Kiwanis International


Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time.



Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world, one child and one community at a time. 

The Carolinas District of Kiwanis International covers both North Carolina and South Carolina with 175 plus clubs and close to 6,000 members. 

Our Defining Statement: To assist the clubs to serve one child and one community at a time in the Carolinas District. 

Our Core Purpose and Values: To improve lives through fellowship in service. 

Our Vision: To be the leading civic organization providing service to others.

Our Mission: To offer service and leadership opportunities to those who desire to serve the needs of children, youth and adults in our communities.


    Message from the District Governor 


Greetings and “Happy New Year”, Friend!

I know you’ve given and received best wishes for a happy and prosperous 2017, but the truth is, we don’t know what the upcoming year holds for us. As we did last year, we will always do our best to deal with whatever comes along. But, as a member of Kiwanis, one thing you can count on is that you will have many opportunities for uplifting experiences working for, with and on behalf of the kids of the Carolinas. Of that, you can be assured. As each day passes, we will be doing our best to see every child is happy, healthy, safe and loved.

Our Carolinas District will be maintaining a full year-long calendar of activities designed to encourage your direct participation and help us achieve our goals and live up to the “objects” of Kiwanis. Our District Secretary, Leah Moretz will be adding to the published calendar continuously as you notify her and share projects, programs and fund raisers that you and your club are undertaking. So, be sure to let her know what y’all are doing! Let ‘s get the word out, and “Let YOUR light shine!”

Our District Board of Trustees and leadership team have been listening to your comments, suggestions and requests and have planned several events this year to support you and your local club. For example, you are invited to attend any of several regional meetngs that will bring resources and trainers to you. Greg McDonald and Elizabeth Tezza will both conduct sessions explaining ways to build and maintain your membership. Club strengthening is not magic nor an accident. You will be able discuss what best practices you can do to be the very best Kiwanis Club possible. Rick Benton’s popular list of a year’s worth of Kiwanis meeting program speakers will be distributed at each regional get together as well.

Next, plan to send several members of your club to join us for our MidYear Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC, February 10-12. We will be featuring Key note presentations by the Boys and Girls Home of North Carolina, Lake Waccamaw, and provide you opportunities to bolster and strengthen their program. You will have a good time networking with other like minded Kiwanians, and we will provide still more forums and ideas on the very topics you told us are of the greatest interest and value to you! …See y’all there!

Also, consider attending our Kiwanis International Convention in Paris, France, during July, and/or our own Carolinas District Convention in Charleston, SC, during August. An unusual twist to this year’s District convention is that on August 21, the day following the close of our convention, a very rare total solar eclipse will occur and be visible from Charleston, our convention site. More on all of these events later!

As always, thank you for being on the side of good, and being a member of Kiwanis!


Les King, Governor




Total Raised for the Carolinas:  $3,318,119.74   (94.39%)*

Goal: $3,515,315.00

$197,195 still needed

                                                                                                                                     *As of Oct 23, 2016

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