Kiwanis Club of Houston


About the Kiwanis Club of Houston

The Kiwanis Club of Houston is the oldest Kiwanis Club Chapter in the Houston area: we were founded in 1919 and have been meeting regularly ever since.  Until 2013, we have always met in a downtown location: first meeting at the Rice Hotel, then at the Whitehall Hotel and finally at the Houston Club.  In 2012 we learned that the Houston Club was going to be demolished for a new high-rise office building.  We started looking for our fourth meeting venue and were fortunate to find a wonderful private club located in the Galleria area just off Memorial Drive and Loop 610 adjacent to the Polo Fields and Memorial Park.  After two years at this private club, their club membership decided not to continue to allow non-member meetings at their facility.  So, in 2014, we found our fifth location, The Forest Club. The Forest Club is now home and we love it.  

Originally The Kiwanis Club of Houston was a men's club, but as times changed, Kiwanis did too: today we are comprised of both men and women of all ages and people of all race and faith backgrounds.  Our club currently has about 100 members, and we all have one thing in common: to join together in service to our community.

In fulfilling the Kiwanis mission "To serve the children of the world," the Kiwanis Club of Houston offers you the chance to be a part of a global organization with more than 15,000 clubs worldwide and over 600,000 members. Kiwanis provides opportunities for you to participate in many fulfilling ways:

  1. Leadership Development and Education
  2. Fellowship Activities (meetings, networking events, social outings)
  3. Local Service Programs and Charity Events (hands-on work out in the community)
  4. Fund-Raisers (events organized primarily to raise funds for charity or club projects)

The name 'Kiwanis' was coined from a Native American expression 'Nunc Kee-wanis' meaning 'we trade' or 'we share our talents.' The Kiwanis Club of Houston has always been a service organization devoted to the Houston community, especially the needs of children for education, sustenance, medical attention, rehabilitation and encouragement.

We invite you to request more information about how you can belong to the Kiwanis Club of Houston and enjoy all of the many benefits of membership!

The 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.
  • 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.


New Member Application Process

In order to make it as easy as possible for new member cadidates to understand, we have decided to lay out the application process and associated costs for you to review. 

1. Membership is by invitation only and a prospective new member must have the sponsorship of at least one current member of our club along with one or two other current member endorsements. In the event that you do not currently know one of our members, the club will help introduce you to the membership so that a sponsor may be obtained. Our club welcomes new member candidates without regard to sex, race, creed, or national origin.  Candidates must be at least 21 years of age.  Since we work regularly with children, Kiwanis International requires all members to pass a background check which can be performed after provisional member acceptance is offered.

2. We like to get to know prospective members before we invite them to join so we ask that prospective members attend at least two or more luncheons before submitting their application.  There is no cost to you to attend these initial meetings as the cost will be borne by your sponsor or by the club.  Arrangements to attend must be made with your sponsor or the club office in advance of attending.  

3. We have a $50 application fee that accompanies the prospective new member's formal application.

4. Your sponsor will present your completed application to the membership committee to be voted upon.  Upon passing the vote of the membership committee, your application is submitted to the Club Board for a formal vote of approval or denial. The Club Board meets once per month and discusses open applications at that time. 

Dues Structure for our Membership Categories

Junior Membership
Applies to all members under 35 years old. Automatically converts to Active membership at age 35.  Junior Members have reduced dues. 
Dues: $140 / quarter.
Meals: $120 / quarter ($20 x 6 meals = $120).
Total per quarter: $260.
Extra Meals: $20 each for any meals attended over six / quarter.

Active Membership
This is the default membership category for all members 35 years or older. Active members are billed regular dues and for six meals per quarter.
Dues: $270 / quarter.
Meals: $120 / quarter ($20 x 6 meals = $120).
Total per quarter: $390.
Extra Meals: $20 each for any meals attended over six / quarter.

Senior Membership
Available only to persons at least 65 years old, with a minimum of ten years prior Kiwanis membership in either our club or another Kiwanis Club. Senior membership must be requested by the member to the club's board of directors.  Conversion to Senior Membership is not automatic. Senior Members have reduced dues and a reduced meal minimum billing of three meals per quarter.
Dues: $165 / quarter.
Meals: $60 / quarter ($20 x 3 meals = $60).
Total per quarter: $225
Extra Meals: $20 each for any meals attended over three / quarter.

Guest Meals: 
If you would like to invite a guest to a luncheon meeting, the fee will be charged to your account at the current rate of $20 each.

