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Circling the


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

2016 – 2017 Issue 2 • June – August

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INTRODUCTIONS Letter from the Editor Meet the Board What’s CKI? INTERNATIONAL International Convention Recap PAST EVENTS Hemophilia Walk Downstate RTC Kiwanis Family Picnic UPCOMING Out of the Darkness Walks District Large Scale Service Project Contact Us

Circling the Empire is the official publication of the New York District of Circle K International. For questions or concerns related to this volume of Circling the Empire, contact 2016-2017 District Bulletin Editor Terrell Merritt via email at For general information about the New York District, visit us on the web at For general information about Circle K International, visit Thank you for reading!


LETTER FROM THE EDITOR Hello New York District and friends! If this is your first time reading, whether because you are new to Circle K or because you just developed an interest, welcome! If you are already used to this page, welcome back. It is my honor as District Bulletin Editor to present the second issue of Circling the Empire, with updates on what has happened during the now-ending summer season and what to expect for the autumn! I hope you all had a chance to enjoy the summer weather whilst attending summer classes, working at your summer internship, or getting more-than-average amounts of sleep. I do know that many of you continued to respond to the call of service over the break, serving alongside your fellow Circle K members, attending meetings, travelling to Toronto for International Convention, collaborating with local Key Clubs, and jumping on independent opportunities to serve your home communities. Take this paragraph as a shout-out to you for being exemplary Circle K and general community members. Your work does not go unappreciated, even if it may go thankless at times. When I was elected to this role, I mentioned that I viewed my role as one where I get to highlight the various things that make each of your individual Circle K clubs special. As the year continues, I hope you start to feel that more and more, the New York District is a network of amazing clubs doing amazing things. That being said, if anything ever comes up that you feel should be featured in future issues, never hesitate to mention it to one of your Lieutenant Governors or directly reach out to me. I would love to hear about what I can do to make Circling the Empire a newsletter you want to read. In service, leadership, and fellowship,

Terrell Frederick Merritt New York District Bulletin Editor


Meet the Board

Jerry Cimo Governor

Jack Curzon Secretary

Edgar Hu Treasurer

Terrell Merritt Bulletin Editor

Tina Lee Executive Assistant

Brian Kenny Capital LtG

Jachelle Luma Empire LtG

Anthony Echevers Hudson Valley LtG

Edward Kroll Iroquois LtG

Sara Louie Liberty LtG

Gianfranco Trotta Long Island LtG

Emily Haller Northern LtG

Katey Sackett Seneca LtG

John Tirino Southern Tier LtG

Mohit Gogna Western LtG

Michelle Feng Alumni/K-Family

Nicole Chan Awards

Julia Antignani Club Bldg./Resources

Ryan Coffey Con-Con

Jenna Spak Historical

Ashley Cimato Laws/Regulations

Karandeep Singh Marketing

Christina Maragioglio Service Initiatives


Miguel Uy Technology

What’s CKI? Circle K International is the world’s largest student-led collegiate service organization, with over 14,000 members in over 580 chapters all around the world.

Mission To develop college and university students into a global network of responsible citizens and leaders with a lifelong commitment to service.

Vision To be the leading global community service organization on college and university campuses that enriches the world one member, one child, and one community at a time.

Pledge 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!


My CKIx Experience

Article by Club Treasurer Jorge Vilca, Molloy College

About a year ago, I thought that Circle K was just another club at Molloy College. When my Circle K president, Asad Moughal, came to me and asked if I would want be part of his board, I felt honored – but also nervous because I would play a major role in the development of our club. 9 months later, we were able to not only able to recruit many members but also have a major impact within the Long Island community. My first trip in CKI was District Convention (DCON), which I thought was awesome.

After the 8-hour ride, we finally made it to Toronto where we checked into our hotel and met up with other New York District board members and general members who had also been to DCON.

However, my journey only led me towards something else, CKIx, the Circle K International Convention. Honestly, I was nervous; I wanted my board to go, but they all had work… losers. I knew what their summer were going to be like, so I attended. I was able to catch a ride with Immediate Past District Governor Walaa Ahmed – and honestly it was fun being able to meet a few people from the district whom I have previously met at DCON.

Most of our days were spent sitting in the House of Delegates, which was a weird experience for me since this was my first time as a delegate. The nights consisted of dinner with either the New York District or other schools from different parts of the United States. As a result, I was able to make some friends from Alabama. I had many amazing memories, including the Large Scale Service Project (LSSP) – where I went to a soup kitchen and provided food to the poor people who lived in the streets of Toronto. My roommates also added to the fun experience. All I can say is that my life completely changed. Being a part of CKI and being able to represent Molloy College at CKIx were the greatest honors I could have be blessed with, and I owe it all to the people who went to CKIx with me. I cannot wait to be able to share the experience next year with my wonderful club board. ∎



