TIP Thought Tuesdays: Mr. CKI 2017!

February 21, 2017 Authored by: Winnie Lam
By: Winnie Lam, Reginald Sellote, Karen Tsai
Photo Credits: Brandon Casas, Tom Yu

Members had a MARVELous time at Mr. CKI 2017 as they got to watch their fellow family members portray superheroes and showcase their talents! Doors opened at 6pm at Crystal Cove Auditorium and guests received a souvenir mask, as well as a button as they signed in. 

At 6:30pm, a pre-show started! Guests got the chance to play various games such as Mr.CKI themed Millionaire hosted by Sean Reyes and Sabrina Fang, and Kahoot Madlibs hosted by Kyler Tagupa. During Millionaire, players had to answer various questions related to Marvel superheroes such as, “Who is the director of S.H.I.E.L.D?” and “What is the name of the organization that gave Deadpool his healing powers?” (The answers are Nick Fury and Weapon X, respectively.) Kahoot Madlibs involved participation from all of the audience members, as they got to choose the actions for each of the players. For example, the audience was presented with the question, “A run in with the UCI Circle K divers leads our hero to face his/her arch nemesis…” and got to vote from four options, “Kyler Tagupa, Cristian Palomo, Alvin Tan, Joyce Wang.” Since the majority vote was Kyler Tagupa, the player, who was Diane Huynh, had to fight him. 

After the pre-show, the actual show began and the contestants were introduced! During the show, the contestants showcased their talents. Their talents ranged from singing and dancing to magic tricks! Want to see them again? You can do so by clicking on the links below! 

Angler: Joas Espinoza as Loki
Clownfish: Andy Lo as Thor
Jellyfish: Justin Pukasamsombut as Iron Man
Manta Ray: Errol Manarang as Scarlet Witch
Narwhal: Alex Alvarado as Wolverine
Sea Otter: Quang Le as Groot
Sea Turtle: Dustin Chang as Captain America
Seahorse: Phillip Do as the Hulk
Seal: Chris Wong as Black Panther
Shark: Nico Beltran as Deadpool
Squid: Andrew Yu as Spiderman
Starfish: Kevin Julian Garcia as Doctor Strange
Guest from CSU Fullerton: Kevin Tran as Star-Lord

In between the talent acts, Kevin Carizon and Helen On hosted a musical chairs game— with a twist. The players had to use the contestants as chairs! There was fierce competition as players battled to claim seats every time the music stopped. In the end, there could only be one winner, and that was Lesley Wong! 

Towards the end of the show, all of the contestants, as well as one of the Fundraising Chairs, Alvin Tan, performed a group dance! Raffle tickets were also drawn by Alicia Sieu and below is a list of winners! 

Large Hulk Tsum Tsum: Chelsea Kim
Medium Iron Man Tsum Tsum: Winnie Lam
Signed Lakers Poster: Brittany Smallwood
Mystery Bundle (Deadpool figure & Marvel Ice Cube Tray): Diane Huynh
Marvel Bundle (6 assorted mini Marvel Tsum Tsums & Deadpool figure): Krystal Lam
Captain America Civil War Collectible Pop! Set: Janine Carpena
Purple Hydroflask: Jefferson Perez
Blue Hydroflask: Alan Nguyen 
10 The Habit burger vouchers and 2 Chipotle burrito vouchers: Eric Vu
Date with Mr. CKI: Marvin Bolainez 

Throughout the show, guests were given the chance to vote for Citizen’s Choice by putting money into a contestant’s bag and the winner was revealed at the end of the show! The Citizen’s Choice award went to Nico Beltran! The Mr. Congeniality award went to the contestant who was the most friendliest and welcoming to the other contestants and this was voted on by the contestants themselves. This award went to Kevin Julian Garcia! The Runner-Up award went to Errol Manarang, who came as Scarlet Witch. Lastly, the Mr. CKI award went to Kevin Tran who came as Star-lord! 

Though Mr. CKI ended a little late, many of the members and guests had a lot of fun at the event. There was a photobooth ran by Brandon Casas, where members got the chance to take photos with each other. Families were proud of their littles that represented them and it showed through the photos that were taken. 

Overall, the event was a success. We raised around $2,200 for the Kiwanis Family House! Everyone had a great time at Mr. CKI thanks to Alvin Tan and Joyce Wang, our Fundraising Chairs, as well as the Mr. CKI committee!

Family Head Meetings Open to General Members

February 4, 2017 Authored by: Arthur Tham
(Repost from Facebook group; originally posted by Dustin Chang)

"Hi everyone! We have a family head meeting at 5pm tomorrow in Newport Beach A! Our meetings are usually open to our members but we wanted to publicize it this week :)
If you don't know how to get to the room, I'll be waiting at the tables next to West Food Court to guide you there! I'll be there around 4:30 and will wait until 4:45!
Hope to see lots of you guys there! Stay wholesome.

