Background on the Kiwanis Passing The Torch Campaign

The Kiwanis Club of Ottawa was founded in 1917, during the height of World War I. Throughout our history, some members have left to serve in the Armed Forces and many veterans have become members. During WW II, the Club was active in initiatives to support the war effort, including the sale of war bonds and the collection of scrap metal and rubber that was coordinated by the “War Committee”.

Of note, the President of Kiwanis International mandated Kiwanis Club of Ottawa and the Kiwanis Club of Washington as the “National Capitals Committee" to keep Kiwanis International aware of national requirements so that the Clubs throughout North America could be effectively harnessed to support the respective national war efforts.

The 211 Air Cadet Squadron was formed in 1941 by the Club and represents a military legacy that reflects our continuing interest in defence issues.