Meet Governor: Taylor Maddox

Name: Taylor Maddox

District: Texas-Oklahoma

Year in School / Grade: Senior

University: The University of Texas at Tyler

Major(s): Accounting and Computer Information Systems

In 3-5 sentence, tell us about yourself.

I'm been a part of CKI for four years. I started out as a secretary/treasurer for my club's chartering year, then another term as secretary/treasurer. Last year I served as district treasurer. I'm passionate about CKI and service. In addition, to CKI I am very involved on my campus. Also, I enjoy cross-stich and sewing!

What are you most looking forward to about your year as governor?

I look forward to being able to travel across Texas and Oklahoma to visit clubs!

Favorite CKI memory

My favorite CKI memory is my first DCON. It was the time when I got introduced to CKI and realized that I was a part of something bigger than my university.

Favorite service project

My favorite service project is my club signature project. Every year we volunteer with Autism Awareness Day at a local tiger refuge.

Meet the Governor: Alison Lunny

Name: Alison Lunny 

District: New England 

Year in School / Grade: 5th-year senior 

University: Northeastern University 

Major(s): Civil Engineering 

Minor(s): Photography 

In 3-5 sentence, tell us about yourself. I am a rising fifth-year senior at Northeastern University where I alternate between six-month, full-time internships and classes. I am currently on co-op as a structural engineer. My company works on airports so it's really exciting to work on a project that I will one day use! I also am a huge photography nerd and love walking around or hiking and taking photos, but I struggle to build motivation to edit them, so I just end up having a ton of RAW files on my drive. 

What are you most looking forward to about your year as governor? 

I am looking forward to forming a greater connection among the clubs and the district! 

Favorite CKI memory 

For record, I can't tell a story in a short amount of time so I'm sorry if this is too long. I'm a night owl and waking up early is one of the worst feelings in the world. When I was signing up to volunteer, I must've accidentally signed up for a shift at the Women's Lunch Place in Boston, which started at 7 a.m. on a Saturday. While the shift started at 7, we had to get to the T (subway) stop at 6:30 a.m., and that meant I had to leave my apartment at 6:15 and book it through snow and wind. It was cold and dark out, and I was not a happy camper. But it was a well-run operation, which I appreciated. I learned how to properly chop an onion, which is a true life-skill. All the kitchen staff and volunteers were genuinely interested in talking to us because college students don't usually do the morning shifts. I left at 11:30 a.m. in such a great mood; waking up that early was completely worth it! Afterward I walked back to campus with the other volunteers from Northeastern. It was a nice winter day on Newbury Street, which always reminds me why I'm so happy living in the city. 

Favorite service project 

I like making cards for kids. A few years ago, I came up with a great idea, and I now do it whenever we are making cards. I'm sure someone else has thought of this, but I write "You are a-MAZE-ing" on the front and create a maze on the inside! When I was little, I loved mazes, so I hope to pass that fun on to the kids receiving my cards. 

Black Lives Matter

The service that CKI members provide to our communities each day does not exist in a vacuum. As integral actors in our respective communities, it is vital that all CKI members exercise our global citizenship, rooted in empathy and social consciousness, to improve all human relationships and to realize humanity’s potential.

In the context of the killing of George Floyd and all those before him, this most readily means that CKI unequivocally condemns racism and its manifestations in both individual as well as systemic capacities. Black Lives Matter. CKI members since the organization’s inception have been called to:

“Cooperate in creating and maintaining that sound public opinion and high idealism, which make possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism, and goodwill.“    -CKI Bylaws Article 2 Section 1

CKI members must never forget the mandate we possess to actively advance these aims through our platform. We are, after all, a global collegiate movement and the leaders of tomorrow. Members are asked to always support and empower traditionally marginalized segments of the global populace through solidary projects informed by the needs of these communities— in this context, that means black communities. There is no greater service than that which sustainably addresses the roots of injustice and contributes to systemic change.

Service and leadership are the heart of CKI. Today, and every day, we encourage CKI members to take action. Educate yourself. Attend community events. Host clean-ups. Fundraise for a cause. Spread awareness. And, as always, listen.

In solidarity,

2019-2020 Circle K International Board

Proudest CKI Moment: Kaelyn T. Nguyen

We’re celebrating CKI seniors and highlighting their proudest moments. Meet Kaelyn T. Nguyen of Louisiana Tech University in the Louisiana-Mississippi-West Tennessee District. 

For my first district convention as governor in 2018, we surprisingly had a few CKI members from two other districts attend. This was new to us, since our conventions had been very small in the past as our district is rebuilding. Also, guest speaker Dr. Catherine Boston reported on the research she was conducting on childhood cancer. Not only did we have an amazing time with our guests from outside the district, but some even participated in our Governor's Project, the St. Baldrick's Rock-the-Bald event, where we surpassed our district goal and raised US$4,000!️ 

Proudest CKI Moment: Annamarie McGuire

We’re celebrating CKI seniors and highlighting their proudest moments. Meet Annamarie McGuire of West Virginia University in the West Virginia District. 

My proudest CKI moment would be a culmination of the work I have done as district secretary the past three years with the support of the West Virginia District Board. We started with only one club sometimes submitting its monthly report forms to all of our clubs submitting them! But honestly, nothing has made me prouder than the members of this organization and how everyone is so supportive. The amount of support that I have received in all aspects of my life from CKI members has been nothing but wonderful. CKI has three tenets: service, leadership and fellowship. I joined CKI for the service and leadership but stayed for the fellowship. The connections and friendships I’ve made from around the globe have made every moment in college amazing. I couldn’t be prouder of the servant leaders with whom I’ve had the honor to work alongside. I can’t wait to continue changing the world — one moment, one action and one project at a time. 

Proudest CKI Moment: Jose Leoncio

We’re celebrating CKI seniors and highlighting their proudest moments. Meet Jose Leoncio, American University, Capital District. 

My proudest CKI moment was chartering the CKI club at American University during my freshman year. I had just come out of three incredible years in Key Club, and I never thought I would be in CKI or charter one at that. Luckily, thanks to a motivated group of officers and support from my lieutenant governor and the Kiwanis Club of Washington, D.C., we were able to charter successfully. Without this moment, I would not have met a terrific mentor and friends, attended inspiring events like Spark! or served in mountaintop roles such as Capital District governor and international trustee. In Key Club, I was able to find my passion, but in CKI, I was able to find my home. 

Proudest CKI Moment: Jennifer M. Basgall

We’re celebrating CKI seniors and highlighting their proudest moments.Meet  Jennifer M. Basgall, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Wisconsin-Upper Michigan District. 

My proudest CKI moment was that I was on the Wisconsin-Upper Michigan District Board, and I had the third-highest attendance for hockey night. I was also bulletin editor for my club. I am really going to miss Circle K International! Looking forward to beingpart of Kiwanis!  

Proudest CKI Moment: Taylor McKay

We’re celebrating CKI seniors and highlighting their proudest moments. Meet Taylor McKay, Stockton University, New Jersey District.

My proudest CKI moment was at the New Jersey District's annual fall event, Insight, in November 2019. This event reminds everyone why they "Choose CKI." I loved being able to spend the weekend with all my favorite people, forming meaningful connections through fellowship, developing together as leaders and performing service together. The weekend was pretty iconic, from singing and dancing at our "Final Jam" to reflecting on our experiences at the candlelight ceremony as tears streamed down our cheeks tobeing covered in spaghetti slop so we could raise over US$2,500 for the WASH project. We had the highest event attendance in years and broke a record for the most moneyraised at this event. Being able to share the special memories made that weekend with all the members of my district makes me very proud.

Proudest CKI Moment: Ishan P. Paranjape

We’re celebrating CKI seniors and highlighting their proudest moments. Meet Ishan P. Paranjape, University of Texas at Austin, Texas-Oklahoma District.

My proudest CKI moment was watching our club win 14 awards (including the biggest prize of the night — the Outstanding Chapter award) at our latest district convention. Although we had the highest member turnout of all clubs in our district at the district convention, we had won enough awards for everyone to hold at least one! I was proud of the effort my fellow club officers and members put into our club. As late as September, our club was suffering from low retention, a lack of effective recruitment and the resignation of our president. But I was determined not to let our club fail this year. I worked hard with our officers to help our club excel in the areas of membership development and education, public relations and outreach, Kiwanis family relations and service involvement (consisting of the District Project, Governor's Project, and International Service Partners/Preferred Charities). Our club work was also featured in every issue of our district newsletter, the T-O Today (check it out)!

Proudest CKI Moment: Cole Nelson

We’re celebrating CKI seniors and highlighting their proudest moments. Meet Cole Nelson, University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Wisconsin-Upper Michigan District governor.

My favorite moment(s) has to be working with the Wisconsin-Upper Michigan District Board this year. We worked hard on sending out recruitment boxes to each club, moving our payments and forms online, and even participating in the WASH 6K Challenge together.  

Proudest CKI Moment: Jessica R. Bolich

We’re celebrating CKI seniors and highlighting their proudest moments. Meet Jessica Bolich of Stockton University in New Jersey. 

“It is hard for me to choose just one moment to reflect on, since I love just about everything about Circle K International. However, the one thing that comes to mind when I think about my proudest moment comes from my district's fall camping retreat, Insight. It's one of my favorite events. During the weekend, we are separated into groups to do bonding activities (think ropes courses and stuff). The most iconic of these is “The Wall.” We get together in a big group, and we must work together to get everyone over a wall that has no handholds or footholds on the way up. Going into my first Insight in 2017, I'd heard about “The Wall,” and although I have no upper-body strength, I still wanted to go over it. When I went over, it was just a rush and didn't last very long. But I think that moment, plus the other group activities, are what broke me out of my quiet nerd shell and started to make me into the loud, CKI-obsessed nerd that I am today.” 

- Jessica R. Bolich, Stockton University, New Jersey District  

CKIx 20 Canceled

CKIx 20, scheduled for July 19-22 in Las Vegas, Nevada, has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

After extensive conversation with our leaders and in consultation with local, state and federal health agencies, the Circle K International Board and the Kiwanis International Board of Trustees believe it is inadvisable to hold the convention this year and have voted to cancel CKIx 20.  

While we did not come to this decision lightly and recognize how disappointing it is, we are confident it is the responsible decision for our members and CKI as a whole.  

For those of you who have registered, please know that you will receive a full refund of all registration and hotel costs. There are two refund options:  

· You may donate your refund to the Tomorrow Fund via the Kiwanis Children’s Fund. Click here to donate your entire refund.  

· You may request a refund to the credit card used to pay the fees. Please allow up to 30 days for processing. Click here to have your refund issued.  

If you do not select an option by May 15, a refund will be issued to the credit card used to pay the fees. Contact with any refund questions.  

Even with CKIx canceled, our work continues. We will still hear from keynote speakers and hold workshops, awards sessions and additional programming — although online. A meeting of the Circle K International Council will be held to elect our new international officers and consider any amendments to our governing documents, as outlined in our bylaws. Please stay tuned for more information as those plans are developed.  

Circle K International is a global movement of students who care about our world, our fellow citizens and each other — that won’t change, nor can we let it change. Throughout this pandemic, we must re-commit ourselves to the values of CKI to ensure we can share it with future generations. Stay engaged and stand in solidarity with those in need — even if it is from 6 feet away — so we can continue to make a difference when we are all together again.  

Thank you for all you do and please stay safe.


Yours in Service,

2019-20 Circle K International Board

Things to do from home during quarantine

Planning your project

·      Learn to make any of the Do ItYourself (DIY) projects mentioned below at or

·      Before beginning a project, contact the organization or facility to confirm donation policy.

·      Connect with Kiwanis club members virtually to organize a large-scale project. Use Zoom or another online meeting tool to coordinate meetings. Invite your family members living else where to take part and introduce them to Kiwanis service.

·      Share your virtual service project ideas on social media to encourage others to take action.

Care for the environment

Recycle and repurpose to limit the amount of trash impacting the environment.

·      Recycle old books:

·      Create recycling bins using one of these 20 recycling bin ideas:

·      Repurpose plastic bags and containers.Here are 15 stunning plastic bag crochet projects:

·      Upcycle plastic bottles and containers:

·      Use these ten tips to plant an indoor herb garden:

Care for others


Let your neighbors know they are not alone. Brighten spirits by sending positive messages in creative ways.

·      Paint rocks with uplifting messages and place them close to the road where people walking by your home will see them.

·      Plant brightly colored flowers where neighbors walk the most frequently. When they bloom add a sign that says, “Pick what you need.” Do the same with vegetables and herbs.

·      Make fairy doors and place them on the base of large trees facing the street. Add additional fairy garden accents daily.Planning this little community is half the fun.

·      Download the app NextDoor and create an online neighborhood connecting space.


COVID-19 frontline workers

Say thank you to those working on the front lines.

·      Create a thank you banner and place it the yard to greet those delivering packages.

