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Volume 1 Issue 1 November 2007

Greetings from your International Representative!
HEY SUB-REGION B!!! Sorry, I felt like yelling. Hi guys! It’s your Int’l Rep, Ronald Liu here. And thanks for reading the first edition of the uKnow! This newsletter is totally packed with things you should know, things you don’t need to know, and possibly things you might NOT want to know, but I do encourage you guys to go through the whole thing and see what it has to offer. I think that might have been perhaps one of the longest run-on sentences I’ve ever made. But aside from my terrible grammar, I suppose I can let you guys know what I can do for you. The answer, in a nutshell, is ANYTHING. Don’t hesitate to ask me for anything because if I don’t have the answer for you, then I can probably find it for you. See those late night infomercials for technical schools that list off 80 different professions that they can train you in? That’s me, except these are things I can do for you. I can help you with; event searching, event planning, event execution, icebreakers, member recruitment, member retention, member exclusion (jk), fundraising ideas, charity searches, inspirational speeches, public speaking, culinary, store management, business management, cat hygiene, defensive driving, aggressive driving, notary (not really), and more! Last and definitely not least, I am here as your friend, so if you ever need an ear as well, I’m here for you.

In This Issue: The Fam ………………………………………….2 California Nevada Hawaii Rocky Mountain Southwest Idea Grab Bag ………………………………….3 Icebreakers Service Project Ideas The Mole…………………………………………5 Executive Committee Service Committee LSSP Committee Shameless Plugs Abound…………………..7 Service Wiki “Ask Ronald” Halloween Recaps Any articles you care to share In Conclusion …………………………………8

I seem to gravitate towards counseling and I have an open mind so if there’s absolutely ANYTHING anyone needs, let me know. That’s pretty much it for my intro, so it’s time to shamelessly plug my contact information! Ronald Liu 1110 W Blaine St #208 Riverside, CA 92507 AIM: iRonald0708 Cell: (310) 972-8991 Ronald.F.Liu@gmail.com

OFFICE HOURS: Monday: 9PM – 11PM PST Wednesday: 8PM – 10PM PST Look forward to working with all of you, - Ronald

The uKnow

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Volume 1 Issue 1 November 2007

La Familia
Sub-region B consists of the California-Nevada-Hawaii, Rocky Mountain, and Southwest districts. Each district’s profile can be viewed at the Circle K International website: http:/ / circlek.org/ resources/ district/ distgovs.asp But what about the things they DIDN’T write down? I’m fortunate enough to have attended the fall trainers of all three of our districts. Want a little more insight on how they went? Read on, Circle K’ers. Read on.

Membership Education and Training Seminar (METS) Hosted by: Rocky Mountain District Chaired by: Emily Milian Dates: September 21st – 23rd, 2007
METS was the first of the fall trainers I got to attend. Shortly after arriving in Denver, I headed out to the ICON hotel site to take a sneak peak at the area. Anyway, attending METS gave me the idea of asking camps to use their facilities in exchange for helping clean and fix the campgrounds. We also had a great time making dog toys for the humane society, and we were also visited by the RMD Kiwanis Governor. Michael Hoban, an LtG led us in various team building exercises that I’d love to share with you guys in future newsletters. I apologize again to everyone for my snoring, but I think you guys slept alright. I suppose teaching me line dancing was revenge for that (just kidding). Unfortunately, I had to leave METS early, but from the looks of the pictures taken, they had a great time even without me. It was definitely a great experience and I’m grateful for having met the awesome members of the RMD district face to face.

Fall Rally Hosted by: Southwest District Chaired by: Sarah Foley Dates: October 18th – 20th, 2007
Fall Rally always made me think of Key Club, since that’s what we called our… well, Fall Rally. But even though I didn’t go to Six Flags, Vanderwagen New Mexico was a suitable replacement. Why? Because they don’t serve you STEAK for dinner at Six Flags. Yes, that’s the reason I loved Fall Rally. Well, there was that and I got to do a little deforestation. Kamp Kiwanis was the location at which we were staying and we were making sure that the nearby forest was protected against crown fires. Ironically enough, that was when I first got word of the San Diego fires. Anyway, Fall Rally was awesome because then Secretary/Treasurer Sarah Foley brought us a prop leg to be used in a skit. Not only did we get to use it, but I got to watch two girls get into a cage fight. But really, Fall Rally gave me more ideas to work with, as well. So if I suggest to anyone a Beads of Courage project, you have the Southwest district to thank.

