Frequently Asked Questions

What are Kiwanians?

Volunteers from all walks of life, united in their commitment to serve children and their communities worldwide. 

What is the Kiwanis Motto?

Serving the Children of the world.

Kids Need Kiwanis!

What does the name "Kiwanis" mean?

We trade or "we have a good time". The expression, Nunc Keewanis, comes from an American Indian language of the Detroit area. 

How many Kiwanis clubs/members are there?

About 8,000 Kiwanis clubs with more than 250,000 members in 70 countries. 

How/Where/When did Kiwanis begin?

Founded in Detroit, Michigan, on January 21, 1915, Kiwanis started with one club. A year later, the Kiwanis club of Hamilton, Ontario, was chartered. Worldwide expansion began in 1962, and today Kiwanis clubs are active in every part of the world. 

How can I join Kiwanis?

Send us a message by clicking on the "Find Out More" button below. Or join us for lunch at Kanes Restaurant in Grass Valley every Thursday from Noon to 1:00 PM. 

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