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What is the Kiwanis Family?

Kiwanis is an international service organization that sponsors CKI. They are essentially the parent organization. Kiwanis sponsors several Service Leadership Programs, in addition to CKI though. For ways on how to get involved with the Kiwanis Family, check out this guide.

To contact someone within the Kiwanis family, check out the Kiwanis Family Directory.

Looking for ideas on how to collaborate within the Kiwanis Family? Check out the Kiwanis Family Service Project Guide.

See below for more information on each branch of Kiwanis.

 

Kiwanis

Kiwanis International Kiwanis International is a worldwide service organization for business professionals who work to improve their communities. Kiwanis Clubs sponsor the other members of the Kiwanis Family through advice, manpower, and financial support. The first Kiwanis club was organized in Detroit, Michigan in 1915. Today, Kiwanis exists in 80 countries, consisting of more than 300,000 members. In 1919, at the Kiwanis International Convention held in Birmingham, Alabama, delegates voted to purchase the legal rights to the word “Kiwanis” from its founder, Allen S. Browne. With this independence came the decision to change the focus of Kiwanis from a club promoting better business relations between members to one promoting service in the community. There are more than 12,500 Kiwanis members in more than 300 clubs in the Florida District.

Circle K International

Circle K International CKI is an International service organization that is the college level of Kiwanis International. It is the largest collegiate service organization, with over 12,000 members in over 500 clubs worldwide, including clubs in Jamaica, Canada, Barbados, St. Lucia, Philippines, and many other nations.

Circle K Alumni Association

Circle K Alumni Association Members of the Alumni Association include people who have finished their education and wish to continue supporting Circle K and its ideals.

Key Club International

Key Club International Key Club International is the oldest and largest service program for high school students. It is a student-led organization whose goal is to teach leadership through serving others. Key Club International is a part of the Kiwanis International family of service-leadership programs. Many local Key Clubs are then sponsored by a local Kiwanis club. Currently, there are over 250,000 members. Key Club International is the largest high school service organization in the world. The first Key Club was built in May 1925 at Sacramento High School in California. Originally, the club was organized as an alternative to outlawed high school fraternities. The Florida District of Key Club has over 12,000 members on more than 250 campuses across the state.

Builders Club

Builders Club Builders Club provides junior high and middle school students with the opportunity to help others through service to their schools and communities, thereby building character at an early age. The Builders Club concept was developed in 1975 and the first charter was granted two years later. Although the organization has no district or international structure, there are more than 1,500 Builders Clubs in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean with the total membership of 50,000.

K-Kids

K-Kids K-Kids clubs provide elementary school level children the opportunity to develop at an early age self-estee

m, leadership skills, morals and standards, and respect for others through service. Though there is no district or international structure, K-Kids has a membership of nearly 15,000 in over 400 clubs across the world, including clubs in the Philippines, Italy, the Caribbean, Canada, and the United States.

Aktion Club

Aktion Club The newest of the Kiwanis sponsored programs. Aktion clubs are the vehicles for adults with disabilities to provide service in their communities. CKI clubs are encouraged to co-sponsor an Aktion Club.