The first Kiwanis Club founded in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., focusing on business networking, in the name, “The Supreme Lodge Benevolent Order of Brothers”.
- Change the name to “Kiwanis”, coined from an American Indian expression, “Nunc Kee-wanis”, which means, “We trade”.
- The first Kiwanis Convention.
- The first Kiwanis Club in Canada.
The first headquarters in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Focus changed to service – specifically service to children.
Changed the motto to “We build”.
Adopted the 6 objects of Kiwanis.
The first Kiwanis Club in Europe (Vienna).
The first Kiwanis Club in Asia-Pacific Region (Tokyo).
The Japan District was formed.
The headquarters moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
Women were invited to join.
Changed the motto to ”Serving the children of the world”.
Kiwanis International Convention was held in Japan for the first time, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Kiwanis Club of Tokyo.