Creating and Keeping K-Family Bonds

One of the advantages Circle K offers over other student-led community service organizations is a network of K-Family organizations that encompasses people of all ages. While Circle K is comprised mainly of college students, it’s important to remember that there are other branches of the K-Family. Elementary schools have K-Kids, middle schools have Build- ers Club, high schools have Key Club. Then there is Circle K, and either Aktion Club or Kiwanis follows that.

Getting involved with the other branches of the K-Family is an excellent way to get engaged with groups of new people. Here are a few tips and ideas to help boost your K-Family relations.

If you’re having a fundraiser, reaching out to a local Kiwanis Club could mean getting more people involved. This, in turn, could help you raise more money. Kiwanis is filled with wise adults who can help guide your fundraiser forward to increase the odd of it being a success.

Each summer, the NJ District of Circle K holds a K-Family event called the K-Family Picnic. This event involves engaging in community service, food, and fun and games out on the beach with members from all of the K-Family organizations. This is a great way to meet people from all over Kiwanis and from all over the NJ District. In fact, you might even meet a few people from other districts as we’ve had a number of guests come from other districts in the past!

Key Club is huge in size and has tons of members who are looking to get more involved. If your Circle K club is planning a large event, definitely contact your local Key Clubs. You might be surprised by the number of members who are interest- ing in checking out your event! Circle K and Key Clubs have teamed up for very successful service projects in the past.

Don’t hesitate to contact local K-Kids or Builders Clubs either! Some- times our younger members become isolated due to school policy and their lack of transportation. However, it is possible to engage in ser- vice with them! Your club can try to arrange a joint-project with them, whether that means re-painting a playground at their school or teaming up to run a lemonade stand over the summer. Don’t be afraid to get creative with it.

Utilizing the K-Family’s vast network of members is a fantastic way to hold more successful events while making new friends along the way. All K-Family branches have something to offer so establishing those connections is well-worth it. Never be afraid to establish these types of connections. They’re essential to fostering the bond that keeps the Kiwanis-family together.

 

By Rocky Trifari, K-Family Relations Chair

A Message From Governor Dawn

I cannot believe that it has almost been a full year since we began our journey together in Circle K. The accomplishments that our dis- trict’s members have been a part of is simply incredible. Raising money to eliminate tetanus from the world, serving at our three Ronald McDonald Houses, and serving our campuses and communities in so many ways – we have really done it all! The actions of all of our NJCKI members makes me so proud to have been able to serve as your District Governor.

I truly believe that these acts of kindness and selflessness that you have all participated in were not one-time things. I know that the hearts of all our members are full to the brim with a passion for helping others in any way possible. I urge you to use this passion to positively influence other people in your lives. Whether you do that by giving someone a jacket when it’s cold, or giving them a warm smile as you pass them by, the impact of your thoughtfulness can really change the future. Please, never forget the ways you can change lives through your daily actions and choices.

With about a month left of our terms, let’s go out with a bang, and makes these final days memorable. And then, once we reach our DCON weekend, we can begin to prepare ourselves for the new ser- vice year ahead! I look forward to seeing you all there to celebrate the old, and welcome the new!

Stay classy, NJ District! 🙂