About Circle K
CKI began in 1936 as a Kiwanis club service project to provide an opportunity for capable, ambitious, and worthy young men to acquire a college education by assisting them, where necessary, with their financial problems, by means of a scholarship fund, if available, or securing part-time employment. Soon after the concept of CKI was recognized and accepted, the element of community service was introduced, thus creating an appealing outlet for collegians around the globe.
Today, as the largest collegiate service organization, CKI boasts a membership of more than 13,000 collegians on more than 500 campuses worldwide. CKI is a student-led organization with an International Board of Representatives elected by its membership each year. Embodied by its tenets of leadership, fellowship, and service at the club, district and International levels, CKI continues to grow through service to the world's campuses and communities.
1936 Circle K concept first presented
1947 First CKI club chartered
1949 CKI becomes an international organization
1957 First CKI district is established
1971 Females welcomed into CKI
1977 CKI is chartered at UC San Diego
1982 CKI membership surpasses 14,500 members
2005 50th anniversary of CKI