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  • Welcome 2016 graduates

    We're excited to welcome more than 44,000 graduating seniors from all around the world to Key Club International Alumni. Soon we will be introducing them to the program, with an invitation to stay connected. 

    Curious where 2016 graduates are located? Take a look!

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  • Unexpected Treasures of a CKI alum

    Keyla Reeder, Circle K International alumni, shares her story.


    Circle K matters most to be because of the unexpected treasures that I have found as a member: the friends I have gained in the past two years, the amazing people I have met along the way, and much more. I joined the Kiwanis family two years ago as a member of Circle K of Colegio E.P.I. (Aruba). I was one of the first members to help build and structure the club. As the very first president of CKI EPI, my club and I encountered a lot of challenges.


    As a charter member, I built upon my inner leadership, enhanced my abilities to help those in need and gained a lot of true friendships along the way. CKI taught me how to plan, organize and execute projects, from service projects to fundraisers. Our club learned to utilize creativity because that is what CKI does—it forces you to be creative in order to make a difference in your community.


    I grew so much as a person and a student. Because of CKI, my love for others and my community expanded. I am finishing my associate’s degree in hospitality management this year, and I have started an internship at Colegio E.P.I. in the Human Resources Department. Since I decided to join CKI, I have become more responsible and learned tips which have helped me to become more organized in both my personal and professional life.


    It was rewarding to win Distinguished Club President 2014–2015 from the CKI Caribbean District and Student of the Year for the Shoco Awards of Excellence as a hospitality student. A lot of people that know me see me as a role model for other fellow students, and I have Kiwanis and CKI to thank for this. Kiwanis International clubs not only promote service and fellowship, but they also build tomorrow's leaders.


    I have gained so many valuable memories and experiences from Circle K that I have been inspired to serve as the Kiwanis Club advisor for a Builders Club Mon Plaisir College Aruba.I believe in our youth. I believe that through Kiwanis we are can inspire and build the next generation of leaders.


    Show your K in every way. You never know who you could impact.

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


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  • Welcome 2016 graduates

    We’re excited to welcome more than 1,800 graduating seniors from the around the world to Circle K International Alumni. Soon we will be introducing them to the program, with an invitation to stay connected.

    Curious where 2016 graduates are located? Take a look!

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  • Key Club sparks big decisions for alum

    Key Club alumnus, Monika Gyalay, shares her Key Club experience. 


    I will always remember my Key Club in the tiny town of Moorpark, California. I was one of the founding officers of the Moorpark High School Key Club: I served as club treasurer, and in this position I gained valuable lifelong skills.


    Upon graduation I realized that these skills would later become useful in my business career, as well as on a daily basis. Through Key Club I was able to help my community and those in need—which sparked my interest in service. The service I was a part of in Key Club built lifelong friendships and introduced me to important people in the community, such as mayors.


    The love for service that Key Club helped sparked later led to big career decisions. I am excited to attend the Naval Academy in Annapolis so that I can further my education while helping my country and those in need.


    Without the influence of service I gained in high school, who knows what career I would have chosen. Regardless, I am happy that I found what motivates me: serving others.

    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!
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  • Key Club, it fits just right.

    As a timid freshman who knew nothing about high school, Steven Tan practically joined every club his school offered in search of where he would best fit in. Then he joined Key Club—and the search was over.

    But he had to overcome some hesitation first. “I dreaded planting, pruning and fertilizing the endless rows of chitalpa tree saplings,” Steven says. “However, after seeing the buds bloom into vibrant pink blossoms over the next few months, I felt a part of me blooming as well.”


    This led Steven to start attending more service events. It didn’t take long until he started leading them.

    In fact, he truly started to care about giving back to the community, rather than simply fulfilling service hours. Now a senior, Steven finds it crazy that the “socially awkward” freshman he was three years ago would be interested in doing anything but staying at home and playing League of Legends. It was Key Club that pushed him outside of his comfort zone and transformed him into a leader.

    In fact, Steven sees now that he was on a journey of self-realization. And the the map was his to create.


    “Superheroes are not defined by their superpowers, or even the fancy outfits they wear,” he says. “They’re defined by their motivation and determination to make a difference.”


    And Key Club members are superheroes for their communities. For Steven, it didn’t matter whether the difference was made by beautifying a local park or fundraising for The Eliminate Project—either way, he was changing the world around him. And he was changing himself in a way that lasts.

    “Although my time in Key Club feels ephemeral,” he says, “my gratitude is definitely eternal.”


    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!

