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Club anniversaries

Congratulations! Whether you’re celebrating 25, 50, 75 or The Big 100 — we know it’s an important milestone. Here are some resources to help you commemorate the special event and share it with the community.

Celebrate by customizing this template with the specific details of your proclamation and any additional information you’d like to include. 

Club anniversary sample proclamation

To share your special anniversary with the media, use this news release template. It highlights key points from your proclamation.  

Media release anniversary celebration 

Your club has been helping your community for many years – and now it’s time to celebrate! Here are ideas for celebrating, serving and getting started:

Anniversary ideas for Kiwanis clubs

Getting started
  1. Form a task force. Determine how many members your club needs to plan its anniversary events, who could be involved and what the task force could do.  
  2. Request a custom anniversary logo free from Kiwanis. Please allow 4 weeks for this request to be customized for you.
  3. Set growth, service and/or fundraising goals for your club. One-hundred members by the end of your anniversary year? Fundraising for any Service Leadership Programs? Serving (number of children to coincide with the milestone)? The list is endless. Make sure your goal has an impact on your community and Kiwanis as a whole.
  4. Brainstorm celebration ideas. Involve members. Decide when your club will celebrate. Review the celebration ideas below.
  5. Contact the media. Make sure the local media knows about your anniversary achievements. Not sure how to start? Check out the toolkit below and email pr@kiwanis.org.
  6. Participate in events throughout the year. Schedule special observances at your district conventions and attend the Kiwanis International convention. Have an open house for the community.
Celebration strategy

Before selecting a project, answer the following questions so your club can determine the best fit:

  • How would your club like to observe the anniversary? A party? A project? Brainstorm with club members. Establish a task force.
  • If your club decides a project is best, what skills or contacts can members bring to the project? For example, is there an expert landscaper or carpenter in the group? Does someone in your club have a contact at city hall?
  • What facilities or organizations (community center, shelter, park, homes, etc.) would benefit from hands-on service?
  • What project would leave a lasting mark on the community?
  • What types of projects are your members passionate about?
  • Will your club involve sponsored youth clubs?
  • Will you ask others outside the Kiwanis family to participate?
  • Will your project or celebration attract media attention?
  • Will your project appropriately reflect 100 years of Kiwanis service?
  • Will your project create pride in membership and in our Kiwanis history?
  • Will your project attract new members to Kiwanis?
  • How much time and how many people will be needed to accomplish your goals?
  • What is the estimated budget for your project, and how will you raise the funds?
  • Will your project capture your members’ interest?
Creative ways to celebrate
  • Use the milestone number and multiples of that number: children served, canned goods collected, winter coats collected, games donated to a school, etc.
  • Consider “platinum” projects and the metal’s properties (e.g., resistance to wear, tarnish, corrosion).
  • Show achievements by your club and determine how you could tie in your club’s history.
  • Show achievements by your district and determine how you could tie in your district’s history at the club level, in cooperation with other clubs.
  • Highlight Service Leadership Programs and how youth programs represent the future, supported by your Kiwanis club.
  • Tie in milestones of Kiwanis history.
  • Create a giant birthday cake.
  • Organize a party, open house or parade.
  • Sponsor/build float for an existing parade.
  • Club anniversary party, inviting clubs in the division and/or district to attend; could incorporate a service project.
  • Invite members of other service organizations and representatives of groups you help to an event honoring local partnerships.
  • Highlight oldest club members and their memories.
Suggested service project ideas
  • Park/sculpture dedication.
  • Playground build at a location that serves children/families (library, shelter, museum, etc.).
  • Tree planting.
  • Plaque or signage sponsored by club.
  • Location-specific cleanup or build at a campground, beach or park; a playground cleanup or build at a city or county park or school; neighborhood restoration, cleanup or beautification.
  • Literacy projects such as a reading room, reading to children, helping with homework.
  • Sporting events for children with disabilities, paired with Aktion Club.
  • Blood/book/food drive.
  • Safety fair.
  • Bicycle rodeo.
  • Create and write greeting cards for children in hospitals.
  • Create a Kiwanis display at a library, historical society or museum about Kiwanis International’s local and global projects.
  • Antique car/motorcycle show.
  • Sponsor an outing for children to a local zoo/opera/theater/movie screening/sporting event/fair.
  • Poster/writing contest for youth programs.
Suggested fundraising ideas
  • Food festival or booth at festival.
  • Holiday market booth.
  • Wine or beer tasting.
  • Sale of items made by club members (comfort dolls, bookmarks, magnets, cards, etc.).
  • Fashion show.
  • Dinner.
Media toolkit
  • Read the PR Tips & Tools
  • Request your custom club logo if your club doesn’t have one — and ask for an anniversary logo. Please allow 4 weeks for this request to be customized for you.
  • Once your club has determined its events, projects or celebrations, list them, adding community partners, beneficiaries and other significant information.
  • Write a letter to your local paper’s editor or opinion editor explaining what your club does, how your club helps the community and how your club’s anniversary celebration will impact the community.
  • If your club is undertaking a major project, such as a playground build or other large-scale project that will benefit the community, ask other organizations if you can make presentations at their meetings. If your club is working on a playground, ask local government officials if your club can present information about the project at a city or county council meeting.
  • Develop a brochure that explains the project, your club and how your community will benefit from your club’s anniversary project.
  • Let your club and community know about your event using publicity resources such as event flyers and emails.
  • Use social media to tell your story. Kiwanis has photographs, social media squares and posts ready for your club to use on Facebook and other social media channels.