Thinking Back, Looking Forward

Happy 2017 and welcome to another semester at Truman! As we look forward to all the next semester holds for us–new classes, the promise of warmer weather, and a new rush class–we also look back to reflect on the days behind us.

The fall semester was challenging and difficult at times, but it offered us a chance to learn, grow, and (of course) serve! Through all our individual challenges and successes, we were grateful for the days we got to spend together in service and friendship.

Take a look at some of the things we’ve been up to lately!

Dad’s Weekend 2016

Highway Cleanup

This is one of our favorite service events of the year. We love getting to do this together and we had GREAT weather this year, which made it that much more fun!

Homecoming 2016

Here we are waiting for the Homecoming parade to start–we befriended a horse who was a fellow parade-walker.

Susan, our lovely Homecoming court member and CK service chair.

After Homecoming festivities, we had a dessert party with current AND past CKs.

Fall 2017 Retreat

We had more than our fair share of fun at retreat…

…which was full of the usual shenanigans.

Thanks to our retreat committee for planning it for us!

We’re so grateful for all that our last semester brought us, and we can’t wait to see what’s in store this spring. Stay tuned for upcoming CK adventures!

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Rush 2016


What a time to be alive.

On Sunday night, we drove through the darkened streets of Kirksville, our cars full of excited Cardinal Keys, the names of our new members in our minds. We fumbled with our GPS apps, took wrong turns, and executed our worst parking jobs in the midst of our adrenaline. We ran through front yards, feeling slightly creepy as we snuck up to their houses. We looked at each other, counted to three, and began pounding on the door.


“WELCOME TO CARDINAL KEY!” Girly squeals ensued, hugs abounded, happy tears and smiles sprang to our faces and seemed they might never leave.

Then our cars raced back to Tori’s house, and for the first time we assembled our new group of Cardinal Keys.


On that night our 22 grew to 39, and our hearts are overflowing with joy and inspiration and love. Our new members have completed us beautifully, already making a difference and jumping into service in their first week! Time and time again we see the stunning process of this organization, bringing in those who need it and equipping them with more love than they know what to do with. We are continually so thankful for this life-changing experience.

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Fall 2015

Happy New Year and welcome to the spring semester! We had such a lovely fall semester, full of activity. As we’re beginning this new chapter, we also reflect on some of the amazing things CK got to be apart in the fall.



Here we are enjoying a phenomenal pancake breakfast hosted by the Blue Keys! Perfect way to start the school year.


We loved Dad’s Day! Here you can see Abby and Shari demonstrating for our dads how we do “the hands.” They got it, eventually.


Our biannual blood drive! Carly and Erin did a great job as Blood Drive Chairs!


Here we are at the Inspire1 5k to support JDRF, our philanthropy! We loved cheering on the runners, especially the adorable kiddos in the Kids’ Fun Run.


We sold caramel apples at the first home football game to raise money for JDRF! We sold out by the first half!


Street Clean Up! We do this every semester, and always have a little too much fun (is that possible?).

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Fall Retreat! Thanks to Vice President Kaytlin and her amazing Retreat Committee, it was such a success! We got to fulfill our dreams of being secret agents for the evening, as you can see by our faces in this photo.


Thanks for reading, and we hope you have a wonderful start to your 2016! We will be having Cardinal Key Spring Rush soon, so stay tuned for more information!

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All Aboard SS Cardinal Key

CK held retreat Friday, March 20 and had a blast with our SS CK theme! This was our new member’s first retreat and it was so great to enjoy good company, food, friends and of course laughs with our whole chapter.

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Spring 2015!

It has been one jam-packed semester so far, Mom’s Day, rush and of course welcoming our wonderful new girls into this amazing organization! We are so excited to have these fresh new faces at our weekly meetings and cannot wait to serve along side them.


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2015 Rush Applications are Available!

Cardinal Key 2015 Rush Applications are Available!

The requirements are listed below with the link to the application.

Please contact our rush chairs with any questions.

Alyssa Bell: &  Kim Barmettler: at

CK Application 2015

First Party:
Sunday, February 8th
-SUB Georgian Room A
-Casual Dress

Second Party:
Wednesday, February 11th
-SUB Georgian Room A
-Business Casual Dress

Third Party (invite only):
Sunday, February 15th
-SUB Georgian Room B
-Semi-Formal Dress

*Each applicant will receive an email asking them to attend from 5:00-6:30 or 7:00-8:30.

1) Female Sophomore or older (with a total of 60 hours at the end of the Spring semester)

2) Minimum cumulative Truman GPA of 3.25

3) $4 Application fee (include with application, checks may be made out to Cardinal Key)

4) Must be able to attend regular meetings on Wednesdays at 5:30 pm

5) Must have a desire and commitment to serve!


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National Diabetes Awareness Month!

Its National Diabetes Awareness month and Cardinal Keys are spending their afternoon in the SUB today 11/11  from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. passing out ribbons and sharing information about JDRF and Type 1 Diabetes.


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Fall Interest Party!


Interested in joining Cardinal Key? Come meet the women of Cardinal Key and find out more about our organization on November 10th. We will be hosting 2 information sessions, starting at 6-6:45 p.m. and then 7-7:45. We would love to see you at whichever one works best for you!

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Fall Retreat at CAMP CK!


Retreat committee had so much fun planning and leading Fall Retreat!



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We had a blast serving at the JDRF Inspire1 5K Race/Kid’s Fun Run & the NEMO Triatholon!

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