Kiwanis was founded in Detroit, Michigan, January 21, 1915. On November 1, 1916, the first Canadian club, Hamilton, Ontario, was formed. Kiwanis has grown up simultaneously in the two North American countries.
KIWANIS CLUB of POSEYVILLE
The Kiwanis Club of Poseyville was organized February 28, 1946. The Mt. Vernon Kiwanis Club was the sponsor. Walter King was president and Ralph Gronermeier was Secretary of the Mt. Vernon Club.
WHAT KIWANIS IS:
Kiwanis is a service organization for men and women. Its members voluntarily share in the burden of community leadership, they do the humane helpful things that unfortunates cannot do for themselves, or that people working as individuals simply cannot do.
WHAT KIWANIS DOES:
Kiwanis clubs render voluntary services to youth, community, and the nation. Kiwanis works with boys and girls, senior citizens, the underprivileged, the mentally handicapped, and sick.
Last year Kiwanis clubs around the world raised and spent more than $65 million on community service activities, with special emphasis on meeting the needs of young children. Kiwanis members also donated more than 22 million volunteer hours to these service activities.
WHERE KIWANIS IS:
Kiwanis clubs are located in the United States, Canada, and 80 other countries around the world. Today, Kiwanis has grown to number 32,000 Clubs and 600,000 Members.
The name "Kiwanis" has an Indian flavor. It is a coined word taken from the language of the Indians around Detroit.
QUALIFICATIONS TO BE A KIWANIAN:
Kiwanis is a volunteer organization in which clubs choose their own members. Kiwanians must be of good character and at least 18 years old.
HOW TO JOIN:
Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Poseyville Kiwanis Club should contact the club at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812 963-5700 or stop by our next meeting Wednesday evening at 6:30 pm at the PoseyvilleCommunity Center.