At the beginning of every month, we announce the new theme for The Sunspot, and feature a variety of content (articles, artwork, photography, etc.) that is related to the specific theme. Here, Sunny, our beloved CNH Circle K mascot, announces the theme for the month of January.

Name: Sunny

School: N/A

Division: N/A

Current Leadership Role: CNH CKI Mascot

Favorite Tenet of Circle K: All of them

Hello friends!

I’ll start off by thanking each and every single one of you for being so patient while the Sunspot Editor reworked the district blog. It took us much longer than we anticipated to make the necessary changes to the blog, but we are officially back and better than ever! Monthly themes are a new thing that we are introducing to The Sunspot, and will typically be introduced during the beginning of the month.  Having said that, I am excited to announce the theme for January, which is INCLUSIVITY! We will be talking about what it means to be an inclusive organization that embraces people of all backgrounds despite differences in race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, ability, and more.

As college students, we are exposed to a variety of student organizations. Maybe you know someone who is pledging for a fraternity or a sorority. Maybe you recently joined an organization related to your major/area of study in hopes of getting a head start on your intended career path. Then there are those of you that joined a club to meet other people who come from a similar cultural or religious background. What you will find is that many collegiate student organizations are made up of people who come from similar backgrounds.

Circle K International stands out from other collegiate organizations because the individuals that make up the organization could not be more different from one another. The members of Circle K come from various ethnic and cultural backgrounds, gender identities, sexualities, abilities, and intended career paths. As different as they are from one another, the members of Circle K are unified through their desire to better their communities. We do not ask that members of the organization possess particularly unique traits; rather, we ask that they come as they are and join us in our mission to leave the world better than how we found it.

Some things to consider:

  1. How has being a part of an all-inclusive organization enriched your college experience?
  2. As inclusive as this organization is, it isn’t perfect. What are some additional steps that we can take to continue fostering an inclusive environment?

The questions above are not to be treated like prompts, so it’s not necessary to answer them directly in the content that you submit. They are just some things to think about while considering the theme as a whole.

I look forward to seeing all of your wonderful submissions! All of your perspectives are so valuable and I can’t wait to feature your content on the blog!

Sunny is the beloved mascot that represents the California-Nevada-Hawaii District of Circle K International. Sunny has been a part of the Kiwanis Family for pretty much their whole life and loves how they get to meet compassionate and selfless people everyday.