Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe History

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Kiwanis International is a global organization of nearly 660,000 members dedicated to serving the children of the world. Kiwanis and its family of clubs––Circle K International for university students, Key Club for students age 14-18, Builders Club for students age 11-14, Kiwanis Kids for students age 6-12 and Aktion Club for adults living with disabilities––annually raise more than $10o million and dedicate more than 18.5 million volunteer hours through 150,000 annual service projects to strengthen communities and serve children. Members also make an impact throughout the world by participating in Kiwanis International’s Global Campaign for Children, The Eliminate Project: Kiwanis eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus.

Since 1921, The Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe has been active in serving the youth and community of Santa Fe.

Kiwanis was the first service club in Santa Fe. Some notable projects include: Purchasing benches for the plaza; building a tennis court for the old Santa Fe High School; and donating land on Galisteo Street, so that the Works Progress Administration (WPA) could construct the Villagra building. In 2016, the Club made a major grant to the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Fe to create a new playground for the southside Zona del Sur.

In the late 1970's, The Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe formed The Santa Fe Downtown Kiwanis Foundation to provide college scholarships to deserving high school seniors. In 1978, the Foundation began making annual grants to local children and youth serving non-profit organizations.

All this has been made possible by the net proceeds from our annual production of th Burning of Will Shuster's Zozobra. The Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe New Mexico is currently engaged in active planning for the 92nd annual burning of Zozobra to be held on Labor Day Friday, September 1, 2017.

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