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 over 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 

Please allow me to introduce myself. I am Les King, your Governor, and I hail from the small coastal town of Surf City, NC. Like you, I am a Kiwanian because I want every youngster to learn and know his or her own true potential and receive some degree of support toward reaching it. Like you, I want to see every child in the Carolinas feel safe, healthy, happy and loved. I know I am not alone here. Our goal is shared and worked toward by over six thousand like-minded friends and neighbors, all kindred spirits, across North and South Carolina.

Next, paraphrasing Mahatma Gandhi, “Unless you have engaged in some form of altruistic service toward others, you have denied yourself one of life’s truest and most fulfilling pleasures.” Kiwanis provides its members with a perfect organized venue for performing altruism. Indeed, it is one of the six primary objects behind joining Kiwanis. As a Kiwanian reading this, you likely have already experienced it through your own series of “Kiwanis moments.” Even more relevant, Kiwanis exposes our youth to unselfish altruistic service and its wholesome benefits.

We are a growing nation of volunteers united by this common cause. I urge you to share what you love about Kiwanis quite simply by inviting your family, friends, neighbors and coworkers to come along, walk side-by-side with you and experience their own “Kiwanis moments” as you go about working with our youth. Thus, we can easily develop an ever- expanding network of Kiwanians delivering services to kids spawning new friendships that include others of all ages. Our activities are worthwhile, fun and fulfilling for virtually every Kiwanian. Who doesn’t like that?

As your Governor, I am pleased to bring District services to you. I am in position to assist, support and share with you, and our entire team of Carolina Kiwanians, the methods and best practices we can use toward mentoring our youth to their own excellence. I want to meet you and learn of your own Kiwanis experiences. I want to invite you to attend any of several regional meetings being scheduled across our two states at a location near you during the upcoming year. We will place District resources and training at your disposal. You will learn how to “Inspire” others, increase your “Impact”, enhance your “Image”, and “$mprove” your financial base. We will simplify for you how to retrace where your club has been, measure where your club is now and plan where you might want to go in the future. Club counselors are available, and on stand-by, for your use!

So, here we are, you and I, in the Carolinas District of Kiwanis International, committed and READY to improve our communities one child at a time. Please join me, if you will, as we “Journey On” side-by-side for the benefit of our children!

Take care, God bless and be well, my friend!
Les King



Total Raised for the Carolinas:  $3,310,685.03   (94.18%)*

Goal: $3,515,315.00

$204,630 still needed

                                                                                                                                     *As of Aug 23, 2016

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