Greetings From The Keene Kiwanians
Kiwanis is an international service organization focused primarily on helping children. We in the Keene Kiwanis Club focus most of our efforts on our local youth. We fund our efforts by raising money through community events including the Pumpkin Fest, our annual Car Show, and our yearly fund raising campaign with local businesses. We then reinvest these funds into local youth groups at Keene State College, MRHS, KHS St. Joseph School and the Keene Recreation Center. We sponsor the Christmas Tree Lighting at Central Square, and Kool Wheels bike safety event where we supply free helmets to hundreds of children.
Another Successful Annual Pumpkin Fest
On Saturday, October 18th, the club sponsored its annual fried dough booth at the Keene Pumpkin Fest. Over 1,000 pieces of fried dough were prepared and served to happy festival attendees. The folks kept coming and we prepared, rolled, fried, and served the dough wih a variety of tasty toppings.
Key Club students from Keene HS joined us throughout the day.
Additionally, the club managed vehicle parking for area and out-of-town festival visitors all day long.
With the volunteer assistance from the high school Key Clubbers, spouses, and friends, our part of the festival was a great success.
For more photos of our participation, check the photo section in the left-hand menu.
November and December are very active months as we will be participating in different aspects of life in Keene as we serve our commuity. Stay Tuned! For more information about what we do, join us any Wednesday at the Pub for an early breakfast.
A Successful September Annual Car Show
Many, many thanks to everyone who participated in making our Third Car Show at the Gordon Bissell American Legion on Court Street in Keene a success on September 6th. It took more than just members - husbands, wives, significant others and Key Clubbers! As a club, we did ourselves proud, and the show's income will help bring our 2014 Fund Raising efforts above what we had anticipated!
Despite predicted bad weather, we had 52 Show Cars, plus one motorcycle and an antique house trailer, and a good public turnout! The fries, burgers and pulled pork were especially good this year! People (including show car drivers) were hanging on every doorprize announcement.
Special thanks are due to Kiwanians Jan, Gary, Mike and Pam who put in extra special efforts (before, during and after) to make sure this was a successful event. Thanks also to all who invoked divine intervention to ward off the predicted thundershowers! Check out some photos from this year's show. Now stay tuned for information on next year's show...
Youth Service - St. Joseph's Builders Club
As part of its youth leadership committment, the club sponsors five local Builders clubs. The St. Joseph's club has approximately 25 students from grades 5-8. They had decided to donate and plant a tree for the city of Keene near the war memorial at the Rec Center. The students voted and a cherry tree was the winner. On a sunny warm June 19th, the club met at the Keene Rec Center. With the club advisors, Victoria Moore and Sue Foder, and with a dozen shovels in hand, the cherry tree was carefully planted and a plaque with the school and club name was added.
Our Builders Club is a middle school organization that is overseen by the Keene Kiwanians. It is a local youth service club that meets weekly and discusses and implements various projects throughout the year. Some of their past projects are Pennies for Pasta, Capri Sun recycling project, Thanksgiving baskets for the Keene Community Kitchen, Heifer Fund, and many more.
Check it out!
Keene Kiwanis Meetings
If you are interested in joining or are a visiting Kiwanian, please join us at our weekly meetings. They are held on Wednesdays at 7:30 AM at The Pub in Keene. If you would like information about speaking at our meetings, please contact our speaker coordinator, Joan Hoose.
Morning Meeting at The Pub, corner of Ralston & Winchester Street, Keene, NH
Keene Kiwanis Sponsored Youth Service Clubs
The Keene Kiwanians focuses on teaching young children about the responsibilities of good citizenship, community service and building future leaders. Accordingly, we sponsor five local youth groups.
Club Committee Meeting Information
Our Kiwanis club maintains a number of active club committees. A summary of the committees, their chairs, and meeting times etc. is available for you.
Further Club Information
For further information on the Keene Kiwanis Club, you may contact any of our club members via email:
Meeting Times: Every Wednesday at 7:30 AM at The Pub
131 Winchester St., Keene
Mailing Address: 63 Emerald Street, PMB 451, Keene, NH 03431