Kiwanis International is a global organization of members of every age who are dedicated to improving the world, one child and one community at a time.
Kiwanis International was founded in 1915 in Detroit, Michigan. In the early years, members focused on business networking. In 1916, Kiwanis became an international organization with the creation of the Kiwanis Club of Hamilton, Ontario. In 1919, the organization changed its focus to service. By 1962, worldwide expansion was approved. In 1987, women officially were allowed into the membership.
Kiwanis clubs, located in 80 nations, help their communities in countless ways. Each community’s needs are different—so each Kiwanis club is different. By working together, members achieve what one person cannot accomplish alone. When you give a child the chance to learn, experience, dream, grow, succeed and thrive, great things happen.
The Kiwanis Club of Transfer was chartered on September 23, 1943. The club meets on the first Wednesday of each month at the Zion’s United Church of Christ in Transfer at 6:00 for dinner, fellowship and program. Dinners are at a cost of $10.00/person with reservations due by the Monday prior to the meeting to Karen Sherwood at 724-456-2097. Board meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month. Additional meetings for service projects and social activities are scheduled and members will be notified of dates and activities. All members are invited to attend board meetings, but only members of the Board of Directors are eligible to vote. The club focuses its local service on the needs of the children and families of the Reynolds School District.
The Transfer club is part of Division 2 of the Pennsylvania District of Kiwanis International. Division 2 is comprised of clubs in Clarion, Franklin, Greenville, Transfer, Hermitage, Sharon, West Middlesex, New Wilmington and New Castle. Club members are encouraged to take part in inter-clubs within the Division.
The major fundraising projects for the Kiwanis Club of Transfer is the french fry stand during the Transfer Harvest Home Fair each August, Spring and Fall Flower Sales, Penny Raffle and Daffins’ Candy Bar Sales.Other service projects include an annual scholarship(s) given to a Kiwanis-family related member at Reynolds High School; Salvation Army bell ringing; the Dictionary Project (Dictionary – 3rd Grade; Thesaurus – 5th Grade ); Operation Christmas Child; area Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troops, Reynolds Little League; Reynolds High School Yearbook; Reynolds Backpack Program, Newspapers in Education through the Greenville Record Argus; Lenten Messages in the Greenville Record Argus; Outreach to Area Shut-ins; Greystone Country Estate and St. Paul Homes residents, as well as the sponsorship of Service Leadership Programs within the Reynolds School District – Reynolds Key Club; Builders Club and K-Kids.