·      Create a Facebook live ‘thank you’ video and share the wonderful service someone provided. Link it to their business social media page.

·      Use chalk to draw colorful, encouraging messaging on the sidewalk or on the driveway.

·      Tip robustly when scheduling a delivery to your home.

The elderly

Brighten the day of someone living in a retirement community or nursing home. Make one of these DIY projects.

·      Placemats with uplifting messaging

·      No slip socks

·      Memory card games

·      Make a song book with lyric (songs from the 1940s,50s and 60s)

·       Consider these craft ideas for seniors and the elderly:

The homeless

Repurpose gently used items and create gifts to make times pent at a shelter more comfortable.

·      Create a My Favorite Things backpack. Collect items in gently used condition with things you love for someone who is close to your age. Place all these items in a backpack. Make sure everything is washed and folded nicely.

·      Make a craft box and pack it with everything needed, plus instructions to make different crafts.

·      Download and print Happy Book materials and put together several books to donate. Happy Book:

Young children

Provide preschools and child day care centers with learning tools. Donate these DIY projects and make learning fun.

·      Make a matching game.

·      Write and illustrate a comic book or ABC book.

·      Create ABC or counting numbers placemats covered in plastic so kids can practice printing.

·       Make sensory toys – blocks with textured sides or rattles with interesting sounds.

·       Read books online and share through social media. Check out book titles suggested through Kiwanis Read & Lead.


Care for animals

Help shelter animals feel more comfortable. Make and donate these items to a shelter.

·      Dog and cat beds

·      No sew dog and cat blankets

·      No sew dog chews  

Care for family

Time spent with family can be even more meaningful by participating in fun activities together.

·      Plan movie nights. Let each family member pick one movie per night. Invite friends in the community to stream the same movie, then host a Facebook live discussion with everyone who watched.

·      Work on a service project together. Use the list above for inspiration.

·      Create a calm/yoga room where family members can sit, be still, listen to music, and meditate. Here are 10 Meditation spaces that will inspire you to create your own:

·      Take a free Mindfulness course with your kids:

·      Try one of these 50 family activities that don’t involve screens each night of the week:

Care for self

Learn how to keep stress at a minimum and make time at home more enjoyable. Check out these resources.

·      Move every day to maintain a positive outlook. Try moving with a Physical Education teacher offering online classes at The BodyCoach TV:

·      Organize an online book club. Read a book and connect online for discussion. Try Project Happiness Circles with book recommendations and discussion questions:

·      Rewire your brain for happiness. Participate in the 21 Day Happiness Challenge: enroll in Project Happiness online Happiness course:

·      Practice these tips for staying mentally healthy:

·      Sign-up for Yale’s popular Happiness class currently available online for free:

A new hands-on partner for CKI

We are excited to announce CKI’s new service partner, Global Brigades.

An international, student-led nonprofit founded in 2003, Global Brigades offers service opportunities in Honduras, Panama and Ghana focusing on sustainable health and well-being, clean water and sanitation and economic development projects.

Service projects last one to three weeks and utilize volunteers’ skills, build teamwork and make a lasting impact on the communities served. Those interested in participating select a project and country and raise travel funds to the site (generally US$700 per person).

Not only is this new partnership another way for CKI members to serve and develop leadership skills, it’s an opportunity for club growth, retention and partnership. Many U.S. colleges and universities have Global Brigades chapters on campus, providing partnership opportunities for a variety of future service projects. Additionally, CKI clubs and districts interested in working toward a common goal can select a service project, raise funds and make an impact together.

We will be providing more information on this new partnership in the coming months, but as you begin to think about your club or district’s activities over the next few years, keep Global Brigades in mind.

To learn more about Global Brigades, please watch this video or visit the organization’s website.

Ignite your potential

Applications are now being accepted for this year’s Spark!  A four-day, immersive leadership experience designed to develop future CKI leaders, the program takes place May 28-31, 2020, in Chicago. 

To participate, CKI members must be nominated using this form. Due to the limited number of spaces available, the application process is competitive. Ideal candidates have not yet held a major leadership role in CKI (district or international level) but want to strengthen their leadership skills and get more involved in the organization.  

Students selected to participate will be responsible for their own travel arrangements and a US$200 registration fee that covers housing accommodations, meals and materials. 

*Check out Spark! alumnus Joey Cain’s story of impact here*

If you or someone you know is interested in Spark!, please apply today. It’s a great experience that will help you learn more about yourself and how to be a better leader.  

Please complete a nomination form for each individual to be considered. Nominations must be submitted by January 17, 2020, at 12 p.m. EST. We will select and notify participants by early March 2020.

Questions can be directed to CKI Director, Jeff Harris.


Get Money For Service

The Tomorrow Fund serves as a resource for CKI clubs and districts to help fund new or ongoing service projects. These grants, provided through the Kiwanis Children’s Fund, reimburse clubs or districts after a service project is complete. The Tomorrow Fund enables CKI members to expand their service impact.  

A great example of using the Tomorrow Fund comes from Southeastern Louisiana University’s Circle K International in the Louisiana-Mississippi-Tennessee District. When the club wanted to implement an on-campus service project, it collaborated with the Southeastern Lab School to develop the Giving Greenhouse, a service project that was both sustainable and filled a community need.  

“This project was significant for our campus community as well as our elementary lab school children,” says immediate past CKI President Marissa Jenkins. “This greenhouse will give the children from grades K-8 not only accessibility to fresh produce, but the basic knowledge of STEM topics regarding greenhouse mechanics and agriculture and/or gardening. In participating in this project, we hope that the children cultivate an interest for the various STEM fields.”  

Your club can apply for up to US$2,000 for your next service project by visiting Applications are due by December 1.

CKI Updates Pledge

By: Billy Hackett  

I pledge to uphold to objects of Circle K International,  

To foster compassion and goodwill toward others through service and leadership,  

To develop my abilities and the abilities of all people,  

And to dedicate myself to the realization of humanity's potential!  

For almost a century, CKI members around the world have been connected by and bound to the mission laid out in this pledge. It has always been true that to be a member of CKI is to be part of something much bigger than oneself, and now the CKI pledge has been updated to build upon and achieve this mission.  

The shift from realizing "mankind's" potential to "humanity's" potential reflects that we as an organization are constantly breaking down barriers to embrace everyone. This shift is a continuation of our legacy as the trailblazers of the Kiwanis family, firmly established in 1973 when we became the first branch to welcome women as members. We as a global family are only as strong as our mission to celebrate diversity and actively combat intolerance.  

ANYONE is welcome and encouraged to #ChooseCKI and be who they are, free to exist and express themselves through their gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, creed or lack thereof, and ability level. Our members around the world are servant leaders — each with unique backgrounds, skills and abilities — and together, united by our pledge, we work to make our world a better place for all.  

Next time you say the pledge in your CKI meeting, remember the significance behind its words. We are all called to unlock the potential of humanity — that is the power of CKI when we all work together!

Alumni Spotlight: Daniel Lang

Picture this. You’re riding on the backseat of a motorbike with a member of Circle K International, who’ve spoken to for months and finally met tonight. You’re thinking back to when, just moments before, you introduced yourself in another language to the Kiwanis District Governor and explained you have committed as a liaison to understand CKI members worldwide and help fulfill their needs. Little do you know, two months later, you would be back overseas, with the CKI member showing you his city. Except, the second time through, you’re co-chairing the first Asia-Pacific Conference to occur in Taiwan. And you’re using every skill and more you’ve practiced all your years in the Kiwanis Family.

I write now at the end of my term with the Asia-Pacific Subcommittee of CKI’s International Development. I am now in Mongolia, where I serve the U.S. Peace Corps. Perhaps I took to heart, “Live to Serve, Love to Serve.”

I wish to share with you my experiences in CKI, blessed with opportunities to serve in International Development, simply because I applied to the committee two summers ago. I feel stunned how our Kiwanis Service Leadership Program opens doors. Any college or university student worldwide with a passion to serve can bring their skills to benefit people through CKI.

My eight years so far in the Kiwanis Family span Key Club and CKI, wherein I usually took up roles as news editors, workshop hosts, public relations chairs, outreach coordinators, and so on. Even in California-Nevada-Hawaii Key Club’s Region 5, I served these roles initially at club, then division, then district levels. By my CKI sophomore year’s end at the University of Nevada, Reno, having won the CNH District’s 1st Place Outstanding Newsletter Award, I wanted to apply myself even more. Being half-Chinese and studying Chinese, I aspired to serve International Development. That summer, I studied abroad my first time in China. That summer, I joined our then-titled International Expansion Committee to serve the Asia-Pacific Region, while working through how my mother, who was Chinese and worked as a translator, was killed the week before I left America.

I have served two years in CKI’s International Development. I have felt continually awed by the talents of community. No matter which districts from which my fellow committee members came, no matter how many years our counterparts served in the Kiwanis Family, I felt surrounded by those connected by service, leadership and fellowship. In my first year on the team, I focused on Taiwan and Hong Kong. I was very shocked in Taiwan we took a photo with President Tsai Ing-wen! My second year, Mongolia added to my roster, coincidentally before I received my Peace Corps invitation to serve in Mongolia.
I hope in reading this story, you understand not even the enteral blue sky above limits what we can achieve and experience in this great organization. Perhaps providence sent me back overseas again and again. Since 2017, I have studied abroad five times, in China twice, Taiwan twice (including the CKI conference we hosted) and in Panamá. Counting my service for two years now with the Peace Corps, that makes six trips. Scholarships like the U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship Program, the Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant and even fellow CKI members and Kiwanians made these adventures possible.

If ever you feel drawn toward these international experiences, please, I encourage you to reach out. I and many more want to help you find where you grow most. Your best you awaits.

Daniel Lang

About Daniel

Daniel Lang graduated from University of Nevada, Reno with a degree in Journalism, He is currently in Mongolia with the U.S. Peace Corps, where he serves in English education and community development. Afterward, Daniel intends to serve with the Maryknoll China Teachers Program before applying to graduate school. His favorite thing about CKI is the opportunities it has for people of all skills and talents to thrive and grow, uniting people all across the world.

Tips for Time Management

You can control time

It’s time for class, and CKI events are kicking into high gear as well. For some of you, a job also factors into the mix. That’s a lot to balance! How can one person do it all? Check out our favorite tips for effectively managing your time and alleviating some of the stress that comes with being a busy college student.  

  1. Create a plan of action. Keep a close eye on the syllabus for every class. Highlight important projects and create a roadmap for the semester and how you plan to get there. Check back throughout the semester to make sure you are staying on track. Remember to set realistic expectations and goals.  
  1. Write everything down. No one likes surprises. Get an agenda and write down important times and dates, including projects and tests. When the professor announces changes, write them down too. Be sure to include any CKI events or shifts you pick up at work. At the beginning of each week, take time to review your agenda so you know what to expect. This will help you allot sufficient time for studying, working or whatever the week demands.
  1. Get in a routine. It’s important to have a schedule. Wake up at the same time, eat consistently and give yourself time to study. Allow yourself breaks to rest and refuel too. Don’t overlook your social life. If done right, you can still hang out with friends and maintain a balanced schedule.  
  1. Remove distractions. When studying, put your phone away and turn off your TV. If you are easily distracted by others, find a quiet place in the library or reserve a room.  

Bonus tip:

Use your phone as a time management resource. Choose from dozens of apps dedicated to helping you manage and organize your life. You also can set reminders about upcoming projects and tests so nothing falls through the cracks.

September Recruitment Tip

Partnering with Select Organizations

By: The Social Excellence Project

One very college campus, there are hundreds of student organizations like yours.Smart organizations are creating partnerships with groups that have similar values. This partnership is mutually beneficial. Partner with service groups, academic societies, cultural associations, fraternities and sororities, or cause-based organizations — match your values with their work for a perfect fit(and lots of qualified leads).

For more recruitment tips, check out our recruitment resources here.

Turning Type One into Type None

By: Joey Cain, New York University

On Saturday, August 10th, along with a group of over 700 dedicated riders from all over the country, I cycled 100 miles from La Crosse, Wisconsin to Lansing, Iowa and back to raise awareness and research dollars for Type One Diabetes (T1D). T1D is an autoimmune disease unrelated to diet or lifestyle that inflicts itself randomly on children and young adults causing the body to essentially attack itself by eliminating the production of insulin--a necessary hormone used to break down sugars. Despite modern medical technology, doctors and scientists have absolutely no idea what causes this disease or how to cure it. For the rest of their lives, those with T1D will be forced to constantly monitor their blood sugar levels and give themselves insulin many times per day solely to survive. For me, it’s riding for those who have to live with this horrible disease, but it is also about riding for those children who died before a diagnosis was made.

