What is Kiwanis?
Kiwanis is a global service organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. With over 500,000 members in 80 countries. Kiwanis fosters principals of good citizenship and human values.
Is Kiwanis a secret organization?
Not at all! There are no private rituals. Kiwanis makes its activities known and public awareness of Kiwanis is sought because it increases support for our service efforts.
Are there any women members?
Yes there are! We have several women members including current and past officers.
Who belongs to Kiwanis?
Most any citizen can. Many of our members are business owners and professionals, although that is not necessary. Retired persons, as well as those who have not worked outside the home are welcome. We currently have members who are teachers, firemen, attorneys, business owners, retirees, elected public officials, homemakers, realtors, bankers, dentists and more.
Who benefits from Kiwanis work?
Most of our work benefits the youth of our community, with some financial support going to national and international youth projects. Some examples of local projects are: scholarships to high school graduates, sponsoring Key Clubs and Builders Clubs in the schools, producing the annual Fishers Easter Egg hunt, donating funds to Riley Children's Hospital, youth sports team sponsorships, and many more.
How does Kiwanis pay for these projects?
We have several fund raising activities each year.
How much does it cost to join?
An initiation fee of just $53 plus annual dues of $130. Because ALL of the funds that we raise in the community are used for our service projects, we must use the dues for administrative expenses. For more information on joining, click here.
Does the club have any social activities?
Yes we do, and many enduring friendships have been formed. Some of our social activities include dinner with the spouses, cook outs, trips to the races, and "Symphony on the Prairie," just to name a few.
What happens at the meetings?
Our meetings usually last about one hour. We frequently have speakers on a wide range of topics, and we also use this time to select and plan our service projects and fund raising. Any member can propose a service project or fund raiser.