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  • Call For Presenters For Circle K ICON

    The Key Club International Convention is an opportunity each year for Key Club members and advisors from around the world to come together, learn about service and leadership, elect new officers, be recognized for accomplishments and enjoy the company and inspiration of fellow servant-leaders.  The 2015 Key Club International Convention will take place June 24-28, 2015 in Indianapolis, IN.

    As part of the program, we strive to offer top notch workshops to attendees. This year is no exception! And we are reaching out to alumni to serve as workshop presenters.

    Do you have knowledge or experience to share with our students or adult volunteers? Consider submitting a workshop proposal.

    Few things to keep in mind:

    • Deadline for workshop proposals are March 20, 2015
    • Approved workshops will be notified by April 6, 2015.
    • No compensation is provided to the speakers, it is a true act of service
    • Actual workshop dates are June 25 and 27.
    • For complete details, refer to the Workshop Proposal information.

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  • International Presidents Kiss an Octopus

    What would it take to get you to kiss an octopus or to embrace an extreme local tradition to save moms and babies? For the current Circle K president, Kathy Le, and board members, it was a lot—more than US$3.9 million in funds raised, which they set as their goal to achieve. That’s how much the Kiwanis Service Leadership Programs alone have raised for The Eliminate Project, helping to reach the poorest, most neglected mothers and babies. In fact, the entire Kiwanis family has raised more than US$3.9 million to save or protect millions of lives from maternal and neonatal tetanus.

    To eliminate MNT from the Earth, more than 100 million mothers and their future babies must be immunized. Circle K set a goal to keep themselves on track, and reached it. In celebration of reaching the goal, club president, Kathy Le kissed an octopus, as promised! And both programs’ board members did it too!  

    Eliminating MNT will require vaccines, syringes, safe storage, transportation, thousands of skilled staff and more. It will take US$110 million—the dedicated work of UNICEF and every member of the Kiwanis family. Would you kiss an octopus or do something extreme to save lives? Post pictures and tag The Eliminate Project (#elimin8). Show us what you are capable of!

    And keep helping the Kiwanis family reach the US$110 million fundraising goal. Give online. Then challenge others to do the same . . . and maybe even to celebrate in your own crazy way! Make a difference today.

    Club president kissing an octopus for the Eliminate Project

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  • Lifelong Connections With Kiwanis

    Jason Stewart, KCI & CKI Alumni

    Jason Stewart began his Kiwanis-family service through Key Club and continued with Circle K, eventually becoming the 2009–2010 CKI President. Jason discusses his journey with the Kiwanis family and how he’s found a place to connect with others and fulfill a passion for service.


    Jason attended Salem High School in Ohio, where he was a member of Key Club for four years. After high school Jason moved to Wooster, Ohio, where he attended the College of Wooster. Jason was attracted to this small-town college because of its size, its closeness to home and its marching band—he played the trombone.


    Had he not already been part of the Kiwanis family, Jason may have just stuck to marching bandmissing out on an exciting opportunity. But his involvement in Key Club, he says, led him to Circle K.


    For Jason, one of the best parts of Circle K, like Kiwanis in general, is the development of lifelong relationships. He explained that no matter where he goes in the world he feels he is not alone, “being a part of Circle K means that you are connected at an international level”, which is rare to find.


    For Jason, Circle K also presented new ways of experiencing service and leadership. For instance, he ran for Circle K president. “It was an opportunity to lead in a larger way than before,” he says. Jason enjoyed being a part of the behind the scenes work and building new relationships. And he wanted to put his years of experience with Kiwanis into leading a board and supporting members around the world.


    Now that he’s an alumnus, he can look at the entire Kiwanis experience—and what makes it different from other service organizations. “We don’t just focus on service,” he says. “We also focus on family.” In other words, he adds, “not just service for service’s sake” but the chance to make a real connection with others through that service.


    In fact, Jason has stayed in contact with his fellow alumni and has even built a network of friends including board members and club members. His SLP experience also serves him well: he is the Conference and Events Planner at the National Youth Leadership Council, a national nonprofit that promotes service-learning in schools and communities. It’s a way to continue his passion for service through an organization that strives “for a world where all young people are valued and called upon to lead.” 

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  • Circle K Alumni Luncheon at ICON

    The Circle K International Convention will be here before you know it! Reserve a spot on your calendars now—and join fellow alumni and 2014-15 Circle K International President Kathy Le for lunch.

    When:  Saturday, June 27th 2015 from 12-1:30 pm

    Where: Hard Rock Café, located at 49 South Meridian Street Indianapolis, IN 46204

    Cost: $25 ($15 discounted tickets for 2015 graduates)

    We’d love to see you there! This is an opportunity to connect or reconnect with an array of fellow alumni and welcome our recent alumni. Attendees will receive lunch, a unique souvenir, and the opportunity to meet the 2014–15 Circle K International and Key Club International presidents!

    Registration is easy! And thanks to a donation by the Kiwanis International Foundation, 2015 graduates can attend at a discounted price.  
    2014 Alumni Reception

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  • Stay in the Loop!

