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The Kiwanis Mission

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

The Kiwanis Vision

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.

The Objects of Kiwanis

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

Object 1: To give pri­ma­cy to the human and spir­i­tu­al rather than to the mate­r­i­al val­ues of life.

Object 2: To encour­age the dai­ly liv­ing of the Gold­en Rule in all human rela­tion­ships.

Object 3: To pro­mote the adop­tion and the appli­ca­tion of high­er social, busi­ness and pro­fes­sion­al stan­dards.

Object 4: To devel­op, by pre­cept and exam­ple, a more intel­li­gent, aggres­sive and ser­vice­able cit­i­zen­ship.

Object 5: To pro­vide, through Kiwa­nis clubs, a prac­ti­cal means to form endur­ing friend­ships, to ren­der altru­is­tic ser­vice and to build bet­ter com­mu­ni­ties.

Object 6: To coop­er­ate in cre­at­ing and main­tain­ing that sound pub­lic opin­ion and high ide­al­ism which make pos­si­ble the increase of right­eous­ness, jus­tice, patri­o­tism and good will.

Celebrating and fostering inclusiveness

In 2008, del­e­gates at the Kiwa­nis Inter­na­tion­al con­ven­tion adopt­ed a res­o­lu­tion that encour­ages and empow­ers clubs to cre­ate envi­ron­ments that devel­op and nur­ture mutu­al respect for all, and to cel­e­brate the inclu­sive­ness of all Kiwa­nis mem­bers. The lan­guage reads:

There­fore, be it resolved that the del­e­gates assem­bled at the 2008 Kiwa­nis Inter­na­tion­al con­ven­tion in Orlan­do, Flori­da, and all Kiwa­nis lead­ers and mem­bers to take action to cre­ate a cul­ture and club envi­ron­ment that devel­ops and nur­tures mutu­al respect for all and cel­e­brates the inclu­sive­ness of our beloved Kiwa­nis.”


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