August 29, 2017


Our speaker was Phyllis Stiles, a pollinator conservationist with Bee City USA.

  • Bee City USA fosters ongoing dialogue in urban areas to raise awareness of the role pollinators play in our communities and what each of us can do to provide them with healthy habitat.
  • There are 53 Bee Cities across the US. Asheville was #1.
  • Visit their website to learn more.




August 15, 2017


Our speaker was Charles Flynn McIver, founder and artistic director of the NC Stage Company.  They have been producing professional theater in Asheville for over 15 years and do 6-7 shows a year.  Arts education also is an integral part of North Carolina Stage Company’s mission.  Visit their website to learn more about upcoming shows.


August 1, 2017


Our speaker was Heather South, the lead archivist for the Western Regional Archives.

  • The Western Regional Archives collects, preserves, and makes available for public use historical and evidential materials relating to Western North Carolina.
  • Their offices are located in an old VA nurses’ dormitory on Riceville Rd.
  • The Search Room maintains a reference library and is open to the public.
  • Visit their website  to learn more about the collections and the services they provide.

July 18, 2017


Kristi McMillan and Ron Edgerton joined us from the Asheville Art Museum.

  • The museum was founded in 1948 and is the third oldest art museum in North Carolina.
  • It’s mission is to engage, enlighten and inspire individuals and enrich the community through dynamic experiences in American Art of the 20th and 21st centuries.
  • There are over 4,000 works of media representing art from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.
  • They are currently undergoing major renovations and plan to reopen in late 2018. While they are closed you can visit them at 175 Biltmore Ave.
  •  For more information about the programs the art museum offers for all ages click here.


June 20, 2017

Kiwanians Tom and Elaine Grella told us about their 2014 cooking vacation in Italy.  They visited the regions of Umbria,Tuscany and Sicily and did cooking classes in people’s homes.


June 13, 2017

David Lamoureaux with About Change.  He is a teacher, author, motivational speaker, cancer survivor and USMC veteran.

  • His book, Recycling Your Past; Discovering the Peace You Deserve is for anyone raised in an abusive or alchoholic or non-supportive or dysfunctional environment.
  • His new project is to put an end to the number of high school dropouts and to assist those who have already dropped out to attain a diploma or GED.
  • According to a 2011 study, unless high schools are able to graduate their students at higher rates, nearly 12 million students will likely drop out over the next decade, resulting in a loss to the nation of $1.5 trillion.
  • He has proposed a plan to utilize the skills and abilities of retirees and veterans to assist potential/dropouts in obtaining their diploma or GED.
  • Contact David if you are interested in learning more about his plan and how you can help.      david@aboutchange.info 

June 6, 2017

Kiwanian Sherrye Perry told us about The Laurels at Summit Ridge, which is a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center.

  • The Laurels of Summit Ridge offers short term rehabilitation, hospice care, respite care, long term care and assisted living.
  • They also provide an outpatient therapy program offering physical, occupational, speech and Prehab therapy.
  • The Laurels of Summit Ridge offers a variety of recreational programs and events to their residents including community involvement, church services, holiday celebrations,recreation and education. They try to make it feel like home for the residents.
  • They provide good quality nursing care in a safe environment.
  • Visit their website for more information.

May 30, 2017

Mitchell Warren – Enka Key Club
Mitchell was the recipient of a Kiwanis Scholarship.  He has been active in the Enka Key Club, participating in community services with ABCCM, ringing the Salvation Army bell, and helping with a Fall Festival that raised money for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.   He has been on mission trips to Honduras helping children and plans to go to Ecuador this summer.  He plans to attend NC State and major in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology.  Congratulations Mitchell!




Kimberly Paramo, Amy Arias and Dillion Ledford – Erwin Key Club

Kimberly, Amy and Dillion are recipients of a Kiwanis Scholarship.
They have worked with the Beta Club, making both clubs stronger.  This year they raised almost $700 with the Elben Charity Pumpkin Campaign.  Their club participated in Pasta for Pennies and raised over $2,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Kimberly plans to attend Appalachian State University and major in biology and later attend medical school.

Amy plans to attend NC State.  She will study to be a teacher or an attorney.

Dillion will be a Pre-Med student at Liberty University.

May 23, 2017

Bruce Ganger, Executive Director of Bounty and Soul presented an informative program about how they help feed the hungry in Buncombe County.
Bounty & Soul is a grassroots, volunteer-run non-profit dedicated to creating a health and wellness movement in underserved communities in Buncombe County.
Bounty & Soul is located in Black Mountain, NC.
They provide all fresh produce and whole grains.
Asheville is a Foodtopia.  Although we have an abundance of food in our community one out of six people do not know when they will next eat a meal and one out of four children will not know.
One in four children in Buncombe County go to bed hungry every night.
For more information you can visit the following link;   http://www.bountyandsoul.org

May 16, 2017

Amy Loy presented a fun program on laughter yoga.

  • Laughter yoga combines laughter with yoga breathing exercises.
  • There is research that shows that laughter strengthens the immune system, lowers levels of stress hormones, lowers blood pressure, is aerobic for the heart and elevates mood by increasing endorphins.
  • Dr. William F. Fry proved that twenty seconds of intense laughter, even if faked, can double the heart rate for three to five minutes, an accomplishment that would take three minutes of strenuous rowing exercise.
  • For more information you can visit the following links:
  • Laughter Yoga University
  • Benefits of Laughter video

May 9, 2017

Vinita with our speakers Wendy Mallet and Jodie Martin from Asheville Community Yoga.

