KIWANIS MAGAZINE Voices message
Building clubs, communities
To provide, through
Kiwanis clubs, a
to form enduring
friendships, to render
and to build better
When I meet Kiwanians, they often identify themselves by the name of their club.
They will say, I am a member of
Coffee County Sweetwater or
Or maybe say
from the club in Paris (Tennessee), Venice (Florida), Delhi (New York), Berlin
(New Hampshire) or Milan (Michigan).
Other Kiwanians say am a Day Breaker, a Dawn Buster or an Early
Surely, there are Kiwanians who call themselves who
find their way home to Gas City (Indiana) or Medicine Hat (Alberta). I
hope someday we conduct a contest to search for the most unusual Kiwanis club name in the world.
Seriously, I wish to make the following point.
Kiwanis is a grass roots organization where the local club has been at the
heart of our infrastructure. Clubs are members of Kiwanis International.
Kiwanians are members of their clubs. The fifth Object of Kiwanis International comes alive
Members generally love their clubs more than anything else in Kiwanis.
They wonder how the larger structure called Kiwanis International fits in
with their Kiwanis experience.
I am honored and humbled being addressed as your Kiwanis International president and most grateful for the generous kindness you give to me and
to others. But be honest. The vast majority of these respectful Kiwanis
members love their clubs more than the structure I represent.
According to the fifth Object, the club becomes the practical means to
form enduring friendships to build better communities. Club members
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Tom DeJulio Kiwanis International President