Circle K originally started as a fraternity sponsored by a Kiwanis club in the 1920’s.The first Circle K club was chartered in 1947 at Carthage College (back when it was located in Carthage, IL).
CIRCLE K BY THE NUMBERS:
Over 13,000 members.
In more than 500 clubs in 17 nations.
Completes more than 500,000 service hours annually.
CIRCLE K PREFERRED CHARITIES:
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF- Six Cents Initiative)
Students Team Up to Fight Hunger (STUFH)
March of Dimes
CIRCLE K SERVICE PARTNERS & OTHER INITIATIVES:
Better World Books
The ELIMINATE Project (to fight Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus)
Circle K International is college and university students who are responsible citizens and leaders with a lifelong commitment to community service worldwide. Circle K inspires people to better our world. Its motto, the same as Kiwanis International's, is "We Build." Circle K provides constructive opportunities for students to become involved on their campuses and communities through service work to others in need. Circle K members have the chance to work with fellow students, children in the community, and other adults in need of special programs.
In support of this, we are committed to:
CIRCLE K TENETS
As the largest collegiate community service organization worldwide, Circle K International embraces three tenets that define the Circle K experience. The three tenets are as follows:
As one of the three tenets, service is the fundamental element of Circle K International. Collectively, Circle K members perform more than one million hours of service on their campuses and in their communities annually. Without service, Circle K International would be just another campus activity. Through service, college students are making the world a better place one service project at a time. Together, Circle K'ers truly make a difference in the community.
Through the mission and vision of the organization, Circle K International is dedicated to the realization of humankind’s potential. The potential of Circle K International lies in its ability to positively influence members of society who are facing ultimate personal decisions and those who will one day create the vision of mankind for generations to come. Leadership opportunities afford Circle K members the resources and tools needed to become active citizens. Circle K’ers can assume leadership responsibilities at all levels of the organization and through various experiential training conferences while actively contributing to the running of their respective clubs, divisions, and communities. The unique experiences offered by Circle K truly develop and bring out the leader within each individual.
If there is one thing that Circle K’ers know best, it is fellowship. Whether they are planning a car wash, visiting shut-ins, reading to three-year-olds or conducting business, Circle K members across the globe take time to meet and welcome new people. With each element and aspect of Circle K International, members experience genuine fellowship and develop life-long relationships with fellow collegians, advisors, Kiwanians and citizens in their communities. Whether a Circle K’er is mentoring a child, networking with a businessman, or bowling with members, that Circle K’er is developing social skills, meeting new people, creating meaningful friendships, and strengthening relationships.
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.
Furthermore, Circle K International encompasses and embraces the following objects:
To be the leading global community-service organization on college and university campuses that enriches the world one member, one child and one community at a time.
Live to serve, love to serve.