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


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  • Get an 80-year flashback!

    Circle K International has been a part of your life for some time now. But it’s been around even longer than that. Have you ever thought about how CKI has grown into the organization it is today? It surely didn’t happen overnight.

    CKI began in 1936 as a Kiwanis club service project to provide an opportunity for capable, ambitious and worthy young men to acquire a college education. The program was created to assist them through a scholarship fund, if available, or by securing part-time employment.

    Soon, community service was introduced into the picture—creating an appealing outlet for university students around the globe. The program only grew from there. Check out a timeline of Circle K’s history!

    1936: Circle K concept presented at the collegiate level at Washington State University.

    1947: First CKI club chartered at Carthage College, Illinois.

    1949: CKI becomes an international organization with the chartering of a club at the University of Western Ontario.

    1953: Kenneth B. Creasy of Ohio Wesleyan University is elected as president of CKI.

    1955: CKI Constitution and Bylaws adopted.

    1957: Texas-Oklahoma becomes the first district of CKI.

    1971: Females welcomed into CKI.

    1982: CKI membership surpasses 14,500 members.

    1999: CKI leadership dedicates 1999 as the Year of Service.

    2000: Members of CKI surpass the US$420,000 mark in the fundraising effort to help eliminate iodine deficiency disorders.

    2005: CKI marks its 50th anniversary.

    2007: CKI announces its international fundraiser, Saving Lives: The Six Cents Initiative, which focuses on getting clean water to children who need it most.

    2010: CKI announces participation in The Eliminate Project: Kiwanis eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus. This Kiwanis-family initiative is a partnership with UNICEF to fight MNT, which kills more than 50,000 babies and a significant number of women each year.

    CKI is now the world’s largest collegiate service organization, with nearly 14,000 members! Embodied by its tenets of leadership, fellowship, and service at the club, district and International levels, CKI continues to grow through service to the world's campuses and communities.

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  • Mother’s Day is coming—let’s celebrate!

    This May, Kiwanis-family programs will once again work together to save moms and babies—and to celebrate Mother’s Day/International Women’s Day.

    From May 4–8, 2015, Kiwanis Service Leadership Program members will host activities to raise funds and awareness for The Eliminate Project: Kiwanis eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus as part of Eliminate Week. Among the fundraisers, members will share happy dollars, face off in penny wars, host spirit weeks and dress-up days, sell snacks or give something up in order to help save moms and babies from MNT.

    Be part of the fun! Help celebrate Eliminate Week by connecting with your local Service Leadership Program. Or make a gift to The Eliminate Project. If every registered Circle K alumnus donated just US$10, more than 33,000 women could be immunized. After all, it only costs US$1.80 to protect one mother and save her future babies. Show your love!

    The Kiwanis family is poised to change the world.

    Be a part of history. Be a part of Eliminate Week.

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  • Skip a meal, serve a child

    Are you ready for Skip-A-Meal? Every April, Kiwanians and friends from all over the world use the program to extend their Kiwanis impact. It’s easy: just “skip a meal” you would typically pay for. and instead donate the money to the Kiwanis International Foundation.

    Gifts go to the Kiwanis Children’s Fund, from which our foundation makes grants that help Kiwanis clubs and members complete projects and programs close to their hearts. At Circle K Alumni, we encourage you to join the fun!

    There are several ways to participate. Here are a few ideas: 

    Bring your lunch to work. Spread the news to your coworkers, you can all “Skip-A-Meal” together!

    Have a pitch-in—or even a picnic! If you’re in a Kiwanis club that normally meets at a restaurant, plan to “Skip-A-Meal” for your next meeting . . . and let members supply the food. 

    Get family members involved. Instead of going out to dinner, spend some quality family time and donate the money you would have spent!

    Host a “Skip-A-Meal” night with friends! Invite people over and cook for them. Tell them about the program, encourage gifts . . . and make a fun night out of staying in!

    Remember: Skip-A-Meal is open to everyone! In fact, it’s a great way to share the Kiwanis mission with family, friends and coworkers. Check out our website to learn more. Download resources. And find a link to the easy, secure online giving form.

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  • A word from the president

    She’s a lover of photography. She has served at the Ronald McDonald House. She’s a big supporter of The Eliminate Project. And as a member of Circle K, she has developed her potential as a service leader. With all that going for her, Kathy Le was inspired to use her knowledge and passion to help lead the organization. At the 2014 CKIx, Kathy was elected the 201415 Circle K International president. We are thankful for the chance to connect with Kathy and learn more about her service to the organization.

    Q: Why did you want to be involved with Circle K at the international level?

    A: My motivation truly comes from the passion of our thousands of dedicated members. I cannot emphasize how much I am inspired to work harder every single day because of the amazing service and leadership that our members, clubs and districts portray to better our communities. My hopes in serving at the international level came from being able to give back to the organization that made me the servant leader I am today. I have always enjoyed service, but through CKI I have learned to be passionate in helping others, critical of our everyday experiences, and thankful for being a part of an international family.

    Q: What life skill has proven to be the most useful as CKI president?

    A: I believe my ability to work well on little sleep has been of most benefit to me. Just kidding. I think my ability to adapt to different situations and responsibilities has served me well. It is really important when working with other people to understand their situations and perspectives and to take these into account when guiding my own thoughts and actions. Throughout my term thus far, many ideas have been brought up that have led me to change things to better fit my schedule and to make time where I may not have originally had it. I have learned that not everything goes as planned, but this sometimes works out for the better.

    Q: What do you suggest for keeping CKI alumni engaged?

    A: I think that our alumni truly deserve recognition for the commitment they’ve made to our organization. I encourage  districts and clubs to collect alumni information so we can stay in contact with them and host alumni-specific events alongside CKI and other Kiwanis-family events.

    Q: What are your favorite activities outside of school and CKI? 

    A: After having joined CKI five years ago, I can barely remember a time when I was without school and CKI. Some of my favourite things to do are to spend time playing board games with friends, visiting family at one of my many family functions and adventuring around the city of Edmonton. I personally just enjoy relaxing because it helps me balance my many academic and volunteer responsibilities. Photography is also a hobby of mine, but I still need to perfect my skills.

    Q: What is it that you know now that you wish you knew before being president?

    A: I wish I knew how quickly time would pass so that I would not have been caught off guard with how close I am to the end of my term. Convention marks the end of my year as president. Iit also marks my final moments in Circle K, and this realization has me thinking about what it is that I have really accomplished. Looking back, I am really proud of everything that the board, our districts, our clubs, our members and our organization have done.

    Q: What is your major at the University of Alberta, and why did you choose it?

    A: Currently, I am pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science with a specialization in Psychology as well as a Certificate in Community-Service Learning. During my fourth year of study, I was hired as a psychology intern at a correctional facility, with the opportunity to work closely with all offenders, especially those in the assessment and treatment unit. It was through this position that I truly realized my passion for the field of counselling. Everyone has potential, and I am so excited that my field of study allows me to help others reach theirs.

    Q: How long have you been a member of the Kiwanis family?

    A: I joined when I started my undergraduate studies in 2010 at the University of Alberta. Unfortunately a Key Club did not exist at my high school, as there is only one in Edmonton, but I have truly been blessed with having found Circle K. I am now nearing the end of my fifth year in Circle K and hope to continue on into Kiwanis, depending on where life takes me.

    Q: What does the Kiwanis family mean to you?

    A: Being in Kiwanis means having another international family and support system unlike any other I’ve ever had. I hold this organization dear to my heart. I can honestly say: once a Kiwanian, always a Kiwanian.

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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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