Kiwanis Club of Potsdam

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History of Kiwanis

Kiwanis International was founded in 1915 and is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Kiwanis International is a thriving organization of service and community-minded men and women who support children and young adults around the world.  More than 13,000 clubs in more than 90 countries make their mark by responding to the needs of their communities and pooling their resources to address worldwide issues.  Through these efforts, Kiwanis International truly is "Serving the Children of the World." 

The Kiwanis Club of Potsdam was chartered on August 22, 1989 and will celebrate its 30 anniversary in the year 2019.  In the more than 20 years we have been in service, we have provided a Lt. Governor for 12 terms since our inception (two members served multiple years).  We have also had 3 members serve on the district board as a chairman. 

Each year, our board and members determine which projects we will provide the community.  We serve the Potsdam Neighborhood Center, the Potsdam Helping Hands, area churches and any other organization that may need our help.  

Clarkson University and SUNY Potsdam have had a Circle K club for many years. At present, the Potsdam Kiwanis Club sponsors and works together with the Clarkson Circle K and the Norwood Kiwanis Club sponsors the SUNY Potsdam Circle K.  Both Circle K's are very active and even have members that started at the Key Club level.  It won't be long before we  have some of our K-Kids members in one of the Circle Ks.  It is incredible to see these children grow into young adults and become Kiwanis members.

In 1997, we chartered the Potsdam High School Key Club.  Since its charter in 1997, the Key Club has grown and slowed and in 2008 they were re-chartered and are as strong as ever.  The Key Club has grown in leaps and bounds since 2008 and they conduct many of their own projects to help the school and their community.

In 2004, the Lawrence Avenue K-Kids Club was chartered.  Since then, the K-Kids have had their own projects to do and have grown from just a few to as many as 50 members.  This organization teaches young children about communication, public relations and other leadership skills to carry through the remainder of their lives. 

In 2013, the AA Kingston Middle School Builders Club was chartered. This club is made up of children in 5th - 8th grade and projects include, 5th Grade Welcome Bags, Give a Child a Christmas, Bullying Awareness, Great Kindness Challenge, Shawna's Walk for Wishes, School Clean Up Day, and many leadership programing activities. This organization teaches middle school children about communication, public relations and other leadership skills to carry through the remainder of their lives.