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About the Kiwanis Club of Windsor - Well, Almost!

What is Kiwanis?

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.

When does Kiwanis meet?

The Kiwanis Club of Windsor meets every Thursday at 6:30 PM in the Whistle Stop restaurant on Broad Street, Windsor, CT.

What do you do at meetings?

Members begin arriving at 6:30 and socialize as they are eating their dinner. Members order off a special menu. At 7:00 PM, the meetings open with the Pledge of Allegiance. Then, the club president begins the meeting by introducing and greeting our guests. Committee announcements about upcoming events and projects are made. A Board meeting is held once a month where club business is conducted. 

How much does membership cost?

The Kiwanis fiscal year is from October 1 through September 30. Annual dues are $100 due by September 1st. This includes International, New England District, and local Windsor Kiwanis fees. As of October 16, 2012, our club membership is 33. 

How do I join Kiwanis?

You’re invited to attend a meeting as a guest of a current member. If you join, that member will be your sponsor. Or you may attend a meeting and meet the fine men and women who make up our Club and learn more about Kiwanis. You will receive a membership brochure and application. Upon completion of the application form, approval of the Board of Directors, and payment of fees, your sponsor will schedule your induction ceremony. It’s a simple, dignified ceremony where you are welcomed to the Kiwanis Club and receive a Kiwanis lapel pin and to wear to meetings. There are no rituals.

What does Kiwanis expect of new members?

We expect you to attend club meetings as regularly as possible and participate in Kiwanis service projects and fund-raisers. You are also expected to serve as an active member of at least one committee. We do not require perfect attendance.

Our promise to you.

  • You will have an opportunity to share your experience, knowledge and time with the community – “serving one child and one community at a time.”
  • An interesting opportunity to relax, converse with friends, and listen to interesting speakers.
  • Fellowship with other Kiwanians in Windsor’s premier service club.You are encouraged to broaden your knowledge of Kiwanis and how to better serve our community by participating in inter-clubs to the other clubs in our Division and attending New England Kiwanis training sessions.

How does the club raise funds?

The amount of money we grant to area organizations each year is directly related to the success of our fundraising efforts. Whatever we raise in a given year is distributed the following year. Fundraising events include:

  • Annual Plant Sale
  • Annual Shad Derby Golf Tournament
  • Selling Fried Dough at the Shad Derby and Chile Fest
  • Shad Derby Road Race
  • Other smaller fund raising activities throughout the year

What types of Community Service does the club provide?

Our Kiwanis club participates in a variety of projects throughout the year that involve community service and assisting children. Below are some of the projects in which we are currently involved. for the community.

 

  • We sponsor four active youth groups for local elementary, middle school, and high school students
  • We host Youth club leadership training weekends
  • We award scholarships to graduating seniors
  • We provide backpacks for students
  • During Christmas season, our talented members visit a local nursing home and sing seasonal carols
  • We provide a breakfast for students taking the SAT test
  • We run a Canoe Race that collects food for the Windsor Food Bank
  • We sponsor a Shad Derby Queen
  • We make donations to local community organizations
  • The Hunger Action Team helps provide meals for needy families

How do you get to know other Kiwanis Club members?

 

  • Social gatherings provide fun and fellowship for Kiwanis members and our families.
  • We also enjoy visiting other Kiwanis clubs in our area, a practice encouraged throughout the Kiwanis world. Interclubs give us the opportunity to meet Kiwanis members and learn about their customs, projects, and successes.
  • We have fun together!