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

Currently, we are meeting on Zoom every Tuesday from 12-1.  If you would like information on how to join our meeting, please reply to this email.
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!
January 12, 2021
  We saddened to learn that our dear friend and Kiwanian, Tony Seker, died on January 7th from COVID. He joined our club in 2000, served as president, and was treasurer for many years.  I’m sure we all have many memories of Tony and his many volunteer hours with various service projects including the Biltmore race, pancake breakfasts, and bell ringing.
   His wife, Etta, said there was no obituary and will be no service.  If you would like to do something in Tony’s memory it might be nice to give a gift in his memory to our club Foundation since he truly loved Kiwanis and being a Kiwanian.  You can mail a check made out to Asheville Kiwanis Club Foundation to Ashley Huggins at First Bank.  (10 S. Tunnel Rd.  Asheville, 28805)
    Etta will be going to Florida for a few months to be with family while their home in Candler is being remodeled, then she will move home. If you would like to send her a card, her current address is:
Etta Seeker
41 Cobblers Way
Apt. 124
Asheville, NC  28804
  • We had 7 members at our meeting. We missed those of you who couldn't be there!
  • If you have not sent in your quarter 1 dues, please mail them to Ashley at First Bank as soon as possible.  (10 S. Tunnel Road  Asheville, NC  28805)  If you have questions please email Scott Rogers.
As the new year approached, there was a glimmer of hope that 2021 might course-correct the detour 2020 had taken us on. However, just a few weeks in even though the hope is still there, it seems we may have a ways to go before getting back on a ‘normal’ track. Which means – we simply must persevere! Children will need Kiwanis just as much, if not more, than they did in years prior.  We have adapted, over-come, and continued on through many challenges, and it has only made us stronger. In 2021 let’s be creative, innovative, and flexible. Let’s be the change and good we want to see in the world. Let’s be Kiwanians!
  • Ralph Sexton - January 17th
Gene Rainey and his wife Dorma have both had COVID.  Gene was in the hospital but is now at Aston Park in rehab. According to Dorma, he is still struggling.   He is not taking calls or visitors, but if you would like to send him a card his home address is: 41 Cobblers Way Apt 2207
                             Asheville NC 28804
These are 2 of the 4 students from Johnston Elementary who received bikes for good behavior during  the first semester.  You can't see their smiles, but I was told they were extremely excited!  Our club was able to purchase 8 bikes and helmets for Johnston with the $500 grant we received from New Belgium.  
May 16, 2021
We have received  sponsorships of $750 from Whole Foods and $250 from TSA Choice!

     We need your help getting sponsors!
  Click here to print a copy of our sponsorship packet to give a potential sponsor, or let us know if you have someone you would like us to talk to. 
   Kiwanian Karon Korp was our speaker today.  Karon has been a real estate broker for 8 years.   She is one of Asheville Reality Group's top agents, with over 85 properties sold and over $22 million in revenue since 2016.  Together with her husband Kiwanian Russ Martin, they closed 15 transactions in 2020, for over $5 million dollars in revenue!  
   Ownership of Real Estate continues to be one of the best means of creating generational wealth, and opportunity for families. The housing market in Asheville continued to be strong in 2020 with a 13% increase in homes sold and a 12% growth in median price.  The amount of available homes in Asheville is down 53% from 2019.  With high market demand and low interest rates, the Asheville and WNC market is strong.  Many surrounding counties are experiencing growth due to Asheville home prices being so expensive.  
  If you're considering buying a new home, see Karon or Russ.  They can answer your questions, help you avoid some of the scams that are out there and if you're ready, get you into a new home.
January  19 - Neal Reed, Director of Operations for New Morning Ltd will speak on the life and legacy  of prominent local philanthropist John Cram who recently passed away and had a huge impact on development in downtown Asheville. Cram owned New Morning Gallery, Fine Arts Theatre, and other businesses in town
January 26 - Mary Spivey, Community Manager of the Collider, will speak on the programs and operations of the Collider, a global center for climate entrepreneurs based in downtown Asheville
 February. 2 -  Steve Lloyd, Executive Director of the HART Theater in Waynesville will speak on how HART is adapting its programs during the Covid pandemic to offer virtual performances online;
February 9  - Julie Goodwin, Regional Director of the Asheville Area Better Business Bureau will give an update on the state of local businesses and new scams to avoid during the Covid pandemic 
February 16 -. Victoria “Vic” Isley, the new president and CEO of Explore Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau  will speak on the programs and services of Explore Asheville and update us on the current state of the area tourism economy 
February  23  - Cheryl Fowler, Membership Director of the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, will speak on the Conservancy’s ongoing programs and efforts to protect valuable forests, streams, and farm land and how their activities have adapted to address the Covid pandemic
2020-2021 officers and board members 
Not pictured, Scott Rogers
Mission Statement
Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world, one child and one community at a time.

Ashley Huggins, President 

Scott Schwarzkopf,

Elaine Grella, Secretary

Scott Rogers, Treasurer
Board of Directors
Bryce Gilbert
Gregg Stamey
Windell Camanse, Past President
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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