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Club to Club: The Kiwanis-Circle K Relationship

Kiwanis International is the parent organization of CKI at the college, Key Club at the high school, Builders Club at the junior high or middle school, and K-Kids a the elementary school levels. For a CKI club to exist, a Kiwanis club must sponsor it. The objects of both CKI and Kiwanis are parallel and they share the same motto, "We Build." When a Kiwanis club agrees to sponsor a CKI club, it agrees to make a financial and programming commitment.

There are certain responsibilities that lie with both the Circle K club and the Kiwanis club to make the Kiwanis-Circle K relationship succeed. Here a the basics that each club needs to fulfill:

  • Maintain a committee of Kiwanis members to advise and counsel the club. The chair of this committee will serve as Kiwanis advisor to the club and will be responsible to the Kiwanis club for all Circle K activities.
  • Have at least one member of the sponsoring Kiwanis club attend each weekly club meeting and encourage CKI members to attend each weekly meeting of the sponsoring Kiwanis club.
  • In cooperation with the Circle K district board of officers and district administrator, ensure that all newly elected club officers are trained and educated and that an appropriate level of club activity is maintained. 
  • Provide for the financial stability of the club by assisting with the implementation of sound fiscal policies, the preparation of responsible budgets, the maintenance of accurate records, and the planning and operation of needed fundraising activities (unless such activities are prohibited by the school).
  • Develop timely administrative functioning by completing and delivering district and International forms, reports, dues, and sponsorship fees on or before the required date.
  • Maintain an active membership in the club at charter strength or above.
  • Make certain that effective educational programs are presented to the Circle K and Kiwanis membership on a regular basis.
  • Encourage attendance by members and Kiwanians at all district and International events.
  • Recognize that sponsorship is a continuous endeavor.
  • Training the club officers is a number one priority. CKI makes available Club Leadership Education materials that Kiwanis clubs should use to train the club officers.
Your sponsoring Kiwanis club is your club's continuity from one year to another. College students turn over at a rapid pace; Kiwanians turn over less frequently from year to year. Your Kiwanis club will share its expertise and a historical perspective with new officers and members. For this relationship to work, it is important for both clubs to know what the expectations are. Click here for the Kiwanis Sponsorship Resource Guide.

Sponsoring Kiwanis Club Duties

A Sponsoring Kiwanis Club Pledges to:

  • Collaborate with all members of the Kiwanis family to achieve our common objectives.
  • Continue student management of the organization at all levels.
  • Develop positive role models.
  • Enhance intercultural understanding and cooperation.
  • Increase our service potential.
  • Provide opportunities for fellowship, personal growth, and professional development.
  • Work toward a greater public recognition of the organization.
This commitment is the guiding principle for sponsorship of clubs. As a collegiate-level service organization, CKI provides students with the opportunity to participate in organized volunteer activities providing needed service to individuals, families, agencies, campuses, and communities. Results of joining together to perform service in a CKI club include fellowship and the opportunity to develop leadership skills.

The Kiwanis Family Programs


Key Club
Key Club International is a high school-based organization with more than 245,000 members dedicated to helping others, serving their schools, and making their communities better. There are nearly 5,000 high schools around the glove with service-minded members of Key Club.

Builders Club
The first chartered Builders Club was sponsored in 1975 by the Kiwanis Club of Ashland, Kentucky, at the Coles Junior High School (now known as Verity Middle School). The original concept of Builders Club (known as "Young Builders" in the 1930s) was to provide a guidance program to combat disruptive behavior at the junior high and middle school level. From this evolved the idea of a service organization to develop leadership skills in junior high/middle school students interested in making a personal contribution to their home, school, and community.

Key Leader

Key Leader is a weekend experiential leadership program for today's youth leaders. It focuses on service leadership as the first, most meaningful leadership development experience. By participating in a hands-on, weekend event, Key Leaders learn that leadership comes from helping others succeed. The program is designed to identify and empower emerging student leaders and move them beyond where most other leadership programs end. Thousands of students on four continents have and will become Key Leaders.

Terrific Kids
Terrific Kids is a student recognition program that promotes character development and good citizenship. Terrific is an acronym meaning: Thoughtful Enthusiastic Respectful Responsible Inclusive Friendly Inquisitive Capable.

Bring Up Grades
Bring Up Grades is a program designed to provide recognition to students who raise grades into an acceptable grading period to the next.

K-Kids
K-Kids is a "student-led" community service club for elementary-age students that teaches members the value of helping others through participation in community service projects and club activities.

Aktion Club
An Aktion Club is a community-service group composed of adults who live with disabilities. A Kiwanis club, composed of leading business and professional people of the community, serves as the Aktion club's sponsor. Aktion club service projects can address needs of the community and of the supporting agency. Kiwanis members focus on not only the social and emotional needs of the clients through Aktion Club, but they also help the agency purchase materials and equipment. Aktion Club members strive to return to their communities, the benefits, help, and caring they have received, while at the same time developing important skills.