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!
August 4, 2020
  • We had 8 members attend our virtual Kiwanis meeting.  If you would like help getting on Zoom or calling in,  please reply to this email and someone will be glad to talk you through it!  I hope you will plan on joining us next Tuesday, August 11.  On Monday, I will send you a reminder with a link to join on your computer or tablet, or a phone number to call.  This is a great way to catch up with everyone and see how we're all doing.  We'll also have a speaker at each virtual meeting. We will continue this on a weekly basis until we are able to meet again at St. Mark's.
  • You should have received your Q4 dues invoice from Scott Rogers.  If you have any questions please contact him   Please mail checks to Ashley at First Bank.  You can also pay online by going to our website and clicking on the donate button about halfway down.  Please let Ashley know so she can move the money into dues.  
  •  If you are doing anything to help others during this time, please let Elaine know so she can report on service hours in her monthly report.

Some of our members, plus 2 AC Reynolds Key Club members, helped to assemble the backpacks on Saturday morning.  It was great to see people face to face!
We will present the backpacks to the kids on Thursday, August 13th at 5:30 outdoors at Steadfast House. Please join us if you can!  
Thanks to everyone who helped with a donation for the school supplies! 
The Carolina District Convention will be virtual on Saturday, August 15th and it's FREE!  (You can even attend in your pajamas if you want!)

9:00-9:50 Welcome and business meeting
10:00-10:50  General Session  Keynote address Dave Kelly  How to engage and motivate members during a pandemic
11:-11:50  Education session 1  Finding a path forward with Covid in the way
11:50-12:30 Education session 2  Membership growth during the pandemic
12:30  Wrap up
Register here   You can attend any or all of the sessions.  

We would like to continue working with the kids at Rock Hill Baptist in the fall.  We are looking for a volunteer to help us teach the children (outside and socially distanced) how to fly the drones. If you know anyone who might be able to help, let us know.  If you are on Facebook, please share our post about this.

It's official!  Our race has been postponed to October 4th, 2020.   We have $3750 in sponsors so far, but will now have time to try and get more.  
We recently had a speaker from Evergreen Charter School as a speaker. She has shared with us a hands on project that might be of interest to some of our members over the summer. Evergreen has a number of gardens that are in need of weeding and clearing out. This could be done within the social distancing guidelines, with masks worn. If anyone is interested, please contact Susan Haldane,
 and she can discuss the project in more detail.
Looking for a unique and meaningful way to give back to the Asheville & Buncombe County community? Become a reading tutor with Read to Succeed and support a K-3rd grade student in achieving grade-level reading proficiency.  There are many students at Johnston and other schools who need your help.  Learn more here. 
 Our speaker was Olivia Onderlinde, Corporate Engagement Manager for MANNA Food bank.  They  have served Western North Carolina since 1983 and are an accredited member of Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization.  In 2018/2019 MANNA distributed 19.8 million pounds of food through some 200+ community-based food assistance agencies in 16 Western North Carolina counties.  They could not exist without the support of volunteers and donors. In 2018/2019, 6,992 volunteers donated 73,000+ hours and there were $1.7 million in donations from individual donors.
     The MANNA Packs for Kids program provides emergency food assistance to public school students throughout all 16 counties in WNC who receive free school meals.  MANNA works closely with WNC schools to identify at-risk student populations.  In 2018/2019 they provided an average of 5,111 MANNA Packs every week of the school year to children across WNC.  Since Covid began in March, over 100,000 people have received 6 million pounds of food and their help line has helped over 3,000 households. Click Here to learn how you can volunteer to help this great organization.
August 11 - Angeline Schwab, Executive Director of the Folkmoot International Folk Festival In Waynesville. Angie will be speaking to us about the upcoming series of concerts and other online special events that Folkmoot has planned. 
 August 18 - Lisa J. Bryant, Producing Artistic Director for Flat Rock Playhouse, the State Theatre of North Carolina. Lisa will speak on upcoming programs and plans for Flat Rock Playhouse and how the playhouse has creatively adjusted its operations in response to the Covid 19 virus.
August 25 - Mr. Mark Davis, Associate Justice of the NC Supreme Court. Justice Davis will speak on his new book detailing the expansion of individual rights in North Carolina under the court system in the 1980s and 90s. 
2019-2020 Officers and Directors
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
Board of Directors
Bryce Gilbert
Scott Hicks
Scott Schwarzkopf
Gregg Stamey
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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