The New York District of Circle K was incredibly supportive throughout this process. During our New York City Regional Training Conference (RTC), I had the opportunity of giving a presentation to motivate Circle K members to try and find their inner drive--using my passion for finding a cure for T1D as an example. We then made awareness ribbons and fact cards to be handed out throughout New York City, and at the NY K-Family Picnic. The support of hundreds of members was completely unexpected and absolutely heartwarming. With their support, I was able to raise $2,000 for T1D research, adding into the $2.1 million raised by all 700 riders in La Crosse. 

Outside of New York, our cause has caught wind with many other districts who have sent their love and support thanks to the publicizing by so many fantastic Circle K members. This is the amazing part of CKI; it is what you make it. If you are passionate about something, there are thousands of other people in this organization that will stand by you and take your passion as their own. It is truly inspiring!

I was blessed, this year, to have been able to attend CKI Spark!, and I can say for certain that I would not have had the success that I did without this unbelievable program. It truly ignited my potential within CKI and my community inspiring me to make my impact as large as possible--I will forever be grateful for this experience, and all of the wonderful people that I met.

Growing CKI

To reach our 10% growth goal, we need to change our approach to recruitment, and we need every member’s help. We can’t grow without you. Every club can use these important resources and tips all year long.

Practice, practice, practice

It’s like riding a bike or studying for an exam. Recruitment takes practice. The more you practice and prepare, the more comfortable you’ll be reaching out to others and making meaningful relationships. Our partners at The Social Excellence Project have put together one-page exercises to challenge your thinking and enhance your club’s recruiting skills.  

Want more from The Social Excellence Project? Check out these awesome videos about recruitment and retention.  

Tabling is key

Research on-campus tabling opportunities and commit to as many as possible. It’s important to have a presence at freshmen orientation and campus activity fairs. People join people, not clubs, so put your best self forward. Wear your favorite CKI gear and be ready to share your love of CKI with potential new members. Don't overwhelm people who stop by your booth but be prepared to answer any questions. Remember to follow up after the event and thank those who stopped by your table. Check out our “recruitment” album on our Instagram page to see how other members recruit.  

Need recruitment posters?  

We recently updated our recruitment poster. Download it here!

Tell the world about CKI

Potential new members shouldn’t have to hunt for you. Show them what CKI is all about. Use social media to drive conversation and highlight the great work of our members. Create reminders about upcoming events and showcase previous events. Include the hashtag #ChooseCKI so more people will discover the great work done by members around the world.

2019-20 CKI Vision

The 2019-20 international board recently met in Indianapolis, Indiana, for training. Board members had pivotal conversations and began developing strategies ranging from membership growth to improving the overall member experience.

They established the following goals for 2019-20:  

Membership growth: 10% increase

Number of active clubs: 10% increase

Service hours: 20 per member

WASH: US$48,000

CKIx: 430 members

The board hopes to change the stigma surrounding CKI and service organizations by truly fostering inclusiveness and purpose in a world that needs us more than ever. In CKI, everyone should feel empowered to make a difference, and we need to make ourselves available to all.

"CKI is a global movement of college students who care, and we are the people who will shape this world for years to come,” says Billy Hackett, the 2019-20 CKI international president. “As the fall semester approaches, I hope you have been thinking about how you will contribute to bringing more good to this world. How are you empowering your communities and inviting more people to become part of this family? What is your purpose, and how can that be realized through CKI? With these questions at the fore of our minds, I am beyond excited to see everything that we accomplish this year — together!"


By: The Social Excellence Project

Membership organizations are made of two things: People and Purpose. A big group of people without a clear purpose is a confused crowd. And a powerful purpose with too few people to advance it, is simply unrealized potential. But when purpose-driven people consistently gather together with others who share the same passion for that purpose… that’s what changes the world.

Recruitment, marketing, member on-boarding -- all things related to “organizational growth” -- these things matter because the more people an organization can get to be truly committed to their cause, typically means the more impact the organization can have.

A lot of purpose-driven people are good at the “purpose” part of their organization, but lack some passion, skills, and systems on the “people” part of the organization.

You are probably a purpose-driven person. Don’t grow your organization just so it can be bigger. Don’t grow your organization so the organization can look “successful” to outsiders. Grow your organization to advance your purpose.

And by the way, “growing your organization” doesn’t always mean more official members. Sometimes it means seeking out more people who simply support the group. One thing is for sure… more people who care about a cause leads to more impact around that cause.

Find more recruitment resources by The Social Excellence Project here.

CKIx19 Recap
More than 300 Circle K International members from five countries gathered June 26-29 at Disney’s Contemporary Resort at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida for the biggest celebration of the year. The 64th annual convention was filled with service, leadership and fellowship along with the magic of Disney.  

On Thursday, June 27 convention attendees held their annual Day of Service at various locations around the Orlando area. Members packed hygiene kits, sorted food at two local food pantries and cleaned trash and debris around the city. Members look forward to Day of Service each year, and it continues to be a convention highlight.

This year, members also attended the Kiwanis International convention at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. Mickey and his pals made a special appearance, and it even snowed! CKI members interacted with members of the Kiwanis family and experienced CKIx from a new perspective.  

On Friday, June 28 voting members participated in the House of Delegates and discussed changes to the CKI pledge and dual membership, among other topics. Official amendment changes will be listed in the House of Delegates minutes and will go to the Kiwanis International Board of Trustees for review before taking effect. The 2019-20 CKI Board was also elected.  

CKIx19 concluded with the Awards and Farewell session on Saturday, June 29. The 2018-19 board was retired, and the 2019-20 board was installed. Members from throughout the organization received recognition for their hard work and dedication to CKI and the Kiwanis family. The complete list of winners can be found below.  

The 2020 CKIx event will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, July 19-23 at the Flamingo Las Vegas hotel. Watch for more information about room rates and registration. We look forward to another great year of service and leadership and hope to see everyone in Las Vegas.  

Newly elected 2019-20 Circle K International Board


2019-20 Circle K International Board Members:

International President:  

Billy Hackett, Florida District

International Vice President:  

Sara AlMidany, Southwest District  

International Trustees:
Tana Early, Alabama District  
Chelsie Higdon, Carolinas District  
Maria Landron, Florida District  
Jose Leoncio, Capital District
Hannah Negray, Florida District
Don Nguyen, California-Nevada-Hawaii District
Steven Shaw, Carolinas District


Kiwanis Board Counselor:

Katrina Baranko, Georgia District


Circle K International Awards Results


Oratorical Contest:

Hope Proctor, Saint Martin’s University


Outstanding International Committee Member:  

Annamarie McGuire, West Virginia District  

Austin Underwood, Ohio District

Jose Leoncio, Capital District  

Miranda Moses, Pennsylvania District

Outstanding K-Family Relations:

Orange Coast College, California-Nevada-Hawaii District

Saint Martin's University, Pacific Northwest District

University of California, Riverside, California-Nevada-Hawaii District


Preferred Charities and Service Partners Award:  

3rd Place: Saint Martin's University

2nd Place: University of Michigan

1st Place: University of Houston


Outstanding Single Service Award:
3rd Place: Saint Martin's University
2nd Place: Ohio State University
1st Place: University of Michigan


Club Promotional Video Award:  
2nd place: Saint Martin’s University  
1st place: University of Florida


Outstanding Club Recruitment Award:  
University of Houston


GEM Awards:

Ruby Division
3rd place: Troy University  
2nd place: Boston College  
1st place: Wake Forest University


Sapphire Division
3rd place: University of Georgia  
2nd place: Stockton University  
1st place: University of Central Florida


Emerald Division
3rd place: Virginia Commonwealth University  
2nd place: George Washington University  
1st place: University of Oklahoma


Diamond Division
3rd place: Northeastern University  
2nd place: California State University, Fullerton  
1st place: University of Washington


Club Achievement Award:  
Bronze Division
2nd Place: Minnesota State University, Mankato  
1st Place: University of Houston


Silver Division
3rd Place: Georgia Institute of Technology  
2nd Place: Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis  
1st Place: Stockton University


Gold Division  
3rd Place: California State University, Fullerton  
2nd Place: Saint Martin’s University  
1st Place: Orange Coast College


Platinum Division  
3rd Place: University of Michigan  
2nd Place: University of California, Irvine  
1st Place: University of California, Riverside


Outstanding Fundraising Clubs for WASH:
3rd Place: University of Georgia
2nd Place: University of Florida  
1st Place: Georgia Institute of Technology


Outstanding Fundraising Districts for WASH:
3rd Place: Texas-Oklahoma District
2nd Place: Georgia District
1st Place: Florida District


Distinguished International Chairperson:

Bill Truong, California-Nevada-Hawaii District  

Chelsie Higdon, Carolinas District  

Erick Morocho, New York District  

Joe Richard Samson, California-Nevada-Hawaii District  

Lucy Zheng, Georgia District


Distinguished District Chairperson:

Brendon Nguyen, New York District  

Calvin Chau, California-Nevada-Hawaii District  

Cecilia Nguyen, California-Nevada-Hawaii District  

Chelsie Higdon, Carolinas District  

Cole Nelson, Wisconsin-Upper Michigan District  

Dionne Harrison, Caribbean District  

Jonathan Chu, California-Nevada-Hawaii District  

Julia Tang, Georgia District  

Katelyn Duch, California-Nevada-Hawaii District  

Lucy Zheng, Georgia District  

Noah Siem, Minnesota-Dakotas District  

Sadbarg Sami Sharifiy, New York District  

Shaira Gail Ramirez-Santos, California-Nevada-Hawaii District  

Tommy Thai Thach, California-Nevada-Hawaii District  

Viktoriya Borisova, New York District  


Distinguished Kiwanis Committee Member:  

Gregory Faulkner, New York District


Distinguished Lieutenant Governor:

Alan Kwok, California-Nevada-Hawaii District  

Angela Lagrada, California-Nevada-Hawaii District  

Bay Bolen, Texas-Oklahoma District  

Chelsie Higdon, Carolinas District  

Erick Morocho, New York District  

Jennifer Tai, California-Nevada-Hawaii District  

Joshua Ranario, California-Nevada-Hawaii District  

Justinne Soman, Caribbean District  

Mark Fernandez, California-Nevada-Hawaii District  

Matthew Grimmer, Florida District  

Nicholas Wright, California-Nevada-Hawaii District  

Distinguished District Editor:  

Amanda Lang, Georgia District

Elizabeth Thornton, Carolinas District

Valory Anne Vailoces, Florida District


District Treasurer:  

Derek Stewart, Florida District

Shaira Gail Ramirez-Santos, California-Nevada-Hawaii District  


District Secretary:  

Kristin Mosquito, New York District
Wayne Cheng, California-Nevada-Hawaii District  

District Secretary-Treasurer:

Bailey Joy Aanenson, Minnesota-Dakotas District


Distinguished District Administrator:

Brent Leslie, Georgia District  

Jennifer Hethcox, Carolinas District  

Lori Stillwell, Michigan District

Mickey Cohen, New Jersey District  

Serena Bell, Capital District  


Distinguished Governor:  

Dylann Lowery, Texas-Oklahoma District  

Jose Leoncio, Capital District  

Kelvin Pineda, Carolinas District  

Marisa Hoenig, Georgia District  

Michael Vitti, New Jersey District  

Samantha Wilson, Kansas District

Sara Al-Midany, Southwest District  

William Smith, Minnesota-Dakotas District  


Distinguished District:

Capital District

Texas-Oklahoma District  


New Member of the Year:

Azal Abduh, Carolinas District  

Kaitlyn Carroll, Florida District

Saifaldeen Alsarhani, Pacific Northwest District  


Outstanding Alumnus:

Brian Root, Pennsylvania District


CKI Hall of Fame:

Ivan Hoz, California-Nevada-Hawaii District  
Rilie May, Indiana District


Circle of Service:
Kelly Shaup, Pennsylvania District


Presidential Awards

Outstanding Board Support Award:  

Charles “Chuck” Gugliuzza, Florida District


Outstanding Board Member:  
Devyn King, Pennsylvania District


Opal Award:
Julia Dressler, New York District


Unsung Hero Award:
Kajal Dave, Southwest District

Utilizing Technology in Your Club

By: Devyn King, Subregion E Trustee

It’s 2019 and time to fully embrace the digital age!  There are hundreds of websites and online platforms to aid in group administration and organization - many of which are free to use!  If you find yourself struggling to achieve success in group projects, or are just looking for an easier way of doing things, why not give some of these resources a try?

Here are some FREE online tools you can use to strengthen your team:

Google Suite
Google Suite allows you to create and store documents online, so it won’t take up any space on your computer. It also makes sharing documents with others super easy, so you all can collaborate in live time. Share documents and spreadsheets with Docs and Sheets, collaborate on presentations with Slides, create surveys with Forms, and even host video conference meetings with Hangouts or Meet. All you need is a Google account! We also recommend storing all files on a shared Google Drive to allow for easy access and a smooth passing of resources during transitions.

