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The six constitutional objectives of Kiwanis International, having been adopted by the assembled delegates to the annual convention in Denver on June 1, 1924, and reaffirmed by the assembled delegates to the annual convention in Phoenix, AZ, on June 26, 1984 are:
1. To give primacy to the human and spiritual, rather than to the material values of life
2. To encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships
3. To promote the adoption and application of higher social, business, and professional standards
4. To develop, by precept and examples, a more intelligent, aggressive, and serviceable citizenship
5. To provide, through Kiwanis Clubs, and practical means to form enduring friendships, to render altruistic service, and to build better communities
6. To cooperate in creating and maintaining that sound public opinion and the high idealism which make possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism, and good will
Kiwanis was founded in Detroit, MI, on Jan. 21, 1915. On Nov. 1, 1916, the first Canadian Club was organized in Hamilton, Ontario.
The same year, the name “Kiwanis Club” was adopted at a meeting in Cleveland, OH. The name “Kiwanis” is a coined word taken from the language of an American Indian tribe which lived in the area where Kiwanis was founded.
The Original phrase was “Nunc Keewanis.” It means “self-expression” or “to makes oneself known.” It was shortened and modified to become “Kiwanis.”
Kiwanis grew simultaneously in the United States and Canada for almost a half century before the decision was made in 1961 to expand into other nations. Clubs were formed in 1962 in Mexico and the Bahamas.
Since then, Kiwanis has extended into the continents of Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, South America and lands in between. Additional nations continue to join the Kiwanis International family as clubs were organized each year throughout the world.
Kiwanis is a worldwide service organization appealing to those who have the desire to become personally involved in making their communities better place in which to live. As a group, we achieve what individuals cannot do alone.
Working together, Kiwanians voluntarily share the challenge of community improvement and leadership, assuming personal responsibility for humanitarian and civic projects that public authorities are not prepared or able to perform.
These projects are predominantly local in nature. They include such activities as assistance to youth and the aging, conservation of natural resources, development of community facilities and creation of international understanding and goodwill.
Whatever their goals may be, Kiwanians are motivated by a common desire to serve and to achieve an appreciation of good fellowship.
The heart of Kiwanis is the Club itself. Each club is composed of people in a white variety of occupations, representing the active forces of the community. Each Kiwanis club has officers and directors as prescribed by the bylaws of the club.
These officers and directors comprise the Board of Directors, the administrative body of the club. Clubs perform their community service work and their internal administration through standing committees.
Each member is assigned to one or more of these committees, depending upon that member’s particular desires and aptitudes.
All Kiwanis clubs are organized according to a standard basic plan. Each club has great freedom in developing its own service projects, fund raising activities, meeting procedures, customs and character.
Each club, through its own imagination and growth, lends flavor and excitement to the entire Kiwanis organization as it adapts the ideas and objectives of Kiwanis to its own nation and community.
Delegates to the 72nd Kiwanis International Convention in Washington, D.C., passed an amendment to the International Constitution that opened the club membership to women. The amendment required two-thirds affirmative vote.
Our club inducted its first woman in 1989.
Proudly serving the Norman, OK community
The Norman Kiwanis Club received its charter from Kiwanis International, May 16, 1923. The Charter Night Dinner was held in the First Christian Church locate at 301 West Main.
The ladies of the Church prepared the evening meal for 37 charter members, and 15 Kiwanians from the sponsoring club in Oklahoma City.
This sponsoring club was later designated the Downtown Oklahoma City Kiwanis Club.
Norman’s population was 9,597.
Charter members Phil Kidd, Sr., Justin Hinshaw, Dr. W.T. Mayfield, Emery Stubbeman, and Charles S. Standley were active in the Norman Kiwanis Club through the 1950’s and early 1960’s.
Phil Kidd, Sr. was Charter President and the only Norman Kiwanian to serve as President for the Club for two terms. He also served as the first Lt. Governor from the Norman Kiwanis Club.
The Club’s Luncheon meetings have been held in the First Christian Church, the Tee Pee on the Campus Corner, the Memorial Union on the Main Campus, the Kopper Kettle on Buchanan Street, and the Lockett Hotel, the Ramada Inn, the Holiday Inn, and Denny’s.
Following the Charter Presentation in 1923, the Norman Kiwanis Club established the Milk and Ice Fund, an unusual name for a fund to support youth service projects. The first major youth project was the Annual Kiwanis Christmas Party for the boys and girls in Cleveland County.
Financial assistance for rural schools was implemented by Pie Suppers at the rural schools. The school patron women prepared a chicken dinner for Kiwanians and their wives. Following the dinner, the pies and cakes brought but he Kiwanis wives were auctioned and the proceeds given to the rural school.
The first formal party in the Lockett Hotel was scheduled by the Norman Kiwanis Club in 1952 for the induction of the club officers and Board Members.
The first Pancake Day was August, 1952. The event was held at the Chicken Shack on Main Street. When the Tulls closed the café for painting and decorating, Pancake Day was moved to the Lockett Hotel. Later it was moved to the Norman High School Cafeteria.
In recent years, Pancake Day has been held in December in conjunction with the community Christmas Parade. Pancake Day has been well received over the years. It has been the major fundraising event for the Club with net proceeds supporting Club service projects for the youth and senior citizens of Norman. The Club’s President-elect chairs Pancake Day.
In 1953 the Norman Club hosted a Texas/ Oklahoma District Luncheon for Kiwanis International President Walter J.L. Ray in the Student Union Ballroom. Governor Johnston Murray welcomed International President Ray.
The Norman Kiwanis Club installed an automatic sprinkler system in Building 92 on the South Campus. The $17,000 sprinkler system enabled the city to Building 92 for recreational purposes.
The initial $3,000.00 to purchase the Kiwanis Youth Camp in 1964 was paid from the sale of Pancake Day tickets.
Since then, each Club member has paid $1.00 per month to the youth camp and Kruiser Savings Account to finance capital improvements for the Youth Camp.
The Kiwanis Youth Camp was sold in 2015.
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