Every Kiwanis club is an independent corporation governed by its own Board of Directors (as specified in the club By-Laws). Clubs assess their members for annual dues set by the Board of Directors. MO-ARK Kiwanis club’s fiscal year runs from October 1 to September 30. Kiwanis International assesses clubs annual dues based on their official membership roster on October 1. Hence, most clubs issue dues invoices to their members in mid-August, in hopes of receiving payment by mid-September to update their member roster by October 1.
Dues is typically set to cover the KI dues sometimes plus an allowance for the club’s Administrative account (Club By-Laws require that funds from public fund raising be maintained in a separate Charity or Service account so they are not used for dues or other non-charity expenditures.) The KI dues consist of basic dues of $52 plus $8 for Kiwanis magazine plus $17 for liability insurance plus MO-ARK district dues of $20 for a total of $97. Only the insurance portion can be paid from the Charity account.
Some clubs are able to keep dues low by subsidizing payments to KI. Administrative funds typically are derived from activities such as 50/50 Raffles, Happy Dollars, surcharges on meals, etc. Some clubs also have endowments, advertisers, sponsors or investment income that can further reduce dues charged to members. Often the Board uses the club’s annual budget to arrive at an appropriate dues figure.
Under KI rules, new members added to the roster in midyear result in the club being billed for a full year’s membership (except the insurance portion), i.e., $80. Some clubs subsidize charges to new members–often by half or more–to keep charges lower while the new member gets acquainted.
Because KI bills the club based on its official roster on October 1, members who wish to resign are asked to advise the club Secretary.
Classes of Membership
Kiwanis International allows the following membership categories–
*Regular. Dues $97 (billed to the Kiwanis club) as described above.
*Corporate Same dues but the person representing the company may be changed within the same membership number.
*Honorary. Dues $8 for Kiwanis magazine. Honorary members are not counted in the club official membership statistics.
*Life 15 x $52 and 3 yr. minimum tenure. $52 credit/yr
*Dual (spouse or multiple) memberships. Dues $89 ($8 credit for Kiwanis magazine for second membership)
*Family memberships. Kiwanis is experimenting with a new category which allows three memberships from a family for the price of two. This category is not available in the MO-ARK District at this time.
*Former SLP Members. Members of Key Club, Circle K, or other Kiwanis SLP programs receive a credit of $52/yr for two years.
New members are entered in the official KI Roster for the club by the Secretary via the Secretary’s Dashboard online at KiwanisOne.org. Entries made there specify the membership classification.
Kiwanis clubs are governed by their By-Laws which specify details such as the number of Board Members, officers, term of office, etc. Kiwanis International has a formal procedure for the adoption and revision of By-Laws. Revisions must be within KI guidelines and approved by KI. Your club Secretary keeps a copy of your club’s By-Laws, or you may obtain a copy from Kiwanis International.