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CKI IM Sports Signups Underway For Spring Quarter

March 21, 2017 Authored by: Arthur Tham
UCI Circle K IM Sports gets back to full swing next quarter, with co-rec Basketball, co-rec Volleyball, and co-rec Softball returning to the lineup.

Be sure to talk to each team's coaches for more information on how to join the team!
*Basketball is in need of female players; please sign up to help balance out the roster!
  • CKI Serves Up (Volleyball)[Thurs 9:45p] - Ami Patel
  • CKI All Day N Nite (Basketball)[Sun 8:30p] - Dustin Chang
  • Circle K (Softball)[Mon 8:30p] - Anthony Guzman

TIP Thought Tuesdays: Thank You

March 21, 2017 Authored by: Arthur Tham
Written by: Arthur Tham


Hi everyone! It’s Arthur from UCI Circle K.

It’s been about one full year since I took on the role of Technology Chair. Honestly, I didn’t expect to do much at all.  My job was to 1) re-skin the website to match our new club theme, and 2) make it not crash. As long as I achieved those two things, everything was going to be okay. 

But the more I explored the website and its features, the more I got obsessed with improving and making new features. Since then, four generations of TIP committees and I have added new features to the website that changed the way our members use the website. 

  • Events Calendar Mobile: Members can now sign up for events on our Calendar without having to stare at a crammed full-sized calendar on their mobile devices.
  • CERF FAQ/Apply to All Button: An unexpected partnership with Secretary Eric allowed him to create a wonderful CERF FAQ for our website. Our partnership also led us to add the “Apply to All” button on the CERF, which applies hours to all members in contrast to entering them one by one. And there were multiple CERF improvements thanks to him.
  • Millionaire: UCI Circle K Edition: Members can test their Circle K knowledge in this online trivia game.
  • Waitlist: Members can join an event whose sign-up sheet is full so that they can join the sign-up sheet if a space opens. This has led to an increase in members attending service events.
  • Suggestion Box: Account holders can send a suggestion (even anonymously) directly to board members and family heads for consideration and discussion.
  • Facebook Instant Articles: Members can read announcements and articles on the website without leaving the Facebook Mobile App.
  • TIP Thought Tuesdays: TIP committee members wrote event recaps and expressed their thoughts in our new series: TIP Thought Tuesdays. With the addition of pictures and video, members enjoyed multimodal articles that they can interact with and enjoy.

We’re still working on our upcoming game “Induction Night” and the Online Membership Application prototype with next technology chair Andrew Yu. I’m so excited to see what Andrew and the TIP has in store for next term!

And now, I just wanted to thank a few people that helped me get by my term:

I would like to thank past technology chairs Baldwin, Brandon, and Bryce for being very helpful when I ask them questions about how our website works. Their opinions were useful to me and hopefully they will be useful to the next technology chair.

Big shout out to OCC Technology Chair Ethan. We only talk once in a while, but it was always fun talking about our websites with each other. Thanks for being so positive. Be sure to visit his garden at http://www.occcirclek.org/.

I would also like to thank CNH District Technology Chair Joseph Le for his advice on our website; he was a very valuable resource and gave me some ideas over the summer break.

To the CNH Communications and Marketing committee members Angela, Julie, and Heyun: I think I’ve spoken a grand total of ten words to them combined. But, their office hours over summer break and their constant posting of resources and CNH newsletters inspired me, both directly and indirectly, to take advantage of social media features such as Facebook Instant Articles, write articles in TIP Thought Tuesdays, and to create a character out of myself on the UCICKI Snapchat. So their impact was very influential on me. Thank you so much.

Shout out to Colleen and Josh, my co-chairs. Colleen’s the sweetest person ever and her hair color’s probably gonna change by the time I finish writing this. Josh makes videos, and his work in FTC inspired me- I would not be able to make videos on short notice like he can.

Shout out to Angler Family, Time Family, and Diane and Patricia. Diane and Patty pretty much hears me rant all the time about life, and somehow they are not annoyed and they stick with me. And finally, we’ve made it to the end of our term. I’m gonna love them forever. 

Shout out to all of the TIP committee members of the past four generations (in joined order): Bryce, Christian, Geoffrey, Nico, Ami, Elton, Mark, Matthew H., My Lynn, Alex, Vivian, Carlos, Dustin, Cristian, Eric, Christina, Matthew N., Jefferson, Karen, Andrew, Regi, Winnie, and Circle K’s sweetheart. They are the ones that really made the website possible. They create content by writing articles and announcements and updating our webpages. Honestly, I would not have time to add new features to the website if it wasn’t for them. So thank you.

And finally, thanks UC Irvine Circle K for your support! I can't wait to see what you all do next quarter and on. Until then, this is Arthur from UCI Circle K signing out!

Arthur Tham
2016-17 Technology Chair

Now, here are some Thank Yous from our TIP Donuts:

Nico Beltran – Shark Family Head
“To the club: thanks for the support you guys have given this entire committee, the website is meant to be a useful tool for all of the club's members, and without your support and suggestions it wouldn't be where it is today.

