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The history of KiwanisPaul PalazzoloPast presidentKiwanis International19151919Mallers Building, Kiwanis first officeFirst board members

The first Kiwanis club was officially founded Jan. 21, 1915, in Detroit, Michigan. Originally, the organization was formed to provide fellowship and insurance features. Members had to be young, professional businessmen. The aim of the organization was to provide an opportunity for other men to experience new ideals in human relationships.

(lower right: The first board members)

(middle: After first renting a small, two-room office at the Webster Building in Chicago, Kiwanis International moved its headquarters to the Mallers Building, where a growing number of staff members, including a busy receptionist, worked in more spacious offices.)


Historic marker in Detroit, Michigan

First president of the Downtown Detroit Kiwanis Club,Donald A. JohnstonThe first president of the Downtown Detroit Kiwanis Club was Donald A. Johnston.

Johnston was elected at a club meeting in 1915, and served three terms as president, 19151917.

3Kiwanis became an international organization with the creation of the Kiwanis Club of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.In 1916In 1916, Kiwanis became an international organization when the Kiwanis Club of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada was organized. 4


Photo, left: The Baker Oregon Kiwanis Club provided children in the community with their daily allotment of milk.

Photo, right: The Kiwanis Club of Hagerstown, Maryland, made a commitment to childrens health in its purchase of scales for weighing school children in the community.

Although service was not the original intention of Kiwanis, the members soon realized their clubs could do good for their communities. Many of the services provided by the first Kiwanis clubs focused on children, which ultimately led to Kiwanis championing causes for children.

The first Key Club formed in 1925 in Sacramento, California, with 11 charter members. Key Club was the idea of two Sacramento Kiwanis club members, Albert C. Olney and Frank C. Vincent, who also were high school administrators. They approached their Kiwanis club with the idea of starting a junior service club in the high school. It would resemble Kiwanis, have its own classifications based on school interests and hold luncheon meetings. The club was comprised of the key boys in the school, willing to serve the school in any way possible and to create better school spirit. Thus, the club was dubbed Key Club.Soon, the club that started out as a vocational guidance program expanded to become a complete service organization for the whole school. It also offered a social aspect to balance its service activities. Today, Key Club is the oldest and largest service program for high school students in the world. It has more than 250,000 members in 5,000 clubs in 30 countries. Some famous Key Club alumni include: Tom Cruise, actorElvis Presley, singerWilliam Bill Clinton, former U.S. PresidentBrad Pitt, actorAlan Jackson, singerTommy John, former MLB pitcherJoe Namath, former NFL quarterbackSteve Young, former NFL quarterbackJohn Young, former astronautMitch McConnell, U.S. senatorRichard Lugar, U.S. senator


By 19241,200 clubs90,000 membersBy 1924, Kiwanis had more than 1,200 clubs and almost 90,000 members. Although growth was not without its challenges, Kiwanis managed to persevere. 619301939

Circle K International, or CKI, began in 1936 at Washington State University as a Kiwanis club service project to provide an opportunity for capable, ambitious and worthy young men to acquire a college education by assisting them, where necessary, with their financial problems by means of a scholarship fund, if available, or by securing part-time employment. Soon after the concept of CKI was recognized and accepted, the element of community service was introduced, thus creating an appealing outlet for collegians around the globe.

Today, as the largest collegiate service organization, CKI boasts a membership of more than 12,600 collegians on more than 500 campuses worldwide. CKI is a student-led organization with an international board of representatives elected by its membership each year. Embodied by its tenets of leadership, fellowship and service at the club, district and international levels, CKI continues to grow through service to the world's campuses and communities.

Photo, left: The Pullman, Washington, clubs Circle K House provided an opportunity for young men with financial limitations to attend the State College of Washington

Photo, right: Movie stars gather to support the West Palm Beach, Florida, clubs annual benefit to raise funds for work with underprivileged children, which netted US$20,000 in 1930.


