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  • Smiling faces and full stomachs

    The international conventions of the Kiwanis family attracted nearly 6,000 people to downtown Indianapolis, Indiana, in June. Circle K’s convention was one of the events hosted in the city as part of Kiwanis International’s 100th anniversary celebration. Another big success during the weekend was the Alumni Luncheon.  


    Nearly 180 alumni from both Key Club and Circle K filled the Hard Rock Cafe—the whole place!—on June 27. Recent graduates had a chance to connect with each other, and with seasoned alumni like Cathy Caldie (formerly Cathy Black) and Eric Paul, both of whom served as vice presidents on the 1979–80 CKI International board. Cathy and Eric were joined by Greg Faulkner, international president in 1975–76, and Dave Kelly, international president in 1982–83 (pictured below).

    All attendees had the chance to participate in the Key Club Mind Twister and the Circle K Mind Twister, both of which challenged players with questions regarding the programs’ respective histories. You can play too—see how well you can do. And check out the winners!

    Circle K Mind Twister Winners:
    CKI Alumni first prize winner CKI Alumni second prize winner

    Find more pictures from the event on the Circle K Alumni Facebook page. Feel free to “tag” yourself where you see appropriate!

    Thanks to all who celebrated at the Key Club International and Circle K International Alumni reception. We hope to see even more people next year!

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  • 2015 Circle K International Convention

    If you weren't able to attend the Circle K International convention this yearworry not! Catch up with these highlights from the event.


    Attendees of CKIx 2015 completed 4,500 hours of community service around the Indianapolis area. The largest community service project, called “Extreme Neighborhood Makeover”, included multiple projects around the Hawthorne and Haughville neighborhoods. Circle K members helped to clean up neighborhood parks and community centers, cleaned up neighborhood streets of weeds and trash, painted murals in the community, and even spent some time with the local children they were volunteering for. There were so many Circle K members out doing great service that the Indianapolis newspaper, the Indianapolis Star, even featured them. There was a lot of publicity for the “Extreme Neighborhood Makeover”, and Shayna Cole (Indiana District Governor) represented Circle K International well in interviews at the project sites.


    Wrapping up service to the Indianapolis community on Friday during the convention, CKI members branched out to nine organizations across the city: Ronald McDonald House, Faith Hope Love, 24 Hours of Booty, St. Vincent de Paul food pantry, Coburn Place, Exodus Refugee, Teacher’s Treasures, Gigi’s Playhouse, and Gleaners Food Bank. It was at Gleaners that the group made history with the most food sorted in one day, setting the record at 32,504 pounds of food. The warehouse now has an honorary Large Scale Service Project (LSSP) shirt with every volunteer’s signature that will hang in it's office.


    The delegates of the 2015 convention elected the following individuals to serve on the 2015-16 board of trustees: 

    • President Racheile Ricklefs (Florida District)
    • Vice President Jessica Davis (Indiana District)
    • Trustee-At-Large Calvin Charles (Capital District)
    • Subregion A Trustee Cedrick Mah (Western Canada District)
    • Subregion B Trustee Jennifer Park (California-Nevada-Hawaii District)
    • Subregion C Trustee Emily Bagwell (Michigan District)
    • Subregion D Trustee Sara Nguyen (Missouri-Arkansas District)
    • Subregion E Trustee Amanda Ferster (Pennsylvania District)
    • Subregion F Trustee Vy Tran (Capital District)
    • Subregion G Trustee Camille Tyler (Carolinas District)

    On Saturday morning, Circle K members got up bright and early to attend convention workshops. Workshop topics range from service and volunteerism to professional skills. Members learned how to plan events, manage a budget, “chill out” and de-stress and to set and achieve fitness goals. Some members had the opportunity to attend one three-hour workshop where, with only US$200 they planned and ran a service project.


    The entire Kiwanis family came together for an Indianapolis Indians baseball game on Friday evening complete with fireworks. 2014-15 Circle K International President Kathy Le played one of the on-the-field games and 2014-15 Kiwanis International President Dr. John Button and Kiwanis International Executive Director Stan Soderstrom threw the first pitch. Kiwanis and Circle K members were joined by Key Club and Aktion Club attendees at the game.


