Kiwanis International


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




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Welcome to the Minnesota-Dakotas Kiwanis Website

The Minnesota- Dakotas District of Kiwanis International has over 4,000  members with the International organization ranging from 300,000 members in more than 70 nations.  Kiwanians are  men and women volunteers dedicated to improving the world “One Child and one Community at a time”  Although this is our motto, we help many children and many communities through our 150 Clubs across Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota as well as Superior Wisconsin.   

Our Club Slogan is “Serving the children of the World” with our main emphasis serving children from 0-18 years of age.  We support Kiwanis Kids (clubs (elementary students), Builder's Club (middle school students), Key Club (high school students) and Circle K (college students).  We also support Aktion clubs for adults with disabilities.  All these programs allow children and young people to grow in their leadership skills, character, and learning more about themselves and their community which leads them to providing a valuable service to their communities.   

Service is our most important goal.  Our service is determined by the needs of our community.  Just to name a few service projects, they consist of building and maintaining parks, playgrounds and swimming pools; working to aide in hospitals and long term care facilities; serving and managing food pantries, supplying food for the back pack program; and  providing clothing and shoes for the less fortunate.   Many communities would struggle without Kiwanis as we add VALUE in every community.                 

Membership in Kiwanis allows for opportunities to serve the communities, learn more about hands-on service, become a role model for young people, learn skills to interact with members of your community and contribute to the improvement of your community and of course - HAVE FUN.     

Kiwanis International in conjunction with our Website provides many programs and resources to assist in your growth of leadership, education and tips for service.  Please explore our Website regularly for up-to-date information and OUR MONTHLY NEWS in our MINNEKOTAN.  Be informed about what is happening in Kiwanis.    Thank you and  enjoy your tour.   

Dan Leikvold, 2017-2018 District Governor