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Greetings From The Keene Kiwanians
Kiwanis is an international service organization focused primarily on helping children. We in the Keene Kiwanis Club focus most of our efforts on our local youth. We fund our efforts by raising money through community events including the Pumpkin Fest, our annual Car Show, and our yearly 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 Keene Recreation Center. We sponsor the Christmas Tree Lighting at Central Square, and Kool Wheels bike safety event where we supply free helmets to hundreds of children.
Kiwanis Kool Wheels Coming May 2nd !!!
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 2nd 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, the Monadnock Cycling club will be there once again to provide a quick tune up for every kids bike brought to the event. The youth clubs that Kiwanis supports at Keene and Monadnock high schools 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 a brand new bicycle will be given to the family that 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. Attendees are invited to bring a teddy bear or doll that might have a “broken arm or paw”, and the orthopedic staff of Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene 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, face painting and arts and crafts tables will be available and Ribby from the Swamp Bats will be on hand to talk with the children. Download a flyer for the day or for more information, contact co-chairs: Joan Hoose or Kelly Manning.
Mark your calendars! Saturday, May 2nd from 10-12 am at the Keene Rec Center. See you there.
Don Flibotte Receives Kiwanian of the Year Award
The Keene Kiwanis Club had a wonderful evening at the Stone Village Complex on April 15th recognizing the Kiwanian of the year - Don Flibotte. Don was chosen for always stepping up, never saying no. He was past club President, Board member, and past Lieutenant Governor of the New England Region of Kiwanis International. His truck is available to move anything including our large fryolator. You will find Don at our weekly club meetings, and he has been a strong advocate for our four youth groups and the club advisor for the Key Club at Monadnock High School for years. A 25-year club member, Don has volunteered at our Antique shows, Chili Fests, Kool Wheels, Rt. 9 Highway cleanup mornings, Car Shows, City Tree Lighting, - everywhere. And to top it all off, he is a Navy veteran, and huge Pats fan. President David Ganio was very pleased to present this year’s award to Don who was given a framed certificate, a Kiwanis jacket, and a cornucopia of popcorn in lieu of a bouquet of flowers.
Don, the club and the community salute you!
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 four 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!
UPDATE!: The Keene Key Club is sponsoring a D'Angelo fundraiser April 12-18. Click for more information and free coupons,
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 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