What is Kiwanis?
Kiwanis clubs, located in 79 international countries, help their communities in countless ways. Each community’s needs are different—so each Kiwanis club is different. By working together, members achieve what one person cannot accomplish alone. When you give a child the chance to learn, experience, dream, grow, succeed and thrive, great things happen.
Service footprint: Service is at the heart of every Kiwanis club, no matter where in the world it’s located. Members stage nearly 150,000 service projects and raise nearly US$100 million every year for communities, families and projects.
A family of servant leaders: Kiwanis clubs focus on changing the world by serving children, one child and one community at a time. To do this, many clubs also sponsor a Kiwanis family club—K-Kids for primary school children; Builders Clubs for adolescents; Key Clubs for teens; CKI clubs for university students and Aktion Clubs for adults living with disabilities—to reach more people and have a greater service impact on their communities.
About Platteville Kiwanis Club?
We meet weekly at the A&W Restaurant in Platteville at 11:45AM - 12:45PM. These meetings are organized with weekly speakers and we meet the first Tuesday of each month at 7AM at the Country Kitchen for our club's business for planning activities. We also meet the last Tuesday of each month at some location for an "After Hours" meeting at 5:30pm as a socializing meeting.
The club was founded in 1922 by a group of businessmen interested in the opportunities Kiwanis offered for networking, friendship and service to the community. It was the first service club formed in Platteville and it has just celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2012.
One of the Club's first service projects was hands-on road building; the members of the club participated in constructing the west end of Main Street. That was real dedication to the motto at the time: "We Serve." Over the years the group had their signature projects: a Farm-City banquet to honor folks engaged in agriculture, a turkey dinner with all the trimmings that everyone in town looked forward to, and a tradition that carries down to this day: honoring "Students of the Month" from Platteville High School, just to mention a few of those earlier projects.
What We Presently Do?
We hold fundraisers to provide us with the money we need to do our service projects and to donate to causes within the community and the world: two Kiwanis International projects recently have been to reduce iodine deficiency and maternal and infant tetanus in third-world countries. A district-wide project to provide iPads to autistic kids is ongoing.
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