SUBREGION F TRUSTEE The Circle K International Trustee to Subregion F is elected each year at the Circle K International Convention. This individual serves on the Circle K International Board of Trustees and represents the members of the Capital, Eastern Canada, New England, New Jersey, and New York districts. Hello to the Mighty New York District! My name is Henry Wang and I am ecstatic to serve as your International Trustee for the 2016-2017 service year! I cannot wait to work alongside all of you in order to improve your clubs and communities. Just a little about myself: I am currently a rising sophomore at Baruch College, which is located in lower Manhattan. My major is in accounting and my minors include psychology and computer information systems. I enjoy eating, exploring, meeting new people and of course helping the community. Being a part of Circle K truly allows me to embrace my passion, which is why I ran for International Trustee, to give back to the community that has given me so much. The job of an International Trustee is ultimately to link the districts to Circle K International. In addition to that, I want to strengthen our bonds with one another. I hope to meet as many of you as possible throughout my term. Circle K is also a family and that makes serving the community so much more fun. If you ever need someone to talk to, whether it be Circle K or life, do not hesitate to send me an email, a Facebook message, or even a text. By reaching out to me, you allow me to aid your district to the best of my ability! Remember that everything you do is making a difference in this world. I truly appreciate all that you do, keep up the great work! If you ever have any questions, do not hesitate to email me or call me at (347) 881-8068. Here’s to an amazing, service-filled year! Henry Wang Circle K International Trustee

Join Subregion F on Facebook! “CKI Subregion F”


Proud District Wall Stony Brook University

Single Service Award – Silver Division, 1st Place

University at Buffalo

Growth Enhances Membership Award – Diamond Division, 3rd Place

Edgar Hu, Long Island Division

Congratulations to everybody who was recognized at CKIx!

Distinguished Lieutenant Governor

Terrell Merritt, Seneca Division

Special thanks to 2015-2016 Distinguished District Governor Walaa Ahmed and 2015-2016 International Trustee Vy Tran for their leadership.

Distinguished Lieutenant Governor

Walaa Ahmed

Distinguished Governor

Most importantly, thank you to every club in the New York District for your continued service to your communities!

John “Johnny K” Keegan Distinguished Administrator

Subregion F

Subregion Unity Award


The New York District would like to recognize three other individuals representing New York: Key Club member Daniel Suh (l.) was elected to serve as a Key Club International Trustee for the New England and Bermuda, Minnesota-Dakotas, and Illinois-Eastern Iowa districts. Key Club member Clifford Young (m.) was re-elected as a Key Club International Trustee, serving the CaribbeanAtlantic, Florida, and Georgia districts. Kiwanis member Peter Mancuso (r.) was elected to serve as a Kiwanis International Trustee for the United States and Pacific Canada Region.

Congratulations to you all! We are proud of you– and Circle K International Trustee Henry Wang – for representing New York so well.



HEMOPHILIA WALK Article by Club President Sandra Wong, SUNY Oswego

On June 5th, I volunteered at the Hemophilia Walk alongside various Key Club and Circle K members. It is always an awesome experience meeting dedicated members of the Kiwanis family. Before the walk started, Empire Division Lieutenant Governor Jachelle Luma and I handed out noise clappers to the cheer volunteers. Later on, we were in charge of collecting the raised funds. It was interesting to meet the participants and see their passion for this cause. Before the event ended, it began to downpour. However, despite the heavy rain, it was cool to see the Kiwanis family come together to accomplish the tasks given. The Kiwanis family helps us all make friends and encourages us to come together to create change. ∎

Kiwanis family members helping at the walk! ABOUT THE CAUSE

Shout-out to Liberty Division LtG Sara Louie for serving as the Volunteer Coordinator for this event. We are proud of you!

The National Hemophilia Foundation launched the Hemophilia Walk in 2008 as a national event to raise funds for and awareness about hemophilia and other bleeding disorders. 100% of every dollar raised for these walks directly support the foundation’s advocacy, education, and research initiatives. To learn more about the foundation, visit





Article by Lieutenant Governor Gianfranco Trotta, Stony Brook University Photos by Goddess Edgar Hu, Stony Brook University On June 11th, the Long Island, Liberty, and Empire divisions came together in order to host a day of learning and fellowship for their Circle K members. At the event, we had a guest lecture from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and offered several workshops for clubs to increase their knowledge in areas critical to a club’s health such as fundraising and inspiring activity in clubs. The event was a huge success. Not only did people learn and became aware of certain resources, but they spent a whole day getting to know others from around the southern part of the New York District. The lieutenant governors of the participating divisions hoped to equip their clubs with the necessary knowledge that will propel them into a year of excitement and success, and we believe we have achieved this. ∎



KIWANIS FAMILY PICNIC Article by KPLD Service Leadership Committee Chair Terrell Merritt, Rochester Institute of Technology Photos by Joel Harris Photography

I had the opportunity to attend the Kiwanis Family Picnic on August 7 in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. I always look forward to this event, as it is a great way to network with local members of the various branches of the Kiwanis family – from Circle K to Aktion Club – in a relaxed, bonding environment. The most enjoyable part of the picnic for me was being auctioned off in a Pie the Officers auction. The money raised from officers being hit in the face with a plate of shaving cream along with the admission fee totaled $767 donated to the Kiwanis Pediatric Lyme Disease Foundation. Overall, this picnic was one to remember. Thank you to Alumni & Kiwanis Family Relations Committee Chair Michelle Feng and her committee for a wonderful end to my summer break! District Board members with Kiwanis Gov. Forbes Irvine

HSMSE Key Club members past and present!


