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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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!
Five members of our club took advantage of an excellent lobster and steak cookout at the Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts Kiwanis Club on August 4th. The Shelburne Falls club of 18 members hosted our club, current Kiwanis Governor George Delsile and our Lieutenant Governor Kathy Ellor. What an amazing meal – no one left hungry and everyone left satisfied! We enjoyed talking with the members of the Shelburne club and hearing about their great fund raiser selling food at the local high school sporting events. Sounds like an excellent opportunity for another interclub trip sometime during the football season when we can help them at their concession stand.
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