OUR DEFINING STATEMENT

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

KIWANIS CLUB OF ASHEVILLE MOTTO

“To offer service and leadership opportunities to those who desire to serve the needs of children, youth and adults in our local community.”

THE SIX OBJECTS OF KIWANIS

  • To give primacy to the human and spiritual rather than the material values of life.
  • To encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships.
  • To promote the adoption and the application of higher social, business and professional standards.
  • To develop by precept and example, a more intelligent, aggressive and serviceable citizenship.
  • To provide, through Kiwanis clubs, a practical means to form enduring friendships, to render altruistic services, and to build better communities.
  • To cooperate in creating and maintaining that sound public opinion and high idealism, which makes possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism and good will.

Thanks to our newest sponsor, Cane Creek Cycles, who delivered 2 bikes to Johnston Elementary for them to give away on the last day of school to deserving students!

We lost another one of our greatest generation. Dale Wykoff was a longtime member until his health prevented him from attending. He could always be found with a camera in his hand at meetings and our service projects. Read his obituary here.

HAPPENINGS

May Meetings

Thursday, May 12th – 5:30-7 TGI Fridays

Tuesday, May 17th – 12-1:30 at the Veteran’s Restoration Quarters. Speaker will be Erica LeClaire, director of the Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County.

June Meetings

Tuesday, June 7th 5:30-7 at Transformation Village. Our club will present a check for $30,000 to them to build a Kiwanis playground. We will also give out 5 Key Club scholarships and induct a new member.

Tuesday, June 21 12-1:30 at the Veteran’s Restoration Quarters. Our speaker will be Sarah Hart, communications manager with ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agricultural Project)

The Kiwanis Club is sorry to announce that the 2022 Biltmore Kiwanis Classic 15k/5k will again be postponed until 2023. We don’t feel the race will be the same amazing experience without being on the Biltmore Estate and the Estate is still not allowing large public events like ours at the current time. We will be working closely with them during this next year and look forward to a 2023 race.
In addition, we’d like to welcome a new race directing team, Kick It Events, that will be taking over the management of this race.
We are hoping to create another race fundraiser in the summer of 2022 that will be a sister race to the Biltmore Classic. Stay tuned for that, as well as 2023 race information.

Johnston Elementary

Our club presented 4 bikes to students who showed good behavior and leadership during the first semester. Congratulations!
Our club went shopping with children from a local homeless shelter. What a blessing we had!

Our club volunteered at the Eblen Toy store, along with the Enka, Reynolds and Erwin Key Clubs, helping underprivileged parents shop for their children.

Check out our Facebook Page for the latest events, meetings, speakers, etc.,

Review a list of our main events and programs.

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Gene Rainey

Memorial service for Gene Rainey will be November 21, 2:00-4:00 at Biltmore Church of Christ, 823 Fairview Street in Asheville.

 Gene Edward Rainey Obituary https://www.citizen-times.com/obituaries/act097125

We have lost another longtime Kiwanian, Dr. Gene Rainey on August 8th. He joined our club in 2001. He leaves behind a legacy of service and leadership in our community.

If you would like to give a gift in his memory to our club Foundation, you can mail a check made out to Asheville Kiwanis Club Foundation to Ashley Huggins at First Bank. (10 S. Tunnel Rd. Asheville, 28805)

You can also donate online from our webpage. Click the Donate button, and then choose the Kiwanis Club of Asheville Foundation from the dropdown menu. Be sure to add Gene’s name in the note section.

We were happy to welcome District Governor, Joe Crostic and our Lt. Governor, George Dixon join us at our meeting last Tuesday.

Congratulations to Russ Martin for receiving his 50 year Kiwanis pin! He joined our club in 1971.
Our club presented ABCCM the final installment of our $85,000 pledge to Transformation Village.

School Supply Drive

As we approach the start of a new school year, The Kiwanis Club of Asheville is preparing its annual school supply project! This year we’ll be focusing on the school we adopted, Johnston Elementary School, to help build a school supply closet that can be filled year-round and distributed to students in need.

We could use your help!

Since 1919, the Kiwanis Club of Asheville has worked to meet the needs of children and families in our area. For two years now due to COVID 19, we have had to postpone our biggest fundraiser, The Biltmore Kiwanis 5k/15k Race. Every donation you make today, will help us make a difference in the life of a local child tomorrow. Please use the link below to donate to our efforts, and know how much we appreciate your support! https://pages.donately.com/ashevill…/form/frm_34a58370314e

Key Club Scholarships

We gave out the Asheville Kiwanis Club Key Scholarship to Havilynn Millis and the Tony Seker Memorial Key Club Scholarship to Jenna Rosco from the Reynolds Key Club. Enka Key Club member, Jisel Miranda-Santana, received the Peggy Kirkpatrick Memorial Key Club Scholarship but was unable to attend.

Peggy Kirkpatrick

We have lost another Kiwanian and friend, Peggy Kirkpatrick, who died on January 18th from complications of COVID. She became a Kiwanian of the West Asheville Club in 1996 and served as their president, before joining our club in 2009. She was a vital part of our Terrific Kids program and was our Key Club advisor for Enka for many years. She also loved volunteering for the pancake breakfasts and bell ringing.

If you would like to give a gift in her memory to our club Foundation, you can mail a check made out to Asheville Kiwanis Club Foundation to Ashley Huggins at First Bank. (10 S. Tunnel Rd. Asheville, 28805)

You can also donate online from our webpage. Click the Donate button, and then choose the Kiwanis Club of Asheville Foundation from the dropdown menu. Be sure to add Peggy’s name in the note section.

Tony Seker

We are saddened to learn that our dear friend and Kiwanian, Tony Seker, died on January 7th from COVID. He joined our club in 2000, served as president, and was treasurer for many years. Many of us have memories of Tony and his hundreds of volunteer hours with our various service projects including the Biltmore 15K race, pancake breakfasts, bell ringing, and wrapping hot dogs at Tourist games.

His wife, Etta, said there was no obituary and will be no service. If you would like to do something in Tony’s memory it might be nice to give a gift to our club Foundation since he truly loved Kiwanis and being a Kiwanian. You can mail a check made out to Asheville Kiwanis Club Foundation to Ashley Huggins at First Bank. (10 S. Tunnel Rd. Asheville, 28805)

You can also donate online from our webpage. Click the Donate button, and then choose the Kiwanis Club of Asheville Foundation from the dropdown menu. Be sure to add Tony’s name in the note section.

Kiwanis bike recipients at Johnston Elementary

Our club recently received a bike grant from New Belgium Brewing and were able to purchase 8 bikes and helmets for the school we have adopted, Johnston Elementary. These are 2 of the 4 students who received bikes for good behavior during the first semester.

Steadfast House — backpack donations

Our club provided backpacks to over 20 excited kids at Steadfast House. Thanks to everyone who helped with donations and time!