About Kiwanis International

Founded in 1915 in Detroit and with headquarters now in Indianapolis, Kiwanis International is a thriving organization of service- and community-minded individuals who support children and young adults around the world. More than 600,000 Kiwanis-family members in 92 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."

What does the name "Kiwanis" mean?

The name "Kiwanis" was coined from an expression in an American Indian language of the Detroit area, "Nunc Kee-wanis," which means, "we trade" or "we share our talents."

The Kiwanis Club of West Valley, chartered April 9, 1957, donates hundreds of volunteer hours each year and raises thousands of dollars to support programs for young people and community groups/organizations in the Greater West Valley and Yakima area. Please view the slide show below to learn more about our club.

Kiwanis empowers communities to improve the world by making lasting differences in the lives of children.