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 13, 2021
  • We had 9 members at our meeting.   We also had 5 Black Mountain members present for an interclub.  
  •  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.
  • Windell Camanse - April 16th
  • JoAnn Roberson turns 96 on April 17th.  If you would like to send her a card her address is: 12 Quail Hollow  Asheville  28804
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.
   Father Rev. David McCanless, Parochial Vicar of the Basilica of Saint Lawrence spoke 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.  Guastavino was born in Valencia, Spain and his Spanish heritage influenced both the art and architecture of the Basilica.  Construction began in 1905 and was completed in 1909, a year after his death.  The dome uses a tile arch system, which is self supporting.  It is said to be the largest free standing, elliptical dome in North America.
    The Basilica was built as it would have been built in Spain, but because Asheville gets much more rain than Spain does, it was not designed to handle the amount of rainfall collection and drainage.  The needed repairs and restoration include a new water collection and drainage system, repairing the damage to the roof and parapets, and the overall refurbishment and restoration that a 112 year old building requires.  
   St. Lawrence has been awarded a $250,000 grand toward the repairs from the National Fund for Sacred Places.  It will cost about 4-5 million to repair the dome and the entire project will be between 10-15 million dollars.  The Basilica Preservation Fund has lots of information about how you can support this great cause. 
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. 
May 4 - Mr. Joshua Goodling. Joshua is a terminal cancer survivor and an inspirational speaker based in Tennessee who has spoken to Kiwanis Clubs across the Southeast. He was diagnosed with cancer at four years old and is living a productive life 50 years later.  He will share his inspiring story
May 11- Ms. Amy Barry, Executive Director, Buncombe County Partnership for Children. Amy will speak on the Partnership’s ongoing programs and activities related to child care and health and education for children and how the Covid pandemic has affected their operations.
May 18 - Ms. Meredith Switzer, Executive Director of Homeward Bound WNC, will speak on her organization’s efforts to serve the homeless in Asheville and Buncombe County
May 25 - Mr. Jim Delisle of PARI (Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute). PARI is a non-profit astronomical observatory based in the Pisgah National Forest. PARI actively promotes space and science for children, including space camps. 
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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