Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world, one child and one community at a time.
Kiwanis International is an international, coeducational service club founded in 1915. It is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana and is found in more than 80 nations. Current membership in Kiwanis and its family of clubs is nearly 600,000 members, who annually raise more than $100 million, and report over 18 million volunteer hours to strengthen communities and serve children.
The name “Kiwanis” was coined from a Chippewa expression meaning to “fool around”; “I make noise; I am foolish and wanton”. The organization’s founders translated it as “We build”, which became the original motto of Kiwanis. In 2005 the organization chose a new motto, “Serving the Children of the World”.
The Baldwinsville Club was founded on December 16, 1925. Our club of volunteers is dedicated to improving the lives of children in Baldwinsville and Central New York. We meet in Baldwinsville on the 1st & 3rd Monday of every month. Our club has no minimum attendance requirements as we recognize that we all have other time commitments too. Over the past 3 years we have raised and donated over $120,000 to local organizations.
During the year we conduct three major events. The Turkey Day Race which takes place on Thanksgiving morning and is our major fundraiser. The Kiwanis for Kids Open Golf Tournament which is usually played in June and is also a fundraiser. The third event is the Kiwanis Fishing Derby which is a fun event for kids in the spring at Mercer Park.
We invite you to attend an upcoming meeting to learn more about our club, and hopefully decide to join. Please contact one of our board members for more information.