kiwanis family members to one of your November meetings, service projects, or fundraisers.
    • Work with local newspapers to develop articles saluting your Circle K as well as the other Kiwanis family clubs. Send news releases to newspapers and radio and television stations. Make sure you explain in each news release that it is Kiwanis Family Month.
    • Encourage Circle K officers to call their Kiwanis Family counterparts and wish them “Happy Kiwanis Family Month” as well as wish them success and support during their year.
    • Host a “Key Club” reunion on your campus.
    • Have you heard of “secret santa”? In honor of Kiwanis Family Month, you could anonymously deliver or mail small gifts to your sponsoring Kiwanis club.
    • Use your social media tools by making a public tweet or Facebook status proclaiming it’s Kiwanis Family Month and thanking your Kiwanis sponsor. Be specific and really identify how they make a difference.
    • Kiwanis Family Month celebrations do not have to be between different Kiwanis family members. Find another Circle K in your area to host a joint service project or social event.
    • Kiwanis Family Month is an excellent time to get the word out about Circle K in your community. November is a great recruitment month.
    • Ask the mayor’s office or local government official about proclaiming a day or week of November in honor of Kiwanis Family Month and recognize the Kiwanis organizations and programs in your community.
    Do you have a great project? We'd love to hear about it! Post your project ideas and photos, if available, on our Facebook page.  

  • Your K-Family Kwestions Answered!

    The 2014-2015 CKI K-Family Relations committee is committed to helping you prepare for the kickoff of K-Family Month in November: an entire month dedicated towards strengthening and celebrating our bonds with the entire K-Family. This video message provides fun and interesting facts on the K-Family, provides service project ideas, and provides advice on how to approach different branches of the K-Family with proper etiquette. Click [HERE] for some great advice from the K-Family Relations Committee (you must give your name, email address, and district to view their message). If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact the Kiwanis Family Relations Committee Chair Kelly Chan

  • 10 no cost or low cost Trick-or-Treat For UNICEF fundraising ideas

    We promised to share more fundraising ideas for Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. We have ten no cost or low cost ideas for your club. Remember, you can tweak these ideas to fit your club and your campus. Try one from the list below—or come up with your own!

    1.       Offer to rake leaves or help members of the community prepare for winter by assisting with outdoor projects such as power washing decks, painting or staining decks, cleaning and putting outdoor furniture into storage, cleaning out gutters, repairing sidewalks and driveways, or removing perennial plants for the winter. Advertise your services in the community and ask those community members who are interested to make appointments. Payment for your services is a donation to The Eliminate Project.

    2.       Hallow-Grams: Sell small bags of candy for US$2 in the student center during lunch. The person who buys the bag of candy can write a note and attach it to the bag of candy. Club members will deliver the bags of candy and notes to the appropriate person. Include information on the tag about The Eliminate Project such as “The cost of this bag of candy will buy the vaccines to save and protect the lives of a mother and her future children!”     

    3.       Pumpkin Decorating Contest: Invite clubs, organizations and floors of residence halls to participate in a pumpkin decorating contest. Set up pumpkins in an area of campus with lots of foot traffic (like the dining hall or the student center) and ask people to vote for their favorite decorated pumpkin. 1 cent = 1 vote. The pumpkin with the most votes wins a prize (hint: try to get prize items donated). The proceeds from voting go to The Eliminate Project.

    4.       If you live in an area where companies offer “Ghost Tours” ask the company if they would be willing to donate some of the proceeds from a night of tours to The Eliminate Project if you partnered with them to assist in some tasks (such as greeting guests or preparing materials such as pamphlets and promotional items).

    5.       With permission from the college or university, tape the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF boxes to the vending machines around campus. Encourage those who are purchasing things from the vending machines to share some of their spare change as well.

    6.       Host “Cookies for Coins.” Bake Halloween cookies and sell each for 60 cents (the cost of one tetanus vaccination) or trade a cookie for coins donated to your UNICEF Trick-or-Treat box.

    7.       Set up a large jar of candy corn in a cafeteria or residence hall. Let students guess how many pieces of candy corn are in the jar. Charge US$1 per guess. The winner gets the jar of candy and the proceeds from the activity go to The Eliminate Project.

    8.       Host a costume contest in your residence hall. Participants pay US$2 to enter. The winner gets a Halloween-themed prize package. Tip: See what fun, crazy items you can find at a dollar store to give out as prizes. They’ll be inexpensive, which means more of your profits will go directly to The Eliminate Project.

    9.       Host a “pound sale” auction at your next club meeting. Ask each member to bring something to auction off that weighs about one pound. The twist: The item must be wrapped. Let a club member serve as the auctioneer. Highest bid wins. Have fun unwrapping them in front of the group! Tip: Make the auction more festive by hosting an “orange and black” auction. The concept is the same, but the wrapped items are either orange or black.

    10.   Invite your friends over to a Halloween costume party, with one condition: The “costume” is a white T-Shirt they can decorate as they please. Have prizes for the most creative T-shirts. Include a US$2 entry fee to cover the cost of prizes (or solicit the prizes as donations) and make a gift to The Eliminate Project.      

