About Kiwanis

The Kiwanis Club of Dothan has helped many good organizations in their history:

  • Jean Dean “Reading is Fundamental” Program
  • College Scholarships to Local Students
  • Distinguished Young Women of the Wiregrass
  • Kiwanis International Foundation
  • Children’s Hospital of Alabama
  • Girls, Inc.
  • Kiwanis Park
  • Dothan Farm City Week
  • Alabama Kiwanis Foundation
  • Jim Oates Walking Trail
  • Alzheimer’s Resource Center
  • Boys and Girls Club of the Wiregrass
  • Houston County Cattlemen Steer Show
  • Exchange Center for Child Abuse Prevention
  • Dothan Dolphins Swim Team

Kiwanis International’s Current Projects:

The Eliminate Project: Kiwanis’ current global campaign for children, The Eliminate Project: Kiwanis eliminating maternal/neonatal tetanus, (www.TheEliminateProject.org) aims to raise US$110 million and save the lives of a 129 million mothers and their future babies. In partnership with UNICEF, Kiwanis is committing by 2015 to eliminating maternal/neonatal tetanus, a disease that kills one baby every nine minutes.

Kiwanis One Day: Kiwanis members serve their communities all year long. But the excitement for service really builds in October each year when Kiwanis members come together for Kiwanis One Day—a day of community service that is felt around the world.

Read Around the World: Every child should experience the joy of reading. Kiwanis’ Read Around the World program focuses on sharing the joy of books with young children—from reading with them to providing books they can have of their very own.

Young Children Priority One: YCPO is an ongoing community service program of Kiwanis International that addresses the needs of children 0-5. All clubs are encouraged to carry out at least two YCPO projects per calendar year, though many clubs are able to do more—serving children, families, and communities.

Young Children Priority One focuses on four key areas:

    • maternal and child health;
    • child care and development;
    • parent education and support; and
    • safety and pediatric trauma.

Key Leader: Key Leader is a program for today’s emerging leaders. This life-changing event focuses on service leadership as the first, most meaningful leadership development experience. A Key Leader will learn the most important lesson of leadership— leadership comes from helping others succeed.

Terrific Kids: Terrific Kids is a student recognition program that promotes character development, self-esteem and perseverance. Students work with their teacher to establish goals to improve behavior, peer relationships, attendance or schoolwork and to reach their goal during a specific time period. All students reaching their goals are recognized as Terrific Kids! Recognition includes being pinned as a Terrific Kid; a pizza, ice cream, or other food-themed party; and presentation of certificates and other giveaways.

Bring Up Grades: Bring Up Grades recognizes students who raise their grades to an acceptable range and maintain or continue to raise them from one grading period to the next. Recognition includes being placed on the school’s BUG Honor Roll; a food-themed party; and presentation of certificates, buttons and other giveaways.