Kiwanis International is an organization of local clubs of business, professional and retired men and women who are interested in community service with emphasis on children and youth programs.

How Kiwanis Began

Kiwanis was founded in Detroit, Michigan in 1915. It replaced an organization established the year before to promote the exchange of business among its members.  In contrast to its predecessor, the purpose of Kiwanis is to serve the community.The organization grew rapidly.  In 1916 it spread to Canada with the formation of a club in Hamilton, Ontario.  Districts soon were established, and in 1920 the Western Iowa District was formed.  In 1922 its name was changed to Nebraska-Iowa District.The name Kiwanis is said to come from an American Indian term meaning "We make ourselves known".  The club motto is "We Build".

History of Des Moines Golden K Kiwanis Club

Our clubs aim is to provide fellowship and service opportunities for retirees.  There were forty one charter members present when we received our Charter on August 10, 1984.  We were sponsored by the Des Moines Downtown Club.  Since its inception, Des Moines Golden K has enjoyed a steady growth of membership and service.  We now have a membership of 135 members; it is now the largest and one of the fastest growing clubs in the NE/IA District.  We have fun.  Please see our Project page;  This is what we are about and demonstrate our motto - "WE BUILD"