*edit Board Meeting closed this week. Sorry about that y'all."

Congratulations to 2017-18 Executive Board

February 1, 2017 Authored by: Arthur Tham
Yesterday night, President Palomo expressed his congratulations to the 2017-18 UCI Circle K Executive Board.

"Congratulations to UC Irvine Circle K's 2017-2018 Executive Board!" he wrote. "We wish you the best throughout your term!"

The 2017-18 UCI Circle K Executive Board is as follows:
President Elect: Kyler Tagupa
Vice President of Administration Elect: Jigzen Carrasco
Vice President of Service Elect : Reginald Sellote
Secretary Elect: Marvin Bolainez
Treasurer Elect: Darin Ngo

TIP Thought Tuesdays: Snocial 2k17

January 31, 2017 Authored by: Arthur Tham
By Andrew Yu/Jefferson Perez
Photo Credits: Brandon Casas

Snocial 2017 was both an exhilarating and an unique experience, thanks mostly to the crazy weather. While we were only in Big Bear for less than 24 hours, numerous members had many memorable moments during the drive to the location and during their time there.

Here, members pose for a photo in the Wal-Mart parking lot while the drivers test out putting on their snow chains before the long drive up the mountain. It’s early and we’re all a bit tired, but seeing familiar faces is just what we need to get us up and ready :D 

Waking up early in the morning at around 5:30 am, members started to get into their cars to go to Snocial. Some of the cars stopped at Wal-Mart along the way as a checkpoint. While there, drivers check their snowchains to make sure they fit and ready to go. Some of us stopped by Jack in the Box to grab a quick bite before the journey.

snow? Snow?? SNOW!!! - Perks of arriving just after a blizzard; taking aesthetic pictures with #FreshSnow

The views during the drive to Big Bear were quite breathtaking, especially since it was the first time for some members to see actual snow. No one really knew how to put on snow chains at first though. Despite all the difficulties, everyone eventually learned how to properly put on snow chains. While some cars did get stuck along the way, we all made it to the cabin safely. One car even had to get 10 of us to push it out the snow and onto the road, but at the end of the day there was no doubt we all had grown closer together because of it. 

Aside from shoveling snow to create paths towards the other cabins, playing in it was much more fun! We threw snowballs at each other and had a grand ol’ time. When not being in the snow, members chilled out in the main cabin or played in the game room, which had a pool table, a foosball table, and even ping pong! While most of us were playing around there, others cooked dinner.

Working together to cook up a DELICIOUS dinner. Too many cooks in the kitchen? At #Snocial2017 more cooks = more yummy garlic bread

For dinner, we ate delicious spaghetti in tomato sauce with sides of roasted sweet potatoes, cauliflower, and garlic bread. The garlic bread was super good by the way! For refreshments, we had lemonade and for dessert, yummy cookies and brownies were baked in the oven.

Then as dinner came to an end, white elephant began! So many people brought gifts for white elephant that Sabrina and Roy had to split the members into two groups. At first, people opted to pick a gift from the pile. It wasn’t till about halfway through, however, that people started to steal each other’s gifts, eventually making the popular gifts locked and unstealable. Deals were made in front of everyone near the end of the game where three members attempted to steal gifts for each other to get what they wanted. The gifts ranged from high valued gifts such as a  DIY photo frame and an indoor grill to highly questionable gifts such as hot potato and ouija board. 

Kevin: “I’m telling you guys, it doesn’t matter which card I have, I’m gonna betray our friendship in the end.” 

By the end of the night, people were either watching Black Mirror, playing charades, playing board games, or having deep talks in the jacuzzi. Most people knocked out late at night, but we all had to wake up at 5:30 or 6:30 to get out of Big Bear before the next big blizzard hit. 

For breakfast, a hearty meal of turkey bacon, scrambled eggs, and french toast with maple syrup filled our stomachs. For the vegans, more roasted sweet potatoes were available.

It was the first Circle K Snocial where it actually snowed during the event, which meant it was a perfect time to hold a photoshoot! After breakfast, members captured their best moments in the snow, creating pictures worthy to post on Instagram without any filters.

At last, it was time to leave Big Bear. Everyone was able to drive back to Irvine safely with some of the members deciding to eat pho for lunch, others getting sushi,  while others still decided to immediately get some rest at home. Despite all the unforeseen events and weather, Snocial 2017 was an experience we doubt anyone will forget.

Executive Board Elections 2017 Liveblog

January 31, 2017 Authored by: Arthur Tham
I am pleased to announce that this year's executive board elections will once again be liveblogged. Join Karen, Andrew, Carlos, and I as we keep you updated with the latest news on candidate nominations and speeches, and election results.

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