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Florida District June 2018



Letter from the Governor The Governor’s Project Letter from the Editor Letter from the District Administrator Structure of CKI Board Positions The K-Family Division Highlight: Citrus Featured Preferred Charity: St. Baldrick’s Goals for the Florida District District Board Contact Information

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Hello Hello Lovely Florida District, I hope that everyone is having a great summer so far! My name is Diamond Pichardo and I am serving as your 2018-2019 District Governor. Governor is just a fancy term for overseer as my job is to oversee our wonderful district and all the incredible clubs within the district and make sure we all are doing the best we can to serve our community. I am currently a rising senior at the University of Florida studying Mechanical Engineering with a certificate in Engineering Leadership. I plan to work in the defense industry after graduation and of course, join Kiwanis! I've been in CKI since my first semester at UF and it's been the best experience I could ever ask for. My Kiwanis Family journey actually started my freshman year of high school, when I joined Key Club! Although my governor year has just began, I have already seen such amazing effort and passion within the 2018-2019 District Board and I am sure their incredible energy with be contagious throughout the whole district. I look forward to seeing all the incredible things everyone accomplishes this year! While I expect great things from you all because we are the Mighty Mighty Florida District, I would like you all to remember that YOU come first always and please remember to take care of yourselves especially when the school year comes around again and life gets extremely stressful. Mental Health is very important to me, which is why my governor's project is called Minding Minds through the Life Initiative( Lend a compassionate hand to those affected, Increase the awareness of resources, Fight the Stigma, Encourage others to prioritize mental health). More amazing resources will soon be released, so keep an eye out for that! I am so incredibly lucky to serve you all this year and if you ever need anything, please do not hesitate to reach out to myself or any of the amazing people on the District Board! Much Love, 

Diamond Pichardo 3


Governor’s Project “Minding Minds” is a comprehensive and inclusive take on mental health.

The 4-Part Initiative L end a compassionate hand to those affected I ncrease the awareness of resources F ight the stigma E

ncourage others to prioritize their mental health 4


Hello fellow CKIers! Thank you so much again for allowing me to serve as your 2018-2019 District Editor. I hope that my term brings about exciting and new changes. I can’t wait to see everyone’s submissions throughout the year so please keep them coming! As part of the incentive to increase readership, I am introducing the Find FLACKI Contest. Each publication, FLACKI (pictured right) will be hidden somewhere in the Kapers. The first person to email me with the location of FLACKI will win a $10 gift card. If you remember my campaign literature, I outlined three goals: 1.Facilitate communication, 2.Increase readership, and 3.Promote fellowship and inclusion. I can only reach my goals with your help. Please send in summaries of service projects, pictures from events and socials, and videos of your favorite moments as a CKIer. Thank you in advance, let’s have the greatest service year yet. Yours in service,

Valory Vailoces 5

LETTER FROM THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATOR Amanda Saguil Hello FLACKI! I am Amanda Saguil and I serve as the Florida CKI District Administrator. I began my Kiwanis Family career with the Stetson University CKI (Go Hatters) in September 1994 and served in several positions during my time at Stetson (Club President and Citrus Lt. Governor, just to name a couple).  I finally joined Kiwanis in September 2005 and served in several positions as a Kiwanian:  Club Secretary, Club President, Division 12 Lt. Governor in 2008-2009, K-Kids and Builders Club District Administrator, Key Club Zone E Administrator for 6+ years and finally as the CKI District Administrator. What does a District Administrator do, you might ask?  I am appointed by the Florida Kiwanis Governor as the District Chair of the Florida Kiwanis Committee on Circle K.  Our CKI Committee, appointed by me, currently consists of 5 Kiwanians who are passionate about CKI and the Florida District.  They are:  Citrus Division Advisor Floyd Adams, Evergold Division Advisor Tom Friewald, Panhandle Division and DCON Advisor Heather Locke, Sunbelt Division Advisor Robert Brown and Suncoast Division Advisor Sally Leitzman.  My duties and responsibilities as District Administrator include serving as a non-voting member of the Board, acting as a liaison to the Kiwanis District and offering advice where needed.  Additionally, I work closely with the Florida District CKI Board as well as with the Faculty and Kiwanis Advisors of our CKI Clubs, when needed.  I do hope that I will see everyone either in Chicago for the 2018 CKIx (International Convention) or for our District Events:  Leadership Training Conference (LTC) at Camp Kiwanis, October 19-21, 2018 and District Convention (DCON) in Tampa, February 22-24, 2019.   If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to email me at administrator@floridacirclek.org.  Yours in Kiwanis Family Service,

