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Harold’s Herald Volume 1 Issue 2 THE OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY CIRCLE K INTERNATIONAL CLUB Table of Contents

Member of the Month . . . . . . . . . . . 1 ELIMINATE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 K-Family . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Recent Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Upcoming Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Extras . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Contact Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Photos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

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We will be hosting an ELIMINATE Benefit Concert on Wednesday, March 27th, 2013. Make sure to spread the word! Want to help plan? Be sure to come to the next committee meeting!

K-Family On October 13th at Claude Moore Park we got to meet up with a couple of the members of our sponsoring Kiwanis Club from Tyson’s Corner as we helped clean and set up the fairgrounds there for an 18th century market fair. ●

On October 5th, a few club members and I went to Fall Membership Rally in Front Royal, VA. This was my second year attending FMR and I was excited to go out to the mountains of Front Royal and hang out with other Circle K members from the Capital District. I was also extremely excited for the theme of this year’s FMR which was superheroes, a personal favorite of mine. We got to Front Royal and hung out for a while waiting for more people to get there and did a quick service project where we made thank you cards for the troops and pink ribbons for breast cancer awareness. Then we jumped right into the weekends activities which included breaking into smaller groups in which we made up new superheroes and put together team cheers. I was in the team Orange Lanterns and we made up a cheer about how nothing rhymes with orange! Later that night we enjoyed a bonfire with some delicious s’mores as well as some time for mingling. The night ended with a carnival for Eliminate where we could play games for 25 cents, watch the Avengers movie, participate in a cupcake walk, and get our faces painted. The next morning we got up early and had breakfast and then attended workshops where we talked to other officers from other schools, learned more about CKI, discussed ideas for recruitment, and learned how to salsa dance, among many other things. We also participated in a scavenger hunt around the camp and had hamburgers and hotdogs for an outdoor, cookout dinner. The event ended with a District Board auction that rose over $3,000 for The ELIMINATE Project! It was a ton of fun and really great experience for any Circle K member!

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“I pledge to uphold the Objects of Circle K International, to foster compassion and goodwill towards 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,”

RECENT EVENTS Imagine it… Books, books everywhere! The organization called “Books for America” collects donated books, Compact Disks, and Digital Video Disks to help fund their operations. They donate books needed by many schools and even sell them online to help the community further. On September 1, 2012 volunteers of the CKI club of George Mason University went to help sort materials at one of the nearby collections centers belonging to “Books for America”. Jessica Elwood, the Grants/Volunteer Coordinator, greeted the volunteers as they came in and treated them to donuts and orange juice. Once the festivities were over Jessica instructed the volunteers on what they had to do. Volunteers had to sort the donated items in different bins based on net-worth and size. Books were opened and much dust was breathed in. Multiple bins were sorted by the time the groups volunteer period ended. The amount of donated items that were sorted greatly helped Jessica and her crew by hours and possibly even days so they can direct their energy on finding the right locations to donate books to.

On September 8th our club had the opportunity to go gleaning in Clinton, Maryland in cooperation with the Arlington Food Assistance Center. The Arlington Food Assistance Center is a community based organization that provides supplemental groceries for Arlington residents. For those not familiar with the term, gleaning is just a fancy word for harvesting or picking vegetables. Our time in the fields was part of the Center's effort to provide more fresh produce for their patrons. Despite our early departure time, early at least by college student standards, we had a great time. When we got to the farm we were happy to find out that we were harvesting collard greens and that doing so only entailed pulling leaves from stems. This was something we could all handle with our limited farming skills. At first my technique was a little weak, but after getting some help from people who obviously had done it before I was able to redeem myself by filling a few bags with greens. By the end of the event we had filled a truck to the brim with collard greens. Satisfied we headed of to Qdoba to enjoy some post service project burritos con queso.

The last weekend of September was a long yet fun service weekend. On Saturday our club went back to Barcroft Park. This time we were pulling English ivy off the trees. We got to do some hiking up a mini-hill and fortunately no one fell to their doom. The spiders that were lurking around the ivy were huge! I learned that poison ivy can be big or small--wish it could just be large blue leaves so I would know where to avoid! It was also cool how the sidewalks were painted like roads. Luckily there were no police around or we would have probably gotten a ticket for blocking the whole sidewalk! Overall it was a great day to volunteer at a park and I hope that the park continues to stay clean and gorgeous! On Sunday our club went to Fall for Fairfax. When I first signed up I thought it would be messy and complicated because we would be helping people paint pumpkins and make scarecrows. Unfortunately I was right about the messy part. Thankfully I was wrong about the complicated part. At the pumpkin tent it was routine work with a bit of detective work. At the scarecrow area it was like assembling a robot without a manual and hoping it didn’t fall apart. I think I enjoyed the scarecrow area the most because I got to know some of the members in the club, met a nice Mason girl that I probably would have never met, and I became immortalized in a picture taken by one of the parents! My only regret was that I could not temporarily kidnap a bunny from the petting zoo. 3


November 2012 NEXT CLUB MEETING: NOVEMBER 11TH

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Mon 29

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Sat 3 DLSSP/ DC Walk/ Food Bagging

4 Board meeting

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10 Operation Turkey Drop

11 Potluck

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18 UMW Annual Thanks giving Dinner

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NEXT BOARD MEETING: NOVEMBER 4TH NEXT COMMITTEE MEETING: NOVEMBER 7

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Walk Now for Autism Speaks on Nov 3rd 8:30-12 at the National Mall Working to assist walk participants who are raising money for the fight against Autism

DLSSP/Total K Day at JMU on Nov 3rd 115:30 District Large Scale Service Project and Total K day are events where we get to do service projects and team building activities with Circle K members from across the Capital District

Arlingon Food Assistance Center Produce Bagging on Nov 3rd 12:302:30pm in Arlington, VA Operation Turkey Drop on Nov 10th in Manassas

Bagging rice and beans, sorting donated foor and cleaning the warehouse 4

Helping sort and organize food, prepare meal packages and assist at distribution


On November 11th from 57pm in place of a normal club meeting we will be having a potluck dinner to celebrate Thanksgiving. To attend the event you may either bring a side dish/dessert or a $3 contribution. Let us know if you are attending and whether you can bring something by next Friday, November 9th so we can get an accurate head count.

GOOD LUCK CKI CLUB VOLLEYBALL TEAM!

Divisional Service Project and Social University of Mary Washington’s Annual Thanksgiving Dinner On Sunday, November 18th from 5-7pm at James Monroe High School (Fredericksburg, VA) there will be an evening of service and fellowship to celebrate the holiday season! Admission: May be paid by paying $5, bring a side or dessert to share, or donating a package of new underwear or socks per person

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GEORGE MASON CIRCLE K INTERNATIONAL

Email: gmucirclek@gmail.com Facebook: Circle K International at GMU www.facebook.com/groups/2200369264/

EXECUTIVE BOARD Molly Patrick, President Mpatrickcki!@gmail.com Eminet Kifle, Executive Vice President Eminetkifle1@gmail.com

Howard Marano, Service Vice President howardmarano@gmail.com Liz Bristow, Secretary ebristow@gmu.edu

Robert Paredez, Treasurer curiousrap@yahoo.com Caitlin Siessel, Editor Editor.gmucki@gmail.com

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