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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!

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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

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  • Look out Toronto, here we come

    Are you joining us for ICON 2016 in Toronto? We’ve got a lot in store for this year's Kiwanis International convention—take a look at the schedule on the convention website and get some of the details below!


    Chris Hadfield, aka “the most famous astronaut since Neil Armstrong,” will be our keynote speaker During his multi-faceted career, Hadfield has intercepted Soviet bombers in Canadian airspace, lived on the ocean floor, been NASA’s Director of Operations in Russia, and recorded science and music videos seen by hundreds of millions. Colonel Hadfield continues to bring the marvels of science and space travel to everyone he encounters. Come see him during opening session.

    Acclaimed singer and songwriter Jewel will perform during the gala dinner. Aside from her musical talents, Jewel is also an actress, painter, philanthropist and poet (with two published collections, including New York Times bestseller A Night Without Armor). From the remote ranch of her Alaskan youth to the triumph of international stardom, the four-time Grammy nominee has enjoyed a career longevity rare among her generation of artists.

    Don’t miss out! Register for the convention now and celebrate with us. Be sure to buy a ticket for the Alumni Gathering when you register. Start planning your trip to Toronto!

    Why Toronto?

    With more than 20 million visitors a year, Toronto is the main tourist destination in Ontario. The city's restaurants offer cuisines from every part of the globe. And there’s no shortage of shopping options, attractions, historical sites and activities:

    • Toronto is the most multicultural city in the world. There are more than 100 languages and dialects spoken throughout the city.
    • North America's largest continuous underground pedestrian system, PATH, connects about 1,200 stores and restaurants, 50 office towers, five subway stations, Union Station, six major hotels and several entertainment centres under Toronto's financial core.
    • Toronto's public transit system is the second largest in North America.
    • Toronto is one of the cleanest, safest and most peaceful large cities in the world.
    • Yonge Street is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest street in the world, stretching 1,896 km from the lakeshore in Toronto, north to Rainy River, Ontario, near the Minnesota border.
    • Toronto is home to one of the world's tallest freestanding structures, the CN Tower, which stands 1,815 feet (553 meters) tall.
    • Toronto's pro sports teams include the Toronto Blue Jays (Major League Baseball), Toronto Maple Leafs (National Hockey League), Toronto Raptors (National Basketball Association), and the Toronto Argonauts (Canadian Football League).
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  • Take a peek: Broad Ripple Kiwanis Club

    Alumni Support staff member, Kaitlynne Harpel, attended a Kiwanis club meeting and shares her experience.

    The Broad Ripple Kiwanis Club meets at a local restaurant, Binkley's, every Tuesday at noon. Binkley’s has a private room and offers a reasonable lunch price. Each meeting begins the same: with the Pledge of Allegiance, collecting happy dollars, a committee report and general announcements.

    To kick things off, Club President Brenda Rising-Moore introduced guests. Club members were very welcoming and excited to have guests at the meeting. Jim Kyle, a Kiwanian all the way from New Zealand, came to share his insight as a 35-year Kiwanian.

    After introductions Brenda collected “happy dollars,” which was one of my favorite parts of the meeting. As members gave their happy dollars they would share something they are happy about. Members shared personal victories, exciting news or sweet words about their club. The donations ranged from $1–20, but the amount is not what mattered. “Happy dollar” money goes directly to the club's administrative fund for future use.

    The Broad Ripple Kiwanis Club stays connected with members in various ways. They send a weekly newsletter, and they manage a website and social accounts. This constant communication helps the club keep up to date and organized. Which is a must because this Kiwanis club is busy. Read Around the World is an ongoing service project the club is involved with, and it is often their Kiwanis One Day service project. Several members tutor IPS students at least once a week. Currently, five club members act as tutors for local IPS schools. Members participate in Salvation Army Bell Ringing annually.

    While these service projects keeps the Broad Ripple Kiwanis Club members very busy, they still have an even larger fundraising event they host every year: Pints for Half Pints. The event is held in October at The Speak Easy, located in Broad Ripple. The club works with local brewers to raise funds for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education in midtown Indianapolis Public Schools. At the ticketed event, guests enjoy live music, a silent auction, food truck offerings, raffle prizes and an amusing game of Micro-Brewer’s Pub Feud. It’s a fun, casual event that raises money for a good cause.

