Founded in 1914 with over 600,000 members in 80 nations, Kiwanis International empowers communities to improve the world by making lasting differences in the lives of children. Kiwanis is a positive influence in communities worldwide – their mission is that one day, all children will wake up in communities that believe in them, nurture them and provide the support they need to thrive.
“Serving the Children of the word”
Fun Fact – The name “Kiwanis” was coined from the Ojibwe language expression derived from the word giiwanizi meaning to “fool around”, “I make noise”, or “I am foolish”. The organization’s founders translated it as “We build”, which became the original motto of Kiwanis until 2005.
The Objects Include:
Object 1: To give primacy to the human and spiritual rather than to the material values of life.
Object 2: To encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships.
Object 3: To promote the adoption and the application of higher social, business and professional standards.
Object 4: To develop, by precept and example, a more intelligent, aggressive and serviceable citizenship.
Object 5: To provide, through Kiwanis clubs, a practical means to form enduring friendships, to render altruistic service and to build better communities.
Object 6: 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.