What is Kiwanis?



History

Kiwanis is a worldwide service organization appealing to men and women who have the desire to become personally involved in making their communities better places in which to live. As a group, these men and women achieve what individuals cannot do alone. Working together, Kiwanians voluntarily share the challenge of community improvement and leadership, assuming personal responsibility for humanitarian and civic projects that public authorities are not prepared or able to perform. These projects are dominantly local in nature. They include such activities as assistance to youth and the aging, conservation of natural resources, development of community facilities and creation of international understanding and goodwill. Whatever their goals may be, kiwanians are motivated by common desire to serve, and to achieve an appreciation of good fellowship.


The Club

The heart of Kiwanis is the club itself. Each club is composed of men and women in a wide variety of occupations, representing the active forces of the community. Each Kiwanis club has officers and directors as prescribed by the bylaws of the club. These officers and directors comprise the board of directors, the administrative body of the club. Clubs perform their community service work and their internal administration through standing committees. Each member is assigned to one or more of these, depending upon their particular desires and aptitudes.


The Six Constitutional Objects of Kiwanis

  1. To give primacy to the human and spiritual, rather than to material values of life.
  2. To encourage the daily living of the golden rule "do unto others as you would like others do unto you" in all human relationships.
  3. To promote the adoption and the application of higher social, business and professional standards.
  4. To develop, by precept and example, a more intelligent, aggressive, and serviceable citizenship.
  5. To provide, through Kiwanis clubs, a practical means to form enduring friendships, to render altruistic service, and to build better communities.
  6. To cooperate in creating and maintaining that sound public opinion and high idealism which makes possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism and goodwill.



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