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!
January 7, 2020
  • Mark Geovjian - A Kiwanian from East Lansing Michigan club who lives in Asheville during the winter
  • Our speakers, Dave Erb and Rudy Beharrysingh, with the Blue Ridge EV Club. 
  • We had 13 members and 3 visitors at our meeting today
  • Elaine read a thank you note from Deerfield Retirement Community thanking us for the pointsettias.
  • Please be thinking about possible sponsors for our race and let an officer or board member know if we should contact someone.  
  • You should receive a quarter 2 invoice soon.  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.  
  • The updated member directory is at the bottom of our website under members only.  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.
  • Our next meeting will be 5:30-7, January 16th at Zillicoah Beer Company - 870 Riverside Drive.  We'll be discussing another Guardian Ad Litem fundraiser and the drone initiative. We'll also meet on January 30th place TBD. 
  • Our officers are going to meet with the Key Club officers on January 25 to see how they can be involved.  We may try to do drone racing event between schools.  
  • Drone Initiative is moving forward.  Windell met with the Chancellor at UNCA   They will partner with us and have some students do service learning and work with kids at Rock Hill Baptist after school program to build drones.  This will begin this semester.  
  • 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.
During January we're going to collect disinfectant wipes for the teachers at Johnston to use in their classrooms.  They are always in need of them,especially during cold and flu season, to wipe down desks and other surfaces.  Please bring a container to a meeting during January.  
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.

Another way you can help is to sign up for
Amazon Smile and add Eliada Home as your charity.   When you buy anything on Amazon, 5% of the purchase will go towards the Eliada Playground.  You have to place your order from the Amazon Smile page.  Tell your family and friends so they can help us too!  If you need help, I can show you at our next meeting.
Dave Erb from the Blue Ridge EV Club gave an informative presentation about electric vehicles (EVs).  Besides helping our environment, electric vehicles also save money.  A typical gas car has an estimated total yearly maintenance and fueling cost of $1300 or more.  An electric car's estimated yearly cost is between $330-$380.  There are different types of Electric Vehicles.  For example, pure Electric Vehicles such as Chevy Bolt, Nissan Leaf, and Tesla Model 3 have a range of 85-325 miles depending on battery capacity and driving conditions.  Plug-in Hybrid EVs, such as Chevy Volt or Toyota Prius Prime, are initially powered solely by electricity, with a gas engine backup to provide hundreds of miles in range.  After several questions and answers, Dave and Rudy Beharrysingh (President of the Blue Ridge EV Club) took us outside to show us different electric cars.  It was an interesting presentation. 
2019-2020 Officers and Directors
 January 14 - Amy DeCamp, Events Coordinator for ASAP.  They help local farms thrive, link farmers to markets and supporters, and build healthy communities through connections to local food.  They also run a farms to schools program
 January 21 - Franzi Charen, Founder/Director of the Asheville Grown Business Alliance.  The Go Local Card celebrates the interdependence of our businesses to each other, public education and to the youth in our community.
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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