Kiwanis International (kih-wah-niss) is a co-educational service club founded in 1915. Kiwanis Club of Pahrump Valley foundation’s primary purpose is philanthropy, voluntarism or community service foundations with a specific focus on children’s programs.


Kiwanis clubs, located in 80 nations, help their communities in countless ways. Each community’s needs are different—so each Kiwanis club is different. By working together, members achieve what one person cannot accomplish alone. When you give a child the chance to learn, experience, dream, grow, succeed and thrive, great things happen.

Service footprint: service is at the heart of every Kiwanis club, no matter where in the world it’s located. Members stage nearly 150,000 service projects and raise nearly us$100 million every year for communities, families, and projects.

A family of servant leaders: Kiwanis clubs focus on changing the world by serving children, one child and one community at a time. To do this, many clubs also sponsor a Kiwanis family club—k-kids for primary school children; builders clubs for adolescents; key clubs for teens; ski clubs for university students and Aktion clubs for adults living with disabilities—to reach more people and have a greater service impact on their communities.

Traditional and not: no two Kiwanis clubs look exactly the same. Each member’s and community’s needs are different. Kiwanis Clubs reflect their communities and members and work to meet their needs.

Fellowship and fun: Kiwanis members don’t just do service—they have fun. Members make new friends by being part of a club where they attend meetings and participate in social events. Kiwanis clubs also provide excellent networking opportunities for professionals. Members meet new people from all over their region and the world through service projects, fundraising and by attending district and international conventions.

Origin & Growth of Kiwanis International

Kiwanis International was founded in 1915 in Detroit, Michigan, and became an international organization with the creation of the Kiwanis Club of Hamilton, Ontario, the following year. In the early years, members focused on business networking but in 1919, the organization changed its focus to service. In the 1960s, worldwide expansion was approved and within the decade, Kiwanis international-Europe was formed, representing Kiwanians in 11 European nations. In 1987, women officially were allowed into the membership.

General information

Founded by Allen S. Browne, a professional organizer, and Joseph C. Prance, a tailor in Detroit Michigan in 1915.


Pahrump Valley Kiwanis Club Mission Statement

To financially assist Kiwanis International in serving the children of the world.


The Kiwanis Club of Pahrump Valley meets in a 3-2-1 format. This means:

  • 3 hours of service per member per month.
  • 2 hours of member social time per month.
  • 1 business meeting per month

If this seems like a good fit for you, and you would like to know more about us, join us on the first Thursday of each month, 6:30 p.m., at the Best Western RV Clubhouse. We’d love to meet you! You may also express your interest by filling in the web form below.