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Florida District February 2019 Volume 49, Issue 5

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International Monthly Reports Due


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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

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Table of Contents Letter from the Editor Goals Progess DCON Tips for Running for Higher Office DCON Testimonies Governor’s Project: Minding Minds Featured Division: Suncoast Featured Suncoast Club: FGCU Subregion G Update Citrus Division Update Featured FLACKI Newsletters: UCF & UF Social Media Contact Information

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Letter from the Editor Happy February, FLACKI!

Find FLACKI Contest

I can not believe that it is already the second month of 2019 and I still don’t put the right year in the date. Hopefully everyone is as excited as I am for District Convention! My first DCON changed my life because it blessed me with one of the greatest positions I have ever held - your District Editor. With each new edition of the Kapers, I hope you had learned more about CKI, Kiwanis, service, the Governor’s Project on mental health awareness, and about your FLACKI friends around the state. I am excited to see everyone’s beautiful faces in a few weeks as we come together in the name of service, leadership, and fellowship.

We are doubling the stakes of this issue’s Find FLACKI contest! Since no one claimed the prize for the December issue, two people each have a chance of winning a $20 gift card to Target. All you have to do is email me at editor@floridacirclek.org by February 15, 2019 at 11:59 PM with the location of the FLACKI graphic (pictured here) in this edition of the Kapers. Good luck!




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Tips for Running for Higher Office by Josephine DiRusso, Secretary BE YOURSELF! Especially in caucusing, it's valuable to be authentic with your answers. Be prepared but not over-rehearsed.

When it comes to public speaking, remember that if you have fun, the audience will too. This always helps me when I need to publicly speak and elections definitely require that!

Remember that leadership in CKI is more than just a specific leadership position. Whether you win or loose an election (or do or do not decide to run), you are an extremely capable servant leader that has a positive impact on our organization and community. What you do is more valuable than any title. That being said, I highly encourage you to try for higher office! The district and international boards offer so many amazing opportunities and experiences. I have developed so many skills, made so many great friends, and had so many incredible experiences because of the district board, and I hope you can experience the same!


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DCON Website: http://floridacirclek.org/ governors-project/calendar/districtconvention Awards Packet: http://floridacirclek.org/ wp-content/uploads/2018/12/DistrictConvention-2019-Awards-Packet.docx Elections Packet: http://floridacirclek.org/ wp-content/uploads/2019/01/2019Elections-Packet-3.pdf Scholarship Application: http:// floridacirclek.org/wp-content/uploads/ 2019/01/DCON-ScholarshipApplication-2019.docx


“DCON helps me catch up on things that are goig on in CKI on the state and in other universities. I learn a lot from attending this event as a whole rather than just from the workshops, which are beneficial. I also enjoy catching up with some friends I haven’t seen since ICON, possibly meet some new members, and having fun!” Kristiana D. Dixon, University of Florida

“I’m going to DCON to reflect on the year that we had as a district. I also want to create new friendships and strengthen old ones with my peers all throughout Florida. Also the talent show is always a hit and I wouldn’t want to miss that!” Alyssa Bowles, University of Florida

“This is my first year as a CKI member and I’m really excited to learn more about our organizaiton. I’m also looking forward to meeting new people and learning about why other CKI members love service, too!” Kaitlyn Carroll, Florida State University

DCON Testimonies “I believe that DCON is a great opportunity to help serve the community and learn to be better leaders with fellow CKI members. It reminds us just how large our organization is, and how much of an impact we can have on our communities.” Alara Arpaci, Stetson University

“I am excited to attend our District Conference to learn more about CKI and also connect with other members in our area.” Gabby McIntosh, Palm Beach Atlantic University

“I went to DCON in 2018 and it was an amazing experience! I got to see so many of my FLACKI friends and made many more over the weekend. I can’t wait for DCON 2019!” Karina Rodriguez, University of Central Florida


Minding Minds, our Florida District’s 2018-2019 Governor’s Project, focuses on spreading service and resources available for those undergoing any current, previous, or foreseen mental illness(es) in their lives as children, students, adults, and elders within all communities creating open discussion for support and empathy  to addressing these issues and creating a positive atmosphere through service for individuals to live their lives and to fight the negative stigma associated with having mental illness. The L.I.F.E. Initiative, which stands for  Lend a compassionate hand for those affected, Increase awareness of resources, Fight the stigma, and Encourage others to prioritize effectively, has been personalized to assure that each individual can take positive steps to a happy service-filled life. Through Governor Diamond Pichardo’s  L.I.F.E. initiative, those who are affected by mental illness can then receive the needed resources as CKI members and citizens to make a change in the world we live in.

words from our governor

Learn more about the Governor’s Project at http:// floridacirclek.org/ governors-project

