The Kiwanis Club of Penns Valley serves the entire Penns Valley region, including Centre Hall, Millheim, Spring Mills, Coburn, Madisonburg and Rebersburg.
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Kiwanis was created by a professional organizer named Allen Simpson Browne. His original concept was an organization whose members did business with each other. However, the Detroit club had been organized only a few weeks when the members began their first service project. During the next five years, Kiwanians would debate the basic purpose of the organization: mutual business exchange or community service.
The first name suggested for the organization was “Benevolent Order Brothers.” But Ottie Robertson, a charter member of the Detroit No. 1 club, didn’t like it. “It seems to me,” he said, “that Benevolent Order Brothers is a mighty peculiar name for an organization of businessmen. Who wants to be a BOB?”
The name “Kiwanis” was coined from an expression of the American Indians in the Detroit area. The expression “Nunc Kee-wan-nis” (found in Bishop Baraga's dictionary of the Otchipew language) broadly meant “we trade” or “we share our talents.” As a coined word, however, “Kiwanis” has no meaning except as the name of a leading international service club.
The first Object of Kiwanis International is: “To give primacy to the human and spiritual rather than to the material values of life.”
The second Object of Kiwanis International is: “To encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships.”
The third Object of Kiwanis International is: “To promote the adoption and the application of higher social, business, and professional standards.”
The fourth Object of Kiwanis International is: “To develop, by precept and example, a more intelligent, aggressive, and serviceable citizenship.”
The fifth Object of Kiwanis International is: “To provide, through Kiwanis clubs, a practical means to form enduring friendships, to render altruistic service, and to build better communities.”
The sixth Object of Kiwanis International is: “To cooperate in creating and maintaining that sound public opinion and high idealism which make possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism, and goodwill.”
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