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  What is Kiwanis?

A Worldwide Organization Providing Humanitarian Civic Projects Assistance, Youth Assistance and Education, and Support to Seniors.

Kiwanis Promotes International Understanding and Community Fellowship.


 
  What is the Kiwanis motto?

"We Build" is the motto under which Kiwanis has advanced and become widely known since it was founded in Detroit, Michigan on January 21, 1915.

 
  What does the name "Kiwanis" mean?

The name "Kiwanis" is a coined word taken from the language of an American Indian tribe which lived in the area where Kiwanis was founded.

The original phrase was "Nunc Keewanis." It means "self expression," or "to make oneself known." It was shortened and modified to become "Kiwanis."


 
  What is a Kiwanis Club?

The heart of Kiwanis is the club itself. Each club is composed of individuals in a wide variety of occupations, representing the active forces of the community.

The Kiwanis club has officers and directors as prescribed by the bylaws of the club. These officers and directors comprise the Board of Directors, the administrative body of the club.

The Club also has internal administrative standing committees.
 

  What are the Kiwanis Objectives?

  • To give primacy to the human and spiritual, rather than the material values of life.
  • To encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships.
  • To promote the adoption and application of higher social, business, and professional standards.
  • To develop, by precept and example, a more intelligent, aggressive, and serviceable citizenship.
  • To provide, through the club, a practical means to form enduring friendships, to render altruistic service, and to build a better community.
  • To cooperate in creating and maintaining that sound public opinion and high idealism which make possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism, and good will.


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    Olympia Kiwanis 
       
      What is the Kiwanis Club of Olympia?

    The Kiwanis Club of Olympia was chartered September 15, 1921. It was the first club in the Olympia area and is still the largest and most active. It has been and continues to be one of the leading clubs in the District.

    The Olympia Kiwanis Club has twelve standing committees: Community Services, House Reception, Human and Spiritual Aims, Interclub, International Relations, Communications, Major Emphasis, Membership, Program, Sponsored Youth, and Youth Services.
     

      What are Olympia Kiwanis' major projects?

  • Olympia High School Key Club
  • College Scholarships
  • Community Development Efforts
  • Youth and Community Services
  • Kiwanis Garden
  • Wood Project
  • Harbor Days

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      How does the Olympia Kiwanis raise community funds?

  • Lakefair Concession Stand
  • Happy Dollars Contributions
  • Poinsettia Plant Sales
  • Special Events

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      What are the opportunities for membership?

  • You can service your community's needs and work with members of similar persuasion to meet those needs.
  • You can achieve the enormous personal satisfaction that comes from contributing in a worthwhile way.
  • You can enjoy the camaraderie and natural fellowship that results from mutual efforts directed toward the achievement of important goals.
  • You can take pride in affiliation with an organization of hundreds of thousands of members around the world, who feel as you feel and act as you act.
  • You can expand your networking opportunities and increase your sphere of influence.
  • You, too, can feel the sense of pride and achievement commone to all "who wear the K."
     

      How do I join?

    Kiwanis is a voluntary organization. Kiwanians choose their own members. Olympia Kiwanis membership is open to individuals of good character and community standing who reside in, or have an interest in Thurston County.

    The induction fee is $25.00, payable upon acceptance as a member. Current annual dues are $140.00 if paid by October, I.  Dues are prorated for new members.

    Members fees and dues are used to meet administrative obligations of the club, the Pacific Northwest District and Kiwanis International.

    The Olympia Kiwanis meets at noon, Monday at:
    Tugboat Annies
    Olympia, WA

    Please complete the membership proposal. A member will contact you for review and acceptance by the Board of Directors.


     
      What is Interclubbing?
    The Interclub Committee arranges for a jointly planned meeting with another Kiwanis Club, usually in our Division. This meeting is announced in advance to our club members. To be official no less than four of our club members need to attend the meeting. The Olympia Kiwanis Club has a goal for every member to participate in at least one Interclub meeting a year. The purpose of interclubbing is to extend fraternalism, make or renew friendships and exchange ideas about club projects and procedures. This way we view the wider scope of Kiwanis.