January — The Georgia District Kiwanian newsletter reports the 1955 Kiwanis Yard-Stick for measuring the activity of Kiwanis Clubs in the Georgia District.  For Activity of Youth Service Committees, 20 points — includes Boys and Girls Work, Underprivileged Child, Circle K and/or Key Club, and Vocational Guidance.  There are 10 bonus points for New Club Building for each Key Club or Circle K Club founded.

February Key Clubs and Circle K Clubs are Being Built:  “Two Circle K Clubs and one Key Club have been chartered this year.  The Sandy Springs Kiwanis Club has sponsored a new Circle K Club at Southern Technical Institute and the LaGrange Kiwanis Club has sponsored one at LaGrange College.  The Metter Kiwanis Club has sponsored and built a Key Club in the Metter school.

“Tom Cordell, member of the Tifton Kiwanis Club and District Chairman of the Circle K Club Committee, and Bill Johnson, member of the Cartersville Kiwanis Club and District Chairman of the Key Club Committee both expect to break a District record in the building of Circle K and Key Clubs this year.  From the looks of their impressive beginning during the first month of 1955, it will be done.”  (Georgia District Kiwanian)

June — Governor John R. Cole (Albany) reports in the Georgia District Kiwanian that “The Circle K Club that was recently organized at Valdosta at the State College is also welcomed to the Georgia District of Circle K Clubs.  We foresee that this club will be successful under the leadership of Jay Dickerson since he will certainly have the support of Lieutenant Governor Dr. Ralph Thaxton, who is also President of Valdosta State College.  In addition, Dean Tom Cordell of Abraham Baldwin College, who is Chairman of the Circle K Club Committee for the Georgia District, is proud to welcome Jay and other members of the Circle K Club.  Incidentally, this is the third Circle K Club that has been organized in the Georgia District by Tom and his committee.”

September 27 – Mark K. Owens, President of the Atlanta Division of the University of Georgia Circle K addresses the delegates at the 36th Annual Georgia District Kiwanis Convention held in Albany.

October 23 – The Kiwanis International Board of Trustee votes to grant official International recognition to Circle K.  Dues are $4 per member.

November 14 – Emory University in Atlanta affiliates with CKI, making it the first club to charter under the new organization.

By the end of 1955, there are now 147 clubs in Circle K International, at which point Circle K received official endorsement from Kiwanis International. Circle K International adopted the Kiwanians beliefs by establishing the three tenets of Service, Leadership, and Fellowship to bring a sense of purpose to the organization.

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