Amanda Saguil 6

STRUCTURE OF CKI Organizational Levels CLUB LEVEL Each school has a club with members and a board of officers. The executive board consists of a president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, and editor. Appointed officers can include the Kiwanis Family Relations Chair, Service Chair, Marketing Chair, Fundraising Chair, and the Club Socials Chair. Various committees can also be created for larger service projects or to fill various needs of the club. DIVISION LEVEL Clubs are grouped together into divisions. The Florida District has 6: Citrus, Evergold, Panhandle, Sunbelt, Suncoast, and Suwannee. Each division has a Lieutenant Governor that acts as a liaison between the district and club level. DISTRICT LEVEL The Districts are composed of a state(s) and their respective divisions and clubs. Executive district boards include a governor, secretary, treasurer, and editor with various appointed positions. The district board is responsible for DCON and district large scale service projects. INTERNATIONAL LEVEL The International level is based off an president, vice president, a trustee-at-large, and 7 trustees. There are 5 standing international committees in which members can be involved. At the discretion of the international president, ad-hoc committees may also be created.


Executive Board 2018-2019


View CKI’s Officer Guide at goo.gl/URjwLT

District Governor Diamond Pichardo The district governor is the leader of the district and the head of the district board of officers. It is the job of the governor to oversee the work of the district officers and ensure the tasks and duties are being carried out. Though the governor does a great amount and a variety of work during his/her term, they are not necessarily always filling out reports, writing newsletters, and making contacts. However, it is under the governor that all of this is completed, and the final responsibility lies with the governor and reflects on his or her ability to lead.

District Treasurer Derek Stewart The district treasurer has a critical role within in a CKI district. A district treasurer is responsible for budgeting, collecting, and disbursing the district’s money. The treasurer also plays a vital role in the dues process and is in charge of making sure all clubs submit their dues, which will require close contact with each individual club treasurer. An effective district treasurer is organized, pays attention to detail, is knowledgeable about basic accounting, understands all aspects of CKI operations, and is a leader among his or her peers.

District Secretary Josephine DiRusso

The district secretary has one of the most distinctive roles on the CKI board. The secretary performs a wide variety of duties that require a broad range of skills: being organized; the ability to write succinctly while including pertinent details; a well founded understanding of CKI; as well as many other abilities needed to accomplish the tasks of district secretary.

District Editor Valory Vailoces

The district editor is one of the most unique offices on the district board, as each district defines the role of its editor. The main responsibility with which each editor is charged is publishing the district bulletin according to the timeline that is set by the district bylaws or policy code. Additionally, most districts have other roles defines for the district editor, which should be discussed with him or her.



Lieutenant Governors & Appointed Board 2018-2019

Lieutenant Governors (LTG) As lieutenant governor, you will wear many hats… You have duties to the local clubs, your home club, your division, and district. Additionally, there are responsibilities you have to the district board by being an active part in achieving the board goals and expectations. While this job will become what you make of it, you should make yourself aware of the expectations placed on your shoulders.

