Kiwanis International


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



Kiwanis International started in 1915 and the Southwest District was established in 1918 after the clubs in El Paso, Texas, Phoenix, Arizona, and Albuquerque, New Mexico were formed.  Ninety-seven years later, the Southwest District remains active with 15 divisions and 101 clubs in Arizona, New Mexico, and El Paso, County, Texas.  

Kiwanis is an outstanding service organization dedicated to making the world a better place for the children.  By working together we truly can make a difference in the lives of children within the Southwest District and worldwide.

If you would like to take a closer look at Kiwanis or visit a club to help on a service project, simply go to the "About Us" section in the menu on the left side of the page.  Click on "Contact Us" and we will contact you with information on clubs in your area.

Message from the District Governor 













My Fellow Kiwanians,

I'd like to share a bit about my vision and focus for our upcoming year.

As Kiwanis members, we have a mission - we have a purpose - and with clear goals, we will make a difference.

We MUST revitalize existing clubs by providing the very best Kiwanis experience for our membership.  This includes improving our leadership potential by participating in high quality education programs.

We NEED to provide new opportunities for service, within our existing clubs and through the implementation of our new membership and new club design initiatives.

We NEED to develop partnerships with other volunteer organizations and businesses throughout the Kiwanis world that share our vision and mission.

We MUST mentor our youth and adult leaders through our Service Leadership programs.  They are our greatest success story.  They are our future members.

And we MUST expand our support for those in need by increasing our Kiwanis International Foundation and the Southwest District Kiwanis Foundation endowment.

We can only accomplish this when every member takes responsibility for the success of Kiwanis.  We must make each member a key member of our Kiwanis team.  Clubs are depending on each of us to share what we have learned, to cast Kiwanis' vision, to spread our excitement and put into motion a momentum of contagious enthusiasm that will result in a lasting legacy of service.

As Mother Teresa said, "Nothing is impossible if you have a willing heart."

Kiwanians, we have a willing heart and, together, we can accomplish these goals, one community, one club, and one member at a time.

You have to "Make Time to Make a Difference", "Relevant Service will cause Growth", and you have to "Imagine, Believe and then you will Achieve."

What if you could save a baby's life?

With The Eliminate Project, you can. Maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) kills one baby every nine minutes. But three doses of a 60-cent vaccine can protect mothers and babies. Kiwanis and UNICEF have joined forces to bring this vaccine to 38 countries, eliminating MNT from the face of the Earth. What can you do right now? Learn about MNT and advocate for the cause. Participate in our fundraisers. Over the next few years, the work we do will change the world. Find out more at