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Congressman Mark Meadows (center) congratulates the charter members of Mayland
Community College’s Circle K Club (from left): Jared Wilson, Noah Stines, Lorri Stanley,
Cassie Ollis, Cynthia Hampton, Amanda Carpenter, Amanda Cantrell and Nikki Blevins.
Photo courtesy Michael Hardy

Originally published: 2013-02-07 10:12:03
Last modified: 2013-02-07 10:12:03

New Circle K Club established at Mayland

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More than 50 people, including U.S. Congressman Mark Meadows, gathered in the Sam Center at Mayland Community College to celebrate the charter for the college’s new Circle K Club. 

Circle K clubs are sponsored and organized by local Kiwanis clubs on college and university campuses across the world. The new Circle K Club at Mayland, with organizational help provided by the Kiwanis of Spruce Pine, joins an organization with 12,600 members in 17 nations, according to the official website. 

The concept behind the Circle K Club was born in 1936 at Washington State University, with the first club chartered at Carthage College in Illinois in 1947. Since then, the organization has spread to more than 500 college and university campuses. 

The purposes of the Circle K clubs include developing college and university students into responsible citizens and leaders; providing positive role models; providing opportunities for fellowship, personal growth, professional development and leadership skills; and cooperating in creating and maintaining sound public opinion and high idealism which makes possible the increase in righteousness, justice, patriotism and goodwill. 

In partnership with the Kiwanis Club, which seeks to improve the lives of children, the Circle K Club is an organization that has already made positive contributions to the Mayland campus and community.

The members of the Mayland Circle K club have already sponsored a variety of events, including book and food drives, and they have served as volunteers at a number of Kiwanis functions. 

Charter members of the Circle K Club at Mayland Community College include Nikki Blevins, Amanda Cantrell, Amanda Carpenter, Chris Estep, Cynthia Hampton, Cassie Ollis, Lorri Stanley, Noah Stines, Lochlin Vance, Jared Wilson and Melissa Winspear. Nearly all of the members were present for the celebration on Jan. 29, which drew community members as well as students and staff of the college.

After a welcome and prayer by college president Dr. John Boyd, opening remarks were presented by Gary Renfro, president of the Spruce Pine Kiwanis, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, led by Mayland Circle K Vice-President Jared Wilson, and special music by Doug Crosby, who provided an inspirational a capella rendition of “My Country ‘Tis of Thee.” 

Boyd then introduced Meadows, who encouraged the charter members to persevere in leadership and in opportunities for making a difference, even when they might feel discouraged or as if their efforts were in vain. Meadows praised the students for their initiative and involvement, and challenged them to continue to lay the groundwork for a lasting organization capable of making lasting change.

Renfro then formally presented the charter to the Mayland Circle K members seated on the stage. The new officers were introduced and sworn in by Blue Ridge Division Vice-President Rodney Kline. Special thanks were provided by Mayland’s Martha Huskins, who has been a guiding force of the club, along with Syvana Monroe, who was recognized as the club’s staff sponsor.

Finally, Mayland Community College Circle K Club President Cassie Ollis spoke, expressing her appreciation for the members of the club, and for those whose support has helped make the organization a reality. She thanked the attendees and spoke of the club’s many opportunities for service and growth.

A reception followed the program, allowing students and community members to visit with Meadows.

In the coming months, the newly chartered club will participate in many programs, just a hint of a promising future of service.