If you need to host an online meeting, but Hangouts isn’t your thing, check out! You’ll need to create an account, but it’s free! Not to mention, it also has easy-to-use features like screen-sharing and video recording. Perfect for on-the-go meetings.

Tired of boring old emails? MailChimp can fix that! With a free account, MailChimp allows you to create email campaigns with their pre-set templates, or ones you build yourself! You can adjust the layout, add pictures, change the colors, and more.  It also runs analytics on the campaign, such as how many people opened the email.  It’s great for updates and newsletters!

Like MailChimp, Benchmark is an online email campaign builder with a free account.  It’s pre-set templates and simple, easy-to-use interface will make building your emails a breeze. If you’re more creative, or just want something different, you can customize the templates to meet your needs. You can send emails to subscriber lists and receive data on your email performance.

Canva is an online graphic design platform. You’ll need to create a free account, but once you’re in, you have access to hundreds of templates, pictures, icons, and designs to create the perfect image. It’s an easy way to make sleek and professional-looking social media posts and infographics to advertise your club.

Like Canva, Crello is a free, online resource to build graphics.  It features a library of thousands of pre-made graphics and templates for you to use, or allows you to build your own.  You can also make animated posts to use on your social media stories! And the best part of all - the basic level account is FREE!

Similar previous graphic resources, BeFunky is useful in creating promotional and informational graphics. You can also edit photos and make collages to show the world what your club has been up to!  It’s quick, easy to use, and requires no previous design experience!

Slack is a platform that allows your team to easily communicate in an online workspace.  You can send messages, start threads, share files, and even react with emojis.  You can also create separate channels for break-out teams, or individually message your teammates for private discussions. Not to mention, Slack is available online and on a free app, so you can communicate on-the-go! It’s group messaging, but better.

Like Slack, Flock facilitates easy, centralized communication for your team with group channels and direct messaging. Flock also has the capability for audio and video calling, file sharing, and searching through previous messages. It’s also available in a free app!

Trello is an online platform that allows your group to create lists, cards, and boards to prioritize and assign tasks easily. It’s like a digital planner! You can even integrate other platforms, such as Google or Slack, to really enhance team organization and collaboration.

Similarly, Asana allows you to organize and manage projects in a centralized place. Create timelines, facilitate feedback, and monitor the status of tasks to ensure your projects are carried out effectively.  Asana is free for up to 15 people!

About Devyn

Devyn is a senior at the University of Pittsburgh where she is finishing a degree in Urban Studies and Theatre Arts.  After graduation, she will be working as a Planner in the Department of Land Use and Development Services for Cecil County, MD.  Devyn’s favorite thing about being a member of Circle K is the many opportunities for leadership development.

CKI members: Stay active during summer

Your service and leadership journey doesn’t have to end when school lets out.  

Continue your passion and broaden your outreach using the skills you gained as a member of Circle K International. Use this opportunity to gain experiences you can bring back to inspire your club when classes resume next semester.  

Start by finding something you are truly passionate about. If you are enjoy working with children, reach out to your local Boys & Girls Club and ask if there are volunteer opportunities. Do you love theater? Find out if the drama department at the local high school needs help with their summer production. The possibilities are endless.  

Here are a few more ideas to get you started:

  • Contact your local animal shelter to learn about volunteer opportunities.  
  • Offer to read to children at your public library.  
  • Mow someone’s grass.  
  • Volunteer at a food pantry.  
  • Spend a few hours at a nursing home or senior center.  


Here are some other tips:

Ask your friends to volunteer with you. Maybe you haven’t seen them in a while, so spend time with them and give back at the same time!  

Sharpen your leadership skills with a good book. The following selections provide an excellent range of perspective and approaches to leadership that can be applied both in your CKI experience and future career.  

  • “The Truth About Leadership” by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner  
  • “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey  
  • “Grit” by Angela Duckworth  
  • “StrengthsFinder 2.0” by Tom Rath  


Share your CKI experience. When you catch up with friends, tell them about the organization and what drove you to join. Share your favorite memory or project from the year. Use this as an opportunity to practice before recruitment season starts by having a meaningful conversation. You never know: They might join their school’s CKI club or even start a new one.

Whether you’re looking to become a better leader within the club or simply share your passion for service, make the most of your break. Remember why you love being a member of CKI and share it with the world.

Asia Pacific Regional Conference Summation

By Helen Cheng

Kiwanis has been developing in Taiwan for about 40 years and has established 17 divisions with 350 chapters. Each chapter strives to develop and support their Circle K counterparts, actively give back to society, and organize social services in various fields. For example, providing support when Circle K Club of Kaohsiung Medical University organized a summer camp for primary school students in Lamay Island, when Shu-Te University organized Hunger 30 [during which participating students do not consume solid foods for 30 hours in addition to spending the time to discuss four issues facing the world: food shortages, wars, natural disasters, and AIDS], etc. They have also taken the time to help members develop their leadership skills such as self-management, time management, organizational skills, effective communication skills, and more; especially when Taiwan Circle K began strengthening communications with members outside of Taiwan, further expanding their horizon and visions.

When Taiwan was selected as the location for the second CKI Asia Pacific Regional Conference, it was a great honor for Taiwan Circle K and also an opportunity to promote Taiwan CKI’s convergence and integration with the rest of the organization. With the arrival of the Asia Pacific [ASPAC] Regional Chair, International Trustee-at-Large and other International Officers, the planning of the international conference, and the participation of both International Circle K members and college students with interest in Circle K, it has enabled Taiwan CKI to further develop a deeper understanding of Circle K Clubs from various countries through an exchange of ideas in discussions.

In addition, Circle K International’s Trustee-At-Large, Venu Thirumala, and the Asia Pacific Regional Chair, Iris Zhao, also shared with us the organization of operations in US Circle K including the organizational mode, their experience in planning events, community service projects, a partnership project with UNICEF, and more. By increasing the international and cultural interaction between Taiwanese, American, and other international students, it has expanded the international horizons of Taiwanese students and developed both their leadership skills and multiculturalism.

Asia-Pacific countries [with Circle K Clubs] have also benefited a lot from the Asia-Pacific Regional Conference.

Firstly, it has given an opportunity for CKI Clubs in the Asia-Pacific region to foster relationships with each other.

Every year, the ASPAC Regional Conference has given CKI Clubs from various countries the opportunity to meet with club officers and members in the Asia-Pacific region and to understand the organizational structure, community culture, activity traditions, operational characteristics, etc. of CKI clubs in those countries. The conference also gives each Circle K Club a platform for learning and sharing experiences. And although we could use Facebook, E-mail, or Line to communicate with each other, if the Asia-Pacific countries don’t have a third party or the opportunity to meet, it would still be difficult to establish a medium of mutual understanding and to connect all Asia-Pacific CKI Clubs -- especially since the CKI Clubs are not familiar with each other and may have difficulty building a relationship of trust and having good interactions. However, with the ASPAC Regional Conference, the Circle K Clubs can establish a network of contacts through sharing the same activities, holding events together, and participating in a joint meeting. Everyone can also reach a deeper understanding of each other’s home clubs, learn from each other’s strengths and weaknesses through discussions and intercountry collaborations.

Secondly, the conference can help in districting Circle K Clubs in the Asia-Pacific region.

Because of the efforts of Asia-Pacific Regional Chair, Yuxin [Iris], we were able to successfully host the second ASPAC Conference in Taipei, Taiwan. The preparation that started in December 2017 until the official meeting in March 2018 gave us the opportunity to get to know and communicate with Yuxin [Iris]. From the frequent communication and the discussion of the conference plans, Taiwan was able to further their understanding of how the US Circle K organization functions and how to begin building a district.

By attending the ASPAC Conference, participating countries had the opportunity to meet both Yuxin [Iris] and International-Trustee-At-Large, Venu, to discuss districting plans in person. Through the in-depth talks and discussions, it inspired and increased the motivation of Circle K clubs in the Asian Pacific area, specifically Taiwan and Philippines, to set up their own district in the future. Even after the end of the conference, Yuxin [Iris] continues to be in touch with our clubs and provides all kinds of help that express the friendship and care from US Circle K.

Lastly, the conference has given Taiwan the opportunity to connect with international clubs outside their country.

Due to the structure of Taiwan’s educational system, Taiwanese students do not have lack English proficiency and has even fewer opportunities to communicate with people from other countries. The developmental direction of Circle K International also rarely plans for international exchanges. By observing the experience of CKI exchanges with other countries, the operating characteristics of Taiwan CKI are also based on volunteer service, knowledge learning, and ability building. Furthermore, by attending the ASPAC Conference, Taiwan Circle K members can experience the culture and customs of other countries through interacting with them, resulting in a further expansion of their international perspective.

We are extremely grateful to CKI’s Trustee-at-Large, Venu Thirumala and Asia Pacific Regional Chair, Iris Zhao, for their willingness to visit Taiwan and to hold a conference there that would help countries in the Asia-Pacific region. I hope that the ASPAC Conference will continue in the years to come and that we would also have an opportunity to give back to the US Circle K.

About Ting Chih Cheng [Helen]

Helen is a student at Chaoyang University of Technology where she is pursing a degree in Social Work. Her future goals include setting up my own social work office and bring change to Taiwan’s educational system. Helen also plans to establish a Circle K District in Taiwan and to further develop Taiwan Circle K. Her experience in CKI has not only allowed her to have more opportunities to expand her horizons, cultivate leadership skills, increase resistance, it has also given Helen a stage to challenge herself in addition to having the opportunity to encounter more amazing people from all parts of the world. It has been truly amazing.

Experience the magic of CKIx

By: Chelsie Higdon

You are invited to CKIx19 in Orlando FL, at the Disney’s Contemporary Resort, June 26th-29th! These are words; I am sure you’ve seen in graphics and post on social media. However, you may be asking yourself why I should attend this event? What am I going to get out of it? From my first ever CKIx in Toronto, I was hooked to the international side of this organization. When you attend this event, the energy that radiates from over two hundred Circle K members from all over the world coming together makes you feel alive. It’s energizing and makes you feel as if you are apart of something larger than you initially thought. That energy is what Circle K is about, changing lives and serving all over the world. However, this isn’t the only reason why you should attend CKIx, here are ten more reasons you don’t want to miss this event, this summer.  

You will...

1. visit Orlando, Florida and visit all the sites.

2. reunite with old friends that you don’t see often and make new ones.

3. participate in Day of Service and create memorable experiences with your teams.

4. watch your district get recognized for all of their achievements.

5. elect the 2019-2020 International Board and vote on International Amendments contributing to the future of this organization.

6. meet other members of CKI and hear about the beautiful thing’s different districts, clubs and members do in their home clubs.

7. connect more with your district board and meet more of the CKI family.

8. learn more about the organization beyond a club level

9. attend workshops to grow as a leader and get info to better your club.

10. get inspired to help local and global communities and grow as a servant leader.

These reasons are just a minuscule of what you will get out of this experience but remember you must be open to it and be willing to participate to get the best experience for you.  I can promise you if you attend it will change your view of this organization and will make you more committed and passionate.  So, don’t forget to miss out on these magical memories you will make, and register before our deadline this week!

We can’t wait to see you there!

Register for the $300 price by May 24th at!

About Chelsie

Chelsie Higdon is a graduate student at Western Carolina University where she is studying Project Management. After obtaining her master degree, Chelsie hopes to become a project manager for a non-profit and then one day open up her own. Her favorite thing about being a member of CKI is the seeing the impact made, no matter how big or small done by our members.

Professional Development in CKI

By: Don Nguyen

Being members of a student-led organization, we do our best to develop our abilities, “and the abilities of all people” - often times without even knowing it. From working together to serve our communities we develop “soft skills” and gain networking opportunities, all while learning more about ourselves. Whether you’re a current Circle K member or an alumni, the core tenets of service, leadership, and fellowship have contributed to your professional development. Let’s take a look at how these core tenets have worked to develop our soft skills.

Service. From table top service projects, to marathons, and everything in between - what do they all have in common? It typically starts with someone who plans and/or chairs it. The chair of the event is in charge of things such as planning the event (event planning & organization), relaying information between both parties (communication) and making sure volunteers get to the location on time (time management). The attendees work together to serve their community, for example picking up trash at the beach (team work). Some service projects, especially table top projects, allow for the attendees to show their artistic side, such as making bookmarks for children (creativity). Not only is service fun to do, but we also get to develop these important skills along the way.

