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 here in Cheshire County. We fund our efforts by raising money through community events, our annual Car Show, a yearly yard sale and our annual fund raising campaign with local businesses.
We then reinvest much of these funds into local youth groups at Keene State College, MRHS, KHS, St. Joseph School and the Surry Village Charter School. Every year, we award scholarships to a member of the Circle K Club at KSC, and to a graduating senior Key Clubber from each high school. We also award grants and camperships to many youth oriented organizations in the Monadnock Region. As part of our Community Service, we give hundreds of free bicycle safety helmets to hundreds of children at our Kool Wheels bike safety event in early May. And, in collaboration with the city, we sponsor and produce the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Central Square in late November.
We work hard for the youth of this area. But we also have fun and laugh a lot. We meet every Wednesday morning at 7:30-8:30 am at the Pub Restaurant on Winchester Street. Come to a meeting as our breakfast guest, and see what we are all about. You’ll enjoy hearing our speaker, laugh at our jokes, and have a good time. And we would love to meet you.
The Annual Kiwanis Tree Lighting - November 25th
On November 25th, the Friday after Thanksgiving, the annual Tree Lighting Celebration, hosted by your Kiwanis Club, will be held on Central Square. Prior to the 25th, we will be setting up and lighting the tree, decorating the Gazebo, and lighting the lamp posts along Main St. down to the Winchester St. traffic circle. Also, this year we are hoping to set up another tree in the middle of the Winchester St. traffic circle, thus giving the length of Main St. a very festive feel.
At the Tree Lighting Celebration, the Keene Brass Quintet, the Dublin Christian Academy Chorus, along with the Monadnock Youth Chorus, will lead the children of our community in caroling. There will be much holiday joy to be shared. B&J Lighting and Sound will be doing the sound for the evening and there will be a reading of “Twas the Night before Christmas”. Our fourth year of celebrating the Tree Lighting promises to be even more fun for our community than in the previous years!
We hope you will join us on the Friday after Thanksgiving for this fun, and joyous celebration. Bring the kids and enjoy the cookies and hot chocolate, and, of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus.For further information, please contact Past President Dave Ganioo and for a downloadable flyer, click here.
Thank you Keene for Supporting Our Recent Kiwanis Events
Kiwanis Keene Car Show
Kiwanis Golf Tournamentat at the Bretwood Golf Course
Hannaford's July Book Sale
All the funds collected from these two events will be used for the benefit of the children in the Monadnock Region in a variety of ways. Kiwanis awards scholarships and camperships to deserving youths; sponsors five youth clubs which foster leadership skills and community involvement; gives away hundreds of bike helmets at its Kool Wheels Family Fun and Safety event; and hosts the annual Tree Lighting of the Central Square.
The Kiwanis Club of Keene appreciates the support of the community in its mission to enhance the lives of the children and their families.
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.
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.
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.
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
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