What is Kiwanis?Kiwanis International is a worldwide service organization of women and men who share the challenge of community and world improvement. Since its founding in Detroit, Michigan, in 1915, Kiwanis has grown to about 9,000 clubs in more than 80 nations. Nearly one-third of a million Kiwanians in every culture and on every continent are helping to improve peopleâ€™s lives
Kiwanians are individuals who give a little of their time to make their communities and the world better places in which to live and work. As members of a local club, members have the opportunity to:
* make business and professional contacts
* learn first-hand about local, national, and international issues
* improve and use leadership skills
* participate in the life of their community and world
*develop lifelong friendships
Kiwanis clubs take on humanitarian and civic projects that public authorities are not prepared or able to perform. A typical Kiwanis club plans hands-on projects focusing on the special needs of the community, such as helping the elderly, promoting literacy, or supporting youth sports. In addition to attending a club meeting, Kiwanians volunteer about two hours a month for projects involving children or persons in need. â€œYoung Children: Priority Oneâ€ is a program addressing the needs of children through projects in pediatric trauma, safety, child care, early development, infant health, nutrition and parenting skills.
Under â€œYoung Children: Priority Oneâ€ Kiwanis is engaged in its first Worldwide Service Project. Kiwanis has teamed with UNICEF to virtually eliminate Iodine Deficiency Disorders by the year 2000. These disorders cause various degrees of mental and physical impairment in the fetus and in young children.(Click Here To Return)
- To give primacy to the human and spiritual rather than to the material values of life.
- To encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships.
- To promote the adoption and application of higher social, business, and professional standards.
- To develop by precept and example a more intelligent, aggressive, and serviceable citizenship.
- To promote 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, patriotism, justice, and good-will.
Kiwanis organizes and participates in approximately one community project each month.
We have club meetings every second Tuesday of the month (12 in total) from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. At these meetings we share important information, plan our events and discuss matters brought before the club.
We meet every second Tuesday of the month at a local restaurant in Orleans. Please email us at email@example.com so we can let you know where our current restaurant location is.
Kiwanians are discouraged from actively promoting their business at club meetings, but it is generally accepted that members seek each other out when required. Membership in Kiwanis can only help open doors. It has been said, â€œYou should expect to get out of Kiwanis what you put into it, and a bit moreâ€
There is no monetary cost to join the Kiwanis Club of Orleans. Instead, we ask that members make a yearly commitment of 25 volunteer hours towards one or more of our many projects.
Dinner meetings cost $20.00 (includes meal, gratuity and taxes) and members have an opportunity to enter into the nightly raffle. We also have a quick â€œHappy Dollarâ€ session at the close of our regular meetings which gives Club Members an opportunity to donate a dollar to brag or celebrate a positive occurrence in their lives.
The Kiwanis Club of Orleans is always willing to consider new projects that primarily support or assist children in our Orleans community. Each project is carefully weighed by the club-at-large to determine its merit, the potential benefits and our ability to provide the required manpower to successfully accomplish the desired goals. Our ability to champion a wide variety of causes and successfully produce dynamic projects sets the Kiwanis Club of Orleans apart as one of the most active and most successful service clubs in the Ottawa-Carleton Region.
We are pleased to invite all potential members to join us for a regular dinner meeting, our treat. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to make us aware of your inquiry.
The â€œKiwanisâ€ Familyâ€ includes organizations for young people, which are sponsored by local clubs, and the Kiwanis International Foundation.
Builders Club, Key Club, Circle K, K-Kids, and Kiwajunior provide school age youth the opportunity to help others, become personally involved in their community, and build a positive future for themselves.
The Kiwanis International Foundation assists Kiwanis International in serving the world by funding worthy causes and ongoing projects.