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Citrus LTG: Matthew Grimmer Evergold LTG: Maria Landron Panhandle LTG: Mariam Mckee

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Sunbelt LTG: Meit Dave Suncoast LTG: Vacant (Alex Perez: Liaison) Suwannee LTG: Miranda Brown

Awards & K-Family Chair: Riley Henry • The Awards and Kiwanis Family Chair shall split their time effectively in order to accomplish multiple directives in regards to both Kiwanis Family Relations and recognition of the members of our district. They are in charge of the development and distribution of superlatives and the recognition of members at district events such as Leadership Training Conference and the annual District Convention (DCON). The chair also shall annually review the Awards Manual for District Convention and recommend changes to the District Board with the help of the Awards Advisor. The chair shall work to improve the relationship with Florida Kiwanis and Kiwanis Family branches. They shall be responsible for developing projects and educational programs to expand and strengthen the bonds between these branches. In addition to creating a K-Family directory to distribute to clubs within the district, they will coordinate the Key Club DCON senior pool party with the immediate past K-Family Chair (2017-2018). Conventions Chair: Alex Perez • The Conventions Chair shall plan and execute the Leadership Training Conference (LTC) and the District Convention (DCON). The chair shall form a committee for both events to help encourage participation and plan activities.


Executive Board 2018-2019


Legal Chair: Cristian Tello • The Legal Chair shall review the district's bylaws annually, and shall submit recommendations concerning revisions to the district board. The legal chair shall ensure that parliamentary procedure is followed when necessary. They also will be a moderator in regards to conflicts within in the district and ensure that all issues are resolved in accordance to both district and international bylaws and procedures.

Membership Development & Education (MDE) Chair: Kim Moya • The Membership Development & Education Chair shall work with the board to develop useful resources for the members focused on education, member retention, and strategic club planning. They will also be responsible for creating engaging presentations for K-Family events within the district.

Public Relations & Technology Chair: Ashley Johns • The Public Relations and Technology Chair shall create and distribute promotional materials for district events, including but not limited to, flyers, videos, etc. They will be responsible for maintaining all social media accounts. The chair shall also be responsible for maintaining the district website and assuring that it is up to date with all resources.

Service Chair: Junior Pierre-Louis • The Service Chair shall plan and coordinate Fall and Spring District Large Scale Service Projects (DLSSP). They should prepare in-house service projects for all district events and board meetings as well as publish resources pertaining to the 2018-2019 Governor’s Project Minding Minds.


THE K-FAMILY The Other Branches of the Kiwanis Family

kiwanis.org Kiwanis International brings the world together — one community at a time. Today, we stand with more than 600,000 members in more than 80 countries from Kiwanis to Key Club to Circle K and beyond. Each community has different needs, and Kiwanis empowers members to pursue creative ways to serve the needs of children through local service projects and fundraising. Kiwanis hosts nearly 150,000 service projects each year.

aktionclub.org Aktion Club is the only service club for adults with disabilities, with more than 12,000 members worldwide. Aktion Clubs draw members from various organizations that support individuals with disabilities, as well as other community programs. Aktion clubs can also be established at churches, libraries, YMCAs, lodges or similar facilities. A Kiwanis club, composed of like-minded, service-oriented people from the community, serves as the club’s sponsor. Aktion Club is supported at the district level and by the Kiwanis International Office in Indianapolis, Indiana, which provides programs, literature and opportunities to relate to individuals with disabilities from countries worldwide. 11

Student Organizations

keyclub.org Key Club is a student-led, high school organization. Our members make the world a better place through service. In doing so, we grow as individuals and as leaders by answering the call to lead, summoning the courage to engage and developing the heart to serve.

buildersclub.org Builders Club is the largest service organization for middle school and junior high students, with more than 45,000 members worldwide. Members learn to work together and develop servant-leaders skills as they serve their school and community. Builders Club is a student-led community service organization that operates under school regulations and draws its members from the student body. Community-based Builders Clubs can also be established at churches, libraries, Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCAs, lodges or similar facilities.

