History and Purpose
The Kiwanis Club of San Clemente was chartered in December 1953, under the principles of Kiwanis International. Our members work to improve the quality of life for the people of San Clemente, our state, our country and the world. The Club’s most precious gift to San Clemente is the volunteer time given by its members – over 1000 hours per year.
For over 50 years our club has followed the first object of Kiwanis “To give primacy to the human and spiritual, rather than the material, values of life.”
Kiwanis recognizes children as the future and has named Young Children: Priority One as its continuing major emphasis.In support of this emphasis, the Kiwanis Club of San Clemente has consistently nurtured the local Boys & Girls Club, our High School Key Clubs, our college Circle K clubs, Special Olympics, Shots for Tots and other projects including:
- "Peaceful Warrior" Martial Arts Academy San Clemente – gives children a way to learn non-violence through the martial arts.
- Scholarships for Graduating High School Seniors.
- Key Club (Local High Schools) - The oldest and largest service organization for teens, teaches leadership through service to others.
- Circle K Club (College).
- Laura’s House, a battered women and children’s shelter and services.
- Courtney’s Sand Castle, a universally accessible playground.
- American Cancer Society Relay for Life.
- Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens.
- Family Assistance Ministries.
- Henderson House Community Garden.
- Dancing for a Cause.
- Friends of the Library.
- Dorthy Visser Senior Center.
- And many more!
The six permanent Objects of Kiwanis International were approved by Kiwanis club delegates at the 1924 International Convention in Denver, Colorado. Through the 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.
To learn more about Kiwanis Club of San Clemente, attend one of our meetings as our guest.
Find out how rewarding it is to give to the children of our community by becoming a Kiwanis member.
Our Program Chair schedules interesting and informative guest speakers for each meeting. Come learn and expand your horizons.