About Almaden Valley Kiwanis
Almaden Valley Kiwanis was chartered on August 24, 1988. We currently have about 22 members, and enough projects going on that we really need about twice that!
About Kiwanis International
Kiwanis International is an independent, worldwide community service organization that is unaffiliated with any political or religious organizations.
Kiwanis was founded in Detroit on January 21, 1915. The first Kiwanian was a merchant tailor named Joseph Prance. The original name of the group was actually the Benevolent Order of Brothers, and its purpose was the mutual exchange of preferred treatment in professional and business dealings.
Within a year, the name had been changed to "Kiwanis." (The apocryphal story is that "Kiwanis" comes from a native American term "Nun Keewanis," which roughly means "self expression" or "we make a loud noise" or "we have a good time".) It had also become obvious that the original purpose lacked the power to attract and hold members. The purpose of the organization was thus changed to "community service," and remains so to this day. A little later, Kiwanis "bought itself" from organizer Allen Browne, and began a growth pattern that continues today.
In 1916, at one year old, Kiwanis entered Canada (Hamilton, Ontario), thus becoming "international." It took Kiwanis another 46 years before it extended into a third country, establishing a club in Mexico in 1962.
Kiwanis now has about 250,000 members in 8,500 clubs in 122 countries. We hope to have a million members in the entire Kiwanis family by 2015!
The Kiwanis Family
Kiwanis Clubs are just one member of the entire Kiwanis family. One of our greatest strengths is our sponsored leadership program. Other members of the family are:
- K-Kids Club: for elementary-school children
- Builders Club: for middle-school children
- Key Club: for high-school children. Hehe, I love calling them children because it irritates them.
- Circle-K Club: for college students.
- Aktion Club: for disabled adults.
Kiwanis Organizational Breakdown
- International. Presided over by the International President and a team of about 15 Trustees.
- Districts. Presided over by the District Governor, and a team of about 18 Trustees. We are in the California-Nevada-Hawaii District.
- Divisions. Presided over by a Lieutenant Governor. We are in Division 12, which runs from Morgan Hill to Fremont, and from Campbell to Evergreen.
- Club. Presided over by the Club President and the Board of Directors. We are the Almaden Valley Club. (Hear us roar!)
There is an additional entity called a Region, which is a grouping of (usually) three divisions. The purpose of the Regions is to elect one Trustee to serve on the District's Board. Regions are just a logical grouping, and do not have meetings or conventions or officers.
Other clubs in Division 12
For more information on the other clubs, see their links from theDivision 12 website
- Cambrian Park
- East San Jose
- Los Gatos
- Morgan Hill
- Pueblo de San Jose
- San Jose
- Santa Clara
- South San Jose
- West Metro San Jose
- West San Jose
- Willow Glen