CKI Facts


Developing college and university students into a global network of responsible citizens and leaders with a lifelong commitment to service.


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.


To be the leading global community-service organization on college and university campuses that enriches the world one member, one child and one community at a time.


Live to serve, Love to serve.


In 1936, Circle K was instituted as a fraternity at Washington State University by the Kiwanis Club of Pullman, Washington

The idea started with Jay N. Emerson, who was later elected Kiwanis International President. His interest led to the building of the first Circle K club in 1947 at Carthage College, Illinois

In 1949, two more clubs were organized, including one in Canada, making Circle K truly “International”

There were 147 CKI clubs in 1955

In 1956, a special department was created in the Kiwanis International Office to serve as the International Headquarters for CKI