What is Circle K International?
- Circle K International [CKI] is the world's largest collegiate organization dedicated to service and leadership
- An organization that encourages college students to find a means of responsible student action in their communities and to become actively involved in the life of their campuses
- Over 500 clubs in 15 different nations
- CKI provides a unique opportunity to make a difference not only in one's community and beyond, but also within one's personal life
- 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”
- In 1956, a special department was created in the Kiwanis International Office to serve as the International Headquarters for CKI
- 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"
- 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