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Key Club is the oldest and largest service program for high school students. What makes Key Club so successful is the fact that it is a student-led organization that teaches leadership through serving others. Key Club International is sponsored by Kiwanis International. KEY is short for Kiwanis Educated Youth. As members of the Kiwanis International Family, Key Club members build themselves as they build their schools and communities. Today, Key Club exists on almost 5,000 high school campuses, primarily in the United States. Growth efforts, however, have taken the Key Club experience internationally to Canada, the Caribbean nations, Central and South America, and most recently to Asia and Australia.
We are a District of Key Club International. We are located in California, Nevada, and Hawaii. There are over 50 clubs with approximately 2,500 members and growing. We promote good citizenship through service. KIWIN'S perform service deeds with fellow members to improve their schools and communities. Local service gives KIWIN'S members the satisfaction of seeing the results of their efforts. In most cases, KIWIN'S clubs are based on a high school campus under the guidance of their Faculty Advisor(s). Some clubs may function off campus under the authority of their Kiwanis Advisor(s).
While some claim KIWIN'S is grammatically incorrect, it is ALWAYS spelled in caps with an apostrophe. KIWIN'S is not an acronym. However, it is written in all caps with the apostrophe to show its unique and individual spirit. The apostrophe is an accent to help KIWIN'S standout, for it is unlike any other youth sponsored organization. When written in all caps, KIWIN'S certainly is conspicuous...this represents how KIWIN'S is prominent in the school and community. The word "Kiwin" is the diminutive of the word "Anokiwin," which translates to "people, men and women, working together in service." It is derived from the same Otchipew Indian language as Kiwanis.
•To develop initiative and leadership.
•To provide experience in living and working together.
•To serve the school and community.
•To cooperate with the school principal.
•To prepare for useful citizenship.
•To accept and promote the following ideals:
•To give primacy to the human and spiritual rather than to the material values of life.
•To encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships.
•To promote the adoption and application of higher standards in scholarship, sportsmanship and social contacts.
•To develop, by precept and example, a more intelligent, aggressive, and serviceable citizenship.
•To provide a practical means to form enduring friendships, to render unselfish service, and to build better communities.
•To cooperate in creating and maintaining that sound public opinion and high idealism which make possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism, and good will.
Club Level: Each KIWIN'S Club is required to hold weekly meetings to keep members informed on projects community service. Students elect officers each year or semester. The Club Board of Directors, consisting of officers and chairpersons, determine the Club's various service deeds and delegates authority to committees and members.
Divisional Level: Each of the ten KIWIN'S Divisions is headed by a Lieutenant Governor who functions on the Divisional District level. The Lt. Governor is responsible for the welfare of the clubs in their division. They hold Divisional Council Meetings where members from all the clubs in the division meet and discuss Divisional and District business. Club officers are trained and divisional projects are also planned.
District Level: The District Board consists of ten Lt. Governors; the Executive Board of the District Governor - Secretary, Treasurer, Bulletin Editor -, Convention Chair, Membership Development and Education Chair , and Awards Chair. Each division has its own Kiwanis Regional Advisor and the District has its District Administrator. Above the District Level is the International Level, where the KIWIN'S District and other Districts are collectively called Key Club International.
Crystal, Diamond, Emerald, Goldstone, Jade, Jet, Ruby, Sapphire, and Turquoise are the currently active divisions. Coral and and Topaz are currently inactive.
"Children: Their Future, Our Focus. Live2Learn"
Realizing the need and interest in supporting the MEP through hands on service, a new service initiative will be created on a two-year basis. All of the hands on service provided to children by Key Club International members can be directed to a single area of need to make a substantial impact. This service initiative directs and focuses the attention of KIWIN'S members to serve children in a specific hands-on approach.
KIWIN'S members currently will focus their time and talents on Live2Learn, specifically focused on 5-9 year old youth, with the main goals of promoting education and building literary skills. This program not only creates endless possibilities to strengthen the common goal of service, but also allows each KIWIN'S member to develop into a well-rounded individual community leader and lifelong advocate for children's education.
"Pediatric Trauma Prevention"
Established in 1992, Pediatric Trauma Prevention, our Minor Emphasis, is a main focus of KIWIN'S in conjunction with Cal-Nev-Ha Kiwanis. Pediatric Trauma affects children from infancy to age nineteen. It is a result of motor vehicle accidents, physical abuse, drowning accidents, falls, and animal bites, making it the leading cause of death of children in the United States. Every year it results in sixteen million emergency visits and twenty thousand deaths. To prevent these accidents and injuries from happening, KIWIN'S has focused on fighting Pediatric Trauma through raising funds and by increasing general awareness through education.
Our goal this year is to raise $14,000 for this program.
Governor Jade Wong has decided that for his term the Governor's Project with be The ELIMINATE Project in hoping to raise $20,000 by the end of the term.
Kiwanis, Circle K, Key Club, KIWIN'S, Builders Club, K-Kids, Kiwanis Junior and Aktion Club
KIWIN'S is the 32nd district of Key Club International.
KIWIN'S, the 32nd district of Key Club International, is a student-led organization that enthusiastically promotes the development of character and leadership through community service within the Kiwanis family.
One Family. One Mission. One Word:KIWIN'S.
•To promote leadership development
•To cooperate with school administrators and faculty members
•To champion the role of service within our community
•To prepare for a positive, active role in society
•To encourage the growth and development of our peers
•To form meaningful and lasting relationships
•To nurture relationships with the Kiwanis Family
California, Nevada, and Hawaii.
KIWIN'S has around 2,500 members.
50 chartered clubs and counting!
UNICEF, March of Dimes, Children's Miracle Network.
Step 1: Find a Kiwanis Sponsor.
Step 2: Find a Prospective School.
Step 3: Hold a joint meeting with the school and the Kiwanis.
Step 4: Hold elections.
Step 5: Submit a charter request.
International dues: US$6.50
District dues: average US$6.50 not to exceed international
Club: average US$13.50
•Member communication and administration
•Leadership development resources
•Major Emphasis Program
•Materials about service partners
•Convention planning and promotion
KIWIN'S WEEK is a week that focuses on promoting KIWIN'S and seek media coverage. Hence, KIWIN'S becomes a household name. Each day of KIWIN'S Week places an emphasis on service; including a KIWIN'S Week fundraising project.
Kenneth Umbarger is the current KIWIN'S district administrator.
MRFs are Monthly Report Forms that the secretaries must turn in every month to their Lt. governors, who then turn them into the District Secretary.
ARFs are Article Report Forms that secretaries must turn in every month to their Lt. governors, who then turn them into the District Bulletin Editor.
The Youth Opportunities Fund (YOF) is an endowed fund for Key Club International held within the Kiwanis International Foundation.
This fund uses earned interest to help Key Clubs and Key Club members serve the world by providing grants for service opportunities. The fund also provides academic scholarships for higher education. The Youth Opportunities Fund is established through a portion of your Key Club International dues and through the purchase of G. Harold Martin Fellowships.
YOF grants can help you take action. Look around and identify the things that need to get done in your school, community or world. Key Clubs have applied for grant funds to support many varied service projects—see some examples.
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