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 is a service organization that supports children and young adults around the world. Kiwanis was founded in 1915 and is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. Kiwanis members in more than 8,400 clubs around the world provide millions of hours of community service each year.
Club service projects often are linked to the Kiwanis program, "Young Children: Priority One." Other service projects help the elderly, promote literacy, support youth sports, and support specific persons in need. Worldwide, the entire Kiwanis family is committed to eliminating the devastating effects of maternal-neonatal tetanus (MNT), the world's leading preventable cause of mental retardation.
Kiwanis is divided into districts, and each district is divided into divisions. We are in the Pennsylvania District. International and District officers provide support to club officers. Also, the Division, District, and International levels sponsor events such as dinners and conventions where we can meet and share ideas with other Kiwanians from all over the world!
In addition, Kiwanis plays a special role in developing future generations of leaders by sponsoring K-Kids in elementary schools, Builders Clubs in middle school and junior highs, Key Clubs in high schools, and Circle K clubs at the collegiate level.
The Pennsylvania eKiwanis 2.0 officially chartered on September 23, 2012 and is the first completely online Kiwanis Club in the Pennsylvania District. Pictured below after accepting the charter from Kiwanis International President Tom DeJulio:
Front row: Matt Wise and eKiwanis President Megan Thomas
Middle row: Phil Gallagher and 2011-12 Pa. District Governor Cathy Szymanski
Back row: Ben Osterhout and Mike Gildea