About Kiwanis

Chelsea Kiwanis

Located in Chelsea Alabama in Shelby County, we have the best of worlds. We are in a more rural setting overall, in one of the most prosperous counties in the state while still being very close to the amenities of the larger metropolitan area of Birmingham. Travel within our area is easy with both State and Federal highways and Interstates.

Chelsea Kiwanis invites you to visit with us during any of our meetings.  We have a light lunch each meeting, sometimes even a pot-luck lunch!

  • Meets 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each Month
  • 11:45am to 1:00pm
  • Chelsea Community Center
  • Highway 47, across from Liberty Baptist Church

Should our normal 1st or 3rd Tuesday meeting date fall on a holiday, we will often postpone or cancel that meeting.  Please email us for an up to date schedule.

We are excited to be meeting in the new Chelsea Community Center on Highway 27, one mile South of Chelsea Town Hall.  We meet in the Senior Room.  Sign in at the front desk and the staff will direct you.

About Kiwanis

Kiwanis clubs, located in 80 nations, help their communities in countless ways. Each community’s needs are different—so each Kiwanis club is different. By working together, members achieve what one person cannot accomplish alone. When you give a child the chance to learn, experience, dream, grow, succeed and thrive, great things happen.

Chelsea Kiwanis has long been a supporter of Children's Charities in the Chelsea & Shelby County area.  Fund raisers are held yearly to support The King's Home, Scholarships for Key Club Members at Chelsea High School and more.  Through the years we have supported the Neo-Natal Unit at Shelby Baptist Hospital as well as a reading program at the Chelsea Library. A new reading Gazebo is being built in 2015 at the Chelsea Library to allow an outdoor reading space and classroom option for learning in an outdoor space.

Cuddly and soft Kiwani-Bears have been donated to the Shelby County Sheriff's Deputies as well as local Fire Departments and Hosptials to be distributed to children at accident, fire scenes and other events where a soft bear can bring some comfort to a scared child.

Local elementary schools have been the recipients of socks and undies for the kids who have need of such items while at school.  Discretionary dollars have also been donated so the principals in each school might meet specific needs that were not covered in the budget.

History of Kiwanis

Kiwanis International was founded in 1915 in Detroit, Michigan, and became an international organization with the creation of the Kiwanis Club of Hamilton, Ontario, the following year. In 2015, Kiwanis celebrates its 100th anniversary, share in the excitement, get ready to participate.

Visit http://www.kiwanis.org/kiwanis100  to learn more about the 100 Years of Kiwanis!

In the early years, members focused on business networking but in 1919, the organization changed its focus to service. In the 1960s, worldwide expansion was approved and within the decade, Kiwanis International-Europe was formed, representing Kiwanians in 11 European nations. In 1987, women officially were allowed into the membership.  In 2012, Kiwanis Clubs across the world celebrated the 25th Year of Women in Kiwanis.