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  • Unexpected treasures of CKI

    Keyla Reeder, Circle K International Alumni, shares her CKI story.


    Circle K matters most to me 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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  • International President Sue Petrisin welcomes you

    2015-16 Kiwanis International President, Sue Petrisin

    Dear Circle K friends,

    Congratulations on a great Circle K year! So, what’s next? I had to make the same decision when I graduated from Michigan State University and left Circle K behind.


    I decided to continue my life of service because kids continue to need our help. There still are too many kids who don’t have access to clean water, or education or vaccines. The list goes on and on. Your service through Circle K has already made a big difference in this world. Why stop now?


    As Circle K alumni, you will always be part of the Kiwanis global network, which allows you to participate in service opportunities and attend special events. You will also be able to access the many intrinsic values of Kiwanis, including developing leadership skills, connecting to your community and making friends wherever you go. You will continue to receive the alumni’s e-publication and other communications from Kiwanis. We hope this connection with Kiwanis will encourage you to continue a life of service.


    When you are ready to take an active role in improving communities, join a Kiwanis club. Circle K Alumni don’t pay a new member fee or Kiwanis International dues for the first two years of their membership! To find a club near you, put your address into our Find A Club locator. I’ll be honest, the first Kiwanis club you visit may not be the right fit for you, so try a different one. Don’t give up. Each of the more than 16,000 clubs in the Kiwanis family has its own personality. I know you’ll find one you like. I did. And I haven’t missed a meeting since.


    This is an exciting time in your life. It’s also scary. Stay connected with us and we’ll help you change the world.


    In Kiwanis service,

    Sue's Signature

    Sue Petrisin

    1984-85 Circle K International Governor, Michigan District

    2015-16 President, Kiwanis International

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  • We rise by lifting others

    5 inspirational quotes from Circle K International alumni!

    Jeffery Wolff, Circle K International alumnus

    Susan McClernon, Circle K International alumnus

    Keyla Reeder, Circle K International alumnus

    Dr. Flora Reichanadter, Circle K International alumnus

    Amy Zimmerman, Circle K International alumnus

    Thank you for sharing and for your service and commitment to Circle K. Want to add your two cents? Share your story. Tell us how Circle K shaped you or share your journey beyond college. Big or small, we want to hear them all!

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  • Kiwanis is making history

    The Eliminate Project is a Kiwanis-family effort. From the youngest K-Kid to the oldest Kiwanis member, we’re making a difference in the fight to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. During the last five years, The Eliminate Project has raised US$110 million in cash and pledges to support UNICEF’s work.


    As of March 23, 2016, The Eliminate Project has raised US$53.1 million in cash—nearly 50 percent of our fundraising goal. Eighteen districts showed their support through district-wide commitments, including Key Club International’s commitment to raise US$3 million.


    The active fundraising phase of The Eliminate Project concluded on December 31, 2015. But the timeline has been extended to the end of the school year for members of Service Leadership Program clubs, which include Circle K.


    But we are not yet finished. Now it’s time to turn pledges into paid gifts. The fulfillment phase of The Eliminate Project is crucial to the global elimination of MNT. That is why we need the help of Kiwanis-family members everywhere to complete individual, club and district pledges.


    We made a promise—and we will fulfill it. Help the Kiwanis family help mothers and babies. You can support The Eliminate Project in the name of Circle K International. In fact, you can designate a club to receive credit when you make your secure online gift—just note the club name.


    The Kiwanis family is poised to change the world. Be a part of history.


    Campaign elimination status

    Out of 59 priority countries, 38 have officially eliminated MNT. Currently, 21 countries are still at risk for MNT.

    • Niger plans to conduct a validation survey in June 2016.
    • Haiti plans to conduct a pre-validation assessment in 2016.
    • Democratic Republic of the Congo will conduct pre-validation assessments in the third quarter of 2016.
    • Indonesia’s Papua province will conduct a pre-validation assessment in May.

    Together we can do it.  

