100th ANNIVERSARY
Kiwanis International 100th Anniversary - 1915-2015
Founded in 1915
This marker stands in downtown Detroit, Michigan.

History

What a difference a century makes. In 1915, Kiwanis began as a single Detroit club. But over the last 100 years, it's grown into a premier international service organization. Today Kiwanis and Kiwanis-affiliated groups, such as Key Club, CKI and Aktion Club, donate more than 18 million hours of service each year and raise more than $100 million in charitable funds annually. Plus tackle projects of every size and difficulty, from building neighborhood playgrounds to eliminating maternal/neonatal tetanus worldwide by 2015―just in time for our centennial.

What better way to energize ourselves for the challenges of our next century than by celebrating and commemorating the achievements of the first? Now is the time to prepare such remembrances. Perhaps by compiling a history of your own club; seeking out and recording the stories of long-time members; or planning your own 100th birthday shindig. The possibilities are endless. 

There are plenty of online resources to help you begin. To get an idea of where your club figures into the great scheme of things, consult Kiwanis' interactive history timeline