Circle K club takes 3 awards at convention

April 19, 1993

A Western Maryland College club won three district awards at the Circle K Capital District Convention last month in Williamsburg, Va.

About 900 members of Circle K, a collegiate service outgrowth of Kiwanis International, are in the district. It includes 36 chapters from Maryland, Virginia and Delaware.

The Western Maryland College chapter was presented the Continuing Service Award for the best continuing project in the district; a Governor's Theme Award, presented to chapters that fulfilled the theme "Forging Forward;" and a Distinguished President Award, which went to junior David Radosevich.

The last award was given to three people. The Governor's Theme went to about one-third of the chapters.

Western Maryland's Continuing Service Award recognized the 1,000 hours the chapter has devoted to its mentoring project with students, mostly freshmen at risk of dropping out of school, from Westminster High School. Last year, there were 12 college volunteers. This year, 25 are involved with 22 high schoolers.

"The main thing is to work with them one-on-one to build up self-esteem and be a role model for them," Mr. Radosevich said.

Last year he won the college's Griswold-Zepp Award in Voluntarism, which provided $1,250 to finance the project's activities and training of volunteers. Each Circle K member has had five hours of instruction with high school teachers and a social service worker in such areas as adolescent development and family problems.

This spring those in the mentoring project plan to go bowling, tour the FBI headquarters and museums in Washington, do team building activities at Carroll County's Hashawha Nature Center, and go on a scavenger hunt in Westminster. The hunt's winning duo will receive prizes, and a spaghetti dinner will follow for all the students.

"We want them to have cultural experiences and to feel like they belong in a group, yet stress the one-on-one relationship," Mr. Radosevich said.

The Circle K chapter at Western Maryland was rejuvenated in 1990 under Mr. Radosevich's leadership after several years of dormancy. He had been involved in Key Club, another student Kiwanis organization, in high school.

"David is by far the best leader we've had since I've been here," said Robert Hartman, club adviser and professor of philosophy and religious studies.

"Of course, the award recognizes him as an outstanding president. He has an unusual ability to manage his time well, but also to communicate with people. He has organizational skills, yet the students respect him, because he goes right to the heart of the matter and is still open to suggestions."

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