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!
April 6, 2021
  • We had 9 members at our meeting.  We've missed many of you!
  • It is with heavy hearts that the board has accepted Ashley’s resignation as president of our club.  During the past year she has had several job changes within First Bank, the most recent becoming a branch manager.  It has currently become very difficult for her maintain a work/life balance, so she has decided to step away from a leadership role in the club.  Scott Schwarzkopf will assume the duties of president for the rest of the year.
  •  If you have not sent in  Q2 dues please do so as soon as possible and mail to PO Box 8433 Asheville, NC 28814.  If you have questions please email Scott Rogers.
We will be having an in person meeting on Thursday, May 20th from 5-6:30 at Transformation Village!  We would like for each member to bring at least one guest who might be interested in learning more about Kiwanis. We are looking to grow our membership!   We will be sharing about all of the projects and groups we support, giving out Key Club Scholarships and offering tours of Transformation Village. There will be safety precautions in place.   Begin thinking about people that you can invite!  More details to come.
We have created Team Kiwanis, with a goal of raising $250 to help Eblen Charities.  Click the link below to join our team or donate and then, if you are able, join us virtually anytime between May 8th-15th to walk, run or roll for Eblen Charities!  Be sure and share the link with your friends who may like to donate or join our team!     
Tools for Schools
Here's an easy way to support Johnston.  Link your Ingles card to Johnston Elementary and they will receive some money every time you shop.   All you need is the number on the back of your Ingles card.  Click here to link your card.  Type Johnston in the search and choose the school in Asheville.
   Our speaker was Katie Cornell, Executive Director of the Asheville Arts Council.  Incorporated in 1953, with the primary goal of building a new civic arts center, it is the 2nd oldest arts council in NC and one of the first in the US.  The mission of the Asheville Area Arts Council is to keep the arts at the heart of our community.  They do this by supporting arts organizations and artists in Buncombe County through advocacy, public art, and services for creatives.
     Pre Covid, the arts in Asheville were very strong, especially the performing arts.  Thirty nine non profit and 19 for profit arts businesses in Asheville lost a total of 504 jobs.  Performing arts venues were impacted the worst.  Creative workers accounted for 65% of the unemployment in the state, with the national average at 52%.  A survey showed $23.1 million in lost revenue since March 2020, with 16 businesses likely to close in the next 3 months.  
    Montford Park Players will be returning this summer with 50% capacity outdoors.  Diana Wortham will be having small audiences and also live streaming events. 
     As restrictions continue to ease and more people are vaccinated, be on the lookout for smaller concerts and events in the area and go out and support the arts in Asheville!
April 13 - Father Rev. David McCanless, Parochial Vicar of the Basilica of Saint Lawrence will speak on the national historic preservation grant that the Basilica of Saint Lawrence was recently awarded. The Basilica of St. Lawrence is a prominent downtown historic landmark and was co-designed by Rafael Guastavino, one of the architects of the Biltmore House.
April 20 - Susan Harper, Executive Director of the Asheville Community Theatre, and Chanda Calentine, will speak on upcoming programs and activities at Asheville Community Theatre (ACT) and how ACT has adapted its operations in response to the Covid pandemic. 
 April 27 - Candace Poolton, Volunteer and Community Outreach Coordinator of the Friends of the WNC Nature Center, will discuss the ongoing programs and activities of the WNC Nature Center and its valuable contribution to Asheville and Buncombe County. 
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.

Scott Schwarzkopf, President 

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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