Fall Training Conference (FTC)
Hosted by: California Nevada Hawaii Chaired by: Matt “Schro” Schroeder Dates: November 2nd – 4th, 2007 They say home is where the heart is, and I definitely had a blast in my home district. FTC was in Sonora, CA, and that drive never gets any better. Despite only half of the attendees being there for opening session, there was still a great amount of spirit and enthusiasm in the air. Loud cheering during every meal time kept people awake, while over $1,200 donated to UNICEF: The Six Cents Initiative ensured that people stayed hydrated. FTC was also the site of a newly filmed segment for CKITV, which should be uploaded soon. Altogether, about 90 hygiene kits were made to be distributed among the homeless and at risk youths across the CNH District. The different workshops included both ballroom and hip hop dancing, while other members helped my workshop co-presenters crowd surf. Not a bad conference, if I say so myself. Not bad at all.

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I D E A G R A B BA G
Random IIdeas Empiiriicallly Testted To Aiid IIn Your Cllub’’s Functtiionalliitty Random deas Emp r ca y Tes ed To A d n Your C ub s Func ona y Today’s Episode: ICEBREAKERS and service project ideas ICEBREAKERS and service project ideas Icebreakers are a great way to kick off your meeting, rejuvenate a stale meeting, or just an excuse to have fun in the midst of all that business. On the other hand, service projects will remind members of why they’re in this organization. A great balance is struck when you play hard with icebreakers, but work hard with service projects. What follows is one Representative’s account of Icebreakers to try and strategies to find service projects. Icebreaker: Periscope/Barrel/Boat, The Hugging
Game, Random Collision Game. Icebreaker: Gimmie Gimmie Requires: Room split into two or more teams How it works: One (or two) leader(s) stand in the front of the room and demand an object be put in their hand by saying, “Gimmie gimmie, *blank*” A representative from each team must run up and place that object into the leader’s hand. Score may be kept, but the group might get excited enough without it. Good for: Pumping up groups, starting out workshops, stalling for time. Not good for: Having people learn each other’s names, making sure every individual participates. Keep in mind: This exercise might not include everyone, but do what you can to fix the situation. Walk around the room and have the teams chase you down. Ask for random objects that a Circle K’er might have, such as their membership card. Requires: One leader and a couple of henchmen. How it works: Depending on the version of the game you’re playing, you will ask for people to get into groups of a certain number. So for example, the leader calls out, “Groups of three” or “I need three Circle K’ers helping an old woman across the street”. Participants will get into groups of three and depending on the game, will have to act out an activity. The henchmen will sift through the group and any people that are not in those groups will be eliminated from the game. Good for: Seeing who really takes these games seriously, working with large groups of people, stalling for time. Not good for: Easily tackled members, getting to know people. Keep in mind: Those eliminated early will need something to do. Give them another icebreaker to do in the meantime so they don’t get too bored.

The uKnow

Sub-region B’s premier newsletter to keep you in the know
Volume 1 Issue 1 November 2007

I D E A G R A B BA G
Random IIdeas Empiiriicallly Testted To Aiid IIn Your Cllub’’s Functtiionalliitty Random deas Emp r ca y Tes ed To A d n Your C ub s Func ona y Today’s Episode: ICEBREAKERS and service project ideas ICEBREAKERS and service project ideas Sources for Service Projects:
Your City Name Here
How to do it: 1. Contact your city hall and let them know that you’re interested in volunteering. If there’s a particularly dirty area in your city, offer to clean it up on a regular basis (Adopt-A-Street, if you have it). 2. If you’re lucky, there will be a volunteer department already there, and you can be redirected there. Make sure they contact you whenever they need help with any kind of project. Also ask them to refer you to any other organizations that might need help. 3. Another department to go through would be a local Parks and Recreations department. Call them and let them know you’re interested in helping out. If they ask you what you can do, you can offer to clean up parks, restore benches (by painting and removing staples/nails/etc.) 4. Follow up, follow up, follow up. Have a board member call any of your new affiliates at least once a month to remind them that you’re there to help. Also, if you sign up to help, MAKE SURE YOU ATTEND. No sense in ruining that new partnership you just forged.

But what do I SAY?!?!
Cold calling strangers MIGHT not be your strong spot (yay for business terms!), we here at Circle K International understand that. To help you out, here’s a rough idea of what you could say to people you might be interested in helping out. (Don’t read this script word for word, please replace names when appropriate) “Hi, is this *Riverside Parks and Recreations*? My name is Ronald Liu, and I’m a member of Circle K International, a Kiwanis affiliate.” (Should they require more information about Circle K or Kiwanis, you should have it for them, right? Right.) “I was calling to let you know that our club was interested in volunteering with any events you might have coming up.” (If they have any, they’ll probably let you know.) “Also, if there’s anything else we can do, please let us know in the future” (If they have a mailing list, this would be perfect for that.) Ok, so this isn’t the most revolutionary script, but it’s a start if you’re not sure of what to say. And if any of YOU guys have any tricks, please submit them to me and they’ll make their way here!

