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Circle K International builds leaders at the C of I

Circle K International is the largest student-led community service organization in the world. With 12,600 members in 17 countries, CKI is dedicated to creating leaders who are passionate about serving their communities by providing practical, hands-on aid to those in need.

The College of Idaho is proud to have a strong CKI presence on campus. The energetic and passionate club includes 23 members who complete an average of four-to-six service projects each month. Victoria Tschohl, the College’s CKI president for 2013-2014, pointed out canned food drives, a Christmas program and time spent visiting local retirement homes as some of the club’s highlights during the current school year.

“Circle K International is very student-led,” Victoria Tschohl said. “Our club is able to pursue local projects that interest us and help our specific Caldwell community.”

Victoria also had easy access to the CKI Utah-Idaho District Governor – her sister and fellow C of I student, Sarah Tschohl. As governor, Sarah Tschohl acted as a liaison between the four campus CKI clubs in the Utah-Idaho District and the international CKI leaders. She communicated the accomplishments of each of the clubs to the upper leadership and relayed messages from the leadership back to the clubs.

Through their partnership and club participation, the Tschohl sisters were able to help nearby Treasure Valley Community College establish a CKI chapter on its campus, adding to the organization’s strength in the local community.

“We love our club,” Sarah Tschohl said. “Our mission is important, but we don’t want to be the only club doing community service – we want to support other clubs in getting involved, too.”

Now seniors, the Tschohl sisters are excited to see new Yotes step into leadership roles, especially sophomore Jocelyn Elvira – the newly elected Utah-Idaho District Governor.

Elvira, who replaced Sarah Tschohl as CKI District Governor earlier this month, is working closely with Sarah to learn the ins and outs of the position. She also recently completed several days of training in Indianapolis, where she met governors from other CKI districts.

“The excitement was contagious,” Elvira said. “I left the Governor-Administrator Training Conference with new friends, new goals and great memories.”

The C of I chapter of CKI is always eager to add new members, and anyone is welcome to join. To learn more, please email victoria.tschohl@yotes.collegeofidaho.edu or visit www.circlek.org.

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another 12 Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.