Lobster Tales: The Official Publication of New England CKI 

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Recruiting New Members through Tabling

Membership and development

  1. Make sure you have a tabling space reserved at the fair. Some schools require student organizations to sign up to table and organize them in groups based on the genre of the organization. If you have to do this, make sure you sign up and communicate your table location to your tablers!

  2. Make a cute poster. Having a poster can help people easily identify who you are and what you do. Short phrases in a readable font/handwriting are the most effective here, as your tablers should be talking about all of the details with potential members. Some ideas of what to include on the poster: “Circle K”, “Community Service”, “Leadership”, “Live to Serve, Love to Serve”, photos of your members at service events or in meetings, quick stats about your club (ie. “Over 2,000 service hours served in the past year!”, or “The largest community service organization on campus”).

  3. Decorate your table with some fun ~extras~ . Make a scrapbook of the past year, lay out some t-shirts you’ve sold in the past, put a tablecloth on the table, put up a little stuffed animal lobster, or put up a video or slideshow of what you’ve done. Showcase the personality of your club and really make your table a reflection of you.

  4. Set up our tabling packet materials and some of your own materials. Potential members love free stuff. Candy is a big hit, but avoid chocolates or other meltable or messy candies if you’re tabling outside. Beyond the materials that were in our packets this semester, some ideas on things to include while tabling are plastic cups with the Circle K logo (think kid’s cups at restaurants), business cards with your social media, set up a raffle for a bigger prize, and of course, more candy!

  5. Have your members sign up to table! If people are around, try to get a variety of members to table at the same time. Newer members, eboard members, people who are involved with other community service orgs, people who need service hours for a scholarship or class, etc. Having differing views of the organization can help attract a variety of new members.

  6. Communicate with your tablers. Email them before letting them know when and where they have to be. Give them a few talking points, tell them to wear merch if they have it, and tell them to stand up when they talk to potential members!

  7. Collect emails. Make sure you get new members’ emails via a google form set up on a laptop or iPad, a clipboard, or by tricking them into it with something like a giveaway of something like a t-shirt or phone wallets or something a little bigger than what you were handing out.

  8. Have fun! Meet new people, tell them how much Circle K means to you and why you chose to be in it out of all the other organizations on campus.

Enjoy all of your tabling activities, this is a really exciting time for your club and such a great way to get it to expand! If you would like some further guidance on how you can really bring your table to the next level, don’t hesitate to reach out!

Alison Lunny

2019-2020 Membership Development & Education Chair

membership.nedcki@gmail.com


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CKIx 2019

Darian Guthrie

This past June, Ariabel Adames, Stephanie Pasquine, Emma Houston, and myself with the accompaniment of our amazing advisor Matt Dellea from Westfield State University, and District Administrator Maryann had the most incredible experience of going to CKIx in Orlando. 

We meet Circle K and Kiwanis members from all over the world, had a day of service where we volunteered in the Orlando Community, partook in the International House of Delegates and voted on International bylaws, and attended workshops. On our day of service, half of us spent our day at United Against Poverty and the other half spent their day at Mustard Seed Furniture.  

I was a part of the group that went to United Against Poverty. It was truly a humbling experience to be able to be a part of their everyday work and see what they do for the Orlando community. Some of their resources they provide are a free clinic, phone and computers for the public, a grocery store and market, and so much more. I was in the market where we put prices on items and put them in their spots throughout the building but also organized things as well. Ariabel was apart of the group that went to Mustard Seed Furniture where her group cut open mattresses to help dispose of them properly. When asked about her experience, she said, “Who knew cutting up mattresses would be so fun!”. 

For our workshops, we all attended a workshop about the 7 Habits of a Successful CKI group where we learned different ways to improve our club as a whole, including how to remain consistent, recruitment strategies, Kiwanis relations, communication strategies, ways to impact the community through service, how to be more involved and how to make our club more memorable. Our next workshop was with guest speaker James Robilotta where we learned about the difference between introverts/extroverts and how to work with either type of personality. 

Overall, our experience at CKI was one to remember. We are all extremely grateful for the opportunity to have attended and meet the various CKI and Kiwanis members that we did.




Testimonials from DCON 2018

February 2019

Christian Murchison - University of New Hampshire

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Joining Circle K after having been a part of key club for four years, district conventions weren’t unfamiliar to me. Caucusing, elections, workshops, awards, and food. Minus the “E” from high school DECONs, I was expecting the weekend of convention to be just as tiring, yet inspirational as my previous experiences were. However, settling into the hotel on day one of DCON 2018, I knew this was no Key Club Convention. The crowded common rooms and long registration lines I was picturing turned out to be rooms comfortably filled with groups of passionate and hardworking individuals I’d soon meet and get to know. The potential for growth in our organization and home clubs was always present in the many workshops that were presented. Skills on leadership, marketing, recruitment and more were passed from people who have lead successful clubs to those that were there to listen, and bring back to their own clubs.

