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Together: Connecting your spirit of service and fellowship with CKI and the Kiwanis family

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Are you a former CKI member—and still committed to service leadership? Or getting ready to graduate and leave your CKI club? Connect with other alumni!

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  • Be a part of Kiwanis One Day

    For one day each year, Kiwanis family members from around the world join together for a day of global community service. This year, Kiwanis One Day is April 11. There are no limits to what you can achieve. We encourage all Kiwanis family members to get involved in their communities. That includes Circle K alumni!


    Worried you don't have a group to serve with? We have a couple of tips!

    • Contact your local Circle K club and ask how they are serving and celebrating. Then ask how you can join them!
    • Find a local Kiwanis club and reach out to its leadership. Explore how you can participate in their activities.

    If you serve with a Kiwanis club, you might be able to help them win a GoPro camera by catching your project on video. Get some helpful tips and instructions online. The best videos will also be shown at the Kiwanis International convention in June.


    Find more information about Kiwanis One Day 2015—and get motivated with our fun, informational video!


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  • Share What You Know at ICON 2015

    Ever thought about the roots of your success? Or how it could have been enhanced if someone had taken the time to share tips and wisdom when you were younger? As a Circle K alumnus, you can be the one who takes the time.


    Share what you know about service and leadership with Circle K members and volunteers. Submit a workshop proposal for the 2015 Key Club International Convention. Remember:

    • The deadline for workshop proposals is March 20.
    • Proposers of approved workshops will be notified by April 6.
    • Presentations are made in the spirit of service. No compensation is provided.

    The 2015 Key Club International Convention will take place June 24–28 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Workshop dates are June 25 and 27. For complete details, see the Workshop Proposal Form.
    Take this opportunity to influence our youth!

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  • Be the Best Version of Yourself

    You probably have a select group of people you go to for advice—including a partner, parents and friends. But sometimes you need advice from someone who isn’t as close to you. This is where a personal “board of directors” can come in handy. Make a list of 5–7 people who motivate and challenge you—and who share your values and standards.


    Here are a few things to consider when selecting your personal board of directors:

    • Choose people who inspire you. The end goal is to gain insight and wisdom from people you’ve always looked up to or aspired to be. Think of how many people you’ve met who have taught you something new about yourself.

    • Choose diversity. Sure, you’ll want people in your group who share your values. But open up your board to people of different backgrounds—to offer solutions you might not have thought of. (This includes people of different ages. You can always learn something from someone younger than you.)

    • Include at least one individual who knows you well. Not everyone on your board has to be a stranger or mere acquaintance. Include at least one person who knows your behavior and how you think, as long as he or she can still give you honest advice.

    • Have an odd number of members. An odd number of board members helps you avoid an even tie.

    • Always be on the lookout for more. You’ll meet new people, and sometimes your group of directors will change. That’s OK. Switch out members as needed to keep your board strong and helpful.

    Unlike an organization’s board of directors, your personal board isn’t part of regular meetings or group discussions. By talking to each person individually, you’ll hear his or her full opinions without any sway from other board members. Every day you are forced to make hundreds of decisions, some more difficult than others. A board of directors—basically a team of life advisors—can help you with life-changing decisions.


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  • Share Your Story

    “I want to help others achieve their personal goals and make their lives better.”

    —Heather Sloan, 2013 Centenary College graduate, on the lasting impact of the principles of service


    What’s your story? And how did Circle K International help shape it? Tell us. After all, your influences, experiences and great memories just might inspire someone else. Not sure what to write about? Here are a few questions to get you thinking.


    1. Why did you continue to stay involved in your Circle K club?

    2. Have any advice for current Circle K members?

    3. How has being a part of Circle K impacted your life?

    4. What have you done since Circle K? Where are you now?

    5. Have a memorable experience relating to Circle K you will never forget?

    It doesn't matter how short or long your story is. We want to hear it! Who knows—you might even inspire others to change their lives through Circle K. Share with us.

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  • Call For Presenters For Circle K ICON

    The Key Club International Convention is an opportunity each year for Key Club members and advisors from around the world to come together, learn about service and leadership, elect new officers, be recognized for accomplishments and enjoy the company and inspiration of fellow servant-leaders.  The 2015 Key Club International Convention will take place June 24-28, 2015 in Indianapolis, IN.



    As part of the program, we strive to offer top notch workshops to attendees. This year is no exception! And we are reaching out to alumni to serve as workshop presenters.



    Do you have knowledge or experience to share with our students or adult volunteers? Consider submitting a workshop proposal.



    Few things to keep in mind:

    • Deadline for workshop proposals are March 20, 2015
    • Approved workshops will be notified by April 6, 2015.
    • No compensation is provided to the speakers, it is a true act of service
    • Actual workshop dates are June 25 and 27.
    • For complete details, refer to the Workshop Proposal information.

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  • International Presidents Kiss an Octopus

    What would it take to get you to kiss an octopus or to embrace an extreme local tradition to save moms and babies? For the current Circle K president, Kathy Le, and board members, it was a lot—more than US$3.9 million in funds raised, which they set as their goal to achieve. That’s how much the Kiwanis Service Leadership Programs alone have raised for The Eliminate Project, helping to reach the poorest, most neglected mothers and babies. In fact, the entire Kiwanis family has raised more than US$3.9 million to save or protect millions of lives from maternal and neonatal tetanus.


