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Live to serve.
Love to serve.

Service is our thing. It’s not just something we do, it’s how we’re wired. That’s why CKI has the highest per member service hour average of any Kiwanis-family club. In campuses and communities across the globe we touch lives and make a difference.

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Our signature project, in partnership with UNICEF.

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CKI KNOWS HOW TO SERVE

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CKI WEEK

This year, CKI members will have a chance to participate in CKI Service Week on October 22-28, 2017. It’s our week to shine a light on CKI, our preferred charities and the great work we are doing  in our home towns. By participating in CKI Celebration Week, clubs will be promoting CKI and dedicating a week to highlighting what CKI does in the community. In all, more than 13,000 college students could participate. CKI Week is a marketable event that clubs can get excited about. It’s a great event that will help clubs earn publicity, build awareness and recruit new members.In the Kiwanis family, CKI members perform the most community service hours per member and CKI Week is a chance to highlight this on college campuses and college communities around the world.

  • JCI  Sunday, March 27
  • March of Dimes  Monday, March 28
  • Up With People  Tuesday, March 29
  • Better World Books  Wednesday, March 30
  • STUFH  Thursday, March 31
  • UNICEF  Friday, April 1
  • Kiwanis One Day  Saturday, April 2

club requirements

During CKI Week each club should:

  • Conduct at least two projects that incorporate at least one of the service partners (Better World Books, March of Dimes, Students Team Up to Fight Hunger and UNICEF)
  • Conduct at least one project that incorporates our Service Initiative: Focusing on the Future: Children
  • Participate in Kiwanis One Day

The Circle K International Board will recognize clubs that complete these activities with a certificate and a listing on the official Circle K International Website.

CKI Celebration WEEK FAQS

WHAT IS CKI WEEK?   
CKI Week is an opportunity for all clubs to promote and celebrate CKI.

WHEN IS CKI WEEK 2017?
CKI Week is October 22-28, 2017.

WHY SHOULD CLUBS PARTICIPATE IN CKI WEEK?
By participating in CKI Celebration Week, clubs will be promoting CKI and dedicating a week to highlighting what CKI does in the community. In all, more than 13,000 college students could participate. CKI Week is a marketable event that clubs can get excited about. It’s a great event that will help clubs earn publicity, build awareness and recruit new members. In the Kiwanis family, CKI members perform the most community service hours per member and CKI Week is a chance to highlight this on college campuses and college communities around the world.

WHAT KINDS OF THINGS CAN CLUBS DO TO PARTICIPATE IN CKI CELEBRATION WEEK?
More details to come.

Partnership Opportunities

Ready to work with you

As a service organization for university students, Circle K International is an ideal organization for partners who want to reach inspired and service-minded young adults. A part of the Kiwanis family, CKI has nearly 14,000 members on almost 500 campuses. And they’re ready to work with you. At Kiwanis International, our vision is to create long-term strategic partnerships with corporations, and our corporate relations team is eager to get the conversation started.Let’s work together to develop revenue and resource streams that help local CKI clubs around the world serve their communities.

The right mission, the right partner

For CKI, partnerships are an exciting opportunity—and the right partnerships are paramount. We welcome corporate partnerships that align with our mission and preserve the trust of our members and the communities, children and families we serve. Our partner’s products, services and reputation must:

  • Be compatible with and complementary to CKI’s mission and values.
  • Reflect a high degree of integrity.
  • Demonstrate a track record of high-quality products or services.

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Vision Partners:

U.S ARMY

The U.S. Army partnership is based on a foundation of shared values. Engaging in local opportunities, U.S. Army personnel connect with Kiwanis family members and provide access to local battalion support and resources. Contact your local battalion to invite soldiers to speak at a club meeting or take part in service projects. goarmy.com

Landscape Structures

Landscape Structures Inc. has been creating innovative playground equipment since 1971. Think of the impact you club could have in your community constructing a playground as a signature project. Ask your members if giving children a place to play is the right project for your club. Or ask Kiwanis clubs in your area to join you. See Kiwanis playgrounds and find a local representative at playsi.com. And use their Playground Planning Guide to help you get started.

Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon’s The Big Help campaign puts kids into action to do something about the issues communities face. CKI clubs are encouraged to work with other Kiwanis Student Leadership Programs on projects like Worldwide Day of Play - when the network goes black and kids are encouraged to head outdoors and help their community. Learn what your club can do to engage at nick.com/thebighelp.

Preferred Charities:

March of dimes

Every day 1 in 8 babies born in the U.S. arrive too soon. Circle K members help by raising funds annually for March of Dimes programs to help prevent prematurity. The March of Dimes currently focuses on raising awareness of prematurity and reducing the rate of premature births. CKI members collect money to support the March of Dimes and participate in the annual March for Babies, which usually happens in late April.

Unicef

UNICEF works in more than 190 countries and territories to improve the lives of children—helping children meet their basic needs and expanding their opportunities to reach their full potential. Across the globe, wherever vulnerable children are struggling to survive, UNICEF is there with medicine, vaccines, clean water, nutrition and educational opportunities.

Kiwanis International and its family of clubs—including Circle K—joined forces with UNICEF to virtually eliminate iodine deficiency disorders during the Worldwide Service Project for IDD and for the Global Campaign for Children to raise US$110 million to help eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus from the planet through The Eliminate Project.

Circle K Service Partners:

Better world books

WHO IS BETTER WORLD BOOKS?
Better World Books is an online reseller of used books.  Every time you purchase a book from BetterWorldBooks.com, a book is donated to someone in need.  Operating as a social enterprise, Better World Books rewards nonprofit partners for books collected through books drives.

HOW CAN MY CLUB WORK WITH BETTER WORLD BOOKS?
Visit the Better World Books Book Drive Resource Center to SIGN UP and learn how to run a super-successful book drive on your campus!

HOW MUCH MONEY CAN MY CLUB EXPECT TO EARN FROM BOOK DRIVES? Monies earned vary with the quantity and quality of books collected and accepted into the BWB inventory.

HOW WILL MY CLUB RECEIVE INFORMATION FROM BETTER WORLD BOOKS?
Once you SIGN UP to run a book drive via the Book Drive Resource Center you will be contacted by your dedicated Better World Books Account Executive.

St. Baldrick's Foundation

WHAT IS ST. BALDRICKS?
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-powered charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long, healthy lives.

WHAT MAKES THE ST. BALDRICK'S FOUNDATION UNIQUE?
The St. Baldrick's Foundation does one thing and they do it well: fund childhood cancer research. They take great care of the funds raised by their generous volunteers and supporters to direct every possible dollar to carefully selected research grants. Whether it’s through their signature head-shaving events, partnerships or advocacy initiatives, their primary focus is to have the greatest impact for kids with cancer around the world.

Head-shaving Events
St. Baldrick’s began as a head-shaving event and that continues to be the signature event of the Foundation. “Shavees℠” ask friends and family to make donations “on their head” and in return, they attend one of thousands of volunteer-organized events around the world where they have their heads shaved in solidarity with kids fighting cancer.Since 2000 more than 390,000 shavees—including more than 49,000 women—have shaved their heads at 9,000 events, raising critical funds for childhood cancer research.

NOT READY TO SHAVE YOUR HEAD? DON'T WORRY, ST. BALDRICK'S HAS OTHER IDEAS FOR YOU!

students team up to fight hunger

What is STUFH?
It is a U.S. National non-profit organization that stands for Students. Their purpose is to put food in the mouths of those who need it most. Their mission is to increase the gathering of food at college campuses throughout the country, which will link the hearts and souls of college students with their less fortunate hungry neighbors.

WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP OUT?
–Encourage your club, school, K-Family, and friends to skip one meal. Give the money that would be spent on that meal to your local Community Area Food Bank.
–Get K-Family, or student organizations to CANtribute and CANstruct a masterpiece out of cans. All you need are cans, and imagination. Allow two weeks to a month for participating groups to collect cans, and have the groups meet one day to build their individual CANstructions. You can even make it a CANpetition!
–Grow your own green and donate it to your local soup kitchens!

CKI Promotional Partners:

UP WITH PEOPLE

Up with People is a global education organization focused on bringing the world together through service and music. CKI can engage with up with People by coordinating service projects, hosting the cast in their homes and sponsoring performances as fundraisers. Find out when Up with People will be in your area at upwithpeople.org.

