Welcome to the Kiwanis Club of Dalton Georgia

This site is for the Kiwanis Club of Dalton, Georgia.  We are a member organization of Kiwanis International.  For more information about Kiwanis International, please visit their site.

What is Kiwanis?

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time.

About Us

The Kiwanis Club of Dalton meets each Monday at noon at the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center in Dalton. Our mission is to empower our area youth to accomplish greater things in life. Through our fundraising, we help a variety of local, youth-oriented charitable organizations.  We are always looking for people who truly care about our community to join our club.

If you would like to know more, click on Contact and give one of the officers a call. If you are interested in joining the club or being a guest, visit Join. We would love for you to consider becoming a Kiwanian.

We have two main fundraisers each year, the Car Raffle in June and the annual Pancake Day which occurs the first Saturday in November.

Raffle

In May, we conduct a reverse raffle for an automobile (or $17,500 in cash).  We sell 500 tickets so there is a 1-in-500 chance of winning.  The last ticket called wins the grand prize.  However, before it does, the last five finalists are asked if they want to split the $17,500 in cash five ways instead.  If they decide to do so, five folks walk away with $3,500 each.  During the reverse raffle, door prizes are occasionally called during the dinner that accompanie the raffle event.  You must be present to win the door prizes, but you do not have to be present for the grand prize.

Pancake Day

Pancake Day is the Dalton Club's major fund-raising project and is usually held the first Saturday in November under the big tent on Dalton Green (North of the Courthouse). The project has been carried on since 1960 and is a traditional community event.  Thousands of guests take part in Kiwanis Pancake Day each year enjoying all-you-care-to-eat pancakes and sausage.

Our Mission

To give primacy to the human and spiritual rather than to the material values of life.

To encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships.

To promote the adoption and the application of higher social, business, and professional standards.

To develop by precept and example, a more intelligent, aggressive, and serviceable citizenship.

To provide through Kiwanis clubs, a practical means to form enduring friendships, to render altruistic service, and to build better communities.

To cooperate in creating and maintaining that sound public opinion and high idealism which make possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism, and goodwill.

History

The first Kiwanis club was founded in Detroit, Michigan, on January 21, 1915. On November 1, 1916, the first Canadian club was organized in Hamilton, Ontario. That same year, the name "Kiwanis Club" was adopted at a meeting in Cleveland, Ohio. Eight years later the name was changed to "Kiwanis International" and the six Constitutional Objects and the present Constitution and Bylaws were adopted.

Where did the name originate?

The name "Kiwanis" was adapted from the expression "Nunc Kee-wanis" in the Otchipwe (Native American) language, meaning "We have a good time," "We make a noise," or, under another construction, "We trade or advertise." It was shortened and modified to become "Kiwanis".

Kiwanis Clubs around the world

Kiwanis grew simultaneously in the United States and Canada for almost a half century before the decision was made in 1961 to expand into other nations of the world. Clubs were formed in 1962 in Mexico and the Bahamas. Since then, Kiwanis has extended to the continents of Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, South American and the lands between. Additional nations continue to join the Kiwanis International family as hundreds of clubs are organized each year on a worldwide basis.

Kiwanis Club of Dalton

The Kiwanis Club of Dalton was chartered by Kiwanis International on August 24, 1953, as Club Number 4028. The club was co-sponsored by the Kiwanis Clubs of Marietta and Rome. Mr. Homer Winkle was Charter President, Dr. Earl McGhee was Charter Vice-President and Mr. Malcolm Murray was Charter Secretary.

Dalton is part of the Georgia District of Kiwanis International and a member club of the Eleventh Division of the District. Other clubs of the Division include Blue Ridge, Carpet City, Chatsworth, Murray County, Lafayette, and Ringgold.