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Kiwanis International: Serving the Children of the World 

Kiwanis is a thriving organization of service-minded men and women who respond to the unique needs of their communities and address worldwide issues by “Serving the Children of the World.” 

Founded in Detroit, Michigan, USA, in 1915 by a group of businessmen, Kiwanis International is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. Today, the entire Kiwanis family has more than 500,000 members in more than 13,000 clubs. Kiwanis clubs serve in more than 70 countries around the world and achieve what individuals cannot do alone.

Kiwanis Impact

Worldwide, Kiwanis clubs: 
· Assist children, young adults, the aging, and the needy 
· Improve communities 
· Encourage international understanding

Kiwanis clubs also sponsor Kiwanis-family organizations for young people and adults: K-Kids clubs in elementary schools, Builders Clubs in middle school and junior highs, Key Clubs  in high schools, Circle K clubs at the collegiate level, Kiwanis Junior clubs for young adults in Europe, and Aktion clubs for adults living with disabilities. These clubs teach future world leaders the importance of helping others.

Thousands of Kiwanis clubs support Young Children: Priority One — a continuing service program focusing on the needs of children, prenatal through age five, with projects in pediatric trauma, safety, child care, and early development.

The Worldwide Service Project —a Kiwanis-family initiative in partnership with UNICEF—aims to virtually eliminate the world’s leading cause of preventable mental retardation, iodine deficiency disorders.

Rewards of Membership

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Through Kiwanis membership, communities are improved, friendships are built, leadership skills are developed, and business contacts are made. More importantly, the lives of children around the world are changed for the better.

Members and clubs also receive KIWANIS magazine ten times a year, enjoy access to an on-line community, as well as discounts on products and services. Click here for a list of membership benefits.

Kiwanis Membership

Prospective members are invited to join by existing members. The club’s board of directors then reviews membership information for approval. Beyond initial induction fees, members contribute annual dues as determined by the club. The Kiwanis Club of Corvallis meets every Wednesday, noon to 1:00 p.m. at O'Callahan's Restaurant.  Members, on average, invest about six hours a month by participating in meetings, projects, and volunteering in their community.

The Objects of Kiwanis

graphic, child · To give primacy to the human and spiritual, rather than the material values of life.

· To encourage the daily living of the golden rule in all human relationships.

· To promote the adoption and the application of higher social, business, and professional standards.

· To develop, by precept and example, a more intelligent, aggressive, and serviceable citizenship.

· To provide, through Kiwanis clubs, a practical means to form enduring friendships, to render altruistic service, and to build better communities.

· To cooperate in creating and maintaining that sound public opinion and high idealism which make possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism, and goodwill. 

Through Kiwanis membership, individuals give their talent, time, and love to those in need. Kiwanians worldwide dedicate themselves to a way of life in which they believe. 

Kiwanis Explained

Our Motto: "We Build"

Throughout its history, the Kiwanis name has been synonymous with endeavors that build character, knowledge, commerce, communities, and—through genuine concern for others—hope.

Our Name:

The name Kiwanis stems from a Native American phrase, which, like many aboriginal terms, had a variety of meanings, including; “We have a good time,” “We make a noise,” or “We trade.”

The preceding information was derived from the Marketing and Public Relations Department of Kiwanis International.