    I was blown away by how involved and busy the Broad Ripple Kiwanis Club is in their community. Their creativity keeps current members engaged and has a high chance of attracting new members. They have guest speakers as often as they can. Something I loved is the thank-you gift they offer to their speakers—a children’s book is donated to a local school or youth organization in their name. The speaker at the meeting I attended, Jim, was very excited to sign the children's book and donate it. What a neat way to show your guest speakers you appreciate their time while also serving your community.

    The Broad Ripple Kiwanis Club has 45 members, which helps them accomplish a lot. Vice President Fran Fickle explains why the club is so special to her: “I am not a joiner. But I joined 20 years ago, and we don't just have fun and talk—we actually do


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  • One Day—Big Impact

    Imagine nearly 600,000 Kiwanis family members teaming up on one day to make a huge impact around the world. Sounds crazy, right? Well, be a part of the madness. Participate in Kiwanis One Day!

    Get out and serve with the Kiwanis family on Saturday, April 2, 2016. We encourage all Kiwanis family members to get involved—including Circle K alumni like you.

    So, who’s part of the Kiwanis family?

    The goal of Kiwanis One Day is to team up with as many members of the Kiwanis family as possible to work on a service project. Contact a district administrator if you wish to serve with any of the above clubs for Kiwanis One Day on April 2. Contact information for district administrators can be found on the club website.

    Here’s an idea: plan a Circle K alumni service project! Use the Circle K International Alumni’s Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages to find alums near you!

    Need some ideas for your Kiwanis One Day projects? Sort food at a local food bank or shelter, work at a Habitat for Humanity build site or freshen up the paint on a community building, such as a Boys and Girls Club. If you want more ideas, take a look at videos of previous Kiwanis One Day winners.

    Oh, and did we forget to mention there is a video contest? Find out how your Kiwanis One Day group could win big.

    Members volunteering on Kiwanis One Day

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  • You've got options.

    Your time in Circle K granted you with memories that will last a lifetime. Create even more memories: stay involved with the Kiwanis family by joining a Kiwanis club!

    There are many club options when deciding to stay involved with Kiwanis. The classic Kiwanis club format offers regular meetings and a variety of service opportunities—similar to your Circle K experience. Also keep in mind that as an alumni of Circle K International, you are eligible to join or charter a Circle K International Alumni club. The CKI Alumni clubs are offered at a lower price and function very similar to the Classic Kiwanis club. Connect directly with the organization you love—Circle K International.

    After all, life is busy—we get that. That is why Kiwanis has created alternative club types! If you want to serve but simply don’t have the time for the traditional club format, consider one of these:

    • Internet-based club
    • Young professionals club
    • 3-2-1 club
    • Company-based club

    These clubs utilize technology, have flexible meeting schedules and plan service projects that fit members’ demanding schedules. The Young professionals clubs are a great way to connect with people of the same age groups that hold shared interest. Another way to connect with people in your desired profession is with a Company-based club! Connect with co-workers by serving together in a convenient setting.

    If you’re looking to charter a new club, keep these various options in mind. When chartering a new club, you have the opportunity to choose the traditional format, or an alternative format that can attract potential members with common lifestyles.

    Whatever your schedule requires, there is a Kiwanis club that will fit your needs. Serve others, gain friendships and create lasting memories—by joining a Kiwanis club!

    Kiwanis Young Professional Club members volunteering

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  • Where is the love?

    Love is in the air—can you feel it? Valentine's Day is coming up, so it’s a perfect time to show your love for others. And the smallest gesture can make a big impact. It just takes a little time and a lot of love.

    For example, printable Valentine’s items are available. Bring joy to local nursing homes, hospitals or homeless shelters by delivering Valentine’s Day surprises. If you are participating in Show Your Love, Save a Life this year, you can also use these printables to fancy up your fundraising activities!

    On campuses worldwide, Circle K International will again host Show Your Love, Save a Life events to benefit The Eliminate Project: Kiwanis eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus. Use the fundraising guide to jump-start your life-saving events!

    The fundraising guide will help you plan special Valentine’s Day events. Which ones sound the most fun to you?

    • ElimiDate: a speed-dating event
    • Bachelor or bachelorette auction
    • Valentine’s Day dance
    • Valentine’s Day dinner

    What better way to show your love this Valentine’s Day than to save lives? Join Circle K as they take part in the Kiwanis family’s effort to protect the connection between babies and mothers around the world!