Community Partner:

JCI

JCI is a nonprofit organization of young, active citizens ages 18 to 40 who are engaged and committed to creating impact in their communities. JCI chapters are located in more than 125 countries. Members are invested in the future of our world and gather active citizens from all sectors of society.

JCI develops skills, knowledge and understanding to help members make informed decisions and take action. Like Kiwanis and Circle K, JCI is globally minded and looks for targeted, sustainable solutions to local issues benefitting our communities, our world and our future. Embracing new ideas, collaboration and diversity, JCI has the passion and courage to address the critical challenges of our time.

Kiwanis, CKI and JCI are all non-profit organizations deeply rooted in communities around the world. We share many of the same values and believe our partnership will not only strengthen our organizations, it will help us both increase the impact we have around the world.

To learn more about this partnership and how your CKI club can partner with JCI read the Working With JCI Toolkit.

  • Be compatible with and complementary to CKI’s mission and values.
  • Reflect a high degree of integrity.
  • Demonstrate a track record of high-quality products or services.

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Inspiration
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129 Examples of Community Service Projects

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What is the tomorrow fund

The Tomorrow Fund is an endowed fund for Circle K International held within the Kiwanis Children's Fund. This fund, utilizing the interest earned, helps CKI clubs and districts serve the world through grants for service opportunities. The fund is established through a portion of CKI member dues, direct donations, the donation of Carthage-Pullman Society memberships and the donation of Sapphire Circle honoraries.

Tomorrow Fund grants can help you take action. How? Identify projects your club would like to tackle on your campus or in your community. Then, apply for grant funds to support those service projects.

Grants by the Circle K International Board from the Tomorrow Fund must conform to the policies of Circle K International. Tomorrow Fund grants are granted only to CKI clubs and/or districts. The review committee may award up to, but not more than, the amount of interest earned off of the endowment available at the convening of the committee.

Clubs may request funding assistance from US$200 to US$2,000. The committee typically funds those clubs asking for a portion of the total cost of the project, and clubs that are working with other organizations to fund and complete the project.

Tomorrow Fund Applications must be submitted online and received by Circle K International by December 1 of the current calendar year. All applications must be submitted online. Paper applications will not be accepted.

Some examples of what Tomorrow Fund grants might support include:

  • Based on a need to develop better reading skills among at-risk kindergarten students, a CKI club might make chair covers with pockets in them for books. Each kindergarten student has a book read to them by the CKI member, and the books and chair covers are donated to the classroom.
  • A District Project might focus on neglected and abused school children who are less likely to have book bags and school supplies. The district could solicit donations from many area businesses and together with their grant be able to supply 200 children with book bags and supplies to get started in the school year.
  • A Circle K club could purchase the book “Love You Forever” for first grade students and the first graders could then take the books to an area nursing home and read the books to residents there. If the children do not have grandparents, the program could allow them to adopt a grandparent for the day. The Circle K club helps with teaching the children to read the book and helps with the interaction at the nursing home.

A grant awarded to a Circle K club or district may be distributed in one of three ways:

  • The club or district may choose to have the money given directly to their school/district/Kiwanis Club Foundation/District Foundation,
  • The grant shall be reimbursed to the club or district upon presentation of receipts, invoices, or other documentation of expenditures.
  • The grant shall be paid to any designated vendor, as directed and approved by the club or district.

The tomorrow fund application

The Tomorrow Fund offers grant money to clubs and districts in good standing that are in need of funds to complete a service project. Through a reimbursement process, clubs and district may receive between US $200 and US$2000 towards a service project in order to impact their campus or community.

The link to the online Tomorrow Fund application can be found at the bottom of this page.

