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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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  • Good news, bad news

    If you’re registered for the 2016 Alumni Gathering in Toronto, you can expect delicious food, amazing networking opportunities and loads of fun. If you haven't quite registered, you’ll have to wait till next year—the event has SOLD OUT.


    Be the first to get updates on the 2016 Alumni Gathering by following the event page. If you’re attending the Alumni Gathering, make it official—mark “Going” on the Facebook event page.


    When: Thursday, June 23, from 9:30pm–11pm

    Where: Real Sports Bar & Grill

    Who: Key Club and Circle K International Alumni


    Come get silly with us. Disguise yourself in a funky pair of sunglasses or a mustache—and get your photo taken. Also, pick up one of our unique giveaway prizes, and make your mark by signing the alumni banner.


    We look forward to seeing you in Toronto!

    2016 Alumni Gathering is SOLD OUT

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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!


    Entertainment

    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).
    Information courtesy of visit-toronto.ca

    Toronto skyline

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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 don't want to miss this.

    So sorry, but the 2016 Alumni Gathering SOLD OUT is early April. Try again next year!


    Mark your calendars—the 2016 Alumni Gathering is coming! We invite you to attend this year's event during the Kiwanis International Convention in Toronto, Canada.


    Where: Real Sports Bar & Grill

    When: Thursday, June 23 9:30pm–11pm

    Who: Key Club and Circle K International Alumni

    Cost: US$25 (US$15 for 2016 graduates)


    Ticket includes: entrance to event, hors d'oeuvres, non-alcoholic drink tickets 

    **Cash bar is also available**

    Delicious food, amazing networking opportunities and giveaway prizes. If you missed the 2015 Alumni Gathering, be sure to attend this year's event!


    When you register for the 2016 Kiwanis International Convention or CKIx, just add the Alumni Gathering to your agenda. Keep up to date with the convention schedule and start planning your trip now! 


    We look forward to seeing you in Toronto!

    Alumni enjoying 2015 Alumni Reception

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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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  • 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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  • 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 TheEliminateProject@Kiwanis.org 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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  • 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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