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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

Kiwanis Kool Wheels - 2015: A Winner for Kids, Parents, and the Community

The weather was perfect on Saturday, May 2nd, when we held our annual Bike Safety day at the Keene Rec Center. The club gave out over 275 free bike helmets and provided 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. The Monadnock Cycling club was there once again to provide a quick tune up for every kid's bike brought to the event. The youth clubs that Kiwanis supports at Keene and Monadnock High Schools 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 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 greeting all the children through the morning.

And finally, we held a drawing where two brand new bicycles were given to happy bikers. Many thanks to Keene Kiwanians Joan Hoose and Kelly Manning for chairing this year's event and for all the club members who participated Saturday.
For photos of this year's Kool Wheels, click here.

See you next May!

 

Don Flibotte Receives Kiwanian of the Year Award

The Keene Kiwanis Club had a wonderful evening at the Stone Village Complex on April 15th recognizing the Kiwanian of the year - Don Flibotte.  Don was chosen for always stepping up, never saying no. He was past club President, Board member, and past Lieutenant Governor of the New England Region of Kiwanis International. His truck is available to move anything including our large fryolator. You will find Don at our weekly club meetings, and he has been a strong advocate for our four youth groups and the club advisor for the Key Club at Monadnock High School for years.  A 25-year club member, Don has volunteered at our Antique shows, Chili Fests, Kool Wheels, Rt. 9 Highway cleanup mornings, Car Shows, City Tree Lighting, - everywhere. And to top it all off, he is a Navy veteran, and huge Pats fan. President David Ganio was very pleased to present this year’s award to Don who was given a framed certificate, a Kiwanis jacket, and a cornucopia of popcorn in lieu of a bouquet of flowers.

Don, the club and the community salute you!

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 four 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!

UPDATE!:
The Keene Key Club is sponsoring a D'Angelo fundraiser April 12-18. Click for more information and free coupons,
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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, Beth Healy
 
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 listed below 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