The Objects of Kiwanis

The Objects of Kiwanis guide our organization. They are our values. Our beliefs. Our core. Delegates approved the six permanent Objects of Kiwanis at the 1924 Kiwanis International Convention in Denver, Colorado. They have remained unchanged through the decades.

Learn how the Objects of Kiwanis came to be.

Object 1

To give primacy to the human and spiritual rather than to the material values of life.

Object 2

To encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships.

Object 3

To promote the adoption and the application of higher social, business and professional standards.

Object 4

To develop, by precept and example, a more intelligent, aggressive and serviceable citizenship.

Object 5

To provide, through Kiwanis clubs, a practical means to form enduring friendships, to render altruistic service and to build better communities.

Object 6

To cooperate in creating and maintaining that sound public opinion and high idealism which make possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism and good will.

Celebrating and Fostering Inclusiveness

In 2008, delegates at the Kiwanis International convention adopted a resolution that encourages and empowers clubs to create environments that develop and nurture mutual respect for all, and to celebrate the inclusiveness of all Kiwanis members. The language reads:

“Therefore, be it resolved that the delegates assembled at the 2008 Kiwanis International convention in Orlando, Florida, and all Kiwanis leaders and members to take action to create a culture and club environment that develops and nurtures mutual respect for all and celebrates the inclusiveness of our beloved Kiwanis”.