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Overview of the Collection

Historical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Plainfield Papers, 1924-1995

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Kiwanis Club of Plainfield [1924-1995]

Finding aid prepared and encoded by Anna Henderson in April 2008.


Overview of the Collection
Repository: Plainfield Public Library, Local History Department, 800 Park Avenue, Plainfield, NJ 07060
Creator: Kiwanis Club of Plainfield
Title: Papers of the Kiwanis Club of Plainfield
Dates: 1924-1995
Quantity: 5 linear feet [9 manuscript boxes]
Abstract: Kiwanis International was founded in Detroit, Michigan, on January 21, 1915. The Plainfield Kiwanis Club [1924-1995] was founded in 1924 and was an active branch of Kiwanis International until it was disbanded in September 1995 after membership declined to sixteen. The organization took part in local community service in addition to organizing the Scotch Plains Key Club, the Wardlaw Key Club and a Key Club in Aukland, New Zealand. This collection includes annual reports, membership lists, newsletters (Blotters), meeting minutes, and event programs.
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Note

Kiwanis International was founded in Detroit, Michigan, on January 21, 1915. The name "Kiwanis" means "we trade" or "we share our talents." It was coined from an American Indian expression, Nunc Kee-wanis. In the early years, Kiwanis clubs focused on business networking, but even then, members were serving the needs of the poor. By 1919, the organization had changed its focus from business to service.

Kiwanians are volunteers changing the world through service to children and communities. Kiwanis members help shelter the homeless, feed the hungry, mentor the disadvantaged, and care for the sick. They develop youth as leaders, build playgrounds, raise funds for pediatric research, and much more.

Kiwanis became an international organization in 1916 with the organization of the Kiwanis Club of Hamilton, Ontario. Kiwanis limited its membership to the United States and Canada until 1962 when worldwide expansion was approved. Kiwanis was also a male-only organization until 1987, when, after years of debate and growing support, women’s membership was overwhelmingly received. Today, Kiwanis International is composed of about 8,000 clubs in 96 countries with more than 260,000 members and about 320,000 youth. Each year, these clubs sponsor nearly 150,000 service projects and raise more than $107 million.

Objects of Kiwanis International

The six permanent Objects of Kiwanis International were approved by Kiwanis club delegates at the 1924 Convention in Denver, Colorado. Through the succeeding decades, they have remained unchanged.

1. To give primacy to the human and spiritual rather than to the material values of life.
2. To encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships.
3. To promote the adoption and the application of higher social, business, and professional standards.
4. To develop, by precept and example, a more intelligent, aggressive, and serviceable citizenship.
5. To provide, through Kiwanis clubs, a practical means to form enduring friendships, to render altruistic service, and to build better communities.
6. To cooperate in creating and maintaining that sound public opinion and high idealism which make possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism, and goodwill.

Kiwanis Service Leadership Programs

Kiwanians around the globe have one common goal: To serve the children of the world. Kiwanis advocates this vision every day by providing opportunities to serve for every member of a community through Service Leadership Programs. Through these opportunities, youth and young adults around the world become competent, capable, and compassionate leaders.

Kiwanis Service Leadership Programs include the following:

1. Circle K International – for college students
2. Key Leader – for youth leaders
3. Key Club – for high school students
4. Builders Club – for middle school and junior high students
5. K-Kids – for elementary school students
6. Terrific Kids – a character recognition program
7. Bring Up Grades (BUG) – for students needing extra help with school work
8. Aktion Club – for adults with disabilities

Circle K International (CKI) is the premiere university service organization in the world sponsored by Kiwanis International. With clubs on more than 550 campuses globally, programming is based upon the tenets of service, leadership, and fellowship.

Key Leader is a leadership experience for today's youth leaders. It focuses on service leadership as the first, most meaningful leadership development experience. A Key Leader learns the most important lesson of leadership—leadership comes from helping others succeed.

Key Club - 245,000 high school leaders from 24 countries unite every day to provide service in their homes, schools, and communities, and complete more than 12 million hours of service. Key Clubbers work to help eliminate HIV/AIDS in Africa, stop premature birth, and battle for the rights of children in their communities.

