Carolinas CKI New Member Handbook

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WE ARE BUILDING TOMORROW’S LEADERS Circle K International is the largest collegiate service organization in world. Building tomorrow’s leader through serving our communties today.

Welcome to Circle K International I’d like to be the first to welcome to you to Circle K International and to the Carolinas District, we want you to know how excited we are that you decided to join our organization and start your journey as part of the Kiwanis Family! Take it from me, the next years of your life as an CKI member are going to be memorable, challenging, and incredibly rewarding. Circle K International is comprised of 13,000+ members in over 19 nations meaning you have 13,000+ people routing for your success in college, life, and in this organization. While joining CKI at first may seem overwhelming with the endless leadership opprtunities, travel, and service, we have all found a place in CKI and I hope we can do the same for you. It’s important that you make the most of your new membeship education experience, so that you walk away feeling prepared and excited to begin your journey with Circle K. We’re here to help you do that, but it starts with you! My advice is to attend service events, reach out to other members, and plan to attend our district/international events - this will make your time in CKI the most memorable and rewarding.

Get Connected at Carolinas CKI Use the hashtag #CarolinasCKI on Twitter and Instagram


I want you to know that we are all here because we love Circle K International. We love growing as leaders, making gas station jokes, meeting new friends, saying our pledge loud and proud, and most importantly, serving others! Get ready to Live to Serve, Love to Serve and congratulations on your decision to join the Circle K International Kelvin Pineda Carolinas District Governor 3


What is Circle K International?


Circle K International (CKI) is a service, leadership development, and friendship organization, sponsored by a Kiwanis club on a college or university campus. It is a self-governing organization and elects its own officers, conducts its own meetings, determines its own service activities, and establishes its own dues structure. CKI is the largest service organization of its kind. It offers numerous opportunities for service learning and character education programming.

TENETS Service. Leadership. Fellowship.


Service is the heart of CKI. Collectively, CKI members perform more than 1 million hours of service on their campuses and in their communities every year. Without service, CKI would be just another campus activity. Through service, college students are making the world a better place.


The potential of CKI lies in its ability to positively influence members of society who are facing ultimate personal decisions and those who will one day create the vision of humankind for generations to come. Leadership opportunities afford CKI members the resources and tools needed to become active citizens. Members can assume leadership responsibilities at all levels of the organization and through various experiential training conferences.


CKI members experience fellowship and develop lifelong relationships with fellow collegians, advisors, Kiwanians, and citizens in their communities every single day. Whether a member is mentoring a child, networking with a businessman, or bowling with members, he or she is developing social skills, meeting new people, and strengthening relationships.

MISSION Developing college and university students into a global network of responsible citizens and leaders with a lifelong commitment to service.

OBJECTS The objects of this organization shall be: To emphasize the advantages of the democratic way of life; To provide the opportunity for leadership training in service; To serve on the campus and in the community; To cooperate with the administrative officers of the educational institutions of which the clubs are a part; To encourage participation in group activities; To promote good fellowship and high scholarship; To develop aggressive citizenship and the spirit of service for improvement of all human relationships; To afford useful training in the social graces and personality development; and To encourage and promote the following ideals: o To give primacy to the human and spiritual rather than to the material values of life; o To encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships; o To promote the adoption and the application of high social, business and professional standards; o To develop, by precept and example, a more intelligent, aggressive, and serviceable citizenship; o To provide through Circle K clubs a practical means to form enduring friendships, to render altruistic service, and to build better communities; and o To cooperate in creating and maintaining that sound public opinion and high idealism, which make possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism and goodwill.

CKI PLEDGE I pledge to uphold the Objects of Circle K International, to foster compassion and goodwill toward others through service and leadership, to develop my abilities and the abilities of all people, and to dedicate myself to the realization of mankind’s potential!

VISION To be the leading global community-service organization on college and university campuses that enriches the world one member, one child and one community at a time.

MOTTO Live to Serve, Love to Serve 5


CIRCLE K INTERNATIONAL? Circle K International offers members a variety of experiences to help them realize their leadership potential. Your involvement in CKI will have a significant impact on your campus, community, and the entire world. As a dedicated CKI member, you will develop lifelong friendships, establish a network of members from the entire Kiwanis family, and gain satisfaction knowing your leadership and service are making a positive impact on the world.

