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 here in Cheshire County. We fund our efforts by raising money through community events, our annual Car Show, a yearly yard sale and our annual fund raising campaign with local businesses.

We then reinvest much of these funds into local youth groups at Keene State College, MRHS, KHS, St. Joseph School and the Surry Village Charter School.  Every year, we award scholarships to a member of the Circle K Club at KSC, and to a graduating senior Key Clubber from each high school. We also award grants and camperships to many youth oriented organizations in the Monadnock Region.  As part of our Community Service, we give hundreds of free bicycle safety helmets to hundreds of children at our Kool Wheels bike safety event in early May.  And, in collaboration with the city, we sponsor and produce the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Central Square in late November.

We work hard for the youth of this area. But we also have fun and laugh a lot.  We meet every Wednesday morning at  7:30-8:30  am at the Pub Restaurant on Winchester Street. Come to a meeting as our breakfast guest, and see what we are all about.  You’ll enjoy hearing our speaker, laugh at our jokes, and have a good time.  And we would love to meet you.
Paul Bothwell, President

 The Annual Kiwanis Tree Lighting  -  November 25th

On November 25th, the Friday after Thanksgiving, the annual Tree Lighting Celebration, hosted by your Kiwanis Club, will be held on Central Square. Prior to the 25th, we will be setting up and lighting the tree, decorating the Gazebo, and lighting the lamp posts along Main St. down to the Winchester St. traffic circle. Also, this year we are hoping to set up another tree in the middle of the Winchester St. traffic circle, thus giving the length of Main St. a very festive feel.

At the Tree Lighting Celebration, the Keene Brass Quintet, the Dublin Christian Academy Chorus, along with the Monadnock Youth Chorus, will lead the children of our community in caroling. There will be much holiday joy to be shared. B&J Lighting and Sound will be doing the sound for the evening and there will be a reading of “Twas the Night before Christmas”. Our fourth year of celebrating the Tree Lighting promises to be even more fun for our community than in the previous years!

We hope you will join us on the Friday after Thanksgiving for this fun, and joyous celebration. Bring the kids and enjoy the cookies and hot chocolate, and, of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus.

For further information, please contact Past President Dave Ganioo and for a downloadable flyer, click here.

Thank you Keene for Supporting Our Recent Kiwanis Events

Kiwanis Keene Car Show
Neither rain, nor sleet, nor …. can keep Kiwanians from their appointed rounds. Well the forecast was for rain and lots of it, but a lot of prayers and good luck kept most of it away from Keene for the first Fall Fest and our antique auto show on October 1st. Antique auto owners traditionally don’t like to expose their expensive investments to the elements, but we had 20 brave souls show up for our part of the fest. Lots of our club members came as well and helped set up tents, cook, do odd jobs and help tear down and clean up. It was a very successful club effort even if we didn’t have as many cars or sell as many burgers as we would have liked. Thanks to all who came and worked despite the lousy weather! Special thanks to Kiwanian Pam Hall and Wayne who worked tirelessly before the event to publicize the event, recruit car owners and raise money from local businesses. Our fund raising day was very successful financially and check out our show photos!

Kiwanis Golf Tournamentat at the Bretwood Golf Course
Our first Kiwanis golf Tournamant is now history and a resounding success it was. We want to thank Dave Ganio for suggesting we hold the event, Peg Bruce's leadership, and all the club members who made this happen. Starting from scratch, our members got the word out there to area golfers, obtained  numerous local sponsors, and energetically supported the club on game day. The club netted approximately $3,014 and check out the  tournament photos. On to next year!

Hannaford's July Book Sale
Again this year, we sponsored a free book table at Hannaford's Supermarket in Keene for the month of July. Kiwanian Janet Genatt organized the books donated by club members and ensured the book bin was always bursting with "Take Me" books. With Janet's efforts, residents donated an amazing $873.60 last month.

All the funds collected from these two events will be used for the benefit of the children in the Monadnock Region in a variety of ways. Kiwanis awards scholarships and camperships to deserving youths; sponsors five youth clubs which foster leadership skills and community involvement; gives away hundreds of bike helmets at its Kool Wheels Family Fun and Safety event; and hosts the annual Tree Lighting of the Central Square.

The Kiwanis Club of Keene appreciates the support of the community in its mission to enhance the lives of the children and their families.

 Kiwanis Kool Wheels - 2016: A Winner for Kids, Parents, and the Community

The weather was cool on Saturday, May 7th, when we held our annual Bike Safety day at the Keene Rec Center. The club fitted and gave out over 300 free bike helmets while providing a wide assortment of activities for the bikers and their families.
Kool Wheels is our Kiwanis club’s annual effort to make biking safe for kids. Kids 4-12 years old were able to choose a free bicycle helmet from a colorful selection of helmets and Kiwanians properly fitted the helmets for each child. Biker Chris Jackson was there once again to provide a quick tune up for every kid's bike brought to the event. The  Keene High School Kiwanis Key Club set up a bike safety riding range where good bike safety skills were emphasized with each child receiving a Certificate of Achievement upon completing the course.

Many other community organizations 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.  Attendees brought their teddy bear or doll that might have a “broken arm or paw”, and the orthopedic staff of Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene applied a colorful cast to the damaged limb. Keene State College dietetic interns prepared and served delicious healthy snacks and provided dietary information about healthy eating. Face painting was provided by the Monadnock Regional HS Key Club members and arts and crafts tables were available with Ribby from the Swamp Bats and Fergus from the Childrens' Museum greeting all the children through the morning.
And finally, we held a drawing where two brand new bicycles, donated by Walmart, were given to happy bikers. The winners of the bikes were: Aditya Nanapaneni and Makenzie Gregory. Many thanks to Keene Kiwanian Art Walker for chairing this year's event and for all the club members who participated Saturday. And we thank our numerous local business and personal supporters whose generousity helped make this happen. For photos of this year's Kool Wheels, click here.  We hope to see you next May!

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.

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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

Further Club Information
For further information on the Keene Kiwanis Club, you may contact any of our club members listed below via email:
Paul Bothwell, President
Janet Ganett, Treasurer
Peg Bruce, 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