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Membership Information

Please contact Seth Steele our Membership Chair at for more information.

We would love to have you join us at our lunch meetings held the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month.

Our Bethesda Kiwanis Club serves more than 300 young people across Montgomery County, Maryland - and we're also all about fellowship, networking, and goodwill building opportunities.  Here are some facts about Kiwanis International and about our Club:


Kiwanis International is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time.


The Bethesda Kiwanis Club, chartered on February 27, 1945, is the oldest Kiwanis Club in Montgomery County, Maryland and offers many opportunities for fellowship.  We are currently 29 members strong.


Through our charitable arm, the Bethesda Kiwanis Foundation, we support more than a dozen children-serving organizations and activities in Montgomery County with contributions totaling more than $40,000 per year.  To contact the Foundation, write to:

Bethesda Kiwanis Foundation

c/o Robert G. Brewer, Esq.

3 Bethesda Metro Center, Suite 460

Bethesda, MD 20814

Throughout the year, we participate in numerous hands-on projects that serve the needs of children in the Bethesda community, and we conduct an annual golf tournament to raise funds for the Bethesda Kiwanis Foundation.

At our twice-a-month luncheon meetings, we enjoy world class speakers offering expert insights on current events in our community and around the world.  We also enjoy a number of social events each year such as our annual dinner celebrating the club's charter.

​Non-members are invited and encouraged to visit a luncheon meeting.  Click on the Calendar link above to see a list of our upcoming meetings, speakers, and activities and please plan to attend.

When you plan to attend, please call or email at least two days in advance so we're able to give the restaurant an accurate head count.  Click the Contact Us link for contact information.

We encourage you to consider applying for membership and to participate in our service projects while enjoying the camaraderie of fellow club members.

It is suggested that members participate in at least one luncheons a month and serve on one committee or participate in one activity.

We also encourage Bethesda businesses to support our mission by sponsoring membership for their employees and by sponsoring our fundraisers.  Bethesda Kiwanis offers an excellent means to get your business involved with the community.  Here is an excellent example.

Like us, you and your business will gain immense satisfaction from participation in our organization.

  •     You can participate in our organized service projects which focus on serving the needs of children in the Bethesda community.

  •     You can participate in our organized fundraisers which enable the Bethesda Kiwanis Foundation to support more than a dozen children-serving            organizations   and activities in Montgomery County with contributions totaling more than $40,000 per year.

  •     You can participate in projects and fundraisers organized by Division 3, Capital District, and Kiwanis International.

  •     You can attend our twice-a-month luncheon meetings to hear world class speakers discuss current events.

  •     You can participate in the administration of the club, Division 3, Capital District, and even Kiwanis International.  Elections are held annually.

  •     You will receive a subscription to Kiwanis magazine which helps you stay up-to-date on community service news.

  •     Kiwanis International provides liability insurance for members to protect you as an individual during projects and fundraisers.

  •     You will have opportunities to travel to and participate in Division, Capital District and Kiwanis International conferences and conventions, which           help you

         hone your leadership skills and provide networking opportunities.

  •     You will have opportunities to visit other local Kiwanis Clubs, attend their social events and participate in their service projects and fundraisers.

  •     You will have opportunities to visit Kiwanis clubs in other cities, states, and countries (Kiwanis is an international organization with clubs in 96              countries).

  •     Most importantly, you'll be part of a group of great people who share the same interest in becoming more involved in the community and having          fun.

For more information, please plan to visit us at our twice-a-month  (second and fourth Thursdays) club meetings or you can contact:​

Seth Steele

Membership Chair

The Objects of Kiwanis

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

Through Kiwanis membership, individuals give their talent, time, and love to those in need.  More than 600,000 Kiwanians and K-family members worldwide dedicate themselves to a way of life in which they believe.

The Name


The name Kiwanis stems from a North American Indian phrase, which, like many aboriginal terms, had a variety of meanings, including; “We have a good time,” “We make a noise,” or “We trade.”

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