ABOUT CKI

What is Circle K International?

  • Circle K International (CKI) is the world's largest collegiate organization dedicated to service and leadership
  • CKI is a service organization through which college students can find a means of responsible student action in their communities and a more active involvement in the life of their campuses
  • 500 clubs in over 15 different nations
  • CKI provides a unique opportunity to make a difference now - it is the total college experience

 

Pledge

I pledge to uphold the objects of Circle K International, to foster compassion and goodwill towards others through service and leadership, to DEVELOP my abilities and the abilities of all people, and to dedicate myself to the realization of mankind's potential

 

HISTORY

  • In 1936, Circle K was instituted as a fraternity at Washington State University by the Kiwanis Club of Pullman, Washington
  • The idea started with Jay N. Emerson, who was later elected Kiwanis International President. His interest led to the building of the first Circle K club in 1947 at Carthage College, Illinois
  • In 1949, two more clubs were organized, including one in Canada, making Circle K truly “International”
  • There were 147 CKI clubs in 1955
  • In 1956, a special department was created in the Kiwanis International Office to serve as the International Headquarters for CKI

 

PURPOSE

  • Circle K International is college and university students who are responsible citizens and leaders with a lifelong commitment to community service worldwide
  • Circle K International inspires people to better our world
  • Our Motto is "Live to Serve, Love to Serve"

 

SERVICE

  • Above all else, Circle K International is a service organization whose members are dedicated to improving their schools and communities
  • Virtually any unanswered need is a potential opportunity for CKI’s commitment and dedication
  • The Circle K International Service Initiative, Focusing on the Future: Children, was designed to involve all CKI members in projects that address the problems and issues that face children worldwide, ages 6-13
  • Through personal interaction and public awareness, CKI members are enabling children to develop the skills and ideals necessary to be successful