Campus & Community Service

As a member of CKI you will share in the tradition of serving your campus and community. CKI members plan and participate in a variety of service projects making long-lasting and far-reaching impacts in their communities.

Leadership Development

Joining CKI makes you stand out as a leader who plans to make a difference in the world. Through the CKI structure, every member has the opportunity to develop leadership skills by serving as an officer or committee chairperson on the club, District, or International levels.

Professional Development

Involvement in CKI opens many doors for college students. The skills that are developed and the opportunities experienced through CKI increase a student’s marketability for employment after college. CKI’s connection to Kiwanis promotes career networking between collegians and professionals as well, which also may lead to internships and other opportunities.


Circle K is on more than 500 college and university campuses around the world. Due to that members of CKI have the unique opportunity to become friends with college students from all walks of life. Attendance at divisional, district, and International conferences and conventions provides members a special chance to learn about diverse perspectives, make new friends, share ideas and concerns, and travel.

The Circle K Experience

Being a member of Circle K International is an experience all on its own. This bulleted list of member benefits does not even begin to cover many of the experiences you will have as a member of this organization. 6


Kiwanis is the reason CKI exists. Kiwanis sponsors CKI and the other programs listed below. It’s an organization for adults who want to serve children and improve their communities. Kiwanis has nearly 200,000 members in more than 80 countries. Kiwanis empowers individuals of every age and ability to become compassionate leaders and contributors through service to others.

THE KIWANIS FAMILY six organizations one family

Key Club

With more than 276,000 members in more than 5000 high schools, Key Club is the world’s largest and oldest service leadership organization for teens.These students could be the next generation of Circle K, so get to know them. You know they love service so invite them to participate in your projects, offer to help with theirs or speak at their club meetings.

Builders Club

Builders Club is an international student-led service organization for middle school/junior high students. It’s for young people who want to build a better world for themselves and others through service. CKI members can be a positive influence on these students and CKI clubs are encouraged to co-sponsor a Builders Club with their local Kiwanis club.


K-Kids is a student-led community service club for elementary school students. It teaches members that they have the ability to improve their world by helping others. They identify, plan and lead community service projects. CKI clubs are encouraged to co-sponsor a K-Kids club with a local Kiwanis club so you can extend your impact on your community.

Aktion Club

Aktion Club is the only member-led service club for adults with disabilities. Members plan, lead and participate in community service projects. Members gain self confidence and a sense of belonging and communities gain a hard-working group of always eager volunteers. 7



is dedicated to providing a comprehensive array of residential and community-based services to meet the needs of vulnerable children by addressing their physical, emotional, social, educational and spiritual development.


The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to put children first. UNICEF has helped save more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization, by providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. . Currently, CKI members are supporting UNICEF’s water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programs in Haiti. Better World Books is an Online reseller of used books. Every time you purchase a book from, 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.

STUFH is a U.S. National nonprofit 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.

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.

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. March of Dimes is a charitable organization committed to preventing birth defects and infant death. The organization works toward its mission through education, advocacy and research aimed at prenatal health, genetics and birth defects.

GIVING BACK WITH PIE Annually at the Carolinas Circle K District Convention, a pie auction takes place to benefit the Boys and Girls Homes. Members of the Carolinas Circle K District Board, Kiwanians, and Circle K club presidents are auctioned off so that lucky (or those with lots of cash) convention attendants can pie them in the face.


Each year the governor chooses an organization or service project that they feel strongly about which becomes the governor’s project. This year’s project is focused on environmental efforts, in our communities, and around the world. Circle K members from all across the world unite together every year to serve in a variety of environmentally focused service projects; making a small change to bring awareness to the impact that we have on our plant. Throughout the year, Project Earth will showcase our club’s service projects and charity efforts that take aim at improving the environment around them. The governor’s project will also highlight the UNICEF WASH Project, CKI’s five-year signature project which aims to provide education, awareness, and funding to supply clean drinking water and sanitation education to schools and children in underdeveloped regions



International The final level of Circle K is the International level. The International Board of Trustees is composed of the president, the vice-president, and eight trustees. These students administer the organization at the international level. They identify the critical issues facing the organization and evaluate strategies to help the organization support its mission. The international board sets the policies for CKI, develops service initiative programs, advises, and educates the districts.


