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The Ohio Kiwanis Family
consists of nearly 25,000 men, women, and children serving in Kiwanis, Circle K, Key, Builders, K Kids, and Aktion clubs throughout the State of Ohio. What do we have in common? We are all dedicated to serving our communities and the world. We hope you enjoy this look at our organization and we hope you agree that serving others is the most worthwhile activity any of us could possibly undertake. We invite you to take a closer look at us by joining us at a local meeting or service project. Simply go to the About Kiwanis section in the menu on the left side of the page to find a club in your area. Fill out the Member Interest Form and we will contact you with more information about Kiwanis International.
Message from the District Governor
Welcome to the Ohio District of Kiwanis International website! Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. Kiwanis Clubs are found in 80 countries. In Ohio, there are over 240 Kiwanis Clubs with over 8,200 members. Our Kiwanis Clubs perform a variety of service projects that benefit people of all ages. Kiwanis primarily focuses on the needs of young children and their mothers.
Kiwanis International, in conjunction with UNICEF, has pledged to raise US$110 million to change the world for millions of mothers and babies. We are working to eliminate maternal/neonatal tetanus. Tetanus is a painful and deadly disease, causing extreme sensitivity to light, sound and contact—even preventing the comfort of a mother’s touch. The Eliminate Project will change the world for 61 million mothers and babies.
In Ohio, Kiwanians will also be focusing their service efforts on the 2013-14 Governor’s Project “Healthy Kiwanians, Healthy Communities.” This is an emphasis program that focuses on health. The concept is that Kiwanians should take steps to improve their own health to lead by example and then work with schools, communities, and recreational facilities to assist or institute health programs to improve the health of children and community members. The “healthy” projects can include nutrition, exercise, immunization, doctor’s visits, oral hygiene, disease prevention, safe playgrounds and community recreational centers, sports sponsorship, and more. The great thing about “Healthy Kiwanians, Healthy Communities” is that there are many ways in which people of all ages can improve their health and vitality. Kiwanians can also support each other’s health efforts through their club while sharing this project with the greater community.
Click here to download a PDF copy of the Healthy Kiwanian/Healthy Community Handbook.
Kiwanis proudly sponsors Service Leadership Programs - clubs and programs for students and disabled adults. We sponsor K-Kids for elementary school students, Builders Club for middle school students, Key Club for high school students, Circle K for college students, and Aktion Club for disabled adults. These programs develop the members’ leadership skills, provide fellowship opportunities, and encourage volunteerism. Additionally, Kiwanis sponsors Key Leader which is a leadership program for high school students and also Bringing Up Grades and Terrific Kids for school age children. Collectively, our Service Leadership Programs are Kiwanis’ most significant impact on children and the community.
Kiwanis is an organization that provides opportunities for its members to contribute to the community while it also presents opportunities to network and to create lasting friendships. If you are interested in joining Kiwanis or would like more information about Ohio Kiwanis, please contact the Ohio District Kiwanis Office at (614) 848-5000, firstname.lastname@example.org, or “like” Ohio District Kiwanis on Facebook.
Yours in Service,
Governor Jennifer DeFrance
What if you could save a baby's life?
With The Eliminate Project, you can. Maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) kills one baby every nine minutes. But three doses of a 60-cent vaccine can protect mothers and babies. Kiwanis and UNICEF have joined forces to bring this vaccine to 38 countries, eliminating MNT from the face of the Earth. What can you do right now? Learn about MNT and advocate for the cause. Participate in our fundraisers. Over the next few years, the work we do will change the world. Find out more at www.TheEliminateProject.org.