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 Kiwanis Club of Asheville meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 5:30 at various locations around Asheville.  Check our website or Facebook Page for the location each month.  We also meet at noon on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at the Veteran's Restoration Quarters (1329 Tunnel Rd) for lunch and speaker from 12-1:30. 
 
Guests are always welcome!
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August 31, 2021
  • No noon meeting next week, Sept. 7th.  In person meetings resume Sept. 14th at the VRQ.  Please plan to attend if at all possible!
  • You should have received your Q4 invoice from Scott Rogers.  Please send your dues to Ashley at First Bank  (10 S. Tunnel Road Asheville, 28805 )
August Birthdays
 
August 21 Karon Korp
      August 30th  Russ Martin
School Supply Drive
Now - August 31!
     As we approach the start of a new school year, our club is preparing its annual school supply project! This year we'll be focusing on the school we adopted, Johnston Elementary, to help build a school supply closet that can be filled year-round and distributed to students in need.
You can help by dropping off any supplies at the ABCCM office (20 20th St) or donating at the link below.  
Asheville Kiwanis Club | Donately

Here is a letter to share with your contacts.  

If you would like to donate supplies here are a few things students and teachers always need throughout the year.
Composition books (not spiral)
2 pocket folders (with and without brads)
Expo markers
Glue sticks
Ziplock bags (quart and gallon size)
Lysol wipes
  After some discussion, the board has decided to try a new format for meetings.  We will be meeting at the Veteran's Restoration Quarters (VRQ) on Tunnel Road on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 12:00 - 1:30 for a lunch meeting. Zoom will be available at these meetings.  We will also meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month for a 5:30 -7 evening meeting at various restaurants around Asheville.  In doing this, we hope that more people will be able to attend at least one of the meeting times. Only the Tuesday meetings will have a speaker scheduled.
The schedule for September will be:
Sept. 9th - evening meeting 5:30 at Stone Ridge Tavern  1003 Brevard Rd. (2nd Thursday due to labor day)
Sept 14th - noon VRQ Speaker Jeff Kaplan, Director of Venture Asheville
Sept 23rd - evening meeting 5:30 Stone Ridge Tavern
Sept 28th -  noon VRQ officer installation
As most of you know, Scott Hicks and his wife will be taking a "gap year" to travel around Europe.  He has created a blog to write about his travels.  If you would like to follow his adventures  click here.  You can add your email and then will receive updates as he adds them.  
  Our speaker was Stacie Sauders, Director of the Buncombe County Health Department. Buncombe County currently has 365 cases per 100,000 population per week. This is very similar to the situation in early January. Buncombe County’s Covid positivity rate is 9.6%, which is much lower than surrounding counties. Yancey County has a 15.5% positivity rate. McDowell County has a positivity rate of 17.3%, Rutherford County has a positivity rate of 21.3%,and Haywood County has a positivity rate of 15.7%.  She noted that vaccination rates in those counties are less than 50% totally vaccinated for total population.
  There are currently 276 hospitalized Covid cases in Buncombe County, and the vast majority of these cases are all unvaccinated individuals. All these cases are from the Delta variant, which is the dominant strain in the United States today. Statistics show that unvaccinated individuals are 15 times more likely to die from Covid.   59% of the Buncombe County population is fully vaccinated and 63% of the county population has been at least partially vaccinated. There are 1.1 deaths from Covid per 1,000 population. Stacie said the latest information she has on the Pfizer and Moderna booster shots is that the booster shots are expected to be doses of about the same strength as one of the original Pfizer and Moderna shots. The long term goal is to get enough individuals vaccinated that it will be possible to have managed control of Covid cases. She said it is likely that in the future taking a Covid vaccination may become as regular as taking an annual flu shot. There is no indication that Covid is going to completely vanish in the near future.
         In Person Meetings Begin Again!

Thursday, September 9th -
5:30 -7:00 Stone Ridge Tavern ( 1003 Brevard Rd)  Please let Karon Korp know by Sept. 8th if you plan to attend.
Tuesday, September 14th - Noon meeting at the Veteran's Restoration Quarters (1329 Tunnel Rd.)  If you choose to eat lunch it will be $10.  Our speaker will be Jeff Kaplan, Director of Venture Asheville.
Thursday, September 23rd - 5:30 -7:00 Stone Ridge Tavern ( 1003 Brevard Rd)
Tuesday, September 28th - Noon meeting at the Veteran's Restoration Quarters (1329 Tunnel Rd.)  If you choose to eat lunch it will be $10.  We will be doing officer installation.
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.
Officers

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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