Phil Patterson (Gainesville Junior College), 1975-76 Governor

April 1975 – Thompson Keynotes Circle K:  “Keynote Speaker at the annual Georgia Circle K convention held in Macon, was John C. Thompson, Gainesville, District Chairman of Youth Services.  His address keyed on the philosophy of the late Will Rogers, internationally known home spun humorist.  Pictured (above) left-right are Circle K Governor Phil Patterson, Gaines; Thompson; 1975-76 Kiwanis Gov. and Mrs. Jack E. McGraw; and Don Layfield, Macon Kiwanis Club.”  (The Georgia Kiwanian)

May 1975 – Circle K Club Chartered:  “Georgia’s newest Circle K Club has been chartered at Georgia State in Atlanta.  There are 37 charter members of the new club which is being co-sponsored by the Atlanta and Peachtree-Atlanta Clubs.  Lt. Gov. Henry Malone presented the charter.”  (The Georgia Kiwanian)

August 1975 - Gregory Faulkner (New York) was elected to the position of Circle K International President.  Faulkner is the first African-American International President.  

October 1975 – Circle K is not a Dude Ranch:  “The phrase is from a recruiting button used by Circle K in another district.  It’s useful here because it indicates that Circle K may not be widely known as the largest and best college service organization in the world.  There are some good reasons for this situation, and they are generally the same reasons that Circle K is not as big and as well known as the other young members of the K family, Key Clubs.

“For a starter, college is different from high school.  This is obvious.  Look at how it affects Circle K.  College students live, study, work and play in a much less structured world than do high school students.  They generally have less “free” time and more opportunities to choose different ways to use that time.  Their classes and activities are less organized, with less control by school and parents.  All of this makes it more difficult to organize and administer Circle K Clubs.  This is why Circle K is smaller.  And because it’s smaller, with fewer clubs spread over the entire district, its District Board is smaller.  Four Lieutenant Governors instead of 18.  The clubs generate less money in district dues. So there is less money to support district and division wide activities such as rallies and training conferences.

“Circle K is different from Key Clubs, however, it also fills an important need in a critical area.  It provides service projects for students who care about their colleges, their communities, and their world.  Who else would push a bed over 730 miles to raise $1700 for medical research?  Or ride a bicycle from Florida to Toronto to raise money to fight world hunger?

“Circle K also provides important leadership opportunities for young men and women who will be the leaders of communities and institutions in the near future.  It’s also an opportunity to share Kiwanis with college students while letting them share their experiences and ideals with us.

“Like Key Club, Circle K is a great source of manpower and energy to help with Kiwanis projects.  Like Key Clubs, they need and want to join you in your meetings and activities, and they need and want you to join them in theirs.

“Many Kiwanis clubs do not have colleges in their communities.  The ‘Kiwanis-Circle K Outreach Program’ provides an opportunity for those clubs and their members to support Circle K activities in our district.  Details of the program will be sent to club presidents this fall.”  (The Georgia Kiwanian)

The Covington Kiwanis Club wins a Georgia Kiwanis District Award for its involvement with Circle K during the 1974-75 administrative year.

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