The Mission Statement of Shorewood Kiwanis Club
Improving the World, one Community, one Child at a time, since 1959
The Mission Statement of Kiwanis International
Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world "one community....one child at a time."
The Six Objects of Kiwanis:
The six permanent objects of Kiwanis International were approved by Kiwanis CLub delegates at the 1924 Kiwanis International Convention in Denver, Colorado. Through the decades, they have remained unchanged:
- 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.
History of Kiwanis International:
Kiwanis was born in Detroit back in 1915. It began as a businessman’s club – what we call “networking” today. Within a year, it became international in scope with the addition of some clubs in Canada.
Thousands and thousands of clubs were subsequently added under the Kiwanis banner and further refined their mission to a primary focus on children. That focus attracted community leaders and businessmen who built the international organization and propagated its influence across the world. Ladies were admitted to Kiwanis beginning on July 7th, 1987.
They worked on World Service Projects such as the elimination of Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD). IDD is the leading cause of preventable mental and physical retardation. As many as 1.5 billion people are at risk, especially young children. The initial fundraising goal was surpassed in 2001. IDD projects have now been funded in 95 nations.
History of Shorewood Kiwanis:
In 1959, some members from the St. Clair Shores Kiwanis Club joined friends of theirs from Grosse Pointe Woods to form the Kiwanis Club of Shorewood. By that time, over 5100 other such clubs had already joined the Kiwanis Organization. Shorewood quickly grew and gained prominence within the communities of St. Clair Shores and the Grosse Pointes.
Business and community leaders gravitated to Shorewood and, each using their particular expertise, guided the club as many important programs were established to benefit the community at large. By 1980, the club’s effectiveness and commitment to the “Objects of Kiwanis” helped make it possible for Past President Bill Hershiser to become Governor of the Michigan District of Kiwanis – a very significant milestone.
By that time, Shorewood was very active thanks to recurring fund-raisers, graciously supported by the community at large. These were events such as pancake breakfasts, Kiwanis peanuts and the legendary Gourmet Nut Sale at Christmas time. These collected funds made possible the annual ice show for mentally and physically challenged children from across the Metro Detroit Area; scholarships for graduating seniors from each of the St. Clair Shores school districts; support for culturally rich programs presented by the (now) Lake St. Clair Symphony Orchestra and the S.C.S Civic Chorus.
Now, Shorewood helps support young readers with pre-school books purchased for the S.C.S. Public Library; distressed families with Thanksgiving Baskets; the Trauma Related Injury Prevention Program of Children’s Hospital; the “Read to Me Roscoe” program of the Macomb Literacy Partners; and many, many more such programs aimed primarily at children and their families.
Shorewood Kiwanis is proud to serve our community and fully support and enact the motto, which guides all Kiwanians: "Serving Our Communities, One Child at a Time"