Founded in 1915, Kiwanis International is a global organization of volunteers with a mission of “changing the world one child and one community at a time.” The organization originated in Detroit, Michigan in 1914 with Allen S. Browne and Joseph G. Prance with the idea to create a fraternal organization with a health benefit feature. Enough members were recruited for them to apply in the state for not for profit status that was approved on January 21, 1915 and The Supreme Lodge Benevolent Order Brothers was formed. The name changed to Kiwanis a year later. Its first motto was “We build,” a translation of its name based on an Otchipew American Indian expression. The original purpose was to exchange business between members and to serve the poor. The debate as to whether to focus on networking or service was resolved in 1919, when Kiwanis adopted a service-focused mission. Today with nearly 250,000 members and clubs in over 80 nations, the organization continues to focus on its mission with its programs and projects.