The Kiwanis Family
Circle K International is just one part of the Kiwanis family of service organizations. Kiwanis International, Key Club International, Builders Club, Kiwanis Kids, and Aktion Club also are branches of our family. Adult and youth members form one of the largest and most effective service organizations in the world.
Developing and maintaining good relationships between each branch of the Kiwanis family, as it is popularly known, should be one of the primary objectives of each individual Kiwanis family club and district. We all share a common goal: service. By working together, we can collectively increase the amount of lives we touch through service.
Established in 1915, Kiwanis International is one of the largest service organizations in the world. Kiwanis’ primary focus is children. The major emphasis program of Kiwanis International is Young Children: Priority One. This program addresses the needs of children prenatal through age five. Kiwanis International and Kiwanis-family clubs, through a partnership with UNICEF, have greatly contributed to the eradication of iodine deficiency disorders worldwide and recently embarked on The Eliminate Project to tackle is the issue of Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus. A great distinction of Kiwanis International among professional service clubs is its sponsored organizations and programs—the Kiwanis family!
Key Club International
Key Club International is the oldest and largest service program for high school students worldwide. This student-led organization teaches leadership through service to others. Every day, Key Club members carry out the motto “Caring: Our Way of Life.” Each Key Club has the autonomy to select its own service projects. However, clubs unite in service under the banner of the Key Club International Major Emphasis Program, Children: Their Future, Our Focus. The program emphasizes specific areas of child growth, including personal development and social interaction.
Builders Club is the largest community-service program for junior and middle school students worldwide. Its goal is to develop leadership qualities in young people through experiences in volunteer service. A local Kiwanis club sponsors each Builders Club. Builders Club operates under school regulations and draws its members from the student body. Builders Club’s objectives are to: provide opportunities for working together in service to school and community; develop leadership potential; foster the development of a strong moral character; and encourage loyalty to school, community, and nation.
Kiwanis Kids is the fastest growing service club for elementary students. The program focuses on character education as well as exposure to the concepts of community service and serving learning. Kiwanis Kids is a student-led community service organization that operates under school regulations and draws its members from the student body. A Kiwanis club sponsors each Kiwanis Kids club. Kiwanis Kids objectives are to: provide opportunities for working together in service to school and community; develop leadership potential; foster and develop a strong moral character; and encourage loyalty to school, community, and nation.
Aktion Club is a community-service organization for adults who live with a disability. Aktion Club members strive to return to their communities the benefits, help, and caring they have received, as well as develop important skills in the process.
Why get involved with other Kiwanis family clubs?
Just like a real family, some of the most rewarding times can come from spending time together and strengthening family bonds. The Kiwanis family spans all generations, levels of education and the globe. The opportunities for networking, friendships and making a greater service contribution are innumerable in such an organization. Why not get involved with other Kiwanis-family clubs?
Why remain a member of the Kiwanis family?
The Kiwanis family presents a unique opportunity to hold membership in multiple family organizations over several years. Although each is distinctly different, the common bond of service and availability of the organizations in virtually any area provide a familiar home for all to remain involved. The Kiwanis family is always expanding and, with a little assistance, you can build it in areas where the clubs are not present.
The Kiwanis family provides an opportunity for CKI members to interact with members of all ages from elementary school students to experienced Kiwanians. CKI members work alongside K-Kids, Builders Club, Key Club, Aktion Club, and Kiwanis during service projects, fundraising, and fellowship. CKI clubs also can team with a Kiwanis club to co-sponsor a K-Kids, Builders, or Aktion club.
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