Capital District Kiwanis History

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In the beginning, Kiwanis was challenged to organize clubs. Those clubs formed Districts. The Capital District was organized August 29, 1918. At that time Washington and Baltimore made up the District that covered the same area we have today.

As Districts began to grow, Kiwanis International decided to form Zones to organize clubs in the same way, they organized Districts. By the end of 1922, there were 25 clubs distributed throughout Delaware, Maryland, District of Columbia, and Virginia. The Capital District was then divided into four Zones in January 1923 (the start of the Kiwanis year).

Zone 1 (1923) included 7 clubs (Alexandria, Baltimore, Frederick, Hagerstown, Washington, Wilmington, Winchester). It covered the area Washington DC, north to Wilmington, DE; west to Hagerstown, MD and Winchester, VA.

Zone 2 (1923) included 5 clubs (Charlottesville, Danville, Harrisonburg, Lynchburg, Staunton) in north central Virginia.

Zone 3 (1923) included 7 clubs (Clifton Forge, Marion, Martinsville, Norton, Pulaski, Roanoke, Salem) in western Virginia. The area covered north to Clifton Forge, east to Roanoke, south to Martinsville, southwest to Norton.

Zone 4 (1923) included 6 clubs (Newport News, Norfolk, Petersburg, Portsmouth, Richmond, West Point) in eastern Virginia. The area covered north to Richmond, south to Norfolk.