Kiwanis International was founded in 1915 by a group of businessmen in Detroit, Michigan, United States. The name "Kiwanis" was coined from an American Indian expression, "Nunc Kee-wanis," which means, "We trade." In 1920 the motto became "We Build" until it was changed again in 2005 to "Serving the children of the world." The initial focus of the organization was business networking but was changed in 1915 to focus on service - specifically service of children.
Kiwanis became an international organization with the founding of the Kiwanis Club of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 1916, followed with worldwide expansion in the 1960's with the formation of the first club of The Bahamas - "The Kiwanis Club of Nassau."
On February 14th, 1968 co-sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Nassau and The Kiwanis club of Fort Montague; the Kiwanis club of Cable Beach was formed, under the leadership of Charter President Allen Stewart. The then District Governor was Laurent Girouard and the Lieutenant Governor for Division 22 was I.E. Bimble. The club took it's name from the area that held the first undersea international telegraph cable, laid between Jupiter, Florida and the shore of New providence. The beautiful, picture-quest beachline where the cable came ashore was soon know as Cable Beach.
Since it's inception, the Kiwanis Club of Cable Beach has been strategic in the sponsorship of (4) Key Clubs, (2) Builders Clubs, (6) Kiwanis Kids (K-Kids), (1) Circle K,
The Kiwanis organization was initially an all-males club until 1987 when women were invited to join the fun. However, it was not until the 1996-97 Administrative year, under much protest, that women were allowed to join the Kiwanis Club of Cable Beach. It would be another six(6) years before the Club got its first female President in the person of Rowena Knowles. Since then women have been encouraged more and more to take on leadership roles.
Over the past 53 years the Kiwanis Club of Cable has grow into a vibrant and passionate group of servant leaders who are impacting the communities of the Bahamas. Through our yearly projects and fundraising ventures we are able to provide food and clothing to families in need. Assist with disaster relief. Provide scholarships to students of The University of The Bahamas, and so much more. This has only been possible with the help of those who have partnered with us financially and physically over the years.
Special Yearly Projects
Everyone is welcome to participate in the Kiwanis movement of improving communities for children. We invite you to join the fun....and share a smile with those around you.