    Delegates to the convention were also treated to a concert by hellogoodbye and A Great Big Pile of Leaves. During the concert the lead singer of Hellogoodbye, Forrest Kline, wore a Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF box─and even crowd surfed in it. The band let students come on stage and interact with the band members for most of the performance. The show was closed with an entertaining rendition of "Happy Birthday" for Kiwanis International. Circle K and Key Club members alike had a great time enjoying the music and celebrating the end of the convention.


    All in all it was a great convention. If you missed CKIx this year, plan to come to next year's convention! CKIx 2016 will be held in Toronto Ontario, Canada. Learn more about it!


    Check out the CKI Flickr account for more images!


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  • Spread the word: what does the Kiwanis family mean to you?

    Thanks to your involvement with Circle K, you’re a member of the Kiwanis family. And that experience has helped shape the person you’ve become. If you loved it, you want to share it. Here’s your chance!


    Here are a few questions to help you create your story:

    How has Circle K shaped who you are? Leadership opportunities afford CKI members the tools needed to become engaged citizens. When you joined Circle K, you pledged to foster compassion and goodwill through service and leadership, and to develop your abilities and the abilities of all people. Explain how this dedication played a role in shaping who you are.


    Tell us about your journey after Circle K. CKI members experience fellowship and develop lifelong relationships in their communities every day. Get re-connected or make new connections with other alumni, by sharing where life has led you. Your classmates want to know what you have been up to since graduation. Be proud of all you have accomplished!


    If you’re in a Kiwanis club, what service projects is it known for? Many Kiwanis clubs are known in their communities for a specific annual service project. By having a project that your club is known for, you are spreading awareness within your community. But don’t stop there, spread that awareness to your fellow alumni—by telling us. If you are an adviser or an administrator, you are enhancing the members experience -- but that’s not all, there is also impact on you. Share your experiences within your position and inspire others to get involved. If you’re not in a Kiwanis club, find one. The story doesn’t have to end after CKI!


    There are more benefits to sharing your story
    than you may think. Encourage fellow alumni to do the same. Inspire others to get involved, encourage fellow alumni to share their experiences, and spread the word. If you speak up
    today, your story could be highlighted in the next newsletter or shared through our social media sites! We want to share your story with the world, but we can only do this if you decide to speak up.



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  • Circle K Mind Twister

    Think you know all about Circle K? Prove it! Test what you know about CKI by taking the Circle K Mind Twister!

    (True master's of Circle K knowledge don't look at the answers until the end!)

    Let's begin!


    1) How many years since the first CKI club was chartered?

    A. 90 years

    B. 68 years

    C. 100 years

    D. 78 years


    2) The Circle K International pledge, fill in the blanks!

    "I pledge to uphold the objectives of Circle K International, to foster _________ and __________ toward others through service and leadership, to develop my abilities and the abilities of all people, and to dedicate myself to the realization of mankind's potential."

    A. kindness, love

    B. understanding, compassion

    C. compassion, goodwill

    D. love, duty


    3) Originally, Circle K was organized as a fraternity, Kappa lota Phi. Their mission was to serve men who needed financial aid to attend college.

    True / False

    4) The origins of Circle K International were in _________, Washington.

    A. Pullman

    B. Vancouver

    C. Redmond

    D. Auburn

    5) What is the slogan of CKI?

    A. We Rock. Enough Said.

    B. Caring - Our Way of Life

    C. Service is life!

    D. Live to Serve, Love to Serve

    _______________________________________________________________



    Circle K Mind Twister Answers (no peaking!!)

    1. B '68 years'
    2. C 'compassion/goodwill'
    3. True
    4. A 'Pullman'
    5. D 'Live to Serve, Love to Serve'


    Want to try out the Key Club Mind Twister? Check it out

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  • Jen Wolff: from member to mentor!

