Camp Mason, Hardwick, NJ
Sponsored by the New Jersey Circle K District
Facilities provided by the Green Island Community Association
Hello, New Jersey! Spring is on its way, which means there are many more service projects and socials to take part in! Don’t forget that with service projects come service hours; so be sure to report all your service hours to your club Secretary! This way, you can obtain all of your volunteer hours whenever you need them!
Last year, I went to INSIGHT as a general member not knowing what to expect at all, and I ended up having an amazing experience. This year, as the Conventions and Conferences Chair, I knew exactly what to expect, or so I thought. Having planned the event, I thought there would be no major surprises for me, but I was wrong. You can plan out each and every minute of an event. You can plan out what member goes in which team, what time we’ll be eating a certain meal, and even the best method that a person can use to scare someone during a haunted walk. However, I forgot you can’t plan out the way you’ll feel when you see your old friends, make new ones, and form connections with the most unexpected of people. It was these “unplanned” experiences that made INSIGHT so fun and meaningful for me this year, and as always, it did not fail to be an incredible experience. Of course, none of it would have been made possible without the help of the rest of the New Jersey District Board, Rutgers Circle K (our host club), and the countless others who helped make this event possible, and I am thankful to all those who helped make it such a great event this year.
Conventions and Conferences District Chair
District Convention will be held March 11th – 13th at the Edison Hotel & Conference Center
Every year the New Jersey District comes together for our District Convention, a weekend filled with fun workshops, friendship, celebrations of our accomplishment, and election of the next year’s District Board. Please join us for this year’s DCON, themed “Red Carpet Hollywood.”
Registration is open, early bird deadline is February 19th
To attend this year’s District Convention, please follow this link: DCON Registration
A major component of District Convention is the election of the new District Board for the upcoming service year. During the convention candidates will spend time campaigning, caucusing, and debating and will ultimately be elected by the votes of NJCKI’s members. Each NJ Circle K Club in good standing is allowed 3 voting delegates and 2 alternatives. Please make sure your club delegates members to represent your vote and fills out the delegate form which must be handed in at the convention registration desk or mailed with registration materials.
All NJCKI members interested in running for an executive board position at this year’s DCON should review the Election Packet. In order to be a qualified candidate, you must be a dues-paid member from a New Jersey Circle K club in good standing. No elected District Officer may hold an elected International or Club Officer Position for the same respective CKI year.
Dues-paid NJCKI members are elegible to apply for scholarships. Please review and consider applying to this year’s scholarships below. Recipients will be announced at District Convention.
Apply to be reconigized and win awards at District Convention for all the hard work and accomplishments your club, board, and members have acheived this year. Check out the various awards your club can apply to below.
Morris Silver Distinguished Single Service Project
In my 3 years as a CKI member, I attended 3 DCONs. When I first started attending Stockton Circle K meetings, I just wanted to do some community service. I did not expect to be going to conventions and getting so involved. Then, fortunately for me, Melinda Graff (who is currently working her butt off to plan this years DCON) convinced me to come with her to our first DCON. Let me tell you, I did not expect to have as much fun as I did. First of all, it was Disney themed, so how great is that!? Not only was I able to meet Circle Kers from schools around the state, but I also grew closer to the amazing group of Stockton Circle Kers who attended. I created lasting friendships while learning about how the organization is run at a higher level. I admired the members who ran for district board positions and could never imagine myself speaking in front of such a large group. I went to workshops where I learned how to juggle and about our service initiatives. I made some of my favorite memories at the dance and the diner afterword. I saw my second and third DCONs in different perspectives. Stockton was the host club for DCON 2013 so I had my first experiences helping to plan our superhero themed convention. I had so much fun there that I decided to join the district board the subsequent year. DCON 2014, the 50th ever and my last DCON, was completely different from my first. I conquered one of my greatest fears and spoke in front of a large crowd of friends, fellow CKI members, Kiwanians, and alumni. It was all very exciting but sad at the same time because I knew I would no longer be able to attend DCON as a member of CKI. To any members on the fence about attending this year, if you take anything away from this, please please please attend DCON. You will not regret it!
September 13th was a normal day for everyone else in New Jersey, but not for the officers and members of New Jersey Circle K.! We had our Club Officer Training at Brookdale Community College. It was a privilege to see officers from around the state gather in one room, and watch them collaborate to become better leaders.
It all began with a welcome and gathering in our main lecture hall. This is where everyone could reconnect with old friends from other schools or begin to make new connections with the newly elected/
appointed boards. Things really kicked off after the district board introduced ourselves and we began a fun yet risky ice breaker!
Once the laughter was over, it was time to start training. We split up into designated groups. Each room had a different set of board members who began explaining how to strengthen the other officers’ skill sets, and how they could succeed in their positions. The leaders did an amazing job explaining officer responsibilities, and I could tell that the audience was captivated. I had the honor of walking through the hallways and ringing the bell to let them know when their session was coming to a close.
Following the first session, we all proceeded back to the lecture hall for our very own Parth Patel’s Eliminate Project presentation, where everyone was educated on maternal and neonatal tetanus.. He did a killer job making sure everyone knew what Eliminate was all about, and how they could help bring an end to MNT. The presentation was both entertaining and informative.
For the second session, we were able to break into smaller groups where presentations were given on various charities that Circle K International is involved with. Club officers were able to learn more about organizations that they had not known of before, and everyone seemed so excited to get involved in any way they could by the end of the presentations!
Following our lunch break, Vidish Pandya and Christian Blanco gave a short presentation on Leadership Academy. Their enthusiasm about their trip to Indiana gained the attention of the audience and demonstrated all that Leadership Academy has to offer. After hearing about how they were able to become better leaders and how they were inspired to continue their personal growth, a few audience members showed interest in becoming the next Leadership Academy attendees!
The third session took a more playful tone. It consisted of a motivational youtube clip session, stress relief ,and discovering leadership types. This was where training came to a conclusion, and where everyone was able to enjoy a fun, laid-back workshop.
COTC concluded with a final presentation of the history of K-family. It was both informative and motivational to see our history and what we had planned for the future. Circle K International has big things to look forward to, and our future looks extremely bright!
At the end of the day, we all went our separate ways full of excitement, hope and determination to ensure that we continue to do great things and know that the sky is the limit for the achievements to come.