Kiwanis is a world wide service organization of men and women volunteers who share the challenge of improving their community and world. There are more than 8,000 Kiwanis clubs in more than 96 nations, with nearly one third of a million Kiwanians of different cultures helping to improve peoples lives.
The Kiwanis Club of St. Petersburg is one of the more than 290 clubs in the Florida District. With more than 11,000 Kiwanians, it is one of the largest and most successful districts in Kiwanis International. Click here to learn about our club's History.
Our members are a snapshot of our community, with members from all walks of life and at every step of the career ladder. They are unified in their belief that children and their communities benefit from the efforts of a proficient group of caring and involved volunteers. Click here to learn more about our Mission.
Weekly Lunch Meetings
Our club meets weekly on Tuesdays, at 12:15 p.m. in Downtown St. Petersburg (Orange Blossom 220 Fourth Street North) for a casual lunch and program. These entertaining meetings are informative, enlightening, and generally filled with light-hearted fun and fellowship. Please join us - everyone is welcome.
How/Where/When did Kiwanis begin?
Founded in Detroit, Michigan, on January 21, 1915, Kiwanis started with one club. A year later, the Kiwanis Club of Hamilton, Ontario, was chartered. Worldwide expansion began in 1962, and today Kiwanis clubs are active in every part of the world.
What is the Kiwanis Motto?
"Serving the Children of the World"
What does the name "Kiwanis" mean?
“We trade” or “we have a good time.” The expression, Nunc Keewanis, comes from an American Indian language of the Detroit area.
How many Kiwanis clubs/members are there?
About 8,000 Kiwanis clubs with more than 260,000 members in 96 nations and geographic areas.
What other organizations does Kiwanis sponsor?
Kiwanis International sponsors several service clubs for young people, under what is called Service Leadership Programs. These include:
Circle K International has 13,000 members on 560 college campuses.
Key Club International has 245,000 members in 4,700 high schools.
Builders Club has clubs in more than 2,000 junior high and middle schools.
K-Kids in elementary schools.
Kiwanis Junior is for young adults in Europe.
Aktion Club is for persons with live with disabilities.
How much community service is done by Kiwanis clubs around the world?
Annually, Kiwanis clubs sponsor 150,000 service projects, spend nearly $100 million, and contribute some 6.2 million hours of volunteer time.
What does Kiwanis do on an international scale to serve the children of the world?
Kiwanis' continuing service emphasis is called "Young Children: Priority One," which focuses on the special needs of children from prenatal development to age 5. In one year, projects conducted as part of the "Young Children: Priority One" service emphasis typically involve $14.3 million and 1.3 million volunteer hours. In 1994, Kiwanis launched its first Worldwide Service Project, a partnership with UNICEF to eliminate iodine deficiency disorders by the year 2000. Iodine deficiency is rare in areas where iodized salt is used, but in other parts of the world, IDD is the leading cause of preventable mental and physical retardation. As many as 1.5 billion people are at risk, especially young children. The initial fundraising goal of $75 million was surpassed in 2001. IDD projects have now been funded in 100 nations.