Builders Club has been around for more than 40 years! Ever wonder about the meaning behind the name? Well, here are a few facts of the program’s history.
- In 1975, Kiwanis International President Ted Osborn pushed for a program modeled after Key Club, but specifically for junior and middle school students. The first chartered Builders Club was sponsored in Ashland, Kentucky, at Coles Junior High School (now known as George M. Verity Middle School)—the school that Ted Osborn once attended.
- The original concept was to provide vocational exploration opportunity for junior high school students. But an idea evolved from there: a service organization to develop leadership skills in junior high and middle school students who were interested in contributing to their homes, schools and communities.
- The name Builders Club was taken from the Kiwanis motto at the time: “We Build.” The motto and the name were meant to be interpreted in diverse ways—building confidence, success, leaders, communities, etc.
Builders Club now has over 1,500 clubs, with over 45,000 members, around the world. Today, members continue to make a difference in their schools, homes and communities while learning the kinds of leadership skills that originally inspired the program’s formation.