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ECD Circle K – Newsletter Vol.3 Issue 1 (June 1, 2016)
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Message from the Governor

                         

Hello Eastern Canada!

I hope that you are all enjoying the summer weather! My name is Christina Moica and I have the honour of serving as your 2016-2017 Eastern Canada Circle K District Governor. For the past 4 years, the Kiwanis Family has truly been my second family wherever I go, and I could not be more excited to share my passion for this organization and service with you!

To briefly introduce myself, I currently attend Western University for a Bachelor of Management and Organizational Skills. My journey in the Kiwanis Family began in 2012 as a Key Club member in Ottawa, Ontario, but Circle K now holds its own special place in my heart. Through this amazing organization, I was able centre myself early on in university and befriend some inspirational individuals, across the district and internationally.

For those graduating soon, make sure to sign up for the Circle K International Alumni Association to continue receiving updates and ways to give back after you have already left your post-secondary institution. However long you have served within the Kiwanis Family, thank you for your commitment to your clubs, communities, and the world – I wish you all the best for the future!

Speaking of the summer weather... consider organizing a summer service project with Circle K members in your town, whether they are part of the same club or not! There are plenty of festivals and events to volunteer at, so use this time to reconnect and meet other enthusiastic members.

On behalf of the District Executive Team, we look forward  to developing the organization, communication, and transparency within the district, and serving all of our clubs from Ontario to the Maritimes!

Yours in service,
Christina Moica
District Governor

Introducing Your Board Officers!

DISTRICT SECRETARY - Benita Etey

Hello! My name is Benita Etey and I am a fourth year student at the University of Waterloo. Circle K and Kiwanis have been part of my life since grade twelve, and I am so happy that I joined! When I arrived in Ontario and to university I knew no one. By joining Circle K I had a group of friends instantly! I had become president and during my second year became District Secretary. This is my second year being District Secretary and I am having a blast! In the past year I have helped to organize the District conventions as well as take minutes during the presidents of council skype meetings as well as District meetings. I plan on visiting a number of clubs during my term, to advise and provide guidance. I am excited to work with District Governor Christina Moica during the term of 2016-2017! Cheers!
DISTRICT EDITOR - Christine Ly

Greetings! I am Christine Ly the District Editor, currently studying at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. Joining Circle K has been a big part of my new start in my post-secondary life, and a continuation to strive to my uncompleted goals as a Key Clubber back in Toronto. This new service year marks my sixth year with the K-Family and I am excited to work alongside K-Family members to provide support and service. I enjoy connecting with people, so feel free to message me if you have any concerns and questions! 
 
DISTRICT WEBMASTER - Ivy Leung

Hi my name is Ivy Leung and I am serving the Eastern Canada District in the upcoming service year as the District Webmaster. My home club is Western Circle K and I have been part of the K Family for three years. As a Webmaster my responsibilities include increasing website traffic through the use of analytics, redesigning website to maximize functionality and taking charge over general maintenance. My goal for this year is to increase the district’s exposure through our official website and I am extremely motivated to serve the district along with other talented board members!
IMMEDIATE PAST GOVERNOR & ACTING DISTRICT TREASURER - Jordan Dunlop

Having served on the district board for three years, most recently as 2015-16 District Governor, I am honoured to continue serving the Eastern Canada Circle K District as Immediate Past District Governor. In this new role, I will use my experience as a board member and Circle K’er to advise and assist the 2016-17 district board. In addition to these responsibilities, I have been appointed to serve as Acting District Treasurer, a role in which I will work closely with the board and Administration Team to oversee the finances of the district. I look forward to continued service to the clubs of the Eastern Canada District as a member of the district board this year!
MEMBER EDUCATION AND CLUB DEVELOPMENT CHAIR - Sareh Bagherichimeh

Hello fellow Circle-Kers! I would like to introduce myself at your 2016-2017 Member Education and Club Development Committee Chair. I have served as social media coordinator and vice-President of University of Toronto Circle-K and it is my fourth year being apart of Circle-K. I am a fourth year Genetics & Biotechnology student and University of Toronto. I look forward to working with you all and hopefully being able to provide some help and support with the running of your own clubs.
 
INTERNATIONAL TRUSTEE FOR SUBREGION F - Vy Tran 

Vy is a rising senior at the University of Maryland, College Park where she majors in Accounting. As an enthusiastic Kiwanis Family member of 8 years, she has served as a Lieutenant Governor in the Capital District and currently serves as the Subregion F International Trustee. Her experience in the K-Family has included getting lost in Canada (twice), trying Tim Hortons for the first time (and loving it), visiting Niagara Falls, and being charged for international roaming.

Vy loves eating Canadian foods such as poutine and drowning her pancakes in maple syrup. She enjoys visiting and making new friends with the Eastern Canada District members. Her hobbies include napping, binge-watching Netflix, and traveling! Her favourite colour is rainbow, her favourite animal is a unicorn, and she loves glitter.

Welcome to Circle K!


Welcome to a brand new service year with Circle K's Eastern Canada District! The board officers have been working closely with each other and making changes within the district in hopes of creating new heights and achievements! You will slowly begin to see the results of the changes, so please bare with us within the time being! This year, will also be an important year for membership development as there are clubs in the process of revival and establishment. We would like to congratulate the University of Guelph Circle K club for recently getting chartered! There are many goals set for this year of service and we hope that as a district we can work together to bring new sparks for the Kiwanis Family. Cheers to a new year of service!

