On the week of June 17th, 2014, members of the New Jersey District had the opportunity to travel to Nashville, TN, where we celebrated this year’s 50th annual Circle K International convention and large scale service project!

Rebranded under the name “CKIx,” this year’s convention truly took our expectations for the organization to the next level- providing informative workshops, spirited sessions, and amazing service projects for our members to enjoy. The first two days of CKIx kicked off with our organization’s annual Large Scale Service Project, where members of our district split up in to teams comprised of different students across the globe. From there, teams had the opportunity to tackle unique service projects with an assigned team leader- one of whom happened to be our district’s very own governor, Dawn Kreder!

After two fun-filled days of fellowship and service, the event quickly jumped into the business items of the convention- in which former Subregion-A trustee Kathy Le had been elected our International President for the 2014-2015 service year! In addition, former New York Circle K Governor and friend to the New Jersey District Kelly Chan had also been elected in to the office of our Subregion-F trustee, and will be serving with us this year along with the districts of New York, Capital, New England & Bermuda, and Eastern Canada! Last but not least, your’s truly was elected to serve in the office of Subregion-E trustee for the upcoming year as well, providing council to our neighboring districts of Pennsylvania, Kentucky-Tennessee, Ohio, and West Virginia!

Toward the latter days of convention, members were treated with very special presentations on empowerment from Phired Up, as well as food etiquette with Momma Nonnie. In addition, the organization also held a nighttime awards ceremony, in which the New Jersey District did fantastic work in sweeping up the convention! The Circle K club of Rutgers University won first place for both Single Service and the Eliminate Project. The New Jersey District as a whole won two honors for having fundraised the second highest district total, and the highest per member total for the Eliminate Project respectively. In addition, our 2013-2014 district board went home with a record breaking total of 7 trophies, with Eliminate Chair Stephanie winning Distinguished District Chair, Lieutenant Governors Brooke, Annabelle, and Victoria all winning Distinguished LTG, Secretary Dawn in winning Distinguished Secretary, and myself in winning both Distinguished Governor, and District for the state of New Jersey as a whole.

As the convention concluded on Saturday night, we had the opportunity to reflect on our fantastic 6 day experience in Nashville by dancing the night away with members from across the nation. CKIx this past week was truly a celebration to remember, and we hope you’ll join us next year for our organizations 60th anniversary, in Indianapolis, Indiana!

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