WHAT IS KIWANIS: Kiwanis is a service organization whose overall objectives are:
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 good will.
Cortana Kiwanis was founded in 1977 by Dr. Mort Levy with sponsorship of the Downtown Kiwanis Club of Baton Rouge, Originally chartered by the merchants of Cortana Mall, Cortana membership has grown over the past 40 years to encompass many business professionals located throughout East Baton Rouge Parish. Cortana Kiwanis promotes community service through meaningful service projects while having fun and fellowship together. For over 40 years, Cortana Kiwanis Club has touched the lives of many families in Baton Rouge through hands-on projects.
Since 1948, the Kiwanis Christmas Parade has drawn tens of thousands to downtown Baton Rouge every December. The parade is a family friendly event, and provides merriment and joy in each element of the evening. Cortana Kiwanis supports many worthy causes with the proceeds from the parade, including Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital; the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; defibrillators for local organizations serving children; and the Bringing Up Grades program in elementary schools, just to name a few.
The Cortana Parade is the largest televised Christmas parade in the Greater Baton Rouge area, and it draws attendees from all over South Louisiana, Alabama, Texas and Mississippi. Our broadcast airs throughout the state, on television and online, thanks to Cox Communications Louisiana and WAFB-TV, and receives significant coverage on local iHeartMedia, Guaranty Media and Cumulus Media radio stations.
The Cortana Kiwanis Annual Christmas Parade has been named the Top Signature Project for the Kiwanis International Signature Project Contest for the Louisiana, Mississippi and West Tennessee District.
Club Service Projects: Throughout the year, we participate in a wide variety of projects to benefit our local community and the global community. Each member is expected to participate in as many of these projects as possible, but at least one during the course of the Kiwanis year. Listed below are some projects the club funds and/or services to the community:
Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital / The Children's Miracle Network Radiothon
Cortana Kiwanis Christmas Parade in Downtown Baton Rouge
Thanksgiving and Christmas Food Basket Deliveries
Trauma Dolls to OLOL Hosp. and BR Fire Dept.
Defibrillators for Local Schools
B.U.G. (Bringing Up Grades) in Elementary Schools
Baton Rouge Food Bank
Highland Tennis Tournament for Cystic Fibrosis
The Eliminate Project (Global Elimination of Maternal/Neonatal Tetnus)
Cortana Kiwanis frequently donates their "World Famous Jambalaya" which members cook and serve for various organizations during the year to assist those organizations with their fundraising or service proj