Circle K International is an international collegiate service organization associated with Kiwanis International. It promotes service, leadership and fellowship. With over 13,500 members, it is the largest collegiate service organization of its kind in the world.
Live to serve, love to serve Service, Leadership, Fellowship
I pledge to uphold the Objects of Circle K International, to foster compassion and goodwill toward others through service and leadership, to develop my abilities and the abilities of all people, and to dedicate myself to the realization of mankind’s potential.
Developing college and university students into responsible citizens and leaders with a lifelong commitment to serving the children of the world.
The Service Initiative of Circle K International was designed to educate all Circle K members about the problems and issues that face children worldwide, ages six to 13. Through personal interaction and public awareness, we will enable children to develop the skills and ideals necessary to be successful.
In 1936, the Kiwanis Club of Pullman, Washington, established “Circle K House” at Washington State College, which was rented to young men who needed assistance to attend college. For ten years the “Circle K House” became affiliated with a Greek letter organization, although it continued to be sponsored by the Pullman Kiwanis Club.
Eleven years later in 1947, Circle K transitioned from a fraternity to a service-oriented organization. That year, during September, the first Circle K club similar to our present day organization, was chartered at Carthage College in Carthage, Illinois.
In 1949, two more clubs were organized, including one in Canada, making Circle K international. There were 147 Circle K clubs in 1955, when Circle K was officially recognized as a sponsored organization of Kiwanis International.