Circle K of Southeastern is a service organization sponsored by the Hammond Kiwanis Club. There is an international branch of both Circle K and Kiwanis that both local clubs are modeled after.
The Southeastern service club web page summarizes the mission of CKI as “ to develop college students into a global network of responsible citizens and leaders with a lifelong commitment to service.”
Wendy Stevens is a member of the Hammond Kiwanis club and the faculty advisor of CKI on campus. Stevens says the pledge of Southeastern’s CKI organization is “to improve the world one child and one community at a time.”
The students involved with CKI get service hours, the chance to fellowship with other college students and to strengthen and sharpen their leadership skills.
Some of the on-campus student outreach activities just this year alone include participation in Gumbo YaYa and putting together a float for the SELU homecoming parade.
This winter, CKI will be having a gift drive for Operation Christmas Child. They will be collecting gifts for kids, packaging them, wrapping them and shipping them to kids in need throughout different communities.
The CKI does outreach and fundraising for the community of Hammond. Primarily with the Hammond Kiwanis Club by assisting with fundraisers for the club and by both hosting and working events with Kiwanis. Most of the work done through Hammond Kiwanis and Southeastern CKI is done to benefit children and families in need in the Hammond community. There is a Christmas food drive held each year to collect food for impoverished families that otherwise wouldn’t have Christmas dinner.
Meetings for CKI are held weekly to work on leadership development, socialize and plan activities. They are held on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. in North Campus Main Building B, room 174 for anyone interested in joining CKI. CKI is open to all Southeastern students interested in bettering the university and the community. There are no requirements or dues to join.
CKI also meets yearly at a district convention with other university CKI organizations from Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. Here they get the chance to learn about what other teams are doing to help the community and network with other CKI members.