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 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 11, 2020
  • Jessica Frantz visited our club today to learn all about the great things our club does.  She is helping us find sponsors for our race.
  • We will not have a meeting on March 3 due to the primary election at St. Mark's.
  • Bryce and Tom S. attended midyear convention in Concord last weekend.  
  • Board meeting is Friday, February 21.  12:00 at First Bank downtown
  • We will have a table for 10 at the Eliada Luncheon on March 12th at 12:00.  It is a free lunch.  Eliada will be recognizing Kiwanis and trying to raise money for the playground.  Let us know if you would like to attend.   
  • Our updated Bylaws have been approved by Kiwanis International.  You can download them here  You can also pick up a copy at a meeting.
  • You should have received a quarter 2 invoice by email.  If you haven't paid Q1 dues please do so as soon as possible.  If you want to pay online you can go to our website and click on donate now.  Please let Ashley know so she will know to move it to the correct place.  If you would like to do an automatic draft, ask Ashley for a bank form at the next meeting or download one here 
  • The updated member directory is in a members only section in the upper right corner of our website.  If you need the password, let Elaine know.  You can download it to your computer,or print it out, if you want to keep it handy for quick access.
  • We have 223 runners registered.  This time last year we only had 153.
  • We have $2500 in sponsors so far. We have someone who is helping us reach our $20,000 goal. 
  • Pick up some race cards at the next meeting to take to businesses and give to possible runners.
  • If you know of possible sponsors for our race, let an officer or board member know if we should contact someone.  
  •  Download  information to take to potential sponsors
Kiwanis events and programs
sponsor commitment
sponsorship levels
  • Our next meetings will be 5:30-7, Feb. 27th  at New Belgium Brewing (21 Craven St.) We'll be discussing another Guardian Ad Litem fundraiser and the drone initiative. 
  • Our Drone Initiative continues to move forward.  Windell met with a licensed drone piilot this week who wants to volunteer to help us teach the kids about drones in the after school program at Rock Hill Baptist.
  • UNCA is ready to partner with us and has some students who will do service learning and work with the kids at Rock Hill Baptist after school program to build drones.  We will be buying the drones soon so we can get started!  
  • Windell also met with the county sports commissioner recently. They are working with the drone racing league to get a venue, possibly the civic center.  We will partner with the Asheville sports commission.
Eliada Home Kiwanis Playground Update
We will be giving about $1800 towards the playground, which is the money raised from the silent auction at our gala.
If you are on Facebook, you can also help by sharing the Eliada Home Fundraiser Facebook page for the playground.
Marielle DeJong, Events Manager of Friends of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, was our speaker.  Great Smoky Mountains National Park covers more that 800 square miles in Western North  Carolina and Eastern Tennessee and is home to amazing wildlife, breathtaking views, and some of the oldest mountains in the world.  It is the most visited park in America, with more than 12.5 million visits in 2019.  Many children benefit from their Parks as Classrooms programs.  Children take field trips to parks and rangers also lead lessons in the classrooms. Summer urban youth programs and High school internships are some ways students can get more in depth learning about working in a national park.  Visit the GSMNP website to learn about hiking all the trails and becoming a member of the 900 miler club, ways to volunteer or how you can support the park by purchasing a license plate.
2019-2020 Officers and Directors
 February 18 - Mr. Eric Bradford, Director of Operations for Greenworks  
February 25 - No Noon meeting.  Come to the Kiwanis One Meeting February 27th at New Belgium.
March 3 - No Meeting due to primary elections at St. Marks
March 10 - Cheryl Fowler, Membership Director, Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy
 March 17 - Marcela Moreno, City of Asheville Transit Project Coordinator on recent improvements and enhancements to the City of Asheville’s bus system
 March 24 - Mr. Bill Eaker, Senior Environmental Planner of Land of Sky Regional Council, on regional air quality and transportation initiatives
March 31 - No noon meeting. Come to the Kiwanis One meeting on March 26th. Place TBD
Mission Statement
Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world, one child and one community at a time.

Windell Camanse, President 

Ashley Huggins,

Elaine Grella, Secretary

Scott Rogers, Treasurer

Tony Seker,

Board of Directors
Bryce Gilbert
Scott Hicks
Scott Schwarzkopf
Gregg Stamey
Foundation Board
Scott Schwarzkopf,  President

JoAnn Morgan, Vice President

Tony Seker, Director

 Russ Martin, Treasurer
Skywanian Editor
     Elaine Grella
Past Skywanian Issues
Kiwanis Resources
Kiwanis International
Carolina Kiwanian
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