The officers of the Circle K Chapter of NC State University spent the weekend of April 13-15 planning for their next Kiwanis Family year. As usual, Jeffrey G. Marsocci, their Kiwanis Advisor from the Kiwanis Club of Raleigh, facilitated the weekend with help from his wife Kathleen. But this year, officers from Meredith College Circle K also joined them. “Non-profits often neglect to put together a strategic plan, annually and in a methodical way, in order to be successful for the next year,” he said. “I’ve been working with the college students in NC State Circle K for a few years now on developing their strategic plans each April, and they have truly excelled this year. I think we have a lot to look forward to this next academic year. If you want to change the world for the better, then help members of the younger generations with good hearts become effective leaders today. That’s why I do this.”

The weekend began at 7 p.m. on Friday night, running through the creation of a vision statement, a mission statement, and goals. “When it comes to setting goals, it’s important to aim high,” Advisor Kathy Marsocci said. “It was good to see the new officers reach for more even though last year was a record-setting one. They want to reach even bigger heights.” [NC State Circle K had planned effectively last year, and as a result, they won 11 of the 20 awards available to the Circle K clubs throughout North and South Carolina.]

Saturday brought more focus on running successful meetings and the roles of the different officers and committee chairs. While Circle K International has a few very specific duties for certain officers, the different roles are not very well-defined. “The students were able to work on all of their job descriptions collectively to make sure everything was covered and everyone knew who was responsible for what,” Mr. Marsocci said. “They did the same for their committee chairs, set all of their regular and board meeting dates for the rest of the year, and then created all of their agendas through April 2019.”

The final day was really a half of Sunday from 9 to noon, and the Circle K clubs each worked on three specific project plans: a large service project, a fundraiser, and a multi-event membership drive. All project plans, like the rest of the strategic plan, were put into writing for reference in the coming year. It was an extremely long weekend which some adults might say it was too long for college students to handle, but the students proved that philosophy false. “What I was most impressed by was the officers from NC State Circle K asked me and Kathy to stay and work with them on additional fundraisers and creating a budget,” Mr. Marsocci said. “Even though they could have left at any time, they stayed an extra hour and a half to do more. That’s dedication.”

Jeffrey G. Marsocci is the Kiwanis Advisor to NC State University Circle K and a member of the Kiwanis Club of Raleigh, and this past February he was named Outstanding Kiwanis Advisor in the Carolinas District. Kathleen Marsocci is a Faculty Advisor to NC State University Circle K and also a member of the Kiwanis Club of Raleigh.