Leadership. One of the things that makes this organization so special, is the amount of leadership opportunities that it provides; from serving at the club level, the divisional level, the district level, and even on the international level we’re able to develop our abilities by being servant leaders. By taking on these leadership opportunities, it allows for us to build a competitive resume. Whether you’re a general member or board member, there are a variety of skills that you develop within Circle K. From attending workshops and webinars to even hosting them, we get the opportunity to learn many new things along the way. While some are natural born public speakers, others are not; as we progress within our organization, we take little steps by doing things such as giving updates at meetings, which allows for us to build on our public speaking skills. Some of us have heard our Kiwanians preach, “Early is on time, on time is late, and late is unacceptable!” As leaders, we learn how important it is to not only be punctual, but rather to be early (time management). Another important aspect of being a leader is that we must learn to work with a variety of people who may or may not think like us, who also come from varying backgrounds in order to achieve a common goal (team work). Now, if we were able to achieve all of these accomplishments without any setbacks, it would be amazing, but we would still be lacking certain leadership qualities. Often times, the people that we lead and the events that we plan comes with its difficulties. Fortunately, these difficulties allow for us to learn how to problem-solve, as well as how to remain flexible, which lead us to becoming even better leaders.

Fellowship. Being the largest student-led collegiate service organization, we get the opportunity to meet many new people, and foster lifelong friendships, we gain people skills that bring shy and reserved individuals out of their shell, and we expand our connections to maximize our networking opportunities. Some clubs have family systems, and/or mentor-mentee systems, with the main purpose being to make new friends and develop those relations; as we do so we learn to empathize with others, and hone our emotional intelligence. Within Circle K, there are countless networking opportunities that our members can take advantage of - from career fairs to professional development conferences, and even just to talking to another member who may know of a job opening (it’s the reason I got my current job). It’s also important to network with Kiwanians because often times they want to help us with their experience by referring us in the right direction, or even providing an internship themselves.

As you have probably noticed by now, the skills that we learn in one tenet tend to overlap and carryover with another tenet, and that’s because these are life-long skills! Not only do we develop these skills for Circle K, but also for our professional careers as well. By actively participating in service, leadership, and fellowship we develop our abilities, and the abilities of all people.

About Don

Don Nguyen is a student at University of California, Irvine where he is pursing a degree in Psychological Sciences. After college he hopes to pursue a career in Organizational Development. Don's favorite thing about CKI is the Kiwanis Family Committee because they are an amazing group of individuals and it's been such a pleasure working with them!

Step Up Your Civic Engagement

By: Laura Belmont, International President

May 3rd marks a celebration of freedom of the press: the ability of the media to write and speak freely. World Press Freedom Day serves as an opportunity for us to reflect on freedom of the press, which is an essential part of democracy. With a free press, citizens can exchange ideas and engage with each other and the government; without freedom of the press, policies can run unchecked. Therefore, it is up to each of us to protect our rights, including freedom of the press, and be civically engaged both today and year-round.

What is civic engagement? It is the ideas and actions that make up social and political involvement in a democratic society. Being in CKI is a great example of being engaged, since community service is key to the social involvement part of civic engagement. Here are some ideas to take it to the next level and get involved politically!

If you are looking to get out the vote:
Volunteer to register voters: You can set up on campus or at local events. To help make it more convenient for new students, try setting up a table at new student orientation and/or move-in days. If your club is interested in registering voters, check your local guidelines on how to host an event and train the individuals registering voters; different rules may apply based on location. You also can partner with local organizations that work to register voters.
Get your campus a polling site: Many campuses already have polling places where students can go to submit early ballots or vote on days of elections, but if your campus does not, you can reach out to your local government to make it happen. Be sure to give yourselves plenty of time prior to the election.
Incentivize voting: Work with local restaurants, coffee shops, and other businesses to give student discounts for students who have voted/registered to vote. You can also organize snacks and games near polling places to keep students entertained if they have to wait in line. This is because the lines can be long and you don’t want people to get discouraged and leave.

If you are looking to get people informed:
Host candidate forums on campus: Invite candidates and/or groups to come speak on campus as elections approach. This can be in the form of a debate or an open forum where students can come hear the issues and ask any questions they might have.
Host local officials to speak: Governance doesn’t stop when it isn’t election season. Invite your officials to give updates on what is happening in the community, discuss any issues facing your community, and/or take questions.
Get people to reach beyond party lines: Put on an event where your school’s political groups can come together. Reach out to all party-specific, special interest, and non-partisan groups to have an open discussion on various issues. Enforce baseline rules that everyone must follow to maintain a respectful environment.
Do a debate watch event: When candidates or officials are participating in a forum or debate that’s being aired, host an event complete with snacks and games to encourage student viewership and make being informed a fun group activity. Consider doing your own post-debate discussion with attendees.
Make it a club activity: At club meetings, you can recap events in the news and/or local issues and discuss them as a group. Your club can also make an event our of coming together to contact your local representatives on various issues.
Put on an awareness campaign: Connect students on your campus with resources and information on political issues and processes. This can be done as a table or event with information on how to vote, how to research issues and other items of local importance, and/or ways they can get involved.

Just remember: nonpartisanship is key. To maintain our nonprofit status, the activities of CKI, its districts, and its clubs must remain nonpartisan. Represent all viewpoints without bias, and don’t support just one candidate or “side” of an issue. These are only a few ideas to kickstart your engagement, but there are so many more out there that you/your club can put into action. What will YOU do on your own and in your community to be politically informed and engaged?

About Laura

Laura serves as the 2018-19 Circle K International President. She is a graduating senior at Arizona State University where she will obtain degrees in Genetics and Biochemistry. Upon graduation she will be pursuing a PhD in molecular and cellular biology. Laura hopes to become a professor at a university, leading a lab that studies immune response to viral infection. Laura's favorite CKI memory is planning a last-minute trip to Niagara Falls with members of her district and the Rocky Mountain District during CKIx 2016.

Living and Serving Sustainably

By: Max Rico, Subregion B Trustee

Happy Earth Day week! On this Earth Day, you may be wondering what you can do to reduce your impact on our planet. There are countless ways you can help, and it is never too late to pick up new habits.

The main way you can live a eco-friendlier life is by following the three R's - reduce, reuse, and recycle. These words are in this order for a reason; your first priority should always be to REDUCE. Buy less items, buy things with less packaging, throw less trash away, drive less, useless water, and avoid any of these things all together if possible. Reducing is the best option because in the case of material items, it reduces the use of oil for plastics, mining for metals, land use for trees for paper products, and tons of fuel use and emissions from cargo ships and trucks that transport these things from their places of origin to your home. Reducing trash reduces fuel use in garbage trucks, land use in landfills, toxic emissions from incineration plants, and the potential leaking of hazardous material into groundwater. Every gallon of gas burned by your car also produces about 20 pounds of carbon dioxide, so the less driving you do, the less heat-trapping gases are released into the atmosphere. Try walking, biking, and using public transit instead - it is often cheaper and much less stressful. In terms of water, using less of it reduces strain on water sources such as groundwater aquifers, wells, reservoirs, rivers, lakes, and more. You will also conserve the electricity that would otherwise be used to pump water into your community and to treat wastewater after it goes down the drain.

Your second priority should be to REUSE what you can't reduce. Since we can't reduce drinking water, for example, a good idea would be to get a reusable bottle and drink from the tap and/or a water filter. Next time your trash can is full, see what you can possibly replace with something reusable, such as paper towels, plastic utensils, and plastic bags. Reusing things prevents them from becoming trash and avoids the trash-related issues mentioned in the previous paragraph. Although recycling is typically the most vocalized of the three R's, it should actually be your third priority!Recycling is good because it is easy and allows items to be reused rather than disposed of as trash. The reason recycling should not be your go-to option above reducing and reusing, though, is because recycling still requires energy.Not as much energy as producing new items, but still more than if the products were never made in the first place. To be recycled, your items need to be transported to a MRF (material recover facility, not monthly report form!),where machines and people separate what can and can't be recycled. Once organized, these items are usually shipped to Asia where they are recycled into new items that can then be transported back on cargo ships and sold.Contaminated batches of recyclable material may be disposed of as trash and potentially contaminate waterways in regions without developed waste management programs.

Items that can be recycled include most metals, most clean plastics (look for the recycling symbol), glass, and most clean paper products.Note that these items must be clean, meaning anything with food waste (such as oils) can contaminate an entire batch of recyclables at an MRF and should instead be thrown in the trash or composted. Exactly which products can and can't be recycled varies by municipality, but almost every MRF rejects the following items which are commonly put in recycling bins: paper towels, plastic straws, chip/snack bags, pizza boxes, beverage cartons, plastic wrappers, and plastic packaging/mailers from online retailers.

So what can you as a Circle K member or club do to create a positive impact on the environment?

You can organize a cleanup at a local park, beach, street, hiking trail, or really anywhere impacted by littering. All you need is some trash bags, gloves (gardening gloves recommended), trash grabbers (optional),and members ready to do something good. In some communities, your local government may even provide these items for free if you reach out. Cleanups prevent trash from contaminating waterways, soils, and ecosystems. Consider taking alternative forms of transportation rather than driving to service as well.

You may also organize a tabletop service project in which members are invited to bring old items to reuse. A personal favorite of mine is reusing old t-shirts and turning them into dog toys for local shelters. This project only requires old articles of clothing, scissors, and members who have learned to tie a simple braid. To start, cut strips of the clothing that are1-2 inches wide and at least 10 inches long. Then, tightly double knot three strips of equal length on one end. Next, tightly braid the three strands until only a few inches of the strands remain not braided. Finally, tightly double knot this other end of your new rope toy. Before hosting this service, be sure to confirm that a local animal shelter will be willing and able to accept your toy donations.

Earth Day is a great time to reflect on our impacts and to explore new ways we can help our planet. No action is too big or too small, and our collective efforts can truly make an impact in preventing and mitigating the effects of pollution and climate change.

About Max

Max Rico is currently a student at the University of California, Riverside where he is pursing a degree in Environmental Science. As of right now he is undesigned on what he would like to do after graduation. Max's favorite part about being a part of Circle K International is the membership component. He loves meeting the dedicated members wherever he go!


Why Submit Awards

By: Bill Truong

When someone talks about awards, I can’t help but be brought back to two instances in my Circle K journey so far; my first ever District Convention and the most current CKIx in Chicago, IL. At both of those events, I saw individuals recognized for their hard work and dedication to this organization be recognized by receiving individual awards. Whether it be for a distinguished award, or even for the Hall of Fame, the joy in people’s eyes when they are recognized for their contributions to Circle K will just make you smile.

In my opinion, members should apply for awards because it’s a great way to reward members for doing so much for the organization. It’s also a great way for leadership to recognize members whose involvement and overall contributions might not be seen by others, especially on a larger scale!

Speaking of awards, awards for Circle K International Convention 2019 in Orlando, Florida are out now! Start early, as we have a new awards system for this upcoming year! Distinguished awards are due April 19th, 2019 at 12:00pm ET, and Club and Individual Awards are due May 17th, 2019, at 12:00pm ET. If you have any questions about awards, or are unsure about what awards are available, attend the webinar that the Governing Documents and Awards Committee is hosting on April 16th, 2019 at 10:00pm ET!

About Bill Truong

Bill is the Governing Documents and Awards Chair. He is currently a computer science major at De Anza College in the California-Nevada-Hawaii District. After graduation he plans on going into something computer and tech oriented. Bill's favorite part about being a member of Circle K is doing service and making lifelong friends that will stay with him until the end of time.


By: Devyn King, Subregion E trustee

Whether you’re starting out as a new club officer or preparing a group presentation for school, the first priority for your group should be to learn how to work together effectively.  Keep in mind that although each position has its own defined role and responsibilities, you all should be working together as a team to shape the best possible Circle K experience for your members.

Here are 14 concepts that every team needs to implement in order to achieve success:

Clear Expectations

Did the team define roles and guidelines? Do all team members understand the priorities?  

When the team is first formed, you will want to have an initial meeting where you introduce yourselves, get to know each other, and review roles and expectations for the upcoming term. Solidify these expectations with service agreements, so everyone understands and agrees to uphold their responsibilities.

Common Vision

Is everyone on the same page with the task at hand and where the group wants to take it?

At that initial meeting, have an open discussion to decide on the team’s vision for the year, laying out the big picture of what you want to accomplish. Allow everyone to share what they wish to see before deciding on a single vision as a team. You are going to be pulled in many different directions if you do not agree on which direction to take, which will result in you not being able to measure results. You can even create a vision board of these ideas, and use it to ground yourselves throughout the year.


Do team members understand the purpose of the organization and why they are participating on the team? Are team members in it for the long-haul?

Before electing officers, make sure potential candidates understand the role before running.  Sit down with your team members at the beginning of the term for in-depth education on the organization to show the impact that their work is having. If some members are less committed or not pulling their weight, this can lead to frustration among others.


Are team members comfortable interacting with each other?  Is there a pleasant working environment?

Provide fellowship activities throughout the year and offer time to discuss non-work topics, so the team can get to know each other. This will help team members feel valued and have fun while working! Also, make sure discussions are open and free of judgment so everyone is comfortable sharing their opinion.


What tools are right for our team? Does everyone know how to use these tools and understand the protocols surrounding them?

