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Lock Haven group celebrates anniversary

LOCK HAVEN — The Kiwanis Club of Lock Haven is celebrating its 95th anniversary!

In 1926, the local chapter began just 11 years after Kiwanis International was founded in 1915 by a group of businessmen in Detroit, Mich. The organization was originally called the Supreme Lodge Benevolent Order of Brothers, but changed its name to Kiwanis a year later. Kiwanis International is a global community of clubs, members and partners dedicated to improving the lives of children one community at a time. The name “Kiwanis” was coined from an American Indian expression, “Nunc Kee-wanis,” which means, “We trade.”

In 1920, the motto of Kiwanis became “We Build.” It remained the motto until 2005, when members voted to change it to “Serving the children of the world.”

In the early years, members focused on business networking but in 1919, the organization changed its focus to service — specifically service to children.

Today, Kiwanis has more than 550,000 members from K-Kids to Key Club to Kiwanis and many ages in between in 80 countries and geographic areas. Each community has different needs, and Kiwanis empowers members to pursue creative ways to serve the needs of children, such as fighting hunger, improving literacy and offering guidance. Kiwanis became an international organization with the founding of the Kiwanis Club of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, in 1916. Kiwanis clubs formed in communities across the United States and Canada until the 1960s, when worldwide expansion was approved. Kiwanis clubs continue to help children thrive, prosper and grow in nearly 80 nations and geographic locations.

Moreover, Kiwanis clubs host nearly 150,000 service projects each year, including locally.

The local Lock Haven club has two spaghetti dinner fundraisers a year and a blueberry sale in the spring to raise money for local children’s charities and organizations that help children and their families. Members also volunteer with other nonprofits and fundraising events.

The Lock Haven chapter donates thousands of dollars annually to various nonprofits, including the Infant

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