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Serving the Children of the World

Worldwide membership in Kiwanis and its family of clubs is more than 600,000 members.

About Kiwanis

Kiwanis is an international service organization comprised of 600,000 adult and youth members in 91 nations whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children and families worldwide.

Since 1991, Kiwanis clubs have endorsed a special service interest in young children from prenatal development to age five called "Young Children: Priority One." Kiwanis clubs are encouraged to identify and sponsor Young Children projects in four areas of concern:

  • Maternal and Infant Health,
  • Child Care and Development,
  • Parent Education and Support, and
  • Safety and Pediatric Trauma.

Kiwanis History

The first Kiwanis club was organized in Detroit, Michigan, in 1915. Kiwanis became international with the organization of the Kiwanis Club of Hamilton, Ontario, in 1916. Kiwanis limited its membership to the United States and Canada until 1962, when worldwide expansion was approved. Since then, Kiwanis has spread to all the inhabited continents of the globe.

Kiwanis was defined as "an organization for men" in the constitution adopted in 1924. Membership was opened to women in 1987, and today women serve in leadership positions at all levels of the organization.

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Worldwide Membership

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All Projects

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Happy Kids


GSAT Luncheon
GSAT Luncheon
GSAT Luncheon
Christmas Program
Conch Farm

Kiwanis Tips

Key Club


Key Club International is the oldest and largest service program for high school students. It is a student-led organization whose goal is to teach leadership through serving others. Key Club International is a part of the Kiwanis International group. Each local Key Club is, in turn, sponsored by a local Kiwanis club.

The organization was started by California State Commissioner of Schools Albert C. Olney, and vocational education teacher Frank C. Vincent, who together worked to establish the first Key Club at Sacramento High School in California, on May 7, 1925. Female students were first admitted in 1976, eleven years before women were admitted to the sponsoring organization, Kiwanis International.

Mission statement

"Key Club is an international student-led organization which provides its members with opportunities to provide service, build character, and develop leadership."


"To develop competent, capable, and caring leaders through the vehicle of service."

Core values

The core values of Key Club International are "Leadership, Character Building, Caring, and Inclusiveness."


"Caring—Our Way of Life"


The Objectives of Key Club are listed below. The sixfold sixth objective of Key Club incorporates the Six Permanent Objects of Kiwanis International as adopted in 1924:

  • To develop initiative and leadership.
  • To provide experience in living and working together.
  • To serve the school and community.
  • To cooperate with the school principal.
  • To prepare for useful citizenship.
  • To accept and promote the following ideals:
  • 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 application of higher standards in scholarship, sportsmanship and social contacts.To develop, by precept and example, a more intelligent, aggressive, and serviceable citizenship.To provide a practical means to form enduring friendships, to render unselfish 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 good will.

The organization maintains strong partnerships with UNICEF, AYUSA Global Youth Exchange, the March of Dimes, and Children's Miracle Network Telethon. Through the partnership with UNICEF, a major initiative was launched in the summer of 2005 to address HIV/AIDS education and prevention in Kenya.

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Kiwanis is an international service organization comprised of 600,000 adult and youth members in 91 nations whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children and families worldwide.

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