Circle K International (CKI) is the largest international, intercollegiate community service, leadership development, and friendship organization in the world. Formed in 1955, it is an affiliate of Kiwanis International. Eleven thousand college students in seventeen nations have discovered that helping others through Circle K is personally rewarding.
At Knox, you will have the opportunity to participate in Circle K and learn that your involvement in the group can enhance your cultural understanding. As the needs of the Knox and Galesburg community changes, where you focus your community efforts will also change.
With Circle K's motto, "live to serve, love to serve," students who join can experience how it feels to give back to the community and can uphold the three main tenets of Circle K:
Other ideals of the organization include:
- Focusing on human values rather than material values
- Developing a more intelligent, aggressive, and serviceable citizenship
- Providing a place for lasting friendships
- Building better communities
As a member of Circle K at Knox, you can get involved in community service on and off campus. Whether you like to babysit children, play with animals, or paint houses, there is always a way you can do community service that fits your interests and talents. Members have recently volunteered with:
- Safe Harbor Women's Shelter
- Knox County Nursing Home
- Humane Society
- FISH Food Depository
- Big Brothers Big Sisters
- Cooke Elementary School
- Faculty child care
The main charitable organization of Knox's Circle K is the Spastic Paralysis Research Foundation. To raise funds for the organization, Circle K'ers have gotten quite creative, hosting a variety of fundraisers, such as:
- Bagging for tips at HyVee Grocery
- Car smash
- Skate night
- Valentine's Day carnation sale
Circle K members at Knox also get the chance to make friends in other chapters of the organization. Throughout the year, members attend regional and international Circle K events to meet members from around the world.
Circle K is entirely run by members, giving Knox students involved in the group a chance to develop a great sense of leadership. Come to Circle K meetings and events, which are open to anyone who is interested, and get involved.