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 Vision: Kiwanis will be a positive influence in communities that one day, all children will wake up in communities that believe in them, nurture them, and provide the support they need to thrive.

Our Mission: The Carolinas District of Kiwanis International is committed to improving the lives of children throughout North and South Carolina by ensuring that every community has the opportunity to be served by a strong, inclusive, impactful Kiwanis club.

Our Guiding Principals:

Our role as a District is to create and support Kiwanis clubs and programs so that clubs can thrive and be a positive force for change in their communities.  We do this by:

  • training leaders,
  • providing education and motivation for members,
  • developing resources for community involvement, and
  • establishing tools for effective management.


    Message from the District Governor 


Kiwanis Service Leadership Programs (SLPs) are simply one of the greatest things about Kiwanis.
Our Service Leadership Programs are designed to inspire elementary, middle school, high
school, and college students, as well as adults who live with disabilities, to become engaged
members of their communities who work to solve problems and help others through service.
Carolinas Kids need Kiwanis! What better way to make an impact on the lives of Carolinas
youth than sponsoring a new SLP!

With the school year winding down for students, now is the time for local Carolinas Kiwanis
clubs to begin planning for the sponsorship of a new service leadership program at a local
school for next school year. There is a wealth of information about service leadership programs
on the Kiwanis website and informational brochures may be obtained from the Kiwanis Store: Our Carolinas Kiwanis website has links
to our District’s SLP websites.

Begin with a visit to your local school principal to talk about Kiwanis and the service leadership
program available for the grade levels in that school. Be prepared to discuss service leadership
and the positive impact SLPs have on students. Ask about school and student needs. Find out
how extracurricular activities are scheduled for the students. Describe the role of a faculty SLP
club advisor as well as the Kiwanis advisor to the SLP. Talk about ways that your Kiwanis club
will support the new SLP and how the two clubs might collaborate on service projects. Invite
the principal to your Kiwanis club meeting.

When your club has commitment from the school then it is time to plan a budget for the new
SLP. Yes, sponsoring a new SLP requires charter funding from a local Kiwanis Club. Once the
new SLP is organized and chartered, then your Kiwanis Club may apply to the Carolinas Kiwanis
Foundation for reimbursement of half of the Chartering fee. Other budget items might include
things such as participation in Kiwanis Family Conference, District Convention, transportation,
Key Leader and meals for SLP members attending your Kiwanis meetings.

Recruit a member of your club to work with the SLP. Start a dialogue with the school appointed
SLP Advisor. Begin working on a promotional campaign, so when students return to school,
everything is set for member recruitment and kick-off of the new SLP club. Have a simple
service project ready to engage the new SLP members and get them started. As Kiwanians we
are dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time. I challenge you
to get started “right in your own back yard” by sponsoring a new SLP in your local school.


Mary Jo Brubaker, Governor


Total Raised for the Carolinas:  $3,382,066.97   (96%)*

Goal: $3,515,315.00

$133,248 still needed

*As of April 30, 2018

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