by Sam Chung, 2019-2020 Spirit and Recognition Chair
What is a better way to spend a cloudy Sunday than doing some service indoors? On January 26th, I headed out with a couple other members of my club to one. We were introduced to the organization holding the event, One Incredible Family, who told us they held many service events throughout the year, and that this Valentine’s event was something they did every year in which they tried to make as many cards as they could, always trying to make more each year. This year, they told us they wanted over 200 cards. We were told the cards would be for underserved communities including veterans, kids, and the poor. They gave us many different craft materials, including construction paper, doilies, assorted stickers, and drawing tools. So our group took what we needed and sat down at a table and got to work. We had lots of fun coming up with various ideas to use in making our cards. For example, I used some cute food puns. Overall, it was an enjoyable event, and at the end we were satisfied with our work and hoped whoever received our cards would be even just a little bit happier with them.
by Tabitha Anctil, General Member
On Saturday, January 25th my club and I attended the Ace of Hearts dog adoption event in LA. Obviously, many of us were attracted to the idea of helping at an event centered around fluffy friends—who wouldn’t want to play with dogs all afternoon? The event was definitely more than just petting animals, but it was still overall a wonderful and rewarding experience. We brought down supplies and prepped for the event, some of us kept dogs company by their kennels once they arrived, and some of us, including myself, held colorful signs by the street and collected donations from Angelinos’ car windows. It was so heartening to see how many people were willing to donate their spare change to helping save rescue animals from high kill shelters. Helping provide the human power necessary to keep the event running smoothly, being able to smile and thank someone for contributing to the cause, and connecting with volunteers from other organizations besides CKI made for a great day of service.
by Melisa Sales, General Member
On January 19, UCLA Circle K members woke up extra early excited to volunteer in the 2020 Rose Bowl Rush Kids Run. We arrived with more than enough time to register and mingle with other volunteers from other organizations. The amazing staff gave us all our volunteer t-shirts and a delicious breakfast to get fuelled before we met the kids that would participate in the race. We were split up into partners and posted at different lengths between the start and finish line so we could constantly cheer the kids on. Finally, the time came and all the kids lined up by age groups. They stretched and danced and although the parents were more excited than the kids they were anxious to just get moving forward already. The 8 to 6 years old went first then the 5 to 4 years old and finally the 3 years old and under. Most sprinted off towards the finish line crossing all of 1/4th of a mile and others threw tantrums for their parents to carry them to the finish line. The kids got their medals and took many pictures with their proud families. Next year I’m definitely considering taking my 4-year-old brother and putting him in the kid’s marathon to help him build some athletic spirit.
by Tiffany La, General Member
On a Friday evening, I walked around the UCLA campus with my CKI friends and picked up trash left lying around--this is our campus cleanup event! We moved together as a group and helped each other spot and pick up trash and recyclable materials. We mainly covered the areas that were expected to have more trash, such as the dining areas and the main walkway. Surprisingly, there was less trash than we expected, which is good news of course! Nonetheless, we had a successful cleanup as we were able to collect a significant amount of trash.
Personally, I felt grateful that I had this opportunity of cleaning up the campus. I believe that this campus should have a nice and clean atmosphere and I think our efforts were able to contribute to this. It was also really fun to be able to do this with fellow club members! Overall, I really enjoyed this event and would definitely do it again next time!
Be a Kid Again
by Ryan Fang, 2019-2020 Member Development and Education Chair
On January 12th, members of UCLA Circle K went to LA Family Housing’s Pacoima Transitional Shelter to support Be A Kid Again, a weekly children’s event where children at the Transitional Shelter have an opportunity to hang out and play with other children and volunteers. Volunteers played soccer, football, basketball, and made crafts with the kids. Overall, it was incredibly exciting to form bonds with the kids and their parents. They told interesting stories and had a unique and refreshing perspective on life. You could tell that they truly appreciated the event because when it was time to go, the kids cried and tugged at our hands.