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Circling the

Empire The official publication of the New York District of Circle K International

2017-2018 Issue III • Fall Edition •


Table of Contents Letter from the Editor……………………………………….3 Letter from the Governor…………………………………...4 CKI 101………………………………………………………5 Service Spotlights…………………………………………….6 Member of the Month: September………………………….7 Member of the Month: October…………………………….8 DLSSP Recap…………………………………………………9 New York Speaking Recap…………………………………...11 Get Connected…………………………………………....…12 Find NYCKI………………………………………………….13


Hello You Lovely Circle Ker, I hope the end of the semester and finals treated you well. Now is the time to rest, regroup and prepare for the next semester. With the new year comes resolutions, they don’t have to just be personal goal but also resolutions for your club. A new year means a new start, maybe last semester was difficult for you and your club but that doesn’t define either. Think of this as a fresh start, a time to recruit new members or try for that service project that you didn’t get to. I sincerely hope that you take advantage of every opportunity and make 2018 the best that it can be for both yourself and your club. If you need advice about a service project, your club, or how to get more involved feel free to reach out to myself, your Lieutenant Governor, or any member on the District Board. We are more than willing to help you succeed and feel like Circle K is a home for you. Yours in service and charity, Rebecca Lopez


Greeting from the Governor Greetings Service Leaders of New York Circle K, As we approach the new year, I reflect on all the wonderful things we have accomplished as a District in the past eight months. With clubs being built and new members joining our family, we had the most successful large scale service project yet this year, completing hundreds of service hours in just one day. As I see each of you become more dedicated to social impact, you have joined us for the first ever 24 hour NYCKI service event Serv-a-thon. As we each make new friendships and bond, we had a great New York Speaking weekend full to the brim with fellowship. Now as we look forward to 2018 and perhaps consider resolutions to strive towards, I ask you to join me in an effort to finish the last months of our service year strong, giving back to our own communities and others around the world. Yours in service, Jack


CKI 101

10 New Years Resolutions for You and Your Club: 1. Do in-house service projects at least once a month 2. Help members grow their leadership skills by running a club meeting 3. Start a competition for most service hours to motivate members 4. Have one new possible member at each club meeting 5. Promote your club more often than the beginning of the semester 6. Commit to fostering a relationship with your neighboring Key Club 7. Attend Kiwanis meetings and offer to help at upcoming events 8. Invite your LTG to meetings 9. Host a fundraiser (and fill out the fundraising report form) 10.Make a personal service goal


“The only people who will dedicate a whole 24 hours to service on Halloween weekend, Circle Kers. On October 28, Circle Kers from the Iroquois, Seneca, Southern Tier and Western divisions came together to complete 24 hours of service. This involved going out into the Rochester community and working with organizations like the Dimitri House, Habitat for Humanity and Pet Adoption Network, even though it was raining we still managed to Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF at a local mall. Though the day was spent doing service, we raised $100.00 for Special Olympics by going live on Nyck Bear’s Facebook page. The service didn’t stop once we got back to the JCC for the night, however it was time for in-house service projects! We spent hours designing no-slip socks, finger knit blankets, friendship bracelets, letters to Kiwanians, booboo bunnies and attempted to make activity books (thanks Ryan). But it doesn’t end there, we can’t have a Circle K event without fellowship! The entertainment for the night included a mid-night dance, board games, basketball games, and a good try at pie in the face with gel shaving cream (thanks Tyler). By the next morning it was safe to say we were all a little cranky, sleep deprived and sick of each other, but it was a great experience and I can’t wait to do it again!” Julia Dressler District Secretary


“Morgan is a new member to Circle K and has shown so much effort and interest in the club thus far. She has participated in every general body meeting and many service opportunities we have already had. She also went to our first convention we have had this semester, DLSSP, I am very proud to give her some recognition for all of her effort.� Marykate Delia Canisius College Secretary


“Kelcie has been an active participant in the club this month, attending all of the meetings and has volunteered every time the club needed help. She helped buy the food items that the club needed for our Ronald McDonald House Service project, went to the event and helped cook the food. Additionally, Kelcie was very helpful during our latest in-house service project where we created Halloween goodie bags for children at the Mary Brennan Inn." Fred Grimshaw Adelphi University Secretary


“DLSSP had a lot of “first times” for me. It was my first DLSSP, my first time camping and my first time seeing a skunk in real life. It was amazing to see the CKI clubs from all over New York State gather together to prepare Kamp Kiwanis for its winter hiatus. Some of the service projects included raking the lawns, painting cabins, cleaning kayaks and placing them in storage as well as many other activities. I also enjoyed the fellowship activities such as tug-ofwar. I definitely had a blast. However, my favorite part of DLSSP was bonding by the campfire, making friends and s’mores. I am looking forward to next year’s DLSSP.” JaVaughn Porter Hunter College Member


The District Large Scale Service Project has been one of my all-time favorite district events of the year. As you step into Kamp Kiwanis you are greeted warmheartedly with so many familiar and unfamiliar faces and you work with these down-toearth individuals who share the same passion of making the world a better place. Over this weekend, I had seen so many dedicated and energetic members who wholeheartedly painted the cabins, moved benches, raked leaves, did the laundry, organized the library and many more. Despite the warm weather and tiresome work, everyone encouraged one another with smiles and motivational phrases. It was great to see how everyone went out to support each other, and through this collaborative work, attendees began to build life-long friendships and connections. I personally had enjoyed meeting new people over service and over the bonfire. If you were not able to attend this year’s DLSSP event, I urge you to come next year! Tracy Tin New York University President


“NY Speaking was an absolutely amazing experience. Every event, from the workshops, to the service projects, to the group games, to the meals were all fun and full of excitement. Every member of the CKI family felt like a friend, even if we had never met before, because they were all so kind and welcoming. The weekend was completely packed with events, and I always found myself looking forward to more. I made so many great friends over the weekend, and got so many great ideas for service projects to bring back to my club. NY Speaking gave me even more motivation to stay involved with CKI and continue the great work that we do. Now I can’t wait for DCON!” Kaylea Burgess Elmira College Member


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