The creation of a Kiwanis International Foundation was proposed in 1937 by Kiwanis International President F. Trafford Taylor. The foundation was publicly launched at Kiwanis Internationals 25th anniversary celebration in Detroit in 1940. Walter Zeller, past governor of the Ontario-Quebec-Maritime District, initiated the foundations funds by donating 25 US silver dollars. These were used to decorate the anniversary cake, and slices were auctioned for a total of $625. Today, the Kiwanis International Foundation receives more than $1 million each year in donations and bequests (plus additional donations for specific projects).

Photo, upper left: The Montreal Kiwanians donated this shiny wagon to transport the young wards of the Province of Quebec Society for Crippled Children.

Photo, lower left: Young patients at the Arkansas Childrens Home and Hospital in Little Rock enjoy a venison dinner compliments of the West Side, Batesville, club.

Photo, upper right: Kiwanians helped sell bonds in the U.S. and Canada to support the war effort.

Photo, lower right: Through the years, pancakes have long been a favorite Kiwanis fundraising product.


Photo, left: Two little guys receive a free medical checkup at a pediatric clinic operated by the Hampton, Virginia, club.

Photo, upper right: Participating in Kiwanis Internationals 1952 Ballot Battalion campaign, Asbury Park, New Jersey, Kiwanians send a clear message about citizenship responsibilities.

Photo, lower right: The Oak Park, Illinois, club sponsors an action-packed touch-football league for youth.91960196950th Anniversary, 1965First club in Asia-Pacific: Tokyo, 1964First club in Europe: Vienna, 1963

First club outside North America: Tijuana, 1962

Kiwanis celebrated its 50th anniversary at the convention in _________.

Heres a Kiwanis fun fact: Do you know who the catering manager was at that event? Soon-to-be member, Case Van Kleef, who eventually was the international president in 2004-05.

Photo, upper left: Harry Young, the last living founder of the Kiwanis Club of Detroit No. 1, does the honors cutting the cake at Kiwanis 50th anniversary party at Detroits Cobo Hall on Jan. 21, 1965.

Photo, upper right: On May 15, 1962, the Kiwanis Club of Tijuana, Baja, California, Mexico became the first Kiwanis club organized outside the United States and Canada. (The charter members of the Kiwanis Club of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, enjoy their welcome into the Kiwanis world during the clubs charter night.)

Photo, lower left: The first Kiwanis club in Europe organized in Vienna, Austria, in 1963. (On the first stop of the European Mission in 1963, Kiwanis International President Merle Tucker speaks at the charter night celebration of the first Kiwanis club in Europe-Vienna, Austria.)

Photo, lower right: The first Kiwanis club in the Asia-Pacific region organized in Tokyo, Japan, in January 1964. At a charter banquet, Tokyo club President Nobutaka Shikanai with International President Nick Swain at his side addresses the audience, commenting on the significance of the moment: Kiwanis entrance into the Asia-Pacific region.


Photo, left: Recipients of the Kiwanis International Foundations Tablet of Honor, which originated in 1967, are recognized with brass name plates on the tablet at Kiwanis headquarters and receive a special plaque and patch.

Photo, right: Dressed in traditional Filipino formal wear, Kiwanis International President Harold Hi Heimbaugh enjoys the Governors Ball at the first convention of the Philippines Provisional District in November 1968.11

Kiwanis firsts

Ian PerdriauFirst Asia-Pacific presidentAustralia District199495Eyjlfur Eddie SigurssonFirst Europe presidentIceland-Faroes District199596Walter SellersFirst African- American presidentOhio District199798Juan "Ito" TorresFirst Asia presidentPhilippine Luzon200203While were on the subject of Kiwanis firsts, here are some notable firsts in Kiwanis history:

Ian Perdriau, first Asia-Pacific president, Australia District, 1994-95

Eyjlfur Eddie Sigursson, first Europe president, Iceland-Faroes District, 1995-96

Walter Sellers, first African-American president, Ohio District, 1997-98

Juan "Ito" Torres, first Asia president, Philippine Luzon, 2002-03



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