What is Kiwanis?
What does the name "Kiwanis" mean?
The name "Kiwanis" was adapted from the expression "Nunc Kee-wanis" in the Otchipew (Native American) language, meaning "We have a good time," "We make a noise," or, under another construction, "We trade or advertise." Some persons prefer to pronounce the word "ki"; others, "kee."
Kiwanis International was founded in Detroit, Michigan, January 21, 1915. Today, Kiwanis has 670,000 members, including it's Sponsored Youth. Though Kiwanis serves in countries all around the world, its basic objectives are the same.
The Objectives of Kiwanis International
- TO GIVE PRIMACY to human and spiritual rather than to the material values of life.