As I begin to wind down my final term at Saint Martin’s, I have really began to reflect back on all of the clubs and departments who have aided in my growth and development in the SMU community. Throughout my last 5 years at SMU I have met some incredible people, been a part of some amazing clubs, teams, events and activities. With only a few blogs remaining it is my time to give back to those who have supported me every step of the way. Before I leave you all with my final farewell next month, some recognition needs to be given to an incredible group of people.
A club on campus that has shown me compassion, as well as helped me rediscover selflessness when I needed it most. A group of students and staff who showed me what it truly meant to put the needs of others before my own, showing me that there is always something you can do to help someone else.
The Circle K club at Saint Martin’s is truly a beautifully complied group of students from all walks of life who come together to do good for the community that surrounds our University. Being one of the most internationally decorated clubs on our campus, they need a little kudos.
Last month, this group of incredible students set off for their District Convention in Yakima, WA. Working hard all year, applying for tons of awards and compiling a scrapbook full of their many service projects and memories as a group. The club came home with 10 district level awards which included:
· District Scholarship
· Outstanding President
· Outstanding Member
· Outstanding Editor/Bulletin
· Outstanding K Family Relations
· Outstanding T-Shirt
· Outstanding Scrapbook
· Club Growth
· Outstanding Faculty Advisor
· Walter Zeller Fellowship Award
This group of students have accomplished so much this last year and the City of Lacey recognized that. Shortly after returning from District Convention they were awarded the Compassionate Community Recognition Award, awarded by the City of Lacey. This is an award that is given quarterly to recognize those who work compassionately in the community.
I could not think of a better group of students to receive this award. A club on our campus that puts the needs of others before their own. Continuously offering a helping hand to those who need it and helping me to rediscover what it truly means to be a selfless member of society.
Thank you Circle K. I will miss you.
Now that things have began to settle down in my life it has really given me a chance to go back and think about everything I am about and my whole reasons behind being involved with so many different activities and groups on campus. I love to help and serve others. I find so much joy in life in the simplicity of putting a smile on someone else’s face. I like knowing that what I am doing with my life is going to help someone else in the future. Lucky for me, Service is one of the four core values at Saint Martin’s.
It did not occur to me that I had even began to lose sight of my focus on service. But truthfully I have been so busy and I can now honestly say that I did lose sight of my passion for service among all the craziness that life was throwing my way. Now that school has settled down, fall Golf season is over, and Gala prep is finished I have been able to take a breather and reflect on how service is important in my life whether I like it or not. First lets address the elephant in the room: Service is extremely hard to do when you are extremely busy. Personally, I know how hard it is to stay committed to serving others when you have a million other things that need to be taken care of in your own life before you can even begin to think about taking care of the needs of someone else. I know there are some people out there that make the act of service look flawless and stress free and it can be. But when you are a college senior trying to graduate, apply to grad school, play a college sport and be a member of multiple clubs on campus. It. Gets. Hard. Does that mean you should never engage in service activities while in college? Absolutely not!
I can honestly say, that despite all the craziness, everything I do and am currently doing in my life are helping to shape me into a pretty well rounded person. For those of you who have kept up with the evolution of my blogs you may have seen me mention Circle K International. If you have not, Circle K is a service organization that exists at many different universities across the globe. This is a group that allows students to come together and serve others while bettering their communities, universities and themselves. Circle K is for everyone and anyone who has a passion to serve and help those who are in need of it. Saint Martin’s has an amazing group of students that belong to our Circle K Club. Most students are also involved with athletics and many other clubs on campus. Circle K is always looking for new members who are ready and willing to serve their community.
Our most recent and more large scale service project was a Habitat for Humanity building day. As a group we spent the day painting trim and exterior walls of a home. Habitat for Humanity is a globally recognized organization that partners with communities and families to make home ownership possible for everyone. Habitat adopts a family who is in need of a permanent roof over their head and who has fiscal capabilities to pay for a extremely reasonable mortgage but just may not have the money to make the initial purchase a home themselves.
Being a member of Circle K has opened my eyes and given me a whole new definition of service. Service comes in all different shapes and sizes and I am thankful that I have found a group of people on campus who share in my passion to help and serve others.