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!
February 16, 2021
  • We had  9 members at our meeting.  It was good to see Scott Rogers there!
  • You should have received your Q2 dues.  Please fill out the automatic draft form that was attached to email, or mail them to Ashley at First Bank.  (10 S. Tunnel Road  Asheville, NC  28805)  If you have questions please email Scott Rogers.
  • If you would like to give a gift to our foundation in memory of Tony or Peggy you can send a check to Ashley Huggins at First Bank (10 S. Tunnel Road Asheville, 28805) or donate on our web page  by clicking on the donate button towards the bottom and choosing the foundation.  Be sure to include a name in the notes.   
  • If you would like to send Etta Seker a card, her address is 41 Cobblers Way apt. 124  Asheville, 28804
We are working on plans for a "virtual meet and greet" sometime in the next month to try to get some interest in our club.  We'll be inviting local people who have liked our Facebook page as well as others who members suggest.  Please be thinking of people you know who may enjoy being a part of our club.  We'll be giving more information about this event soon! 
  •  Gene Rainey has been moved from Aston Park to the rehab area of Reynolds Mountain assisted living. This is a step up in recovering from Covid. He continues to feel better and make slow progress. He is working to improve his appetite and is having walking related therapy  If you would like to send him a card his address is: 41 Cobblers Way Apt 2207 Asheville, NC 28804
  • Amy Euler had major surgery in November and is currently in rehab in Asheville.  If you'd like to send her a card her address is: 32 Pinnacle Pt.  Asheville NC 28805
Our district midyear 2021 convention will be March 6th 9:00 - 3:30.  It will be on Zoom and is Free.  There will be lots of great speakers and education forums.  Register here.
The race is still scheduled for May 16, 2021.  The COVID plan has been approved by the county and we're just waiting for Biltmore to approve it.  New registrations should open up February 15th. 

     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. 
    Victoria “Vic” Isley, the new president and CEO of Explore Asheville  gave an update on the current state of the area tourism economy.  Explore Asheville is a non profit that does marketing on behalf of the tourism development authority, which was created by the state to oversee the collection and investment of occupancy taxes from hotels and short term rentals.  This helps the economic development of Buncombe County by attracting and servicing visitors, generating income, jobs and tax revenues, which make the community a better place to live and visit.  The TDA  has listened to leaders and community members to find ways to build back tourism after Covid, have safe and responsible travel, and promote Asheville's creative spirit
Even if you're a local, the Explore Asheville website is full of  things to do, places to eat and drink, music, art, and you may even find a few surprises.
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
March 2 - Our speakers will be from Children First.  Ms. Katy Townsend, Resource Development Manager, and Ms. Jacque Hall, Co-Director of Community Support, will update us on Children First’s ongoing programs and activities and how they have adapted their services to address the Covid pandemic.
March 9 - Mr. David Nash, Executive Director of the Asheville Housing Authority will discuss current trends on the need for affordable housing in Asheville and Buncombe County and how the housing authority has adapted their programs and operations in response to the Covid 19 pandemic.
March 16 - Ms. Meg Ragland , President and Co-Founder of Plumprint, an Asheville based company that works nationally and has been recognized on Good Morning, America. Plumprint helps parents convert their children’s drawings and artwork into keepsake bound volumes. Ms. Ragland will speak about the success of her company and what she enjoys about being based in the Asheville area.
March 23 - Ms. Holly Jones of the NC Department of Justice will speak on her activities with the Consumer Protection program. Holly is a former Buncombe County commissioner and a former member of the Asheville City Council.
March 30 -  Ms. Jane Anderson, Executive Director of the Asheville Independent Restaurant Association (AIR), will discuss some of the economic issues and concerns facing local restaurants in Asheville during the Covid pandemic and how AIR is working to help them through its programs and activities.
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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