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Serving the children of the world.

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Frequently Asked Questions
 

Q: How did Kiwanis begin?

A: The first Kiwanis club was formed in Detroit, Michigan on January 21, 1915. A year later, the Kiwanis Club of Hamilton, Ontario was chartered, and Kiwanis International grew rapidly into a leading service club in America and Canada. In 1962, worldwide expansion was approved, and today Kiwanis clubs are active in every part of the world.

A: Our motto is "Serving the children of the world."

A: Kiwanis's continuing service emphasis is called "Young Children: Priority One," which focuses on the special needs of children from prenatal development to age five. In one year, projects conducted as part of the "Young Children: Priority One" service emphasis involved $14.3 million and 1.3 million volunteer hours.

In 1994, Kiwanis launched its first Worldwide Service Project, a $75 million campaign in partnership with UNICEF to eliminate iodine deficiency disorders by the year 2000. Iodine deficiency is rare in areas where iodized salt is used, but in other parts of the world, IDD is the leading cause of preventable mental and physical retardation. As many as 1.5 billion people are at risk, especially young children. The initial fundraising goal was surpassed in 2001. IDD projects have now been funded in 95 countries.

A: In one year, Kiwanis clubs sponsored 147,000 service projects. To do so, Kiwanians raised and spent nearly $100 million and contributed 6.2 million hours of volunteer time.

A: The name "Kiwanis" was coined from an expression in an American Indian language of the Detroit area, Nunc Kee-wanis, which means "we trade" or "we have a good time."

A: There are more than 8,400 Kiwanis clubs with nearly 280,000 members in 96 countries and geographic areas.

Q: What are Kiwanians?
A: Volunteers from all walks of life, united in their commitment to serve children and their communities worldwide.

Q: What other organizations does Kiwanis sponsor?
A: Kiwanis International sponsors several service clubs for young people: Circle K International has 13,000 members on 500 university and college campuses; Key Club International has 2 million members in over 5,000 high schools; and Builders Clubs have been organized in 2,000 junior high and middle schools. Other members of the Kiwanis family include K-Kids in elementary schools, young European adults in Kiwanis Junior, and Aktion Club, which involves persons with disabilities in community service activities.