Special Events
It varies, but some special events, like the holiday party are optional and can incur additional fees.
Club Presidents (1919 to present)
  • 2016 - Keith Solomon
  • 2015 - Andrew Barnes
  • 2014 - Gwynne E. Old
  • 2013 - Henry Hermis
  • 2012 - Arlen Ferguson
  • 2011 - Neal Cannon
  • 2010 - Gabrielle Merrill
  • 2009 - Walter D. Murphy, Jr.
  • 2008 - Randy Robertson
  • 2007 - Richard Figueroa
  • 2006 - Richard J. Tholstrup
  • 2005 - Mark W. Brooker
  • 2004 - Carlos P. Bujosa
  • 2003 - William A. Sherwood
  • 2002 - Robert L. Mahan
  • 2001 - Robert A. Shults
  • 2000 - Elizabeth Griffin
  • 1999 - John M. McGinty
  • 1998 - Alan C. Kaniss
  • 1997 - Glenn H. Johnson
  • 1996 - Jerry L. Metcalf
  • 1995 - Milton B. McGinty, Jr.
  • 1994 - Carlos R. Hamilton, Jr.
  • 1993 - Fielding L. Cocke
  • 1992 - Dennis C. Fowler
  • 1991 - Rock N. Houstoun
  • 1990 - Dwight E. Beach, Jr.
  • 1989 - William G. Dwyer
  • 1988 - John Kirby Ewing
  • 1987 - Kelly Frels
  • 1986 - George J. Donnelly
  • 1985 - Carlos M. Leach, Jr.
  • 1984 - Wm. James Miller

Club Presidents (continued)
  • 1983 - Marvin V. Cluett
  • 1981 - Eric Lundien
  • 1980 - Keys A. Curry, Jr.
  • 1979 - Eugene B. Shepherd
  • 1978 - Curtis O. Johnson
  • 1977 - Judge F. Lee Duggan
  • 1976 - William E. Mattison
  • 1975 - Richard P. Ganchan
  • 1974 - Loren B. Odell
  • 1973 - W. Howell Cocke, Jr.
  • 1972 - George L. Nichols
  • 1971 - Spurgeon K. Britt
  • 1970 - Winston A. McKenzie
  • 1969 - David H. Rude
  • 1969 - James P. Houstoun, Jr.
  • 1968 - David E. Farnsworth
  • 1967 - Joseph F. Meyer, III
  • 1966 - Charles F. Hanson
  • 1965 - Latimer Murfee
  • 1964 - Elliott A. Johnson
  • 1963 - George B. Adams
  • 1962 - John C. Archer
  • 1961 - Parker H. Scott
  • 1960 - Milton B. McGinty
  • 1959 - Joyce Lehman
  • 1958 - Frank A. Watts
  • 1957 - Edward J. Mosher
  • 1956 - Wm. G. Farrington
  • 1955 - Durell Carothers
  • 1954 - Knox W. Wright
  • 1954 - Walter P. Moore, Sr.
  • 1953 - Wm. Marvin Hurley
  • 1952 - C. N. (Joe) Brooks

Club Presidents (continued)
  • 1951 - J. Stewart Plowden
  • 1950 - Carl M. Knapp
  • 1949 - Harry E. Jones
  • 1948 - Ed Kilman
  • 1947 - A.C. Krachy
  • 1946 - Claud B. Hamill
  • 1945 - G. Maxfield Taylor
  • 1944 - L.H. Allen
  • 1943 - Carl G. Sterns
  • 1943 - Douglas W. MacGregor
  • 1942 - Wm. Howell Cocke, Sr.
  • 1941 - C.B. Barrett
  • 1940 - M.E. Brock
  • 1939 - Raymond P. Elledge
  • 1938 - J.W. Mason, Jr.
  • 1937 - George B. Corless
  • 1936 - Fred N. Ankenman
  • 1935 - Judge J. W. Mills
  • 1934 - Otis Massey
  • 1933 - Judge Ewing Werlein
  • 1932 - H.L. Mills
  • 1931 - W.L. Cook
  • 1930 - L.L. Nelms
  • 1929 - Paul E. Wise
  • 1928 - Will C. Miller
  • 1927 - H.O. Clarke, Jr.
  • 1926 - J.A. Phillips
  • 1925 - T.P. Wier
  • 1924 - Frank C. Smith
  • 1923 - Judge A.E. Amerman
  • 1922 - Judge Ewing Boyd
  • 1921 - Oscar C. Lang
  • 1920 - William States Jacobs
  • 1919 - Sterling Myer


Luncheon meetings are held at the Forest Club (a private club)

9950 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77024

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Kiwanis Office Phone

832-649-4674

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