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  • Service minds unite

    Your journey doesn’t have to end with Key Club / Circle K—and the next step doesn’t necessarily have to be a classic Kiwanis club. You’ve got options! Here are a few:


    • Internet-based club. Offers flexibility for traveling alumni who cannot attend regular meetings. Meetings are generally held in chat rooms, and technology is used extensively to keep members connected.
    • Young Professionals club. Meets the needs of younger members with busy lifestyles, thanks to flexible meeting and service project schedules. This club uses more technology in club operations and provides social activities for members. 
    • 3-2-1 club. If you want to meet less and serve more, this club type is right up your alley. Each month you can expect three hours of service, two hours of social activity and just one hour of meetings.

    Also, as an alumnus of Circle K, you have the option of a Circle K International Alumni club, which is similar to a classic Kiwanis club—but with lower member dues and less voting rights. And just like Circle K, the classic club format offers regular meetings and a variety of service opportunities.


    Life has changed since you graduated. So maybe what you want from a service club has changed too. You’ve always got options. When you’re ready, a Kiwanis club will be eagerly waiting for you!

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  • Get more

    You can get the most out of your membership by staying engaged. Here are some tips:


    • Keep up with the blog. The Circle K alumni blog keeps you connected—with alumni interviews, updates on Circle K International, and simple service project ideas.
    • Follow us on social media. Stay connected on the go! Check out our Facebook or Twitter pages. Get connected with alumni near you, or share your Circle K experience by posting on these pages. We also have a LinkedIn group, where you can network, ask professional advice, and post or find job opportunities.
    • Update your information. Do we have your current email and mailing address? This information may have changed since you first signed up for the alumni program. Update your account information so you can stay connected!
    • Attend annual alumni events. Our annual alumni event provides a networking opportunity, a space to share your story and a way to connect with other alumni. Sound interesting? Check out the details on the 2015 Alumni Gathering!
    • Stay in the Kiwanis family. Continue your lifelong journey of service, leadership and fellowship—join a Kiwanis club! Your membership fees are waived for the first two years simply because you’re an alumnus.

    Circle K Alumni is a resource—so why not use it? Tap in . . . and stay connected with the organization that changed your life.

    Get the most from your alumni status

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  • Service in July

    No matter who or how many people you have around you, you don’t have to stop serving others. Serve! However you serve—solo, with a Kiwanis club, or with family and friends—give these project ideas a try.


    • Comfort sick children. Quilts for Kids is a nonprofit organization that donates handmade patchwork quilts to children in need. If you enjoy sewing and want to make a big impact, this service project is meant for you! Request a kit today—you only have to pay for shipping.
    • Volunteer for veterans. Offer service at a veterans medical center or career center in your community this summer! Find a veterans center near you. It’s a perfect way to show your appreciation and to give back to your community.
    • Collect camping supplies. For children whose lives have been affected by HIV/AIDS, Camp Dreamcatcher has been providing free therapeutic and educational programs for almost 20 years. Camping season is one of their most important parts of the year. Take a look at the program's wish list to build your donation.

    Have any simple service projects you’d like to share with Circle K alumni? Post your ideas on our Facebook page or tag us @CircleKAlumni. Be sure to include instructions and pictures!

    Service project ideas

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  • Alumni Spotlight: Kevin Wright

    Kevin Wright has been a part of the Kiwanis family for a large portion of his life. Now a Kiwanian—in fact, he is president of his club—Kevin was first introduced to the organization when a teacher at Advanced Technologies Academy suggested he join Key Club. Kevin admits he was a bit skeptical after attending the first meeting, but decided to give it a shot anyway. All it took was a bit of time and a couple service projects for him to fall in love with Key Club.


    “I’m 24,” he says now, “and I still keep in contact with folks I’ve known since I was 15 because of friendships that were built in Key Club.”


    A deeper involvement

    Kevin attended Northern Arizona University, where he joined Circle K. Kevin believes that his involvement with CKI has prepared him for his career as a rising professional in student affairs and higher education administration.