Hello lovely humans, I just would like to give you more of an insight on why I chose this particular project for our Mighty District to focus on this year. Mental Health is such a relevant topic in the world we live in and especially the schools we attend. All of us have experienced some type of mental illness in our lives whether it be peers, friends, family members or even ourselves. It is time that we push through the stigma and talk about something that matters so much and finally start addressing it head on. I hope that you all find the resources helpful, service projects meaningful, and I encourage you all to start a conversation.

what is stigma

According to the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), Stigma is the negative view or judgement that is associated with someone having mental illness. Stigma can be given and received by anyone (even yourself ) and can be combated through education, support, and advocacy. Fight the the stigma! Source: https://www.nami.org/stigmafree

facts about mental health •

People experiencing mental health conditions often face rejection, bullying and discrimination. This can make their journey to recovery longer and more difficult. Mental health conditions are the leading cause of disability across the United States. Even though most people can be successfully treated, less than half of the adults in the U.S. who need services and treatment get the help they need. The average delay between the onset of symptoms and intervention is 8-10 years. Suicide is the second leading cause of death of youth ages 15-24 and the tenth leading cause of death for all Americans.

Source: https://www.nami.org/stigmafree

discussion on proactive healthy membership and how to be a strong advocate for those with mental health • Establish meaningful connection with you event host by following writing a follow up positive thank you letter/email for their service DON’T •

service guidelines •

DO Connect your project with other other Kiwanis Family attendees by hosting your own “Minding Minds” Apply for the Tomorrow Fund Grant to take your service to new heights and use your grant to host large-scale meaningful event (http:// circlek.org/service) Talk to your Division’s Lieutenant Governor about hosting a “Minding Minds” service night in your division.

• Host workshops within your home club to provide

Categorize or group those dealing with mental health when hosting events Use offensive or inappropriate adjectives to describe those who are dealing with a mental illness Assume someone’s mental illness diagnosis. Always ask in confidence and assure them of your support Disclose anyone’s mental health history to the public. It should be that individual’s job to tell their story Host events that are only inviting those dealing with mental illnesses. Instead, invite those who have a mental illness and those who are unfamiliar with how to be an advocate Stop combating the stigma towards those with mental illness. Continue to serve and ensure the ongoing spread of mental health awareness

national hotlines *If you are thinking of harming yourself or need immediate counseling due to your mental illness, please refer to the National Hotlines & Home-Campus Counseling Service Hotline below. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24/7 access
 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
 https:// suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ NAMI Helpline M-F 10am-6pm
 1-800-950-NAMI (6264)
 https://www.nami.org/findsupport/nami-helpline Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Adminstration (SAMHSA) National Helpline 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

division spotlight

SUNCOAST Liaison Alexander Perez Criminal Justice & Psychology Major at Tallahassee Community College Clubs in Division • Florida Gulf Coast University • Florida Southwestern State College - Collier • New College of Florida • University of South Florida- Sarasota

“During my freshman year in college, I was looking for an organization that I knew I could continue my adventure in leadership. It was during my first Wednesday on campus that there was a whole building dedicated to outreach from clubs and there was an empty table reserved for Circle K International. I remembered CKI from when I was a Lieutenant Governor in Key Club and I decided to revamp the club and continue my journey in the Kiwanis Family. It was when I made more friends on campus and on the District Board that I decided to stay with the organization.”

featured suncoast club FLORIDA GULF COAST UNIVERSITY Facebook: CKI (FGCU) Snapchat: fgcu_cki Instagram: fgcu_cki CKI at Florida Gulf Coast University is a growing club that is aking full advantage of its momentum. Alex selected FGCU to highlight because its officers and members have shown their dedication to service by being incredibly involved and active.

“You will see some pictures from our meetings, making some dog toys from old, but clean t-shirts (donated by our own members) which we take to Gulf Coast Humane Society every so often. We have had a couple of movie nights which we have members vote on a movie and bring in some treats and/or members bring some snacks to share as well. During this time we also dedicate the 1.5 hour or so to making even more dog toys while the movie plays! We also participated in collecting donations for Trick or Treat for UNICEF this past Fall semester and collected a total of $20 in change.  We have had a lot of clean ups and plan to do more at the Fort Myers Beach and on FGCU campus.” - Vianka Bravo, FGCU CKI President

If you want to learn more or get involved with St. Baldrick's, go to www.circlek.org/resources and click on the "Service & WASH" tab.

Letter from Subregion G Trustee, Billy Hacket HELLO LOVES! February has arrived, so make CKI your "Valentine"! With continued spring recruitment, club officer elections, DCON season, and more on the horizon there is never a better time to live to serve and LOVE to serve. The International Board  will be together in Orlando, Florida this weekend, where we will be working hard to  continue b u i l d i n g f o un d a ti o n s f o r organizational growth a n d  i m p r o v i n g t h e C K I e x p e r i e n c e . I c a n't w a i t ! #ChooseCKI

This February, your club/district is encouraged to engage with St. Baldrick's- one of CKI's preferred charities. I would like to SHOUTOUT the Florida District's Citrus Division for hosting a St. Baldrick's Lock-In last weekend! With Tomorrow Fund Grant support, $1,200 USD allowed attendees to make over 160 gold ribbons to spread awareness about childhood cancer and 96 complete Chemo Carepackages that will be donated to a local hospital! Four CKI members also "Braved the Shave," and were able to raise a collective $828 USD for the St. Baldrick's Foundation through their campaigns. 

