Presidents, Chairpersons, Executive Board, and adult committee members gathered in Oregon, IL to prepare and be trained for the upcoming year. Attendees were able to learn more about CKI, bond with others, and see the importance of serving the community.
Committees play a vital role during the Circle K year, carrying out specific duties relating to the committee. Committees - Chairpersons and members have the task of establishing a set goals and directives for the year, meeting once a month with a member of the executive board, creating resources that are sent out to clubs, etc.
Applications are due on April 1st. Any member of Circle K in good standing may apply. Apply Here: http://goo.gl/forms/pBO0vkzHxF
61st ANNUAL CIRCLE K INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION – TORONTO, CANADA
CKIx June 22-26, 2016- TORONTO
CKIx 2016 will take place in Toronto June 22-26, 2016. Exact arrival and departure dates will be announced in October 2015 after the schedules for the Large Scale Service Project and convention activities are finalized.
CKI members will be housed at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel (123 Queen Street West, Toronto) for US$169 per night plus the current 16% sales and room tax. This downtown hotel is located near all of Toronto’s attractions and connected to the financial and entertainment districts by way of the PATH, a 16-mile underground network of shops and services. Learn more about the hotel at www.sheratontoronto.com. Online reservations will be available for CKI members beginning in January 2016.
Why you must visit Toronto
Toronto: the New York City of Canada. The city is a diverse and historical metropolis with a lot of great hidden treasures. You can visit Casa Loma, a real castle right in the heart of downtown, or check out the Historic Distillery District which is filled with shops and restaurants. Definitely don’t miss exploring Kensington Avenue and it’s Market where you can find awesome vintage shops and tons of cafes.
If you don’t feel like driving or catching the bus there’s plenty to see and do right on and off of Queen’s Street. There’s the Toronto Eaton Centre mall, Trinity Square park, Kops Records (which is a local treasure for music lovers), and Black Market Vintage Clothing.
If you feel brave enough and have a little extra cash take a bus or train ride to the CN Tower or some other attractions (Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, Toronto Zoo, Art Gallery of Ontario, The Second City, Bad Dog Comedy Theatre, Royal Ontario Museum, and Graffiti Alley). If you’re feelings really adventurous look for BATL Headquarters where they have axe throwing competitions and classes, or if you’re really fearless go to the Haunted Walk and learn about some great, but gruesome, tales from Toronto’s history. There’s a lot to do in Toronto, but don’t forget to eat dinner.
It’s said that you can travel the world in one day right inside of Toronto. It’s home to a number of delicious restaurants and bars serving food from all different cultures. Whether you’re hungry for Thai, Greek, Indian, Jamaican, Mexican, American or something else, Toronto has it. Here’s a list of some of the locals’ favorite places: Little India, Cafe Crepe, The Jerk Joint, Meli Baklava & Chocolate Bar, HoSu Bistro, New York Subs & Burritos, and The Grilled Cheese.
Have fun, make friends, explore, and take pictures. This week will be amazing.
Passports are needed to enter Canada from the U.S. or other nations. For those from the U.S., it can take 4-6 weeks to obtain your passport. Do not wait until the last minute to apply. You should apply for a U.S. Passport no later than May 1, 2016.
Do you already have a passport? Check the expiration date.
Remember to apply for a passport and/or visa early depending on which country you are from, and check with your cell phone provider about phone rates and special calling plans when calling from Canada.
Want to know more about Toronto? Check out the links below!
Happy Thursday I-I District Board!
District Convention Deadlines Approaching: Please be calling and emailing your clubs! We have many deadlines quickly approaching. Also, you need to find a replacement for yourself! We need committed board members for next year! Please promote the website and Facebook event page.
Early Bird Registration Deadline: January 25
Awards Deadline: February 1
Regular Registration Deadline: February 7
Hotel Registration Deadline: February 7
Candidate Declaration Deadline: February 12
Matching Scholarship Deadline: February 15
Scholarship Information: Scholarship information can be found on the DCON website.
Service and Fundraising for Clubs: I am attaching some resources that were recently included in the CKI Weekly on fundraising and service project ideas. Pass these on to your clubs, especially if you know they have been struggling lately!
Circle K Slaves Needed at Key Club DCON: I will be sending a separate email asking for a call for volunteers for the Key Club DCON. Please be on the lookout!
Eliminate Project Goal SURPASSED: According to a document I recently received from the KI Office, we have surpassed our Eliminate Project Goal ($1000) for the year with our clubs raising $1092.70. This includes donations since April from:
Illinois Wesleyan – $74.17
Wilbur Wright – $250
Bradley – $286.62
Eureka – $247
St. Ambrose – $234.91
This does not include the donation from Western Illinois University Circle K, or the donations from Summer Social. There will be a grand total for this year, as well as the entire Eliminate Project Campaign in a future update.
Thanks to everyone for working hard on this! Don’t stop fundraising for The Eliminate Project, let’s keep it going! February is the Show Your Love, Save a Life Campaign! Here is more information. I am attaching information on Kiwanis Family recognition, as well as a cover photo that you can use during the month of February to promote the campaign.
