The challenge. Like all other parts of our society, Circle K International was hit hard by COVID-19. Simply put, we have lost about 35% of our CKI clubs— and more than 30% of our members. We’re confronting this challenge by taking the opportunity to launch our Homecoming campaign.
What is Homecoming? Consisting of multiple tactics, the campaign will be the largest recruitment push we have ever attempted. This approach includes outreach to all key groups:
• Kiwanis clubs that sponsor Kiwanis Service Leadership Programs.
• School administrators.
• Faculty advisors.
Tactics and timing
• Continued creation of plans and materials.
• Creation of website collateral.
• Publication of news item in Kiwanis magazine.
• Distribution of targeted emails, snail mail, etc., from Kiwanis International.
• Start of Kiwanis International training for district administrators, student leaders, advisors.
• Outbound calls from Kiwanis International staff
• Videos and recruitment materials released for district use
• Homecoming Week (September 13-17, 2021).
• Kiwanis International new year messaging.
• Updates and other communications.
• Targeted outreach and support from the Kiwanis Youth Programs growth team.
• Review and recalibration of plans and communications for the remainder of Kiwanis year.
We need you now! CKI governors and district board members play a crucial role. We need you to amplify and localize adult supporters’ efforts (listed above). A complete list of each district’s CKI clubs that are inactive specifically because of the pandemic have been distributed and are available online.
Our goal: to bring back all the inactive clubs due to the pandemic and inactive clubs, and to strengthen them with increased membership.
Each CKI district board will be:
• Asked to formulate a contact plan for every inactive club in each division of their district. This contact will also inform these clubs about all the activities and support that is available in each district.
• Introduced to the program’s resources, all of which are online (and many of which are new), and the recruitment resources for clubs.
• Encouraged to include Homecoming information in each district and division newsletter.
Promotional resources and social media information will be available. Check for them at circlek.org/homecoming.
Homecoming Webinar Recording: “Resources to help your SLP” – Learn more about why we launched the Homecoming campaign — and about the helpful resources available online to help you reactivate or reengage your SLP clubs. We also introduce exciting new programming resources, such as monthly meeting kits, the Global Leadership Certificate program, Virtual Key Leader and advisor training.
Homecoming Webinar Recording: “Sponsoring a Kiwanis Service Leadership Program: Who, how and why.” – Hear from the Kiwanis Youth Programs board on the responsibilities specific to sponsoring SLP clubs. In addition, Kiwanis leaders in the field share reasons that students and participants love SLP programs — and how these programs benefit communities. Kiwanis Youth Program board members Paul Palazzolo, George Cadman, Donna Parton, Alexis Langerak and Karin Church offer their perspective on sponsoring SLPs, and Sue Petrisin, Les King, Kip Crain and Craig Crawford discuss the role of SLP in schools.
BACK TO SCHOOL. BACK TO SERVICE.