SYCAMORE – A Sycamore High School alumnus who was active in Key Club was recently appointed international president of Circle K, the college-level association of Kiwanis Club.
Justin Crofoot, 21, graduated high school in 2014 and is preparing to enter his senior year at the University of Alabama, where he is studying political science and philosophy.
Crofoot said he joined Key Club during his freshman year of high school at the suggestion of his advisers.
"At the time, I was just trying to get involved," he said. "I kind of got hooked on the service."
At the Kiwanis convention this July, Crofoot faced two other candidates and was selected for the position of international president.
He is now part of a 10-member international board. His previous positions for Circle K included lieutenant governor for the Alabama district and international trustee for the southeast U.S. district, he said.
As international president, Crofoot will serve in an administrative role for Circle K, guide the international board, speak on behalf of the organization, and run leadership training, he said.
His Circle K district's current service work includes fundraising to give books to local schools through the nonprofit Reading is Fundamental, he said.
"For a lot of these kids, it's the first book they've ever had," Crofoot said.
Crofoot said his term as international president runs until next summer, and after college he intends to join the Kiwanis Club and apply for political science doctorate programs.
He also encourages others to get involved with Kiwanis; he said Circle K has 300 clubs in 17 nations, and it is "super-easy" to get involved or start a new club.
Crofoot said he was glad he could join a group he was familiar with after making the move to Alabama for school. He also said he couldn't have managed his accomplishment without his mentors from high school and the Sycamore Kiwanis Club.
"I really liked everything the organization stood for, as far as character building, inclusion service and leadership," Crofoot said. "I became a better public speaker, and I saw the benefit of helping others."