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 


With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it is time to reflect on the things we are thankful for in our Carolinas Kiwanis Family.  Our SLPs have had an exceptional Fall with a variety of conferences and events.  The Aktion Club Conference at Camp Walter Johnson brought together over 300 Aktion Club members and their Advisors for a fun filled weekend of service, fellowship and awards.  One of my favorite parts was the annual talent show which featured dance, song, piano and painting.  Key Club’s Fall Rally at Carowinds brought together over 2,000 Key Clubbers from around the Carolinas for a day of inspiration, motivation and fun.  Individual clubs brought monetary donations to help provide Christmas for the residents of the Boys and Girls Home at Lake Waccamaw. 

CKI members converged on Camp Ridge Haven for a weekend of goal setting, planning and fun.  The energy of CKI’ers is infectious and I honestly wonder if they ever sleep!  The annual Kiwanis Family Conference at Ridgecrest was our most recent event bringing together Builders Club, Key Club, CKI and Kiwanis Club members.  While our Carolinas District sponsors this event, participants come from districts throughout the country.  This year we even had a participant from South America!  Activities during Family Conference focused on leadership skill development and team building with a healthy dose of fun.

On October 1st our Kiwanis International President, Jim Rochford arrived in the Carolinas to help us build a new Kiwanis Club in the community of Kannapolis, North Carolina.  To build a new Kiwanis Club takes planning and team effort.  It was truly a learning experience for all of us who participated in this club opening.  Hard work paid off and the initial recruiting effort yielded twenty paid members with another dozen pending applications.  We were able to try some of the strategies we learned during our regional club coaching days.  We are now much more confident in our ability to recruit corporate memberships.  Hats off to our own Carolinas Key Club Governor, Katie McNiffe, who joined a team as they went out on appointments. The recruitment event culminated in a Kiwanis International webinar about the opening of our new Carolinas Kannapolis Kiwanis Club.

What is it about Lake Waccamaw? Every time I drive into the grounds of the Boys and Girls Home I feel like I am coming home.  We had a huge turnout for Region 5’s Kiwanis One Day event at Lake Waccamaw. The agenda included a regional meeting, collection of baby supplies, landscaping activities, a tour of the Kiwanis Cottage, lunch with the kids and pumpkin painting.  From the Region 5 clubs in attendance generous contributions were made to the Legacy Fund bringing the current amount in that fund to $77,335.  Past Governors Gary Cooper and Les King and I believe that reaching our goal of $100,000 during the coming year is doable.  If every Carolinas Club contributed $200 to the Legacy Fund we could “put this campaign to bed!”

Moving forward I am looking to new club builds in the Carolinas.  Currently there are plans in progress for opening new clubs in Garner, McDowell County, N. Augusta, New Bern and Brevard. We invite you to join us in these club opening efforts helping us recruit new members.  Contact Alec Macaulay, our Formula Chair or me to volunteer and to give us referrals for prospective members living in the areas of these new club sites.

Participating in your club, division and regional events this past month has been pure pleasure.  I have enjoyed getting to know my fellow Carolinas Kiwanians and seeing the exciting things that are happening to improve the lives of children in your communities.  In this season of thankfulness, I am deeply grateful for all the service my fellow Carolinas Kiwanians have provided to improve the lives of children and our communities. “Carolinas Kids Need Kiwanis” and you have given of your time, talents, service and financial resources.  Thank You for all you do on behalf of kids!


Mary Jo Brubaker







Total Raised for the Carolinas:  $3,348,315.00   (95.24%)*

Goal: $3,515,315.00

$178,975 still needed

                                                                                                                                     *As of September 30, 2017

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