Are you interested in giving back to the community in more ways than one? Do you enjoy helping others? Are you looking to join a club on campus? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, Circle K is for you.
Circle K is the collegiate version of the Kiwanis club. It is a community service organization that gives its time to help others on campus and in the Shippensburg community. Its mission is to develop college students into a global network of responsible citizens and leaders with a lifelong commitment in service. With more than 12,600 members in 17 nations, Circle K International is making a positive impact on the world.
“We do a lot of volunteering at King’s Gap State Park and King’s Kettle, the local food pantry. We have members at Special Olympics Swim Practice and Inclusive Basketball every week. We host a blood drive on campus every month and we’re also very involved with Caitlin’s Smiles (www.caitlins-smiles.org)” said Katie Larsen, Circle K Club.
Many of the members are also part of the New Student Orientation and Reach Out programs on campus. Members have also teamed up with other clubs and organizations as well as other Circle Ks in the Pennsylvania district for different service projects.
Circle K creates a team to participate in both SU’s Mini-THON and Relay for Life to help contribute and raise awareness for these causes.
Over spring break Larsen, and Jeff Herman, former president went to the New Jersey shore to help with Hurricane Sandy clean up.
On the weekend of April 12, a group of members went to Penn State for a 12-hour service marathon. The previous weekend members from Penn State came to Shippensburg for a 12- hour service marathon.
Circle K is always looking for new projects to do around campus and the Shippensburg area.
Meetings go over the previous weeks events as well as the upcoming events.
During the meetings, a sheet is passed around for members to sign up for the week’s events.
Before the end of the meeting, members introduce themselves and say something they are happy for while donating any spare change for the Red Cross.
General meetings are held every Tuesday at 8 p.m. in CUB 119. If interested in finding out more, e-mail them at CircleK@ship.edu or visit their website at shipck.weebly.com/about-us.html.