Our Mission

 

WHAT IS KIWANIS . . .

        Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. We are one of the largest community-service organizations dedicated primarily to helping the children of the world, with 600,000 adult and youth members in 8,400 clubs and more than 96 countries worldwide. Kiwanians are ordinary people who perform extraordinary “hands on” work. Our 270,000 adult members annually invest more than 6 million hours and $100 million in projects.

 

THE  NAME . . .

         “Kiwanis” is a coined word taken from the language of the American Indian tribe which lived in the area where Kiwanis was founded. The original phrase was “Nun Keewanis.” It means “to make oneself known,” or “self expression.” It was shortened and modified to become “Kiwanis.”

 

THE MOTTO . . .

        “We Build” is the motto under which Kiwanis has advanced and become widely known throughout the years.

 

THE OBJECTS . . .

The Constitutional Objects of Kiwanis are:

 

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.

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