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

"One Can Make A Difference"


A typical Kiwanis Club is a snapshot of its community, with members from all walks of life and at every step of the career ladder. They are also unified in their belief that children and their communities benefit from the efforts of a proficient group of caring and involved volunteers.

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The organization of the Hastings Kiwanis Club was completed on December 14, 1920, just 5 years after the first Kiwanis Club was started in Detroit. The club started with 53 charter members. The official charter was presented at a dinner meeting at the Clarke Hotel on January 12, 1921 by A. R. Edmiston, the District Governor from Lincoln Nebraska.

The following is from the Hastings Daily Tribune:

The Hastings Kiwanis charter was presented at a dinner meeting at the Clarke Hotel at noon on January 12, 1921. Kiwanians from Omaha, Lincoln, and Fremont arrived in large delegations on trains from the east to be present at the ceremony. The visitors formed a parade and marched to the Clarke Hotel, headed by the Hastings High School band. After the hotel was reached, and while the long double line was filing into the hotel lobby, the band dispersed music from the intersection of Hastings Avenue and Third Street. The banquet and charter ceremonies were in the banquet room of the hotel, where covers were laid for more than two hundred.

Today, the Hastings Kiwanis Club is 101 members strong and growing every day. The club meets every Thursday at noon at the OK Cafe 806 W 16th. The Hastings Kiwanis Club is a part of the Nebraska-Iowa Kiwanis District.

The Hastings Kiwanis Club also has a thriving Aktion Club and a growing Key Club at Hastings Senior High School.



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