Date of Origin: 1915 AD
Motto: To Serve Children of the World
Founders: Allen S. Browne & Joseph C. Prance
Origin: Kiwanis = We Share our Talent (American Indian expression: Nunc Kee-wanis). Volunteering to change the world through service to children and communities.
Work: Shelter, Hunger, Mentoring the Underprivileged, Health Care, Youth Leadership, Reconstruction.
Sub-Categories: Kiwanis University, Key Club International, Builders Club, Aktion Club, Kiwanis International Foundation, Circle K International, Key Leader, Kiwanis Kids, Kiwanis Junior.
Date of Origin: June 7,1917 AD
Motto: We Serve
Founder: Melvin Jones
Origin: Melvin Jones suggested in a business convention to put the talents of some businessmen and friends to improve their communities. The suggestion by Melvin was answered back by some interested individuals and funding from his own money and theirs. Lions as a symbol, as the founders put it, represents strength, courage, fidelity and vital action. After few meetings between the founders, that symbol was chosen by a secret ballot.
Work: Eye-sight, Disabled, Healthcare, Building Schools, Natural Disaster Relief, Reconstruction. Lions had a role in drafting the constitution of the UN, and still have members observing some of its meetings till today. They focus on doing service projects in their communities that are mainly health related and with some emphasis on social issues on religious or national occasions.
Sub-categories: Lions Clubs, Leos Clubs, Lions Leadership Program.
Date of Origin: February 23,1905 AD
Founder: Attorney Paul P. Harris
Motto: Service Above Self
Origin: Businessmen where invited to join to both serve each other and capture the goodwill spirit amongst the club members. The habit of rotating meeting venue in offices of members gave the organization its name “Rotary”.
Work: Rotary members had a big role in Europe since the WWII in relief and humanitarian aid, and had an impact on the initiation of the UN. Post WWII, Rotaray called for a conference to promote education adn cultural exchange which inspired the fouding of UNESCO. Many UN committees and departments till this day have Rotary observers present in their meetings.A major campaign they worked on was Polio+. Most clubs now work on local service projects and on sponsoring Rotaract Clubs to do similar projects and campaigns.
Sub-categories: Rotary Clubs, Rotary Fellows, InnerWheel Clubs, Rotary Scholarship Grants, Rotaract Clubs, Interact Clubs.