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About the Nagoya Kiwanis Club

kiwanisKiwanis is a thriving private service organization, which similar to the Rotary Club and Lions Club, conducts and promotes diverse service initiatives on a global scale.

The Nagoya Kiwanis Club was chartered on January 24, 1966 as a member club of Kiwanis International. Since that time the Club has continued to advance a wide range of donation and award programs as a community service organization.

The Nagoya Kiwanis Club recently set up its home page on the Web, joining many others that have already done so. Kiwanis was originally founded back in 1915 in Detroit, Michigan in the US, and its International Headquarters are currently located in the city of Indianapolis, Indiana. The Kiwanis organization is comprised of some 8,400 clubs and 280,000 members in 96 countries/regions throughout the world, which proactively conduct community service projects.

The name Kiwanis is an abbreviation of "Nun-Kee-Wan-is," an American Indian expression that is approximately translated as "We get together." Subsequently, "We build" has become the motto under which Kiwanis has advanced and become widely known throughout the years. Initially, Kiwanis clubs were primarily focused in the United States and Canada. In the 1960's, a push was made to expand the circle of the organization's initiatives to include other countries, with the Kiwanis Club of Tokyo ultimately being chartered in 1964 as Japan's first Kiwanis club. One of the special features of Kiwanis is that its members come from both the private and public sectors. Presently, the Japan District of Kiwanis International comprises 1,500 members from 25 clubs nationwide. The Nagoya Club was the second Kiwanis club to be chartered in Japan with its founding in 1966. During its 41 years in existence, the Nagoya Kiwanis Club has continued to conduct and promote service activities in the community, and our membership now stands at 145.

Nagoya Kiwanis Club Secretariat


January 24, 1966
145 male members
9 female members
Total of 154 members
(as of September 1, 2007)
Place of
Nagoya International Hotel
3-23-3 Nishiki, Naka-Ku, Nagoya, Aichi
of Regular
Every Friday, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  1. Major projects/events conducted by the Nagoya Kiwanis Club

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