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Greetings From The Keene Kiwanians

Kiwanis is an international service organization focused primarily on children. We accomplish our mission by raising money at a variety of community events including the Pumpkin Fest, and our Antique Auto Show and reinvesting this money back into the community in the form of scholarships and grants. We also provide financial and leadership guidance to local youth groups at Keene State College, MRHS, KHS, St Joseph School and the Keene Recreation Center. Recently we donated $3,500 to the Recreation Center to set up a game room for teens. Our keynote community service projects are our “Kool Wheels” bike safety program where we hand out nearly 300 free helmets, and the annual city Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the city’s Central Square.  

Of course we do much more than the few items described above, but to learn more about what we do and how we operate, you’ll need to come to one of our meetings to learn firsthand.  We meet every Wednesday at 7:30 am at the Pub Restaurant on Winchester Street. Please come as our guest and learn more about the great work our Kiwanis club does in our community.
 
Sincerely,
Beth Healy, President
 

Kiwanis Annual Car Show - Coming September 6th!

On Saturday, September 6th from 10 am - 2 pm the Kiwanis Club of Keene will host its Third Annual Classic Car Show at the Gordon Bissell American Legion on Court Street in Keene. General admission is $5 per person, $10 per carload, with children under 10 admitted for free. In the event of bad weather the show will be rescheduled for Sunday, September 7th.

The 2014 show will feature classic and antique cars lovingly restored by owners who appreciate the style and class of older cars that evoke memories of “the good old days”. There will be lots of fun at the show in addition to the cars including door prizes, great food choices, a DJ and much more for the entire family to enjoy a few hours out together. 

Proud car owners and classic motorcycle owners are invited to come display their restored vehicles for everyone to admire. Cars displayed will vie for the votes of attendees and trophies will be awarded for the top three vote getters as well as for the owner who comes the greatest distance to show their car. There is an entry fee of $10 which includes the driver and a shotgun rider. Vendors are also welcome. Their Fee is $50 per booth.  Contact Kiwanian Joan Hoose at joan.hoose@yahoo.com  or 603- 903-0535 for more info.

Car owners who have questions or want to preregister for the event can call Kiwanian Paul Bothwell at 603.876.4833.

The rain date is Sunday, September 7th. Put these dates on your calendar and get your friends to join you for a walk down memory lane and some good eats to boot!
 

Our Community Activities in the Coming Weeks

North Bridge Trail Cleanup - Tuesday, 9/16

Last year the club members "adopted" the North Bridge Trail" and is maintaining the 1.8 mile bike trail from the overpass bridge to Whitcombs Mill Road.

Club members will meet shortly after 5pm to walk and clean up the trail. Contact Kiwanians Don Hayes or Art Walker for further information.

D’Angelo Grilled Sandwiches - Fund Raiser - 9-22-28

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 Septemner 22-28.   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 350 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.

Annual Kiwanis Treasures and Trifles Yard Sale Saturday 9/27 from 9-12

This is our annual fall yard sale at Kiwanain Bob Deverill's across from Pappagallo’s restaurant on Rt. 12.

There will be lots of great treasurers donated by club members for you to choose from. Contact Kiwanians Beth Healy or Deb Hickey.


Walter DeMar Marathon - 9/28


The Clarence DeMar 26.2 mile course is one of the most scenic marathon courses you’ll experience.

Club members will again be providing liquid energy for the runners at the water station near the Surry dam on Rt. 12A. Contact Don Hayes.


Pumpkin Fest - 10/18

While you are enoying the magic of the Keene Pumpkin Festival, now in its 24th spectacular year, look for Kiwanians. We will be providing parking off Optical Avenue where you can ride a [free] shuttle bus to the downtown festivities. The parking fee is divided between the non-profit organizations hosting the lots and the Pumpkin Festival organization, so your fee goes to a good cause either way!

Then be sure to visit the famous Kiwanis Fried Dough booth on Gilbo Ave. in the heart of the action. You will not be disappointed! Contact Kiwanian Janet Genatt.

And...

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.

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:
Beth Healy, President
Sue Farrell, Treasurer
Mike Ward, 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