Greetings From The Keene Kiwanians

Kiwanis is an international service organization focused primarily on helping children.  We in the Kiwanis Club of Keene focus most of our efforts on our local youth. We fund our efforts by raising money through community events, our annual Car Show, a yearly yard sale and our fund raising campaign with local businesses. We then reinvest these funds into local youth groups at Keene State College, MRHS, KHS, St. Joseph School and the Surry Village Charter School.  We award scholarships to one member of the Circle K Club at KSC and to one graduating senior from each high school who is a member of the their school's Key Club.  We also award grants to many youth organizations in the Monadnock Region.  We sponsor the Christmas Tree Lighting at Central Square in November and the Kool Wheels bike safety event in May when we give free helmets to hundreds of children.
We work hard for the youth of Cheshire County and have a lot of fun doing so.  We would love to have you join us.  Come see what we are all about.  We meet every Wednesday at 7:30 am at the Pub Restaurant on Winchester Street.
Peg Bruce, President

Coming This Fall  -  The 5th Annual Kiwanis Car Show  -  October 1st

The Kiwanis Club of Keene looks forward to hosting its 5th Annual Car Show at the Monadnock Fall Festival in downtown Keene on Saturday, October 1st, from 10am  to 2pm. The Monadnock Fall Festival will take place on Saturday, October 1st,  from  10am  to 4pm  in the center of the city of Keene. Many service clubs and non-profit groups will participate in making this community event a celebration of all that makes the Monadnock area special and unique. Keene State College will schedule it's Parents Weekend at this time and will host a variety of activities on the campus. The festival is being produced in association with the Keene Music Fest, an event that has been instrumental in showcasing the talents of many artists in our region in a relaxed and family friendly environment.

The Kiwanis Club's 5th Annual Car Show in downtown Keene will be held on Saturday, October 1st, from 10am  to 2pm. The car show will take place on Gilbo Avenue, between Main and School Street. Great food, music, face painting, and a 50/50 raffle will be part of the experience as you get to admire a wide variety of antique and classic cars, trucks, and motorcycles.

Show car registration starts at 8:30am and a fee of $10 is requested. Cars will enter Gilbo  Avenue from School Street. Door prizes will be given away throughout the event and a variety of trophies, based upon spectator votes, will be awarded at the end of the show.

All proceeds will benefit the children of the Monadnock region. For more information, please contact Pam Hall at 603.313.2011 and  be sure to download our Car Show flyer. See you there!

Coming In November -  The Annual Kiwanis Tree Lighting

We at Kiwanis are so looking forward to once again doing the Tree Lighting celebration on Central Square this holiday season. We will be setting up and lighting the tree, decorating the Gazebo, and lighting the lamp post along Main St. down to the Winchester St. traffic circle. Also this year we are hoping to set up another tree in the middle of the Winchester St. traffic circle, thus giving the length of Main St. a very festive feel. We hope you will join us for this fun, and joyous celebration. Bring the Kids and enjoy the cookies and hot chocolate, and, of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus.

We hope to see you there on the Friday after thanksgiving. For further information, please contact Past President Dave Ganio.

Thank you Keene for Supporting Our Recent Kiwanis Summer Events

Kiwanis Golf Tournamentat at the Bretwood Golf Course
Our first Kiwanis golf Tournamant is now history and a resounding success it was. We want to thank Dave Ganio for suggesting we hold the event, Peg Bruce's leadership, and all the club members who made this happen. Starting from scratch, our members got the word out there to area golfers, obtained  numerous local sponsors, and energetically supported the club on game day. The club netted approximately $3,014 and check out the  tournament photos. On to next year!

Hannaford's July Book Sale
Again this year, we sponsored a free book table at Hannaford's Supermarket in Keene for the month of July. Kiwanian Janet Genatt organized the books donated by club members and ensured the book bin was always bursting with "Take Me" books. With Janet's efforts, residents donated an amazing $873.60 last month.

All the funds collected from these two events will be used for the benefit of the children in the Monadnock Region in a variety of ways. Kiwanis awards scholarships and camperships to deserving youths; sponsors five youth clubs which foster leadership skills and community involvement; gives away hundreds of bike helmets at its Kool Wheels Family Fun and Safety event; and hosts the annual Tree Lighting of the Central Square.

The Kiwanis Club of Keene appreciates the support of the community in its mission to enhance the lives of the children and their families.

 Kiwanis Kool Wheels - 2016: A Winner for Kids, Parents, and the Community

The weather was cool on Saturday, May 7th, when we held our annual Bike Safety day at the Keene Rec Center. The club fitted and gave out over 300 free bike helmets while providing a wide assortment of activities for the bikers and their families.
Kool Wheels is our Kiwanis club’s annual effort to make biking safe for kids. Kids 4-12 years old were able to choose a free bicycle helmet from a colorful selection of helmets and Kiwanians properly fitted the helmets for each child. Biker Chris Jackson was there once again to provide a quick tune up for every kid's bike brought to the event. The  Keene High School Kiwanis Key Club set up a bike safety riding range where good bike safety skills were emphasized with each child receiving a Certificate of Achievement upon completing the course.

Many other community organizations volunteered their time to speak with the children and pass out safety tips and literature including the Keene Police Department and the Keene Fire Department.  Attendees brought their teddy bear or doll that might have a “broken arm or paw”, and the orthopedic staff of Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene applied a colorful cast to the damaged limb. Keene State College dietetic interns prepared and served delicious healthy snacks and provided dietary information about healthy eating. Face painting was provided by the Monadnock Regional HS Key Club members and arts and crafts tables were available with Ribby from the Swamp Bats and Fergus from the Childrens' Museum greeting all the children through the morning.
And finally, we held a drawing where two brand new bicycles, donated by Walmart, were given to happy bikers. The winners of the bikes were: Aditya Nanapaneni and Makenzie Gregory. Many thanks to Keene Kiwanian Art Walker for chairing this year's event and for all the club members who participated Saturday. And we thank our numerous local business and personal supporters whose generousity helped make this happen. For photos of this year's Kool Wheels, click here.  We hope to see you next May!

Why Join Kiwanis?

There are three reasons really:

    Service - Club activities provide opportunity for you to give back to the community, help the children of our community, and make Keene  a better place to live.

    Information - Club speakers cover a wide variety of subjects relevant to current events and our community (Speakers and topics from recent club meetings are listed in our News page.)

     Social - Club membership provides an environment where individuals from varied backgrounds become acquainted. One of the meanings of "Kiwanis" is "We make noise and have a good time"

Interested? We'd love you to contact one of the club officers listed at the bottom of this page.

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If you are interested in joining or are a visiting Kiwanian, please join us at our weekly meetings. They are held on Wednesdays at 7:30 AM at The Pub in Keene. If you would like information about speaking at our meetings, please contact our speaker coordinator, Paul Bothwell.

Kiwanians at the recent Kool Wheels Bike Safety Day

Further Club Information
For further information on the Keene Kiwanis Club, you may contact any of our club members listed below via email:
Peg Bruce, President
Sue Farrell, Treasurer
Pam Little, Secretary
Jim Faux, Webmaster

Meeting Times: Every Wednesday at 7:30 AM at The Pub
131 Winchester St., Keene
Mailing Address:
63 Emerald Street, PMB 451, Keene, NH 03431