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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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As the network grows, we will continue to evolve to ensure a valuable experience for our members. Through blogs and story-sharing, let’s reconnect and find out who's where and what they are up to.
 
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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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  • Picture perfect

    A picture is worth a thousand words. Spread your Circle K memories by sharing yours! Tag us @CircleKAlumni on Facebook or Twitter.


    It doesn’t matter if you were a member of your club this past year or 10 years ago—we value your experience. For example, your photos could show:

    • Your club serving. What kind of service projects was your club known for? It could be big or small, but either way: share your club in action.
    • The best friends you met in Circle K. Many members build lifelong relationships in Circle K. Did you gain a couple best friends? Maybe a life partner? Share a picture of who Circle K brought into your life.
    • Your transformation. Stay connected with fellow Circle K alumni—share how you look now vs. then! A lot can change with time. Have you?

    Whatever you choose to share, be sure to tag us @CircleKAlumni. Your picture could be chosen for future newsletters or social media! Help us capture the awesomeness of Circle K by sharing your memories.

    Circle K club serving for TOT

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  • Lifelong facilitator

    In high school, Wendy Fraser received a college scholarship from a Kiwanis club. That motivated her to join Circle K when she attended Saint Martin’s University. And her connection to the Kiwanis family has been productive and valuable ever since.


    Circle K turned out to be a great fit for Wendy. For instance, the program helped develop her leadership skills—even leading to service as the Circle K International president in 1989–90.  “It gave me the ability to look at things from an international level, taught me how to motivate others, and showed me the impact of policy decisions,” she says.


    Of course, a love of learning has always been a big part of Wendy’s values. Today, she has five degrees: B.A. in Management and Finance from Saint Martin’s University; M.S. in Human Resource Management from Chapman University; M.A. in Organizational Leadership, M.A. in Organizational Development and a PhD in Human and Organizational Development from Fielding Graduate University.


    Giving back through Key Leader

    Back in 2004, Wendy was trained to be a lead facilitator for the first Key Leader event. The experience stuck with her—she continued to serve as a lead facilitator for 10 years after her training.


    “Key Leader was full of amazing moments watching high school students develop and transform over a weekend,” she says. “I was so happy to be a part of it.”


    One of her favorite Key Leader memories was inspired by a quadriplegic student who expressed his interest in doing the ropes course, though he was limited to ground activities. Wendy took action. After asking for permission from his mother and nurse, the course director had fellow students support him as they hoisted him up. “His excitement made it all worthwhile and it was transformational for all who witnessed it,” Wendy says.


    Wendy still volunteers as a facilitator today for other leadership development activities. She is currently a co-lead facilitator for Leadershape, a week long leadership development retreat. Leadershape retreats are mostly offered on college campuses, with roughly 60 students going through the program. “It’s important to give back to the next generation,” Wendy says. “Plus, you build awesome relationships.”


    In addition to her love for volunteering, Wendy also enjoys her job as a consultant. She is the president and founder of Fraser Consulting, LLC, which she has led for 14 years now.


    “Owning your own business can be difficult at times because you’re responsible for everything,” Wendy says. “You must have plenty of resources and talents.”


    For Wendy, it all goes back to the qualities that make a good leader: the ability to understand systems and how things interrelate. “A good leader is be caring, must have both humility and confidence,” she says. “They must be authentic, humble and open to learning.”


    Wendy’s advice for current CKI members is to love what they do and remember that they always have a choice. She also reminded them to hold on to the joy they get from Circle K. After all, being part of the Kiwanis family is a joy that can inspire the people around you: Wendy has a daughter, Maren, and a son, Tristan—both of whom have been involved with Key Club and Key Leader.

    Circle K alumni, Wendy Fraser

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  • Networking 101

    Networking can seem like an overwhelming prospect. But it doesn’t have to be. Sometimes it helps to start at the beginning, with a few basics. So let’s do that.

    • Networking defined: Networking is not simply an exchange of business cards at a random event. And it certainly isn’t about bragging about your career or begging for help from people you barely know. Networking is a game of give and take—it’s all about relationship-building.
    • An ongoing process: “One of the biggest mistakes people make is that they stop networking once they get their job,” says Diane Darling of Effective Networking. A network is something  you have in place—it’s valuable for getting professional development, and when you’re looking for a new position. But whenever you need your network, that’s not the time to start building one. So start building now.
    • Strike up a conversation. Networking is essentially a pleasant conversation, which leads to a new member of your network. Start with a smile. And try these simple conversation starters:

    1. "Hello, my name is...." It can be intimidating to approach a group or a person you don’t know, but you’ll be surprised what could happen if you just introduce yourself. Follow up your introduction with an easy-to-answer question like: "What brings you here tonight?"
    2. "I love your [shoes/shirt/necktie]." It is surprising how quickly people drop their guard when they are complemented. Even if it is not in a networking setting, you may pick up a new member of your network by simply saying, "That was an interesting presentation you just gave" or "That's one of my favorite books you're reading."

    Need some more tips?

    • Create personal business cards.
    • Share your passions/hobbies.
    • Reach out with curiosity. Contact interesting people and see where the relationship goes.
    • Attend networking events in your career field.
    • Use Circle K alumni as a resource. For instance, network in the LinkedIn Group.
    Networking 101

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  • Give thanks

    You grew as a leader because of your involvement with Circle K International. Share what you gained from CKI with #ThanksCKI right now. What are you thankful for?


    We’ll help get the ball rollin’. Here are some templates to help you share:


    #ThanksCKI for being __________.”


    “Because of Circle K I’m a ______. #ThanksCKI #CircleKAlumni”


    “So proud to be a #CircleKAlumni because it gave me________. #ThanksCKI


    We invite all Circle K alumni to join the fun and reminisce with us. Use  #ThanksCKI to thank the organization that helped shape you during such a pivotal time of your life.


    And by the way, have you seriously not connected with us yet? Don’t miss out—follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and network with us on LinkedIn! Let’s stay connected.

    #ThanksCKI

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  • Benefits: Travel & Insurance

    As an alumnus, you have many benefits available to members of the Kiwanis family. Here are two: access to Kiwanis Travel and Kiwanis Life Insurance. And yes, you can take full advantage of these opportunities even if you aren’t in a Kiwanis club. Take the journey of a lifetime with Kiwanis Travel. And protect your family’s finances with Kiwanis Life Insurance.


    Kiwanis Travel

    Thanks to Kiwanis International’s exclusive partnership with AHI Travel—a respected group tour operator since 1962—you have opportunities to explore the world through the Kiwanis Travel program. Marvel at Ireland's ruins and iconic Italian landscapes. Immerse yourself in Barcelonian magic. Or cruise the mighty Danube River.


    AHI Travel will carefully craft an itinerary that will provide you with a journey full of unique opportunities. Create priceless memories with Kiwanis Travel. Check out the travel opportunities in 2016, which include trips to Barcelona, Italy, Holland and much more. What are you waiting for?


    Kiwanis Life Insurance

    The newest offering of Kiwanis Insurance, Life Insurance Central®, helps you and your family continue to live as they do now should a fatal accident occur. Term Life Insurance covers you for a specific term or span of years. You can get a no-cost comparison quote or call 1-800-866-5074, ext. 9633, to speak directly with a licensed agent.


    Already have life insurance? It’s wise to periodically review your insurance portfolio. You may wish to purchase additional coverage, or take advantage of lower rates. Life Insurance Central's licensed representatives can help you determine how much coverage you need—and then find a company and policy to meet those needs.

    Member benefits

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