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September 29, 2013

Kiwanis club disbands after more than 90 years of service to the community

Officials say declining numbers led to decision


“They do their job and then go home,” Jones said.

Changes to family dynamics have also impacted the time available for community involvement. Today, both husbands and wives are working, and at the end of the day they want to spend their time together, he said.

Jones plans to spend his free lunch time on Thursdays volunteering in St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital’s emergency department.

It won’t be the same, Jones admits, but he will still be able to give back to his community.

“We tried to save it,” Jones said of the Kiwanis club.

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Kiwanis History The first Kiwanis club was organized in Detroit, Mich., in 1915. A year later, the Kiwanis Club of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, was chartered, and Kiwanis International emerged. In 1962, worldwide expansion was approved, and today Kiwanis clubs are active in every part of the world. The club's motto is "we build." 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." More than 8,600 Kiwanis clubs exist with nearly 300,000 members in 89 nations and geographic areas. Membership was opened to women in 1987. There are now more than 51,000 women members. In one year, Kiwanis clubs sponsored 147,000 service projects. To do so, Kiwanians raised and spent nearly $70 million and contributed 6.2 million hours of volunteer time. Source:

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