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New England CKI Weekly Updates – November 16, 2011

November 16, 2011

Scholarship Opportunity: The Chester Bogashus Scholarship

Attached to this e-mail is a scanned copy of the Chester Bogashus Scholarship form.  This is a scholarship awarded annually to a Circle K member who has excelled in all areas of his/her collegiate career.  It is meant to provide recognition and financial assistance for  those Circle Kers who have achieved academic excellence, demonstrated leadership abilities, and provided service to others.  Financial need is considered in this award.  For more information, please see the attached form or contact me with any questions.  Applications are due on January 15th.

Chester Bogashus was a past Key Club District Governor, Circle K Financial Counsellor, and member of the Waterbury Kiwanis Club.  Upon his death, he left a sum of money into a scholarship fund for Circle K members, to be selected by the Waterbury Kiwanis Club.

Send in Applications for District Conventions Chair by THIS Friday!

Attached to this e-mail is an application for the position of District Convention Chair.  If you’d like to apply, make sure to get your applications in by THIS FRIDAY!!!  You’ve seen me talk about the position for the past month, so I’ll spare you this week, but please apply if you are interested!

Registration Has Reopened for KPTI Day

Due to the hospital not permitting a second KPTI Open House, they have decided to reopen registration and have an extra-crowded open house.  If you didn’t get registration forms sent in last time, please send them in ASAP!  Forms are attached.  The deadline is November 22nd!

Wanted: Musicians for KPTI Day

KPTI is looking for one or more members of Circle K who would be willing to play music while people are eating their lunches at KPTI Day. They must bring their own instruments and equipment. KPTI would supply them with lunch, but they would have to play music during lunch, rather than socialize.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Patricia Lupien at KPTI.  Her e-mail address is

Fund Your Club’s Service:  Apply for a Tomorrow Fund Grant!

One of the great resourced that Circle K International has to help clubs is the Tomorrow Fund!  Clubs can apply to receive funding for a major project.  Last year, Northeastern University Circle K received a grant to help with their annual PB Jam event.  If you are planning a large project and need funding, consider applying to the Tomorrow Fund.  More information and the application can be found on the CKI website:

Recap: Upcoming Dates

Nov. 18 – DCON Chair Application Due!
Dec. 1 – DCON Host Club Chair Application Due!
Dec. 3 – KPTI Day, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA
Mar. 2-4 – District Convention, Camp Sunshine, Casco, ME

Apply to be District Convention Chair!

November 8, 2011

As we begin to plan for our District Convention this March, we have reopened applications for the vacant position on our District Board: Conventions Chair.  If you are interested in taking on a larger role in Circle K and helping to plan our biggest event of the year, please consider applying!  The chair will be responsible for planning the schedule, programs, and logistics of District Convention.  He/she will work with the Host Club and the rest of the District Board to help coordinate the theme, decorations, workshops, awards, elections, and other aspects of the Convention.  While District Convention takes many people to plan and facilitate, the Chair will be the one who brings all of the parts together to make sure that the entire weekend is amazing!  Applicants should have attended District Convention in the past (especially last year, since it will be at Camp Sunshine again) and should have a talent for organization and planning. Any dues-paid member of Circle K is eligible, including club officers.  For more information and the application, see the District Website here.

Applications are due, e-mailed to Governor Will ( on November 18th.  If you have any questions, please let me know!

Ned’s Travels: InterNECK 2011

October 20, 2011
InterNECK 2011

New England Circle K at InterNECK 2011

This year, InterNECK was a great success!  With 60 attendees from 10 clubs, we had fantastic attendance, surpassing the District Board’s goal!  As usual, the weekend was filled with fun activities, interactive workshops, and service projects.  Circle K members left the weekend equipped with new Circle K knowledge, enthusiasm, and friendships.

