Christine Hadlow from the Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce visited our meeting...more
Join Us on November 24th for the
Annual Tree Lighting Celebration and Arrival of Santa!
On Friday, November 24th the Kiwanis Club of Keene will again be hosting the annual Tree Lighting Celebration at Central Square in Keene, from 5:30 – 8:00 pm. The evening will begin with student musical performances by The Keene High School Brass Quintet, Dublin Christian Academy Chorus and the Grand Monadnock Youth Chorus. Next will be the reading of the classic “T’was the Night Before Christmas," followed by the ringing of bells, which will be given to children by the Kiwanis to encourage Santa and Mrs. Claus’s arrival by fire truck. Plenty of hot cocoa and cookies will be served by the members of the St Joseph Regional School and the Surry Village Charter School Builders Clubs. The crowd will help Santa count down to the magic moment when he’ll flip the switch and light the beautiful tree in the square to officially kick off the holiday season. Each child will then have a chance to sit with Santa and let him know what they want for Christmas! Don’t miss this free, family-friendly community event!
Special thanks to our event sponsors, Fenton Family Dealerships and Keene Monument Company.
Kiwanis Car Show - A Great Family Event!
On September 16, the Kiwanis Club of Keene hosted its 6th Annual Car Show at the American Legion on upper Court Street. 77 antique and classic cars, trucks, and motorcycles were on display and hundreds of spectators came by to vote for their favorite, listen to a DJ play music from the 50's and 60's, and have a tasty burger or dog grilled by Kiwanis Club members. And, since Kiwanis is all about the kids, a children's area offered facepainting, coloring, toys, balloons and much more.
Spectators placed votes for their favorite cars, and trophies were awarded to these winners:
- 1st Place: Eddie Schatz, 1950 Chevrolet Truck 3100 series
- 2nd place: Mitch Greenwald, 1966 Ford Thunderbird
- 3rd place: Barbara Coburn, 1956 T-Bird
- Oldest vehicle: Jack Little, 1929 Model A Ford
- Motor cycle: Joe Allsop, Harley Davidson 2016 Tri-glide
The Car Show is a fundraiser with the emphasis on fun and all the money raised will support the events and projects the Kiwanis Club of Keene hosts for the children and the community throughout the year.
Kiwanis 2nd Annual Golf Tournament - a Smash Hit!
The Kiwanis Club of Keene hosted its second annual golf tournament fundraiser on Friday, August 4th, and what a success it was! We had 22 foursomes play in the tournament which is an increase of 45% from last year’s 15 foursomes. Walier Chevrolet again came on board to sponsor a new 2017 Sonic LT RS for a hole-in-one on a par-3 hole as well as three other hole-in-one prizes. We had dinner and lunch sponsors and 30 hole sponsors along with 2 golf cart sponsors. We would like to express our appreciation to all of our sponsors for their support which made this tournament possible.
We awarded prizes for the gross score winners in a men’s flight, a women’s flight and a mixed team flight with additional prizes for men and women’s longest drive and closest to the pin. Players paid $90 to $100 to golf depending on when they signed up. That included the 18 holes of golf, a cart, lunch and dinner, a gift bag with lots of nice golf related items, and free water on the links. Registration went very smoothly this year due to the willingness of the Chesterfield Lion’s Club and the Brattleboro Kiwanis Club to allow one of our co-chairs to help at their events and get some great tips on how to set up more efficiently and also improve the system to manage the winners of raffle prizes. Once the golfers started returning about 3pm for dinner, we had the 50/50 raffle and the Silent Auction items were awarded to the highest bidders. Although there are quite a few golf tournaments around Keene, our 2nd Annual event proved to be well received and enjoyed by the players.
We are planning our third annual tournament to be held once again on the first Friday of August in 2018. Make your plans now to come to the most amazing golf tournament in the region next August 3rd!
Why Join Kiwanis?
Three Great Reasons:
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"
If you are interested in join our Club 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, Susan Doyle.
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