The Monument Hill Kiwanis Club has been serving youth and the community in the Tri-Lakes Area of El Paso County, Colorado since 1974. Originally, the Club formed as an affiliate of Sertoma International -- a small service organization dedicated to overcoming speech and hearing defects. But, in 2010 the Club membership decided to reaffiliate with Kiwanis since it's focus on helping youth and and building communities, each one at a time, was almost directly aligned with the mission our Club members have endorsed and aggressively pursued since the Club's inception.
Kiwanis is founded on a number of basic principles which are known as "The Objects of Kiwanis". These are:
To give primacy to the human and spiritual rather than to 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.
Our reaffiliation with Kiwanis changed nothing in the operation of our Club except the logo. Our mission remains the same, as does ‘what we do’ and ‘how we do it’.
Here are a few other facts that may be of interest:
The Club is organized as a Colorado nonprofit corporation and is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of ten officers and seven other directors. The organization and operation of the Club are subject to the Club's Articles of Incorporation, its Charter Agreement with Kiwanis International, and club Bylaws and Policies. These documents are accessible to members. The Club also controls an independent foundation -- the Monument Hill Foundation -- which seeks funds in various ways to support the Club's mission; and it manages a Foundation-based grants program on behalf of the Club to assist youth and the community as requested by various organizations based on funding availability.
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