Though there are many things to learn at DCON, what I remember most are the nights of service projects, competing against groups during different games, or getting slices of pie from the diner next door. There was never a dull moment. This made for an exhausting weekend, but one filled with opportunistic networking and blossoming friendships, one that made me appreciate the absence of the thousands of members that I was used to back in high school. The sense of community was blatantly apparent throughout the weekend, everyone was there for the good of Circle K, so it was easy to talk to other people and connect with members from schools all around New England. Being close with and learning from people that share similar goals is what makes DCON such an important place to be, especially if you’re looking to join any executive board.

District convention wrangles in some very dedicated club members and officers to award their hard work over the past service year, elect the next students to lead on the district board, and bring together ideas that foster inspiration for the upcoming year. I’m looking forward to attending again this year, to see familiar faces once again and absorb everything there is to learn and use it to help my club throughout the next service year!


Madison Babula - University of Massachusetts Amherst

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My favorite part about DCON is being able to bond more with my home club. It’s a great opportunity to get to know your club members, and to meet new people and make friends in Circle K clubs across the New England District! It’s also great to be able to share ideas on new community service projects, and hear about the events that other clubs host for their school and surrounding community!


Alison Smith - University of New Hampshire

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Attending D-CON was such a great experience for me. I got to meet so many circle k members who I still keep in touch with today from many different schools. It also was cool to learn about circle k on a different more formal level and learn all about the district board and how it works! I recommend this event to all circle k members new and old!

Fall Retreat Recap

November 2018

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By Marlies Amberger

Going into Fall Retreat this past weekend, I had no idea what to expect. I was nervous that I wouldn’t make new connections with people outside of college; I was anxious that I was only a freshman and just barely became Vice President. I could not have had a better experience at the NED Fall Retreat. It was an experience that, as someone new to Circle K, was invaluable in showing me what a great service leader looks like.

Throughout the weekend, the twenty of us were holed up in a quaint cabin playing leadership games, working on service projects, and encouraging fellowship with one another. I met people all across the New England District: Northeastern, Johnson And Wales, and Simmons University all sent their kindest, most compassionate Circle K members to this weekend. In just one short weekend, these people became my confidants and my friends. I learned so much from these Circle Kers about the true meaning of service and fellowship. Coming from a relatively small club, it was so great to get advice from others on how to grow our club and foster new programs at UNH. Through activities throughout the weekend, I learned what kind of leader I am. I learned how to debate a topic even if I don’t agree with the side I’m on. I learned how to communicate through telling my teammates how to paint an outrageous picture without being able to see it. (No matter the final scores, the Jugglers were the best team out there for sure). These activities were not only building leadership in me, but connecting me to my teammates and creating a long lasting friendship.

The theme of this year’s Fall Retreat was “Carnival,” and the Events Committee did a fantastic job of decorating the cabin and keeping us in the carnival spirit. We played carnival games and I really felt like I was at the county fair the whole time! The weekend was so fun and engaging, and there was never a moment where I was bored. I am ecstatic that I got the opportunity to go on this retreat as a first year so I can bring back these experiences and share them with my club for the next four years. Fall Retreat brought me great new friends, new leadership tactics, and an even deeper love for service. I cannot wait to go back next year!


Prematurity Awareness Month: March of Dimes

November 2018

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By karl uzcategui

March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. We believe that every baby deserves the best possible start. Unfortunately, not all babies get one. We are changing that.

For 80 years, March of Dimes has helped millions of babies survive and thrive. Now we’re building on that legacy to level the playing field for all moms and babies, no matter their age, socio-economic background or demographics. We support moms throughout their pregnancy, even when everything doesn’t go according to plan. We advocate for policies that prioritize their health. We support radical improvements to the care they receive. And we pioneer research to find solutions to the biggest health threats to moms and babies. 

What began with President Franklin D. Roosevelt's personal struggle with polio led to the creation of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, better known as March of Dimes, and ultimately a cure for the disease. With that success behind us, we began to focus on fighting birth defects, premature birth and infant death with innovations like newborn screenings and surfactant therapy; education for medical professionals and the public about best practices; and lifesaving research. We provided comfort and support to families in NICUs and advocated for those who needed us most, moms and babies.

Today we are stronger and more committed than ever to guiding moms through every stage of the pregnancy journey. We are fighting for the smallest among us and advocating for their health each and every day.  And we do so with the tools, technology and knowledge needed to build a brighter future for us all.

- March of Dimes, Greater Boston Market

How Can You Help?

  • Share a Story! – Invite someone with a connection to March of Dimes to share their story with you. Or, share one of the many stories available at youtube.com/marchofdimes

  • Light Your School in Purple – Work with your administration to help spread the color purple.

  • Make ribbons, wear purple, and decorate your campus purple.

  • Get involved at your local hospital! – Visit your local Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and see how you and your club can help.

  • Service Projects Ideas – No-Sew Blankets for your local NICU Babies, Puzzles/Coloring Books for NICU Siblings, Cards of Appreciation for our NICU Nurses!

  • March for Babies! - This is a great opportunity for your chapter or your division to participate together!

Learn more: http://www.marchofdimes.org/contact-us.aspx


2018-2019 Lobster Tales:

Editor Iris Zhao


2017-2018 Lobster Tales:

Editor Mia James


2016-2017 Lobster Tales:

Editor Caroline Curtis


2015-2016 Lobster Tales:

Editor Emily Mui