Serving the Children of the World!
“The principal core of the Kiwanis is the belief that the most effective way to enhance a community is to enhance its children.
When you give a child a chance to learn, experience, dream, and succeed, great things will happen!”
We are a Global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world, one child, one community at a time.
The six permanent objectives of Kiwanis International were approved by Kiwanis Club delegates at the 1924 Kiwanis International Convention in Denver, Colorado. Through the decades, they have remained unchanged:
Kiwanis was born in Detroit back in 1915. It began as a businessman’s club – what we call “networking” today. Within a year, it became international in scope with the addition of some clubs in Canada.
Thousands and thousands of clubs were subsequently added under the Kiwanis banner and further refined their mission to a primary focus on children. That focus attracted community leaders and businessmen who built the international organization and propagated its influence across the world. Women were admitted to Kiwanis beginning on July 7th, 1987.
They worked on World Service Projects such as the elimination of Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD). 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 was surpassed in 2001. IDD projects have now been funded in 95 nations.
In 1959, some members from the St. Clair Shores Kiwanis Club joined friends of theirs from Grosse Pointe Woods to form the Kiwanis Club of Shorewood. By that time, over 5100 other such clubs had already joined the Kiwanis Organization. Shorewood quickly grew and gained prominence within the communities of St. Clair Shores and the Grosse Pointes.
Business and community leaders gravitated to Shorewood and, each using their particular expertise, guided the club as many important programs were established to benefit the community at large. By 1980, the club’s effectiveness and commitment to the “Objects of Kiwanis” helped make it possible for Past President Bill Hershiser to become Governor of the Michigan District of Kiwanis – a very significant milestone.
By that time, Shorewood was very active thanks to recurring fundraisers, graciously supported by the community at large. These collected funds made possible the annual ice show for mentally and physically challenged children and adults from across the Metro Detroit Area; scholarships for graduating seniors from each of the St. Clair Shores school districts; support for culturally rich programs presented by the (now) Lake St. Clair Symphony Orchestra and the Elementary Dictionary Program to name a few.