About Kiwanis Nuevo
Kiwanis Nuevo, above all else, is a SERVICE club. Our motto is Serving the Children of the World, and that we do! We have a variety of service projects which support our sponsored schools, including Thew Elementary, McClintock High, Dobson High and Tempe Accelerated High Schools. We donate food to the needy, ring Salvation Army bells, read to children, supply water for the Special Olympics, donate school supplies, bring teachers dinner during long conference days, put Camels on Tempe Butte and bring gifts to students during the Holidays. We present scholarships to all of our local schools, including middle schools. We also have fundraisers throughout the year, with all net proceeds going directly to our community.
We do as much as clubs twice our size, but we are a dynamic club of caring friends
making a difference in Tempe, Arizona.
Kiwanis is Native American meaning "We have a good time," and that we also do! Each Tuesday we host a Noon to 1:00pm luncheon with a guest speaker. Every luncheon is open to the public and begins with the patriotic song (America), the Pledge of Allegiance to our Nation's Flag, the Southwest District Kiwanis Pledge (below) and a thought for the day. Our weekly meetings often include an informative guest speaker, raffle drawings and club business.
Each Luncheon meeting is closed with a joke to bring a smile to everyone's day.
We hope you have lunch on us and find out more about Kiwanis Nuevo.
The very first Kiwanis club was organized in Detroit, Michigan. The group received a charter from the state of Michigan on January 21, 1915, and this is regarded as the birth date of Kiwanis.
The first clubs were organized to promote the exchange of business among the members. However, even before the Detroit club received its state charter, the members were distributing Christmas baskets to the poor. A lively debate ensued between those who supported community service as the Kiwanis mission and those who supported the exchange of business. By 1919, the service advocates won the debate.
Kiwanis became international with the organization of the Kiwanis club of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, in 1916. Kiwanis limited its membership to the United States and Canada until 1962, when worldwide expansion was approved. Since then, Kiwanis has spread to all inhabited continents of the globe.
As our country's flag signifies purity, valor and justice, may we as true Kiwanians exemplify those virtues as we serve the children of the world.
The Objects of Kiwanis
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 the application of higher social, business, and professional standards.
To develop, by precept and example, a more intelligent, aggressive, and serviceable citizenship.
To provide, through Kiwanis clubs, a practical means to form enduring friendships, to render altruistic 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 goodwill.