The Carolinas District Circle K International is divided into districts that are either a single state, a combination of states, provinces, and/or countries. They are regionally identified. The main function of the district is to develop and maintain clubs within the specified region. The chief spokesperson and leader of the district is the governor. Other district officers include the executive board ,lieutenant governors, and committee chairs You’re apart of the Carolinas District Meet your District board:

Kelvin Pineda

Cameron Kate McVay

Elizabeth Thornton

District Governor

District Secretary-Treasurer

District Bulletin Editor

Nelson Schacht

Steven Shaw

Alexander Lin

Capital Lt. Governor

Coastal Lt. Governor

Blue Ridge-Metro Lt. Governor

Chelsie Higdon

Erik Reyes Triad Lt. Governor

Palmetto Lt. Governor Service Committee Chair

Kim Hernandez

Ricky Estrada

MD&E/K-Family Committee Chair

Communication and Marketing Committee Chair

Katie Tsang Con-Con Committee Chair

Our Clubs The club is the first and most important level of CKI. The club level is where the mission of CKI is realized. Clubs are the heart of CKI’s service. The next levels exist to provide consultation and develop program materials that will assist and support the club in attaining their service and leadership development objectives. Clusters of clubs create divisions - in the Carolinas there are six divisions: BLUE RIDGE



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Applachian State University Catawba Valley CC Lenoir Rhyne University

UNC Chapel Hill Meredith College Duke University NC State University Campbell University

UNC Pembroke East Carolina University Brunswick CC




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UNC Charlotte Wingate University Queens University Western Carolina University

Elon University Wake Forest University

College of Charleston USC Aiken


District Communication

GET CONNECTED Our Social Media @carolinascki

The District Social Media Platforms showcases the great work our members do and keeps everyone updated with important information. Make sure to follow us and use our hash tag #carolinascki

District Website Our District Website is a central online resource for all of our members and the Kiwanis Family to get more information about Circle K, our district, and get exclusive access to all of our membership resources. Be on the lookout! The CarolinasCKI Website will revamped during Fall 2018.

The Carolinan Our Official Publication The Carolinan is the official Carolinas CKI District Publication - The quarterly publication showcases the work of our district, clubs, and members to all of Circle K International and the Kiwanis Family.


BE A LEADER Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.

Vince Lombardi









Key Club Fall Rally Charlotte,NC


Fall Call Conference Fall Call Conference is a weekend long membership rally held at Ridge Haven Retreat in Brevard,NC. FCC kick starts the service year with members from all across our district coming together to meet new friends, participate in service, and improve their leadership skills.

Lake Waccamaw, NC

Fall Call Conference October 19-21, 2018 Brevard,NC

District Convention NOV

Kiwanis Family Conference


November 2-4 2018 Black Mountain, NC


Kiwanis Mid-Year Conference


February 2019 Hilton Head, SC


District Convention

22 JUN



February 22-24, 2019 Durham, NC

CKIx19 June 26-29th, 2019 Disney World- Orlando FL

District Convention is the largest event held by the Carolinas District of Circle K International. It’s a time for our district to conduct the business of our organization - electing new leaders, amending bylaws, and much more! Convention is also a time to celebrate the achievements that we’ve made as members, clubs, and as a district!

CKIx- International Con. International convention is the biggest event of the CKI year! CKIx is a time for members from all over the world to gather and discuss the business of the organization. Members elect a new interntional board and vote on amendments to the Bylaws. 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!

Get to Know it


ADA – Assistant District Administrator CKI – Circle K International CKIx – Circle K International Experience – International Convention DA – District Administrator DCM – Divisional Council Meeting DCON – District Convention DLSSP – District Large Scale Service Project DOTC – District Officer Training GATC – Governor’s and Administrator’s Training Conference ICM – International Council Meeting IP – International President IVP – International Vice President ITAL – International Trustee at Large IXC – International Expansion KI – Kiwanis International K1D – Kiwanis One Day Spark! – Leadership Academy LSSP – Large Scale Service Project LTG – Lieutenant Governor MDE – Membership Development & Education M&M – Membership & Marketing MRF – Monthly Report Form MUC – Membership Update Center OTIC – On to International Convention PCM – President’s Council Meeting SLP – Service Leadership Program SOTC – Spring Officer Training Conference TFG – Tomorrow Fund Grant

DID YOU KNOW? The Tomorrow Fund in an international endownment used to fund unique service project at all levels of Circle K International 15

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