Survey the group about which communication tool works best for them (GroupMe, text, Slack, etc.), and create a schedule of when everyone can expect certain communications. Also, set limits for the amount of time in which it is appropriate to respond. For example, you may wish to receive responses to texts within 24 hours, or responses to emails within 48 hours – whatever works for your team!  But remember, communication goes both ways!


Do team members feel confident and trusted to carry out tasks? Does the team have enough freedom and empowerment to explore solutions?

Delegate and don’t micromanage.  Everyone should be there because they want to help and carry out initiatives. Not providing team members with enough tasks may make them feel like they’re not trusted or valued. Give your team members space to operate on their own accord, and reassure them that they can do it. Just make sure they understand the task and that expectations are communicated effectively!


Can the team approach the problem-solving process jointly? Are all team members contributing their ideas to discussion? Are all team members stepping up to help out when needed?

Have group discussions and allow everyone to talk at least once before they can talk again, as each member brings a unique perspective; the meshing of ideas will lead to stronger and more solid plans. Also, encourage team members to use their talents and skills to help others, so no one person is feeling too stressed. Remember, it is okay to ask questions!


Do team members enjoy the work they do? Is there a sense of excitement among the team?

Be nice, speak to your team members with enthusiasm, and provide positive reinforcement throughout the process. Avoid using negative language; instead, try to rephrase your comment in a way that’s constructive. You may also wish to conduct satisfaction surveys or have one-on-ones with your team members to make sure they are happy in their role and to receive feedback on how you’re doing. To really get members excited about the work they’re doing, allow them to pursue passion projects so that they can take ownership of something they deeply care about.


Is the central leadership team guiding the group in the right direction?

Although you want to give members the freedom and confidence to be self-sufficient, you also need to keep them grounded and on track. Remind them of the vision, address any issues as soon as they arise, and let team members know it is okay to come to you when they have questions or concerns. Again, asking for feedback is the best way to understand how your leadership is being perceived by the team.


Do team members have the knowledge, skill, and capability to carry out their roles and address the issues for which the team was formed?

Be sure to learn each team member’s learning style, as leadership is not a one-size-fits-all idea. Everyone is capable of performing the tasks they are assigned, they may just need it to be clarified or communicated in another way, or they may need someone to help walk them through it the first time.  You should also offer ongoing training and education throughout the year, so you and your team members never stop learning.


Is the team thinking of innovative solutions, or are they sticking to the status quo?  Are ALL ideas (even the crazy ones) given consideration?

It’s one thing to be a team that can carry out tasks as they’ve always been done before, but what really shows the strength of a team is how well they tackle new initiatives. Weigh the pros and cons of each option. Step back, and try approaching situations from a different viewpoint. Most importantly - don’t immediately denounce someone’s idea because it’s different. Sometimes, “crazy” equals genius.


Is productivity steady or coming in waves? Is the work high quality?

With too much downtime, people can get lazy.  With too much work, people can get overwhelmed and burn out. Maintain a balanced agenda, so nobody is assigned too many tasks or too little tasks at once. Review ALL work as a team before finalizing, as all work should be given the same level of attention and held to the same quality standards.


Are team members being recognized for their contributions? Do team members feel proud of their accomplishments?

It always feels good to be recognized for your work, and positive reinforcements lead to a happy, comfortable work environment. Tell team members when they have done a good job and always remind them that you appreciate their work!


Is unacceptable behavior going unrecognized?  Is there a mechanism in place to deal with problem team members?

Do not let bad behavior slip by, as it sends a message to other team members that bad work is okay. Enforce the rules and make sure team members fully understand what will happen if they do not pull their own weight. When addressing the team member, be kind but not too soft, and use proper conflict resolution techniques, such as “I” statements. Although it may hurt to let a team member go, it is sometimes better to focus your energy on the team members who care and who are fully committed.


So, why does this matter?  Well, to put it simply, an effective team produces better work.  By ensuring all of the above ideas are in place within your team, you will be able to achieve a synergy while working together and generate an effective, high-quality performance.  You will more than likely encounter a few obstacles throughout your term – both individually and as a team – but your team will be able to bond together to overcome those obstacles and keep you on track to achieve your goals.  Not to mention, you’ll probably make some friendships that will last a lifetime.

About Devyn

Devyn is a senior at the University of Pittsburgh where she is finishing a degree in Urban Studies and Theatre Arts.  After graduation, she will be working as a Planner in the Department of Land Use and Development Services for Cecil County, MD.  Devyn’s favorite thing about being a member of Circle K is the many opportunities for leadership development.

Plant Seeds to Grow Your Club’s Membership

By: Billy Hackett, 18-19 Subregion G International Trustee

The more people who join CKI, the more of a collective difference we can make around the world. I promise there are people on your campus who would love to join CKI- they just have not heard of us, yet!

Everyone should play an active role in member recruitment and retention. In fact, one of your biggest goals as a member should be to help grow your club’s membership. To this end, do not be afraid to plant seeds right now that will bear fruit later on! If you are an incoming club officer, you should already be working with your board on a Membership Growth Strategic Plan for the year ahead. Here is how:


Step 1: Collaborate

Teamwork is key, so be sure this plan is informed by the entire club board (including the past board), not just an individual officer. There are likely many perspectives on what is best for your club, and you can keep each other accountable for goals collectively created.

Step 2: Review

How many members did your club have last year? The year(s) before? Has your club been losing members, staying steady, or growing? What has your club actively been doing to recruit and retain new members, if anything?

Step 3: Create a Goal

What is realistic in terms of net* growth for the coming year? Use the data you reflected on during REVIEW to walk the line between overshooting and undershooting your membership goal. Your goal can be ambitious but must still be achievable.

*If you lost three members last year, you need four new members to be at a net growth of one member.


Step 4: SMART Steps: Recruit

Heard of SMART goal setting? Take your GOAL and make it SPECIFIC, MEASUREABLE, ATTAINABLE, RELEVANT, and TIMELY. These questions will help jumpstart your plan: How often will you plan to “table” or flyer per month? Who will follow up with people who express interest in joining? Will members be educated on recruitment tips during meetings? How often, and in what format? Who will be the point person in planning and implementing these initiatives?

Step 5: SMART Steps: Retain

Recruitment is only half of the battle! You want those who come to an event or meeting to keep coming back, and that can be done by fostering a welcoming environment. How will you intentionally celebrate your existing and new members? How will member feedback be incorporated into decision-making? How will these responsibilities be shared among members of the club?


Step 6: Remain Engaged

This plan is not to be placed in a folder and forgotten. Regularly return to the goals you have created and analyze progress as a group at club board meetings. Have we adhered to all of the steps we said we would take? How many members have we gained, or lost? Are we on track for our goal? Should we reevaluate, or recommit?

At the end of the year ask: what have we learned, and how will we apply these lessons to next year’s plan (in conjunction with the next generation of club leaders)? Include your reflections in the transition materials given to your new club officers.


Notice how the plan comes full circle! If this is not something that your club currently does, it could (and should) be your board’s legacy to begin this cycle of developing a Membership Growth Strategic Plan at the beginning of each CKI year (April 1st). It should be done with both the incoming and outgoing club board, as part of the transition process.


Remember, you are never alone. Your fellow club members and officers, District Board members, and International Board members are all available to support YOU! Keep your eye out for more CKI News articles on recruitment(and all sorts of cool topics) in the near future. For now, I am sending you love and good vibes for the beginning of this CKI Year!




What will a finished product look like? Check out this(mock*) Membership Growth Strategic Plan from the University of Plants are Nice(UPAN) CKI for inspiration:


Intentional recruitment responsibilities

Appoint a Recruitment and Orientation (R&O) Officer. They will...

Take the appropriate steps to develop “tabling” schedules, with tabling days throughout the year at least three times a month. Contact information will be gathered from people who express interest.

Schedule tabling every Tuesday and Thursday from 9-11 AM for the first month of both the Fall and Spring semesters.

Ensure that CKI is represented by at least one member at each New Student Orientation during the summer months.

Secure a spot to table for CKI at the UPAN Club Rush inSeptember.

Reach out to on-campus organizations, residence life, or colleges (i.e. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, etc.), provide a blurb, and ask if they would promote CKI in their newsletters. Initial outreach will occur in August.

Organize and build hype for a “Bring a Friend to CKI Day” inOctober, where existing members will bring people along to a designated meeting; whoever brings the most guests wins.

Each person who expresses interest in the club during any “tabling”event will be followed up personally by the member who interacted with them through the contact information provided and will receive a general welcome email from the UPAN CKI President.

The UPAN CKI President will regularly update the university’s online portal for student organizations.

The UPAN CKI Treasurer will talk about the benefits of becoming a dues-paid member at each club meeting.


Retention through integration and initiation

Create a “New Member of the Month” award to recognize and retain new additions to our UPAN CKI family. This will be presented by the ClubPresident at the last meeting each month.


The Club Editor will celebrate members through “MemberSpotlight Mondays” and birthday shoutouts on the UPAN CKI Instagram.

New members will be asked to fill out an evaluation concerning their experience with the club at the end of each semester. The survey questions will be created by the E-Board and sent to members by the ClubSecretary.

Any member education and orientation programs developed byInternational (and/or otherwise created) will be implemented as appropriate.

A Member Initiation Ceremony- where new members are presented with pins, etc.- will be included in the End of the Year Banquet programming, planned by the outgoing E-Board.


Involve all existing members in the recruitment and retention process

Give 0.5 hours of service to members who Table for 1 hour, for a maximum of 2 hours that can be earned this way.

To foster a welcoming environment, designate a particularly bubbly member to stand outside the meeting room every week to greet old and new/prospective members alike.

The E-Board will encourage members to spread out during meetings and service projects to socialize with and include new members. This will be mentioned to all returners but stressed for Board Members who will be directly addressed for failure to comply with such.

At every other meeting, the R&O Officer will share a novel membership recruitment tip and lead the group in a relevant activity. This will make sure members understand that recruitment does not fall on only one person but is a collective responsibility.


*This plan is tailored to the specific circumstances facing the UPAN CKI. While your plan should incorporate many of these elements, specifics (including timing and assigned officers) will vary.

About Billy

Billy is a third year pursuing degrees in Political Science and International Studies at the University of Florida. Upon graduation he intends on joining the Peace Corps in Latin America, and in future endeavors hopes to be working for the advancement of justice and human rights. Billy’s favorite part about CKI is thinking about the collective impact that we have across the globe!

Venu's WASH Story

By: Venu Thirumala, International trustee-at-large

The WASH Project is a project that I support because of the mission of the project. Water, sanitation and hygiene are three basic necessities that people take for granted. The WASH initiatives that we are taking on will help people from various countries in need of these resources.  

My story of The WASH Project began in 2016, when I was in Toronto, Canada, for the Circle K International convention. I was relatively new to CKI at the time and was really interested in learning about what CKI does as an organization. Then Texas-Oklahoma Governor Miti and I were walking around looking at the various forums, and we came across UNICEF. Through that forum, I learned about the hardships that people face just to get water that isn’t even clean. The pictures really got to me, and once I saw how feasible the solutions are to change this issue, I started fundraising for The WASH Project. It is now my favorite service initiative for Circle K International.

WASH also impacted me from personal experiences. Throughout my life, I have been fortunate enough to travel to India every year. In India, I see the real-life situation of people being affected due to the lack of proper water, sanitation and hygiene. I see people drinking water that is not clean, or people defecating out in the open on the streets of India or even in the lakes and rivers, contaminating the water and causing a number of health disorders. India for me is definitely a wake-up call, and it really makes me realize how much we take for granted. When we wake up in the morning and use water to brush our teeth, flush the toilet or take long warm showers, we don’t really think about how much we use and how many luxuries we have. I want to work to advocate for people all over the world to be able to have the same opportunities as we do, and I feel that The WASH Project does just that.

Learn more about WASH, find resources and get involved by visiting Thank you for supporting WASH and UNICEF USA.

About Venu

Venu is a senior at The University of Texas at Dallas where is he pursuing a degree in Public and Nonprofit Management. After college, Venu plans to enter the job market, working in the nonprofit sector. He is looking to move out of Texas to either the Northeast or Midwest get a change of scenery and gain more experience there. Venu's favorite thing about being a CKI member is fellowship and the opportunities that he has gotten to travel from Panama, Taiwan, and many more places because of CKI.

Why I Support WASH

By: Isabelle Monroe, Subregion A trustee

There are so many reasons why WASH is, in my opinion, a worthwhile cause. Fighting for clean water is only scratching the surface. WASH fights for basic human rights, education and independence from daily tasks that infringe on the day-to-day lives of women and children in these developing countries. The reason that I stand by is clean water. It sounds simple, but it is far from that. Clean water is an afterthought for many people in the United States, as are parasites and water-borne illnesses.

