International Convention

International convention is the biggest event of the CKI year! Traditionally held in mid-June or early July, international convention is a time for members from all over the world to gather and discuss the business of the organization. Members elect the President, Vice President, Trustee-at-Large and all subregion trustees. Members also vote on amendments to the Bylaws of the organization. Of course, it's not all business. International convention is a time to meet members from around the world and exchange ideas, form lasting friendships and make wonderful memories!

REGISTRATION FEES 

REGISTRATION
Registration rates are as follows:
Early Bird Registration: Rate- US$250 (January 2018- May 1, 2018 at 12 pm EDT)
Regular Registration: Rate- US$300 (May 1, 2018 at 12:01 EDT - June 1, 2018 at 12 pm EDT)
Please note there will be no on-site registration due to the need for all attendees (including guests) to have a clear background check completed through Kiwanis International prior to CKIx. The cost of the background check is covered in your registration fee.
REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED

CKIX REGISTRATION PROCESS
All registrations must be completed online using the registration link provided. To register you will need the following: 1. The email listed in your member profile. If you're unsure which email is listed in your profile, contact your club secretary. 2. A credit card for payment. You must have a credit card available at the time of registration. You will not be able to complete the registration process without submitting payment via credit card. 3. A clear background check. All attendees must have a clear background check to attend CKIx. If you attended CKIx17, you already have a background check on file with Kiwanis. Background checks are valid for 2 years. If you don’t have a background check or if your background check expires prior to July 10, 2018, you will receive an email after registering prompting you to enter some information. Be sure to check your spam or junk folder.

If you encounter any difficulties during the registration process, please contact Member Services at Kiwanis International via telephone +1-800-549-2647 ext 411 (in the US and Canada) or +1-317-875-8755 ext 411 (outside the US or Canada.) Member Services is available to assist Monday through Friday from 8:45 am - 4:45 pm Eastern.

REFUND/CANCELLATION POLICY
If you need to cancel your registration please contact the Meetings and Conventions Team at Kiwanis International via telephone +1-800-549-2647 ext 128 (in the US and Canada) or +1-317-875-8755 ext 128 (outside the US or Canada) or email. A meetings team representative is available to assist Monday through Friday from 8:00 am - 4:15 pm Eastern. All registration cancellations must be made in writing by the registrant to Kiwanis International by letter, or email by June 1, 2018. Registration cancellations received by June 1, 2018, will receive a full refund less a US$25 processing fee. Refunds will be issued to the payee within 30 days of the close of convention.

CKIX HOTEL RESERVATION LINK
You have a choice of hotels this year for CKIx. Please note the room rate/tax for both hotels is the same.
Your choices include:

Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile- The official CKIx hotel, where all the events will be held. Room rate US$159 per night plus taxes and fees.

Courtyard Chicago Downtown/River North- Limited rooms available. This hotel is located directly across from the official convention hotel. You will need to walk across the street to the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile for all CKIx events. Room rate US$159 per night plus taxes and fees.

WHAT DOES YOUR REGISTRATION COVER?

  • Day of Service and Convention
  • Transportation to and from service project sites
  • Breakfast, lunch, and snacks for Day of Service
  • Meal served at awards ceremony Saturday
  • Background check
  • Souvenirs and conference materials*

CKIX REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN 
*Please note souvenirs and conference materials will be distributed as supplies last.

CKIX 2018 TRAVEL AND HOTEL INFORMATION

TRAVELING TO CHICAGO

FLYING TO CHICAGO?

Several airlines fly to and from Chicago area airports each day.

DRIVING TO CHICAGO?
If you’re driving to Chicago your final destination is the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile.

HOUSING INFORMATION
The final date to book hotel rooms for the CKIx rate is Friday, June 8.

Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile- The official CKIx hotel, where all the events will be held. Room rate US$159 per night plus taxes and fees. -- Limited number of rooms left for CKIx.

Rooms are also available at the Courtyard Chicago Downtown/River North which is a short walk from the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile. The room rate/taxes and fees is the same for both hotels.

HOTEL PARKING
Both hotels only offers Valet Parking at a rate of US$65 a day. You can find more affordable off-site parking using parking apps such as those mentioned in this article.

CKIX CODE OF CONDUCT AND
MEDICAL FORM

CODE OF CONDUCT
Please remember that by registering for CKIx and clicking that you accept the terms of the Circle K International Convention Code of Conduct, you agree to respect the authority of the Sergeant-at-Arms Committee and understand infractions of the Convention Code of Conduct will be reported by the Committee to the International Board of Trustees and the Director of Circle K International. You also understand that appropriate action will be taken for any infractions, including dismissal from the convention at your expense. You may read the complete Circle K International Code of conduct by clicking here. 