    Are you socially connected with us? If not, here’s your opportunity to stay in the loop! 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!

    CKI Alumni Facebook Page

    • Have an account? Log in, and type “Circle K International Alumni” in the “search” box, select “Follow”
    • New to Facebook? Signing up is easy. Enter the requested information on the homepage and follow the instructions above to follow Circle K Alumni.

    CKI Alumni Twitter Page

    • Have an account? Log in, and type “Circle K International Alumni” in the “search” box, select “Follow"
    • New to Facebook? Signing up is easy. Enter the requested information on the homepage and follow the instructions above to follow Circle K Alumni.

    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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  • Affordable Centennial Service Project

    As part of our promotional partnership with Scholastic, the world’s largest publisher of children’s literature, Kiwanis International is excited to announce special literacy-based service projects that your clubs can use to celebrate Kiwanis International’s 100th anniversary.

    In honor of our centennial year, Scholastic has created the Kiwanis Centennial Book Fair to help your clubs get high quality books to kids who need them most. Also, clubs continue to have the opportunity to build a Kiwanis Family & Community Reading Oasis in a low-income pre-kindergarten or elementary school.

    Get Centennial Book Fair resources here!

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  • Win GoPro Camera in Kiwanis One Day Contest!

    This year, instead of giving a video to the Kiwanis club with the most creative Kiwanis One Day project, we’re asking all Kiwanis clubs to create their own One Day video! It’s easy—if you have a smart phone, you can make a short video. Everyone will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite video, and the winning club gets a prize!

    Watch our instructional video to see how easy it is to shoot a video during your One Day project. It’s really simple: if you are unsure of how to create a video, ask a Key Clubber or a family member. This is a great chance to team with your SLPs to work on a project.

    After you’ve created your inspiring video showcasing your Kiwanis One Day project, you can upload it beginning April 13, 2015, (the Monday after Kiwanis One Day on April 11) on the Kiwanis International Facebook page. If you take any photos, share those on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #KiwanisOneDay.

    More information about the contest can be found here!

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  • Family That Serves Together Stays Together

    Each year, all members of the Kiwanis family are encouraged to serve together on Kiwanis One Day. This year, Kiwanis One Day is Saturday, April 11, so mark your calendars and start planning your projects!

    So, who’s part of the Kiwanis family?

    • K-Kids (elementary school students)
    • Builders Club (middle school or junior high students)
    • Key Club (high school students)
    • Circle K International (university students)
    • Aktion Club (adults 18 and older who live with a disability)
    • Kiwanis International (adults 18 and older)

    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. There are no rules or restrictions, so be creative! Past Kiwanis One Day projects have included:

    • Sorting food at a food bank or shelter
    • Working at a Habitat for Humanity build site
    • Freshening up the paint on a community building, such as a Boys and Girls Club

    If your club can’t participate on April 11, that’s OK. Simply celebrate Kiwanis One Day on a different day.

    It’s a global effort made up of personal commitments. Thousands of Kiwanis-family members around the world will join together for a day of service. That, my friend, is a pretty big deal.

    More information here!.

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  • Happy 100th Anniversary, fellow Kiwanis members!

    Dr. Button
    Happy 100th Anniversary. As Kiwanis International president, I feel privileged to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Kiwanis with you. The club that started its service in Detroit, Michigan, USA, a century ago created an international movement that continues to improve lives and communities each day. I hope you are as honored as I am to continue that legacy.

    Along with the incredible difference you are making in your community, we can be proud that millions of children have grown up free of preventable mental disabilities because of iodine added to their salt through Kiwanis’ promise to reduce Iodine Deficiency Disorders. And now, millions of women and their future children have been protected from maternal and neonatal tetanus because of The Eliminate Project. However, 134 newborns still die every day from this painful and heart-wrenching disease.

    It is easy to make a difference every single day through The Eliminate Project. Just US$1.80 saves lives. I'd like to ask you to join me in committing to save a baby a day for one or two years. Every day for that period of time, no matter what is happening in your life, you will be able to look in the mirror and know that you saved the life of a woman and her future babies. Ridding the planet of this disease is our gift to the world.

    I hope to see you at the celebration we are planning for the Kiwanis International Convention this June in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. If ever there was a Kiwanis convention not to miss, this is it! And years from now, you’ll be able to say: I was there!

    Thank you for all that you do in the name of Kiwanis.

    Watch an additional video message from President Button.

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  • World of Children Youth Award

    The World of Children® Award provides funding and recognition to support life-changing work for children by discovering and elevating only the most effective change-makers for children worldwide. 

    The Youth Award recognizes a young hero (under the age of 21) who is making extraordinary contributions to the lives of other children. Awards will be presented at an annual ceremony held in New York City on November 5, 2015. At that time, World of Children Award will offer grants of at least $25,000 to the proven, sustainable programs created and managed by the 2015 Honorees.

    Deadline is April 1st, Apply here!

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