About Kiwanis

Kiwanis International is a global organization of service and community-minded volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. Kiwanis and its youth-oriented Service Leadership Programs serve communities in more than 80 countries and geographic areas by responding to the needs of their communities and pooling their resources to address worldwide issues.

Founded in 1915 by a group of businessmen in Detroit, Michigan, Kiwanis International now comprises of more than 13,000 clubs and 600,000 members  – men, women boys and girls — worldwide. Through these efforts, Kiwanis International truly strives to live up to its motto – “Serving the Children of the World.

The name “Kiwanis” was coined from an expression in an American Indian language of the Detroit area, “Nunc Kee-wanis,” which means, “we trade.” Kiwanis became an international organization with the founding of the Kiwanis Club of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, in 1916.

All people are welcome to participate in the Kiwanis movement of improving communities for children. In 2008, delegates approved a resolution that calls for Kiwanis clubs to celebrate and foster inclusiveness.


Kiwanis empowers communities to improve the world by making lasting differences in the lives of children.


Kiwanis will be a positive influence in communities worldwide – so that one day, all children will wake up in communities that believe in them, nurture them and provide the support they need to thrive.


Service is at the heart of every Kiwanis club, no matter where in the world it’s located. Members stage nearly 150,000 service projects and raise nearly US$100 million every year for communities, families and projects. By working together, members achieve what one person cannot accomplish alone.


Kiwanis clubs focus on changing the world by serving children, one child and one community at a time. To reach more people and have a greater service impact on their communities, many clubs sponsor a Kiwanis family club – K-Kids for primary school children; Builders Clubs for adolescents; Key Clubs for teens; Circle K clubs for university students and Aktion Clubs for adults living with disabilities.


Are you ready to help create communities that let all children thrive, prosper and grow? Join Kiwanis Club of Monroe or make a financial donation to support the Kiwanis mission. Kids are counting on you.

The Kiwanis Club of Monroe, Michigan, holds their weekly meetings on Wednesday at noon in the Fellowship Hall at the St Paul’s United Methodist Church, 201 S Monroe St, Monroe, MI 48161.

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