Circle K at the University of Michigan

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Frequently Asked Questions

-The Basics-
When do you meet?
Circle K meetings are every Thursday from 7-8 pm and are held in Palmer Commons. The exact location can be found in the weekly update e-mail and on the online calendar and homepage.

What is Circle K all about?
Circle K is an international co-ed service organization that is sponsored by Kiwanis International. Circle K clubs focus on the three tenets of service, fellowship, and leadership. We’ve divided up the rest of this page according to the three Circle K tenets for your convenience.

What does a being a member mean?

Anyone can do community service with Circle K. However, you must be a dues-paid member of the organization to participate any of the following:

  • Hold any official position (committees, chairs, E-board)
  • Take part in Inductions, Elections, and Installations
  • Go to any District and International Events (FLTC, DCON, ICON)
  • Participate in the Ski Social and LeadCon (and any other event where the club directly spends money on its members besides service)
  • Receive reimbursements (for gas and purchases)
  • Be officially recognized as a part of the Kiwanis Family (includes Aktion Club, K Kids, Builders Club, Key Club, Circle K and Kiwanis)

How do I become a member?
Please visit the Become a Member link. Each member is required to pay $30 in yearly dues. You may turn in your membership form and dues at the weekly Circle K meeting or bring it to the Circle K Office (4213 Michigan Union). Checks can be made payable to "UM Circle K."

What does my dues money go towards?
Circle K is an international organization and your dues go towards paying international, district, and club dues. Your dues provide resources like a monthly magazine and scholarship opportunities, in addition to paying for club necessities like transportation and service project supplies. We also have fundraisers you can participate in to receive money back from your dues payment. Here is a helpful pie chart that explains dues visually:
A pie chart explaining the Circle K dues

How else does Circle K raise money?

Circle K works hard to keep our costs of membership low by looking for money in other places. We apply for grants and funding from sources such as: the Michigan Student Assembly Community Service Commission, the LSA Student Government Budget Allocation Commission, Arts at Michigan Mini-Grants, Ginsberg Center / SERVE, Residence Hall Association (RHA), Student Affairs Programming Council, and the Student Sustainability Initiative (SSI) Grant.

vWe also raise funds by working for local organizations and companies such as the Alumni Center, ONSP, UUAP, Yost and Crisler Arena, the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair, and Chelsea Kiwanis.


-Service-
How do I sign up for service projects?
Visit our online Calendar. You can then browse projects each month and you can also click the project name to view a brief description of the project, time, meeting location, and contact person. You will also find an online sign-up form in this window.

Are there service hour requirements?
No, Circle K does not require a certain number of service hours in order to be a member. Of course, we encourage you to take part in at least one project a month, but the great thing about Circle K is that you can perform service according to how it fits into your schedule. If you’re busy one month, take some time to focus on your schoolwork. If you have a slow month, sign up for multiple projects and have a blast!

What types of projects does Circle K perform?
There are numerous service projects each week varying in date, time, and type. We have projects spanning a wide range of interests including children, health and elderly, and hunger, housing, and nature. If you do not find a project that interests you or if you have a new project idea, please contact our External Vice-President Alyssa Schmidt and she can help you set up a project.

What organizations does Circle K work with?
Visit our Organizations We Work With link. You will find a description of many organizations we work with, a link to their website, and some example projects we have performed with that organization. Many student organizations here at the University of Michigan even have their roots in Circle K, including K-Grams, the Detroit Partnership, and DoRAK. We continue to work closely with these organizations as well as Dance Marathon, PROVIDES, United2Heal, and numerous others.

-Leadership-
What leadership opportunities are available to Circle K members?
Circle K members can join one of several different committees. For a complete list of committees and descriptions, visit our Committees Page. Circle K also holds a leadership conference each year called LeadCon to develop your leadership skills, inform you about club positions, and allow you to meet other club leaders.

How can I be on a committee?
Members must fill out a short application (if available, found on our Committees page) and be interviewed prior to being placed on a committee. Committee applications are available at three times during the school year; September, January, and April. If you have any questions about the committee system, please contact our vice presidents Alyssa Schmidt and Melissa Zhou at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

-Fellowship-
How can I meet more people in Circle K?
Circle K has social events so that you can get to know fellow members. Weekly socials are held after every Circle K meeting. There are also large-scale monthly socials such as the club's annual formal and weekend trips in January. In addition, Circle K participates in several intramural (IM) sports teams that you can join. Beyond socials, service projects and committee membership are also great ways to meet people within Circle K. For more information on club socials contact our Membership Development Chair Anna Davis.

Why is fellowship so important to Circle K?
We know that when you come to the University of Michigan, it can be overwhelming. Circle K works to actively build lasting friendships to create a sense of community. Through our meetings, service projects, and committee events, we strive to make fellowship an integral part of this club. From the nearly 200 members in our club, you are sure to develop some great friendships.