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  • Nominate featured alumni

    We love to highlight our alumni’s achievements—and get their insights on how Circle K helped them become who they are. We do it by interviewing alumni and sharing their story with the rest of the Circle K Alumni association. And we’re always searching for outstanding Circle K alumni to feature—can you think of anyone?


    We exist to keep you connected with service minded individuals just like you. The best way to do this is to share your stories! After all, Circle K club members’ skills will typically place members ahead of their peers, meaning that members are capable of great achievements beyond their time in Circle K.


    Help us keep the connection strong by nominating an alumnus for an interview. Whose story is worth sharing? And hey, don’t be afraid to nominate yourself? After all, if you were in Circle K you must be pretty awesome.


    Nominations should include the alum’s full name, any contact information and an optional bit of information about why that person should be featured. Send nominations to CKIAlumni@kiwanis.org.

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  • Nominate featured alumni

    We love to highlight our alumni’s achievements—and get their insights on how Key Club helped them become who they are. We do it by interviewing alumni and sharing their story with the rest of the Key Club Alumni association. And we’re always searching for outstanding Key Club alumni to feature—can you think of anyone?


    We exist to keep you connected with service minded individuals just like you. The best way to do this is to share your stories! After all, Key Club club members’ skills will typically place members ahead of their peers, meaning that members are capable of great achievements beyond their time in Key Club.


    Help us keep the connection strong by nominating an alumnus for an interview. Whose story is worth sharing? And hey, don’t be afraid to nominate yourself? After all, if you were in Key Club you must be pretty awesome.


    Nominations should include the alum’s full name, any contact information and an optional bit of information about why that person should be featured. Send nominations to keyclubalumni@kiwanis.org.

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  • Look out Toronto, here we come

    Are you joining us for ICON 2016 in Toronto? We’ve got a lot in store for this year's Kiwanis International convention—take a look at the schedule on the convention website and get some of the details below!


    Entertainment

    Chris Hadfield, aka “the most famous astronaut since Neil Armstrong,” will be our keynote speaker During his multi-faceted career, Hadfield has intercepted Soviet bombers in Canadian airspace, lived on the ocean floor, been NASA’s Director of Operations in Russia, and recorded science and music videos seen by hundreds of millions. Colonel Hadfield continues to bring the marvels of science and space travel to everyone he encounters. Come see him during opening session.


    Acclaimed singer and songwriter Jewel will perform during the gala dinner. Aside from her musical talents, Jewel is also an actress, painter, philanthropist and poet (with two published collections, including New York Times bestseller A Night Without Armor). From the remote ranch of her Alaskan youth to the triumph of international stardom, the four-time Grammy nominee has enjoyed a career longevity rare among her generation of artists.


    Don’t miss out! Register for the convention now and celebrate with us. Be sure to buy a ticket for the Alumni Gathering when you register. Start planning your trip to Toronto!


    Why Toronto?

    With more than 20 million visitors a year, Toronto is the main tourist destination in Ontario. The city's restaurants offer cuisines from every part of the globe. And there’s no shortage of shopping options, attractions, historical sites and activities:

    • Toronto is the most multicultural city in the world. There are more than 100 languages and dialects spoken throughout the city.
    • North America's largest continuous underground pedestrian system, PATH, connects about 1,200 stores and restaurants, 50 office towers, five subway stations, Union Station, six major hotels and several entertainment centres under Toronto's financial core.
    • Toronto's public transit system is the second largest in North America.
    • Toronto is one of the cleanest, safest and most peaceful large cities in the world.
    • Yonge Street is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest street in the world, stretching 1,896 km from the lakeshore in Toronto, north to Rainy River, Ontario, near the Minnesota border.
    • Toronto is home to one of the world's tallest freestanding structures, the CN Tower, which stands 1,815 feet (553 meters) tall.
    • Toronto's pro sports teams include the Toronto Blue Jays (Major League Baseball), Toronto Maple Leafs (National Hockey League), Toronto Raptors (National Basketball Association), and the Toronto Argonauts (Canadian Football League).
    Information courtesy of visit-toronto.ca

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  • Look out Toronto, here we come

    Are you joining us for ICON 2016 in Toronto? We’ve got a lot in store for this year's Kiwanis International convention—take a look at the schedule on the convention website and get some of the details below!


    Entertainment

    Chris Hadfield, aka “the most famous astronaut since Neil Armstrong,” will be our keynote speaker During his multi-faceted career, Hadfield has intercepted Soviet bombers in Canadian airspace, lived on the ocean floor, been NASA’s Director of Operations in Russia, and recorded science and music videos seen by hundreds of millions. Colonel Hadfield continues to bring the marvels of science and space travel to everyone he encounters. Come see him during opening session.


