Kiwanis International Convention 1953 at Madison Square Garden. New York, New York. Source: Chuck Jonak and Sam Stall. The Kiwanis Legacy: Building Communities, Serving the World. Kiwanis International, 2004.
Kiwanis International Convention 1953 at Madison Square Garden. New York, New York.

The position of historical committee chair is a new one, but is an important one nonetheless. Many people often overlook the significance and value of history, and how it can be applied to the present. As you all know, Circle K is a large-scale organization that has touched many lives all over the world for decades. There are so many stories of service, leadership, and fellowship that are just waiting to be discovered.

During Jenna’s term as the historical committee chair, she wants to uncover as many of these stories as she can. She wants our organization to have an archive that can serve not only as a reference, but be celebrated by present and future members. Jenna is planning on interviewing notable past Circle Kers and Kiwanians, such as former NYCKI Governor Greg Faulkner. Moreover, she wants to dig into Internet sources as much as possible. As a historian, she is well aware of the many facets that make up history. One facet of particular interest is how women came to play a more prominent role in the organization.

This task, while challenging, is one she looks forward to, and hope that others will join her in piecing together our history as an organization.

If anyone is interested in helping, or has any information that may be helpful (such as contacts, sources, etc.) feel free to reach out and e-mail her at jenna.spak@nycirclek.org. One day future Circle Kers will look back on our accomplishments, and the accomplishments of our predecessors, so let’s work together to make a lasting impression.

Image Source: Chuck Jonak and Sam Stall. The Kiwanis Legacy: Building Communities, Serving the World. Kiwanis International, 2004.