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[ki-wah-nis] /kɪˈwɑ nɪs/
an organization founded in 1915 for the promulgation of higher ideals in business, industrial, and professional life.
Origin of Kiwanis
allegedly < American Indian: to make oneself known
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Kiwanian, noun Unabridged
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a North American organization of men's clubs founded in 1915 to promote community service
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Kiwanian, noun
Word Origin
C20: alleged to be from an American Indian language: to make oneself known
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businessmen's and professionals' society, formed in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., in 1915, the name is of obscure meaning.

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