The Kiwanis Club of La Jolla Welcomes You!

The Kiwanis Club of La Jolla, California welcomes you to our website!  

We hope that it will serve as a means to help you become as enthusiastic about Kiwanis as we are!   Every day, Kiwanians throughout the world are revitalizing neighborhoods, organizing youth sports programs, tutoring, building playgrounds, and raising countless dollars to donate to organizations which support the needs of children and their communities.  Kiwanis members help feed the hungry, care for the sick, shelter the homeless, and educate the disenfranchised. We are dedicated to “changing the world, one child and one community at a time.”

Chartered in 1925, the La Jolla Kiwanis Club has grown to be a viable and valuable resource in the community.  Kiwanis Club of La Jolla raises over one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) a year through its annual La Jolla Half Marathon as well as other fund raisers.  These funds are used specifically to address the needs of children in our wider community. And we have a great time doing it!  We have a delicious lunch together every week and we have become a tight-knit group of friends sharing diverse backgrounds and careers.  Our events make us an integral part of this beautiful city as we serve pancakes in July, support the Rough Water swimmers in September, facilitate the Junior Olympics for all of our elementary school children, and organize and run the La Jolla Half Marathon!  We bridge the age divide by supporting Circle K students at the University of California San Diego, Key Clubs at La Jolla High and University City High Schools.

The name “Kiwanis” means “we trade” or “we share our talents”.  It was coined from a Native American expression, Nunc Kee-Wanis.   We are ordinary people in La Jolla performing extraordinary work by sharing our time and talents.  In turn we develop our own leadership skills and broaden our scope of awareness.

Kiwanis meets every Friday at La Jolla Presbyterian Church, 7155 Draper Avenue in La Jolla, beginning at 12:00 noon.  Guests are always welcome!  Typical Friday meetings include discussion of a variety of Kiwanis related activities and a speaker to speak on a variety of topics ranging from pertinent social issues to human interest stories related to our very own community.

This website provides a great deal of information about Kiwanis and if you are interested in joining, you are invited to visit us anytime, or if you would like to join, please contact Megan McAlister at

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 81
La Jolla, CA 92038

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