Clean water allows us to forget the awful reality of what contaminated water can do to civilization. People who consume or are exposed to contaminated water are at risk of infection by parasitic worms and other disease-causing organisms. Imagine knowing that you could be infected by these organisms, yet you have no other option but to drink the contaminated water. It honestly sounds like a scene right out of a horror movie to me. By raising not only money but awareness for WASH, you are becoming part of a global movement of like-minded individuals who value the safety and rights of others. This organization means a lot to me, and I hope that you will find your passion for it as well.

Learn more about WASH, find resources and get involved by visiting Thank you for supporting WASH and UNICEF USA.  

About Isabelle

Isabelle is a junior at Montana State University where she is pursuing a degree in microbiology-genetics for pre-medicine. After college she plans to attend med school to become a dermatologist or family practice physician. She wants to stay in Montana after med school due to the shortage of physicians in the state. Isabelle’s favorite thing about being a member of CKI is the fellowship!


Discovering “purpose” is key to creating a dynamic and lasting impact. Every individual is different, but together, a group can share a common goal of change. The Circle K International Board is using that drive to change lives through WASH.

"The WASH initiative is vital because it extends beyond the four points that make up its name. As we speak, children are becoming ill, dying, missing out on their educations and potentially being assaulted: all because of lack of access to water, sanitation and hygiene. This project represents life and opportunity for so many Haitians."

— Laura Belmont, International President

"Equal rights start with equal access to water, sanitation and hygiene. This project helps Haiti in so many ways. My favorite is that it allows women and children to develop as individuals"

— Julia Dressler, International Vice President

"Water, sanitation and hygiene are three basic necessities that people take for granted. The initiatives that we are taking on with WASH will help people from various countries that are in need of such a resource."

— Venu Thirumala, Trustee-at-Large  

"I am passionate about WASH because of its focus on the reduction of water-borne illnesses. In a time where these illnesses are preventable, there is no reason too big to not prevent them."

—  Isabelle Monroe, Subregion A Trustee  

"Access to clean water is essential for creating a robust and thriving society. WASH directly and indirectly helps tackle issues relating to health, education, gender equality and more. I support WASH because every person in Haiti and elsewhere deserves a chance to prosper in life."

— Max Rico, Subregion B Trustee  

"I support the WASH project because of the life-changing education we are providing Haitians."

— Sean Nauss, Subregion C Trustee  

"The WASH project is an opportunity for our organization to be a part of something HUGE. This goes way beyond the status quo of CKI by showcasing what CKI has an opportunity to do when we work collectively. By helping the people of Haiti gain access to everything that WASH sets out to achieve, we are showing the world that college students can make a difference globally."

— Robbie Day, Subregion D Trustee  

"WASH addresses a global issue surrounding something we take for granted every single day — water. The issues regarding water, sanitation and hygiene go much deeper than just the surface level, however. They also negatively impact so many other aspects of society, including gender inequality, education and economic development, which are all issues I care deeply about."

— Devyn King, Subregion E Trustee  

"Through WASH, we can help provide stable sanitary conditions for the people of Haiti. To some, this may not seem vital, but it is, because we are not only providing safe drinking water, which is a major accomplishment in itself. We are helping children get to school to obtain an education because they no longer have to go out to get water all day. We are helping the world’s next generation grow and prosper. For that, I support WASH!"

— Stephania Gonzalez Mena, Subregion F Trustee  

"WASH is more than a bandage. This is an initiative designed to break every cycle of marginalization tied to inadequate water, sanitation and hygiene in a sustainable manner, through education and direct community involvement."

— Billy Hackett, Subregion G Trustee  

Why do you support WASH? Help CKI raise money by donating today. Learn more and donate at

Members make a splash

By Danielle Castonzo

March means more than a second-semester respite for members of Circle K International. While the only water some university students think about involves a sunny beach, CKI members will be focused on water issues in underdeveloped regions of the world.

During March Water Madness, CKI clubs raise money for and awareness of the WASH Project, an initiative by UNICEF that stands for water, sanitation and hygiene. UNICEF works in more than 100 countries to improve water and sanitation services and hygiene practices.

At the University of Houston in Texas, the CKI club plans to launch a weeklong initiative in collaboration with the University of Houston’s UNICEF chapter. Club members will build on the success they experienced during a similar partnership in 2018.

During one March week last year, club members distributed more than 100 water bottles along with information about WASH and water scarcity, held a fundraising bake sale, screened an informational movie about water scarcity and hosted a social media competition using WASH trivia.

But they didn’t stop there, says Alex Le, the CKI club’s president. They also organized a 6K mini-marathon on campus, which corresponded with a district-wide effort.

“My favorite part of WASH Week was actually an overlapping initiative that our district was promoting,” Le says. “Each day of March, people from around the district challenged each other on social media to run a 6K, or 3.71 miles – which is the average distance that women in developing countries have to walk to obtain access to clean water — in an effort to raise awareness and funds for the WASH Project.”

The club also started a GoFundMe account, which raised US$155. That in turn allowed them to fund enough purification tablets to create more than 100,000 liters of safe water for families in Haiti, a country still recovering from a 2010 earthquake and subsequent cholera epidemic. Close to 70 percent of the Haitian population lacks direct access to potable water, Le says.

“The GoFundMe aligned with Circle K International’s goal of targeting Haiti’s emergency needs to reach 200,000 people in cholera-affected areas with a complete WASH response package,” he explains.

The club’s efforts don’t lapse the other 11 months of the year. The WASH Project is a five-year CKI signature project, and the University of Houston club stresses year-round service.

“We try to motivate our members by reminding them of the value of giving back,” explains Le.

CKI member Rene Andrade believes in the power of that message.

“We take too many things for granted,” she says. “Something as valuable as water can be treated as plentiful here, but we don’t stop to think about how it’s a luxury for all those people around the world. I want to stay involved, because even if we can’t solve the problem entirely, we can still make a small difference in at least one person’s life, and it’ll be worth it.”

Inspired by the University of Houston’s campaign? Host your own WASH fundraiser. Check out our WASH guide and other helpful documents in our WASH resource section on CKI's website. You’ll also find these awesome WASH water bottle labels and much more. Thank you for supporting WASH!

Goodbye 2018 and hello 2019! 

For many of us, a new year brings new resolutions: eating healthier, working out more, making more time for ourselves, etc. Why not set a resolution for CKI? Here are tips from your peers on how to be a better member of CKI in 2019.  

  • Complete more service. Add one more service project into your normal routine.
  • Attend a district or international event. Meet other CKI members who share the same love for service, leadership and fellowship.  
  • Explore fellowship with more members. Talk to different people at meetings and events and expand your horizons. Make it your goal to talk to at least one new person at each meeting. If you already know everyone, take it as an opportunity to get to know someone even better. Bridge the gap and create a friendship from within your own club.  
  • Bring at least one friend to CKI. Share the CKI experience by inviting at least one person to a meeting or event. Show why you are passionate about our organization.  
  • Spread the word. When you share your club's successes and promote its events on social media and through word-of-mouth, you’re educating others who are potential members. Show off the good your club is doing in the world. Remember to always use #ChooseCKI.
  • Help plan a project. Are you passionate about a certain cause? Approach your club officers and volunteer to help organize a project to benefit it. You can help your cause while also developing leadership skills and providing your fellow club members with service opportunities.
  • Discover your “why.” Instead of existing within CKI, take a step back and think about why you are in the organization. Write it down and keep it where you'll see it daily. Let that reason fuel your passion. Let that passion shine through each time you attend a meeting, complete a service project or talk about the organization with a friend. Remember why you love being a member and let it show!

Start small and don’t overwhelm yourself. Remember, there are 365 days in a year. If you fall off track, just jump back on. These resolutions can be incorporated into your life at any time. Happy New Year!  

CKI College Resources from the U.S. Army

Excel in college; prepare for life

From ROTC to grad-school preparation, the U.S. Army helps college students succeed in the classroom and beyond.  

When you packed your bags and headed to campus, maybe you had certain goals in mind, a major picked out, graduate school aspirations. Or perhaps you had no idea what you wanted and are still looking for a little inspiration.

The U.S. Army has resources to help.  

From March2Success’ free, interactive study programs to opportunities through the Army Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (ROTC), the Army offers countless ways for college students to learn, train and pursue their education and career interests.

For example, if you’re a student-athlete you’re probably looking for sports scholarships. Through the ROTC program, the U.S. Army has opportunities for physically fit student achievers and offers two- and three-year scholarship opportunities for enrolled college students. ROTC scholarships can pay full tuition and fees, including money for books and supplies, along with a monthly stipend. And you don’t have to be an all-star athlete to apply.  

Or if you are interested in medical school, March2Success provides free comprehensive tools, including full-length practice tests for both the MCAT and DAT to help students prepare for health care fields. There’s also an enhanced Nursing Hub that offers prep courses for students interested in a nursing career.

And to help students balance course work and daily obligations with health and fitness, the Army’s Performance Triad provides wellness resources to help sustain healthy behaviors with a student’s sleep, activity and nutrition.

If you are interested in serving and learning important leadership skills through ROTC, chasing your dream career with March2Success’ prep programs or simply finding better ways to take care of your mental and physical health, the U.S. Army has the tools to achieve your goals — in college and in the years that follow.

To learn more, visit and

(Circle) Kast Your Vote

By: Laura Belmont and Billy Hackett

While it may seem as though you are just one person, YOU have a voice! If you are a citizen in a country with a democratic system of electing leaders, the most basic way that you can exercise this voice is by VOTING! In the United States, there are approximately 46 million young people (ages 18-29) eligible to vote; we comprise 21 percent of the U.S. electorate, but traditionally do not turn out for elections (Civic Youth). The same can be said for Canada, where in the 2015 elections almost half of young people (ages 18-24) did not vote (Elections Canada).

Circle K International recognizes the power of young adults who mobilize. When you think about it, that is everything that we do. Every day in 15 nations across the world, our 12,000-plus members make a difference by mobilizing through service, fellowship and leadership. When we are inspired to act and recognize that we are not observers but key players in what happens every single day, we can create and live in a world that we want to see.

The decisions made by public officials affect every area of our lives, including education, health care, public safety, Internet access and usage, the environment and countless more. On a local level, you’ll find elections for positions that directly impact your community through roles that may be unique to your area. We have direct control over who represents us and makes those decisions on our behalf, and the magnitude of this cannot be overstated. That is why civic engagement is one of the Objects of Circle K International, and we are calling on YOU to not waste your voice. Instead, channel its power and vote.  

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead

The next opportunity to cast a ballot in the United States is on November 6, 2018. Depending on where you live, the ballot will list a slew of amendments, as well as local, state and national races, all to be decided by the people. Will you break the stigma that young people do not care? Will you take your future into your own hands and make your voice heard?

Find out where you can vote in the U.S. by starting here.

Can my CKI club and I be civically engaged in ways beyond voting?

Yes. If you are not a citizen, a registered voter or of voting age but still want to be engaged – or if you’re a voter who wants to go above and beyond – there are many opportunities to engage civically. You even can involve your club, a route that we recommend.

  • Volunteer at polling locations on election day
  • Volunteer to drive people to the polls
  • Volunteer by registering voters
  • Volunteer at local debates or town halls
  • Encourage your club members to vote  
  • Partner with a civic engagement organization on your campus to volunteer at any election-related events  

What if I am from an international district or club outside of the United States?

If you live in a democratic country, make your voice heard for all of the reasons above. To learn how to register to vote in your country, search the Internet for “register to vote [country].” Here are a few links in countries where we have clubs:

CKIx Award Recipients

On Saturday, July 7, 2018 the following awards were presented at the CKIx Awards and Farewell Session at CKIx18 in Chicago. 

