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Kiwanis International

The Kiwanis Family is a worldwide club of community leader volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time. Kiwanis offers an opportunity for service and fun while improving the community, the nation, and the world through service and fellowship, with friendships that are sincere and lasting. Since its founding in 1915, Kiwanis and its Service Leadership Programs boast a membership of more than 600,000 men, women, and youth in nearly 16,000 clubs in more than 96 countries and geographic areas. Kiwanians volunteer more than 21 million hours and invest more than $113 million in their communities around the world. Kiwanis continues its service emphasis of “Young Children: Priority One,” which focuses on the special needs of children from prenatal development to age 5. It focuses on the needs of children in pediatric trauma, safety, childcare, early development, infant, health, nutrition, and parenting skills. In a typical year, “Young Children: Priority One” service projects involve more than $14 million and 1 million volunteer hours. In 1994, Kiwanis launched its first World-Wide Service Project (WSP), a $75-million campaign in partnership with UNICEF to eliminate iodine deficiency disorders. IDD projects have been funded in 95 nations. Kiwanis International Foundation has raised nearly $100 million to eliminate IDD worldwide. Kiwanis International is the only service organization building leaders at every level—from the youngest Kiwanis Kids through several youth and adult programs, including:


♥CKI (Circle Kiwanis International): on 550 college and university campuses

♥Key Leaders: a new leadership experience for exceptional leaders from 8th to 12th grades

♥Key Club: 245,000 high school service leaders working on a variety of social causes

♥Builder’s Club: 40,000 middle and junior high students implement service-learning principles

♥K-Kids: service clubs for elementary students, teaching the value of helping others

♥Terrific Kids recognizes character with prizes for: “Thoughtful, Enthusiastic, Respectful, Responsible, Inclusive, Friendly, Inquisitive, Capable kids.

♥BUG - Bringing Up Grades: recognizes students who improve their grades

♥AKTION: 200 clubs allow adults with disabilities to serve with initiative and leadership skills


Care best for children, for community, for yourself, with a local Kiwanis group nearby.



Kiwanis International

3636 Woodview Trace

Indianapolis, IN 46268

Tel: 1-800-KIWANIS

From The Gift of Passionaries...


  In Service to Children of the World


“I would like young people to realize they work against themselves when they say ‘I can’t.’ If I could make it as a country boy from the farm, then anyone can make it.” …Joe Heard “Nearly 100 years ago, Joe Prance, a Detroit tailor, helped start a business and professional men’s club to improve the lives of children in his area. For a name, he turned to an American Indian phrase, “Nunc Kee-wan-is,” which means “We have a good time; we make a big noise.” Six months later, the 200 members dropped the first word, and “Kiwanis” was off and running. Today, that organization is known as Kiwanis International. Joe Heard has been the driving force behind 18 Kiwanis clubs in San Diego, California, and their effort to help homeless children in Romania.”