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Circle K serves HPU, local communities

by Janine Dissmore, staff writer


Kelly White, a senior communications major came to HPU last year from Mt. Sac Community College in California, where she was vice president of a club called Circle K, comprised of students devoted to making a difference by helping others in their community.

Circle K is a nationally recognized club that focuses on three components at local and state levels: service, leadership, and fellowship. With the help of three members of Circle K from Mt. Sac, White petitioned to start a Circle K at HPU.

Kelly White


“The Kiwanis Club of Honolulu offered their support,” White said, “and that is how we got started.” White said she is “pleased with the direction the club has taken. On average, we have 30 members who volunteer at least twice a month, and we have done well with competitions. We won a few poster contests at basketball games, first place at Halloween Hoopla, and The Most Philanthropic Club Award.”

Members of Circle K at HPU volunteer around the community: at Shriner’s Hospital, Special Olympics Hawai‘i, Children’s Day, Hawai‘i Helping The Hungry Have Hope, Hawai‘i Food Bank, local marathons, and beach cleanups. On campus they have volunteered for career fairs, a canned food drive for the HPU food bank, TGI Friday programs, and various other events sponsored by Student Life. This month, “We plan to defend our first-place title at Halloween Hoopla.” White said, and added, “as well as volunteer at Shriner’s.” We are also focusing on fundraising this year. We hope to go to the district convention on the mainland during the spring semester.”

Students interested in joining Circle K can pick up an information flyer in the Office of Student Life or attend the club’s meetings which are held on Tuesdays from 2 to 3 p.m. at Campus Crossroads (ground floor of the FS building).



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