    From the beginning, Jen Wolff learned how important personal connection is to the Kiwanis family. It’s a benefit that has stuck with her to the present day, both as an active Circle K alumnus and a current Kiwanis club member. 
    In fact, Jen might never have heard of Circle K or the larger Kiwanis family at all—except for her connection to a Circle K member during her freshman year at Towson University in Maryland.
    “My roommate and I were walking through the student union,” Jen says. “The Circle K club was recruiting there, and my roommate joined. She swore she would get me to join.”
    It took until Jen’s junior year, but when she finally joined the club, she was all in. She even became the vice president of the Towson University chapter within a week—and eventually helped the club’s membership double. After all, she had already learned a key lesson about recruiting from her roommate.
    “It’s like we say in Kiwanis: people join people, not clubs.”
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    Member and mentor
    [copy]
     Like many alumni, Jen has great memories of the service and fellowship of her Circle K days.  And now that she’s a district administrator, she even sees her fondness for former advisors in a new light. But during her college years, it took a while to comprehend the full value of that mentorship.
    “I didn’t have much exposure to Kiwanians,” she says. “I saw the same two Kiwanis members at our events, and I went to a few Kiwanis meetings where we sat and ate chicken and otherwise just stayed at our table. I didn’t have an understanding of the special relationship between Kiwanians and our Service Leadership Programs until I joined the CKI district board as a committee chair.”
    It became even clearer during one Capital District event, when the Kiwanian John Tyner let some CKI members room at his home in Rockville, Maryland. 
    “I remember thinking, ‘Who would let 20 college kids they don’t know stay at their house?’” Jen says. “Now I am that Kiwanian. Every year at that first board meeting, I’ll have a few bewildered CKI board members say to me, ‘I can’t believe you’re letting us all stay here.’ I always think of John when I do something like that, and I get a good laugh. I didn’t understand what a true Kiwanian was until I met John Tyner.”
    Her experience also gives her insights into the importance of membership. As a student and a Kiwanian, Jen has seen how much it can mean to a young adult—and the difference a committed mentor can make.
    “Until Circle K, I didn’t know I had all these things in me—facilitation during leadership training, standing in front of people and speaking, that kind of thing,” Jen says. “It made me realize what I’m capable of, what I didn’t think was possible.”
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    A Kiwanis-family family
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    When Jen first met Jeffrey Wolff, he was a Kiwanian on rhe Capital District Committee for CKI. At the time, she says, Jeffrey was just “the young, cool Kiwanian, the guy who’d show us his latest techie toy, like a new tablet—this was way before iPads were around.”
    A few years later, she was a college graduate and became a member of the Tysons Corner/McLean Kiwanis Club in Virginia. “I remember walking into the club and saying, ‘What are you doing here?’” Jen says. “And he said, ‘Well, I’m a member here.’”
    That was just the beginning of what became a lifelong relationship. Jen and Jeffrey are married now and have three children. And they continue to have the Kiwanis family in common too. Even if fate hadn’t brought her and Jeffrey into each other’s lives, Jen says, she would be a Kiwanian and a CKI advisor. But it’s a definite advantage for both of them to be Kiwanis leaders and CKI advisors.
    “We always joke that if we were married to someone who wasn’t in Kiwanis, they wouldn’t understand,” she says.
    In fact, Jen first got reacquainted with Circle K when she joined the Capital District’s CKI committee as a zone administrator while Jeff was the CKI district administrator. And when Jeff stepped down in 2010, Jen stepped up. She has been the district administrator since then. 
    In her seven years as a Kiwanian, Jen has also been a two-term distinguished president of the Tysons Corner/McLean Kiwanis Club and a Capital Kiwanis distinguished lieutenant governor. In addition, she is currently the editor of the district’s publication, The Capital Kiwanian. 
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    Alumni advantages
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    Being a CKI alumnus has been a benefit to Jen even beyond her family (and the Kiwanis family). A graphic designer, Jen got her first job out of college thanks to her CKI membership. She interviewed for a design position with a rural advocacy group, and after some “back and forth,” she says, she was hired.
    “A few months down the road, the person who hired me mentioned that it had been between me and another person,” Jen adds. “I said, ‘What made you choose me?’ She said, ‘You had on your resume that you did club building and membership work, and we wanted someone with a membership background who could also be a sounding board for us.’
    “It was a graphic design job,” she adds, “but because of my experience at CKI, I had an advantage.”
    Now she helps current members create that kind of advantage through service experience and leadership skills. And she believes CKI members and young alumni will provide a mutual benefit for Kiwanis clubs and members who stay involved with the program.
    “I think Kiwanis is trending in that direction—becoming more and more accepting of what younger members bring to the table,” she says.
    And when it comes to club membership, Jen believes younger Circle K alumni should be proactive too. “It’s such a fulfilling thing to do in a world that’s so busy,” she says. “Talking to people who aren’t in a Kiwanis club, they sometimes tell me they visited a club and it just wasn’t for them. But it might have been just that club. 
    “I tell them, ‘That might not have been the one, but keep looking for one—or even build one that works for you.’” 

    From the beginning, Jen Wolff learned how important personal connection is to the Kiwanis family. It’s a benefit that has stuck with her to the present day, both as an active Circle K alumnus and a current Kiwanis club member.

