Fact Sheet - Kiwanis International

Kiwanis International is a worldwide service organization of women and men who share the challenge of community and world improvement. Since its founding in Detroit, Michigan, in 1915, Kiwanis has grown to about 8,400 clubs in more than 76 nations. Nearly two-thirds of a million Kiwanians in every culture and on every continent are helping to improve people's lives.

Who are Kiwanians? Kiwanians are individuals who give a little of their time to make their communities and the world better places in which to live and work. As members of a local Club, members have the opportunity to: make business and professional contacts learn first-hand about local, national, and international issues improve and use leadership skills participate in the life of their community and world develop lifelong friendships Kiwanis service Kiwanis clubs take on humanitarian and civic projects that public authorities are not prepared or able to perform.

A typical Kiwanis club plans hands-on projects focusing on the special needs of the community, such as helping the elderly, promoting literacy, or supporting youth sports. In addition to attending a club meeting, Kiwanians volunteer about two hours a month for projects involving children or persons in need. “Young Children: Priority One” <http://www.kiwanis.org/young_children__priority_one.html> is a program addressing the needs of children through projects in pediatric trauma, safety, child care, early development, infant health, nutrition and parenting skills. Under “Young Children: Priority One” Kiwanis is engaged in its first Worldwide Service Project[http://www.kiwanis.org/worldwide_service_project.html

Kiwanis has teamed with UNICEF to virtually eliminate Iodine Deficiency Disorders by the year 2000. These disorders cause various degrees of mental and physical impairment in the fetus and in young children. The Kiwanis Family The “K” Family <http://www.kiwanis.org/kiwanis_family.html> includes organizations for young people, which are sponsored by local clubs, and the Kiwanis International Foundation. Builders Club, Key Club, Circle K, K-Kids, and Kiwajunior provide school age youth the opportunity to help others, become personally involved in their community, and build a positive future for themselves.

The Kiwanis International Foundation assists Kiwanis International in serving the world by funding worthy causes and ongoing projects. Objects of Kiwanis International 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 social, business, and professional standards. To develop by precept and example a more intelligent, aggressive, and serviceable citizenship. To promote 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, patriotism, justice, and good-will.

Where to find Kiwanis For the club nearest you, write or call the Kiwanis International, 3636 Woodview Trace, Indianapolis, IN 46268-3196 (phone 1-800-KIWANIS) or submit a request by e-mail including your city and state, province or nation. Feel free to contact the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa at 613.233.1900.