    Acclaimed singer and songwriter Jewel will perform during the gala dinner. Aside from her musical talents, Jewel is also an actress, painter, philanthropist and poet (with two published collections, including New York Times bestseller A Night Without Armor). From the remote ranch of her Alaskan youth to the triumph of international stardom, the four-time Grammy nominee has enjoyed a career longevity rare among her generation of artists.


    Don’t miss out! Register for the convention now and celebrate with us. Be sure to buy a ticket for the Alumni Gathering when you register. Start planning your trip to Toronto!


    Why Toronto?

    With more than 20 million visitors a year, Toronto is the main tourist destination in Ontario. The city's restaurants offer cuisines from every part of the globe. And there’s no shortage of shopping options, attractions, historical sites and activities:

    • Toronto is the most multicultural city in the world. There are more than 100 languages and dialects spoken throughout the city.
    • North America's largest continuous underground pedestrian system, PATH, connects about 1,200 stores and restaurants, 50 office towers, five subway stations, Union Station, six major hotels and several entertainment centres under Toronto's financial core.
    • Toronto's public transit system is the second largest in North America.
    • Toronto is one of the cleanest, safest and most peaceful large cities in the world.
    • Yonge Street is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest street in the world, stretching 1,896 km from the lakeshore in Toronto, north to Rainy River, Ontario, near the Minnesota border.
    • Toronto is home to one of the world's tallest freestanding structures, the CN Tower, which stands 1,815 feet (553 meters) tall.
    • Toronto's pro sports teams include the Toronto Blue Jays (Major League Baseball), Toronto Maple Leafs (National Hockey League), Toronto Raptors (National Basketball Association), and the Toronto Argonauts (Canadian Football League).
    Information courtesy of visit-toronto.ca

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  • Take a peek: Broad Ripple Kiwanis Club

    Alumni Support staff member, Kaitlynne Harpel, attended a Kiwanis club meeting and shares her experience.


    The Broad Ripple Kiwanis Club meets at a local restaurant, Binkley's, every Tuesday at noon. Binkley’s has a private room and offers a reasonable lunch price. Each meeting begins the same: with the Pledge of Allegiance, collecting happy dollars, a committee report and general announcements.


    To kick things off, Club President Brenda Rising-Moore introduced guests. Club members were very welcoming and excited to have guests at the meeting. Jim Kyle, a Kiwanian all the way from New Zealand, came to share his insight as a 35-year Kiwanian.


    After introductions Brenda collected “happy dollars,” which was one of my favorite parts of the meeting. As members gave their happy dollars they would share something they are happy about. Members shared personal victories, exciting news or sweet words about their club. The donations ranged from $1–20, but the amount is not what mattered. “Happy dollar” money goes directly to the club's administrative fund for future use.


    The Broad Ripple Kiwanis Club stays connected with members in various ways. They send a weekly newsletter, and they manage a website and social accounts. This constant communication helps the club keep up to date and organized. Which is a must because this Kiwanis club is busy. Read Around the World is an ongoing service project the club is involved with, and it is often their Kiwanis One Day service project. Several members tutor IPS students at least once a week. Currently, five club members act as tutors for local IPS schools. Members participate in Salvation Army Bell Ringing annually.


    While these service projects keeps the Broad Ripple Kiwanis Club members very busy, they still have an even larger fundraising event they host every year: Pints for Half Pints. The event is held in October at The Speak Easy, located in Broad Ripple. The club works with local brewers to raise funds for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education in midtown Indianapolis Public Schools. At the ticketed event, guests enjoy live music, a silent auction, food truck offerings, raffle prizes and an amusing game of Micro-Brewer’s Pub Feud. It’s a fun, casual event that raises money for a good cause.


    I was blown away by how involved and busy the Broad Ripple Kiwanis Club is in their community. Their creativity keeps current members engaged and has a high chance of attracting new members. They have guest speakers as often as they can. Something I loved is the thank-you gift they offer to their speakers—a children’s book is donated to a local school or youth organization in their name. The speaker at the meeting I attended, Jim, was very excited to sign the children's book and donate it. What a neat way to show your guest speakers you appreciate their time while also serving your community.


    The Broad Ripple Kiwanis Club has 45 members, which helps them accomplish a lot. Vice President Fran Fickle explains why the club is so special to her: “I am not a joiner. But I joined 20 years ago, and we don't just have fun and talk—we actually do

    things.”

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