Circle K International at Cal State Fullerton
Board Officers

2021 - 2022 Elected Officers

(Official pictures coming soon)

I was originally in Key Club and wanted to be more involved and do more for my community. So when I found out there was a college branch of Kiwanis, I knew I wanted to jump head first with all the service provided but ultimately stayed because of the people I met.

Definitely the people, especially those I met in my first year. Everyone was so welcoming and inviting creating a comfortable environment where I was able to grow and become more confident. And the more involved I became, this club became a home and family to me and something I wanted to share with others.

I was inspired to run for E-Board by my big/mentor Josephine Chau as she was someone I always looked up to and was also my club President during my first year in college. She was one of the big reasons why I ended up falling in love with club and wanted to give others a similar experience to mine. And while Josephine inspired me to have thoughts of running for President some day, Sandra Cheng, my immediate predecessor, ultimately gave me the courage and confidence to see that dream through.

I would want others to know that if you are truly passionate about something and care for it, don’t let fear or hesitation stop you from achieving something meaningful to you. With every challenge and goal, there are always going to be positives and negatives but in the long-run it will be worth the time and effort. Regardless of what happens, your experience is what you make of it and how you choose to use that experience/information.

I stumbled upon Circle K randomly during discoverfest in my first year but it seemed like the people were really inviting. I’ve never done community service before then but after attending my first service event I learned it was a really enriching experience. I joined because I wanted to make friends in and grow as a person through our club’s three tenets.

What makes me stay in this organization is the people you meet. Regardless of what major you come from or how long you choose to stay, everyone comes in and brings light to our home club. Circle K has given me room to grow as a person alongside some of the most dedicated and hardworking people I’ve ever met.

My experience on board last year inspired me to run for E-Board. After experiencing all the hard work that goes into event planning first hand, I wanted to make sure I was in a position where I was able to support appointed board officers going through that experience. Another big inspiration was my VPA predecessor, who always made me feel appreciated for the work I had done as Spirit/Social Chair last term. Lastly and probably my biggest inspiration moving forward is my current NintenBoard. It has been a difficult term navigating the current circumstances of covid, but I’m glad to have worked and bonded with my board during this time.

It might seem intimidating at first, but you’re capable of more than you think so take a chance! It will be a lot of hard work but it’ll also be one of the most enriching experiences you can have in our club.

I joined circle k to continue my love for community service. I had never heard of Kiwanis until my mom told me that one of her clients was the district governor of Kiwanis. Since I had not joined any clubs on campus by that time, I wanted to see what the club was all about.

The people! All of the people that I have met have been truly amazing and mean so much to me. Meeting all of these people through service has really encouraged me to be myself.

Sandra Cheng was a very big inspiration to run for E-Board, especially VPS. I learned a lot from her being on the the 19-20 service committee. She showed me the responsibilities of being VPS. Sandra had a really great work ethic and attitude about being VPS which was very inspiring.

If you have the passion and drive for wanting to grow/learn to be a better person, consider running for E-board 🙂

I joined CKI to be more active and make an impact. I’ve always been someone that loves to get involved and help out when I can. Circle K gave me that space to do so, while also allowing me to make lots of connections in the process.

What keeps me in CKI is the people. I enjoy being able to bond with others while partaking in events together. The club members help make my experience in CKI, and I’d say I’ve found lifelong friends here.

I wanted to run to take a more active role in the club, while also taking on a leadership role. I felt that Secretary specifically gave me the space to grow while also learning more about Circle K. I also felt most inclined towards Secretary over other board positions, as I liked the somewhat methodical and organized role it has.

Don’t be afraid to take the initiative and speak up! E-Board is there to help A-Board as well as the club! No matter what position you end up in, you can always help out somehow!

I joined CKI initially to make friends and to continue on with work that I enjoyed doing in high school. Throughout my years here, I rediscovered my love for community service, and was able to form many meaningful relationships!

