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Volume 61, Issue 1

The Helping Hand A Michigan District of Circle K International Publication

In this issue

Note from the Governor……………..2 DCON……………………………………3 2017-2018 MI CKI Board…………. .…4 Service Projects………………………..5 Awards…………………………………..6 Brave the Shave……………………….8 Quotes…………………………………..9

By Gabriella Byars District Bulletin Editor

Note from the Governor

Hello everyone! For those who don’t know me, my name is Sean Nauss and I a am proud to be your next District Governor. It is truly an honor to serve you all and I know that we will have a mighty year. Last weekend at District Convention Nathan Wright, Jaclyn Radzisewsi, and I braved the shave for the St. Baldrick’s foundation. We raised over $3,000 for the fight against childhood cancer. On Saturday alone everyone at convention completed a total of 324 hours of service. If you are interested in becoming more involved on the district level, apply for a district chair position. Don’t hesitate to ask me any questions concerning any of the positions! We will be accepting applications until April 12th at 11:59 PM. To get to the application, go here:

-Sean Nauss District Governor Hi Circle K’ers! My name is Micki. Every time an issue of the Helping Hand is released, I will be hiding somewhere. If you click this link,

and fill out the form, then you will get some homemade mini muffins. You better hurry and click the link if you want some!

This year the DCON chair was Taania Girgala from Wayne State University. Taania and her team did an amazing job with planning the MI CKI District Convention from the name badges to the closing ceremony. Here is a message from Taania herself:

I hope everyone had a great time at #DCON2K17 because that is what my DCON committee and I worked so hard towards! We began planning in June 2016, and met nearly every week since then to put on a good show for everyone. My committee worked tirelessly the weekend of also to make sure the event ran smoothly, and I hope everyone in Circle K recognizes their work and effort. We really do notice and appreciate all those that thanked us, and in turn we thank them for making the organizing process rewarding. We tried our best to make this DCON stand apart from other by including reflection to our service (in WSU tradition), bonding excursions like the Scavenger Hunt, great DJs (my amazing and close friends who volunteered to help), and an amazing Key Note Speaker who is also an expert on Detroit! We hope that the next time DCON is held in Detroit, it is hosted by WSU only. As Wayne State-ers, Detroit is our backyard and our territory, and we are glad you enjoyed it as much as we do! We will welcome you back when we host DCON again :) -Taania Girgala

DCON 2017

DCON 2017 at Wayne State University

2017-2018 MI CKI Board

Sean Nauss District Governor (906) 553- 1682

Ben Strandskov District Treasurer (989) 400-3550

Feel free to contact us at anytime!

Maryam Safdar District Secretary (248) 759-0364

Gabby Byars District Bulletin Editor (586) 216-2722

Working at the education rehabilitation center was amazing. You could tell how great the patients were when we were able to help them with their resumes. We got to learn how twelve groups are important for people who struggle with addictions. -Raya Lasiewski Madonna University

At DCON this year, everyone was able to go to one of four service projects: Blight/ Environment, Education/ Rehabilitation, Health/ Medicine, and Hunger/ Homelessness.

I was able to volunteer at World Medical Relief where we sorted through donated medical supplies that is shipped over to countries in need. Being in nursing school, I thought this service project was perfect for me! -Jordan Parkin Oakland University

I helped by collecting trash and ended up trimming brush with Morgan Brown, which was a blast! It was a cool experience learning about the Urban Farming Initiative and its goals for the future. -Kristy Godley Northwood University


My group went to the Gleaner's Food Bank where we gathered orders to send to different places in need throughout the area. Our group actually was able to break a record by preparing over 42,000 lbs of food! Others at our project bagged 4000lbs of apples. It was amazing! -Christian Wire University of Michigan


Congratulations to all the following clubs and members for all of their hard work Outstanding Club President: Kathleen Hurley Distinguished Club President: Holly Flynn Outstanding Club Vice President: Sanaya Irani Outstanding Club Secretary: Jill Davidson Distinguished Club Secretary: Suruchi Dash Outstanding Club Treasurer: Sruthi Ramesh Outstanding Club Editor: Jordan Parkin James D. Heymes Club Newsletter: Oakland University John Nash Outstanding Circle K'er: Mary Mason Outstanding Club Committee Chair: Gabriella Byars Distinguished Club Committee Chair: Vicki Harris Outstanding Club Advisor: Don Kossick

Outstanding Club Achievement: University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Distinguished Club Achievement: Oakland University Outstanding Club Growth: Wayne State University Distinguished Club Growth: Oakland University Outstanding Club Improvement: Wayne State University Outstanding Sponsoring Kiwanis Club: Detroit #1 Road Runner: University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Outstanding Kiwanis Family Relations: University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Distinguished Kiwanis Family Relations: Oakland University Scholarships: Emma Densmore, Oakland University and Sanaya Irani, Wayne State University


Outstanding Single Service Project: Ferris State University Distinguished Single Service Project: University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Brave the Shave

Jaclyn Radziszewski, Sean Nauss, and Nathan Wright did a brave act for cancer research at the end of DCON: Brave the Shave for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Together they raised over $3,000 which is double their goal of $1,500. All of the money fundraised will help fight childhood cancer.

Being a participant in Brave the Shave was exhilarating. I was scared but it was so cool to be the first one to cut my own hair, it was very empowering. It was intimate having a bunch of different people, some that I barely knew, cut off chunks of my hair. But the actual shave was so fun and I enjoy being bald. I am so proud of everyone who helped us raise so much money for St. Baldrick's -Jaclyn Radziszewski Oakland University

This year the Michigan district had amazing convention in the heart of mm. Detroit! We completed over 200 hours of of service all around the city. On S. Saturday, members joined in a scavenger hunt for iconic Detroit landmarks. What’re the odds the team from Wayne State won! Our fantastic house of delegates elected our new district board for the 2017-18 school year. Congratulations to Sean Nauss and his board we know they’ll do amazing. It was awesome to round out the year and see all our friends from the district. -Noah Stoffel Northwood University


DCON was great. It was my first one and I can honestly say it was very memorable. We had a lot of fun and we got to demolish a house all in the name of charity. It doesn't get much better than that!! -Walter Whitt Eastern Michigan University


My favorite experience at DCON was probably the Presidents Ball! It was such a great time and I met so many new people! I danced all night with several schools! I loved DCON so much and I can not wait to go next year! -Arianna Ruby Lozano Ferris State Universty

Being around a bunch of people who all care about each other for a whole weekend is really hard to beat -Tristin Nguyen Michigan State University

My favorite part about DCON is getting to come together with such a diverse group of individuals for the common purpose of volunteering and service. It is astonishing to see what we can do when we come together as one! -Quinten Hosbein Lake Michigan College


This DCON was very unique because our members were able to get very involved in the Detroit community. The service truly brought everyone together. -Holly Flynn Central Michigan University

The Helping Hand Volume 61 Issue 1  
The Helping Hand Volume 61 Issue 1