What is Circle K?
Circle K is an international co-ed service organization that is sponsored by Kiwanis International. Circle K clubs focus on the three tenets of service, fellowship, and leadership.
What does Circle K do?
Circle K focuses on three aspects:
Service: CK’ers perform service projects that address the needs of their campus and community. Project examples include: blood drives, serving food at a homeless shelter, bowling with mentally handicapped children, book drives, highway clean-ups, working with the Boys and Girls clubs, MS walk, teeter-totter marathons, walk-a-thons, etc.
Leadership: Circle K also strives to develop the leadership skills of its members through leadership seminars, training conferences and active participation in the organization. Circle K is one of the few collegiate organizations that is student-run at all levels – club, district and international.
Fellowship: Circle K’ers believe in having fun. Whether it’s club social like a movie night, ice skating, road rally, interclub or a district event like a dance, picnic, District Convention, or an International event like International Convention, Circle K members always have fun.
Is Circle K like Key Club?
In a way, yes. Both Circle K (college) and Key Club (high school) are sponsored programs of Kiwanis. And both organizations believe in community service, leadership development and fellowship. But that is where the similarities end. Circle K is much smaller, more informal and laid-back than Key Club. There is more freedom and independence in Circle K.
Is Circle K limited to just former Key Club Members?
No. Circle K is open to all students who have a desire to make a difference and do something positive in their community.
What is Kiwanis?
Kiwanis is a worldwide service organization for leading professional men and women. A local Kiwanis club sponsors each Circle K club. This sponsorship is a result of Kiwanis’ concern that all people should take an active interest in community life. Kiwanis is a partner in service, as well as a financial supporter of Circle K.
How much time must I commit to Circle K?
As much as you can. The club will plan a variety of projects and you choose to attend the ones that fit your schedule and interest. Club officers and committee chairs are expected to commit more hours to develop the club and plan and implement projects. Club officers can expect to spend 3-5 hours per week on Circle K.
How will Circle K benefit me?
Professionally – You will learn organizational and leadership skills, project planning, time management, interpersonal skills and public speaking that will enhance your resume. Circle K provides the networking opportunities through Kiwanis. Circle K also has recognition programs, such as the Society of Distinguished Collegians, that reward dedicated members and provide proof of achievement to prospective employers. Membership in Circle K also makes you eligible for eight scholarships, valued at $6000.
Personally – You will meet many, many Circle K’ers throughout the state and the country. And, you will develop close friendships with many of the people in the club and district. But Circle K also shows you what life is like outside of your dorm room. Through Circle K, you will experience the joy that comes from playing with an underprivileged child. Through Circle K, you will provide hope for people in homeless shelters. Through Circle K, you will feel pride and joy that results from knowing that you have the ability to make positive changes in your community.