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.
Sincerely,
Peg Bruce, President

News Flash!  Kiwanis Golf Tournament - August 5th

The Kiwanis Club of Keene is planning its 1st Annual Golf Tournament which will be held on August 5th at Bretwood Golf Course in Keene, NH.  Registration will begin at 10:00am and a shotgun start will be at 11:00am.  The club is hoping that this will be a successful fundraiser.   
We are looking for sponsors as well as golfers for that day.   The fee for golfing includes a bag lunch, the greens fees, a golf cart, and a barbecue meal following the golfing.  We will have prizes for men and women’s gross score winner, men and women’s longest drive and one for closest to the pin.   We plan to also have a prize for a successful hole in one.  
The cost to golf is $100/person although you can sign up at a discount rate of $90/person by July 15th.  Teams of four can sign up together or individuals can sign up as a single and will be joined by other singles to form a foursome.  
There are many sponsorship opportunities. Complete information on the tournament with the sponsorship oppportunities and player registration form is available here. If you have any questions, contact Dave Ganio (357-4561) or Peg Bruce (762-7276).
Golfers, join us...

 

 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!

 

2016 Kiwanian of the Year - Jim Faux

The Kiwanis Club of Keene recognizes Jim Faux as our Kiwanian of the Year for 2016. Jim has distinguished himself through quiet exemplary service since he joined our club in 2005. He has demonstrated exceptional dedication to the goals of this club. He attends virtually every morning meeting and invariably signs up for every fund raiser or community service activity of our club. He not only participates in those events, but he also documents them as our exceptional club photographer, an unofficial position that Jim has eagerly embraced.  Jim has been our club webmaster from day 1. He has created an attractive, current, accurate, informative and all-inclusive website that is a goldmine of information for club officers, members and casual public visitors to our website.   It is truly the envy of any club in Kiwanis.

There is more that was said but you can tell from this portion that Jim is a very active member of our club and well deserving of this recognition!  Congratulations Jim!

So What is a Service Club You Ask?

According to Wikipedia, a service club or service organization is a voluntary non-profit organization where members meet regularly to perform charitable works either by direct hands-on efforts or by raising money for other organizations. A service club is defined firstly by its service mission and secondly its membership benefits, such as social occasions, networking, and personal growth opportunities that encourage involvement.
For a glance at how our Keene Kiwanis Club fits that criteria, check out our events over the years here and here.

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. We provide scholarships, grants for after school programs, and support for youth groups at Keene High School, Monadnock Regional High School, St. Joseph's, Surry Village Charter School, and Keene State College.

Click on our Sponsor Page (see menu above) to view our sponsors and especially the sponsors of our current Make The Ask campaign.

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