Circle K at UC Davis was chartered in 1974 and is one of the oldest Circle K clubs in the California-Nevada-Hawaii District. Due to our location, we often do community service in the cities of Davis and Sacramento. Circle K is an international community service organization with over 12,000 members worldwide in over seven countries. Circle K blends community service and leadership training with the opportunity to meet many other college students at service projects, conferences, and conventions. Each club works closely with their school and local community in planning and implementing projects that best serve the needs of that particular area. Clubs within the same basic geographic area (divisions), also work together on larger projects. On the district level, clubs within the boundaries of California, Nevada, and Hawaii also work to achieve common goals and service initiatives, and come together at conferences, conventions, and large scale projects. This gives members the opportunity to work closely with and get to know many different people, not just those at their own school. The three tenets of Circle K are Service, Leadership and Fellowship. Each represents an ideal that members should strive for. Circle K is part of the larger Kiwanis family which includes Key Club, Kiwins, Builder’s Club and Kiwanis, among others.
Pledge: “I pledge to uphold the Objects of Circle K International, to foster compassion and goodwill toward 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.”
We have weekly community service events which include Reading Program at Willett Elementary, Gardening Program at Willett Elementary, PE Program at Willett Elementary, Meals on Wheels, Chow Night, and Senior Citizen Dance. We also had our first Davis Service Marathon, where we completed 26.2 hours of community service which included making blankets, bookmarks, helping out at the Davis Farm, and doing a service event in Oakland. We also had some social events which included ice skating in Vacaville and paint balling in Davis.
Plans for this year/upcoming events?
This year, we plan to have even more events based around our three tenets: service, leadership, friendship. We will be having a bigger variety of service events where we get to work with animals and people of all ages within the Davis area as well nearby cities. There is District Convention coming up which is a leadership event where you get to attend workshops and you get to meet other Circle K members from other schools across the California, Nevada, and Hawaii schools. We will also be having more socials such as sports. We also have planned out two big fundraisers for this quarter, which include Spaghetti Feed and Black and White Dance, where the proceeds go towards one of our district fundraising initiatives.
What are the benefits of being involved in your organization?
By becoming involved with CKI, you get to help out the community in a big way through all the service projects. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to develop your leadership skills and the opportunity to make new friends.
Does your organization collaborate with other student organizations?
Currently, we volunteer with H.E.L.P and some other organizations on campus during Chow Night. We are also in the process of doing a joint service project with other community service organizations on campus.
Please list any awards or recognitions your group has received:
Distinguished Fall Single Service Award 2012
Any Fun Facts about your Organization?
We are the world’s largest collegiate, non-profit community service organization. Circle K International has a bigger family as well since we are part of Kiwanis branch. Other branches include Key Club, Builders Club, Kiwanis Kids, and Aktion Club.
How can students get involved in your organization?
Coming to one of our general meetings or by attending any of our events.
For further information, check us out at http://www.daviscki.com