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 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

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

The Kiwanis Club of Keene, NH, wishes you a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year. We wish to thank all our loyal sponsors and the Keene community for their wonderful support during the past year and a warm thanks to videographer Mike Ward and editor Phyllis Custer for their production below:

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Keene Kiwanis Activities – Recent and Upcoming

During the fine fall weather, club members cleaned up the two-mile section of Rt. 9 east of the Chesterfield Gorge and the two-mile Keene Bike Trail. Then, in early November, the Kiwanis Club with the City of Keene placed lights on the light poles in the center island on Main Street from Central Square to KSC.
On November 25th, the Friday after Thanksgiving, the Kiwanis Club hosted the annual city Tree Lighting ceremony. The Keene community kicked off the holiday season by lighting the tree on Central Square. The ceremony included all the elements of a great community celebration with music entertainment by children’s choirs, reading of The Night Before Christmas, the fire truck arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus, cookies and hot cocoa, and the ringing of the bells. Our fourth annual successful community Tree Lighting! {Check the article below].
During December, club members sang Christmas carols at local nursing homes and joined in for a snowy Saturday of ringing the traditional Salvation Army bell at JC Penny. And, in cooperation with the city of Keene, our members purchased Christmas gifts from “wish lists” for local families in need.

Ringing the Salvation Army bell at JC Penny and caroling at Cedarcrest

After a very active and successful 2016 and as the New Year unfolds and the snow fall increases,  we look ahead to our activities for 2017. This time of year, you will find our club committees very active in planning our year’s community activities and involved in our annual community fund-raising Make The Ask campaign.
On March 11th, our club will assist the Special Olympics Unified Basketball Tourney at KSC by assembling lunches for the hundreds of Olympians.
Then, on March 17-19th, club members will attend the regional NE Kiwanis Division Midwinter Conference where club members, through leadership education sessions, will explore various topics such as membership growth, community service planning, and other aspects of Kiwanis to better help us serve our community.

This year, on Saturday, April 9th, the entire Keene Kiwanis family - the Kiwanis club, St. Joseph's Regional and Surry Village Charter School Builders clubs, Monadnock Regional and Keene HS Key clubs, and the KSC Circle K club - join forces for a large-scale community service project to clean up Robin Hood park.
In April, you will see us cleanin
g up Rt. 12A eastward from Keene and along the North Bridge Bike Trail in West Keene. We also participate in monthly interclubs visiting one of the District 16 Kiwanis clubs in NH, VT, and MA to share ideas and experiences to make our communities better places to live.
And then on May 6th, our annual Kool Wheels Day will occur where our focus is bicycle safety, featuring free bicycle helmets to attendees between the ages of four and twelve and many different bicycle related activities.
As summer arrives, the club will host our second annual Golf Tournament on Friday August 4th at the Bretwood Golf Course. 

If these kinds of community events sound fun to you, please come join us at a morning breakfast any Wednesday at 7:30 am at the Pub Restaurant and find out more about how you can get involved with our club!
Mark your calendar!

 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

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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, Susan Doyle.

Kiwanians at the recent Kool Wheels Bike Safety Day

Further Club Information
For further information on the Keene Kiwanis Club, you may contact us via email.

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