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 over 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 

It has been a whirlwind of a spring for me, but so inspiring.  After attending the Kiwanis MidYear Conference in Myrtle Beach in February, I attended the Circle K District Convention in Durham followed by the Key Club District Convention again in Durham in March.  Then, in April, we attended the Aktion Club Midyear Conference in Charlotte.  At each of these events, I was so inspired by all of the enthusiasm, sharing of ideas, elections of leadership, and fellowship.  It is wonderful to be surrounded by service-oriented people who care about our communities.  I always leave these events exhausted but at the same time re-energized.  All the club meetings, service projects, fundraisers and regional meetings give me that same feeling of motivation: that I can and should do more. The more Kiwanians I'm surrounded by, the more that grows.

We have another opportunity for that coming up; the Kiwanis International Convention (ICON) will be held June 23-26, 2016 in Toronto, Canada.  I was recently asked two interesting questions on two different occasions:  "Why should we go to an international convention?"  and  "What happens at an international convention?"  Those are two valid questions.  It's not inexpensive for our clubs and district to send members to these conventions so what will be the reward for doing so?  Just as we have district conventions to meet other Kiwanians, share ideas and comradery, attend educational workshops, elect officers and amend bylaws at our house of delegates, so too this happens at each international convention.  It happens on a much, much larger scale. 

At ICON, there are many more interesting, professional workshops to attend.  There are thousands of Kiwanians to meet and share ideas for service projects and fundraiser ideas.  One can view and purchase products from vendors in the exhibition hall, called the World Showcase, and many of our clubs do.  There will also be a House of Delegates for voting.  At that session we will elect officers, including hopefully one from our own district, Elizabeth Tezza, to represent us at that highest level as Vice President. We need Elizabeth as our representative on the International Board because just as our district board makes decisions you may or may not agree with but are bound to, so does the International Board.  And their decisions affect us very much.  Additionally, there are eleven amendments before the house, including an amendment regarding dues increases. Part of supporting our clubs and the children we serve is educating ourselves and participating in the decision making process for our organization.

Imagine being surrounded by thousands of Kiwanians from all over the the world.  Imagine what you can learn from each of them to improve your own programs for the kids in your communities.  Imagine how inspired you'll be after that convention.

See you in Toronto!


Total Raised for the Carolinas:  $3,296,213.54   (93.77%)*

Goal: $3,515,315.00

$219,101 still needed

*As of March 23, 2016

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