Would YOU like to make a difference in YOUR community?
What is Kiwanis?
Kiwanis is home to the largest youth service program in the world.
Our club’s programs empower elementary school students, tweens and teens to make an impact through service and leadership.
As a group, we can accomplish more than individuals acting alone.
The motto and cornerstone of Kiwanis is “WE BUILD.” We believe in changing the world for the better – one child and one community at a time.
We are residents of the Gainesville area who
1) are interested in improving the quality of life for our community, especially children;
2) enjoy shared values and friendship in our endeavors to make a positive difference in our community;
3) are willing to dedicate our time, effort, and energies to setting and achieving our goals.
We come from every walk of life, every background.
We meet weekly for lunch - or breakfast - to conduct club business, to socialize, and to listen to interesting speakers from the community.
Visit us at a Club Meeting
2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month
12 noon to 1 PM
Wyndham Garden Gainesville
2900 SW 13th Street
1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month
43rd Street Deli at Williston Road
Just off I-75
(This meeting is primarily social/fellowship/networking)
An Invitation to Join
You are invited to join us for a complementary lunch to learn more about our club and its members. Alternatively, if it fits your schedule better, meet us for breakfast!
Prospective members attend two meetings as guests of the Club. They may then complete a short membership application and return it to the Club Secretary. Upon approval of the Board of Directors, the prospective member pays a one-time application fee of $75 and is registered with Kiwanis International. He or she then attends an orientation session and is then inducted at the next club meeting.
Active members are encouraged to attend the weekly meetings on a regular basis and to become active in one or more committees/projects that attract their interest. Each member will be assigned a sponsor to serve as a guide while learning the business of the Club.
Cost of Membership
Membership dues are $51 per quarter plus meals. Dues cover the administrative expenses of the Club as well as both Kiwanis International and Florida District dues.
What’s in it for you?
A sense of caring and contributing to our children and our future - building a legacy
Building strong friendships with people of similar values that will last a lifetime
Working with ‘Can-Do’ community members with a sense of purpose and accomplishment
Meeting other professionals across generations and occupations with a genuine concern for others
Projects and Activities
Our service projects (and we’re always open to new ideas!) focus on young children, youth, and the community and include:
- World’s Greatest Baby Shower
- Micanopy Library Tutoring
- Kiwanis Challenge Playland Park
- Citizen of the Month/Year awards at local schools
- Support for The Girls Place, Girl Scouts, and 4-H
- Kids Count in Alachua County after school program
- Summer camp scholarships
- College scholarships
- Mentoring at elementary and middle schools
- Food 4Kids Backpack Program
- Safety City – Safety training for kids in cooperation with Gainesville Fire Rescue
- BUGS (Bring Up Grades) programs in several elementary schools
- Reading to HeadStart kids at Terwilliger Elementary School
- School stores support at Rawlings and Shell Elementary Schools
- Holiday food baskets
- Holiday Citrus and Poinsettia Sales and our Annual Pancake Breakfast as fund raisers
Our Gainesville Kiwanis Family
Our club sponsors 10 Kiwanis-affiliated service clubs for elementary, middle, and high school and college students as well as for those who are developmentally challenged.
- Tacachale Aktion Club
- K-Club at J. J. Finley Elementary
- Westwood Middle School Builders Club
- Kanapaha Middle School Builders Club
- Key Clubs at Buchholz, Eastside, P.K. Young, Oak Hall, and Gainesville High Schools.
- Circle K Club at The University of Florida
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