Kiwanis is an international service organization whose primary objective is “serving the children of the world.” The name “Kiwanis” was coined from an expression in an American Indian language of the Detroit area, Nunc Kee-wanis, which means “we trade” or “we have a good time.”
Green River Kiwanis in Evansville, Indiana contributes time, money, and volunteer labor to many local organizations, including the Bring Up Grade program at six Evansville schools, Special Olympics, Santa Clothes Club, Riley Hospital, Dream Center, Easter Seals, and high school and college athletics and scholarships. We also support a Circle K club, a Kiwanis club at the college level, at the University of Evansville, as well as Key Clubs at three local high schools.
Green River Kiwanis meets at the Epworth Community Church every Wednesday morning at 7:30 am. Our meeting begins with the singing of the first verse of “America” and the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance and the invocation. We then have a program, which usually involves a presentation by a guest speaker, followed by reports by the president and members. Guests are always welcome. Our meetings end by 8:30 am.
We have several fundraising events throughout the year. The proceeds raised are used for the contributions made by the club to youth and community organizations. In addition, our members spend many hours giving of their leadership, knowledge, experience, direction, and talent to worthwhile and needy organizations and individuals throughout the state of Indiana.
About Kiwanis International
The first Kiwanis club was formed in Detroit, Michigan on January 21, 1915. A year later, the Kiwanis Club of Hamilton, Ontario was chartered, and Kiwanis International grew rapidly into a leading service club in America and Canada. In 1962, worldwide expansion was approved, and today Kiwanis clubs are active in every part of the world.
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 maintain that sound public opinion and high idealism which make possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism, and goodwill.