Club News
Here is all the news for the club.

New Member Ron Rzasa Inducted - 01/03/2018
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 Ron Rzasa has often visited our meeting with his wife Marion, who has been a member since 1993. Ron is now officially also a member of the Kiwanis Club of Keene! Welcome Ron as our first new member of 2018!


Cheshire County Staff Presents Courthouse Window Restoration Project - 01/03/2018
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Chris Coates, Chesire County Administrator and Cindy Rodenhauser Stewart, Director of Public Engagement and Development, enthusiastically shared news of the latest renovation project planned for the Old Cheshire County Courthouse. The Courthouse has had renovations inside since the new Courthouse was built but they are now going into Phase 2 -- restoration of the windows. They are seeking public donations for this project to match a grant they have received. Once that is completed then they will begin Phase 3 - restoration of the Cupola. Learn more about the project to preserve the Old Courthouse and watch the drone video: https://www.co.cheshire.nh.us/…/stories-cheshire-county-ol…/


Kiwanians Ring Bell for Salvation Army - 12/16/2017
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Ten members of our club paired up for one hour shifts at Market Basket to ring the bells for the Keene Salvation Army on a cold December Saturday. We saw lots of happy shoppers with holiday spirit and many were generous with their change. Thank you to all who donated!


Kiwanians Bring Good Cheer With A Night of Caroling - 12/01/2017
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A group of Kiwanians and family members participated in a night of caroling in our local community on December 1. The group sang at Cedarcrest Center for Children with Disabilities on Maple Avenue and then continued to Langdon Place on Arch Street. We may not have perfect pitch but we all enjoyed ourselves and spread a lot of holiday cheer!

 
 
 
 
 

Kiwanis Members Learn About Granite State Independent Living Agency - 11/29/2017
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Ryan Widzkowski, of the Granite State Independent Living Agency, spoke to our club about his role a as a Transitional Coordinator.  He works one on one with school students ages 14 to 21 who have an IEP . Ryan works with students at several high schools in our area, helping them to gain confidence and advocate for themselves. He encourages them to explore the possibilities of what they may do after high school and to look at all the possibilities. One of his goals is to help them successfully transition from school to a job or entrance to college. Ryan also holds workshops for students and invites community members to share insights on their careers and possible job opportunities. Currently...


Four New Members Inducted in Kiwanis Club - 11/29/2017
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This Wednesday was an exciting meeting for our Club -- Four new members were inducted into the Kiwanis Club of Keene.  Mike Ward, our membership chair, conducted the induction ceremony while the new member sponsors stood with their candidates. Mike welcomed the new members who will certainly bring energy and new ideas on how our club can improve the lives of children in our community. Welcome to our newest members Carol Hines, Liz Sayer, Diana Sommer and Dave Weisberg!


Keene Fire Department Presents Program Offering Free Smoke Detectors - 11/22/2017
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Lieutenant John Bates, the Keene Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Officer, visited our meeting today. Dan Dinwiddie, of the L.W. Bills Company came with him. John explained the City’s involvement in a $600,000 grant from the State to 21 at risk towns which includes Keene, to provide smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to homeowners who have a child under the age of five or a family member aged 60 or older. These are the newest detectors with Bluetooth technology and if you have more than one in your home and one alarms, they all alarm. That has the advantage of alerting you sooner if there is a problem in the basement and you are on the second floor of your home. They also have a...


Christine Hadlow from Keene Chamber Presents to our Club - 11/01/2017
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Christine Hadlow from the Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce visited our meeting on November 1st. She is the Marketing and Member Services Manager of the Chamber. Christine shared the history of the Chamber and many of the activities they are involved with. The organization started in 1947 as the Keene Business Bureau and became the Chamber in 1954. It is an independent agency and currently has 425 members. 20% of their members are non-profit agencies, 35% are businesses with 20 or less employees. They hosts two major fundraisers each year, a Gala in January and a Golf Tournament in the summer. The Chamber is a non-profit organization that actively promotes economic growth in our area. Their members...


Kiwanis Club of Keene Decorates Downtown Keene - 10/31/2017
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The Kiwanis Club members, with the help of Lt. Ray Phillips and the Fire Department’s lift truck, wrapped lights on 28 light poles down the center of Main Street on October 31st.  This is the third year the light poles have been wrapped, to brighten our Main Street for the holiday season. On November 18, Club members will also be decorating the Central Square gazebo with wreaths and lights and the large tree will be decorated with the help of Phil’s Tree Service and Lt. John Bates of the Keene Fire Department.  The very tall tree is donated by the Gorman family from a property they own at 112 Washington Street.  All of this is in preparation of the Tree Lighting Celebration...


Kiwanis Learn About The Ash Hill Center for the Arts - 10/25/2017
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Pam Dexter, Barbara Coburn and Bob Yantiss of The Ash Hill Center for the Arts spoke to the Kiwanis Club to share information on this new community arts resource. The Center is located in Swanzey in an elegant Georgian styled brick house that dates back to the early 1800’s. The Center has many options for artists to showcase their work, teach classes and attend workshops. The community can use their spacious facilities for meetings, lectures and special events. Live music and performance arts are also featured at the Center’s seasonal outdoor stage. The community is invited to explore and take advantage of high-quality art instruction and a range of other affordable and enjoyable...