Circle K at the University of Michigan

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Committees

Joining a committee is a great way to build your leadership skills while making some great friends.  The biggest regret that most of our members have is that they didn’t join a committee sooner.  No prior experience is necessary, just a genuine interest in the committee and the willingness to work hard.  Being a part of a committee also allows you to meet regularly with a great group of members and most people develop lasting friendships with their fellow committee members. Being on a committee comes with some responsibility and expectations, outlined in this article

You can apply to be on a committee at the beginning of fall and winter semester, as well as in April.  A short application and interview is required so that we can place you on the right committee for you. Descriptions of each committee are listed below.

Internal Circle

Fundraising: This committee develops and carries out fundraisers that will help us make significant monetary contributions to local charities.

Historian: The main focus of the committee is collecting photos and videos to document the club's activities throughout the year, and organizes these collections. It also organizes presentations such as videos and creative slideshows. We're hoping to transition into a digital era by emphasizing videos and monthly review presentations rather than scrapbooking, though Historian will still do mini scrapbooks for graduating seniors. Alumni relations are the secondary focus of the committee. Committee members will be in communication with alumni to organize projects, events and other initiatives to help recognize alumni and keep them connected with the club.

Kiwanis Family Relations: This committee works to develop strong relationships with other Circle K and Kiwanis Family clubs. They set up interclubs, networking events, service projects, socials, and larger events with K-Kids (elementary-aged children), Key Clubs (high schoolers), Circle K clubs (college students), Aktion Clubs (adults with disabilities), and Kiwanis Clubs in the area. The Kiwanis Family Relations Committee is also in charge of educating our members about the Kiwanis Family and reaching out to other clubs to attend activities and events at U of M's Circle K. Projects include Kiwanis Thrift Sale, K-Kids, Ronald McDonald House, Serve-a-Thon, and more.

Social: This committee focuses on the tenet of friendship by organizing various social activities. They plan weekly socials after the meeting for members to attend, as well as larger monthly social events such as birthday competitions, picnics, intramural sports, and the annual Circle K Formal.

Public Relations: This committee develops and carries out all activities involving the recruitment of new members, as well as activities designed to raise awareness about what Circle K is doing to the student body, other campus organizations, and the community. They design and create posters, banners, and diag boards, and inform newspapers, radio, and television stations of Circle K events.

Technology: This committee focuses on the design, development, and general maintenance of the club website and other specific websites we produce throughout the year. The committee will work together to continue to learn new skills as well as teach those skills to the membership. They are responsible for the technical aspects of club business such as setting up the projector at meetings and maintaining the office computers. The Tech Committee also works with area organizations on the construction and improvement of their websites.

LEAD: This committee aims to ensure members have meaningful experiences in the club related to our five values: servant leadership, passion, innovation, connections, and excellence. They focus on service learning, professional development, and building leadership skills of our members all through educational events such as workshops, reflections, and LeadCon.

External Circle

Children: This committee works with children in both an academic and social environment. Projects include tutoring programs, mentorship programs, as well as volunteering at children’s museums, children’s theaters, Boys and Girls Club, and more.

Health & Wellness: This committee works to improve the health and well-being of others as well as raising awareness for various health issues and injustices. Projects include working with children’s hospitals and health initiatives, sorting medical supplies, and volunteering with various organizations such as the Michigan Abilities Center and other local medical clinics.

Elderly Outreach: This committee seeks to reach out to and improve the well-being of elderly in our community. Projects include volunteering at local senior citizen facilities and Meals on Wheels.

Hunger & Housing: This committee works to improve the hunger and housing needs of the community. Projects include working at local soup kitchens, food and personal needs drives, volunteering at food banks, and Trick-or-Can.

EnvironmentThis committee works to better the environment and promote sustainability initiatives. Projects include invasive species removal work-days, gardening, and service projects with animals. We work with organizations such as the Campus Farm, Leuk’s Landing, and Natural Area Preservation.

Charity Awareness: This committee focuses on increasing awareness and collaboration with Circle K International. One of the prime focuses will be developing events and projects that highlight some of our service partners: UNICEF, Better World Books, Students Teaming Up to Fight Hunger, and March of Dimes. This committee will also promote other international opportunities such as International Convention, Large Scale Service Project, Holiday Embrace, and CKI Service Week.

International Awareness and Empowerment: This committee aims to inform club members on social justice and human rights issues on a global scale. They will raise awareness of these issues through workshops, dialogues, and service projects with a focus on increasing awareness about social issues that affect not only the nearby community, but the rest of the world.