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!
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March 9, 2021
  • We had  4 members at our meeting.   We missed many of you!
  • Make plans to attend next week's program!  Our speaker will be Meg Ragland, President and Co-Founder of Plumprint, a national, Asheville based company. She has been recognized on Good Morning, America and other media outlets.  Plumprint helps parents convert their children’s drawings and artwork into keepsake bound books. Ms. Ragland will speak about the success of her company and what she enjoys about being based in the Asheville area.  If you have children or grandchildren, this is a great gift idea! You can even turn your recipes into a book!  Invite someone who might be interested to join us!  Here is the website  www.plumprint.com 
  • 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.
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.
 
Helmet Initiative
Our Club will be receiving 100 bike helmets from the NC Department of Transportation to be used at Johnston Elementary.  They will be distributed to all 3rd and 4th graders after they complete their bicycle safety PE class. We will be helping with their "Bike Bonanza" celebration, which will probably be in the Fall.
 
 
Membership
We are working on plans for a "virtual meet and greet" soon 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.  Please also think about the talent pool we already have in our club and send us ideas for other sectors or businesses in the local economy that you would like to see represented in the club.  We'll be giving more information about this event soon! 
  •  Gene Rainey is at Reynolds Mountain assisted living recovering from Covid.  He continues to feel better and make progress. His appetite has significantly improved and he is beginning to get up and move around a lot more on his own. He enjoys receiving cards.  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
                      Update

 We were informed by the Biltmore Estate that our races, scheduled for May 16, would not be allowed to go on.  Over the past few months, we have submitted plans to operate the event in a manner that would be safe for all involved, which complied with both the CDC and industry standards and were approved by Buncombe County.  Unfortunately, Biltmore still does not feel good about doing the race yet.  They want to work with us to find a new date which will probably be in May 2022.  We will let you know when a new date decided.

   Mr. David Nash, Executive Director of the Asheville Housing Authority, was our speaker.   The Asheville Housing Authority began construction of its first development, Lee Walker Heights, in 1950. Today, it has grown to 10 public housing developments with 1,534 units, 248 special program units and administers the Housing Choice Voucher Program to subsidize housing for more than 1,355 low-income individuals and families.
A few statistics:
  • 83% of residents have an income below $25,000 a year, with the average income being about $9500. 
  • 46% have a disabled head of household
  • 49% are black  47% are white
  • 39% are children and youth
  • 51% are one person households.

   Lee Walker Heights is currently being redeveloped along Biltmore Avenue.  There will be 96 subsidized apartments which will be for former Lee Walker Heights residents or new residents from the housing authority's waiting list. The complex includes one, two, and three bedroom apartments and will also have 116 other affordable apartments mixed throughout the buildings. Residents have recently begun to move into some of the new apartments.    

March 16 - Meg Ragland, President and Co-Founder of Plumprint, a national, Asheville based company. She has been recognized on Good Morning, America and other media outlets.  Plumprint helps parents convert their children’s drawings and artwork into keepsake bound books. 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.
Officers

Ashley Huggins, President 

Scott Schwarzkopf,
 President-Elect

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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