Greater Federal Way
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Kiwanis International is a global community of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time. Kiwanis and its youth-oriented Service Leadership Programs serve communities in more than 80 countries and geographic areas.

The Name: Kiwanis stems from an expression of the American Indian tribe that lived in the Detroit area, the area where Kiwanis was founded. The original phrase in the Otchipew language was  ‘Nun Kee-wanis.  It means; self expression, or to express one’s self.  It was shortened and modified to become Kiwanis. The Goals We build is the motto under which Kiwanis has advanced and become widely known throughout the years, and the purpose of Kiwanis is to provide service to Youth and the Elderly, to the Community, and to the Nation.

The objectives of Kiwanis are to:

  • Give primacy to the human and spiritual, rather than to the material values of life.
  • Encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships.
  • Promote the adoption and application of higher social, business, and professional standards.
  • Develop, by precept and example, a more intelligent, aggressive, and serviceable citizenship.
  • Provide, through this club, a practical means to form enduring friendships, to render altruistic service, and to build a better community.
  • Cooperate in creating and maintaining that sound public opinion and high idealism which make possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism, and goodwill.

The History:   Kiwanis was founded in Detroit, Michigan, January 21, 1915. The first Kiwanian was a merchant tailor named Joseph Prance. The original name was “The Benevolent Order of Brothers” and its purpose was the mutual exchange of preferred treatment in professional and business dealings. Within a year, the name was changed to “Kiwanis” and, since the original purpose lacked the power to attract and hold members, the purpose of the organization became a community service, a concept from which Kiwanis has never deviated.  In 1916, a Kiwanis club was formed in Canada (Hamilton, Ontario), and Kiwanis became an international service organization. In 1962 a Kiwanis Club was formed in Mexico, breaking the long-standing tradition of serving only in the U.S. and Canada. In 1989, women were welcomed to join Kiwanis Clubs. 

Our Impact: Service is at the heart of every Kiwanis Club, no matter where in the world it's located.  Kiwanis members stage nearly 150,000 service projects, devote more than 6 million hours of service and raise nearly US$100 million every year for communities, families and projects.  Key Club members pitch in 12 million hours of service each year, and CKI membes another 500,000 hours of service!  Aktion Club members donate another 92,000 hours of service every year.  Add it all up, and that's more than 18 million hours of service every year!

For more information, see:  Kiwanis International        Pacific Northwest Kiwanis Lieutenant Governors  Web Site K-Kids International Web Site Builders Club International Web Site Pacific Northwest Key Club Key Club International Website Club Circle K Club International Web


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Last updated May 27, 2016