Owosso
Serving the Children of the World

What is a Kiwanian?

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time.
 

Kiwanis Name

The name “Kiwanis” means “we trade” or “we share our talents.”  It was coined from an American Indian expression, Nunc Kee-wanis, which also equates to we all build.

Kiwanians are volunteers changing the world through service to children and communities.  Kiwanis members help shelter the homeless, feed the hungry, mentor the disadvantaged, and care for the sick. We develop youth as leaders, build playgrounds, support literacy, raise funds for pediatric research, and much more.  No  task or problem is too big or too small. Through working together, members achieve what one person cannot accomplish alone.  When  a child has a chance to learn, experience, dream, and succeed, great things happen!

As Kiwanis clubs and members, we see it everyday!

We Build.

 

Membership

  • About 8,000 clubs in 96 countries
  • More than 260,000 adult members
  • Approximately 320,000 youth


Mission 
To serve children of the world.

Service

Each year, clubs:

  • Sponsor nearly 150,000 service projects.
  • Raise more than $107 million.

THE KIWANIS CLUB OF OWOSSO WAS CHARTERED IN 1921

 

 

 

Objects of Kiwanis

The six permanent Objects of Kiwanis International were approved by Kiwanis club delegates at the 1924 Convention in Denver, Colorado.  Through the succeeding decades, they have remained unchanged.
 

  • 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 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.