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Circle K receives prestigious award

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The Drew University division of Circle K International brought home several awards from their district convention this February. Among them was the Ralph J. Gour Distinguished New Circle K International Member Award which was presented to Devyn Lopez (’16). According to Lopez, this was a bit of a shock.

“I was so surprised,” Lopez said. “[Club President Victoria Dayton, ’13] said she wished she could have taken a picture of my face when they called my name because I was so shocked.”

According to the New Jersey division of Circle K’s website, the new member award is presented based on a mathematical formula taking into account the number of meetings, fundraisers and events attended, giving each a numerical value and adding them together. The district member with the highest total is the recipient of the award.

Lopez said she felt honored to receive the award and that she had no idea beforehand that she would win the award. She was required at her high school to participate in community service, but Circle K is a completely new experience for her.

“Clubs like these are very important because it’s very important to be involved,” Lopez said. “It shows you care, connects people, and helps you feel part of the community by doing things for the common good.”

Lopez’s first semester of Circle K was focused largely on Hurricane Sandy relief. Members held events such as “Dance the Damage Away,” and travelled to Toms River for a “Restore the Shore” event. Along with hurricane relief, members also made blankets for Project Linus – a project that seeks to provide blankets to children in need and participated in many other service projects.

Lopez said she plans to continue giving back to the community through Circle K.

“I will absolutely continue to participate in this club because I really enjoy helping others,” Lopez said. “I also read a study somewhere that people who volunteer live longer, so that’s definitely a bonus.”

This semester, Lopez will work alongside other Circle K members to complete even more service projects. Circle K will host another dance, this time for the Eliminate Project which seeks to eradicate neonatal tetanus. Circle K also has a Relay for Life team, and will continue to aid in hurricane relief efforts.

The Circle K team ended up taking home a Bronze Award for Membership, Club of the Month awards for April, Aug., Sept., Oct. and Nov., Outstanding Club President for the work of Club President Victoria Dayton (’13), the Interclub Award, the Ted Hordichuk Outstanding Kiwanis Sponsorship Award, the Governor’s Project for Six Cents Initiative, the Morris Silver Distinguished Silver Service Project Award and the William Patterson Outstanding Club Achievement Award.