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 18, 2020
  • We will not have a meeting on March 3 due to the primary election at St. Mark's.
  • We will have a table for 10 at the Eliada Luncheon on March 12th at 12:00 -1:00. at Crown Plaza.  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 236 runners registered.  This time last year we had 171.
  • 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 pilot this week who wants to volunteer to help us teach the kids about drones in the after school program at Rock Hill Baptist. We plan to start the program next week.  Look for an email soon with details!
  • 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. 
  • 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.
Ms. Austin, the principal at Johnston, was nominated for the NC School Heroes. If she wins, Johnston would get $10,000!  Please click here to vote. You may need to choose Johnston in the drop down menu.  You can vote once a day per device. Voting goes until March 15th.  Let's help Johnston win $10,000!!  Feel free to share with others.

Johnston teachers need help with a variety of class tasks from cutting items, sorting games, and organizing books. Let Elaine know if you would like to help. Even if you only have 1 hour, it will help more than you know. 
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.
Unfortunately, Eric Bradford, Director of Operations of Asheville GreenWorks, had an organization issue arise that he needed to help resolve, so he was unable to make the Kiwanis meeting. Eric gave Scott Hicks gave some talking points to share with us.
  Eric oversees programs ranging from water quality to urban forestry. It's his goal to make Asheville and Buncombe County environmentally sound and sustainable for many generations to come.   Established in 1973, Asheville GreenWorks, formerly Quality Forward, is Asheville’s first and oldest environmental non-profit focused on restoring our urban ecology. Their programs focus on tree canopy, waste and water quality. They engage over 3600 new volunteers annually to run 200 projects ranging from tree plantings, restoration, educational to creek and river cleanups. Asheville GreenWorks is also the home of the Tree Protection and Plastic Reduction Task-forces. Both groups work to enhance location laws surrounding urban tree canopy loss and single use plastics.

Learn more about Asheville Greenworks, or become a member and help them enhance our urban ecology.  You can also find information on the website about upcoming events such as the Spring Free Tree Giveaway  or the Hard to Recycle collection.
2019-2020 Officers and Directors
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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