    In fact, Jen might never have heard of Circle K or the larger Kiwanis family at all—except for her connection to a Circle K member during her freshman year at Towson University in Maryland.

    “My roommate and I were walking through the student union,” Jen says. “The Circle K club was recruiting there, and my roommate joined. She swore she would get me to join.”

    It took until Jen’s junior year, but when she finally joined the club, she was all in. She even became the vice president of the Towson University chapter within a week—and eventually helped the club’s membership double. After all, she had already learned a key lesson about recruiting from her roommate.

    “It’s like we say in Kiwanis: people join people, not clubs.”

    Member and mentor

    Like many alumni, Jen has great memories of the service and fellowship of her Circle K days.  And now that she’s a district administrator, she even sees her fondness for former advisors in a new light. But during her college years, it took a while to comprehend the full value of that mentorship.

    I didn’t have much exposure to Kiwanians,” she says. “I saw the same two Kiwanis members at our events, and I went to a few Kiwanis meetings where we sat and ate chicken and otherwise just stayed at our table. I didn’t have an understanding of the special relationship between Kiwanians and our Service Leadership Programs until I joined the CKI district board as a committee chair.”

    It became even clearer during one Capital District event, when the Kiwanian John Tyner let some CKI members room at his home in Rockville, Maryland.

    “I remember thinking, ‘Who would let 20 college kids they don’t know stay at their house?’” Jen says. “Now I am that Kiwanian. Every year at that first board meeting, I’ll have a few bewildered CKI board members say to me, ‘I can’t believe you’re letting us all stay here.’ I always think of John when I do something like that, and I get a good laugh. I didn’t understand what a true Kiwanian was until I met John Tyner.”

    Her experience also gives her insights into the importance of membership. As a student and a Kiwanian, Jen has seen how much it can mean to a young adult—and the difference a committed mentor can make.

    “Until Circle K, I didn’t know I had all these things in me—facilitation during leadership training, standing in front of people and speaking, that kind of thing,” Jen says. “It made me realize what I’m capable of, what I didn’t think was possible.”

    A Kiwanis-family family

    When Jen first met Jeffrey Wolff, he was a Kiwanian on the Capital District Committee for CKI. At the time, she says, Jeffrey was just “the young, cool Kiwanian, the guy who’d show us his latest techie toy, like a new tablet—this was way before iPads were around.”

    A few years later, she was a college graduate and became a member of the Tysons Corner/McLean Kiwanis Club in Virginia. “I remember walking into the club and saying, ‘What are you doing here?’” Jen says. “And he said, ‘Well, I’m a member here.’”

    That was just the beginning of what became a lifelong relationship. Jen and Jeffrey are married now and have three children. And they continue to have the Kiwanis family in common too. Even if fate hadn’t brought her and Jeffrey into each other’s lives, Jen says, she would be a Kiwanian and a CKI advisor. But it’s a definite advantage for both of them to be Kiwanis leaders and CKI advisors.

    “We always joke that if we were married to someone who wasn’t in Kiwanis, they wouldn’t understand,” she says.

    In fact, Jen first got reacquainted with Circle K when she joined the Capital District’s CKI committee as a zone administrator while Jeff was the CKI district administrator. And when Jeff stepped down in 2010, Jen stepped up. She has been the district administrator since then.

    In her seven years as a Kiwanian, Jen has also been a two-term distinguished president of the Tysons Corner/McLean Kiwanis Club and a Capital Kiwanis distinguished lieutenant governor. In addition, she is currently the editor of the district’s publication, The Capital Kiwanian.

    Alumni advantages

    Being a CKI alumnus has been a benefit to Jen even beyond her family (and the Kiwanis family). A graphic designer, Jen got her first job out of college thanks to her CKI membership. She interviewed for a design position with a rural advocacy group, and after some “back and forth,” she says, she was hired.

    “A few months down the road, the person who hired me mentioned that it had been between me and another person,” Jen adds. “I said, ‘What made you choose me?’ She said, ‘You had on your resume that you did club building and membership work, and we wanted someone with a membership background who could also be a sounding board for us.’

    “It was a graphic design job,” she adds, “but because of my experience at CKI, I had an advantage.”

    Now she helps current members create that kind of advantage through service experience and leadership skills. And she believes CKI members and young alumni will provide a mutual benefit for Kiwanis clubs and members who stay involved with the program.

