Most people join clubs because someone asks them to. Beyond sharing your personal experience, you'll be a better recruiter if you can answer questions about Kiwanis and why the work is important. Bring people together to help children with your enthusiasm and your knowledge about Kiwanis.


Defining statement:

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


Objects of Kiwanis

The six permanent Objects of Kiwanis International were approved by Kiwanis club delegates at the 1924 Convention in Denver, Colorado. Through the succeeding decades, they have remained unchanged.

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.


Objects of the Kiwanis Family

Kiwanis Family

Children learn by doing. Through the Kiwanis Service Leadership Programs, young people experience the reward of helping others and improving their own communities. They develop values based on selflessness and leadership skills based on teamwork. With your help, they will grow into caring, successful adults and lifelong Kiwanians.

K-Kids: In Kiwanis Kids, elementary students conduct their own service projects.

Terrific Kids promotes character. Students work to improve behavior, attendance, schoolwork , or relationships with peers.

Bring Up Grades recognizes students who work hard to improve their grades,and keep them there.

Builders Club: More than 40,000 young teens run their own Kiwanis-sponsored clubs, improving communities and helping others in 5 countries.

Key Club: High school students in 24 countries protect the rights of children in their communities. Governors, executives and a former U.S. president credit Key Club with their first taste of leadership.

Key Leader: The next extraordinary step for high school student leaders.

Circle K International: This program is based on service, leadership and fellowship on more than 500 university campuses worldwide.

Aktion Club: Adults living with disabilities in more than 200 clubs in seven nations develop initiative and leadership skills through hands-on service. These adults return to the community the benefits, help, and caring they have received.

Kiwanis Junior clubs are recognized in Europe and help to share the Kiwanis service experience with younger adults, ages 18-35. Kiwanis Junior became an official program in 1992 and now includes more than 50 clubs.