by Warren P. Joblin

The genesis of the Kiwanis Club of Weston, Connecticut was in 1974. The club's founder, Warren P. Joblin was a member of the Kiwanis club of Westport-Weston. He was elected Lieutenant Governor of Division 1 of the New England District. At the time, there was no men's civic club in Weston and he felt that Weston needed men's organization for civic and social action. Weston was primarily a bedroom town with no substantial commercial or professional activity which was traditionally the membership base for a Kiwanis Club. With few potential members actually present in the Town during lunch or dinner, the normal meeting times for Kiwanis Clubs, he decided to build the Club as a Saturday morning breakfast club. It is believed that Weston Kiwanis was the first club in Kiwanis International to have its regular meetings on Saturday morning for breakfast.

The idea of a Kiwanis Club in Weston was initially opposed by the Westport-Weston Kiwanis Club. However, on November 5, 1974 at the urging of the Lieutenant Governor, the Club's President; John Radshaw, appointed a New Club Building Committee, of members, Harry Freedman, Fran Pastorelli, and Edward Heirtzler to work with the Lieutenant Governor to build a new club in Weston. The Lieutenant Governor published a notice in the Weston Forum announcing a meeting for the formation of a new club to be held in the Parish Hall of St. Francis Church. On Saturday, November 23. Meanwhile, he asked many of his neighbors and friends to join the new club. The Organizational Meeting was held on November 30, 1974, with 27 members joining Kiwanis. Officers were elected in the next week with John Perkins as the Club's first President and the Club moved its meeting place to Norfield Parish hall.

The Club membership grew quickly. When the Club held its Charter Night in March 1975 at Cobbs Mill Inn, the membership had reached 60. One of the first official acts of the Club was to assume sponsorship of the Weston High School Key Club which had been founded several years earlier by Mr. Joblin. The Club's initial fund raising events were the sale of discount merchant booklets to support the construction of the Leavitt Pavilion and the Pancake Breakfast, originally held on Palm Sunday. For many years the Club managed the Little League Snack Shack as its principal fund raising activity.

The great success of the Club can be attributed to the quality of its membership. New members continually add vitality to the Club. In the first decade of the 21st Century the Club averaged ten new members per year. In 2009, the Club was recognized by the Kiwanis Magazine as one of the premier Kiwanis clubs in the world.