Builders Club - Nearly 40, 000 middle and junior high students in 1,300 clubs in 18 nations contribute service to school and community while developing leadership and people skills. Builders Club members implement practical service-learning principals as they focus on supporting organizations that focus on the needs of children.

K-Kids is a student-led community service club for elementary students that teaches members the value of helping others through participation in community service projects and club activities.

Terrific Kids is a student recognition program that promotes character development, self-esteem, and perseverance. Students work with their classroom teacher and establish goals to improve behavior, peer relationships, attendance, or schoolwork. Thoughtful, Enthusiastic, Respectful, Responsible, Inclusive, Friendly, Inquisitive, Capable.

Bring Up Grades (BUG) is a program designed to provide recognition to students who raise their grades into an acceptable range, and maintain or continue to raise them from one grading period to the next.

Aktion Club members in more than 200 clubs in seven nations allow adults living with disabilities to develop initiative and leadership skills through hands-on service. These adults return to the community the benefits, help, and caring they have received.

Plainfield Kiwanis Club

The Plainfield Kiwanis Club [1924-1995] was founded in 1924 and was an active branch of Kiwanis International until it was disbanded in September 1995 after membership declined to sixteen. The organization took part in local community service, such as the contribution of tools to the Plainfield High School’s vocational programs, sponsorship of summer Girl Scout “camperships” as well as a nursing scholarship at Muhlenberg Hospital, distribution of toys and food baskets to needy families, donation of four aluminum canoes to the Boy Scouts Camp, planting of 50 evergreens at Police Headquarters and the development of a Youth Baseball League. They also organized the Scotch Plains Key Club, the Wardlaw Key Club and a Key Club in Aukland, New Zealand.

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Scope and Contents

Kiwanis International was founded in Detroit, Michigan, on January 21, 1915. The Plainfield Kiwanis Club [1924-1995] was founded in 1924 and was an active branch of Kiwanis International until it was disbanded in September 1995 after membership declined to sixteen. The organization took part in local community service in addition to organizing the Scotch Plains Key Club, the Wardlaw Key Club and a Key Club in Aukland, New Zealand. This collection includes annual reports, membership lists, newsletters (Blotters), meeting minutes, and event programs.

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Arrangement

The "Kiwanis Club of Plainfield" collection is arranged into one series:

Series 1: Plainfield Papers [1924-1995]
This series includes annual reports, membership lists, newsletters (Blotters), meeting minutes, and event programs. They are arranged alphabetically by title.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

The "Kiwanis Club of Plainfield" collection is available for research.

Access is restricted to materials prepared by the Local History department staff. All materials must be viewed in the Plainfield Room and may not be removed to another area of the library without permission of the Library Director or designee. Materials must be handled carefully and kept in order. Materials must not be leaned upon, altered, folded, ripped, or traced upon. Marks may not be added or erased from materials. Materials must be returned directly to Local History department staff and inspected before the researcher leaves the Plainfield Room.

Restrictions on Use

One photocopy may be made (by Plainfield Public Library staff) of each document for the purpose of research; official Local History departmental reproduction fees may apply. Permission to publish must be obtained by the Plainfield Public Library Board of Trustees as delegated to the Library Director. Permission to publish does not constitute a copyright clearance. The researcher is responsible for further copyright restrictions. The Plainfield Public Library is not responsible for the misuse of copyrighted material.

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Organizations:

Kiwanis Club
Kiwanis International. New Jersey District.

Places:

New Jersey.
Plainfield (N.J.)

Subjects:

History.
Societies and clubs.

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Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements

This collection consists of paper documents, which do not require any additional technology for access.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Identification of item; Date (if noted); "Kiwanis Club of Plainfield" collection, Box and Folder Number; Local History Department, Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield, New Jersey.

Acquisition Information

Unknown.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Anna Henderson in April 2008. The finding aid was written by Anna Henderson in April 2008. Finding aid content follows the guidelines suggested by Describing Archives: A Content Standard.

