Circle K International
Part of the Muskie Organizations series
Published: Friday, March 1, 2013
Updated: Friday, March 1, 2013 13:03
Circle K International is an organization that is geared towards helping out the community through providing service.
Currently Muskingum University’s Circle K International consists of 32 members in total, roughly half of which are first-year students.
President of Circle K International Chelsea Newill is excited to see that the numbers have been increasing since previous years and that there are a lot more students staying involved in Circle K.
Circle K provides an opportunity for students to get involved and volunteer in the community.
“Circle K International is part of the K family, which actually starts in the elementary [to] middle school level with the Builder’s Club [and] goes through high school with Key Club,” said Newill. “The collegiate level is Circle K, and then the out-of-school adult level is the Kiwanis club.”
All of the organizations in the K family focus on ways to help the community through giving up their time to volunteer. Circle K members need to meet a total of 1,000 service hours a semester for the entire club as a whole. Some of the service opportunities that Muskingum University’s Circle K International is involved in include: food distribution, Zanesville’s Christ Table soup kitchen, dog walking at the Guernsey County dog shelter and some members are involved in the M.I.N.D. program.
Zanesville’s Christ Table is a soup kitchen, where volunteers serve food to those individuals who are in need.
Dog walking at the Guernsey County dog shelter is where volunteers select dogs to walk around an open area so that they can get some fresh air.
The M.I.N.D. program, which is not directly associated with Circle K International, involves volunteers spending a couple of hours one day a week tutoring underprivileged youth in Zanesville.
One of the main service projects that Muskingum University’s Circle K hosts is a weekly cleanup all over Muskingum University’s campus.
“For the immediate community here at Muskingum we clean up the campus every Sunday, weather permitting,” said Newill. “As long as it’s not snowing badly, raining or anything like that. We also try to get the campus involved. I know that last year we had a food fight, which is where we had campus groups compete and whoever got the most food would win a prize. It was a $500 visa gift card that Student Senate was gracious enough to provide that for us.”
Another one of the main projects that Circle K is involved in is Clean Up New Concord, where Circle K members go around New Concord and clean up.
“In the immediate community there is an event every year called Clean Up New Concord, we do that,” said Newill. “It’s for the whole city, whoever is interested helps clean up the city of New Concord, which isn’t a huge task since it isn’t too big. We also go to the Beckett House, which is down the street and do activities with the seniors there. We actually do a lot more outside of the immediate area because there is so much more to do.”
Muskingum’s Circle K Members during their weekly Wednesday night meeting, where they determine what volunteer opportunities they can get involved in.