History of Kiwanis
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History of Kiwanis International
The first Kiwanis club was organized in Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A. on January 21, 1915 as a men's service organization. A year later, the Kiwanis club of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada was chartered. Kiwanis International grew rapidly into a leading service club in these two founding nations. At this time, it had 5300 clubs and 270,000 members. In 1962 worldwide expansion was approved and in 1963 the first European club was established in Vienna, Austria. At the 1987 International Convention, membership was opened to women.