About our Kiwanis club

Kiwanis Club Members collecting bikes for our Free Bikes 4 Kids program.

The club was originally known as the Yakima Commercial Club. They were approximately 150 members strong and were Yakima businessmen who met for lunch to discuss business events in Yakima and other world news.

Kiwanis began in 1915 and the Yakima Commercial Club became chartered to Kiwanis in February, 1921. They were the 396th club to join the Kiwanis organization.

In 1924, our club built its first building, known as K-Lodge, at what became Camp Roganunda, for the local Camp Fire Council. This camp was closed and the buildings were sold to a church group in early 2012. This camp was known to be the longest running project within Kiwanis.

We have since taken on many new projects that have directly benefited the children and the local community:

  • Blue Jeans Basketball, which started in 1986
  • Rock the Gap at Sarg Hubbard Park, started in 2004 which goes towards helping the Yakima Greenway
  • Fundraising events that built Kiwanis Park in Yakima and the Gateway Sports Complex
  • Scholarship opportunities through Yakima Valley College and Perry Technical
  • Free Bikes 4 Kids (FB4K)
  • And many more, check out our projects page to see them all.

The Kiwanis Mission & Vision

Kiwanis empowers communities to improve the world by making lasting differences in the lives of children. Kiwanis strives to be a positive influence in communities worldwide — so that one day, all children will wake up in communities that believe in them, nurture them and provide the support they need to thrive. Our Kiwanis club fulfills the Kiwanis mission by serving our community through Kiwanis Community Service Projects

Kiwanis Service

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

Our Kiwanis club focuses on changing the world by serving children, one child in our community at a time. To reach more people and have a greater service impact on their communities, many clubs sponsor a Kiwanis family club — 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.

Join Us

Our Kiwanis club fulfills the Kiwanis mission by serving our community through Kiwanis Community Service Projects.

Are you ready to help create communities that let all children thrive, prosper and grow? It’s pretty easy to do! Simply contact us with your questions and apply for Kiwanis club membership here.

The kids in your community and the world are counting on you!