    To eliminate MNT from the Earth, more than 100 million mothers and their future babies must be immunized. Circle K set a goal to keep themselves on track, and reached it. In celebration of reaching the goal, club president, Kathy Le kissed an octopus, as promised! And both programs’ board members did it too!  


    Eliminating MNT will require vaccines, syringes, safe storage, transportation, thousands of skilled staff and more. It will take US$110 million—the dedicated work of UNICEF and every member of the Kiwanis family. Would you kiss an octopus or do something extreme to save lives? Post pictures and tag The Eliminate Project (#elimin8). Show us what you are capable of!


    And keep helping the Kiwanis family reach the US$110 million fundraising goal. Give online. Then challenge others to do the same . . . and maybe even to celebrate in your own crazy way! Make a difference today.

    Club president kissing an octopus for the Eliminate Project

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  • Lifelong Connections With Kiwanis

    Jason Stewart, KCI & CKI Alumni


    Jason Stewart began his Kiwanis-family service through Key Club and continued with Circle K, eventually becoming the 2009–2010 CKI President. Jason discusses his journey with the Kiwanis family and how he’s found a place to connect with others and fulfill a passion for service.

     

    Jason attended Salem High School in Ohio, where he was a member of Key Club for four years. After high school Jason moved to Wooster, Ohio, where he attended the College of Wooster. Jason was attracted to this small-town college because of its size, its closeness to home and its marching band—he played the trombone.

     

    Had he not already been part of the Kiwanis family, Jason may have just stuck to marching bandmissing out on an exciting opportunity. But his involvement in Key Club, he says, led him to Circle K.

     

    For Jason, one of the best parts of Circle K, like Kiwanis in general, is the development of lifelong relationships. He explained that no matter where he goes in the world he feels he is not alone, “being a part of Circle K means that you are connected at an international level”, which is rare to find.

     

    For Jason, Circle K also presented new ways of experiencing service and leadership. For instance, he ran for Circle K president. “It was an opportunity to lead in a larger way than before,” he says. Jason enjoyed being a part of the behind the scenes work and building new relationships. And he wanted to put his years of experience with Kiwanis into leading a board and supporting members around the world.

     

    Now that he’s an alumnus, he can look at the entire Kiwanis experience—and what makes it different from other service organizations. “We don’t just focus on service,” he says. “We also focus on family.” In other words, he adds, “not just service for service’s sake” but the chance to make a real connection with others through that service.

     

    In fact, Jason has stayed in contact with his fellow alumni and has even built a network of friends including board members and club members. His SLP experience also serves him well: he is the Conference and Events Planner at the National Youth Leadership Council, a national nonprofit that promotes service-learning in schools and communities. It’s a way to continue his passion for service through an organization that strives “for a world where all young people are valued and called upon to lead.” 

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  • Circle K Alumni Luncheon at ICON

    The Circle K International Convention will be here before you know it! Reserve a spot on your calendars now—and join fellow alumni and 2014-15 Circle K International President Kathy Le for lunch.


    When:  Saturday, June 27th 2015 from 12-1:30 pm

    Where: Hard Rock Café, located at 49 South Meridian Street Indianapolis, IN 46204

    Cost: $25 ($15 discounted tickets for 2015 graduates)


    We’d love to see you there! This is an opportunity to connect or reconnect with an array of fellow alumni and welcome our recent alumni. Attendees will receive lunch, a unique souvenir, and the opportunity to meet the 2014–15 Circle K International and Key Club International presidents!


    Registration is easy! And thanks to a donation by the Kiwanis International Foundation, 2015 graduates can attend at a discounted price.  
    2014 Alumni Reception

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  • Stay in the Loop!

    Are you socially connected with us? If not, here’s your opportunity to stay in the loop! Use Twitter and Facebook to interact with fellow alumni, share your personal experiences and be aware of current Circle K and Kiwanis happenings. It’s easy to get started!

    CKI Alumni Facebook Page

    • Have an account? Log in, and type “Circle K International Alumni” in the “search” box, select “Follow”
    • New to Facebook? Signing up is easy. Enter the requested information on the homepage and follow the instructions above to follow Circle K Alumni.

    CKI Alumni Twitter Page

    • Have an account? Log in, and type “Circle K International Alumni” in the “search” box, select “Follow"
    • New to Facebook? Signing up is easy. Enter the requested information on the homepage and follow the instructions above to follow Circle K Alumni.


    Note: Kiwanis International is not responsible for the comments other people or entities post to these sites. Some pages and groups with “Kiwanis” in the title may not be affiliated with official Kiwanis-family entities.


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  • Affordable Centennial Service Project

    As part of our promotional partnership with Scholastic, the world’s largest publisher of children’s literature, Kiwanis International is excited to announce special literacy-based service projects that your clubs can use to celebrate Kiwanis International’s 100th anniversary.

    In honor of our centennial year, Scholastic has created the Kiwanis Centennial Book Fair to help your clubs get high quality books to kids who need them most. Also, clubs continue to have the opportunity to build a Kiwanis Family & Community Reading Oasis in a low-income pre-kindergarten or elementary school.

    Get Centennial Book Fair resources here!

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