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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.
Kiwanian Kelly Pearson Awarded Sean Tease Scholarship
Keene Kiwanian and Board member, Kelly Pearson has been awarded the Monadnock Developmental Services (MDS) Sean Tease Scholarship for 2016 because of the special qualities that she exhibits in her work with those with disabilities. The scholarship will help further her education and enhance her life as well as those of the people she supports.
Kelly Pearson is lead Vocational Trainer for Project SEARCH, an MDS program at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth Hitchcock-Keene that provides employment training and supports for people with developmental disabilities. This past fall Kelly was also honored with the New Hampshire 2015 DSP of the Year Award.
“While I was in school at Keene State College and as a member of the Kiwanis Circle K CLub, I was involved in several community service clubs on campus, and through one of them I volunteered at LifeArt [Community Resource Center] – which is where my journey with MDS first started,” explains Kelly. “I was blown away with how welcoming LifeArt was, and how everyone felt included and accepted for who they are.”
Congratulations to this well-deserving care-giving professional... and Kiwanian. Kelly, we are proud of you!
Kiwanis and the City of Keene Start the Christmas Season
On November 27th, the Friday after Thanksgiving, the annual Keene Tree Lighting Ceremony, hosted by your Kiwanis Club, was held. The Keene community kicked off the holiday season by lighting the tree on Central Square. On a perfect evening, the ceremony included all the elements of a great community celebration. The music entertainment featured the Keene High School Brass Quintet, Keene Youth Chorus, and the Dublin Christian Academy Chorus, the fire truck arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus, reading of the "T'was The Night Before Christmas" by Mayor Lane, cookies and hot cocoa, and the ringing of the bells.
During December, club members sang Christmas carols at the Cedarcrest Center and Langdon Place and joined in for a day of ringing the traditional Salvation Army bell. And with the help of the city of Keene, Kiwanians gathered many Christmas gifts for several local families in need.
If these kind of community events sound fun to you, come join us at a morning breakfast any Wednesday at 7:30 am at the Pub Restaurant and find out more about how you can get involved with our club!
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. Click on our Sponsor Page (smenu above) to view our sponsors and especially the sponsors of our recent Tree Lighting Ceremony and Annual Car Show.
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.
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.
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:
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