Greetings From The Keene Kiwanians

Kiwanis is an international service organization focused primarily on helping children.  We in the Kiwanis Club of Keene focus most of our efforts on our local youth. We fund our efforts by raising money through community events, our annual Car Show, a yearly yard sale and our 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 Surry Village Charter School.  We award scholarships to one member of the Circle K Club at KSC and to one graduating senior from each high school who is a member of the their school's Key Club.  We also award grants to many youth organizations in the Monadnock Region.  We sponsor the Christmas Tree Lighting at Central Square in November and the Kool Wheels bike safety event in May when we give free helmets to hundreds of children.
We work hard for the youth of Cheshire County and have a lot of fun doing so.  We would love to have you join us.  Come see what we are all about.  We meet every Wednesday at 7:30 am at the Pub Restaurant on Winchester Street.
Sincerely,
Peg Bruce, President

 Kiwanis Kool Wheels Coming  May 7th !!!

Warmer weather is coming soon and that means kids will be spending more time outside doing their favorite things like bike riding. The Kiwanis Club of Keene is a community service club that does everything it can to make life fun for kids in our community and we are especially focused on keeping kids safe and healthy. On Saturday, May 7th, we will be hosting our annual Kool Wheels Family Fun and Safety Day at the Keene Parks and Recreation Center on Washington Street from 10 am to 12 pm. There is no charge for this community event.

Kool Wheels is our Kiwanis club’s annual effort to make biking safe for kids. Kids 4-12 years old will be able to choose a free bicycle helmet from a colorful selection of bike helmets while supplies last. Helmets will be properly fitted to each child. To help us make sure that bikes are safe, experienced bicycle technicians will be there once again to provide a quick tune up for every kids bike brought to the event. The Keene High School Key Club members will set up a bike safety riding range where good bike safety skills will be emphasized. Each child will receive a Certificate of Achievement when they complete the course. And best of all, at noon, a drawing will be held and two brand new bicycles donated by Wal-Mart will be given to a boy and girl who has the winning door prize ticket.

Many other organizations have volunteered their time to speak with the children and pass out safety tips and literature including the Keene Police Department and the Keene Fire Department. Fingerprint and DNA kits will be provided by the Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. Attendees are invited to bring a teddy bear or doll that might have a “broken arm or paw”, and the orthopedic staff of CMC/DHK will apply a colorful cast to the damaged limb.  Parents of younger children may choose to have a staff member of the CMC/DHK Children’s Learning Center do a safety check of the child’s car seat. Keene State College Dietetic Interns will be hosting the preparation and serving of healthy snacks and will provide dietary information about healthy eating.

 

To round out the enjoyable day, Monadnock HS Key club members will do the face painting and St. Joseph's Builders Club will provide the arts and crafts tables. Also, Ribby from the Swamp Bats along with Fergus from the Children's Museum will be on hand to talk with the children. Download a flyer for the day or for more information, contact Committee Chair Art Walker.

D'Angelo Grilled Sandwiches - Fundraiser May 8-14

D’Angelo Grilled Sandwiches, located at 189 West Street in Keene, will hold a community fundraiser to benefit  the Kiwanis Club of Keene the week of May 8-14.   D’Angelo will donate 20% of the total pre-tax sales placed by anyone who presents one of our coupons or mentions Kiwanis when they place their order, either for dine-in or carry out.  Additionally, there will be a selection of gently used books which are free for the taking, although donations would be welcome.
The money raised at the D’Angelo fundraiser will, among other things, help sponsor our five Kiwanis youth clubs; provide scholarships for deserving students; and allow for the distribution of 300 free bike helmets at our Kiwanis Kool Wheels event held each spring.
There are D'Angelo coupons and flyers for posting to download. And remember, any calories you take in at D'Angelo while helping Kiwanis raise funds for the children don't count.
See you there! Questions? Contact Kiwanian Janet Genatt.

2016 Kiwanian of the Year - Jim Faux

The Kiwanis Club of Keene recognizes Jim Faux as our Kiwanian of the Year for 2016. Jim has distinguished himself through quiet exemplary service since he joined our club in 2005. He has demonstrated exceptional dedication to the goals of this club. He attends virtually every morning meeting and invariably signs up for every fund raiser or community service activity of our club. He not only participates in those events, but he also documents them as our exceptional club photographer, an unofficial position that Jim has eagerly embraced.  Jim has been our club webmaster from day 1. He has created an attractive, current, accurate, informative and all-inclusive website that is a goldmine of information for club officers, members and casual public visitors to our website.   It is truly the envy of any club in Kiwanis.

There is more that was said but you can tell from this portion that Jim is a very active member of our club and well deserving of this recognition!  Congratulations Jim!

So What is a Service Club You Ask?

According to Wikipedia, a service club or service organization is a voluntary non-profit organization where members meet regularly to perform charitable works either by direct hands-on efforts or by raising money for other organizations. A service club is defined firstly by its service mission and secondly its membership benefits, such as social occasions, networking, and personal growth opportunities that encourage involvement.
For a glance at how our Keene Kiwanis Club fits that criteria, check out our events over the years here and here.

Our Kiwanis Sponsors

We are very grateful to the many local businesses and residents for their wonderful support over the years - supporting our mission of serving the children of the world. We provide scholarships, grants for after school programs, and support for youth groups at Keene High School, Monadnock Regional High School, St. Joseph's, Surry Village Charter School, and Keene State College.

Click on our Sponsor Page (see menu above) to view our sponsors and especially the sponsors of our current Make The Ask campaign.

Why Join Kiwanis?

There are three reasons really:

    Service - Club activities provide opportunity for you to give back to the community, help the children of our community, and make Keene  a better place to live.


    Information - Club speakers cover a wide variety of subjects relevant to current events and our community (Speakers and topics from recent club meetings are listed in our News page.)

     Social - Club membership provides an environment where individuals from varied backgrounds become acquainted. One of the meanings of "Kiwanis" is "We make noise and have a good time"


Interested? We'd love you to contact one of the club officers listed at the bottom of this page.

Ever Wonder What a Kiwanis Key Club is?

A High School Key Club? Well, Brianna Poirier, a student at Keene High School, produced this really neat video "Welcome to Key Club" as her final project for her HS film course. Hearing and seeing club members describe their community-involvement activities sure does give us faith in the future of America. Still interested? Check out the Keene HS Key Club's Facebook page.

The Keene Kiwanis sponsors five youth groups in area schools which
focus on teaching young people about the responsibilities of good citizenship, community service and building future leaders. For more information on our student involvement, click here.

Brianna, Thank you!

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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, Paul Bothwell.
 

Kiwanians at the recent Kool Wheels Bike Safety Day


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 listed below via email:
Peg Bruce, President
Sue Farrell, Treasurer
Pam Little, Secretary
Jim Faux, Webmaster

 
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