The Name "Kiwanis" was adapted from the expression "Nunc Kee-wanis" in the Otchipew (Native American) language, meaning "We have a good time," "We make a noise," or, under another construction, "We trade or advertise." Some persons prefer to pronounce the word "ki"; others, "kee."
"Serving the Children of the world."
Number of clubs and members
There are more than 6,000 Kiwanis clubs with nearly 250,000 members in more than 80 nations and geographic areas.
Type of membership
Active or retired business and professional men and women.
The "average" Kiwanian
The average Kiwanis member is 55.1 years old, a college graduate, married, and a homeowner. He or she is an owner or manager of a firm in the $25 million or less range.
Kiwanis youth organizations (350,000 youth members)
Kiwanis International sponsors several service clubs for young people: Circle K International members on 570 university and college campuses; Key Club International members in 4,400 high schools; and Builders Clubs have been organized in 2,000 junior high and middle schools. Other members of the Kiwanis family include K-Kids in elementary schools, young European adults in Kiwanis Junior, and Aktion Club, which involves persons with disabilities in community-service activities.
Each year, Kiwanis clubs sponsor nearly 150,000 service projects. To do so, Kiwanians raised and spent almost $107 million and devote more than 6 million hours of service annually.
Kiwanis' continuing service emphasis is called "Young Children: Priority One," which focuses on the special needs of children from prenatal development to 5 years of age. Projects conducted as part of the "Young Children:Priority One" service emphasis involved $14.3 million and 1.3 million volunteer hours.
In 2011, Kiwanis launched its second Worldwide Service Project, a $75 million campaign in partnership with UNICEF to help eliminate maternal and neonatal tetnus (MNT). Since 1999, UNICEF and its partners have immunized nearly 100 million women in 50 countries with two or more doses of the vaccine and have eliminated the disease in 29 countries. Countries that have recently validated the elimination of MNT include Turkey, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. MNT still remains a deadly threat in 30 countries. To learn more about UNICEF's efforts to combat MNT, please visit: http://www.unicer.org/health/index_43509.html
DIRECTIONS TO THE HARBERT CENTER
2019 4th AVENUE N.
BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA 35206
(Kiwanis is on the first floor of the Harbert Center). map
Coming from the North on Interstate 65: map
Turn North on Interstate 59 (Interstate 20-East) to the second exit which is 22nd Street North exit. Turn right on 22nd St.
Coming from the West on Interstate 59/20: map
Cross over Interstate 65 and take the second exit past it on 22nd Street North. Turn right on 22nd St..
Coming from the South on Interstate 65: map
Take the interstate 59 North/Interstate 20 East exit. Go to the second exit which will be 22nd Street North. Turn right on 22nd Street.
Coming from the East on Interstate 59 and/or Interstate 20: map
Get in your far left hand lane and take the 22nd Street N. exit ramp. Turn left on to 22nd Street.
22nd Street North is a one-way street. Go about 5 blocks (right hand lane) and turn right on 4th Avenue North. (The Birmingham News will be to your left and a parking garage to your right.) Go one and one0half blocks to The Harbert Center. The Harbert Center is in the middle of the block, on the left-hand side. It is a medium gray, granite building with a burgundy awning over the entrance. "Hood-McPherson Furniture" is next door and has a rather large sign that is easy to see.
Coming from Highway 280: map
Take the 1st Avenue North exit. Turn left onto First Avenue North, going towards downtown. (You’ll see the tall buildings.) Gradually get into the far right-hand lane. Turn right on 21st Street. (This is a one-way street.) Get in the far left-hand lane. Turn left on 4th Avenue N. (3 blocks down). The Harbert Center is in this block. If you choose to park in Parking Deck #3, immediately get in the far right-hand lane so that you can turn into the deck, which is on your right, directly across the street from The Harbert Center.
Coming from the Birmingham Airport: map
Take airport highway and follow directions to get on I-20, I-59 West heading towards downtown Birmingham.
Get in the far left hand lane and take the 22nd Street North exit ramp. Turn left on to 22nd Street which is a one-way street heading back into town. Go about 5 blocks (right-hand lane) and turn right on 4th Avenue North. (The Birmingham News will be to your left and a parking garage to your right).
Go one and one-half blocks to the Harbert Center. The Harbert Center is in the middle of the block on the left-hand side. It is a medium gray, granite building with a burgundy awning over the entrance.
There are 3 convenient Parking Deck Facilities nearby plus on-street meter- parking. The closest deck is the Alabama Bank Parking Deck #3 directly across the street on your right. The cost is $4.00 for all-day parking. Parking Deck #4 is located on the corner of 22nd Street N. & 4th Ave. N. (back at the corner where you turned.) The cost is $3.00 for all-day parking. Parking deck #5 is located on 5th Ave. N. If you pass The Harbert Center, turn right at the next intersection, 20th Street N., and go one block, turn right at the intersection, 20th Street N., and go one block, turn right again and the parking deck is on the left-hand side of the road in the middle of the block.) The cost is $3.00 for all-day parking.
On-street parking is available, however, the meters are for two hours only at $.25 per hour. If you plan an extended visit to The Harbert Center, it may be convenient to replenish the meters.
***Note*** Please do not confuse the "AmSouth-Harbert Plaza," located on 20th St., with The Harbert Center. (The Harbert Plaza is the newly constructed high-rise with the spheres on top.)