Serving the Children of the World

What Is Kiwanis?

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

 Kiwanis International was founded in 1915 and is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. Kiwanis International is a thriving organization of service- and community-minded men and women who support children, young adults worldwide as well as numerous community projects right here in the Peoria area. More than 300,000 Kiwanis members in 8,000 Kiwanis clubs in more than 70 countries make their mark by responding to the needs of their communities and pooling their resources to address worldwide issues. Through these efforts, Kiwanis International is truly “Serving the Children of the World.”

What are the values 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.