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  • Introduce yourself, open doors

    As an alumnus of Circle K International, you have a network of professionals to turn to for career advice. Use the Circle K Alumni LinkedIn Group to tap into that network—and make steps toward your desired career field!

    With over 5,000 Circle K alumni at your disposal, you are bound to find a professional that has your dream job. But if you never ask, you’ll never know. We strongly encourage you to introduce yourself to fellow Circle K alumni on LinkedIn!

    How do you start? Here’s an example:

    “Hello, fellow Circle K Alumni! My name is __(your name)__, a __(graduation year)__ Circle K graduate from __(your school or location)__. I am interested in learning more about __(desired career field)__. Can anyone offer insight or connect me to any professions in this field? I am eager to hear from you! From one Circle K alum to another, thank you for your service.”

    It may be surprising how far a simple introduction can get you in the professional world. Don’t wait until you need a job to start networking—tap into your professional network right now! Take a moment to introduce yourself to the Circle K International Alumni LinkedIn Group.

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  • First female CKI International President

    Circle K International reached a milestone in 1984 when Susan McClernon was elected the program’s first female International President. For Susan, that accomplishment has shaped her professionally and personally.

    A student at the College of St. Scholastica, in Duluth, MN, she got a lot of support at the time from her school and fellow students. She had been motivated to run for a District Governor position by three of her mentors, Cecilia Burke, Ken Burke and Larry Rittgarn, each were strong advocates of female opportunity and leadership within Circle K International.

    “I am happy they, and others like Durbin Keeney, kept after getting women more involved,” Susan says. “The Port of Duluth Kiwanis Club and Minn-Dak Kiwanis District were very determined and very supportive, which was a big motivator for me.”

    Ultimately Susan was elected on the first ballot. Although she was slightly shocked when her name was announced, the excitement of traveling and meeting new people instantly replaced her feeling of surprise.

    “One day it kicked in that I was the first female president,” she says. “I just tried to stay focused amongst all the chaos. Sometimes it was awkward being the first female president. I had to minimize it in order to stay focused.”

    A leader and mentor

    After obtaining her Bachelors of Science in Healthcare Administration, Susan earned Master’s and PHD degrees in the subject from the University of Minnesota. Professionally, Susan has been involved in healthcare administration for the past 30 years. She is now the CEO of Innovative Healthcare Leadership, which consults with a variety of health related clients.

    Having a mission is Susan's favorite thing about healthcare management. And she enjoys teaching others business and management skills. In fact, she is also the Faculty Director of Applied Business and Health Services at the University of Minnesota and an adjunct faculty member for both the University of Minnesota and the College of St. Scholastica.

    Susan has redirected her focus because she loves mentoring students and watching them succeed. Susan's faculty-director position at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities started as a part-time gig, she says, but it grew into something much larger. She found it surprising that the university did not offer an undergraduate degree in applied health services management—so she helped develop one! Susan now manages faculty who teach online classes and in the classroom, and the program’s current first group of HSM major students started in Fall 2015.

    Susan also teaches three classes a year for the University of Minnesota’s Applied Business and Health Services Management programs and a masters level class annually for the College of St. Scholastica’s Health Information Management Division.

    Life clearly keeps Susan busy—she also has three children who are at the ages of 14, 15 and 20—but the Kiwanis family is still very much a part of her life. In fact, Susan just served as the 2014-2015 club president of the Kiwanis Club of Friendly Duluth.  

    She joined her first Kiwanis club, in St. Paul, Minnesota, immediately after earning her Master's Degree in 1987—which was also the first year women were able to join. After that she was a member of a Kiwanis club in St. Petersburg, FL and Austin, Texas, and in 2005 she joined her current club.

    Susan's favorite service projects are the two her club does annually , the Kiwanis Kite Fly and Kiwanis TV Auction. The Kiwanis Kite Fly is a free event that happens in conjunction with a hot air balloon festival. Luckily it is held at a large park because there are typically 3-5,000 kites given away for families to fly that day! The TV auction is exactly what it sounds like—an auction hosted over television. The event is hosted by local the Kiwanis club, with help from Key Club members,  and the event typically raises around US$40,000.

    “I’ve continued to give back to Kiwanis because I would never be where I am without the community service attitude and leadership skills I gained from my time spent in Circle K.”

    Susan McClernon: CKI Alumni

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