Serving the Children of the World

Founded in 1915, Kiwanis International is a global organization of members dedicated to serving the children of the world.

Kiwanis embraces a family of clubs, including:

  • Circle K International for university students
  • Key Club for students age 14-18
  • Builders Club for students age 11-14
  • Kiwanis Kids for students age 6-12
  • Aktion Club for adults living with disabilities

Kiwanis members dedicate more than 18 million service hours each year to strengthen communities and serve children. The Kiwanis International family comprises over 700,000 adult and youth members in more than 79 countries and geographic areas. 

Members of every age attend regular meetings, experience fellowship, raise funds for various causes and participate in service projects that help their communities. Members also make an impact throughout the world by participating in Kiwanis International’s current Global Campaign for Children, The Eliminate Project. The project goal is to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus in countries around the world.

Learn more about Kiwanis International by using this link: Kiwanis International.

Learn more about the Pacific Northwest District by using this link: Kiwanis PNW. The Ashland Kiwanis Club is a member of the PNW District.

The Objects of Kiwanis

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.

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.

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.