Open a club

“Many years ago when I was asked to help establish a new club, I was nervous … of being rejected or bothering people. I quickly learned it was not at all like this, and in fact, it was fun. Then I heard what the clubs were doing after they were opened. There’s nothing like the feeling you get when you realize you had something to do with that group helping a preschool with learning opportunities or hosting Easter egg hunts, 5K walks, food drives, and so forth.”  
—Cathy Szymanski, Pennsylvania District chair of The Formula and past governor

For some Kiwanians, opening new clubs is the greatest service you can perform. It’s no wonder: Club openers carry on the Kiwanis legacy.

2014 Kiwanis (The Formula-Motivation) from Kiwanis International on Vimeo.

New clubs need encouragement and guidance—and that requires access to experienced, effective leaders. That’s the role of the new-club-opening team. Members of this team—especially sponsoring clubs—benefit too. They gain unique insights, skills and energy they can channel into improving their own club experience.

Want to learn more? Our quick-start guide can help you get started with these three simple steps:
1. Prepare: Form your team and explore the community. 
2. Invite: Plan your approach and share your story.
3. Organize: Charter the club and set it up for success.

Want to get involved?

Email TheFormula@kiwanis.org to be connected with your local new-club-opening team. 

Opening a Service Leadership Programs club?

For information on how to open a Circle K International, Key Club, Builders Club, K-Kids or Aktion Club, explore the Service Leadership Programs chartering toolkit.