    Be a part of it—and make a difference together with your Kiwanis-family! Give now

    Kiwanis global effort to Eliminate MNT

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  • Simply serving

    Serving others doesn’t always have to be a big production. It can be done with a small amount of time, and little to no cost. Try these simple service project ideas with family, friends or your Kiwanis club. Share your experience with other alumni—tag us on Facebook @CircleKInternationalAlumni and on Twitter @CKIAlumni


    Get dirty in the name of service. Can you think of someone having a rough time or facing big challenges? With summer basically here, they may wish to do some yard work, but are simply too overwhelmed with everything else. Help lighten their load by planting flowers, pulling weeds or mowing their lawn as a surprise!  


    Bring joy to sick kids. Time spent at the hospital can be a bore, especially if it’s beautiful and sunny outside. Provide hours of entertainment, at little to no cost, by donating a few “I-Spy” bottles to a local children's hospital! All you’ll need is one plastic bottle, a few small items or toys, rice and a hot glue gun. In the I-Spy bottle, every shake will show new treasures.


    Use your green thumb. If you’re good at gardening and tend to grow more than you can consume, why not spread the wealth? Share what you grow with a neighbor, family, friends or homeless shelter. Don’t let your homegrown beauties go to waste!


    Bring on bubble-mania. Ahhh, bubbles. Who would have thought water and soap could be so much fun? Deliver this fun activity to a local daycare center and you’ll brighten everyone’s day. Luckily, it’s easy to make homemade bubbles and refill station. Consider this easy service project before you throw away your next container of laundry soap.

    Make a difference by serving others!

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  • Volunteer service above all

    In life and school, Ali Grotkowski had a lot of commitments during her college years. But she joined the CKI club at the University of Alberta when she found that the culture of the club was focused on volunteer service above everything else.


    “Certainly we socialized a lot, but our number one priority was volunteering and there were often numerous projects happening in each week, “Ali says. “My club was strong and didn’t always do things in the expected manner, but I think this flexibility is partially why this club still exists to this day.”


    Ali filled multiple leadership roles in her club and beyond—including International Trustee, Western Canada District Governor, and Kiwanis-Family Relations Chair.

    Being an International Trustee in particular, she says, had a great impact on her life beyond CKI. Ali broadened her horizons—thanks to travel, training, skills development, and a better understanding of the world outside of her surroundings.


    “Without these experiences, I strongly believe I would not have had some of the same skills when presented with other opportunities in my life,” she say. “And I wouldn’t have had so much success with time management, volunteer management and other roles in my work, volunteering, and social life.”


    Ali earned a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences and a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature. Upon completing her Bachelor degrees, Ali went on to earn two Masters—in Library and Information Studies and in Humanities Computing—from the University of Alberta.


    Ali is currently a Records Coordinator for the Government of Alberta. Her favorite part of her job is the opportunity to put her extensive education to good use.


    She has also put her Kiwanis-family experience to use—by joining the Kiwanis Club of Edmonton Young Professionals. True to her leadership and initiative, she was the charter president of the club. Now she is one the members of a satellite club. And she didn’t forget the importance of the organization she joined in college:  Ali served as the Circle K District Administrator for the Western Canada District for for more than 5 years.


    In fact, one of her Circle K highlights actually comes from her time as a mentor. “My favourite memory is probably that of attending GATC for the first time as a Kiwanian,” she says, “and seeing the enthusiastic faces of CKI members who were meeting each other for the first time as governors.”

    Ali Grotkowski, Circle K International alumni


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  • Good news, bad news

    If you’re registered for the 2016 Alumni Gathering in Toronto, you can expect delicious food, amazing networking opportunities and loads of fun. If you haven't quite registered, you’ll have to wait till next year—the event has SOLD OUT.


    Be the first to get updates on the 2016 Alumni Gathering by following the event page. If you’re attending the Alumni Gathering, make it official—mark “Going” on the Facebook event page.


    When: Thursday, June 23, from 9:30pm–11:30pm

    Where: Real Sports Bar & Grill

    Who: Key Club and Circle K International Alumni


    Come get silly with us. Disguise yourself in a funky pair of sunglasses or a mustache—and get your photo taken. Also, pick up one of our unique giveaway prizes, and make your mark by signing the alumni banner.


    We look forward to seeing you in Toronto!

    2016 Alumni Gathering is SOLD OUT

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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!


    The word "alumni"


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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!

    Circle K International Graduates by location
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    Circle K International Graduates by the numbers
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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.

    Nominate featured alumni


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