Meridian Kiwanis Club was started on November 16, 1961 by some members of the (Evening) Kiwanis Club of Columbus, who wanted to offer an additional club in Columbus, that met during the lunch hour. While the location of our meeting has changed many times in our 50+ years, our meeting time and commitment to serving the Columbus community have not.
Interested In becoming a member? Want more information about our meetings? Want to help us with and/or sponsor one of our service programs? Would you like to be a guest speaker at a meeting?
We welcome any man or woman, 18 years or older, to join us any Thursday at noon. Lunch is normally $10, BUT YOUR FIRST ONE IS ON US. We always have a great meal, share some fun and fellowship, and then have a brief program that helps us learn more about our community or about service opportunities. The meetings adjourn at 1 p.m.
Anyone interested in joining our club will need to be sponsored by a current member. Get to know us by attending any meeting or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Here is our membership application: Membership Application
Objects of Kiwanis
- To give primacy to the human and spritual 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 citizienship
- To provide a practical means to form enduring relationships, to render altruistic service, and to build a better community
- To cooperate in creating and maintaining that sound public opinion and high idealism which makes possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism, and good will
What is Kiwanis?
- Kiwanis is a Worldwide service organization started in Detroit, Michigan, USA, on January 21, 1915.
- Kiwanis and its Service Leadership Programs boast a membership of more than 600,000 men, women, and youth in nearly 16,000 clubs in more than 70 countries and geographic areas.
- Members of Kiwanis and its Service Leadership Programs volunteer more than 21 million hours and invest more than $113 million in their communities around the world.
- Kiwanis is taking itself from a good organization to a truly great organization that defines excellence for service and leadership and builds leaders through service opportunities.
- Kiwanis International is the only service organization that builds leaders at every level—from the youngest K-Kids (elementary) all the way through Circle K (college) and adult programs including those with disabilities (Aktion Clubs).
- Kiwanis’ impact on the world will be measured by the 10 million young leaders it nurtures, rather than by the number of members it attracts.
- Kiwanis continues its service emphasis of “Young Children: Priority One,” which focuses on the special needs of children from prenatal development to age 5. In a typical year, “Young Children: Priority One” service projects involve more than US$14 million and 1 million volunteer hours.
- In 1994, Kiwanis launched its first Worldwide Service Project, a $75 million campaign in partnership with UNICEF to eliminate iodine deficiency disorders by the year 2000. IDD projects have been funded in 95 nations. Kiwanis International Foundation has raised nearly $100 million to eliminate IDD worldwide.
- Kiwanis One Day occurs annually on a weekend in April. It is an opportunity to unite Kiwanis-family members from around the globe and their communities in a dedicated day of action devoted to hands-on community service projects.
- In June 2010 Kiwanis International launched its latest Worldwide Service Project. Our current global campaign for children, The Eliminate Project: Kiwanis eliminating maternal/neonatal tetanus, (www.TheEliminateProject.org) aims to raise US$110 million and save the lives of a 129 million mothers and their future babies. In partnership with UNICEF, Kiwanis is committing by 2015 to eliminating maternal/neonatal tetanus, a disease that kills one baby every nine minutes. By targeting this disease, Kiwanis will not only save lives but also pave the way for other interventions that will boost maternal health and child survival among the poorest, most underserved women and children in the world.