Kiwanis International

Kiwanis International is an international service club founded in 1915 in Detroit, Michigan. It is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. The club was initially focused on business networking, but changed its focus to service in 1919. In 1916, Kiwanis became an international organization with the creation of the Kiwanis Club of Hamilton, Ontario. In 1962, worldwide expansion was approved, making Kiwanis a global organization of volunteers. Today the Kiwanis family of clubs has approximately 600,000 members worldwide. Click here to read more about the history of Kiwanis.

The Objects of Kiwanis International

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.

Message from Our President

My name is Michelle Beatty and I am currently serving as the President of Kiwanis Club of McKinney.  The McKinney club is a growing club that stands strong with approximately 100 members, making us the largest club in DFW.
Our club remains vibrant by keeping traditions alive such as our Annual Pancake breakfast, BBQ dinner and Triathlon but also adding new events such as Shooting for the Future.  We have a healthy mix of members who have been involved since the early 1940's to young professionals who are just moving to the area looking for a service organization to join. 
I joined the Kiwanis club by being invited during our annual membership drive and immediately fell in love with the fun loving group!  We meet every Thursday from noon-1pm at St. Peter's Episcopal Church.  Each meeting we share fellowship with our members by singing, praying, eating, and catching up on current club activities.  I was drawn to this club because everyone is so welcoming and everyone shares the same goals, TO GIVE BACK TO OUR COMMUNITY!  I was so intrigued by the club, I wanted my husband, Tom, to get involved so we are both members of the club. 
Our Kiwanis International motto is Serving Children of the World.  We do serve children all over the world but also serve children in our very own communities. 
I am happy and proud to be called the President and look forward to implementing our international formula which is Love It, Share It, Live It!
Yours truly,
Michelle Beatty

The Kiwanis Name

The name “Kiwanis” was coined from an Otchipew Native American expression, "Nunc Kee-wanis", variously translated as "we trade," "we share our talents," "we make a noise," "we meet," and even "we fool around." The organization's founders translated it as "We build," which became the original motto of Kiwanis. The current motto is "Serving the Children of the World". Members of the club are called Kiwanians.

Our Club's History

The Kiwanis Club of McKinney was organized in 1949. The first club president was Earl Walker (1949-1950). The club currently has one charter member and four members who have belonged to Kiwanis for more than 50 years. Our members include 6 former Lt. Governors of our Division of the Texas/Oklahoma District. The club has received numerous awards for service to the community. We are in Division 2 of the Texas/Oklahoma District.

Club History Information Request

To all current and former members of the Kiwanis Club of McKinney: Glen Coleman is gathering information on the history of our club. Be thinking about what you can add. Photos, stories, home movies - anything you may have from the past will be appreciated. Here is the Club History document as it stands now:
To update or add to the club history document please click on the link to download the Word for Windows (.docx) file, make your edits, and forward the edited document to Glenn Coleman at
Please remember to let Glenn know what section(s) you've updated.

100 Years of Kiwanis

"January 21, 1915 - the day the world changed. On that day, the State of Michigan granted the charter to the Detroit No. 1 Kiwanis Club, and the world changed forever. Troubles surfaced soon after the chartering as struggles developed between the first members over the club’s focus: improved business practices and profits or community service. Many arguments and fistfights later, those favoring community service prevailed. And the rest is history."
John Button
2015 Kiwanis International President
Excerpt from the Jan-Feb 2015
Kiwanis Magazine President's Message
The Jan-Feb 2015 issue of Kiwanis Magazine is packed with with little known facts and stories about the history of Kiwanis international. It is a very interesting read!

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