Kiwanis International


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



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

The Carolinas District of Kiwanis International covers both North Carolina and South Carolina with 175 plus clubs and close to 6,000 members. 

Our Defining Statement: To assist the clubs to serve one child and one community at a time in the Carolinas District. 

Our Core Purpose and Values: To improve lives through fellowship in service. 

Our Vision: To be the leading civic organization providing service to others.

Our Mission: To offer service and leadership opportunities to those who desire to serve the needs of children, youth and adults in our communities.


    Message from the District Governor 


I’m frequently asked, “Well Les, how is your year as Governor going?” 

I often respond using novelist Charles Dickens words from The Tale of Two Cities,   “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”  That describes how our 2016 Kiwanis year began.  October saw our Carolinas District confronted with one of our most devastating floods in history as hurricane Matthew forced thousands of our people into shelters, disrupted our water and power infrastructure and ruined wide swaths of our residential communities.  Then, November brought to conclusion the most contentious national election in anyone’s memory.  Neither event was within our control, and both cast clouds over our thoughts and actions.  As Dickens might say, that was the “worst” of it. 

But, there were some of the “best of things” during these first six weeks of our new Kiwanis year as well!   Carolinians joined together en mass to come to the aid of the communities that were devastated by the hurricane.  And, our Carolina Kiwanians worked tirelessly for all of our kids in truly bipartisan fashion.  We left politics at the door and kept our focus on the welfare and well being of our kids.  The “Objects of Kiwanis” stayed our guide.  It was very nicely done by everyone across the District.

Also, during these first six weeks, while meeting the challenges above, we have conducted scads of officer installations, charter banquets, fundraisers, service projects and membership growth initiatives.  We have completed the “Woolly Worm” races out in Banner Elk, fed pancake breakfasts to hundreds upon hundreds of kids up in the Raleigh area, completed our Key Club Fall Rally at Carowinds, held our Circle-K Fall Call in Charlotte, observed Kiwanis One Day District-wide, hosted the National Kiwanis Family Conference attracting Kiwanians of all ages from across the United States and gathered our District’s leadership team together in Black Mountain, NC, to assess our own effectiveness and set in place new plans strengthen our District.  We did not allow the trials above to stop us.  Our team kept on track and on task to make every child feel safe, healthy, happy and loved.  

So, where to from here?  Much more of the same, but hopefully without some of the trials dealt us in October.  I hope you are all working with your local kids on a daily basis through the Kiwanis Service Leadership Programs (SLP’s) in place in your community during this month of November which is Kiwanis Family Month, and on throughout the year.  Those SLP’s are perhaps the greatest source of inspiration to our volunteers and potential new members.  They are often the source of our greatest positive impact to kids.  Also, plan to join us for our Mid-year Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC, February 10-12.  We will have a good time networking with other like minded Kiwanians, and will feature still more forums and ideas on the very topics you told us would be of the greatest interest and value to you!   …see y’all there! 

As always, thank you for being on the side of good, and being a member of Kiwanis! 


Les King, Governor




Total Raised for the Carolinas:  $3,318,119.74   (94.39%)*

Goal: $3,515,315.00

$197,195 still needed

                                                                                                                                     *As of Oct 23, 2016

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