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


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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  • 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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  • Stay in the know

    Are you socially connected with us? If not, here’s your opportunity to stay in the know! 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—just follow the links!

    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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  • How are you supporting The Eliminate Project?

    With The Eliminate Project, the Kiwanis family is raising US$110 million to save and protect millions of mothers and newborns from maternal and neonatal tetanus. You can be a part of it. Help protect the connection between mother and child that this painful, deadly disease destroys.

    And help inspire others by getting the word out. If you’re planning a service or fundraising event, let us know! Email prior to your event, and we will help you generate awareness.  

    Has your event already occurred? Let us highlight your story. Email us, and we will include your story in our blog.

    When sending us your story, please include the name of the project, your contact information, and the club or clubs participating. Send that along with photos and your a 300-500 word story

    Remember to subscribe to The Eliminate Project blog and visit often!

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  • New club opportunity for CKI Alumni

    Been reminiscing about the good old days of your Circle K experience? Wishing you could relive CKI?Well, your wish is our command! Kiwanis International is proud to introduce Circle K International Alumni clubs, an opportunity for former members to extend their participation in Circle K. The clubs are open to any and all former members of of a Circle K club . . . and they can be organized in any community!

    What sets  Circle K International Alumni clubs apart from your standard Kiwanis club? The fee model. CKI Alumni clubs will pay a charter fee and an annual club renewal fee of US$350—regardless of the membership size. This allows for flexibility in club size!

    There are a variety of reasons CKI alumni may come together to open an alumni club. They might want to:

    • Enhance or renew the Circle K club experience.
    • Welcome new alumni to the district or community.
    • Continue friendships gained through Circle K—and develop new ones.
    • Gain personal and professional opportunities by connecting and providing service with other alumni and their families.
    • Act as a resource for current Circle K members and other members of the Kiwanis family. 
    • Stay engaged with Circle K’s partners and preferred charities.
    • Help make the community a better place through service projects.

    Interested? Get more information
    ! You asked for it, and we’ve made it happen. Start your own CKI Alumni club . . . and help the spirit of Circle K live on!

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  • President Button welcomes Circle K Alumni as Associate Kiwanis members

    Dear Circle K Alumni,

    Thank you for your service to your school, your community and the world as a Circle K member. You have made an immeasurable difference in the lives of others. I hope you will continue to make an impact on the world through the Circle K International Alumni group and the no-cost associate membership to Kiwanis International.

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

    If you are looking to increase your impact on the world, there are special benefits for Key Club Alumni who join a Kiwanis club in the future. These associate members do not pay a new member fee or Kiwanis International dues for the first two years. To find a club near you, put your address into our Find A Club locator. I encourage you to visit several clubs in the area to find the best fit for you. Each of the more than 16,000 clubs in the Kiwanis family has its own personality.

    It is an exciting time to be associated with Kiwanis. Thank you for what you are doing today to make the world a better place and for the remarkable things you will do in the future as a part of the Kiwanis global network of service.

    In Kiwanis service,

    John R. Button, M.D.

    2014-15 President

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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