Name Selin Kavak

District Florida

Year in School / Grade First-year (Class of 2024)

University University of Florida

Major(s) Public Health

In 3-5 sentences, tell us about yourself. I am a first-year student at the University of Florida majoring in Public Health. When I am not volunteering or studying, I can be found doing something active like rock climbing! I am a native Floridian and am so excited to represent the Florida District of Circle K International. Originally, I am from Boca Raton, Florida but attend school in Gainesville, Florida. One day, I hope to advocate for health equity and policy reform in our healthcare industry.

What are you most looking forward to about your year as governor? I am looking forward to working with my district (and other districts) to combat the implications the pandemic has had on CKI. Through my Governor's Project, I hope to kickstart recruitment and recovery efforts through a focus on the members, clubs, and the entirety of our district. Most of all, I am excited to grow as a leader and to meet new people!

Favorite CKI Memory My favorite CKI memory is an annual project my home club, UF CKI, hosts called "Trick-or-Treat for the Homeless." This year, the project was spread over the span of two days (two Saturdays) in which my group and I went around a local Gainesville neighborhood to inform community members that we will be collecting canned food and other necessities on Halloween. On the second Saturday, which happened to be Halloween, we dressed up in a group costume and went around the same neighborhood collecting the donation items we had requested the week before. We were able to drop off several bags of donations to the local soup kitchen and had a great fellowship experience with the club while doing it. This is my favorite memory because even during a pandemic we were able to take precautions and still impact our community on a large scale while bonding as a group.

Favorite Service Project My favorite service project was highlighted above in my favorite CKI memory. "Trick-or-Treat for the Homeless" is a University of Florida CKI favorite as it is one of our largest events of the year. The project is spread over the span of two days in which groups of CKI members go around a local Gainesville neighborhood to inform community members that we will be collecting canned food and other necessities on the second day of the project. On the second day, which is around Halloween, our CKI club dresses up in group costumes and we go around the same neighborhood collecting the donation items we had requested on the first day of the project. Our entire club is able to collect tons of supplies and donations that we end up dropping off at the soup kitchen at the end of the day.