kiwaniskids.org K-Kids is the largest service organization for elementary school students, with more than 36,000 members worldwide. The first K-Kids was chartered in 2000. Today, there are more than 1,200 clubs worldwide. K-Kids is a student-led community service organization that operates under school regulations and draws its members from the student body. Community-based K-Kids clubs also can be established at churches, libraries, YMCAs, lodges or similar facilities. A Kiwanis club, composed of like-minded, service-oriented people from the community, serves as the club’s sponsor. K-Kids is structured only on the local club level but is supported by district volunteers appointed by Kiwanis leaders and the Kiwanis International OďŹƒce in Indianapolis, Indiana. 12

DIVISION HIGHLIGHT Citrus MEET THE LTG: Matthew Grimmer • 3rd Year at UCF • Studies Public Administration Position Description I work with all of the clubs in the Citrus Division. I work to ensure that officers have the resources and necessary knowledge to keep their clubs functioning. I also work on chartering clubs and working with the chartering board to ensure that they are chartering properly. Goals My goals for citrus are to keep each club growing. I want to work extensively with all of the officers to ensure they have to tools necessary to lead their clubs to success, have their membership grow, and also have their members become more active. I would like to see a total 77 members, 2200 service hours, have 9 members attend CKIx, and have 30 members attend LTC and DCON. I would also like to charter one club. Plans My plans for Citrus are to train officers so that they understand CKI/The Kiwanis Family/Their Positions so they can serve their clubs to the best of their abilities. I will stay in constant communication with officers so they can keep up to date with all of the opportunities presented by the District of International. I also plan to utilize social media to communicate those opportunities and to also spotlight the work done by each club. I plan on contacting schools or potential chartering officers to charter another school in Citrus.


Schools & Social Media Citrus Division • Facebook Group Page: Citrus Division of Florida CKI • Instagram: citrus_flacki Lake Sumter State College • FB Like Page: Lake-Sumter State CKI • Instagram: lssccki Stetson University • President: Kaitlyn Miller • Vice President: Sara Archambaut • Secretary: Alara Arpaci • Treasurer: Jessica Hurtado • Editor: Carina Coleman

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Facebook Group Page: Stetson University CKI Facebook Like Page: Circle K International - Stetson University Instagram: ckistetson

University of Central Florida • President: Katina Lopez • Vice President: Karina Rodriguez • Secretary: Jonathan Villegas • Treasurer: Mikayla Goodhue • Editor: Ryan Calderon

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FB Group Page: UCF Circle K International FB Like Page: UCF Circle K International Instagram: ucfcirclek Snapchat: ucfcki

FEATURED CITRUS KIWANIAN: Samantha Anne Samantha Anne is the president of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Orlando-Winter Park and also the adviser to Colonial High Key Club. She has a passion for Kiwanis Family Relations and has increased her clubs presence with CKI and the other branches of Kiwanis. She truly cares about Colonial Key Club and works extensively with the students to ensure they are succeeding. FEATURED CITRUS MEMBER: Alexandra Granger Alexandra has been an active member of Stetson CKI and has shown to have quite the passion for service. Alex is a great member of Citrus and truly an exemplary member. FEATURED SCHOOL: Stetson University • Previous Service Events • Kiwanis Junior Olympics: Event open to students in 4th and 5th grades that included 50-, 100- and 200-meter races, a softball throw, standing long jump and shot put competition. CKI members ran the event and kept students’ scores. • Give Kids the World: Members were assigned different roles at Give Kids the World such as running rides and assisting employees at the various recreational activities. • Saint Augustine Food Kitchen


Featured Preferred Charity By Matthew Grimmer stbaldricks.org

About St. Baldrick's is a preferred charity of Circle K International and focuses on funding childhood cancer research. Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death for children in the United States and about 300,000 children are diagnosed with cancer every year worldwide . Childhood cancer is hard to research because their are over a dozen types of cancers but hundreds of sub-types. Since each sub-type is only diagnosed for so few children, it is hard to research each type and treat it properly. St. Baldrick's  helps to raise money for research and to allocate it to the most promising research. This research is also vital to adults with cancer, as many of the current methods to help treat cancer are traced back to childhood cancer research.

