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 here in Cheshire County. We fund our efforts by raising money through community events, our annual Car Show, a yearly yard sale and our annual fund raising campaign with local businesses.
We then reinvest much of these funds into local youth groups at Keene State College, MRHS, KHS, St. Joseph School and the Surry Village Charter School. Every year, we award scholarships to a member of the Circle K Club at KSC, and to a graduating senior Key Clubber from each high school. We also award grants and camperships to many youth oriented organizations in the Monadnock Region. As part of our Community Service, we give hundreds of free bicycle safety helmets to hundreds of children at our Kool Wheels bike safety event in early May. And, in collaboration with the city, we sponsor and produce the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Central Square in late November.
We work hard for the youth of this area. But we also have fun and laugh a lot. We meet every Wednesday morning at 7:30-8:30 am at the Pub Restaurant on Winchester Street. Come to a meeting as our breakfast guest, and see what we are all about. You’ll enjoy hearing our speaker, laugh at our jokes, and have a good time. And we would love to meet you.
Paul Bothwell, President
Kiwanis and the City of Keene Start the Christmas Season
On November 25th, the Friday after Thanksgiving, the annual Keene Tree Lighting Ceremony, hosted by your Kiwanis Club, was held. The Keene community kicked off the holiday season by lighting the tree on Central Square. On a perfect evening, the ceremony included all the elements of a great community celebration. The music entertainment featured the Keene High School Brass Quintet, Keene Youth Chorus, and the Dublin Christian Academy Chorus, the fire truck arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus, the reading of the "T'was The Night Before Christmas", cookies and hot cocoa, and the ringing of the bells.
Prior to the Friday ceremony, Kiwanis members, with the able assistance of the Keene Fire Department, placed those bright white lights on the light poles down the Main Street median.
There were many thanks to be passed around that evening and after the event but we want to personally thank the members of Kiwanis for working on organizing this event.
On to next year…
Thank you Keene for Supporting Our Recent Kiwanis Events
Kiwanis Keene Car Show
Neither rain, nor sleet, nor …. can keep Kiwanians from their appointed rounds. Well the forecast was for rain and lots of it, but a lot of prayers and good luck kept most of it away from Keene for the first Fall Fest and our antique auto show on October 1st. Antique auto owners traditionally don’t like to expose their expensive investments to the elements, but we had 20 brave souls show up for our part of the fest. Lots of our club members came as well and helped set up tents, cook, do odd jobs and help tear down and clean up. It was a very successful club effort even if we didn’t have as many cars or sell as many burgers as we would have liked. Thanks to all who came and worked despite the lousy weather! Special thanks to Kiwanian Pam Hall and Wayne who worked tirelessly before the event to publicize the event, recruit car owners and raise money from local businesses. Our fund raising day was very successful financially and check out our show photos!
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.
Why Join Kiwanis?
There are really three reasons:
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