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Detailed Description of the Collection
Series 1: Plainfield Papers, 1924-1995
Box Folder
1 1 Annual Report of Club Elections, 1978-1979, 1992-1993
2 Annual Reports, 1970-1979
3 Annual Reports, 1980-1985
4 Annual Scholarship Competition Booklet, 1982
5 Perfect Attendance, undated
6 Attendance Sheets, 1983-1991
7 Attendance Tabs, 1974-1988
8 Birthdays and Anniversaries Listings, 1981-1989
9 Blotters, 1979-1980
10 Blotters, 1981-1982
11 Blotters, 1983-1984
12 Blotters, 1985
13 Blotters, 1986
Box Folder
2 1 Blotters, 1987
2 Blotters, 1988-1989
3 Blotters, 1990
4 Blotters, 1991
5 Blotters, 1992
6 Blotters, 1993
7 Board Meetings, 1975-1978
Box Folder
3 1 Board Meetings, 1979-1983
2 Board Meetings, 1984-1985
3 Board Meetings, 1986-1987
4 Board Meetings, 1988-1989
5 Board Meetings, 1990-1993
6 Budget, 1986-1992
7 NJ Kiwanis Bulletins, 1983-1990
8 Burfeind Awards, 1984-1989
9 By-Laws, 1973-1991
Box Folder
4 1 Cards (Birthday, Sympathy, Etc.), undated
2 Certificate of Incorporation, 1938
3 Club Photographs, undated
4 Committee Assignments Listing, 1975-1979, 1990-1993
5 Committee Chairman’s Report, undated
6 Committee Report Forms, undated
7 Community Service Projects, 1983
8 Conference Information, 1991-1992
9 Correspondence, 1968-1991
10 Correspondence, 1991-1992
11 Directories of Presidents and Secretaries, 1924-1994
12 Directory of Women Kiwanis, 1985-1986
13 Donation Correspondence, 1990-1991
14 Education, undated
15 Elections, 1985-1986
16 Elections, 1988-1991
17 Flag Set, 1988
18 Foundation Fund, 1968
19 Fundraising, 1984
20 Funeral Services, 1979, 1986
21 Health Check, 1982
22 Hugh O’Brien Youth (HOBY) Foundation, 1985, 1993-1994
23 Insurance, 1984, 1988, 1990-1991
Box Folder
5 1 International Directory, 1993-1994
2 Invoices, blank, undated
3 Key Clubs, 1969-1995
4 Kiwanis Baseball, 1967-1991
5 Kiwanis Club of Plainfield, 1985-1994
6 Kiwanis International History: 50th Anniversary, 1965
7 Legion of Honor Certificates and Buttons, 1965-1987
8 Life Members, undated
9 Logos, undated
10 Magazine Subscription, 1989
11 Member Directories, 1944-1993
12 Membership Blanks, undated
Box Folder
6 1 Membership Development Bulletin/ Event Programs, 1924-1969
2 Membership Dues and Related, 1990-1991
3 Membership Records Forms, Information Blanks, 1987, 1988, 1992
4 "The Men Who Wear the K: The Story of Kiwanis" (L.A. Hapgood), 1981
5 Monthly Reports, 1972-1979
6 Monthly Reports, 1982-1986
7 Monthly Reports, 1987-1988
8 Monthly Reports, 1989-1991
9 NJ Foundation, 1988-1991
Box Folder
7 1 NJ Kiwanian, 1982-1992
2 New Members Procedures, undated
3 Norm Snoden Dinner, 1987
4 Order Catalogues, 1986-1993
5 Order/Supplies Blanks, 1985-1993
6 Pancake Breakfast, 1987
7 Plainfield Kiwanis Chapter Resignation, 1994-1995
8 Plainfield Kiwanis Fund, 1968-1991
9 Plainfield Kiwanis Gift Letters, 1996
10 Plainfield Kiwanis History, 1924-1995
11 Programs, 1974-1978, 1992
12 Publicity/Newspaper Articles, 1988-1991, undated
13 Secretary’s Guidebook, 1990-1991
14 Seniority List, 1972-1989
15 65th Anniversary Luncheon, 1989
16 Song Books , 1942, 1965, 1978
17 Speakers/Programs, 1990
18 Special Celebration Days, 1986-1993
19 "Tee" International Award, 1985
20 Golden Anniversary Booklets, 1924-1974
Box Folder
8 none Scrapbook of Plainfield Kiwanis President Richard T. Bueschel, 1960
none Attendance Rosters, 1970s
   
9 1 Program, Golden Anniversary, 1974

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