ABOUT CIRCLE K
Circle K International is the world's largest collegiate organization dedicated to service and leadership development. Circle K is a co-ed organization through which students can find a means of responsible student activity in our community, and a more active involvement in life on campus. As our chapters perceives the needs of their campus communities, each club develops hands on activities to address these needs. This allows our student leaders to gain important skills, valuable experiences, and personal initiative.
CKI allows students to make long lasting friendships, accomplish goals, and to simply have a good time. Circle K is a member of the Kiwanis Family and students have the opportunity to make important networking contacts that will give them a head start on the job market once they've graduated from college.
Circle K activities are designed to be educational, interesting, and allow for practical experience in the area of leadership development.
College is more than scholarship, it's good times, getting to know others, finding out who we are... trying to make a meaningful contribution in the world that awaits us. It's more than books, lectures, and a walk through the parking lot. Join Circle K! The total college experience!
ABOUT THE TEXAS OKLAHOMA DISTRICT
Our two great states have a heritage of being strong and independent! Oklahoma is proud of her strong Native American heritage; known for courage, strength and independence. Texas has and probably always will consider herself to be the only republic in the Union. True to the independent characteristics of our states, the Texas Oklahoma District has led Circle K International in many ways.
For example, by the time Circle K met for its first annual International Convention as the newest member of the Kiwanis Family in 1956, the Texas Oklahoma District was already formed and two years old. We were the very first district to be officially recognized in 1957. According to Don Vaughn, a past two term Circle K Governor from 1956-58, "During the late 1950s Harmon Dobson, a member of Kiwanis in Corpus Christi Texas used his private airplane to fly us to visit Kiwanis Clubs across Texas and Oklahoma in an effort to build Circle K clubs. Mr. Dobson utilized financial resources and donated his time away from his business which would become what we now know as Whataburger."
As the Maverick District, we were the first and sometimes the only district to consider our member units as "chapters" and not clubs. This is because we realize that we are part of something greater, not just an interest group or local "club" of collegians.
Texas Oklahoma was the first district to officially adopt the use of our initials (CKI) as a more updated name for the organization. The current CKI logo is a revised version of the logo our district developed. In additional to all this, as independent thinkers, we were the first to develop recognition programs, membership recruiting techniques, membership requirements, promotional materials, and many other programs that have been emulated by Circle K International.
Service is the heart of CKI. Collectively, CKI members perform more than 1 million hours of service on their campuses and in their communities every year. Without service, CKI would be just another campus activity. Through service, college students are making the world a better place.
The potential of CKI 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 CKI members the resources and tools needed to become active citizens. Members can assume leadership responsibilities at all levels of the organization and through various experiential training conferences.
CKI members experience fellowship and develop lifelong relationships with fellow collegians, advisors, Kiwanians, and citizens in their communities every single day. Whether a member is mentoring a child, networking with a businessman, or bowling with members, he or she is developing social skills, meeting new people, and strengthening relationships.
Developing college and university students into a global network of responsible citizens and leaders with a lifelong commitment to service.
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!
The objects of this organization shall be:
To emphasize the advantages of the democratic way of life;
To provide the opportunity for leadership training in service;
To serve on the campus and in the community;
To cooperate with the administrative officers of the educational institutions of which the clubs are a part;
To encourage participation in group activities;
To promote good fellowship and high scholarship;
To develop aggressive citizenship and the spirit of service for improvement of all human relationships;
To afford useful training in the social graces and personality development; and
To encourage and promote the following ideals:
To give primacy to the human and spiritual rather than to the material values of life;
To encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships;
To promote the adoption and the application of high social, business and professional standards;
To develop, by precept and example, a more intelligent, aggressive, and serviceable citizenship;
To provide through Circle K clubs a practical means to form enduring friendships, to render altruistic service, and to build better communities; and
To cooperate in creating and maintaining that sound public opinion and high idealism, which make possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism and goodwill.
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!