The Kiwanis Club of Chattanooga


The Kiwanis Club of Chattanooga was founded in 1918. From the beginning, the Club has personified the Kiwanis motto “Serving the Children of the World.”. This club is a substantial force in building a better community in Chattanooga. Its initiatives and accomplishments include: Memorial Auditorium and its later remodeling, T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital, Hamilton County Juvenile Court, The Heart Association, Opportunity Home for Girls, Goodwill Industries, Chickamauga Lock, Chattanooga Convention & Visitors Bureau (originally Chattanoogans, Incorporated), Big Brothers/ Big Sisters, UTC Stadium, YMCA of South Chattanooga, Boys and Girls Club, Sister Cities, and most recently, the Victims Offenders Reconciliation Program (VORP).


The mission of Kiwanis International is “To serve the children of the World, one child and one community at a time.” The Kiwanis Club of Chattanooga offers many opportunities to civic-minded business and professional leaders in our community to support organizations and projects that help the children and youth of Chattanooga. The Club sponsors several Key Clubs (high school level) and a Circle K Club (college level) in order to bring the Kiwanis message to Chattanooga’s younger citizens.


Annual Events and Fundraisers:   

The Distinguished Service Award: Each year the Kiwanis Club of Chattanooga presents the Distinguished Service Award. This Award is presented to an outstanding citizen or citizens of our community whose life, character and service to others exemplifies the ideals and objectives of Kiwanis.


Tree Day: On Tree Day, in conjunction with the Tennessee Forestry Division, the Kiwanis Club of Chattanooga sponsors the distribution of thousands of various tree saplings at local malls.


The Great Kiwanis Duck Race: Each year, 5,000 rubber ducks are "adopted" for $5.00 each and race in the Tennessee River from Walnut Street Bridge to the Delta Queen's dock. Cash prizes are awarded for the first three ducks.  Area non-profits are selected each year to benefit from the proceeds. 


Vending Machines: The Kiwanis Club of Chattanooga works with local merchants who are generous enough to allow us to set up our gumball and candy machines in their businesses. Revenues from these machines are distributed annually through the Kiwanis Youth Foundation.

Local groups which have received funds or support from the Kiwanis Club of Chattanooga over the years:

Bethel Bible Village   Inner City Ministries
Bethlehem Center    Kids On The Block
Big Brothers / Big Sisters    Northside Neighborhood House
Boy Scouts of America    OnPoint
 Boys & Girls Club    Orange Grove
Candlelighters    Parents as First Teachers
Chambliss Children's Center    Partnership for Families, Children's & Adults
Chattanooga Public Library    Ready to Read
Chattanooga Red Cross    Ronald McDonald House
Children's Advocacy Center    Room In The Inn
Community Kitchen    Secret Santa
Community Reconciliation Services (VORP)    Signal Center
Cranial Facial Foundation    Siskin Children's Institute
Epilepsy Foundation    STARS
First Steps    T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital
First Things First    Teen Challenge
Girl Scouts    Tennessee HOBY
Girls Inc.    Weekend Academy
Give A Hoot For Kids    Westside Neighborhood Reading Room
Habitat For Humanity    Williams Housen Lutheran Homes
Hamilton County 4-H    YMCA