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About the Kiwanis Club of Los Altos

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.

Our Club
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.

Our Members
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.

Our Board of Directors is elected by our members each year.  The Board meets monthly to handle the business of our club as well as Foundation.  

Martha McClatchie  is our 2017/18 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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0gi-OW_QRk

Our  Meetings
We meet for lunch on Tuesdays (here) to enjoy an excellent lunch and catch up with our friends. Each week we have a speaker or other program of interest to our members.  Join us!

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.  

Community Service
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.


2014-15 President Howard Bischoff, right, presents a Kiwanis scholarship.

Throughout the year we host a K-Kids Club at Loyola School. K-Kids is one of our Kiwanis sponsored youth clubs which promotes community service for young children. Each year the students hold several drives (a toiletry drive for Community Services Agency, and an eyeglasses drive for an international organization). Our club also sponsors the Los Altos High School Key Club and Foothill College CKI Club.

                                                                                                                    

Loyola Kiwanis K-Kids show off their eyeglasses collection.

Kiwanis member Karen Smith helps the K-Kids sort their eyeglasses collection.

Also throughout the year we host Bunco fundraisers to help fund our annual scholarship recipients. Bunco is a dice game that takes no time to learn and is a load of fun!

Kiwanis members and guests from the community play Bunco at a recent fundraiser.

We give back to the community through various community service projects. Earlier this year we helped refurbish some tables at a local school. We also provide turkeys for those in need come Thanksgiving time.

The table refinishing group celebrates a job well done!

Kiwanis members deliver turkeys to those in need.