I’d say that the biggest thing that made me stay was the memories that I shared throughout my time in the club. The many CKI moments that I shared was what made this experience memorable for me, and I was able to share my love for service with those who shared the passions I had!

I would say that a lot of my older peers are what inspired me to run. Seeing them on board positions and seeing the impact they had on the club when I first joined made me want to do the same, so I can offer that experience for those who were new and those who returned! I chose my position because it allowed me to help with the events that made CKI what it is, and to help individuals attend these events.

My advice to you is to go for it, because you don’t know what kind of experience you will gain from running for board. Talking to those who have experience will also help you decide where exactly you feel like you’d fit in, in terms of board and the positions that are offered!

2021 - 2022 Appointed Officers

I’m going to be honest, I thought it would just be like college key club. People from CKI reached out when I was a freshman so I was felt like I had to at least check it out. I liked everyone and people were super friendly so I joined!

The members, everyone is extremely kind and open. I was met some people who had a similar energy as me so I was able to really bond with them. Club Board was a crucial factor of me staying because we got along really well which was very nice.

The person who inspired me to apply for A-Board was Brandon Tran. During the Fall 2020/Spring 2021 Semester, I was apart of his Media Committee and I got to watch and learn from him which made me want to apply for A-Board. Brandon also encouraged me to learn more and challenge myself. Moreover, from being on Media Committee and getting to create videos, it really understand and appreciate video editing on a different level.

Some advice I would give to someone that is considering to apply for A-Board is to challenge yourself and edit videos how you want to envision them. Another advice is to never compare yourself to your predecessors because it will lead being brunt out and unfulfilled. Lastly, time management is KEY, make sure you schedule editing, academics, and mental breaks accordingly so you don’t always feel overwhelmed.

I joined CSUF Circle K since I wanted to do a lot of service events. I was originally from OCC CKI so I wanted to continue on my CKI journey even after I transferred. I still wanted to make more memories before I graduate.

I think what made me stay is how much CKI have so much to offer to members. CKI always offer so many things that involve giving back to the community and making new memories. CKI is always the one club that is full of energy and commitment, which made me feel more dedicated to stay.

I wanted to take an opportunity to experience leadership. I never had the confidence to take on leadership roles, and I wanted to do it before I graduate. I always love service and meeting new people, so that’s why I decided to become the Kiwanis Family Chair. I wanted to take on this position so it could give a better experience about what is in store in my future.

To those who may consider applying for A-Board next term, all I can say is just go for it even if you’re scared. Everyone is always scared to do something huge such taking on leadership. It’s not always about being the ideal board member, especially if you’re trying to be perceived during interviews. Just show that you want to work hard to make the club successful.

I joined CSUF Circle K because I was interested in creating new relationships with other people and putting myself outside of my comfort zone. I also heard that it was a community service organization and so I was looking forward to doing some service.

I stayed because of the people in the club that have made a positive impact on my life. I’m so thankful for the amount of love and support that this club has brought me. It has given me so much happiness to be surrounded by people that really care about me and have watched me grow into the person that I am today.

I was inspired by both my mentor Restie Tagorda and my predecessor Britney Chow to apply to the A-Board position. I specifically applied to Membership Development and Education because I was interested in teaching new members about our club. I wanted to inspire others to grow in the club, whether on a professional/personal level. I hoped to give confidence to those who wish to partake in leadership.

I would advise them to not feel intimidated by Board because we are all in this together. It’s okay to not know something and ask for help. Everyone on board is always welcome to help and so don’t hesitate to ask them any questions or feedback. Life is a learning process and so don’t stress if you make mistakes along the way. At the of the day, we’re only human :,))

After coming to SoCal for school, I didn’t have any friends and thought that joining a club would help solve that. Not to mention I was heavily involved in clubs during high school, including Key Club, so I somewhat knew of CKI’s existence. After finding the booth at Discoverfest and briefly talking to Henry, I decided to give it a chance and came out to the next general meeting.