    “I think Kiwanis is trending in that direction—becoming more and more accepting of what younger members bring to the table,” she says.

    And when it comes to club membership, Jen believes younger Circle K alumni should be proactive too. “It’s such a fulfilling thing to do in a world that’s so busy,” she says. “Talking to people who aren’t in a Kiwanis club, they sometimes tell me they visited a club and it just wasn’t for them. But it might have been just that club.

    “I tell them, ‘That might not have been the one, but keep looking for one—or even build one that works for you.’” 


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  • Need service and fundraising ideas?

    Planning service projects can be difficult. We’re here to help. Get the ball rolling with these project ideas!


    • Clean up or revamp a community space. This project could only take a few hours, or you could turn it into a daylong event. Either way, you’d be surprised how much of a difference cleaning up common space in your community can make. For example, cleaning up a neighborhood park keeps people that need to see immediate results engaged in your neighborhood improvement activities.
    • Host a fundraising event. Use your creativity—you could do practically anything! Plan a fashion show for younger girls, organize a cookout and sell tickets, or create a unique and engaging game for people in your community. The money you raise could be donated to the Kiwanis International Foundation or The Eliminate Project. You could also donate the money to an initiative that you and your club members feel strongly about. Need more detailed ideas? Check these out!
    • Plan a day to educate your community. Pick a topic that you and your club members feel strongly about. Then take a day out of your busy schedule and give your community the best gift you can: education! Division 13 of the California-Nevada-Hawaii District decided to take on this challenge. Check out what their club did for their community!

    That’s just a handful of ideas. For more, view the entries from the Kiwanis One Day video contest!


    And remember, inspiration is a two-way street. Share the projects your club has been doing. Who knows what kind of inspiration you could give to another club! So please, share your story.




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  • Life is short. Are you enjoying it?

    Its an endless cycle. We have to go to school for years to get a decent job. Then we invest our time and energy into our careers. In turn, we’re too worn out by the time we get home to enjoy anything we have worked for. And if we wait too long to open up our eyes, life will have passed us by.


    But happiness is not something we can buy. It’s something we hold within ourselves. With awareness of ourselves and our environment, we are able to unlock our happiness. Here are a few tips for making happiness happen: 

    • Be part of something you believe in. If you are a member of a Kiwanis club, you’re already doing it. But you can always get more involved with fulfilling the mission of the club. If you aren’t a Kiwanis club member, check out what’s available in your community
    • Simplify your happiness. What does it take to make you happy? How do you define your happiness? If what you are thinking about is a long extravagant explanation, cut it! Realize that happiness comes from appreciating the little things in life—the simple things.    
    • Live in the present. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the past. To ponder why this or that happened. But really, does it matter? If you can learn to start living in the present and focusing on what’s good right now, you’ll begin to notice the greatness of each moment. 
    • Never stop learning. If you continue to seek new knowledge, you’ll never stop growing. By learning new things that fascinate you, you will be able to step out of the “blah” of your standard day, take some personal time . . . and continuously grow!

    There are plenty of other things you can do to help yourself find happiness. But start small—the journey to happiness can be confusing and difficult. By implementing these tips today, you’ll start unlocking the happiness within . . . and enjoy the long-term benefits it brings.


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  • 8 great hidden gems of Indianapolis

    ICON 2015 will be in Indianapolis, Indiana, this month. With convention and the centennial celebration, it’s a busy few days. But be sure to save time to explore the city. We can help—with this list of eight hidden gems in Indy. 

    1. Our airport (No, really—it’s cool!)
    If you’re flying into and out of the Indianapolis International Airport, be sure to look around. It’s filled with outstanding restaurants, some great Indiana souvenirs, and the building is designed to perfection! In fact, the Indianapolis International Airport was named (again) in 2014 by the Airports Council International as Best Airport in North America!

    2. The restaurant scene
    Indianapolis used to be infamous as a “chain restaurant” city. Not anymore. While we’ve long been known for St. Elmo’s Steakhouse, the list of unique, local restaurants with chef geniuses at their helms is long. And many of them are in walking distance of the convention center! Check out a few favorites. Plus, downtown’s City Market is a one-stop locale for high-quality eats! 

