Learn about Kiwanis

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.

Traditional and not: No two Kiwanis clubs look exactly the same. Each member’s and community’s needs are different, and each club looks different. Some clubs are very traditional, with weekly meetings and a strong sense of history. Other clubs don’t meet at all, and instead hold meetings online and only come together for service projects. Newer clubs may follow the 3-2-1 concept: 3 hours of service, 2 hours of social activity and a 1-hour meeting each month. Clubs should reflect their communities and their members and should work to meet their needs. Flexibility is key to a successful club.

Defining statement: Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time.

Our values: The six permanent Objects of Kiwanis International were approved in 1924 and have remained unchanged for decades. 

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 members 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!

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