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 19, 2021
We have lost another Kiwanian and friend, Peggy Kirkpatrick, who died on January 18th from complications of COVID. She became a Kiwanian of the West Asheville Club in 1996 and served as their president, before joining our club in 2009.  She was a vital part of our Terrific Kids program and was our Key Club advisor for Enka for many years.  She also loved volunteering for the pancake breakfasts and bell ringing. 
 If you would like to give a gift in her memory to our club Foundation, you can mail a check made out to Asheville Kiwanis Club Foundation to Ashley Huggins at First Bank.  (10 S. Tunnel Rd.  Asheville, 28805)
You can also donate online from our webpage.  Choose the Foundation from the dropdown menu.  Be sure to add Peggy's name in the note section. 
  You can view her obituary here.
Elaine has created a slide show in memory of Tony and Peggy.  Be warned, it is a tear jerker!  Click here to view the show.  
  • We had 9 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.
  • 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
  • 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
Sleep Tight Kids is one of the organizations our club supports.  They donate "COMFORT BAGS" with newly purchased bedtime-related items for children including blankets, stuffed animals, dental care kits, and books either directly to needy families or through partnerships with other non-profit organizations supporting needy families, with a focus on families in Western North Carolina.  There will be a bag stuffing on February 4th to help fill more bags to give out.  The times are 9:30-11, 11-12:30, 1-2:30 and 2:30-4.  It will be at Morning Star Storage on Long Shoals Rd.  There will only be 8 people per slot and masks are required.  There will also be a need for delivery drivers after bags are filled.  If you would like to help, please email Elaine and let her know what time.  If you would like to volunteer to drive, let her know when you would be available.  
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. 
    Our speaker was Neal Reed, Director of Operations for New Morning Ltd .  He told us about the life and legacy of prominent local philanthropist John Cram who passed away in October 2020 and had a huge impact on development in Biltmore Village and downtown Asheville. 
     Cram came to Asheville in 1971 when Asheville was a very different place. He opened his first business, New Morning Gallery, now a high-end crafts shop, in Biltmore Village in 1972 for $500.  By 1983, the New York Times reported that New Morning was "one of the best art-craft shops in the Southeast," with sophisticated jewelry, glass, textiles and crafts that were "of museum quality."
    John was also vital to downtown redevelopment and was on the leading edge of all the revitalization. He had a vision of creating a home for the many artists who had settled in the region and opened Blue Spiral 1 on Biltmore Avenue, now one of the largest and busiest galleries in the South.
      In 1996, John refurbished a closed porno movie house next to Blue Spiral and turned it into the Fine Arts Theatre, Asheville's only independent arts cinema. Later, he opened another women's fashion shop, Bellagio Everyday, next door.
   One of his lasting legacies besides his gallery space was Biltmore Village's annual Village Arts and Crafts Fair, a two-day market that would have celebrated its 48th year, but had to be cancelled due to Covid. 
    John Cram received The North Carolina Award, the state’s highest civilian honor, in 2014. He was most recently awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine in January 2020.  
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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