Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.
Our club was organized in 1947, about five years before the City of Los Altos was incorporated, making us the first service club in Los Altos. We believe we were also the first Kiwanis Club in Kiwanis International to formally include women as members. We are governed by our Club Bylaws.
We are a group of about 50 men and women who live and/or work in Los Altos and neighboring communities. Our club is a service organization, similar to Rotary and Lions. Our desire to serve the community is the common interest that brings us together. Membership is open to all adults interested in community service.
Martha McClatchie is our 2016/17 Club President.
Our Youth Groups
We support our fabulous local Los Altos High School Key Club and Foothill CKI Club youth groups. Check out our cool 2013-14 Club President Charmaine Turbow congratulate our Foothill CKI Club in this Video helping out at the Ecumenical Hunger service project:
Kiwanis is not a mystical organization — no funny hats and no secret rites. We are a very social group. We are good friends and value the fun we have together.
The community we serve extends from the greater Los Altos area to international projects. We provide both volunteer and financial help. Our members contribute many hours of community service each year. Please see the Activities page on the left for several examples of our community service projects, including the Kiwanis Special Games and the Los Altos Kiwanis Pet Parade, and our fundraisers that support them.
Structure of Kiwanis
Each Kiwanis Club is a member of a group of neighboring clubs, which we call a “Division”. Our Division 34 includes all of the Kiwanis Clubs from Sunnyvale to San Francisco.
Divisions are grouped into larger ”Districts”. Our Cal-Nev-Ha District includes, in its 45 Divisions, all of the Kiwanis Clubs in California, Nevada and Hawaii.
Kiwanis International consists of 46 Districts covering all corners of the globe.