How the Kiwanis Club Works

Becoming a Kiwanian

Kiwanis Club is open to men and women of good character. To find a club in your town, put your city name or zip code into the search field on the Kiwanis Web site [source: Kiwanis International]. Depending on the size of your town, a list of meetings, locations, times and contact information will pop up. Call the contact number of the meeting that works best for you, and arrange to meet with a club officer or member.

The best way to find out if Kiwanis is for you is to attend a meeting. You can come as an observer or offer to speak on a topic such as the industry you work in. That will allow you to get to know the other club members and give them a chance to get to know you.

If you have any trouble getting in touch with a local club, you can call Kiwanis International headquarters at (800) 549-2647 (extension 411). Before joining a club, you'll need to fill out a brief application, which you can download from the organization's website [source: Kiwanis International]. Annual dues are $100 to $200.

Once you're a lapel-pin wearing Kiwanian, you'll attend weekly meetings and volunteer a certain number of hours a month to your club's service projects.

Read on to find out what kind of projects Kiwanians do.