The byproduct of being in a number of student organizations, other than a severe lack of free time and a sharp increase in meaningful friendships, is the opportunity to travel all kinds of places for conventions, tours and meetings.
Circle K International
UT CKI is a service organization on the UT Campus, it’s true, but we are part of a larger, international organization, as implied by our name. We travel for all kinds of reasons: interclubs, or meetings between two different Kiwanis-sponsored clubs, are promoted strongly by CKI because they are fun and productive. I’ve mainly been to interclubs with Key Clubs (the high school program), when we go to their meetings and talk about what Circle K International is and how to join. We also travel to service projects, because it is the goal of our club.
We also held a service project recently called Chili Cook-Off, at which there were Chili Teams from all facets of the K-Family (what we call the sponsored programs of Kiwanis International), including Key Clubs, the CKI from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Kiwanis Young Professionals (25-35 year old crowd), Kiwanis International (adults, more or less), and Golden K (senior citizens). There were also other clubs from UT, including SMILE and the Ransom Notes, participating in the event, which benefited the family of Jeffrey Weng and the Children’s Miracle Network.
In CKI, we love our District Events. UT CKI is part of the Hill Country Division (including Baylor, UTSA, St. Edwards, and Southwestern) in the Texas-Oklahoma District (Texas A&M, West Texas A&M, OU, OSU, SWOSU, UT Pan Am, TAMU Galveston… the list goes on and on) of Circle K International (I’m not even going to try). We have various events that bring the Division together, like Fall and Spring Rally, as well as our Fall Retreat and District Convention that bring T-O together, and International Convention for all CKI members.
At these events, we elect District and International Officers, have a delegation that votes on the legislative documents of CKI, and have large scale service, leadership and fellowship projects. I’ve never been to ICon (International Convention), but DCon was last weekend, and it was a blast! UT CKI was named the Most Outstanding Chapter in T-O for the second year in a row, and I, along with four other UT CKI’ers, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship! The benefits and fun are truly endless in CKI.
We also get to hang out with a lot of old District friends. Shout-outs to Kacy Kaiser and Derrick Ikels, two dancing friends who are getting a new chapter started at UTSA, and our new District Governor, Monica Caudillo. Also, kudos to the entire new District Board, including UT’s own current Secretary Yan Ou as 2009-2010 District Editor!