Kiwanis Club of Hicksville
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Hicksville Kiwanis Club
 PO Box 772
NY 11802-0772

(516) 495-9272

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Kiwanis Club History

Kiwanis was founded in Detroit, Michigan, January 21, 1915 by professional organizer Allen Browne. The first Kiwanian was a merchant tailor named Joseph Prance. The original name was "The Benevolent Order of Brothers" and its purpose was the mutual exchange of preferred treatment in professional and business dealings. Within a year, the name had been changed to "Kiwanis," taken from a Native American term "Nun Keewanis" which loosely means "Self Expression." It had become obvious that the original purpose lacked appeal for many members. The purpose of the organization thus became "community service," a humanitarian concept from which Kiwanis has never deviated.

While 1937 saw unemployment drop to 14.3%, down 6.7% from the previous year, the changing politics of Europe and the human tragedy of the Hindenburg explosion were on the minds of many. As Americans coped with this changing world, the Golden Gate Bridge opened, FDR was inaugurated for the second time, "Old Age Insurance Benefits" was created and "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" filled movie theatres and buoyed the hearts of Americans.

The 1930s expanded the role of government, but government alone would never be enough. A group of true visionaries understood that Hicksville deserved a Kiwanis Club. With the support of the Kiwanis Club of Freeport, the Hicksville Club became a reality when Kiwanis International issued the formal charter on June 20, 1937 (click for charter members list). Hicksville became the third Long Island club.

On July 7, 1987 Kiwanis International Convention delegates voted to extend membership to women, finally recognizing the valuable contributions that women make to our society and the contributions they could make to Kiwanis service to children. By the end of the 1987-88 administrative year, more than 8,500 women had joined the ranks of Kiwanis worldwide. We applaud the service of two women who joined us in 1987 – Constance Clarke and Beth Dalton-Costello.

We salute the visionaries who created Kiwanis International and those who created the Hicksville Club – we are forever in your debt.

Kiwanis International 100th Anniversary