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.
We work hard for the youth of Cheshire County and have a lot of fun doing so.  We 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.
Peg Bruce, President

Kiwanis and the City of Keene Kick off The Christmas Season - November 27th

In early November, the Kiwanis Club will join with the City of Keene to place lights on the light poles center island on Main Street in downtown Keene.  

Then, on November 27th, the Friday after Thanksgiving, the annual city Tree Lighting ceremony, hosted by your Kiwanis Club, will be held. The Keene community kicks off the holiday season by lighting the tree on Central Square. The ceremony includes all the elements of a great community celebration. There’s music entertainment featuring 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", cookies and hot cocoa, and the ringing of the bells if you truly believe. A great warm event for all!

As the story ends and children ring their bells, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be delivered by personnel at the fire station. David Ganio will be the Kiwanis member who will pull the switch that lights the tree. David is the member who first approached Keene Kiwanis about having this signature event done by our club. What a great way to further our mission to support the children of our community.
There will be many thanks to be given that evening and after the event but we want to personally thank the members of Kiwanis for working on organizing this event.


Coming Kiwanis Events

During December, club members sing Christmas carols at local nursing homes and join in for a day of ringing the traditional Salvation Army bell. And with the help of the city of Keene, Kiwanians will gather 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!

Monadnock Pumpkin Festival + Kiwanis Fried Dough = Success!

At the first Monadnock Pumpkin Festival on October 24th, our club members came together to sell our world-famous fried dough. After packaging the dough and setting up Friday, Saturday morning started at 7:30 at the fairgrounds and then continued throughout the day in the cold temperatures selling the fried dough with numerous delicious toppings. We had lots of help from our youth clubs from Keene High School, Monadnock High School, and Keene State College. It was wonderful to work with them and the day was a so much more enjoyable having them there.  We could not have done this without them!  They pitched in rolling dough, putting toppings on and helping to do anything we asked of them. It was truly a Kiwanis and youth club collaboration that made it all work. The colder weather kept people away but it seemed that the people who did come out enjoyed themselves.
We want to give a special thanks to Janet Genatt, Don Flibotte and Kelly Pearson for all the youth from their clubs who helped make this a successful fund-raiser for the club and a fun day all-around.
See you there next October!

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 (see menu above) to view our sponsors and especially the sponsors of our recent 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.

    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.

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 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!

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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

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:
Peg Bruce, President
Sue Farrell, Treasurer
Pam Little, 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