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 30, 2021
  • We had 9 members at our meeting.  We've missed many of you!
  • It is with heavy hearts that the board has accepted Ashley’s resignation as president of our club.  During the past year she has had several job changes within First Bank, the most recent becoming a branch manager.  It has currently become very difficult for her maintain a work/life balance, so she has decided to step away from a leadership role in the club.  Scott Schwarzkopf will assume the duties of president for the rest of the year.
  •  If you have not sent in  Q2 dues please do so as soon as possible and mail to PO Box 8433 Asheville, NC 28814.  If you have questions please email Scott Rogers.
We will be having an in person meeting on Thursday, May 20th from 5-6:30 at Transformation Village!  We would like for each member to bring at least one guest who might be interested in learning more about Kiwanis. We are looking to grow our membership!   We will be sharing about all of the projects and groups we support, giving out Key Club Scholarships and offering tours of Transformation Village. There will be safety precautions in place.   Begin thinking about people that you can invite!  More details to come.
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.
    We had an interesting program with Jane Anderson, Executive Director of the Asheville Independent Restaurant Association (AIR), and Kevin Barnes, owner of Ultimate Ice Cream.  They talked with us about some of the challenges local restaurants faced during this past year.  
     AIR began in 2003 with three local restaurant owners who believed that by working together, Asheville’s independent restaurants could create a culture of collaboration and stewardship unique in the industry. They have a 13-member board which leads an organization of more than 100
members, making them the largest not-for-profit (501C-6) organization of their kind
in the U.S.
    AIR restaurants must be locally owned, have originated in Asheville and members must live in Buncombe County.
     All restaurants can now be open in Asheville with 75% capacity, but many are facing staffing shortages due to workers being laid off during COVID and who are no longer living in the area or have found other jobs.  Jane has been in at least one AIR restaurant every day, and says they are some of the safest places she knows!  If you plan on visiting one of the AIR restaurants in the near future, it would probably be a good idea to have a reservation!   
April 6 - Katie Cornell, Executive Director of the Asheville Arts Council will speak on the importance and diversity of the Arts to the local economy and how the various parts of the Arts community have adapted their programs and services to address the Covid pandemic.
April 13 - Father Rev. David McCanless, Parochial Vicar of the Basilica of Saint Lawrence will speak on the national historic preservation grant that the Basilica of Saint Lawrence was recently awarded. The Basilica of St. Lawrence is a prominent downtown historic landmark and was co-designed by Rafael Guastavino, one of the architects of the Biltmore House.
April 20 - Susan Harper, Executive Director of the Asheville Community Theatre, and Chanda Calentine, will speak on upcoming programs and activities at Asheville Community Theatre (ACT) and how ACT has adapted its operations in response to the Covid pandemic. 
 April 27 - Candace Poolton, Volunteer and Community Outreach Coordinator of the Friends of the WNC Nature Center, will discuss the ongoing programs and activities of the WNC Nature Center and its valuable contribution to Asheville and Buncombe County. 
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.

Scott Schwarzkopf, President 

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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