Kiwanis Malaysia

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"Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time."
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Kiwanis Malaysia is a member of Kiwanis International, an international, co-educational service club with nearly 600,000 members (74% men, 26% women) and 16,298 clubs in 80 countries. Founded in 1915, Kiwanis International is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana in the United States.

The name "Kiwanis" was derived from the Ojibwe language expression, giiwanizi, meaning to "fool around". (Ningiiwaniz, which is found in the Baraga Dictionary as nin Kiwanis, means "I make noise; I am foolish and wanton".) Kiwanis' founders translated it as "We build", which became the original motto of Kiwanis. In 2005, the organization chose a new motto, "Serving the Children of the World".

2.  Objectives: The 6 permanent Objects of Kiwanis International are:

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  1. To give primacy to the human and spiritual rather than to the material values of life;
  2. To encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships;
  3. To promote the adoption and the application of higher social, business, and professional standards;
  4. To develop, by precept and example, a more intelligent, aggressive, and serviceable citizenship;
  5. To provide, through Kiwanis clubs, a practical means to form enduring friendships, to render altruistic service, and to build better communities; and
  6. To cooperate in creating and maintaining that sound public opinion and high idealism which make possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism, and goodwill.

3.  Brief history: Kiwanis International originated in August 1914 in Detroit, Michigan from a conversation between Allen S. Browne and Joseph G. Prance. The original purpose of Kiwanis was to:

  • exchange business between members; and
  • serve the poor.

The 'Supreme Lodge Benevolent Order Brothers' was formed in 1915, after it received approval for not-for-profit status on 21 January. The name was changed to Kiwanis the following year. The Kiwanis Club of Detroit is the original local club in Kiwanis. Kiwanis became international with the organization of the Kiwanis club of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, in 1916.

The debate as to whether to focus on networking or service was resolved in 1919, when Kiwanis adopted a service-focused mission. By 1927, the organization had more than 100,000 members. Kiwanis initially limited its membership to the United States and Canada until 1962, when it began to expand to other countries. The organization accepted only men as members until 1988, when it changed its ruels and began to admit women as well. Women currently constitute about 26% of total members.

Each year, Kiwanis clubs sponsor nearly 150,000 service projects and raise more than US$107 million. In collaboration with UNICEF, members and clubs contributed more than $80 million toward the global elimination of iodine deficiency disorders (IDD), the leading preventable cause of mental retardation. In 2010, Kiwanis International partnered UNICEF to launch The Eliminate Project, a new international health initiative, dedicated to wiping out maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT), which kills more than 100,000 babies worldwide each year.

Contact information:

Kiwanis Malaysia District
HG.09 Ground Floor, Wisma Academy
No. 4A Jalan 19/1
46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Tel: 03-7955 1575
Fax: 03-7955 2357

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