The excitement is building for Detroit No. 1 club members. In 2015, Kiwanis' founding club plans to celebrate 100 years of service to the Detroit community and the world.
Kiwanis has made a difference in the lives of millions since 1914, when Allen S. Browne and Joseph G. Prance met in Detroit to plan the formation of an organization that would eventually become Kiwanis.
Today the original club serves the children of the world. Its signature project, "Books for Kids," has distributed more than 1.5 million books over the past 12 years. More than 100 classes of third-grade students received dictionaries through the Kiwanis Dictionary Program. In addition, Detroit No. 1 is a Model Club for The Eliminate project, supports Children's Hospitals with proceeds from Kiwanis Peanut Day fundraisers and provides financial aid for needy young people to attend summer camp. Together, the Salvation Army and the Detroit No. 1 club have prepared and served food to the homeless, and many Kiwanians have helped their Salvation Army partner with its annual holiday bell ringing. The Kiwanis-sponsored Aktion Club and the Circle K club are active in fundraising and charity work too.
Detroit No. 1 is proud to host Kiwanis' 100th anniversary party on Saturday, January 24, 2015, at the Detroit Renaissance Marriott hotel. Along with Kiwanis International, the Michigan District is helping to prepare for this historic gathering. Many activities are planned, including a "Books for Kids" service project. Join us in Detroit to celebrate a century of Kiwanis service and help launch Kiwanis into the next century.
PHOTO CAPTION: Eric Sabree, Detroit No. 1 Club president