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Volume 1 Issue 1 November 2007

T h e M ol e
Accessible information made even more accessible from an inside source.

So exactly what ARE your International Committees up to? This edition of the uKnow will fill you in on the directives of the powerful Service Committee, the dutiful LSSP committee, and the work-hard-play-hard Executive Committee. What exactly is a directive? It’s a goal set by the committee with an established deadline that has a tangible completion. Updates to these directives will be provided in the next edition of the uKnow

LSSP Committee:
• • • • • • • • • Research of 8 significant project ideas for review Submittal of Final Project Proposal to International Board Complete and submit meeting minutes Preliminary Research on Professional Appearance of CKI Compile Fundraising Opportunities Preliminary Research on Hotel and Transportation Options Newsletter Publication Establish Executive Committee meetings Establish bi-weekly meetings

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Service Committee:

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• • Promote & Increase CKI participation in Kiwanis One Day Continue development of marketing campaign & promotion of the Six Cents Initiative Investigate & Research ways to streamline & increase effectiveness of service hour reporting Research & Revamp marketing strategies for Tomorrow Fund Develop Education Tools for the Fundraising and Service Initiative Evaluate & Develop strategies and programs to solidify Service Partnerships Research the feasibility of and develop “Servicein-a-box” for non-traditional clubs Research and Develop “Service at its best” & Outstanding Club Project of the Month Recognition Program Establish and define components, recognitions, and programs for the CKI Fundraising Initiative Appoint and Direct the 2007-2008 LSSP Ad-Hoc Committee Promote and develop materials for promotion of non-Kiwanis Family service awareness Research, plan, and incorporate service project aspects into the International Convention Agenda • • •

Review and revamp Tomorrow Grant Process Publicize & Educate members on the new Service Initiative breakdown Research & Develop promotion of obscure Service Programs (CSAW Week, Circle K Week, Service Awards, & other programs)

Executive Committee:
• Develop educational pieces to inform members of International Board activities and present relevant information. Develop a system for representatives to use that would establish policies, responsibilities, and projects. Educate the members on the International committee process. Evaluate future committee structure. Develop the procedures for the elections process at International Convention and provide a more stable system for electing the Board of Representatives. Research the feasibility of new membership opportunities and club structures. Evaluate current and potential conventions and conferences hosted by Circle K International Research areas for budgetary changes. Explore international expansion.

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SHAMELESS PLUGS ABOUND!!!!
This section of the uKnow is for YOU to control. Anything you want up here (as long as it’s appropriate) will be posted, as long as it is submitted within a reasonable date. What can go up here? Well, let me show you guys…

SILLY COMICS!

CRIES FOR HELP!
This is an official cry for help! Does ANYBODY know how to use Wikipedia software? As in, can anybody edit Wikipedia articles to a decent degree? Why? Because Sub-region B is now the proud owner of its OWN WIKIPEDIA. That’s right, the Service Wiki is here. Unfortunately, I have no idea how to code it at all. That’s where you guys come in! If anyone can help code the Service Wiki at

http://www.servicepedia.info
Please contact me at Ronald.F.Liu@gmail.com and we’ll talk. Thank you so much.

Requests in General!
So Halloween’s come and gone, and considering how we’re all college students, I’m sure SOMEBODY wore something that they’re proud of. E-mail the pictures of your Halloween costume to Ronald.F.Liu@gmail.com and see them in the next edition of the uKnow! Again, please keep it appropriate!!!

ASK RONALD!
Ask me anything! I’m ever better than Dear Abby! Send any questions about life, liberty, or anything of any sort to Ronald.F.Liu@gmail.com

The uKnow

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Volume 1 Issue 1 November 2007

In Conclusion…
Dear Sub-region B, Thank you for reading through this entire newsletter. I apologize for the lack of pictures, and if anyone would like to aid with newsletter templates and whatnot, it would be greatly appreciated. (YAY FOR INITIATIVE!) I hope you guys have found this newsletter to be helpful, because that’s pretty much the reason the iBoard puts these things out. We’re here to help.

However, our word is not set in stone. If there is ANYTHING that you have to contribute, any hints or ideas, please submit them here. The more ideas we have, the better off we’ll all be. This newsletter is VERY flexible in content, and all you have to do is give the word, and you’ll probably be featured in the next uKnow.
Keep up the love for Circle K and keep up the passion for service. We here at Circle K International know you like to serve, so do so frequently and proudly. We live to serve. We love to serve. In service,

Ronald Liu International Representative for Sub-region B Proudly REPRESENTING the California-Nevada-Hawaii, Rocky Mountain, and Southwest Districts

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