Distinguished Awards

Distinguished District Governor

Julia Terry, Carolinas District

Distinguished Lieutenant Governor

Bill Truong, California-Nevada-Hawaii District

Dylann Lowery, Texas-Oklahoma District

Manuel Santiago, California-Nevada-Hawaii District

Mohammed Alharbi, Pacific Northwest District

Sarah Feinberg, Pennsylvania District

Distinguished District Secretary

Stephania Gonzalez Mena, New Jersey District

Julia Dressler, New York District

Katelyn Duch, California-Nevada-Hawaii District

Distinguished District Treasurer

Christina Civis, Texas-Oklahoma District

Distinguished District Editor

Marisa Hoenig, Georgia District

Chelsie Higdon, Carolinas District

Anika Faglie, Southwest District

Distinguished District Chairperson

Ana Chavez, California-Nevada-Hawaii District

Anika Faglie, Southwest District

Denny Cao, California-Nevada-Hawaii District

Jose Leoncio, Capital District

Esther Wang, California-Nevada-Hawaii District

Lucy Zheng, Georgia District

Ivan Hoz, California-Nevada-Hawaii District

Serena Ranney, Pacific Northwest District

Jennifer Hoang, California-Nevada-Hawaii District

Taylor McKay, New Jersey District

Samantha Ruiz, California-Nevada-Hawaii District

Xinyue Linda Qiu, Georgia District

Distinguished International Chairperson

Anika Faglie, Southwest District

Donald Franks, California-Nevada-Hawaii District

Garrett Thompson, Florida District

Distinguished Kiwanis Chairperson

Jennifer Hethcox, Carolinas District

John Cano, Texas-Oklahoma District

Distinguished District Administrator

Lori Stillwell, Michigan District

Kristin Holden, New England District

Distinguished District

Carolinas District

Southwest District

Club Awards

Growth Enhances Membership Awards

Ruby Division (1-19 members last year that have attained charter strength this year)

Fifth Place- Florida Southwestern State College

Fourth Place- Ohio Wesleyan University

Third Place- Troy University

Second Place- Niagara University and the University of Texas at San Antonio

First Place- Lindenwood University

Sapphire Division (clubs with 20-40 members)

Fifth Place- North Carolina State University

Fourth Place- Johnson & Wales University, George Mason University, Western University, and Michigan State University

Third Place- Western Kentucky University

Second Place- University of Virginia

First Place- DePaul University

Emerald Division (clubs with 41-65 members)

Fifth Place- Irvine Valley College

Fourth Place- University of Aruba

Third Place- University of Texas at Dallas

Second Place- The George Washington University 

First Place- Bentley University

Diamond Division (clubs with 65+ members)

Fifth Place- The College of William & Mary

Fourth Place- California State University- Sacramento

Third Place- Saint Martin's University 

Second Place- University at Buffalo

First Place- Rider University

Club Achievement Awards

Bronze Division

Third Place- Georgia Institute of Technology

Second Place- San Joaquin Delta College

First Place- University of the Pacific

Silver Division

Third Place- University of Central Florida

Second Place- Rutgers University

First Place- Saint Martin's University

Platinum Division

Third Place- University of California, Riverside

Second Place- University of California, Irvine

First Place- University of Michigan -- Ann Arbor

Single Service Awards

University of Michigan -- Ann Arbor

Washington State University

Kiwanis Family Relations Awards

The College of William & Mary

University of California, Riverside

University of Florida

University of the Pacific

Washington State University

Preferred Charities & Service Partners Awards

Third Place- Saint Martin's University 

Second Place- University of Michigan -- Ann Arbor

First Place- Washington State University

Club Promotion Video Awards

Third Place- Virginia Commonwealth University 

Second Place- University of Florida

First Place- University of California, Los Angeles

WASH Awards

Outstanding WASH Fundraising Districts

Third Place- Florida District

Second Place- Georgia District

First Place- Alabama District

Outstanding WASH Fundraising Clubs

Third Place- Northwood University (average amount raised per member: US$24)

Second Place- University of Alabama (average amount raised per member: US$44)

First Place- Palm Beach State College (average amount raised per member: US$68)

Individual Awards

Outstanding International Committee Member

Chelsie Higdon

Lucy Zheng

Billy Hackett

Jennifer Que

Oratorical Contest

First Place: Jennifer Que, California State University, Fullerton- California-Nevada-Hawaii District

Second Place: Mohammed Alhabri, Saint Martin's University- Pacific Northwest District

New Member of the Year

Khalid Altamimi, Saint Martin's University

Adriana Ortiz, North Carolina State University

David Su, Cypress College

CKI Hall of Fame

Jennifer Que, California State University, Fullerton- California-Nevada-Hawaii District

Humanitarian Award

Emmy Suazo, Saint Martin's University

Outstanding CKI Alumnus Award

Ben Osterhout

International Update 2/6/2018
International Update 2/6/2018

International Update 1/19/2018
International Update 1/19/2018
Kiwanis Children's Fund Scholarships Available
Kiwanis Children's Fund Scholarships are available

Are you a current CKI member?

Have you paid your club dues?

Did you know you're eligible for scholarships provided through the Kiwanis Children's Fund?

Each year the Kiwanis Children's Fund proudly assists in the disbursement of select scholarships available through their donor advised fund program to members of Circle K International. This year four scholarship opportunities are available for dues paid members of Circle K:

Cunat International Scholarship

Harry S. Himmel Scholarship

John E. Mayfield Circle K Scholarship

Circle K International Past President's Scholarship

All scholarship applications are due no later than March 15, 2018. Each scholarship requires a separate application. Click the links above for complete information on each scholarship, the criteria, and application.

For general information about scholarships disbursed by the Kiwanis Children's Fund, including who to contact with questions and award notification dates, visit the Kiwanis Children's Fund FAQ Page.

International Update 10/16/17
International Update 10/16/17
International Update 9/29/17
International Update 9/29/2017
Kiwanis Responds: How to Help

Kiwanis clubs around the world are responding to the disaster left in the wake of Hurricane Harvey in Texas. Some are collecting supplies. Others are raising money. Here's how you and your club can help: 

Donate to the Kiwanis Children's Fund. When disaster strikes, the Kiwanis family is there to help. So is the Kiwanis Children’s Fund—with disaster relief grants to help Kiwanis clubs and districts meet crucial, immediate needs. Grants are designed to support Kiwanis-led relief efforts to meet the most urgent needs of victims immediately following natural disasters. Natural disasters include earthquakes, flooding caused by excessive rains, monsoons, hurricanes, tornadoes, typhoons, wildfires and other similar disasters. Donate to the Kiwanis Children's Fund by texting "Aid" to 50155, click here or mail a check

Donate to the Kiwanis Texas-Oklahoma District. The Kiwanis Texas-Oklahoma District focuses on emergency relief efforts. The organization has distributed more than 2,500 backpacks and hygiene kits since being created in 2013 to respond to the destruction from a tornado in Moore, Oklahoma. For this most recent disaster, the district sent hundreds of backpacks to the Houston area and has ordered supplies to fill more. "We will be placing orders for more items to go to the shelters as funds arrive," says Marshall Kregel, chair of the Kiwanis Texas-Oklahoma District relief effort. "We have heard that the shelters across the state of Texas may be accommodating people for several weeks, as many have no home to return to. The Texas-Oklahoma disaster relief effort will continue to serve people in these shelters for the next few weeks." Click here to make a donation.

Buy supplies from Kiwanis Warehouse to have shipped directly to Texas for distribution by Kiwanis members. The Kiwanis Warehouse, powered by Kiwanis partner DollarDays, offers low prices and fast and free shipping for Kiwanis clubs. Individuals and clubs that want to send supplies instead of funds to the disaster zone can purchase their supplies from Kiwanis Warehouse and have them shipped to the Kiwanis Club of Conroe. Club members will then distribute the items to other clubs in the Houston area to make sure supplies are getting to the people who need them. Some of the items available for purchase are batteries, blankets, flashlights and hygiene kits. Clubs and individuals can decide what to purchase by browsing this website and then contacting Frank at +1-877-837-9569 to arrange for shipping.  

New Website
The New Website

Circle K: making the world a better place, one project, one member at a time. And one new website at a time, too! Our new and improved website is up and ready for you to check out! There's a lot of fun new additions that we think you'll really love. So check it out!

Give a day to Circle K

Note: The 2016-17 Give a Day Campaign ended Oct 1st. More information on the 2017-18 Campaign will be released soon.

Members of Circle K International are known for their dedication to service.  Many members give countless hours of service with their clubs and on their own. Because of this dedication, the 2016-17 Circle K International Board is asking each member to Give A Day to Circle K by completing 24 hours of service from now until July 9, 2017. The service hours can come from club service projects or even volunteering on  your own. Just keep track of your hours and when you've completed 24 hours of service, post a picture on social media using the hashtage #GiveADay17 and see how other members are serving their 24 hours. If one person can change the world, imagine what the world's largest, student-led service organization can do! 

So, how do you commit to Give A Day to Circle K? It's easy

  1. Join our Thunderclap Campaign to let us know you've committed to Give A Day to Circle K!  
  2. Do what Circle K members do best- SERVE!
  3. Keep track of your service hours- we're on the honor system here.
  4. Complete 24 hours of service and post your photo with the #GiveADay17  hashtag on social media
  5. Give yourself a pat on the back for doing a great job! 
Show your love, save a life - Ideas to benefit march of dimes


  • Purple treats- Do you have any aspiring chefs in your club? Now is their time to shine. Use their talents to use and bake up some goodies to sell. Decorate them with purple frosting and sprinkles. Sell the treats in a high traffic area on campus. Check out this adorable cupcake idea from Lindsay Weiss of SugarMamaCooks.Com
  • Pound auction- Hold a Pound Auction at a club meeting in February. Every person brings something weighing a pound. It can be candy, treats, sugar, rocks… as long as it weighs a pound.  The item must be wrapped so members do not know what they are bidding on during the auction. Members bid on the wrapped items. The highest bidder wins the item and should unwrap it at that time to show the others what they won.
  • Design a Piggy Bank- Work with a local paint your own pottery studio and invite other organizations on campus to join in and decorate a piggy bank. Once the piggy banks have been fired by the studio, display them in a high traffic area on campus. Passersby will vote for their favorite design. 1 penny = 1 vote. The winning pig is the one that collects the most donations. The money from the pigs is donated to March of Dimes and the winning organization wins a prize or bragging rights.
  • Souper Bowl for Babies- Everyone knows the Super Bowl is huge sporting event. Why not play off that event and host your own Souper Bowl for Babies? Instead of touchdowns, attendees score a bowl of soup, bread, salad and dessert. Set fees for individual meals and family meals. Work with a variety of local restaurants to obtain food donations- be sure to give those participating restaurants publicity at your event. But the event isn't just about eating, it's also about selling special soup bowls at a silent auction at your event. Work with the art department on campus or with a local pottery studio to create soup bowls for the silent auction. Ask local artists to paint a bowl to be auctioned off as well.  Plan entertainment for the event, too. Be sure to promote the Souper Bowl For Babies to the community and provide information about March of Dimes to those attending your event.  
  • Mile of Dimes Campaign- To set up your Mile of Dimes, measure out 5,280 feet of ribbon (which equals one mile.) Be creative with your ribbon and place it in a unique shape, such as the March of Dimes logo or spiral shape, or simply place the ribbon in a straight line. Then, have donors place their dimes side by side on the surface of the ribbon. After the ribbon is filled up, give yourself a BIG pat on the back because you’ve raised over $9,000 towards lifesaving research for babies!
  • Sell Valentine’s Day Cards-Everyone loves giving and receiving Valentine's Day cards. Create a card template with the March of Dimes logo and sell them to raise money for the campaign. The great thing about Valentine's Day cards are that they can be given to a significant other, friend or family member. Plan to sell the cards a couple of weeks before Valentine’s Day as well as the day before and on February 14. Additional ideas to boost your card selling: Create a Valentine's Day-themed photo booth. Ask a club member to lend a camera and some cool props, as well as a high quality printer. The snapshots will be amazing and cool memories for everyone.
Texas A&M Galvestion CKI students help community with boat restoration

In Galveston, Texas, community efforts to restore an old shrimp boat have benefitted from the Texas A&M Circle K International club. When the 2016–17 school started, restoration of the 1937 boat became one of the first projects tackled by the club.

Club members got involved in the restoration after Linda Stevens, Texas A&M at Galveston CKI president, met a local woman who volunteered on the project. The two struck up a conversation and the boat restoration was mentioned. Linda quickly got involved and realized it was something other club members would enjoy, too. Work began in August, cleaning the inside and outside, moving equipment and tools and helping local volunteers bring the old vessel back to its 1930s heyday.

Of the 24 club members, 10 have helped with the Santa Maria restoration. The club also has volunteered doing similar work at Seawolf Park with the U.S.S. Cavalla, a World War II submarine, and with the U.S.S. Stewart, a destroyer escort.

“The history of the Santa Maria and the feeling you get being on that boat is all too real,” Linda said. “It’s like the feeling you get when you go to your grandparent’s house. Even if you have never been on that boat before, you can feel all the memories and history.”

A marine biology major, Linda values the historical importance of Galveston and recognizes the shrimp boat is one of the remaining chapters of a rich nautical story.

“What attracted me most was probably all the love and importance shown by those trying to preserve the Santa Maria,” she said.

When beginning college, Linda says she fell in love with “everything CKI stood for” and wanted to introduce that feeling to others. She’s served as secretary and president and said she’s been introduced to wonderful opportunities through service with CKI.

“CKI has allowed me to grow as a leader and a human being,” Linda said. “I have always had a desire to serve others, but this organization has allowed me to go above and beyond what I ever thought I could do, by bringing students together and making our community better, as well as making great friends.”

‍Joe Grillo (left) and Linda Stevens (right)
‍right to left: Kristen Iannello, Nola Canann, Marissa Malinoski, Rebecca Burgamy, Robert Mani, Steven Lopez, Hailey Lawson, Kai Jie Sheng, Martee Hathorn,  Josephine Sullivan, Craig Sullivan, Katherine Rodriguez, Christian Sullivan, Robert Mihovil, and Joe Grillo in front.(the first nine are members)