Kiwanis International

Kiwanis International

▪ American organization
      worldwide community-service organization for men and women that was founded in Detroit, Mich., in 1915. In the late 20th century it had more than 300,000 members in about 8,000 clubs and 70 countries. The members of Kiwanis International seek to provide assistance to the young and the elderly, create international understanding and goodwill, help develop community facilities, support agriculture and conservation, and mount programs to safeguard against crime and eliminate alcohol and drug abuse. The name Kiwanis is derived from an American Indian term meaning “we make ourselves known.”

      A local Kiwanis club may select two members from each business or profession. The organization's coeducational youth affiliates are Key Club International, for high-school students, and Circle K International, for college students. Kiwanis International's headquarters are located in Indianapolis, Ind.

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