In order to complete the online application you will need to provide the following information:

  • Your member ID#
  • Your club’s key number
  • Telephone number and email address of your Kiwanis/Faculty Advisor or District Administrator who is directly involved in the project.
  • A brief description of the project
  • The issue your project addresses
  • When and where the project will take place and a detailed project timeline
  • How your project will measurably improve the community and by what means success will be measured.
  • How your club/district will build on the success of your project
  • What parts of your project require funding
  • What elements of your project are being donated and by whom

You also will need to submit:

  • A detailed budget [preferably an Excel Spreadsheet] for your proposal via email (budget proposals should be sent to HMcAlister@Kiwanis.org). Include price quotes if possible.
  • Up to three supplementary documents. These supplementary documents could include  a newspaper article of the past event (if the event is recurring), a brochure or pamphlet for the upcoming event, a website or video link that provides more information on the project  along with your budget proposal.  Please send these supplementary documents in an email (along with your detailed budget) to HMcAlister@Kiwanis.org.

Your application is not considered complete until you have submitted the detailed budget and submitted the supplementary documents. By completing the following application for the Tomorrow Fund grant you are agreeing to all terms and conditions required to receive the reimbursement if you are a successful applicant. Applications, detailed budget proposals and supplementary documents must be submitted by December 1.

Please remember the Tomorrow Fund is a form of reimbursement for a service project, and you must complete the project before you receive your funding.

TOMORROW FUND APPLICATION LINK

Did your club receive a Tomorrow Fund Grant? Download the reimbursement instruction form and follow the steps to submit your reimbursement.

Donate to the tomorrow fund

Consider recognizing an individual with a Carthage-Pullman Society or Sapphire Circle Honorary award. Proceeds from these awards are placed in the Tomorrow Fund endowment and are used to provide future grants to CKI clubs and districts.

Carthage-Pullman Society Brochure

Sapphire Circle Honorary Brochure

awards

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. Individuals may not be recognized with this award more than once. Nominations are submitted prior to international convention and voted on by the Circle K International Board. If, in the determination of the CKI Board, no qualified nominees have been submitted, then the award shall not be given that year. If a qualified nominee is chosen, the award is presented at international convention.

  • 2017 Anla Etheridge
    2016
     Janet DeGroot
  • 2015 Jennifer Wolff
  • 2014 Alison Mandel
  • 2013 Larry Spone
  • 2012 John Woodall/Camille Goulet
  • 2011 Don Hull
  • 2010 Gregory Faulkner
  • 2009 Jeffrey Wolff
  • 2008 John "Johnny K" Keegan
  • 2007 No recipient named
  • 2006 John Nichelson
  • 2005 Jane Alexander
  • 2004 Tom French
  • 2003 Carolyn Hansen
  • 2002 Robert Powers
  • 2001 Bruce Marich
  • 2000 Don Knowles
  • 1999 No recipient named
  • 1998 Timothy Daly
  • 1997 Alex A. "Bo" Shafer, Jr.
  • 1996 Brian G. Cunat
  • 1995 John Krug
  • 1994 James A. Roehm
  • 1993 Kent A. Marmon
  • 1992 Jackson "Doc" Hammitt
  • 1991 Joe L. Pratt
  • 1990 F. Larry Rittgarn
  • 1989 David Womack
  • 1988 Anton J. "Tony" Kaiser
  • 1987 Timothy W. Clipson
  • 1986 John T. Roberts
  • 1985 Andre Babet
  • 1984 Dr. Myral C. Coatney
  • 1983 Ed Kralicek
  • 1982 Steve A. Means
  • 1981 Robert W. Thal
  • 1980 Ralph D. "Gus" Gustafson
  • 1979 Douglas Wasson
  • 1978 Robert E. Hodges
  • 1977 George "Dad" Gray
  • 1976 Marcus M. Marble, M.D.
  • 1975 Robert E. Palmer
  • 1974 George McCutcheon
  • 1973 Franklin Allan Hayse
  • 1972 J. Walker Field
  • 1971 James M. Storie
  • 1970 Stewart H. McElravy
  • 1969 James B. Guillory
  • 1968 No recipient named
  • 1967 Donald J. Cox
  • 1966 J. Murray Anderson

OUTSTANDING ALUMNI

The Circle K International Outstanding Alumni 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.

  • 2017 Alec Macaulay
    2016
     Justin Hahn
  • 2015 Not Awarded
  • 2014 Eric Paul
  • 2013 Jennifer Wolff
  • 2012 Sue McClernon
  • 2011 Neil Giuliano
  • 2010 Mark Musso
  • 2009 Brent Leslie