If you haven't heard, CKI's annual International Convention (CKIx) will be held IN Subregion G, in Orlando, Florida from June 26-30, 2019! Learn more about CKIx19 and get a sneak peek at everything that will be happening by attending the CKIx Planning Committee webinar on February 7 at 9 PM EST. Support Chelsie Higdon (Carolinas), Steven Shaw (Carolinas), and Anthony Perez (Florida)- our Subregion G members who serve on the committee! Webinar Link: https:// circlek.us18.list-manage.com/ track/click? u=26e7f20cae04a5e0cb8de2651 &id=a16e3025a8&e=b2ec872e9a

Water you waiting for? In celebration of World Water Month, March Water Madness is only ONE month away! This is the time to plan events with your club, or even take part as an individual in the WASH 6K Calendar Challenge. Ask your friends and family to donate as you walk/run 6 kilometers every day in the month; with a sponsor each day and some dedication you can raise at least $500 USD! I will be accepting the challenge in March-- will YOU?!   10 SUBREGION G REWARD POINTS FOR: • Individuals who accept the WASH 6K Calendar Challenge • Clubs that host a WASH fundraising or service/ awareness event • Districts that hosts a WASH fundraising or service/awareness event By accepting the challenge, hosting an event with your club, AND attending a district event supporting WASH you could help earn 30 points for your district! 

Subregion G Member Spotlight Meet Nikki Codiniera, the current Social Media Chair for the University of Georgia CKI! The Georgia CKI Governor, Marisa, says that Nikki all year has been doing a phenomenal job keeping her club informed on upcoming events and about the impact they've had at past events. Nikki has a contagious laugh and bright, bubbly personality that truly embodies the CKI spirit and welcomes every member. Thank you for bringing some extra sunshine to Subregion G, Nikki!

Citrus Division LOCK IN The Citrus Division Lock In happened from late January 25th until the early hours of January 26th. It was a night ďŹ lled with service in fellowship ďŹ lled with games of man hunt to a few rounds of Family Feud. At it, four people participated in Brave the Shave to raise funds for the St. Baldrick's Foundation, which helps to fund childhood cancer research. Anthony Perez, Jonathan Villegas, Ryan Calderon, and myself were able to raise $828 to help with this cause! All attendees helped to make over 160 gold ribbons to spread awareness of childhood cancer. We also made 96 complete chemo care packages that are being donated to the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children.


Social Media

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Lieutenant Governors

Committee Chairs


District Governor Diamond Pichardo governor@floridacirclek.org

Citrus LTG Matthew Grimmer citrus@floridacirclek.org

Awards & K-Family Chair Vacant awards@floridacirclek.org kfamily@floridacirclek.org

District Administrator Amanda Saguil administrator@floridacirclek.org

District Treasurer Derek Stewart treasurer@floridacirclek.org

Evergold LTG Maria Landron evergold@floridacirclek.org

District Secretary Josephine Di Russo secretary@floridacirclek.org

Panhandle LTG Kimi Stuckey panhandle@floridacirclek.org

District Editor Valory Vailoces editor@floridacirclek.org

Sunbelt LTG Meit Dave sunbelt@floridacirclek.org Suncoast Liaison Alex Perez suncoast@floridacirclek.org Suwannee LTG Eric Trotman suwannee@floridacirclek.org

Conventions Chair Alex Perez conventions@floridacirclek.org Legal Chair Cristian Tello legal@floridacirclek.org Membership Development & Education (MDE) Chair Jorden Irby mde@floridacirclek.org Public Relations & Technology Chair Ashley Johns publicrelations@floridacirclek.org webmaster@floridacirclek.org Service Chair Junior Pierre-Louis service@floridacirclek.org

Citrus Advisor Floyd Adams citrus-advisor@floridacirclek.org Evergold Advisor Tom Freiwald evergold-advisor@floridacirclek.org Panhandle and DCON Advisor Heather Locke panhandle-advisor@floridacirclek.org Sunbelt Advisor Robert Brown sunbelt-advisor@floridacirclek.org Suncoast Advisor Sally Leitzman suncoast-advisor@floridacirclek.org Suwannee Advisor Vacant suwannee-advisor@floridacirclek.org


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Florida CKI: The Circle Kapers February 2019 (Volume 49, Issue 5)  

Florida CKI: The Circle Kapers February 2019 (Volume 49, Issue 5)