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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.
David Ganio, President

Join the Keene Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 28th

Get ready to ring in the holiday season with the annual Tree Lighting Celebration, Friday, November 28th at 5:30 pm at the Central Square! Once again the Kiwanis Club of Keene will be hosting a night of entertainment for the whole family – especially the kids. We’ve got lots planned for this special event.

The program will feature holiday music provided by the Keene Brass Quintet and the Dublin Christian Academy Chorus, who will lead everyone in the crowd in some caroling. Mayor Kendall Lane will read “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and then Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive escorted by the Keene Fire Department. We hope everyone will bring a bell to help welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus but if you don’t, come by our membership tent to get one of the bells we purchased especially for the celebration!  Santa has agreed to sit with each child and listen to their Christmas Wish List. Hot chocolate and homemade cookies prepared by the Kiwanis Builders Club at Saint Joseph Regional School and the Surry Village Charter School will be served  to keep everyone warm and cozy and the Kiwanis Key Clubs from MRHS and KHS will help to make sure that every detail of the evening is perfect. The program will start at 5:30 and we hope Santa arrives by 6:30 and leads us in the countdown to turn on the tree lights shortly thereafter.

The Kiwanis Club wishes to especially thank Fenton Family Dealerships, who has once again stepped forward to be our major financial sponsor. We also had many downtown merchants who supported us. If you see a “Proud Supporter” poster displayed in a window, please thank that merchant for making a donation.  We hope to make this a fun and uplifting evening for the entire family and a great start to the holiday season.  Don’t forget to bring a bell!

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.

Our Coming Community Events

During December, club members sing Christmas carols at Cedarcrest Center and Langdon Place this year.

Again this year, the club will provide Christmas gifts for local families in need.

Look for us in in front of Market Basket on December 13th ringing the bell to help support the programs of the local Salvation Army.

And at the Hundred Nights Shelter on Saturday January 31st, our club will be serving dinner.

Care to join us?

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