Kiwanis International is a global community of clubs, members and partners dedicated to improving the lives of children one community at a time. Today, we stand with more than 550,000 members from K-Kids to Key Club to Kiwanis and many ages in between in 80 countries and geographic areas. Each community has different needs, and Kiwanis empowers members to pursue creative ways to serve the needs of children, such as fighting hunger, improving literacy and offering guidance.
The Montana District was created on June 24, 1921 by the International Board of Trustees. On August 29, a meeting of the four clubs (Great Falls, Billings, Missoula, and Bozeman) elected George E. Snell the first Governor. He was re-elected at Great Falls the next year and served until the end of 1923. It was strongly encouraged that the Montana clubs become a district formed of many states, but being an independent sort the answer was a resounding "no". The first club in the district was Great Falls, completed September 1, 1920. The second was Billings, completed October 18, 1920.*
*Source: Dimensions of Service, The Kiwanis Story by L.A. “Larry” Hapgood
Service is at the heart of every Kiwanis club, no matter where in the world it’s located. Members stage approximately 150,000 service projects and raise nearly US$100 million every year for communities, families and projects. By working together, members achieve what one person cannot accomplish alone.
"We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone."
– Ronald Reagan
Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time.
We are passionate about making a difference. Helping kids grow and succeed is at the heart of everything we do. But how we do it is just as important. We believe our neighborhoods and our world are best served when people of all ages and different backgrounds work together to share their time and talents.
Kiwanis will be a positive influence in communities worldwide — so that one day, all children will wake up in communities that believe in them, nurture them and provide the support they need to thrive.