Besides getting free membership my first year, it was a combination of my love for service and the people. At first, it was very overwhelming and I figured that even if I didn’t make any friends, I’d have service to keep me busy. However, after getting to know and connect with others on a deeper level, as cliché as it sounds, I found a bit of a home here.

It all goes back to my first year being in Josie’s fam (Sunny Side!) and from there, I was inspired to be a Family Head. After being a Fam Head last term (ily Whirl Winds <3), I really enjoyed it yet didn’t feel satisfied with what I had done, so I looked at my parents, BChow and Eric (AKA the MDs). I hold a lot of love for the Big/Little and Family system because of what it’s provided me, as well as many of the events the MDs plan. As to why MDR specifically, I’m a firm believer in the importance of recognizing people’s hard work, and this club is filled with some amazing, dedicated people who deserve all the love.

After much, much, much hesitation and thought, I applied at the last minute. If I could say one thing, although it’s been said many times, even if you only have the tiniest spark of interest, have a one-on-one and go for it. MDR and A-Board in general has been one of the toughest, yet most rewarding things I have done. I know that our members have so much potential and so much to offer, and know that many of you could do amazing things for this club in a leadership position. It’s scary and nerve-racking but in the words of our Goddess, Britney Chow, “Just take a chance, what are you waiting for?” <333

When I went to college, I didn’t know too many people and I wanted to try to meet more people. Since I was in Key Club in high school, I wanted to continue my Kiwanis family journey. I also loved serving the community since that was where a lot of my favorite memories came from in Key Club.

I stayed because of all the people I met in this club since my first year. Everyone in the club has been super welcoming and inclusive and I feel like I can really be myself around them. The people of this club make me want to do better so they have an amazing experience in the club.

The members were my first inspiration because I wanted to do as much as I could to make their experience memorable. My second inspiration was my co, Hannah Romey. It’s hard to explain why I was so inspired, but when she was appointed as External Public Relations Chair, I became extremely motivated to apply because I wanted the chance to work with her after her term as Family Head as well as to get to know her better. As Internal Public Relations Chair, I wanted to meet more people on campus through CSICC and continue producing content for the club through social media. This position allows me to branch out and develop my skill set in a way that I really enjoy.

If you’re applying for A-Board, you might be a bit intimidated because you feel like you don’t have enough experience for the position, but that’s perfectly fine. At the end of the day, it’s about how much you want to grow from the position and what you’ll gain from it. If you’re considering a position even slightly, I would say take that leap of faith and apply because no matter what happens you’ll gain valuable experience from it. While the interview may seem daunting, just remember that all the people in that room interviewing you see the best in you and only want you to succeed.

I joined Circle K because I wanted to put myself out there and meet new people in college! The club seemed very welcoming and friendly and I wanted to get to know its members/what it’s about. In addition to making new friends, I have always had a passion for service and saw Circle K as a great opportunity to combine the two.

I’ve stayed in this club because of its members and the desire to give back to the club that has given so much to me. From my time in CKI, I have not only gained a second family consisting of some of the greatest, most inspiring people I have ever met, I have also gained newfound confidence in myself that I never thought I could possess. The club and its members mean so much to me, and I want to enjoy every moment that I can with everyone.

There actually wasn’t one specific person who inspired me to apply for A-Board. Rather it was inspiration from all the members and their dedication to stick with the club (even through a pandemic) that spurred me to give back and apply. I chose the position of External Public Relations because I enjoy promoting members and events on social media while also innovating so that these posts are more personal to the club. In addition, I have always wanted to get to know members from other clubs, which is why I enjoy the interclub aspect of my position as well.

My advice would be to have confidence in yourself and go for it! It may seem a little daunting at first, but what definitely helped me was making sure I was prepared for the interview and to take on this position. I did this by doing one-on-ones, researching each position thoroughly so that I was familiar with the duties, and practicing interview questions so that I felt less nervous going into the application process. And most importantly, remind yourself: You can do it!!