MEDICAL FORM
There is no need to fill out the medical form unless you have an ongoing medical issue of which needs to be brought to the attention of the CKI staff. Download a copy of the medical form here.

CKIX 2018 SCHEDULE

To get the most out of your convention experience, we suggest you arrive on Wednesday, July 4, and depart any time on Sunday, July 8. Click here for the schedule at-a-glance

CKIX CONTESTS AND AWARDS

New this year, all club and distinguished awards will be submitted in an online format. Paper copies will not be accepted. All awards applications will be released in April 2018.

Please direct all questions concerning contests and awards to Circle K International Awards Committee Chair, Donald Franks, via email at cki.donaldfranks@gmail.com and check out the recent updates to the awards applications.

Endorsement Sheets
Don't forget to download the Endorsement Sheets for Distinguished, Club, and Individual Awards
Distinguished Awards Endorsement Sheet
Club and Individual Awards Endorsement Sheet

CLUB AWARDS
All awards must be submitted online no later than June 1, 2018 at 12 pm EDT. Club award applications are now available for download.

  • Club Achievement
  • Outstanding Kiwanis Family Relations
  • Outstanding Single Service
  • Preferred Charities & Service Partners
  • Club Promotional Video

DISTINGUISHED AWARDS
All distinguished awards must be submitted online no later than May 4, 2018 at 12 pm EDT. The distinguished awards applications are now available for download.

  • Distinguished District
  • Distinguished District Governor
  • Distinguished District Administrator
  • Distinguished District Secretary-Treasurer
  • Distinguished District Secretary
  • Distinguished District Treasurer
  • Distinguished District Editor
  • Distinguished District Chairperson
  • Distinguished Lieutenant Governor
  • Distinguished Kiwanis Committee Member
  • Distinguished International Chairperson


Individual Awards
This year's awards taskforce has included three individual awards that may require nomination, performance, or a recommendation. All individual awards must be submitted online no later than June 1, 2018 at 12 pm EDT. The applications are now available for download:

  • CKI Hall of Fame: Recognizes 3+ year veteran members who have made substantial contributions to CKI.
  • New Member of the Year: Recognizes new members who exemplify the tenets, principles, and values of CKI.
  • Outstanding International Committee Member: Recognizes outstanding members of International Committees/Task Forces.

ORATORICAL CONTEST
The Circle K International Oratorical Contest is designed to encourage members to share their attitudes, beliefs, and experiences regarding the organization through a prepared speech.

The theme and for the 2018 Oratorical Contest is:
What skills have you gained, or hope to gain from CKI, will you be able to bring with you into the professional world after you graduate from college? 

Each orator will prepare a speech on the theme listed above. Orators will be allowed a maximum of seven (7) minutes for the presentation. The orator will submit an audio or video presentation of their speech no later than June 1, 2018 at 12 pm EDT. The audio or video presention will be submitted via the CKIx18 Club/Individual Awards Submission portal. Download the International Awards Manual for complete details.

Download the oratorical contest guidelines and submit an audio or video presentation of their speech no later than June 1, 2018 at 12 pm EDT. The audio or video presention will be submitted via the CKIx18 Club/Individual Awards Submission portal

GROWTH ENHANCES MEMBERSHIP (G.E.M.) AWARDS
No application needed-- all clubs are eligible!

INDIVIDUAL RECOGNITION AWARDS
Outstanding CKI Alumnus Award
The Circle K International Outstanding Alumnus Award is designed to recognize one outstanding Circle K Alumnus who has remained committed to the realization of mankind’s potential after his/her years as a Circle K member. To be eligible for this award, the nominated individual must have been a dues-paid member of Circle K International for at least one administrative year. Nominees may have continued with their involvement with the Kiwanis-family upon their graduation, have accomplishments in the non-profit or other service-oriented fields. However, this is not a requirement. The recipient of this award shall be invited to attend the Circle K International Convention and accept the recognition.

How to nominate: There is no application form to nominate an individual for the Outstanding Alumnus Award. Nominations should be written as a narrative or letter to the CKI board and include a brief description why the person should be considered for this honor. Nominations are due by 12 pm EST January 15, 2018. Please send Jameson Root (JRoot@kiwanis.org) any nominees you might have for consideration.

Humanitarian Award
The Circle K International Humanitarian Award is designed to recognize one individual annually whose efforts on behalf of others have significantly contributed to the betterment of the world. Any individual who has had a positive impact on humanity is eligible to receive this award. Candidates may be nominated by any member in good standing with Circle K International. The recipient of the award shall be invited to attend the Circle K International Convention and accept the recognition.

