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!
March 2, 2021
  • We had  8 members at our meeting.  
  • 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.
  • If you would like to give a gift to our foundation in memory of Tony or Peggy you can send a check to Ashley Huggins at First Bank (10 S. Tunnel Road Asheville, 28805) or donate on our web page  by clicking on the donate button towards the bottom and choosing the foundation.  Be sure to include a name in the notes.   
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.
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
Our district midyear 2021 convention will be March 6th 9:00 - 3:30.  It will be on Zoom and is Free.  There will be lots of great speakers and education forums.  Register here.

 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.

    Our speakers were Katy Townsend, Resource Development Manager, and Jacque Hall, Co-Director of Community Support, from Children First.  They told us about Children First’s ongoing programs and activities and how they have adapted their services to address the Covid pandemic.
     Children First began in 1976 as a Youth Services Action Group with a focus on advocacy work. Their mission is to empower children and their families to reach their full potential through advocacy, education and services and to be a place where children and youth are highly valued and are provided the maximum opportunity to reach their full potential.
    Student support specialists work in four Buncombe County schools (Emma, Estes, and Johnston Elementary and Eblen Intermediate) and one Asheville City school (Claxton Elementary) and connect daily with students to help them succeed in school.
     Learning Centers in some of the housing projects, homework clubs, and summer enrichment programs provide a safe place for students to go and gives them a chance to work with the Student Support Specialist and volunteers to enrich their academic achievement.  There is also an equine therapy program which is beneficial for many students.
March 9 - Mr. David Nash, Executive Director of the Asheville Housing Authority will discuss current trends on the need for affordable housing in Asheville and Buncombe County and how the housing authority has adapted their programs and operations in response to the Covid 19 pandemic.
March 16 - Ms. Meg Ragland , President and Co-Founder of Plumprint, an Asheville based company that works nationally and has been recognized on Good Morning, America. Plumprint helps parents convert their children’s drawings and artwork into keepsake bound volumes. 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.

Ashley Huggins, President 

Scott Schwarzkopf,

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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