On 17 September, a group of Rutgers Circle K’ers stood outside a dark warehouse, worn out from tugging at a deadbolted door. Three more students arrived late to the scene, only to be informed that there was, in fact, no way into the building. The crew stood around hopelessly trying to contact President Teddy John Wohlbold. Finally he was reached. As it turned out, an email sent late in the day revealed that all volunteer sessions were cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. While disappointing, several lessons were learned from the event: map out your route before driving, be on time, have everyone’s phone number, check your email constantly! And most of all, laugh at failure. Life is full of it.
Up at the crack of dawn, the 2009-10 New Jersey District Board of Circle K International set out, fueled by coffee and CKI passion to Brookdale Community College for the year’s first Club Officer Training Conference (COT). Up all of the previous night learning about their own roles at District Club Officer Training Conference (DOTC) at the Somerset Crowne Plaza, the Board was ready for another intensive day of CKI activity. Luckily, the Parkway is empty at 7am. After a brief board meeting, the Kiwanis committee, club representatives, and executive board set up for the District’s newly elected board officers.
Past Circle K’ers shared their experiences with the new NJCK generation and offered tips on how to be effective leaders and team players, how to keep old members, and attract new ones, how to dress for success, and how to fulfill specific officer duties. And of course, there was plenty of pizza and candy to keep everyone motivated. Said Rutgers Vice President Rachel Moseson, “COT prepared each of us for our various roles within Circle K, but also helped us see the big picture by looking beyond our positions and encouraging us to expand our clubs together.” Don’t fret if you missed this great experience; there’s another one coming up in the fall! Keep an eye out for news about COT II.