Kiwanis International is a global organization of members of every age who are dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.

The Wisconsin - Upper Michigan District was established in 1918.  Now over 90 years later, the Wisconsin - Upper Michigan remains active with 11 divisions and 165 clubs.

Members in every corner of the district are committed to developing future generations of leaders through guidance and example.  They are ordinary people performing extraordinary work in your community every day.  From revitalizing neighborhoods to organizing youth sports programs, from tutoring to building playgrounds, Kiwanis willingly perform countless projects to help children.

Message from the District Governor


Thank you for the honor and opportunity to serve you as your Governor for the 2013-14 Kiwanis Year. I appreciate your friendship and hospitality whenever and wherever I visited in the WI-UM District.  All of you are making a difference in your community and in the lives of children around the globe.  

From the shores of Lake Superior and Lake Michigan to our borders with Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota, ours is a great district. 108 of our clubs have been serving their communities for over 50 years or longer. These clubs have stood the test of time. Congratulations. Two of our longest serving clubs, Milwaukee and Racine, were formed in 1916; soon to be followed by Kenosha, Downtown Madison, Green Bay, Fond du Lac and Oshkosh in 1917. 

287 of our members have been serving their clubs, communities and children for 40 years or longer. Now that is dedication! Congratulations to you all.  

This year, so far, we have raised over $106,000 for Kiwanis World-wide service project, Eliminate, to eradicate Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus (MNT) from places where it still exists.  

The Governor’s project, to help build the state-of-the-art accessible pool at the Easter Seal Society Camp Wawbeek, near Wisconsin Dells, was completed and opened to the campers in early June. The dedication was on July 16, 2014. This is a major accomplishment for our district, knowing that thousands of campers with disabilities will use it for the next 60 or more years. Thank you to all the Kiwanis clubs for their generous contributions, and to Ken Saville for his hard work. It is not too late to contribute. We still need to raise ~ $15K.

WI-UM membership increase
, as of now, is 70 members. We have four more weeks to make sure that all our clubs have a net increase of at least one member. There are large numbers of communities in our district which are unserved by Kiwanis. What a great opportunity for us! To meet this challenge, Kiwanis International has started a multi-year, Global Campaign for Growth: The Formula Team.  Contact me if you would you like to serve on the Formula Team—a team of Club Openers and Club Counselors. Let us all work together to open Kiwanis Clubs in these communities. Success is a team effort. 

Our Service Leadership Programs are doing well. WI-UM Circle K chartered two new clubs, leading to a total of 18 clubs, and a record membership of 613 (vs. 516 earlier). WI-UM Key Club program charted 5 new clubs, leading to a total of 135 clubs and a membership of 7411. Builders Club added one new club leading to a total of 31 clubs. WI-UM Aktion Club program added one new club leading to total of 15 clubs and a membership of 361.  

Together we will create a new vision for Kiwanis.  Let us all go to Kiwanis 2015 International Convention in Indianapolis to celebrate Kiwanis 100th anniversary and the start of our next century. See you there!


Gurdip Brar, Ph.D.


Governor 2013-14, WI-UM District 
Kiwanis International

Contact information: gurdipbrar@hotmail.com ;   Telephone; (608) 831 4075

What if you could save a baby's life?

With The Eliminate Project, you can. Maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) kills one baby every nine minutes. But three doses of a 60-cent vaccine can protect mothers and babies. Kiwanis and UNICEF have joined forces to bring this vaccine to 38 countries, eliminating MNT from the face of the Earth. What can you do right now? Learn about MNT and advocate for the cause. Participate in our fundraisers. Over the next few years, the work we do will change the world. Find out more at www.TheEliminateProject.org.

District News
Northshore Kiwanis Chinook Fundraiser

The Kiwanis Club of North Shore Milwaukee is holding a fun filled fund

Columbus Kiwanis Club Makes Substantial Donation to Easter Seals – Camp Wawbeek

The Columbus Kiwanis Club on Monday, May 19, 2014 presented Ken Saville of

Kiwanis Club Has Big Success In Promoting Community Early Literacy

Iron Mountain-­‐Kingsford KIWANIS CLUB and Michigan’s Great Start


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