-Written by: Christine Ly


There are many preferred charities for Circle K Clubs to get involved with. For example, consider trying Unicef's Tap Project! For every five minutes you don’t touch your phone, UNICEF Tap Project sponsors and supporters provide the funding equivalent of a day of clean water to someone in need. Make it a club event or try it by yourself at tap.unicefusa.org

The fundraising goal, of raising US$110 million in cash and pledges since 2010 has been reached and the end of the Eliminate Project is in sight.
Therefore, The district is beginning to plan for a new district service project. If you would like to share and idea or any input about the new project, email service.eccirclek@gmail.com


-Written by: Lyndsay-Marie Talon

Key Club District Convention

                                            

The Key Club District Convention was held on April 1st to 3rd at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Kitchener, Ontario. The event gathered more than three hundred Key Clubbers, K-Family members, and local guests to the event.

District Governor Christina Moica was invited to attend, where she promoted Circle K to both current and graduating Key Club members. During the closing Governor’s Farewell Brunch, Governor Christina presented her “Call to Circle K” to describe the similarities between our organizations – especially the dedicated members who make leadership, fellowship, and service their way of life.We also had the honour to invite the Eastern Canada and Caribbean District Governor Phil Rossey and the Mayor of the City of Kitchener to speak on stage. 

District Administrator Jan Alexanian was also in attendance, where the two spent their Kiwanis One Day at the convention packaging over 22,000 meals for Kids Against Hunger! They were not only joined by the Eastern Canada Key Clubbers, Advisors, and Kiwanians, but also Circle K members from the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University! 

Throughout the weekend, a survey was available for graduating Key Clubbers to fit out regarding their university choices, so that the District Board can connect them directly with existing clubs or resources to start their own Circle K club before they even step foot on campus.

Congratulations to all the Key Clubbers for fulfilling a wonderful service year and also a big warm welcome to the new Key Club Board and service year of 2016-2017!


-Written by: Christina Moica & Christine Ly
Circle K District Convention
                                             
 
This year, Eastern Canada’s District Convention was held in London, from March 4th to 6th. Circle K members from universities across Canada gathered to celebrate the past service year and shared insights on ways to contribute to the communities.

The International Trustee of Subregion F, Vy Tran visited from Maryland and interacted Circle K members through various workshops and activities along with other district board members. In addition to educating members about Circle K and the K family, some district board positions were also elected through the House of Delegates. Christina Moica was elected as the District Governor and Benita Etey was re-elected as the District Secretary for the upcoming service year. Topics like ways to improve inter-club communications and upcoming service projects were discussed at the Council of Presidents Meeting.

The second day of DCON ended with a fun filled banquet where Circle K members had the chance to network with different Kiwanians. On the last day of the convention, district awards were presented and the 2015-2016 district board was officially retired. As the convention concluded, Circle K members left London with remarkable memories and precious friendships.


-Written by: Ivy Leung
Kiwanis District Convention & Board Trainer

The Eastern Canada & the Caribbean District of Kiwanis celebrated 100 years of Kiwanis in Canada at their District Convention this past May in Hamilton, Ontario. District Governor Christina Moica delivered greetings and a report on Eastern Canada

Circle K at the House of Delegates. In her speech, Governor Christina highlighted the importance of the Kiwanis Family connection and how the District Executive Team is working to improve the communication, growth, and service within our district for the 2016-2017 year. She also shared her personal Circle K story and urged Kiwanians at the convention to experience working with one of the many Service Leadership Programs.

Immediate Past District Governor Jordan Dunlop, District Administrator Jan Alexanian, and Assistant District Administrator Shelley Des Cotes were also present to represent Eastern Canada Circle K and speak with Kiwanis Clubs interested in sponsoring a Circle K Club in the future.

Following the Kiwanis District Convention, the District Board and District Committee Chairs participated in District Board Training. At this meeting, new board members received training for their positions, discussed district goals, and began to establish directives for
each officer and committee chair.


-Written by: Jordan Dunlop
Circle K International Convention

Greetings from CKIx16 Host Chair!

We are less than a month away till our annual international convention in Toronto. As Circle K members from around the world gather together to celebrate 61 years of CKI at the Metro-Toronto Convention Centre, we’ll be joined by hundreds of Kiwanians as they celebrate 100 years of Kiwanis in Canada. As our international convention’s scheduled Heart to Serve Day, namely, June 23, Circle K members will be doing what we do best, serve! During this service-oriented event, we’ll be serving our host city through the many projects lined-up by our 2015-2016 Large Scale Service Project (LSSP) Committee. The theme of LSSP involves helping Toronto’s homeless community in which we’ll be collaborating with Aktion in a joint service project, serving meals at selected locations in the downtown core, working with the Salvation Army, and much more!

In addition to serving our host city, members, specifically club delegates, will have the opportunity to represent their respective clubs by participating in our Call to Lead Day. On June 24 club delegates will work together to pass a variety of amendments and resolutions, and elect our 2016-17 International Board of Trustees. Our final day of convention will involve a variety of leadership workshops, as well as a Service Fair session to commemorate the hard work accomplished by chapter clubs in the name of service. During the fair a few clubs will provide a brief presentation to showcase an outstanding, fun and rewarding project their respective club members enjoyed organizing and participating in during the 2015-16 service year.


-Written by: Ann Pham

Table of Contents


Message from the Governor

Introducing Your 2016-2017 District Officers

Service Year Welcome

Preferred Charities 

Key Club DCON 

Circle K DCON


Kiwanis DCON & Board Trainer

Circle K International Convention


 

UPCOMING EVENTS


June 22-26
Circle K International Convention in Toronto

NEW RESOURCES

CKI Pledge Video
Kiwanis One Day
Kiwanis Family – Draw My Life
Try playing some "Minute-to-Win-It" games at your next meeting!
Check out what the Circle K International Service Committee has been up to!
Copyright © 2016 Eastern Canada District of Circle K International. All rights reserved.
Volume 3, Issue 1, June 1, 2016

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