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 a business meeting from 12-12:30 and a guest speaker from 12:30-1 on Tuesdays on Zoom.  Please reply to this email if you would like a link to attend one of our meetings. 

We will update our Facebook page or website soon with information about when and where we plan to begin in person meetings

Guests are always welcome!
July 20, 2021
  • We had 5 members at our noon meeting.
  • We had our first in person evening meeting July 22 and had 9 members and 1 guest present at Cornerstone. Scott Hicks brought his dad, Alan, a Kiwanian from Roxboro.  We are sad to say goodbye to Scott who has sold his house and will be traveling around Europe through December. We wish you the best Scott!
  • Our next in person evening meeting will be August 5th at 5:30.  More details to come!
We are saddened to learn that Harry Michel died July 8th in Florida.  He was our club's secretary for many years.  
July Birthdays
July 10 -Elaine Grella
July 16 - Scott Rogers
July 28 - Scott Hicks
School Supply Drive
     As we approach the start of a new school year, our club is preparing its annual school supply project! This year we'll be focusing on the school we adopted, Johnston Elementary, to help build a school supply closet that can be filled year-round and distributed to students in need.
You can help by dropping off any supplies at the ABCCM office (20 20th St) or donating at the link below.  
Asheville Kiwanis Club | Donately
  After some discussion, the board has decided to try a new format for meetings.  We will be meeting at the Veteran's Restoration Quarters (VRQ) on Tunnel Road on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at noon for a lunch meeting. Zoom will be available at these meetings.  We will also meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month for a 5:30 evening meeting at various restaurants around Asheville.  In doing this we hope that more people will be able to attend at least one of the meeting times. There would just be a speaker at the noon meetings.  
The schedule for September will be:
Sept. 9th - evening meeting 5:30  (2nd Thursday due to labor day)
Sept 14th - noon VRQ (Speaker to be announced)
Sept 23rd - evening meeting 5:30
Sept 28th -  noon VRQ officer installation

More details to come!  
      Ms. Mary Nesbitt, Development Director of MANNA Food Bank, spoke to us about hunger and food insecurity issues in our area.  As a member of Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization, MANNA Food Bank links the food industry with over 200 partner agencies in 16 counties of WNC to get food to families’ tables.  They collect, store, and distribute food to accredited nonprofit partners throughout 16 counties in Western North Carolina. In 2019-2020, MANNA  distributed over 21.5 million lbs. of food to families across WNC. which is the equivalent of 57,000 meals every day of the year.
     At schools across WNC, MANNA helps feed children facing hunger every weekend through their MANNA Packs for Kids program.  Every Friday, a bag of nutrient-dense food is given to thousands of local school kids. MANNA  provides packs to over 5,000 children at 184 sites in WNC every week. While schools were closed during COVID, churches, sheriffs departments, and others worked hard to deliver the food to children's homes. 
      Find more information about giving or volunteer opportunities with this great organization here. 
 July 27 - Ms. Cassandra Lohmeyer, Buncombe County Recycling Coordinator. Cassandra will speak on the recycling public awareness campaign for county residents and also on recycling resources available in Buncombe County.
 August 3 - Hayley Burton, Transit Project Coordinator for the City of Asheville. Hayley will update us on the current programs and operations of the Asheville Transit System and bus service especially regarding changes made after the Covid pandemic.
August 10 - Antoine Fletcher, Appalachian Highlands Science Education Coordinator for the National Park Service. Antoine also manages the African American Wilderness Education Experience for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
August 17 - Megan Robinson, Executive Director of the American Red Cross serving Western NC. Megan will discuss the ongoing projects of the Red Cross related to the blood supply needs in Western North Carolina and other public health initiatives.
August 24 - Ms. Amanda Gopal, Executive Director of the One Hundred Movement, a local nonprofit dedicated to serving the needs of abused and neglected children in cooperation with local law enforcement. Amanda will update us on how her programs have changed after the Covid pandemic.
August 31 - Stacie Saunders, Director of the Buncombe County Health Department. Stacie will discuss the current needs related to Covid vaccinations in our region and public health issues of interest to residents of Western North Carolina.
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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