I was invited by a close friend and when I got to the meeting, everything felt like the right fit for me.

The people. I love being with the people of this club and growing alongside them. Making connections is imperative.

Sandra Cheng and Eric Chiu. They’ve been amazing mentors to me as a graphic designer and I’m glad to have worked with them in different capacities.

I joined CSUF Circle K because I was in Key Club and wanted to become more involved in the Kiwanis Family…and joining Circle K was an opportunity for me to do so! Amy Pham introduced me to the club and invited me to the Facebook group in the summer after my senior year of high school…and POOF! I join a meeting in the middle of summer (mind you, probably the most inconspicuous time to join) but I absolutely LOVED it. HERE I AM NOW!

To sum up the one element of this club that’s been making me stay, it’d definitely be the people I’ve been blessed with the opportunity of meeting. Being able to meet some of the most genuine people through this organization is truly one of the things I treasure most about this club. Not only that, but being able to bond with others through an assortment of events whether it be SOCIALS<3 or SERVICE<3 is something that this club offers a plethora of opportunity to do so. In this club, I’ve met people I can call my closest friends, my mentors, and the people I want to inspire, and for me…these people are why I stay.

If I had to only pick one person as my inspiration to apply for A-board, It’d definitely be our current Vice President of Admin., Joshua De Leon (my AWESOME PREDECESSOR)! During my first year, he so diligently served as the club’s Spirit/Social Chair and would consistently put out events that I always looked forward to! Being the type of person to light up the spirit of a whole organization during a pandemic is no easy task, but he was able to do it. In that sense, I wanted to be that next spark of spirit for the club, and that manifested itself in becoming the Spirit/Social Chair, which is a position I hold to so dear to my heart.

The most valuable advice I can give is to do what YOU are truly passionate about. If a position speaks to you, GO FOR IT! Regarding advice with the interview, the advice I have to offer is that being concise and knowing what you want to achieve not only within your prospective position but also, how much you can grow from it! Although it does require work, I genuinely do love serving as your Spirit/Social Chair and hope you will find the same joy as I do. <3 Best of luck, I’m looking forward to see everyone’s successors (especially mine).

I have always been someone who wants to make an impact in my community and help those in need. This desire originally started when I joined Key Club in Highschool, although truthfully it wasn’t at the level I was looking for (owing to the fact that its high-school). Circle K Int, on the other hand, being at the college level, gave me all the room and opportunities to fulfill that desire.

I consider this club to be my second home :). And within any home, there are it’s inhabitants, which ultimately determine how well any home will be run. And in this household, the people I’ve encountered here are some of the most caring, welcoming, and inclusive people I’ve ever met. I can confidently say I’ve found many, many lifelong friendships and connections here.

There are several sources that contributed to me pulling the trigger on applying for Technology Chair. Perhaps the most prominent one being the fact that I served in the Tech Committee for Loren Padolina (now my absolutely amazing predecessor! :D), which gave me lots of hands on experience on what it was like to run the techie side of the club. Being a techie individual myself, many things came naturally to me, which further inspired me to take up the mantel and push the position of Tech Chair to new heights. Besides Loren and her committee, I credit my Big (for giving me insight on what it’s like to be on board, and giving me a push) and even my Little (taking inspiration from her incredible ambition in going from general member to Secretary) for inspiring me to apply.

What you put into something is what you get out, as a close friend of mine likes to say and follow. Make the absolute most of your time here in college/in this club, and always do what you, and only you, are truly passionate about. Being an A-Board officer (or any kind of officer or holding any position of leadership) isn’t just about doing what you’re supposed to do as listed on paper. It also about inspiring others to follow your example (and perhaps getting them interested in being your successor hehe), making meaningful connections on both the friendship and professional level, and finally having fun :).