Everything You Wanted to Know
About the Kiwanis Club of Keene - Well, Almost!

What is Kiwanis?

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.

When does Kiwanis meet?

The Kiwanis Club of Keene meets every Wednesday at 7:30 AM in the Pub restaurant at 131 Winchester Street, Keene, NH.

What do you do at meetings?

Members begin arriving at 7:00 AM and socialize as they are eating their hot breakfast from the Pub's menu. At 7:30 AM, the meetings open with the Kiwanis pledge and singing “God Bless America” or another appropriate patriotic song. Then, the club president begins the meeting by introducing and greeting our guests. Committee announcements about upcoming events and projects are followed by Trivia, the weekly raffle, and "Happy Dollars. Our weekly speaker is the final portion of the meeting and our meeting concludes by 8:30 AM..

How much does membership cost?

The Kiwanis fiscal year is from October 1 through September 30. Annual dues are $125 due by September 1st. This includes International, New England District, and local Keene Kiwanis fees. There is a new member application fee with a sliding scale the first year. As of August 1, 2016, our club membership is 40.

How do I join Kiwanis?

You’re invited to attend a meeting as a guest of a current member. If you join, that member will be your sponsor. Or you may attend a meeting and meet the fine men and women who make up our Club and learn more about Kiwanis. You will receive a membership brochure and application. Upon completion of the application form, approval of the Board of Directors, and payment of fees, your sponsor will schedule your induction ceremony. It’s a simple, dignified ceremony where you are welcomed to the Kiwanis Club and receive a Kiwanis lapel pin and to wear to meetings. There are no rituals.

What does Kiwanis expect of new members?

We expect you to attend club meetings as regularly as possible and participate in Kiwanis service projects and fund-raisers. You are also expected to serve as an active member of at least one committee. We do not require perfect attendance.

Our promise to you.

  • You will have an opportunity to share your experience, knowledge and time with the community – “serving one child and one community at a time.”
  • An interesting opportunity to relax, converse with friends, and listen to interesting speakers.
  • Fellowship with other Kiwanians in Keene’s premier service club.You are encouraged to broaden your knowledge of Kiwanis and how to better serve our community by participating in inter-clubs to the other clubs in our Division and attending New England Kiwanis training sessions.

How does the club raise funds?

The amount of money we grant to area organizations each year is directly related to the success of our fundraising efforts. Whatever we raise in a given year is distributed the following year. Fundraising events include:

  • The "Make The Ask" community sponsor activity
  • The New Hampshire Games of Chance in Keene
  • Our Annual Antique Car Show
  • Other smaller fund raising activities throughout the year

What types of Community Service does the club provide?

Our Kiwanis club participates in a variety of projects throughout the year that involve community service and assisting children. Below are some of the projects in which we are currently involved. for the community.

  • We sponsor five active youth groups for local middle school, high school, and college students
  • Each Christmas season, club members ring the bell to help raise funds for the Salvation Army
  • Right after Thanksgiving, we sponsor the annual city of Keene Tree Lighting Ceremony in the Central Square.
  • During Christmas season, our talented members visit different locations and sing seasonal carols
  • We sponsor several families each Christmas and provide gifts and necessities for the entire families
  • We serve fried dough at the Keene Ice and Snow Festival Events and host an ice skating evening at Robin Hood Park 
  • We prepare and serve food for the participants in the Special Olympics Unified Basketball Tournament at KSC
  • We clean two miles of Rt. 9 around the Chesterfield Hill four times yearly in the Adopt-A-Highway  program and clean the two miles of the Keene Bike Trail four times yearly.
  • We plant flowers and maintain the roadway island at the intersection of Winchester and Island streets in Keene
  • We prepare food and/or supervise activities for children at the Keene Community Kitchen's Dr. Seuss Day
  • We host a Family Fun Day with outdoor activities  and refreshments for the whole family
  • At our annual Kool Wheels Bike and Safety Day event , we provide free bike helmets to children and offer different bike safety activities
  • We sponsor a number of community youths to attend area summer camps each year
  • Members assist the Keene High School with their annual Project Graduation for their senior class
  • We assist the organizers of the Swamp Bats Games in various activities

How do you get to know other Kiwanis Club members?

  • Every Wednesday, we learn about the personal lives of our members during "Happy Dollars". We learn about family members and travels, new children and grandchildren, weddings, and graduations, funny and sad stories, and personal and professional accomplishments.
  • Social gatherings provide fun and fellowship for Kiwanis members and our families.
  • We also enjoy visiting other Kiwanis clubs in our area, a practice encouraged throughout the Kiwanis world. Interclubs give us the opportunity to meet Kiwanis members and learn about their customs, projects, and successes.
  • We have fun together!