To the committee: I know I don't really show up to any of the meetings or really do anything, but I keep an eye on what you guys discuss and change and it really has been a job well done. Kudos for stepping out of your comfort zone and learning how to code, regardless of how daunting that might've seemed. And of course, thank you to Arthur for providing major support and guidance for the committee.”

Winnie Lam – Seahorse TIP Donut
“Winter TIP with the fellow *donuts* was really fun and I never expected to learn as much as I did. I'm really glad that I got the chance to work on the website and make good changes to it, but I'm also sad that the winter TIP has come to an end. I'm excited for what the spring TIP has to offer and I'm sure they'll continue to do great things!”

Andrew Yu – New Technology Chair
"Thanks for supporting the TIP everyone! Being in the TIP was really fun and a great learning experience, so I hope all of you can continue supporting the future TIPs."

President Palomo Statement About DCON

March 19, 2017 Authored by: Arthur Tham


It’s been a long weekend for those of us who attended DCON, but altogether an amazing experience and something I wish we could have shared with all of you.

I am so proud to say that UC Irvine Circle K received lots of awards and recognition this weekend, and I wanted to share those with you all here:
- 100% MRFs Submitted on Time [Eric Vu]
- Late Owl Dues Award (Bronze)
- 3rd Place Funds Raised Per Member for the Kiwanis Family House
- 1st Place Outstanding Website [Arthur Tham]
- 1st Place Outstanding Non-Traditional Scrapbook [Theresa Doan]
- 1st Place Talent Act
- Distinguished Membership Development & Education [Ami Patel and Debbie Vang]
- Distinguished Kiwanis Family Relations [Russell Okamura]
- Distinguished Appointed Board Officer [Alan Nguyen, Josh Montefalcon, Patricia Zarate, and Sabrina Fang]
- Distinguished Treasurer [Diane Huynh]
- Distinguished Vice President of Service [Alycia McGeever]
- Distinguished Vice President of Administration [Derek Tran]
- Distinguished President
- Overall Distinguished Club
- Divisional Spirit & Excellence Awards

That being said, I want to take a moment to share what’s much more valuable in my eyes, and I hope in yours too, and that’s every single member of this club and all of the love and passion you’ve put into this term. Awards mark some of the things we’ve accomplished this year, but they don’t even come close to capturing the meaning or value of the experiences we’ve created and shared with each other. You all make our home club as fun and loving and incredible as it is, and no award could ever recognize that.

Before I go, I want to share some thank yous with just a few of our amazing members.
Thank you to Sienna Serrano, Emily Wong, Biancka Dela Cruz, Tiffany Huynh, Jonathan Htike, Kristian Balmes, and the rest of the DCON Committee for giving so much of yourselves to provide members across the district such a memorable weekend. We are proud of you, say we are proud of you!

Thank you to Alex D. Nguyen for always being a servant leader to the largest Circle K district there is and still giving your love and energy to your home club. We appreciate you so much!

Thank you to Group ShipRekt, otherwise known as the Executive Board, Appointed Board, and Family Heads. No one really understands how much you all give to this club, but you’ve continued to give each and every day this term. You are absolutely incredible.

Thank you to everyone who was involved in with DCON Talent Act and gave so much time and energy, but thank you especially to Sabrina Fang for bringing us together and being our motivation every step of the way.
Thank you to our 2017 DCON attendees for cheering your hearts out, for showing the district who UCI CKI is, and for making this weekend one for the books.

And thank you to UC Irvine Circle K. You are my home and my family. You are so much selfless love and fiery passion. You are and forever will be my Circle K.

With love,
Cristian Palomo 
Immediate Past President

Introducing Your 2017-2018 Appointed Board

March 15, 2017 Authored by: Kyler Tagupa
Hello UCI Circle K! As the next term rolls in, I'd like to introduce to you your 2017-2018 Appointed Board! These individuals will be working to ensure that you the member have the best experience possible. Always know that they as board members serve YOU and are committed to this club and its members. If you have any questions, concerns, comments, or ideas, we will always be here for you, building a brighter, more brilliant future for Circle K! The Appointed Board is as follows:
Membership Development and Education: Helen On
Membership Development and Relations: Jessica Garcia
Membership Programs Chair: Katie Marie Kiggins
Fundraising Chairs: Sophia Phan and William Le
Kiwanis Family Chairs: Jessica Camacho and Kimberly Cao
Public Relations Chairs: Bao H. Tran and Jenny Li
Single Service Chairs: Alicia Sieu and Milan Pham
Spirit-Social Chairs: Carolyne Villaescusa and Lesley Wong
News Editors: MyLynn Huynh and Yvon Tran
Scrapbook Chair: Theresa Doan
Technology Chair: Andrew Yu
Still want to make a change and be part of next terms administration? Family Head applications are out NOW! If you have any questions or comments about applying, please refer to the event page or ask myself or Katie! Moving forward, we have a lot of events, ideas, and plans in store for next term, so keep an eye out! With Love, Service, and Leadership,
Kyler Tagupa

TIP Thought Tuesdays: TIP Takes on Nintendo Switch

March 14, 2017 Authored by: Arthur Tham
Watch what the TIP did at the Nintendo Switch Event in Los Angeles!

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