    While attending NAU, Kevin became involved with a student-led initiative to help fight student hunger—Louie’s Cupboard. But this wasn’t an issue his CKI club could approach with a simple service project. “After a few meetings, numerous donations, both in the form of food and money, and countless hours of collecting, processing, scheduling, and organizing,” Kevin says, “Louie’s Cupboard was born.”


    Kevin earned a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Studies, with a minor in Sociology. Because of CKI, he also gained some valuable experience for his post-graduation life.


    “I was able to develop skills in event planning, conflict resolution, Robert’s Rules of Order, leadership development, leadership training, budgeting, and public speaking,” he says.


    Even as undergraduate, Kevin knew that student affairs and higher education administration were his passion. Undergraduate degrees are not available for student affairs, however, so he decided to get a Master’s Degree in his true passion. Kevin recently earned his Master's in Student Affairs Administration from the Graduate School of Education and Counseling at Lewis and Clark College.


    Becoming a Kiwanian

    A long-term career goal for Kevin is to serve as a College President and to further advocate for affordability and accessibility for students looking to pursue higher education. “I love assisting people with tapping into their greatest potential to lead and serve others,” he says.


    Today,  Kevin is president of the Southwest District Young Professionals eKiwanis Club. For Kevin, an eKiwanis club was perfect: He knew he wanted to stay involved in the Kiwanis family, but he wasn’t quite sure of his post-graduation plans. And he has been able to remain involved due to the club’s online culture—even though he has moved from the Southwest District..


    “I was able to contribute to the success of this club all the way from Portland,” Kevin says. “And I’ll continue contributing as a club director, even though I’ll be relocating to Cincinnati.”


    Kevin has been motivated to stay involved with Kiwanis because of the family feeling that comes with membership, “There has never been a time where when I needed something and a fellow member of the Kiwanis family wasn’t there to support me,” he says. In fact, Kevin recommends Kiwanis club membership to all alumni.


    “Don’t hesitate,” he says. “Just make sure you join the club that’s right for you!”

    Circle K alumnus, Kevin Wright

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  • Alumni Gathering recap

    The 2016 Alumni Gathering took place in Toronto during the Kiwanis International Convention on June 23—it was a big success! Hosted at Real Sports Bar & Grill, the event included nearly 70 alumni from both Key Club and Circle K. Recent graduates had a chance to connect with each other and with “seasoned” alumni. Several noteworthy alums were present, including 2009–10 Kiwanis International President Paul Palazzolo and the current president, Sue Petrisin.


    All attendees had a chance to pick up their giveaway prizes, sign the banner or get silly with photo props! Want to share the photos you took at the 2016 Alumni Gathering? Go to our Facebook and Twitter accounts, or tag us @CircleKAlumni.


    Keep an eye out for more alumni events! If you couldn’t make it this time, we’d love to see you at the next alumni gathering.

    Banner alumni signed at the Gathering

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  • Alumni shares her story

    Alumnus Kessa Den Hoed shares some thoughts on the value of the Key Club experience


    I fell in love with the idea of Key Club when I was in the 10th grade. Watching them do so many amazing things for the Eliminate Project is what made me decide Key Club was something worth checking out. So in the 11th grade I tried it out and joined Key Club! I had a lot of fun, made new friends, and really felt like I was making a difference.


    In the 12th grade I ran for secretary and won! It may have been a lot of work, but it was satisfying to know the what my fellow club members and I were accomplishing. I am so grateful for my Key Club experience. I am proud of what we did—and what the club continues to do with new members each year. Key Club is a golden opportunity to learn about service, meet new people, make memories, and have a lot of fun!


    Key Club alumni, have you shared your story with us yet? Tell us your favorite memory, or about the kind of impact Key Club had on you. Big or small, we want them all!

    Share your Key Club story

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  • Alumni shares his story

    Alumnus Michael Tang shares some thoughts on the value of the Key Club experience


    I am an alumnus of the James Bowie High School Key Club in Arlington, Texas. As a Key Club member I was encouraged to promote myself, and the club, to the community. We wanted to make sure the community was aware of our presence and knew that we wanted to help as much as possible.


