For those of you who didn’t know, the Kiwanis Club of Greater Cherokee was chartered Jan. 13, 2016. We’re thrilled to have this great organization join our community! Not sure what exactly the Kiwanis Club does?
Here are some facts about the organization:
- They were founded in Detroit, MI in 1914 and began as a business networking opportunity. It wasn’t until 1919 that the focus shifted to service
- Women were allowed to join in 1987
- The name ‘Kiwanis’ is from the Algonquian linguistic family (native to Canada and the United States) meaning “we build”
- Their defining statement is “Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world, one child and community at a time.”
- They are in 80 nations, with each division serving their surrounding community
- Each year they raise almost $100 million dollars for communities, families and projects
- No two clubs are alike. They truly base each one on their community from their meetings, to their goals and agenda
Our local Kiwanis Club raised over $3,000 and collected more than 60 pounds of food for MUST Ministries -they even rang bells for the Salvation Army over the holidays. Their future projects include working with local high schools to develop Key Clubs (develop and enhance leadership skills) and helping the Cherokee public libraries with their books sales.
If this sounds like something you would enjoy, we recommend learning more by visiting their website and stopping by their meetings. Meetings are held the first Monday of the month at 8:00am at the IHOP on Highway 92 in Woodstock.