About Kiwanis International and the Kiwanis Club of Marietta
Purpose: To improve the quality of life for children and families worldwide.
Mission: As a thriving organization of men, women, and youth, we are dedicated to serving the children of the world and improving the quality of life worldwide. Being committed to this mission calls each of us to live by the Objects of Kiwanis.
Vision: We will be the world’s premier organization engaging adult and youth volunteers to improve the quality of life worldwide.
Objects: The six permanent Objects of Kiwanis International were approved by Kiwanis club delegates at the 1924 Convention in Denver, Colorado. Through the succeeding decades, they have remained unchanged:
• To give primacy to the human and spiritual rather than to the material values of life.
• To encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships.
• To promote the adoption and the application of higher social, business, and professional standards.
• To develop, by precept and example, a more intelligent, aggressive, and serviceable citizenship.
• To provide, through Kiwanis clubs, a practical means to form enduring friendships, to render altruistic service, and to build better communities.
• To cooperate in creating and maintaining that sound public opinion and high idealism, which make possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism, and goodwill.
History: Kiwanis International was founded in 1915 and headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. Kiwanis International is a thriving organization of service- and community-minded individuals who support children and young adults around the world. More than 500,000 Kiwanis-family members in more than 80 countries make their mark by responding to the needs of their communities and pooling their resources to address worldwide issues. Through these efforts, Kiwanis International truly is "Serving the Children of the World."
Guided by six permanent Objects, Kiwanis clubs view their role within their respective communities with a great deal of foresight.
Club meetings traditionally are conducted once a week and offer an atmosphere of fun, learning, and fellowship. In addition to attending the meetings, the typical Kiwanian volunteers each month to assist with club service projects.
Service projects often are linked to the Kiwanis program, “Young Children: Priority One.” This initiative places continuing focus on the needs of children in pediatric trauma, safety, child care, early development, infant health, nutrition, and parenting skills.
Service projects also address other needs within the community, such as working to stop substance abuse, helping the elderly, promoting literacy, supporting youth sports and recreation, responding to disasters, and supporting specific persons in need.
Kiwanis also plays a special role in developing future generations of leaders. K-Kids clubs at the elementary school level, Builders Clubs in middle school and junior highs, Key Clubs in high schools, and Circle K clubs at the collegiate level all are Kiwanis organizations that teach community service and leadership skills to young people. In addition, Aktion Clubs are made up of adults with mental and physical disabilities who enthusiastically perform service to help others.
A typical Kiwanis club is a snapshot of its community, with members from all walks of life and at every step of the career ladder. They are unified in their belief that children and their communities benefit from the efforts of a proficient group of caring and involved volunteers. In a typical year, Kiwanis clubs invest more than 6.2 million hours and US$170 million in communities around the world. Through these efforts, the Kiwanis organization truly leaves a lasting impression on future generations.
The Tradition: Founded in 1915 and headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, Kiwanis International is a thriving organization of service-minded men and women who respond to the unique needs of their communities and address worldwide issues by “Serving the Children of the World.” The Kiwanis Club of Marietta was Chartered in 1935 and has been serving the citizens of Cobb County ever since.
The Commitment: A Kiwanis commitment is built on your desire and willingness to serve your community. It is renewed because of the gratification you will find in serving others.
Membership: The Kiwanis Club of Marietta is organized around a core membership of selected service-minded men and women who reflect the community profile. Prospective members are invited to join by existing members. Membership information is then reviewed and approved by the club’s board of directors.
Time: The Kiwanis Club of Marietta meets weekly at 12:00 noon at the Marietta Conference Center and Resort in the City of Marietta. The meetings are structured around informative, motivational and humorous local and national speakers that inform the membership on issues relative to current events. Kiwanians will invest about six hours a month by participating in club meetings, club projects, and volunteering in their community. There is no attendance requirement, but active participation is encouraged.
Monetary: Beyond an initial membership induction fee, members contribute annual dues as determined by the club to finance the administrative duties of the club and provide for its commitments to the district and Kiwanis International. All monies needed to accomplish a project are raised through fund-raising.
Benefits of Membership
Kiwanis offers an opportunity for personal involvement in the leadership and improvement of the community, the nation, and world. While service is what Kiwanians are known for, their club offers much more. Meetings and projects provide fellowship that is sincere and lasting. New members quickly learn that the benefits of membership increase with their level of participation in their club. They find the "Kiwanis Connection" to be an excellent fit in their personal and professional lives.
Membership in a Kiwanis club connects a person with the community and other individuals he or she wouldn't otherwise know. Club members learn about developments and happenings in their community during their regular club gatherings. They also enjoy new social and business networking opportunities with the wide variety of members in their club. And, together, they combine their interests and skills to improve their community in ways that make a real impact in the lives of others, particularly children.
If you believe our children are the future, take pride in your community, want to reach out to those in need and you enjoy meeting new people, Kiwanis is for you.
Through Kiwanis Clubs throughout the World, members are:
• Enhancing the quality of life in the community
• Building enduring friendships through service to others
• Enhancing the lives of children
• Participating in fun and fellowship
• Sharpening leadership skills by overcoming challenges
• Developing business contacts through networking opportunities
• Gaining insight into local and international issues
• Attaining a greater appreciation of their own talents and successes
Requirements for Kiwanis Membership
Membership in Kiwanis is open to men and women who are interested in their community and other people. Kiwanians are engaged in education, government, banking, marketing, agriculture, international trade, non-profit organizations, and many other fields. They are corporate officers, managers, small business owners, and self-employed professionals. They are young individuals embarking on careers, successful executives, and active retirees.
Prospective members are invited to join by invitation of existing members. A person may be accepted as a member of the club either by sponsorship of a current member or by means of transfer or referral from another club. All that is necessary is a willingness to attend meetings, work on projects, and help make a difference in the community. The club’s board of directors then reviews membership applications for approval. New members participate in an orientation program, which helps them determine how to become involved in ways that best match their personal interests and skills.
Beyond initial induction fees, members contribute annual dues as determined by the club. Dues are assessed quarterly. The Kiwanis Club of Marietta meets weekly each Thursday at noon. Members, on average, invest about six hours a month by participating in meetings, projects, and volunteering in community service projects.
Ready to become a member? CLICK HERE to download the membership application.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT KIWANIS INTERNATIONAL OR ABOUT THE KIWANIS CLUB OF MARIETTA, PLEASE CLICK HERE TO CONTACT OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR PAT HUEY.