    This outreach with the community eventually led to me receiving an award for the service performed during my junior and senior years. It was an honor to receive the award and represent my high school for having the most service hours two years in a row. But it wasn't all about the service hours. I participated because it allowed me to spend more time with my friends, and it taught us how to work together efficiently and effectively.


    Above all, I was happy to have a positive impact on my community. Key Club gave me an opportunity to show that I care and contribute to making the world a better place.


    Key Club alumni, have you shared your story with us yet? Tell us your favorite memory, or about the kind of impact Key Club had on you. Big or small, we want them all!

    Share your Key Club story

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  • Service minds unite

    Your journey doesn’t have to end with Key Club—and the next step doesn’t necessarily have to be a classic Kiwanis club. You’ve got options! Here are a few:

    • Internet-based club. Offers flexibility for traveling alumni who cannot attend regular meetings. Meetings are generally held in chat rooms, and technology is used extensively to keep members connected.
    • Young Professionals club. Meets the needs of younger members with busy lifestyles, thanks to flexible meeting and service project schedules. This club uses more technology in club operations and provides social activities for members. 
    • 3-2-1 club. If you want to meet less and serve more, this club type is right up your alley. Each month you can expect three hours of service, two hours of social activity and just one hour of meetings.

    If you’re also an alumnus of Circle K, consider a Circle K International Alumni club, which is similar to a classic Kiwanis club—but with lower member dues and less voting rights. And just like Key Club, the classic club format offers regular meetings and a variety of service opportunities.


    Life has changed since you graduated. So maybe what you want from a service club has changed too. You’ve always got options. When you’re ready, a Kiwanis club will be eagerly waiting for you!

    Kiwanian and Key Club member

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  • Get more

    You can get the most out of your membership by staying engaged. Here are some tips:

    • Keep up with the blog. The Key Club alumni blog keeps you connected—with alumni interviews, updates on Key Club International, and simple service project ideas.
    • Follow us on social media. Stay connected on the go! Check out our Facebook or Twitter pages. Get connected with alumni near you, or share your Key Club experience by posting on these pages. We also have a LinkedIn group, where you can network, ask professional advice, and post or find job opportunities.
    • Update your information. Do we have your current email and mailing address? This information may have changed since you first signed up for the alumni program. Update your account information so you can stay connected!
    • Attend annual alumni events. Our annual alumni events provide a networking opportunity, a space to share your story and a way to connect with other alumni. Sound interesting? Check out the details on the 2015 Alumni Gathering!
    • Stay in the Kiwanis family. Continue your lifelong journey of service, leadership and fellowship—join a Kiwanis club! Your membership fees are waived for the first two years simply because you’re an alumnus.

    Key Club Alumni is a resource—so why not use it? Tap in . . . and stay connected with the organization that changed your life.

    Get the most out of your alumni status

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    Comments (0)

  • Service in July

    No matter who or how many people you have around you, you don’t have to stop serving others. Serve! However you serve—solo, with a Kiwanis club, or with family and friends—give these project ideas a try.

    • Comfort sick children. Quilts for Kids is a nonprofit organization that donates handmade patchwork quilts to children in need. If you enjoy sewing and want to make a big impact, this service project is meant for you! Request a kit today—you only have to pay for shipping.
    • Volunteer for veterans. Offer service at a veterans medical center or career center in your community this summer! Find a veterans center near you. It’s a perfect way to show your appreciation and to give back to your community.
    • Collect camping supplies. For children whose lives have been affected by HIV/AIDS, Camp Dreamcatcher has been providing free therapeutic and educational programs for almost 20 years. Camping season is one of their most important parts of the year. Take a look at the program's wish list to build your donation.

    Have any simple service projects you’d like to share with Key Club alumni? Post your ideas on our Facebook page or tag us @KeyClubAlumni. Be sure to include instructions and pictures!

    Service project ideas

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