    3. The artisan cocktail scene
    Whether you drink cocktails, mocktails or even just water with a lime—there’s something special for you in Indy. Mixologists reign at Plat 99, The Libertine, and the 1933 Lounge, to name a few. It’s not just about the cocktails and mocktails; for example Plat 99, located in The Alexander Hotel, serves complimentary truffle-oil popcorn, a special small-plate menu, a stunning view of downtown, and 99 original glass light features created by artist Jorge Pardo! These places are each unique in their own ways, so be sure to check them out during your stay!

    4. Georgia Street
    Before Indianapolis hosted the Super Bowl in 2012, the street received a massive overhaul to become a major gathering place, hang-out locale and party site. Special occasions bring live bands, public events and food trucks. The last Friday of every month brings “Food Truck Friday” (beginning at 11 a.m.) and Happy Hour on Georgia Street (beginning at 3:30 p.m.). The last Friday in June will also feature the Kiwanis International Birthday Bash on Georgia Street, with live band Zanadoo, birthday cake and DJ Andy Austin. Kiwanians and Indy residents will mix, mingle and enjoy a summer evening on this hot-spot street.

    5. The Indianapolis Cultural Trail
    The Cultural Trail is eight miles of wide walkway that connects Indy’s six cultural districts. Explore the city on foot at a leisurely pace, or rent a bike at a bike share station. The trail is also great for your morning or afternoon run! However you use the trail, you’ll find plenty of restaurants, art and city sights along the way.

    6. The art scene
    The Indianapolis Museum of Art is a not-to-miss attraction. And now it’s good company with other galleries, which featuring local—and not-so-local—artists and a variety of media. Check out these galleries! If you're feeling adventurous be sure to spend time at 100 Acres, adjacent to the Indianapolis Museum of Art. As the name implies, it’s 100 acres of art mingling with nature, including a variety of biomes, sculptures and media with which visitors can interact!

    7. Fountain Square
    Fountain Square is meant for those who seek art, good food, entertainment and even duckpin bowling! Accessible from the Cultural Trail, Fountain Square is home to a great knit shop; Peruvian, Thai, Tex-Mex, Greek and Farm-to-Table fare (to name a few options); the Murphy Building (host to artist studios and galleries) and other galleries; restored theatres for live shows, music and swing dancing; and two duckpin bowling alleys (Atomic Bowl and Action Bowl) in the Fountain Square Theatre Building.

    8. Mass Ave
    Massachusetts Avenue angles north and east within the city like a spoke of culture and taste. And it continues to expand its array of hip shops and restaurants. Savor pre-dinner artisan chocolates at The Best Chocolate in Town. And shop for fun finds at Homespun, Silver in the City, Global Gifts, and Mass Ave Toys!



    ICON 2015 will be in Indianapolis, Indiana, this month. With convention and the centennial celebration, it’s a busy few days. But be sure to save time to explore the city. We can help—with this list of eight hidden gems in Indy.


    1. Our airport (No, really—it’s cool!)

    If you’re flying into and out of the Indianapolis International Airport, be sure to look around. It’s filled with outstanding restaurants, some great Indiana souvenirs, and the building is designed to perfection! In fact, the Indianapolis International Airport was named (again) in 2014 by the Airports Council International as Best Airport in North America!


    2. The restaurant scene

    Indianapolis used to be infamous as a “chain restaurant” city. Not anymore. While we’ve long been known for St. Elmo’s Steakhouse, the list of unique, local restaurants with chef geniuses at their helms is long. And many of them are in walking distance of the convention center! Check out a few favorites. Plus, downtown’s City Market is a one-stop locale for high-quality eats!


    3. The artisan cocktail scene

    Whether you drink cocktails, mocktails or even just water with a lime—there’s something special for you in Indy. Mixologists reign at Plat 99, The Libertine, and the 1933 Lounge, to name a few. It’s not just about the cocktails and mocktails; for example Plat 99, located in The Alexander Hotel, serves complimentary truffle-oil popcorn, a special small-plate menu, a stunning view of downtown, and 99 original glass light features created by artist Jorge Pardo! These places are each unique in their own ways, so be sure to check them out during your stay!


    4. Georgia Street

    Before Indianapolis hosted the Super Bowl in 2012, the street received a massive overhaul to become a major gathering place, hang-out locale and party site. Special occasions bring live bands, public events and food trucks. The last Friday of every month brings “Food Truck Friday” (beginning at 11 a.m.) and Happy Hour on Georgia Street (beginning at 3:30 p.m.). The last Friday in June will also feature the Kiwanis International Birthday Bash on Georgia Street, with live band Zanadoo, birthday cake and DJ Andy Austin. Kiwanians and Indy residents will mix, mingle and enjoy a summer evening on this hot-spot street.


