CKI is a co-educational service, leadership development, and friendship organization, organized and sponsored by a Kiwanis club on a college or university campus. It is a self-governing organization and elects its own officers, conducts its own meetings, determines its own service activities, and establishes its own dues structure. Its Objects include the Objects of Kiwanis. Once organized, a CKI club continues to be sponsored by a Kiwanis club. Although the ultimate responsibility for CKI is that of the
Kiwanis Board of Directors, the sponsorship function is most directly carried out by the Kiwanis club Committee on CKI Clubs, assisted by a faculty advisor (who may or may not be a Kiwanian) designated by the college or university administration.District and International Conventions are held each year. At the International Convention, International officers are elected, the Constitution and Bylaws are amended, and CKI members participate in
a service project.CKI is the largest service organization of its kind. It offers numerous opportunities to link with service-learning and character education programming.
Our district includes all clubs from colleges and universities in Colorado, Wyoming, and the pan handle of Nebraska.
In 1936, CKI was instituted as a fraternity at Washington State University by the Kiwanis Club of Pullman, Washington. The idea started with Jay N. Emerson, who was later elected Kiwanis International President. His interest led to the building of the first CKI club in 1947 at Carthage College, Illinois.Other Kiwanians became interested, and during the next eight years 168 CKI clubs were started in the United States and Canada. In October 1955 representatives from these clubs met in Philadelphia and voted to form an international organization under the sponsorship of Kiwanis. In 1956, a special department was created in the Kiwanis International Office to serve as the International Headquarters for CKI.Today, CKI is a student-led organization with its own Constitution and Bylaws and is governed by its own board of 11 student leaders.