Seniors have options for continuing to serve and connect
Story by Aimee Morgan
Change. It’s what senior years are made of. And the biggest change is yet to come when you flip that tassel.
At this point, you may be concerned about getting a job, doing laundry or sharing a dorm room. But there are a couple things you don’t have to worry about: making new friends and keeping old ones.
The Kiwanis family has you covered with two amazing options. (Spoiler alert: You don’t have to just choose one.) Let’s compare!
Option 1: Circle K International
As you probably know, Circle K International is the world’s premier collegiate and university community service, leadership development and friendship organization.
Nancy Zhang, a sophomore CKI member at Columbia University, loves the hands-on nature of CKI membership. As a CKI member, she was able to help with cleanup after Hurricane Sandy (pictured, below center).
A former member of Key Club at Hunter College High School in New York City and former Key Club International Board member, Nancy says her favorite CKI project has been the Large Scale Service Project in New Orleans last summer, prior to the Circle K International convention. One of the projects at LSSP was a “build” for Habitat for Humanity.
“It was one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life,” Nancy says. “I worked alongside CKI members from across the country to build a new house for a family in need.”
Watch a video of last summer's CKI LSSP below:
CKI is for you if you want to:
1. Continue enjoying hands-on service.
2. Join the world’s largest collegiate service club.
3. Create lifelong friendships.
Option 2: Key Club Alumni
Key Club Alumni includes more than 4,000 active members. It keeps former Key Clubbers connected to Key Club—and each other—as they continue a lifelong journey of service. And membership is free.
“Just because we've graduated from high school doesn't mean our Key Club experience has to end,” says Giovanni McKenzie, a senior and Key Clubber at Grant High School in Portland, Oregon, and district governor for Key Club International's Pacific Northwest District.
As McKenzie knows, you can even become an active member before you graduate from high school. Members can read and contribute to the alumni blog, and they get the Key Club Alumni e-publication, which provides alumni profiles, organizational updates and more. Membership even offers opportunities to participate in special events and opportunities.
“I’m thrilled to go to the Alumni Dinner in Vancouver this summer,” McKenzie says. “I can’t wait to see all my old Key Club friends!”
Key Club Alumni is for you if you want to:
1. Continue making the world better through service.
2. Stay connected with like-minded people around the world.
3. Keep up with the Key Club movement that’s making a positive difference.
Sherri McKeen, alumni specialist at Kiwanis International, invites you to give both Key Club Alumni and CKI a chance.
“The beauty of both programs is that you belong wherever you go,” McKeen says. “You have an extended family around the world waiting to welcome you with open arms.”
How to join
You can join Key Club Alumni now by visiting keyclub.org/seniors. To join CKI, visit circlek.org/join, or contact your university’s student activities office to find the CKI contact.