- 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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Examples from the Web for kiwanis
He told me how he'd been signing up thousands of members all over the South at Kiwanis, Rotary, and Farm Bureau lunches.Don't Buy Haley Barbour's Myth
December 20, 2010
- a North American organization of men's clubs founded in 1915 to promote community service
C20: alleged to be from an American Indian language: to make oneself known
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Word Origin and History for kiwanis
businessmen's and professionals' society, formed in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., in 1915, the name is of obscure meaning.
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