Go full circle with Circle K

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A club is being formed on campus that will focus solely on volunteerism. I am extremely excited about this opportunity, and hope others will soon feel the same. The Circle K International is a collegiate level organization, which does volunteer work on campus, in the community, and internationally. It is the next step after the high school level Key Club, and the parent organization of both Circle K and Key Club is Kiwanis. Their motto is, “live to serve, love to serve.” Two bold statements in one small sentence. However, it only takes one small act of volunteerism to understand its truth. If the nagging question, why donate my time when I already have so little to spare, is creeping to the surface, consider this. College is often said to be about discovering “who you are.” However, college is also about becoming a part of something bigger than you. Helen Keller said: “I am only one, but I am still one. I cannot do everything, but I can still do something. And if I can do something, I should do something. And if I should do something, then with the grace of God I will do it,” Cause and effect, doing nothing will result in nothing. No one will notice; lives will continue the same as they did the day before, the earth will keep spinning. Doing something, even the littlest thing, is when things begin to change. Wouldn’t it be amazing if the things we were passionate about could also be used to make a difference in the lives of others? What if while we are working to discover who we were, it was possible to help someone else in his or her journey as well? With 12,600 members and 500 clubs world wide, Circle K collectively completes over 1 million community service hours per year. All of those hours made someone else’s life better. This is an outstanding organization that provides opportunities for leadership, service, and fellowship. Circle K is also the perfect chance to give back to the campus as well as to the Liberal community, which supports SCCC tremendously. However, “Giving back” should not create a feeling of guilt or obligation. Nor should it be another check on a list of things to do. Join Circle K because making a change in the world and in the lives of others sounds exciting and fun!

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