Our local Blue Ridge Kiwanis Club is a small part of a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world, one child and one community at a time. Members from around the world stage nearly 150,000 service projects and raise nearly US$100 million every year for communities, families and projects. This service club founded in 1915 in Detroit, Michigan. It is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana and is found in more than 80 nations and geographic areas.
We get asked this all the time: The name “Kiwanis” was coined from an expression in an American Indian language of the Detroit area, “Nunc Kee-wanis,” which means, “we trade” or “we share our talents.”
Kiwanis International sponsors several service clubs for young people: Circle K International has 11,000 members on 570 university and college campuses; Key Club International has 215,000 members in 4,600 high schools; and Builders Clubs have been organized in 2,000 junior high and middle schools. Other members of the Kiwanis family include K-Kids in elementary schools, young European adults in Kiwanis Junior, and Aktion Club, which involves persons with disabilities in community-service activities. Locally, our Kiwanis Club sponsors the Fannin County High School Key Club, which was founded in the early 1950’s.