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"Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time"

The Kiwanis Club of Bonita Springs YP is the newest kiwanis club in Southwest Florida. Membership is open to all men and women who possess a genuine interest in serving the community.

Kiwanis was organized in Detroit, Michigan, in 1915. It quickly spread across the border into Canada and was called Kiwanis International but was not really an international organization until the early 1960s, when it began to spread throughout the world. Today, you find Kiwanis in 90 countries and geographic areas.

In the Florida District of Kiwanis, there are approximately 260 Kiwanis clubs with more than 8000 men and women who proudly wear the "K" (Kiwanis pin).

One thing that makes Kiwanis unique from other service organizations is its Service Leadership Programs for youth.

  • Key Club boasts more than 250,000 high school boys and girls learning organizational and leadership skills and performing community service.
  • CKI (aka Circle K) is the largest college service organization in the United States, with more than 13,000 students on 550 campuses in 17 nations.
  • Builders Club is made up of middle school students who learn how to be good citizens and get involved in making their communities a better place to live.
  • K-Kids gives elementary school-aged children, teaches, and parents the opportunity to work together to perform community service. The students develop self-esteem, leadership skills, morals and standards, and respect for others.
  • Aktion Club offers adults who live with a disability an opportunity to take part in community service.

If Kiwanis did nothing else but work with its Service Leadership Programs, that would justify our existence. However, we do much, much more.

Membership Information

So now that you know a little about Kiwanis, let's answer a few questions about why YOU should join. You ask:

Why Kiwanis?
As an individual, you may become aware of a need or a problem and as only one person you feel helpless to do anything about it. But when you gather together as a group of caring men, women - even children - under the banner of Kiwanis, we can, and we certainly do, make a huge difference.

What do Kiwanis clubs do?
All Kiwanis clubs are different. Our club is not required to do any specific projects. You decide based on your community's needs, club members' interests, and our available resources which projects our club is going to undertake. Kiwanis' main focus is children, but our club can undertake programs in support of senior citizens or any community need you desire

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What are the qualifications to become a member of Kiwanis?
There are two. First, you must be at least 18 years old. Second, you must be a person who has the capacity to care.

What does it cost to be a member of this Kiwanis club?
There is a one-time new member fee of $100 that covers you from the time you join until Sept 30th. After that we have an annual membership fee of $150. In other words, skip lunch once a month or skip a Starbucks latte once a week and you have paid your dues. It's not expensive to be a member of Kiwanis.

How much time does it take?
You decide based on your desire and availability. The average Kiwanian in the US gives two hours per month to club service and fundraising projects.

What is expected of me if I join this Kiwanis club?
Attend as many of your meetings as possible. There are no minimum attendance requirements, and family and your job come first, but attend as many of our club meetings as possible so you are aware of what is going on in our club. Get involved with some of the community service and fundraising projects. You aren''t expected to get involved with every project. You pick and choose those that you have the time and desire to get involved in. You will be asked to serve on committees and may even be asked to take a leadership role in the club sometime in the future.

What do I get out of being a member of the Kiwanis club?
There are several important benefits.

  • First, you are going to make new friends - friends that will last a lifetime.
  • Second, you are going to have fun.
  • Third, you are going to experience good fellowship.
  • Fourth, you are going to be a better-informed citizen thanks to great information shared by guest speakers.
  • Fifth, if you operate in the business world, you are going to have the opportunity to do some networking. You should not join Kiwanis just for that reason, but it does happen. Kiwanians like to do business with their fellow Kiwanians.
  • Sixth - and the most important thing you will get out of your membership - is the opportunity to see a smile on the face of a child and realize that without you and your Kiwanis club, that smile would not be there. That really makes it all worthwhile.

To give primacy to the human and spiritual rather than to the material values of life.