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On June 20, 1980, Classic City Kiwanis was founded as Kiwanis Club of the Classic City. Bill Peters and Jack Orchard of the Athens Area Kiwanis Club spearheaded the formation of this new club. They arranged a formal organizational meeting at Shoney's Restaurant on Atlanta Highway for 25 prospective members to help charter Classic City Kiwanis (CCK).

Classic City Kiwanis is part of the Georgia District of Kiwanis International, which is divided into 25 Divisions. CCK became part of the "Friendly Seventh" Division, made up of the following Clubs: Athens, Athens Area, Commerce, Elberton, Hartwell and Winder. Over the years several new clubs formed, totally ten at most, which required redistricting.
Classic City Kiwanis has celebrated many special events together, including weddings, promotions, a death, and the birth of nine children to members all in the same year (1983). It's a fine club to be in.

24 Founding Members June 20, 1980

Alphabetically: Marvin Beasley, Roy Blackmon, Glenn Brown, William Bushnell, Jim Call, Craig Cleveland, Bill Cosby, Bob Dillard, Bill Haley, Rick Haney, Bruce Hutto, Bill Light, Mark Mitchell, Jim McGown, Dave Muia, Tom Muia, Bob Newsome, Lanier Orr, Mike Paulk, Tom Stephens, Jack Thornton, Patrick Tritt and Andy Ullrich

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"Governor's Rally" for the 7th Division of Kiwanis in Georgia

"Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time."
Kiwanis defining statement, adopted October 2004.

The six permanent Objects of Kiwanis International were approved by Kiwanis club delegates at the 1924 Convention in Denver, Colorado. Through the succeeding decades, they have remained unchanged.

To give primacy to the human and spiritual rather than to the material values of life.

To encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships.

To promote the adoption and the application of higher social, business, and professional standards.

To develop, by precept and example, a more intelligent, aggressive, and serviceable citizenship.

To provide, through Kiwanis clubs, a practical means to form enduring friendships, to render altruistic service, and to build better communities.

To cooperate in creating and maintaining that sound public opinion and high idealism which make possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism, and goodwill.

With more than 13,000 Clubs and over 600,000 Members in 91 Nations, the KIWANIS mission is "serving the children of the world" through fund raisers and volunteered time. Visit

The first Kiwanis Club was organized in Detroit, Michigan in 1915. Kiwanis became international with the organization of the Kiwanis Club of Hamilton, Ontario, in 1916. Kiwanis limited its membership to the United States and Canada until 1962, when worldwide expansion was approved. Since then Kiwanis has spread to all of the inhabited continents of the globe.

Kiwanis was defined as an "organization for men" in the constitution adopted in 1924. Since 1987, membership has been opened to women, and today many women serve in leadership positions at all levels of Kiwanis.

The name "Kiwanis" was coined from an expression in anAmerican indiana language of the Detroit area, "Nunc Kee-wanis," which means, "we trade" or "we share our talents."

Kiwanis members are active or retired business professional men and women, with 83% male and 17% female at timeof writing. The average Kiwanian has been a member for 9.6 years, about 57 years old, married, a college graduate and homeowner.


Any community "NEED" can be the focus of a Kiwanis service project, especially the needs of children. In the past year, Kiwanis Clubs sponsored about 150,000 service projects.