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Kiwanis Music Festival & the Kiwanis organization[edit]

There is a disambiguation note at the beginning that states

The Kiwanis Music Festival is an unrelated annual event held in Guelph, Ontario (Canada).

This disambiguation note is wrong on two counts:

  1. The music festival displays the Kiwanis logo and the Kiwanis web site mentions (though very fleetingly) the festival; the two are clearly connected, not "unrelated" as claimed.
  2. The music festival is not just held in Guelph, but many Canadian cities, including Toronto, London, and Ottawa (It is very well known in Toronto and I did not even know there is one in Guelph until I read this note)

Gniw (Wing) 19:15, 12 December 2006 (UTC)

The web site for Toronto’s Kiwanis Music Festival, at (redirected from official site which is being advertised in subway stations), should settle once and for all that the festival and the organization are related, not “unrelated” as incorrectly claimed in the article.—Gniw (Wing) 00:24, 27 March 2007 (UTC)

Service Organization[edit]

Does anyone know why Kiwanis (and Rotary, Exhange, Sertoma, etc.) are not allowed to claim they are "service" clubs (category) as opposed to all being forced into a "Fraternal and service club" category that the media likes to force us into? If this is news to you, please don't answer! (Sorry) There's someone around that actually knows this answer off the top of their head. Student7 02:52, 4 May 2007 (UTC)


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Was President Harding a Kiwanis? They built a memorial to him in Vancouver's Stanley Park. ( 02:57, 5 October 2007 (UTC))

Yes. (Unfortunately. I had rather hoped not!  :)
See Vancouver's Park Student7 12:37, 5 October 2007 (UTC)

Distinguishing Features[edit]

According to the article, the Kiwanis would appear to be paractically identical with any number of similar service organisations. Nonetheless, it would be surprising if this were really the case. Generally, over time and due e.g. to natural drift one would expect differences in make up between groups. Thus one organisation may develop a (usually self sustaining) reputation of being especially politically conservative. Another may be known to attract predominantly Catholics, a third may have a large contingent of people in a certain industry etc. Typically such distinguishing features are not reflected in the organisations charter and may even give rise to a certain amount of embarassment among the leadership; especially if the organisation purports to pursue some goal of inclusiveness (not uncommon among service organisations). Nevertheless it strikes me as an important characteristic, and that it's lack of treatment with respect to Kiwanis seems to me to be an important oversight in this article.

--Philopedia 16:51, 14 August 2007 (UTC)


Article does not establish a clear understanding of what KIWINs is. It redirects to Key Club. Is the name just a pseudonym for Key Club unique to CalNevHa? Student7 (talk) 21:55, 11 August 2008 (UTC)

I don't know that it needs to be explained in detail in the article, but thanks for asking. Kiwins is a separate high-school-level organization. It is the descendent of Keywanettes, a female equivalent of Key Club from back when only boys were allowed to join Key Club. When the rules changes most Kiwins clubs merged with their schools' Key Clubs, but a few elected to maintain their independent status - although formally they are now under the Key Club umbrella. They are mostly co-ed now, but a few are not because they are at all-girls schools. --MelanieN (talk) 02:15, 1 September 2009 (UTC)MelanieN

KIWIN'S (Spelled in all caps), is now the 32nd District of Key club International (with around 2,500 members and 50 or so schools within Cal-Nev-Ha). For more information, go to: —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:49, 16 October 2010 (UTC)

Number of Members[edit]

The number of Kiwanis members listed in this article 275,000 is not sited and is out of date. To my knowledge this figure is currently around 600,000. If anyone knows the actual figure and can reference it that would be much appreciated. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:55, 24 November 2008 (UTC)

I have altered the number to reflect only the membership in actual Kiwanis clubs. The 600,000 figure includes membership in all the sponsored youth organizations as well as Kiwanis clubs. --MelanieN (talk) 02:08, 1 September 2009 (UTC)MelanieN


What does KIWANIS mean? --Dguenther - DGun (talk) 09:39, 2 March 2009 (UTC)

thank you all for responding, but I found it myself. [1] says Kiwanis is an expression of the Otchipew Native American language, meaning either "We have a good time", "We make a noise", or "To Express Oneself". Source looks trustworthy, I think we should include it in this article.--Dguenther - DGun (talk) 09:54, 2 March 2009 (UTC)

external references in the text :no thank you ![edit]

The references should be placed elsewhere :in a section "notes and references"Trente7cinq (talk) 08:07, 3 March 2011 (UTC)

Because the text may be changed by many editors, it can only be verified if the footnotes are "in-line", in the text, as you put it. This is the only credible way of other editors ensuring that accurate information has been supplied. If there is no in-line references, it may be challenged and removed by another editor. This is the difference between an encyclopedia and a "People" magazine, for example. One can be verified for accuracy immediately, the other cannot. Student7 (talk) 00:50, 6 March 2011 (UTC)

Why does Kiwanis International point to Kiwanis instead of the other way around?[edit]

Shouldn't the organization be listed by its "official" name, instead of the slang term? Banaticus (talk) 00:34, 15 November 2011 (UTC)

That isn't exactly "slang". The Kiwanis group of organizations includes Kiwanis International as well as dozens of Kiwanis "Districts" and thousands of individual Kiwanis "clubs". The name of an individual club is "Kiwanis Club of Boulder" (or wherever); it isn't "Kiwanis International in Boulder" or some such thing. And each club is individually incorporated in its own state, province or country; the clubs are not subsidiaries of Kiwanis International. --MelanieN (talk) 00:54, 15 November 2011 (UTC)
And the "others" have to be disambiguated. "Rotary" could be a traffic circle, "Lions" could be a pride, etc. Kiwanis alone is unambiguous. Student7 (talk) 15:11, 18 November 2011 (UTC)