Fundraising This is such a great charity to fundraise for. The biggest event that is usually done to fundraise is Brave the Shave. This is where an individual sets a goal for how much to fundraise, works to spread the word about it and gain funds, and then shaves their head at an event. This is such a fun way to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer. By shaving your head you are able to understand how a child who goes through chemotherapy and loses their hair feels during that process and it also starts conversations with others on why you shaved your head. This definitely isn't the only way to fundraise. If you still want to get some funds for this organization you could host a partial proceeds at a local restaurant, auction of a gift basket, or even do a pie in the face fundraiser. These would also be great opportunities to educate others on childhood cancer.


My Experience I recently participated in a Brave the Shave event for the St. Baldrick's Foundation. This was something that I really wanted to do since I started my term as President of UCF CKI. I was originally asked about doing an event in February that unfortunately fell through, but that didn't stop me from going through with another event. I worked with my club to setup a fundraising goal and head shaving event.       Fundraising went completely different from what I expected, which I mean in the best way possible. We originally setup a goal of $100, which I thought was fare for an online fundraiser. This goal was met in 4 hours. I then raised the goal to $250 and that was reached in under 12 hours. I raised the goal one last time to $500 and we reached that by April 14th, the day of the head shaving event. I was ecstatic that my club and I were able to spread the word and raise those funds.       I shaved my head after our end of the year banquet, and it was quite the experience. I had my last hair cut in August of 2017 and then continued to grow my hair out when I was asked to participate in that original event in February. My hair hadn't been cut in 9 months and went down to my chin. It felt great to have all that hair taken off my head. Being bald felt different. My head was in a constantly cold until my hair finally grew back a bit more and people were constantly asking my why I shaved or telling me how different I looked.       Fortunately, I haven't had any children in my family who had cancer but my Grandmother did lose the battle to cancer in April of 2013. This is why I wanted to participate in a Brave the Shave event. I know how much it hurt my Grandma to go through cancer and also the pain and worry that my own family went through. I can't even imagine what a child and their family feels, so I wanted to help them out anyway possible.


GOALS FOR THE FLORIDA DISTRICT 2017-2018, 2018-2019, & Progress












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As of 05/05/18

District Board Contact Information Executive Board

Lieutenant Governors

Committee Chairs


District Governor Diamond Pichardo governor@floridacirclek.org

Citrus LTG Matthew Grimmer citrus@floridacirclek.org

Awards & K-Family Chair Riley Henry 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 Mariam Mckee 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 Miranda Brown suwannee@floridacirclek.org

Conventions Chair Alex Perez conventions@floridacirclek.org

Citrus Advisor Floyd Adams citrus-advisor@floridacirclek.org

Legal Chair Cristian Tello legal@floridacirclek.org

Evergold Advisor Tom Freiwald evergoldadvisor@floridacirclek.org

Membership Development & Education (MDE) Chair Kim Moya mde@floridacirclek.org

Panhandle and DCON Advisor Heather Locke panhandleadvisor@floridacirclek.org

Public Relations & Technology Chair Ashley Johns publicrelations@floridacirclek.org webmaster@floridacirclek.org

Sunbelt Advisor Robert Brown sunbelt-advisor@floridacirclek.org

Service Chair Junior Pierre-Louis service@floridacirclek.org

Suncoast Advisor Chris Burtless suncoastadvisor@floridacirclek.org Suwannee Advisor Sally Leitzman suwanneeadvisor@floridacirclek.org


Profile for Florida Circle K International Editor

Florida CKI: The Circle Kapers June 2018 (Volume 49, Issue 1)  

Florida CKI: The Circle Kapers June 2018 (Volume 49, Issue 1)  


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