How to nominate: There is no application form to nominate an individual for the Humanitarian Award. Nominations should be written as a narrative or letter to the CKI board and include a brief description why the person should be considered for this honor. The Humanitarian Award should also include examples of the positive impact of this individual on humanity. Nominations are due by 12 pm EST January 15, 2018. Please send Jameson Root (Jroot@kiwanis.org) any nominees you might have for consideration.

Circle of Service Award
The Circle of Service Award was created to annually recognize and honor an individual within Kiwanis International who has made the most outstanding contribution to all of Circle K International. Those individuals, who are neither salaried Kiwanis officials, nor Circle K members, shall be eligible to receive this award. A majority vote of the CKI Board will determine the winner of the award. Individuals may not be recognized with this award more than once.Individuals may be nominated by any dues paid member
of the organization. Recipients will be selected by the CKI Board for announcement at the following Circle K International Convention. If, in the determination of the CKI Board, no qualified nominees have been submitted, then the award shall not be given in that year.

How to nominate: There is no official application form. The person making the nomination should use the criteria below to create a nomination packet. A completed application package must include a nomination essay, written by the nominator, and up to five supporting documents. The supporting documents may include essays by other individuals, letters of recommendation, or other documents as the nominator sees fit. Nomination packets may be emailed to Jameson Root (JRoot@kiwanis.org) and must be submitted by 12 pm EST January 15, 2018.

    CKIX CONTESTS AND AWARDS

    HOUSE OF DELEGATES INFORMATION
    Electing officers and voting on amendments to the current bylaws is one of the most important events that take place at CKIx. Participating in caucusing, reading candidate literature, and reviewing proposed amendments are three crucial parts of being an informed delegate

    Delegate Certification
    Only dues-paid members of clubs in good standing (having paid for at least 15/10 members), as verified by the Circle K club, are eligible to be convention delegates. If a club member is not able to represent the club, the club may vote to have the current or immediate past lieutenant governor for the division or any other current district officer represent the club's voice to the House of Delegates.

    The "Certification of Election Delegates and Alternates to the 2018 Circle K International Convention" is an electronic submission form. Only a club president or club secretary may certify delegates to the convention. Please make sure your club elects its voting delegates at an upcoming meeting. Club delegates should be elected and the delegate certification form submitted on or before June 8, 2018. Delegate Certification is now open- please submit your delegate information using the online form.

    2018 PROPOSED AMENDMENTS
    A complete list of proposed amendments are available here.

    ELECTIONS
    The 2018-19 Official CKI Candidates Packet will been prepared for all those endorsed for international office. This information explains what is expected of you if you are elected to the Circle K International Board of Trustees. It will answer questions about time requirements, expenses, travel, board meetings and training, as well as other topics. Circle K International board members are expected to fulfill the obligations and responsibilities outlined in this bulletin.

    As indicated in the bulletin, candidates must file all necessary paperwork online by Monday, April 30, 2018 at 12 pm EDT.

    DAY OF SERVICE

    The Day of Service, formerly known as Large Scale Service Project or LSSP, is part of CKIx. It is a time for Circle K members to do what they do best-- service.  Day of Service allows members to give back to the convention host city through approximately two days of community service opportunities.

    A few past projects have included:
    -Habitat for Humanity
    -Playground build
    -Neighborhood beautification
    -Organizing donations for a community food bank


    TEAM LEADER APPLICATIONS are now closed.

    DEADLINES

    The following are key CKIx deadlines

    April 30: Last day to file International Board candidate paperwork 
    May 1: Early Bird Registration ends at 12 pm EDT
    May 4: Last day to submit proposed bylaw amendments for 2018 House of Delegates (no later than 12 pm EDT)
                 Distinguished Awards must be submitted by 12 pm EDT
    June1: Final day to register for CKIx-- Onsite registration is not available 
                 Club and individual awards must be submitted by 12 pm EDT
    June 8: Final day to submit names of Delegates and Alternates for the CKIx House of Delegates
                  Final day to book hotel rooms for the CKIx room rate.

    transportation

    Getting to the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnficent Mile from Midway or O'Hare is easy using the Chicago "L" train. CTA trains are affordable and dependable. A typical trip from the airport to the hotel is one hour by train. The cost ranges from US$3.50* (one way from Midway) to US$6.00* (one way from O'Hare). Compared to using a taxi, ride share service, or shuttle, the L is the most cost effective and you won't get stuck in Chicago traffic.
    Use the directions in this link to travel from the airports to the convention hotel.

    *prices are subject to change