I’d like to thank a few people who helped make this weekend go so well.  First, Ben Dexter and the rest of Bentley Circle K did a fantastic job hosting the conference!  They were truly the backbone of the entire conference, and without Ben’s planning and preparations, the weekend would not have been as fun.  Next, I’d like to thank our district board members.  They planned fantastic workshops and activities and helped keep the enthusiasm up throughout the weekend!  I’d especially like to thank Emily George and Tyler Foote for serving as InterNECK Committee Co-Chairs.  They played an especially important role in planning the conference and ensuring that everything ran smoothly.  Finally, I’d like to thank everybody who came!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend and learned something valuable, either about Circle K or yourself, that you can bring back to your club.  I hope to see many of you again this year at District Convention and hopefully before!

Ned’s Travels: Atlantic and Greater Boston Trainers

October 5, 2011
District Board at the Atlantic Divisional Trainer

District Board at the Atlantic Divisional Trainer

This past weekend, Ned attended two more divisional trainers!  Unfortunately, we forgot to take our traditional pictures on school signs…

Saturday, October 1st: Atlantic Divisional Trainer
First, Ned and I travelled down to Bridgewater State University, where we met with officers and members from Bridgewater State and Stonehill College.  Ned and I joined LTG Paige Stokes, as well as six other board members!  We went over the basics of Circle K, ate an awesome lunch (including mozzarella sticks!), and did a unique service project: we decorated pillow cases to be donated to the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute!

Sunday, October 2nd: Greater Boston Divisional Trainer
Next, Ned and I walked 10 minutes down the road from my apartment to Northeastern University for the Greater Boston Divisional Trainer.  We were joined by LTG Rachel Shanley and the rest of the District Board for this event.  We got to meet with members and officers from Northeastern, Bentley, and Simmons College for a very productive trainer!

Overall, these 5 divisional trainers allowed the District Board to meet and train members/officers from 11 out of 14 clubs in our division!  Ned and I have definitely spent the last 3 weekends well!  Great work to the District Board for their hard work in planning and putting on these trainers, and thank you to everyone who came out!

Ned’s Travels: Western Divisional Trainer

September 27, 2011

This past Sunday, Ned and I travelled to Westfield State University, along with 2 other District Board members, for the Western Divisional Trainer!  LTG Sam Streisand put on another wonderful trainer, which was well-attended by both of the clubs in the Western Division!  The trainer included a lot of basic information about Circle K, as well as some fun, but educational activities.  We ended the trainer by making bookmarks to donate to a local school library to encourage literacy.

Westfield State was also kind enough to give us our very own sign (which I may have taken as a souvenir… just the banner, not the easel it was on!)

Ned’s Travels: Sunrise Divisional Trainer

September 27, 2011

Ned at USMThis past Saturday, Ned and I travelled with LTG Tyler Foote and three other District Board members to the University of Southern Maine for the Sunrise Divisional Trainer!  We met with officers and members from the University of New Hampshire, the University of Southern Maine, and the University of Maine-Orono for the afternoon.  Once again, over pizza, we had a fruitful conversation about Circle K, service project ideas, and the process of paying dues.  We also promoted InterNECK and DCON, while we were in both events’ home division.  Despite getting lost in Portland, we had a very productive trainer with attendees from every club in the division!

Great job to Tyler and the rest of the District Board on putting on this trainer!

Also, Ned and I made a layover the night before at UNH, where Ned got the chance to meet the Wildcat!

Ned’s Travels: Mystic Divisional Trainer

September 22, 2011

Will and Ned at Michell CollegeOver the next month, Ned and I will be travelling all over New England to meet with groups of club officers and help the Lieutenant Governors run divisional trainers for them. This month of travels began this past weekend in New London, CT.  Ned and I, as well as Mystic LTG Erinn Amell and two other district board members met with officers and members from Mitchell College.  After going over some of the basics about Circle K, we ate pizza and talked about what their club is up to, what kinds of things other Circle K clubs do, and what kind of obstacles they’re facing this year.  Overall, it was a very enlightening conversation and both helped Mitchell learn more about other Circle K clubs in the district and the District Board learn more about our newest club at Mitchell College.

Ned and I are both very excited to see Mitchell again at InterNECK and continue working with them throughout the year!