The Circle K club here on campus was recently honored with several awards for their commitment to service in the St. Mary’s community.
“Circle K is a community organization service club on campus geared towards giving back to the local community, but we have a special emphasis on children,” said club member, sophomore, Courtney Ross. Circle K is an international organization that works in conjuncture with the Kiwanis club.
On campus, Circle K may be known for their work in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF and the recent canned food drive, but most of their work is done outside of the campus community.
“We do a lot of stuff in the community,” said club President, junior Kelli Hill, “ For the community two of us act as advisors at Lexington Park Elementary, Spring Ridge Middle School, and Great Mills Elementary School,” said Hill. “Our goal [through the club] is not just to get kids to graduate from High School but to continue their education,” said Ross.
Circle K executive board members, President Kelli Hill; Vice President, junior Kristen Brunot; Secretary, first-year Erika Schmitt; and Treasurer, first-year, James Massey, found out that they received numerous awards at the Capital District Circle K International Conference, held in Timonium, Maryland.
The group were awarded with the Jeffery M. Wolff -Cub Achievement; 1st Place Scrap booking; Outstanding Kiwanis Advisor Award; Dale Larson Kiwanis-Family Relations Award; secretary Schmitt was awarded with the Tremendous Timeliness Award for turning in all club paper work on time; and president Kelli Hill was awarded the King Crab award for performing more than 250 hours on service in the last year.
To receive the awards the group had to apply for the one’s whose qualifications they met. “ It was like applying to college,” said Ross. The award for timeliness won by secretary Erica Schmitt, was not one that she applied for. “Erica’s award, she didn’t apply, she got it because she was on time,” said treasurer, James Massey.
“I was pleasantly surprised about the award,” said Schmitt, “I knew that all the reports were turned in on time, but I wasn’t aware that there was an award for it.”
Next semester Circle K hopes to increase their membership and continue doing their services for the community. “…I hope to increase our numbers. We are a small club, but we have active members,” said Schmitt.
Circle K’s next meeting is Wednesday, April 15 in Montgomery 103.