Special to the Journal
On April 14, the local Belton Kiwanis Club officiated in the chartering ceremony for a CKI Club they sponsored on the campus of the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor (UMHB). Circle K International (CKI) is a college-level, student-led service leadership organization focused on promoting service by its club members on campus, in the local community and throughout the world. The newly chartered club has 15 charter members and is led by their president Samuel Kinnin. Harriet Brodie, President of the Belton Kiwanis Club, presented the official charter for the new club to the President and Club Officers. The current Lieutenant Governor for the Hill Country CKI, Pablo Ortiz, a member of the UT Austin club, of which the UMHB CKI club is now a part swore in the new club officers. Belton Kiwanis Advisor is Roosevelt “Roo” Huggins and the UMHB faculty advisors is Jane Roby.
Circle K clubs are organized and sponsored by local Kiwanis clubs throughout the world. They emphasize as part of the their core values the advantages of the democratic way of life, providing opportunity for leaders training in service, providing community service on the campuses and in the broader communities, and promote good fellowship and high scholarship. Additionally, they encourage the following ideals: giving primary to the human spiritual rather than materials values of life; encourage living by the Golden Rule; adoption and application of social, business and professional standards; and cooperation in creating and maintaining sound public opinion and high idealism which makes possible the advancement of righteousness, justice, patriotism and goodwill.
This is the second Service Leadership Program (SLP) Club that the Kiwanis Belton club has sponsored this year. Earlier they sponsored a new Key Club at Belton High School with over 60 charter members. Belton Kiwanis Club has also sponsored a Key Club at the New Tech High School as well as a Builders Club at South Belton Middle School and K-Kids clubs at Chisholm Trail and Southwest Elementary School. These clubs, much like the Circle K Club, are student-led clubs that foster service oriented leadership training and service at the their schools and throughout the community. As an example the South Belton Middle School is the officially recognized sponsor of Yettie Polk Park by the Belton Parks and Recreation Department and helps maintain the park by conducting park cleanups several times throughout the year.
In her remarks at the chartering ceremony, Harriet Brodie commented on how honored she was to be President of a club that, while small in number did “awesome service through hands-on application of the principles of Kiwanis.” She emphasized that it has always been a club made of members who contributed greatly to the community be it through sponsorship of SLP’s, Citizenship awards at each of the local elementary and middle schools, scholarships at the high school, and participation in numerous local community service projects supporting children.