Circle K is only one branch of the Kiwanis Family, which is connected by the uniting goal of service. There are people of all ages and backgrounds from around the world who are committed to helping their communities.
Founded in 1915 in Detroit, Kiwanis International is a thriving organization of service- and community-minded individuals who support children and young adults around the world. More than 280,000 Kiwanis members in 96 countries make their mark by responding to the needs of their communities and pooling their resources to address worldwide issues. Kiwanis clubs sponsor each Circle K club.
The University of Michigan Circle K is proud to be co-sponsored by the Ann Arbor Downtown Kiwanis club and the Dexter Kiwanis club.
|Circle K International
Circle K is a co-educational service, friendship, and leadership development organization. It is a self-governing organization and elects its own officers, conducts its own meetings, determines its own service activities, and establishes its own dues structure. Circle K also provides the opportunity to attend yearly District and International Conventions to meet other members.
|Key Club International
Key Club is an international student-led organization that provides its members with opportunities to provide service, build character and develop leadership. Many Key Club members choose to join Circle K in college. Although both organizations provide different opportunities, they share the common goal of service.
Builders Club is the largest service organization for middle school students (ages 12 to 14), with more than 40,000 members worldwide. Builders Club is structured only on the local club level but is supported by Kiwanis International, which provides programs, literature, and opportunities to relate to teenagers from countries all around the world!
K-Kids is the fastest growing service organization for elementary students worldwide. K-Kids brings the opportunity to perform basic service projects to young children and create a lifelong commitment to service.
|People Living with a Disability
Aktion Club is the newest branch of the Kiwanis Family, created for adult citizens living with a disability. Aktion Club members strive to return to their communities the benefits, help, and caring they have received, as well as develop important skills in the process.
How Does It Work?
If you read the stuff above on the K-family you may have noticed the term "international" and be wondering exactly what that means. Each of the branches of the K-family have a couple of different levels to keep everything connected and running smoothly.
||That's the level where the U of M Circle K is. Every club has an executive board and most have chairs and committee members. The U of M Circle K has all of these leadership roles and a lot more!|
The U of M Circle K is part of the Michigan District. Each year, all the clubs in the Michigan District come together at District Convention in March.
Michigan District Clubs: Adrian College, Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, Ferris State University, Grand Valley State University,Michigan State University, Oakland University, Olivet College, Universtiy of Michigan
The Michigan District is one of many districts that make up Circle K International. Each year, thousands of Circle Kers come together at International Convention in July or August.