About Our Club

The Kiwanis Club of Winchester, Virginia meets at noon on Wednesdays at the Winchester Moose Club located at 215 E. Cork St. 

Our meetings usually last an hour or less and include lunch provided by the Ladies of the Moose for a minimal fee, introductory comments from the club president, and on all but the first meeting of each month, a program presented by local organizations with a heart of service to our community.

Chartered in 1922 our club has a long history of raising and distributing funds for the benefit of our community with a special emphasis on children. You may be familiar with our twice yearly Pancake Day, or you may have seen us ringing the bell for the Salvation Army as Christmas approaches.

The Kiwanis Mission & Vision

Below is the official Kiwanis International Mission Statement. Before giving you that to look at, you should know that there is so much more that goes into being a Kiwanian. There is a personal connection among members and the groups we work with. There is a strong emotional uplifting that comes from selfless service. There are very real and life-changing results that come from the work we do and the support we give. So please realize as you read the Mission Statement words, that the layers beneath are what really make the difference. 

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time.

A story that one of our long-time members tells will give you a glimpse of the motivation we thrive on. 

While just serving as an adult guardian (prior to becoming a Winchester Kiwanis member) for the Kids Christmas Party, this member knew that a young boy attending had a Barbie Doll on his wish list and in fact it was in his gift bag wrapped and ready to go. When asked if he was going to open it, as it was the last gift in his bag, the child explained that he asked for the doll because he knew his sister was not going to be attending the party and he wanted to make sure she got what she wanted for Christmas. This guardian realized then the powerful and sometimes unseen impact our efforts can bring. 

Kiwanis Service

Service is at the heart of every Kiwanis club no matter where in the world it’s located. Members conduct approximately 150,000 service projects and raise nearly $100 million every year for communities, families and projects. By working together, members achieve what one person alone cannot accomplish. 

Our Kiwanis club supports the Kiwanis International Mission Statement and does work to change the world by serving children, one child in our community at a time. To reach more people and have a greater service impact on the community, our club coordinates Kiwanis school clubs that allow youngsters to begin serving others early on in hopes of developing a love of service in them. — K-Kids for primary school children; Builders Clubs for adolescents; Key Clubs for teens; Circle K clubs for university students and Aktion Clubs for adults living with disabilities.

The view from the head table at a typical meeting

Visit Us

If you’re ready to take a closer look and talk to some active members about the whole Kiwanis adventure, please contact us at pres@winvakiw.org The club will have the right person respond to you expecting no obligation and arrange for you to come and sit in on a meeting. 

With that said, the best way to get a feel for what we are all about is really to join in on a service project, which you can do as a guest.