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Westfield State Circle K Club Awarded at Regional Kiwanis Convention

WESTFIELD- The student-led Westfield State Circle K Club garnered 10 awards at the 57th annual District Convention of the New England and Bermuda District Kiwanis this spring.

Circle K Club at Westfield State is a community service based organization that was founded by the Westfield Kiwanis Club in 1970 and was the first of its kind in New England. Circle K is focused on community service and leadership, organizing several events on campus from September to May. Any funds raised through Circle K events are donated to local and national charities, such as the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute in Boston and Camp Sunshine in Maine.

Circle K organizes a number of fundraisers and community events annually including the Westfield State Helping Out Our Town (HOOT Day) of volunteering, the “Words with Friends” city-wide spelling bee, and Breakfast with Santa.

The club was awarded for fundraising the highest amount in the New England District, with a total of more than $2,600 for the 2016-2017 term. In addition, the club also earned an award for the highest fundraising per member, with each member bringing in an average of $109.65 this term. The Westfield State Circle K Club donates all of the funds raised to local and national charities. The Westfield State Common Goods food pantry, Boston Children’s Hospital, and the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute are just a few of the charities that Circle K donated to this term.

Caroline Gendron ’19 of Worcester, Mass., the Westfield Circle K Club historian, was presented with the first place “Circle K International Member of the Year” award, the highest honor given at the convention. The CKI Member of the Year award is given to a member who embodies the ideals and values of Circle K International through exceptional work and service.

“Whenever we need someone to drive club members to an off-campus event, pick up supplies at WalMart, or chair an event, Caroline is always the first to step up. She consistently places the priorities of the club as her top priorities, and this is what makes her such a valuable, hard-working club member,” says Circle K Club President Madison Babula ’18 of Wilbraham, Mass.

Circle K Club advisor Kenneth Magarian, adjunct professor of Biology, was honored with two individual awards, second-place “Outstanding Faculty Advisor” and the Joseph Strazzulla Kiwanis Advisor Award. The Kiwanis Advisor Award recognizes an advisor who has contributed their time and efforts to guide the Circle K Club to success each term.

Other individual awards given to Westfield State Circle K Club members include the “Distinguished President’s Award” to President Madison Babula, and the “Distinguished Treasure’s Award” and the “Outstanding Club Officer” award, both to Treasurer Brianna Beninati ’19 of Bridgewater, Mass.

For more information on Circle K Club, please contact club advisor Kenneth Magarian at kmagarian@westfield.ma.edu.

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