News from the Kiwanis Club of Asheville
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The Skywanian

The newsletter for Kiwanis Club of Asheville
Charter established August 11, 1919  Asheville, NC

The Asheville Kiwanis Club meets for lunch, a business meeting and a guest speaker from 12-1:30pm  on Tuesdays (except for the last Tuesday of the month) in the fellowship hall of St. Mark's Lutheran Church, on the corner of Merrimon Ave. and Chestnut St. (across from Harris Teeter) 

We also have an evening club, Kiwanis One, which meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays from 5:30 - 7 at different venues around town.  Join our Facebook page for up to date information. 

Guests are always welcome!
June 2, 2020
  • We had  members attend our virtual Kiwanis meeting!   I hope you will plan on joining us next Tuesday, June 9th.  On Monday, I will send you a reminder with a link to join on your computer or tablet, which can be video if you have a camera on your device.  There will also be a phone number to call if you do not have internet or would rather not use video.  This is a great way to catch up with everyone and see how we're all doing.  We'll also  have a speaker at each virtual meeting. We will continue this on a weekly basis until we are able to meet again at St. Mark's.
  • You should have received your dues invoice from Scott Rogers.  If you have any questions please contact him   Please mail checks to Ashley at First Bank.  You can also pay online by going to our website and clicking on the donate button about halfway down.  Please let Ashley know so she can put the money into dues.  
  • If you are in need of anything during this difficult time, please reach out to your Kiwanis Family.  You can reply to this newsletter and we'll find someone who can help!
  •  If you are doing anything to help others during this time, please let Elaine know so she can report on service hours in her monthly report.
  • Billie Miller June 4th
We presented 3 Key Club Students with a $1,000 college scholarship at our virtual meeting.
  • Hannah Gleason - AC Reynolds will be attending UNC Charlotte
  • Audrey McKay - AC Reynolds will be attending Appalachian State
  • Michelle Aguillar -Enka High School will be attending AB Tech
Windell has set up meetings to be each Thursday from 6-7.  He will send out a reminder with the link to join each week.  
It's official!  Our race has been postponed to October 4th, 2020.   We have $3750 in sponsors so far, but will now have time to try and get more.  
  • ABCCM is in need of people willing to help deliver food boxes to many families . If you would like to help with this, or any other needs ABCCM has, please let Elaine know or email ABCCM with your availability.
  • Steadfast House and VRQ is also in need of people to help prepare meals.  There will be menus online soon  If you would be able to be part of a group to help prepare part of meal, such as a salad, meat, or vegetable, that could be delivered to them, let Elaine know or email ABCCM
  •   ABCCM, like many places, is having a shortage of food for the people they serve. They are continuing to provide over 750 meals a day at their facilities as well as delivering emergency food boxes.  You can make a monetary donation to help them on their website
   Our speaker was John Russell, Executive Director of the Montford Park Players.  He spoke to us about how the COVID -19 crisis has affected arts organizations here in Buncombe County, and how the Montford Park Players are dealing with it.  Before the pandemic there were almost 500 arts organizations and 9,000 creative jobs in Buncombe County.  Of the 78 organizations that responded to a recent survey, over $4.2 million has been lost in revenue by artsits due to closing their doors during the pandemic.
    The Montford Park Players, North Carolina's longest running Shakespeare Festival, hope to open July 3, but many things are beyond their control, such as state and local government re-opening guidelines and the number of people that can attend at one time.  There are many things they can control, such as providing hand washing stations, taking temperatures, timed entry, spaced seating, masks and eliminating self service concessions. These are plans in place to keep people safe.
    Between now and the time they do open, virtual programming will be offered.  The performance of Trojan Women is being filmed and can be seen every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night on You Tube, hopefully  beginning June 12th.  There will be a place to support it with your donation on the site.  Visit their website for more information about virtual shows and their reopening plans.  
    John's message to us:  "The arts define our community in many ways.  The arts are not expendable; this is the heart of who we are.  Pick your favorite visual or performing artists.   Support them with your donations, share their message with your friends, attend their shows when they reopen (if you feel safe to do so).  Above all, keep the arts in Asheville alive.  The arts are a major part of what makes us a civilized society."
Each of these speakers are flexible to do either a virtual or in person program depending on when we may be able to meet at St. Mark's again. 

June 9 - Mr. Clark Duncan, Senior Vice-President of Economic Development for the Asheville Chamber of Commerce, will speak on the current state of the business community in Asheville and reopening plans related to the Covid 19 virus.
June 16 - Kiwanian Jensen Gelfond of Asheville Digital Lifestyle will have a presentation related to computer safety and security issues
June 23 -  Rev. Scott Rogers, Executive Director of ABCCM, will update us on the needs in our community and ABCCM’s many activities to serve families in our area during the Covid 19 virus outbreak.
June 30 - Justin Souther, manager and chief buyer for Malaprop’s Bookstore in downtown Asheville. Justin will speak about how Malaprop’s has retooled itself in the wake of the Covid 19 virus through offering online author events and other types of programs. He will also speak about some of the future plans for Malaprop’s and the challenges downtown businesses face in reopening. 
July 7 - Dr. Tony Baldwin, Superintendent of Buncombe County Schools. Dr. Baldwin will update us on current happenings with Buncombe County Schools, specifically focusing on information about plans for the school system related to the Covid 19 virus
 July 14 - Mr. Philip Belcher, Vice President of Programs with the Western North Carolina Community Foundation.
 July 21 - Ms. Amanda Gopal, Executive Director of the One Hundred Movement. Ms. Gopal will update us on her non profit’s efforts to help identify and protect abused children, working with local law enforcement, health and welfare organizations,  and members of the community of faith.
2019-2020 Officers and Directors
Mission Statement
Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world, one child and one community at a time.

Windell Camanse, President 

Ashley Huggins,

Elaine Grella, Secretary

Scott Rogers, Treasurer
Board of Directors
Bryce Gilbert
Scott Hicks
Scott Schwarzkopf
Gregg Stamey
Foundation Board
Scott Schwarzkopf,  President

JoAnn Morgan, Vice President

 Russ Martin, Treasurer
Skywanian Editor
     Elaine Grella
Past Skywanian Issues
Kiwanis Resources
Kiwanis International
Carolina Kiwanian
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