    Need more information?  Visit  Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF . Visit  fundraising ideas for additional ideas!

  • 5 no cost Trick-or-Treat For UNICEF fundraising ideas

    Summer has ended and you’re back in the school routine. October will be here before you know it. Now is the time to begin planning your club’s Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF activities. We have five no cost ideas to get you started.

    1.       Conduct a pocket change-collecting campaign in the residence halls, dining hall or campus quad. Ask students and faculty to donate their loose change to help eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus.

    2.       If you have a fountain on campus, ask the administration to donate the “wishing well” coins to The Eliminate Project.

    3.       Plan to attend one of your sponsoring Kiwanis club’s meetings in October. Show up in costume and trick-or-treat for UNICEF.

    4.       Ask members of your club to grab Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF boxes on Halloween (during daylight hours), spread themselves out at all of the pedestrian crossings on campus and ask people walking and driving by to donate.

    5.        Ask club members to bring different board games and cards and host a game night on campus. Charge an entry fee for each game played. The winner gets half of the total money raised by that game. For example: If four people pay US$2 each to play Candyland, the winner of the game gets US$4. The rest of the funds go to The Eliminate Project. Hours of games could add up to huge donations.       

    Need more ideas? Don’t worry, we will be sharing additional no and low cost fundraising ideas in the coming days!

  • Ready for Worldwide Day of Play?

    Nickelodeon’s 11th annual Worldwide Day of Play—the day the screen goes dark for three hours so we can go outside and play—is Saturday, September 20, 2014. How will you and your friends enjoy the day?

    Kiwanis Vision Partner Nickelodeon has written the Worldwide Day of Play Partner Playbook with event ideas, free resources and instructions so your friends, your club and your school can join the movement. You could host a jump-rope-a-thon, basketball shoot-out or soccer tournament. How about a bike rodeo to teach kids about bike safety and healthy living? Make your event simple and ask your sponsoring Kiwanis club to help you organize your event.

    September 20 is almost here, so get started on your Worldwide Day of Play celebration today! Learn more and register at

  • Now accepting applications for Himmel scholarships

    The fall semester is under way, and the Kiwanis International Foundation is excited to announce a scholarship opportunity for young leaders through the Harry S. Himmel Scholarship program.

    Harry Himmel joined Kiwanis in 1928 and was the first member of the Englewood Kiwanis Club in Chicago, Illinois. He served as governor of the Illinois Eastern-Iowa Kiwanis District and was elected as trustee of Kiwanis International. Later, he served as president of the Kiwanis International Foundation for 10 years. Harry was known for his extensive involvement in his community and charitable causes. His dedication to Kiwanis and serving others made an impact on many individuals.

    In the spirit of his devotion to service and leadership in the community, Himmel established a scholarship fund to benefit Key Club International and Circle K International members who devote themselves to serving their own communities and the world. This scholarship remains in his memory to help young people achieve their goals.

    The Harry S. Himmel Scholarship program offers one US$500 scholarship opportunity to a Key Club member and one US$500 scholarship opportunity to a Circle K International member. To download the Key Club application and instructions, click here. To download the CKI application and instructions, click here. Scholarship applications must be postmarked by October 15, 2014, for consideration. Digital submissions are encouraged but must contain original signatures; applications can be submitted to

    Please contact the Kiwanis International Foundation at with any questions.

  • CKI Kiwanis Family Relations Committee is active on Tumblr

    Want to know what is happening with the Kiwanis Family Relations committee? The CKI Kiwanis Family Relations Committee is now active on Tumblr. Visit to learn more about what is happening with the committee and how your club can improve relationships with other K-family organizations!  

  • 5 ways CKI can land you a job

    Being in CKI has more perks than just that warm-and-fuzzy feeling after you serve. Here’s how CKI can give you an advantage in job searching—even before you graduate.

    1) A well-rounded résumé.

    It’s exactly like when you were in high school. Whether it’s a full-time position with an impressive salary or a part-time gig serving burgers in your dining hall, showing that you’re more than just academics can clinch you a job.

    2) Networking opps.

    Have you ever talked with your sponsoring Kiwanis club members about their occupations? They’re pros in their fields, and because they already know the great work you do for the community, they’re more likely to recommend you if an entry-level position at their company opens up.

    3) Leadership training.

    Ever hear about Leadership Academy? Or attend a training workshop at a district or international-level convention? CKI’s full of experiences that will build up your leadership skills and set you apart from other candidates.

    4) Community “ins.”

    Try interviewing for jobs at places you’ve volunteered, such as parks and recreation offices or animal shelters. Include your volunteer experience on your résumé in case your interviewer isn’t already familiar with what you’ve done.

    5) Location options.

    Not sure what you want to do yet, but have an idea where you want to be? Connect with that area’s Kiwanis clubs and ask members for suggestions of places to apply to. You could get a job even before you move!

    Want more tips on using your CKI experience during your job or internship search? Check out CKI Magazine!

  • 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

    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

    Questions? Contact 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

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