Reminder of Where to Send Donations – Please Pass on to Clubs: One of the club presidents asked me about where to send donations to for the Spastic Paralysis Research Foundation and The Eliminate Project. Just a reminder here is that information that you can remind your clubs (or home club).
Once you have collected all of your donations, send a check or money order (made payable to Kiwanis International Foundation) and a completed gift form (attached) to:
The Eliminate Project: Campaign Office
Kiwanis International Foundation
3636 Woodview Trace
Indianapolis, IN 46268
For Spastic Paralysis Research Foundation:
You can submit a check payable to Spastic Paralysis Research Foundation to this address:
I-I Kiwanis District
2242 E. Washington St, Suite 106
Bloomington IL, 61704-1611
For both organizations, there is no set “deadline”, but in order for it to fully count towards this year I would sent it in right after you have raised the money, or before March 15. There was a deadline for Trick or Treat for UNICEF, but it’s still completely fine to send it in, your club just won’t get a banner patch. For both checks, be sure to write your club name and note Circle K International on the memo line of the check.
Leadership Academy 2014: For those of you who will be staying in Circle K next year, you need to experience Leadership Academy! LA will take place Sunday, July 27-Friday, August 1. Typically 2-4 people are able to go to this event at no cost because of a grant that Kiwanis International and our district provide. The only cost you would have to cover is transportation. Applications open March 1. I encourage all of you to apply, and please pass the information on and encourage club officers to apply. I am attaching more information and things that you can use in your newsletters.
Distinguished Awards: Here is the link to the 2013-2014 distinguished district officer awards. Take a look at them and talk to me if you are interested in applying or have more questions. It would be great to see at least 3-4 board members getting these awards at ICON.
CKIx 2014: Here is the link to the information about the 2014 International Convention (ICON) and Large Scale Service Project (LSSP) also now known as “CKIx”. There are plenty of logos and information that you can use in your newsletters. It’s never to early to start advertising this awesome event to your club!
March of Dimes Opportunities: Please pass this information on to your clubs! If you guys have any questions please let me know because I was an ambassador for two years. The National Youth Council is the foundation’s top youth leadership council, consisting of dedicated collegiate leaders passionate about the March of Dimes and committed to promoting, supporting and implementing youth leadership development on a national level. Collegiate Council Ambassadors are college leaders interested in growing March of Dimes local engagement and involvement on campus and in their community. This is an incredible opportunity for a graduating Key Club or current Circle K member to develop leadership and service skills while supporting the March of Dimes. To learn more about both leadership opportunities and to nominate a student leader, visit marchofdimes.com/
Dues: Keep pushing dues submissions! We have 11/19 clubs paid (58%). It is important that we make immediate contact with clubs that haven’t paid and see how we can help them. I’m attaching the most recent Club Information Report. Remember this is updated every Wednesday and can be found atwww.kiwanisone.org/slpreports. You click the Club Information Listing.
Roundtables: Call (213) 493-0800 Participant Access Code: 207594#. For roundtables, the rotating schedule will be as follows:
1st Sunday: Executive Board (Next Roundtable: February 2)
2nd Sunday: Lieutenant Governors (Next Roundtable: February 9)
3rd Sunday: Committee Chairs (Next Roundtable: February 16)
THIS WEEK: 4th Sunday: Entire District Board (Next Roundtable: January 26)
Since my last update I have had phone conversations with board members. I have been communicating with Danielle about Circle K DCON, and I am also getting ready for Kiwanis Midyear and Key Club DCON. My currently focus is trying to get the totals for our district events and work to get an updated budget and outreach letters out.
Recap and Closing Remarks:
Keep working hard! Get clubs to report, pay their dues, and register for DCON! We can do this!
Upcoming Dates and Deadlines
January 25 – DCON Early Bird Registration Deadline
January 26 – District Board Roundtable
February 1 – Club Award Applications Due
February 1 – Kiwanis Midyear Conference
February 2 – Executive Board Roundtable
February 5 – Club MRFs Due
February 7 – Hotel Registration Deadline
February 7 – DCON Registration Deadline
February 9 – Lieutenant Governor Roundtable
February 9 – Final Board Report Due
February 12 – Candidate Registration Form Due
February 15 – Matching Grant Scholarship Deadline
February 16 – Committee Chair Roundtable
February 23 – No District Board Roundtable – there will be a transitional board meeting
February 21-23 – District Convention, NIU, Dekalb, IL
February 28 – Last day for March of Dimes CCA/NYC Nominations
February 28-March 2 – Key Club District Convention, Springfield, IL
February 28-March 2 – Indiana DCON
March 1 – Leadership Academy Applications Open
March 2 – Executive Board Roundtable
March 5 – Club MRFs Due
March 9 – Lieutenant Governor Roundtable
March 14-16 – WUM DCON
March 15 – PLGA Scholarship Deadline
March 16 – Committee Chair Roundtable
March 23 – District Board Roundtable
March 28-30 – Michigan DCON
March 31 – Ashley will just cry all day.
As always, I am here for you, just let me know how I can help you.
Yours in leadership, fellowship, and service,