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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.


We work hard for the youth of Cheshire County and would love to have you join us.  Come see what we are all about. We meet every Wednesday at 7:30 am at the Pub Restaurant on Winchester Street.
Sincerely,
David Ganio, President

Our Coming 2015 Community Events

After a very active and successful 2014, the club members are looking forward to an exciting new year. Some of our community related activities include the following:

At the end of January, club members will be removing the city Central Square Christmas decorations on the gezebo and surronding area. Also, at that time we will be hosting a dinner meal at the Hundred Nights Shelter in Keene.

On March 14th, our club will assist the Special Olympics Unified Basketball Tourney at KSC by making excellent sandwiches for the hundreds of Olympians.

Then, on March 20th, club members will attend the regional NE Kiwanis Division Conference where club members will explore various topics to better help us serve our community.

This year, on April 11th, the entire Keene Kiwanis family— the Kiwanis club, St. Joseph's and Keene Rec Center Builders clubs, Monadnock Regional and Keene HS Key clubs, and the KSC Circle K club - join forces for this large-scale community service project. Our Kiwanis One-Day projects this year will fill a specific need in our community. Stay tuned!

As the warmer weather arrives, you will see us cleaning up Rt. 9 near the Chesterfield Gorge and along the new North Bridge Bike Trail in West Keene.

We also participate in monthly interclubs visiting one of the District 20 Kiwanis clubs in NH, VT, and MA to share ideas and experiences to make our communities better places to live.

And then May brings our annual Kool Wheels Day where our focus is bicycle safety, featuring free bicycle helmets to attendees between the ages of four and twelve and many different bicycle related activities.
Mark your calendar!

 

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-involvment 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 five 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!

Mike Ward Receives Irving Talberth Distinguished Club Secretary Award for New England's Secretary of the Year!

At the annual New England and Bermuda District of Kiwanis International, our Mike Ward was awarded the prestigious Irving Talberth Distinguished Club Secretary Award. Mike has been our club secretary for numerous years and to receive this honor from among the Kiwanis clubs in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Bermuda is outstanding!

Mike has been a member of Keene Kiwanis Club for 12 years, having joined in 2002.  He has served as Secretary for the last 6 years and prior to that served as President for 2 one-year terms.  Keene has a population of 20K+, our club averages 48 members per year, and we have 10 very active committees – Mike as Club Secretary helps us track and stay on top of all this activity!
 

Mike Ward is Keene Kiwanis Club’s “go to guy.”  He’s a “do-er” and inspires and enables others to do so too.  He steps up, he fills in, he is tireless!  If it involves kids, Mike is in!  Mike never stops working on Kiwanis, for the good of our club and for the kids and families in our communities!  As one member said:  “Mike could be the club all by himself!”

Mike Ward, who embodies all the best in Kiwanis, is the example for all of us. For more about what Mike has done as a Kiwanis club member, click here.
 

Another Successful Pumpkin Fest For Kiwanis

 
On Saturday, October 18th, the club sponsored its annual fried dough booth at the Keene Pumpkin Fest. Over 1,200 pieces of fried dough were prepared and served to happy festival attendees. The folks kept coming and we prepared, rolled, fried, and served the dough wih a variety of tasty toppings.
Key Club students from Keene HS joined us
throughout the day.
Additionally, the club managed, with the help of KSC students, vehicle parking for area and out-of-town festival visitors all day long.
With the volunteer assistance from the high school Key Clubbers, spouses, and friends, our part of the festival was a great success.
For more photos of our participation, check the photo section in the left-hand menu.

 
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:
Dave Ganio, 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