Members celebrate Founders' Day

Vicki Hermansen | Jan 24, 2019

More thDetroit No 1 Kiwanis Cluban 150 members of the Detroit Kiwanis Club No. 1, the Detroit Young Professional’s Club, Circle K International of Wayne State University, club members from throughout the Michigan District and contiguous districts gathered in Detroit on a snowy weekend to celebrate the accomplishments of Kiwanis International. With their help, and the help of clubs like theirs, Kiwanis has allowed millions of children thrive, prosper and grow, nearly thwarted maternal and neonatal tetanus and helped to eradicate Iodine Deficiency Disorder. All while having fun!  

Detroit celebrates Founders DayCelebrations began with a leadership conference that focused on membership and goal-oriented self-improvement. Hands-on service ranging from community outreach to literacy gave attendees an opportunity to pitch in and work on projects. A dinner celebration at the Greektown Casino Hotel gave Kiwanians an opportunity to toast 104 years of serving the children of the world and listen to remarks from 2017-18 Kiwanis International President Jim Rochford on the importance of Kiwanis in the lives of children.  

“The importance of Detroit cannot be overstated,” Rochford said. “Here a small group of people had a philanthropic vision that they took and slowly spread throughout the world. Today Kiwanis is the third-largest service organization in the world. It has virtually eliminated iodine deficiency and neonatal tetanus. That all happened because a few people were not afraid to share their vision of a better world.” 

Detroit celebrates Founderss DayEvent organizer Frank Palazzolo, immediate past president of the Detroit No. 1 Club and chairman of the Founders Day Celebration committee said, “The Birth of Kiwanis does not just belong to Detroit, it belongs to the world. We simply feel it needs to be celebrated here in its birthplace and that its importance to the betterment of the world cannot be overlooked.” 

Palazzolo thanked longtime partners and celebration sponsors including the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, the Salvation Army and the Kids Coalition Against Hunger, for supporting the Founder’s Day events.  

“There are very few organizations that last over 100 years and keep growing, but Kiwanis touches the lives of the most vulnerable and reaches out into local communities throughout the world to address their needs,” said Larry Memmer, governor of the Michigan District. “I, like all Kiwanians, feel privileged to belong to an organization making a difference around the World. You’re never without a friend if you belong to Kiwanis and I wear its pin proudly!”

Detroit celebrates Founders Day


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