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 a business meeting from 12-12:30 and a guest speaker from 12:30-1 on Tuesdays on Zoom.  Please reply to this email if you would like a link to attend one of our meetings. 

We will update our Facebook page or website soon with information about when and where we plan to begin in person meetings

Guests are always welcome!
August 10, 2021
Longtime member, Gene Rainey, passed away peacefully on August 8.  He joined our club in 2001 and leaves behind a legacy of service and leadership to our community.  The family will have a private burial and will do a service at a later date.  I will post the obituary once it comes out.  
  • We had 9 members and 1 guest at our noon meeting.
  • Mark your calendar for our next in person evening meeting August 19 at 5:30. Place TBD
  • 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
     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 you 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 to be announced)
Sept 23rd - evening meeting 5:30 Stone Ridge Tavern
Sept 28th -  noon VRQ officer installation

More details to come!  
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 speakers were Antoine Fletcher and Atalaya Dorfield from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  They gave a very interesting presentation about the African American Experience Project. This project is a collaborative effort with park partners and the community to document and share the untold stories of African Americans in and outside the Smokies. This project began in 2018 and the park is conducting research into African American experiences in the Great Smoky Mountains region of Appalachia from the1540s to the present-day. Research topics in this framework include slavery, the American Civil War, social dynamics, laws and policies, careers, recreation, and oral histories. They hope that these topics will will help park visitors understand this important, yet untold story.  The results of this research will be used to educate park visitors, partners, and staff through teacher workshops, interpretive programs and products, and digital media.
August 17 - Megan Robinson, Executive Director of the American Red Cross serving Western NC. Megan will discuss the ongoing projects of the Red Cross related to the blood supply needs in Western North Carolina and other public health initiatives.
August 24 - Ms. Amanda Gopal, Executive Director of the One Hundred Movement, a local nonprofit dedicated to serving the needs of abused and neglected children in cooperation with local law enforcement. Amanda will update us on how her programs have changed after the Covid pandemic.
August 31 - Stacie Saunders, Director of the Buncombe County Health Department. Stacie will discuss the current needs related to Covid vaccinations in our region and public health issues of interest to residents of Western North Carolina.
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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