Kiwanis Club of All Island Kiwanis Club of East River New York District Circle K Alumni Association


Attendees get involved and play a game of volleyball!


The Kiwanis Pediatric Lyme Disease Foundation (KPLD) helps to pay for the medical treatment of children with Lyme disease – an infectious disease rapidly spreading in the Northeastern United States for which most insurance companies do not cover the treatment. To learn more about the foundation, visit

New York District of Kiwanis International presents…

A BRIDGE TO END BULLYING Don’t just talk the talk, walk the walk against bullying!

Sunday, October 2nd, 2016 | 11am-3:30pm 11am – Meet in City Hall Park, Manhattan Noon – Start march across the Brooklyn Bridge 1:15pm – Rally in Columbus Park, Brooklyn RSVP: For more info, please call: (347) 441-7198 If you are in or near the New York City area on that day, please come out and support our Kiwanians in the fight against bullying!



GOVERNOR’S PROJECT: One great way to get involved with the Governor’s Project, Mind Your Mind, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is by volunteering or participating in an Out of the Darkness Walk. Check out this listing of upcoming walks in New York state!

Jamestown Walk West Point Walk Olean Walk Columbia-Greene Walk Oneonta Walk Watertown Walk Capital Region Walk for RITA Dutchess County Walk Ulster County Walk Rochester Walk Madison County Walk Staten Island Walk North Country Walk Delaware County Walk Syracuse/Liverpool Walk Broome/Tioga County Walk Westchester County Walk Schenectady Walk Manhattan Walk Long Island Walk Putnam County Walk Bronx Walk Brooklyn Walk Queens Walk

September 24, 2016 September 24, 2016 September 24, 2016 September 24, 2016 September 24, 2016 September 24, 2016 September 25, 2016 September 25, 2016 September 25, 2016 September 25, 2016 October 1, 2016 October 2, 2016 October 2, 2016 October 2, 2016 October 8, 2016 October 9, 2016 October 15, 2016 October 15, 2016 October 23, 2016 October 23, 2016 October 23, 2016 October 29, 2016 October 30, 2016 November 6, 2016

Jamestown Savings Bank Arena U.S. Military Academy - Daly Field Good Times of Olean Waterfront Park Oneonta Moose Lodge Thompson Park Pavilion Saratoga Spa State Park - Orenda Pavilion Walkway Over the Hudson (Poughkeepsie) Walkway Over the Hudson (Highland) Genesee Valley Park Jim Marshalls Farms Clove Lakes Park Olympic Speedskating Oval SUNY Campus & Village of Delhi Long Branch Park Otsiningo Park Harbor Island Park Central Park Battery Park City - Wagner Park Jones Beach State Park Carmel Firehouse St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Brooklyn Promenade Flushing Meadows Corona Park

For more information on upcoming walks, visit the official website at




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NYCKI Capital Division & Northern Division

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Director: Maria Idoni

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NYCKI Hudson Valley Division

NYCKI Empire Division & Liberty Division



Director: Ann Morrison-Pacella

Director: Laura Marx

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NYCKI Long Island Division

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Director: Maria Idoni

Director: Sarah Clark



NYCKI Hudson Valley Division

NYCKI Seneca Division & Western Division


Contact the District Board Executive Board Secretary Jack Curzon

Governor Jerry Cimo

Treasurer Edgar Hu Executive Assistant Tina Lee

Bulletin Editor Terrell Merritt

Lieutenant Governors Capital Division Brian Kenny

Empire Division Jachelle Luma

Hudson Valley Division Anthony Echevers

Iroquois Division Edward Kroll

Liberty Division Sara Louie

Long Island Division Gianfranco Trotta

Northern Division Emily Haller

Seneca Division Katey Sackett

Southern Tier Division John Tirino

Western Division Mohit Gogna

Committee Chairs Alumni & Kiwanis Family Relations Michelle Feng

Awards Nicole Chan

Club Building & Resources Julia Antignani

Conferences & Conventions Ryan Coffey

Historical Jenna Spak

Laws & Regulations Ashley Cimato

Marketing Karandeep Singh

Service Initiatives Christina Maragioglio

Technology Miguel Uy

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Circling the Empire, 2016-17 Issue 2  

The June 2016 - August 2016 issue of Circling the Empire, the official newsletter of the New York District of Circle K International. Creat...

Circling the Empire, 2016-17 Issue 2  

The June 2016 - August 2016 issue of Circling the Empire, the official newsletter of the New York District of Circle K International. Creat...