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Hiroshi Kawasaki, 2010-2011 Governor of the Japan District of Kiwanis International, says at the beginning of his address, '"Kiwanis" derives from the word "NUN-Kee-Wan-is" natives of the Detroit, USA used. As one of the three major volunteer organizations, Kiwanis now comprise of 250,000 members, around 8,000 clubs in more than 80 countries.'

As you can see, Kiwanis Clubs are groups of people who volunteer and fraternize. Each club meet regularly once a week or every other week, conduct service activities, and deepen friendship. The basic spirit is in the 6 Objectives resolved at 1924 Kiwanis International Convention.

Right now, Kiwanis Clubs worldwide are focusing on services for children, with slogans, "Serving Children of the World" and "Young Children: Priority One".

The Objects of Kiwanis International:

  • 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.

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