    5. The Indianapolis Cultural Trail

    The Cultural Trail is eight miles of wide walkway that connects Indy’s six cultural districts. Explore the city on foot at a leisurely pace, or rent a bike at a bike share station. The trail is also great for your morning or afternoon run! However you use the trail, you’ll find plenty of restaurants, art and city sights along the way.


    6. The art scene

    The Indianapolis Museum of Art is a not-to-miss attraction. And now it’s good company with other galleries, which featuring local—and not-so-local—artists and a variety of media. Check out these galleries! If you're feeling adventurous be sure to spend time at 100 Acres, adjacent to the Indianapolis Museum of Art. As the name implies, it’s 100 acres of art mingling with nature, including a variety of biomes, sculptures and media with which visitors can interact!


    7. Fountain Square

    Fountain Square is meant for those who seek art, good food, entertainment and even duckpin bowling! Accessible from the Cultural Trail, Fountain Square is home to a great knit shop; Peruvian, Thai, Tex-Mex, Greek and Farm-to-Table fare (to name a few options); the Murphy Building (host to artist studios and galleries) and other galleries; restored theatres for live shows, music and swing dancing; and two duckpin bowling alleys (Atomic Bowl and Action Bowl) in the Fountain Square Theatre Building.


    8. Mass Ave

    Massachusetts Avenue angles north and east within the city like a spoke of culture and taste. And it continues to expand its array of hip shops and restaurants. Savor pre-dinner artisan chocolates at The Best Chocolate in Town. And shop for fun finds at Homespun, Silver in the City, Global Gifts, and Mass Ave Toys!



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  • ICON 2015: Don't miss out!

    Every year, thousands of Kiwanis-family members attend an international convention. These annual events are full of fun, fellowship, elections and recognition. And if ever there was a year not to miss, this is the one: we’ll all be celebrating Kiwanis International’s 100th anniversary!


    The 2015 Circle K International convention will take place June 24–27 in Indianapolis. Even better, it will happen along with the conventions for Kiwanis, Key Club and Aktion Club.


    Stay ahead of the crowd—take a sneak peek at the convention schedule! There will be a lot of sights to see and opportunities to celebrate. Just a few of them include:

    • Daily walks on the Cultural Trail.
    • Tours of the Kiwanis International building.
    • The Centennial Playground build at Hawthorne Park.
    • A baseball game followed by fireworks at Victory Field. 
    • The Monumental Pancake Lunch on Monument Circle.
    • Our all-night Birthday Bash on Georgia street.

    There’s one event you do not want to miss: the Alumni Reception on Saturday, June 27. The reception will take place 12–1:30 p.m. at the Hard Rock Cafe
    (located at 49 South Meridian Street in Indianapolis). Join us—and connect or reconnect with an array of fellow alumni. Attendees will receive lunch, a unique souvenir and the opportunity to meet the 2014–15 Circle K International and Key Club International presidents. Register now. Spots are filling up fast!


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  • Leadership that lasts a lifetime

    In Circle K, you pushed the limits—and pushed yourself beyond your comfort zone. Why stop now? The leadership skills you gained as a member will last a lifetime—in your career and everything else you do.


    Take a look at the qualities that leaders share, and how you can enhance each one:

    • Honesty. Mean it when you preach it! Honesty is not just about the words you use. It’s about how well they align with what you do.  
    • Ability to delegate. You may be the one calling the shots, but you still need to trust in your team. Let all members of your team help advance toward the goal—play on everyone’s strengths. Remember, you’re not doing this alone. 
    • Communication. If you can’t convey your vision to your team, your team members won't all work toward the same goals. Clear communication is key to leading any group to success.
    • Sense of humor. Things don’t always go as planned! Things in CKI might have been a tad stressful at times—but they were ultimately fun and lighthearted. Encourage your team to laugh at the inevitable mistakes. Crying over them only slows things down.  
    • Commitment. Work hard, so you can show that hard work is being done on every level. If you want to be followed . . . lead by example!

    And don’t forget: every Kiwanis club needs members with strong leadership skills. If your club is lacking those qualities, step up! And if you're not currently a Kiwanian, find a club and join! The Kiwanis family—and the communities we serve—can always use more leaders.


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