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!
October 27, 2020
  • Welcome to the 101st year of the Asheville Kiwanis Club!  We're looking forward to a great year under the leadership of Ashley as our president! 
  • We had 11 members and 2 guests at our virtual meeting today.
  • No Meeting Nov. 3rd due to election day.  Go Vote!
  •  Be sure to read the Skywanian each week to keep up to date and know when we will have our next in person meeting or service project!
George and Mary Gavalas joined our meeting today.  They are members of the Hendersonville Club, but have recently moved to Weaverville and are going to join our club.  Mary was the first woman Governor of our district and George has been president of Hendersonville 4 times as well as a Lt. Governor.  Welcome George and Mary!
President's Message
         With the first month of our new year drawing to a close, I grow even more excited for what lies ahead! I know this will be a unique year as we navigate new and unique challenges related to the pandemic, but one thing will always remain the same. Kids need Kiwanis. Let’s bring life back into our club and prioritize our instinctive need to help others! Remember, you all bring something unique to our club. What are your strengths? What do you love to do in our club? What don’t you like to do? Have a new idea? Feel free to email, or text me and let me know! Your membership in Kiwanis is invaluable, make it worth it!    
Bill Boughton - October 30th
Billie had her gallbladder out last week.  She's home now and is a little sore, but doing well.  I'm sure she'd love to hear from her Kiwanis family with a card or call. 
 Belk is having another Charity Day Sale, just in time for some early holiday shopping!  Tickets can be purchased online. Tickets can be used to shop online or in person at any Belk Store  November 13-15. The money goes directly into our club’s charity account.  
Click on this link to purchase a ticket
Please select North Carolina, Asheville Mall
Belk store, and Asheville Kiwanis Club as the charity

Click here for a PDF about the sale that you can share with your email contacts.  If you are on Facebook, please share our post about the event. 
We worked with the Waynesville Club to add some landscaping around the new Division 1 Kiwanis playground at Eliada Home.
We will be taking some moms and children from Transformation Village shopping at Wal Mart on Saturday, December 5th at 11:00.  We'll have safety measures in place.  Save the date and plan to join us!
 Our race is now postponed until May 16, 2021. We have come to realize how difficult it is going to be to implement all of the COVID-19 safety measures that the Biltmore Estate and Buncombe County will require, while still providing an enjoyable experience to all of our runners.  It is now really important to get sponsors for next year's race since this is our main fundraiser for our charities budget. Let Ashley or Elaine know if you know of any potential sponsors that we should approach.  We have someone who will do it for you, or you can  Click here to print a copy of our sponsorship packet to give someone.

We would like to continue working with the kids at Rock Hill Baptist in the fall.  We are looking for a volunteer to help us teach the children (outside and socially distanced) how to fly the drones. If you know anyone who might be able to help, let us know.  If you are on Facebook, please share our post about this.

      Jason Posnock, Vice President and Chief Artistic Director of the Brevard Music Center, did a program about their diverse programs and how they have creatively adapted services over the past year due to Covid.  BMC's purpose is to bring talented students and faculty from across the country and around the world to their campus and into the community to participate in a transformative summer of study and performance. Because they were unable to join together in person this summer, virtual performances, activities, and educational resources are being offered for people to enjoy at home. Visit BMC Online regularly for new video content from faculty, students, and special guests, select past performances, featured live streams from a variety of organizations, shared articles, radio broadcasts, and more. 
      Brevard Music Center had a very successful annual fundraiser that exceeded expectations by more than 20%.   The staff has also conducted effective smaller fundraisers at local resort and retirement communities in the area.  They receive an annual grant of $80,000 from the NC Arts Council.   Actor and comedian Steve Martin, who also plays banjo, has been very generous to Brevard Music Center. His wife has a house in the area, and Martin likes to make surprise appearances at concerts. BMC hopes to open on schedule this summer with a reduced crowd capacity using Covid safety precautions. 
       These will be virtual meetings on Zoom
November 3 Election Day - no meeting.  Vote! 
November 10 - James E. Brewer, President of the Hendersonville Kiwanis Club will speak on the approach and strategy that he and his club use to increase membership 
November 17 -. Jessie Landl, Executive Director of the Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County, will speak on her organization’s valuable role in preserving and helping to designate historic properties in our region.
November 24 - TBA
December 1 - Matt Raker, Executive Director of Mountain Bizworks, a successful nonprofit involved in business planning, coaching, and financing in Western North Carolina will speak on Mountain Bizworks ongoing activities and how they have adjusted their service delivery due to the Covid virus.
December 8 - Jim Blanton, Executive Director of the Asheville and Buncombe County Public  Library System will give an update on the wide variety of programs and services available at the library and the new ways his staff has adapted to serving patrons as a result of Covid.
 December 15 - Asheville Kiwanis Club Christmas Party. We will meet in person at the ACT building at the VRQ 12-1:30.  
December 22 and 29 - No Meeting
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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