New Jersey K-Family Heats Up the Grill at Annual Picnic

On Saturday July 24, 2010, the Circle K hosted its annual Kiwanis Family Picnic. The picnic attendees included the members from New Jersey District Key Clubs, Circle K clubs, and Kiwanis clubs. One of the purposes of the Picnic is to build a stronger bond with each level of the Kiwanis Family. It allows the New Jersey District to make connections with another and get to know one another in a casual environment. We were also able to raise money for our yearly budget!

Those in attendance got to see friends that they don’t normally get to see on a daily basis and they participated in competitive team bonding games like volleyball, three-legged races, and a water balloon toss. Along with the fun and games, the New Jersey K-Family enjoyed a picnic meal made for a king consisting of hamburgers, hot dogs, various salads, and desserts.

With good planning and hard work from everybody involved, the picnic had over fifty attendees and was a huge success. A special thank you to Stockton College Circle K for being the host club (and providing games and prizes) and another thank you to Sonya and Caroline for the behind-the-scenes work on the Special Events committee! Look out next summer for the next annual K-Family Picnic!

Seabreeze Officers Get Twisted Up in Training

A recent club event that I specifically wanted to write about was the informal Seabreeze officer held at our campus led by our wonderful Lieutenant Governor, Teddy John Wohlbold!

I really enjoyed that fact that it was informal because sometimes people are afraid to ask questions in formal settings.

Dressed comfortably and in a relaxed setting, the Seabreeze officers were able to learn information about the officer positions and membership recruiting/retention, while learning various ways to improve our clubs. We even had some fun while playing Twister as an icebreaker (for those of you who attended; you know have liked to see more people from our division come out, it was a success. Hopefully next year we will have a greater turnout where we would be able to have more people to ask more questions and share ideas. Personally, Brookdale took many notes and will make improvements for the upcoming year. We want to thank Teddy for taking his time out and doing this for us! Also, a special thanks to Anna Friars who gave us a great insight on the many duties of a secretary.

Out with the Old, In with the New

The newly elected District Governor, Rob Acerra picked up Gina Durham’s gavel and rung the NJ Circle K bell, officially adjourning the 46th annual District Convention on Sunday, March 28. As one service year ends, another begins, and what better way to wrap up the year than to celebrate the old and welcome in the new? Following the wise words of Dr. Seuss, this year’s District Convention revolved around the theme ‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” Host club Stockton College turned the Somerset Crowne Plaza into a Seussical world with pinwheel centerpieces and a banner based off the original cover illustration.

Throughout the weekend, members from different clubs intermingled with one another; some reuniting with familiar faces while others crossed paths for the first time. The atmosphere was full of excitement and the talk of the weekend revolved around the candidates for District positions: Governor, Secretary, Treasurer, Editor, and LTGs. The candidates had to endure countless questions during caucusing as well as initial fishbowl questions, testing their knowledge of Circle K and the positions they were running for. Most of the candidates were running unopposed with the exception of Governor, Editor, and Seabreeze LTG.

During the House of Delegates, the tension was high in the room as delegates made their decisions and casted their votes. In between voting sessions, delegates had to sit through the review of the Resolutions which caused a few delegates to take impromptu naps.

Despite the length of the session, the overall process was swift compared to previous years. In no time, members were off to the Saturday night Governor’s Ball where guys loosened their ties and girls kicked off their shoes, ready for a night of fun. Board members were raffled off for dances to fund raise for the District (the entirety of Rowan won a dance with district secretary, Jaime Picchi).

The next morning, members from all levels of the K-family gathered for the farewell brunch to remember the past service year, commemorate Karen Ann Conway’s last moments as governor, and welcome in the new members of the 2010-’11 District Board. Until next year New Jersey!