  •  Asheville Community Yoga is a 501(c)3 nonprofit yoga center offering donation-based yoga classes, special community events, teacher training, and workshops.
  • All classes, workshops and events at the center are free for people who truly cannot afford to pay. For people who are able to pay, the suggested “Love Offering” amount is $5 to $15 for regular classes and $15+ for special events and workshops.
  • Asheville Community Yoga has grown from one person offering free yoga classes two nights a week, to a community of nearly 10,000 members with a team of close to 60 teachers, board of directors and staff members offering up to 15 classes daily, special community events, wellness workshops, monthly service projects, student immersion programs and teacher trainings.  Vinita also teaches 2 classes there.
  • Visit their website to find class schedules, community events and other information about Asheville Community Yoga.

May 2, 2017

Garrett Artz, the executive director of RiverLink, was our speaker.

  • The mission of RiverLink is to promote the environmental and economic vitality of the French Broad River and its watershed as a place to live, learn, work and play.
  • The French Broad River is the third oldest river in the world and travels north through Transylvania, Henderson, Buncombe and Madison County.
  • RiverLink provides permanent public access to the river through conservation and recreation easements.
  • They reclaim contaminated lands for public use and enjoyment.
  • They have created public,no-fee,overnight camping sites along the river.
  •  RiverLInk educates over 5,000 students K-12 annually, as well as the public-at-large, about  the French Broad River watersheds’ importance.
  • They have over 1,700 volunteers each year.
  • Visit the RiverLink website for more information and ways you can volunteer or support this great organization.

April 25, 2017

Karon Korp with our speaker Bernie Arghiere of the Asheville Astronomy Club who told us about the upcoming solar eclipse on August 21.

  • The eclipse will travel through 12 states from Oregon to South Carolina.
  • Asheville will only see a partial eclipse at 99% so you will need to travel in order to see the total eclipse. There is a big difference between the 99% and total eclipse, and he recommends traveling the short distance to see it.  The eclipse will be total in Brevard, Franklin and Murphy in NC and in Greenville, Columbia and Charleston in SC
  • It will begin around 1pm and end about 4pm.  Total eclipse will occur about 2:38 in our region and be around 2 1/2 minutes long.
  • You should wear eye protection during the partial eclipse but remove it during the total eclipse in order to see unique features of the sun.
  • Visit the Astronomy Club Website to learn more and see a map of where the best viewing will be.

April 18, 2017

Karen K. with our speaker, Catherine Frank, the executive director of  Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNCA.

  • OLLI (formerly the NC Center for Creative Retirement) was established in 1988 as an integral part of UNC Asheville.
  • It provides senior adults with opportunities for lifelong learning, leadership and community service, each combined with the fellowship of peers sharing a common quest for continued growth and service to others.
  • OLLI  provides programs in the arts and humanities, the natural world, civic engagement, wellness, life transition and retirement relocation planning, inter generational co-learning, and research on trends in the reinvention of retirement.
  • Some of the most popular classes are an Appalachian sampler class, hiking classes, and history classes on topics such as the civil rights movement and fascism.
  • Visit their website to learn more about all that they offer.

April 11, 2017

Our President, Jensen, with speaker George Briggs from the Arboretum.

  • The Arboretum began in the mid 1980’s in a trailer in the woods because of a $500 mistake. When a WCU horticulture student didn’t use his scholarship, it was decided to use the money instead to fund a place to study the plants in the area.
  • The Arboretum was established as an affiliate of the University of North Carolina by the State General Assembly in 1986.
  • 26,000 kids are served each year with their youth education programs
  • The North Carolina Arboretum’s Adult Education program consists of more than 140 classes taught by some of the region’s leading experts.
  • Over half a million people visit the Arboretum each year.
  • They have over 600 volunteers, including Kiwanian Dale W.   To find out more about the programs available or how you can volunteer visit their website.

April 4, 2017

Asheville Mayor, Esther Manheimer.

  •  In January 2016, Asheville City Council created a 20-year vision for the city which reflects Asheville’s unique character and the aspirations for the community.  The vision includes a diverse community, a well-planned and livable community, a clean and healthy environment, quality affordable housing, transportation and accessibility, and a thriving economy.
  • Some city projects include: Riverfront redevelopment, developing a 21st century police department, the Haywood St. “Pit of Despair”, and South Slope visioning.
  • Some of the issues that the mayor feels are most important are affordable housing and growing the transit program.
  • Fun fact – Asheville has 10 million tourists a year which is 2 times more than Charleston!
  • Download the Asheville app on your smart phone.   You can report any problems that you see around town using the app.
  • Visit the City of Asheville website for more information about the city.


March 28, 2017

Our speakers were Dara Kiely and Lisa Riggsbee from the YMCA.

  • The YMCA came to Asheville in 1889.
  •  It is committed to strengthening the foundations of community through programming that supports youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.
  • There are many volunteer opportunities which include coaches, after school helpers, and motivational speakers for teen mentoring.
  •  YMCA of Western North Carolina’s Healthy Living Pantry is committed to providing temporary food assistance that focuses on healthy and sustainable living. It provides fresh produce, lean proteins, whole grains, and low fat dairy options to its participants in the Asheville community.


March 21, 2017

Our speaker was Ben Fehsenfeld with Homeward Bound.

  • Homeward Bound is a non profit that works to end homelessness in Buncombe and Henderson Counties.
  • Their Homeless Services offer services and hope to people living without housing while they wait to get into permanent housing.
  • The Room in the Inn (RITI) program provides shelter for 12 women who, for a variety of reasons, can’t stay at a shelter. Homeward Bound partners with 60 faith communities who take turns hosting the women for a week, providing all of their meals, shelter, and evening activities. This gives women who aren’t a good fit for a shelter environment a safe place to sleep each night while waiting to get into permanent housing.
  •  The Day Center offers basic services such as showers, storage, mail, access to phones, and coffee. Other agencies go there to help people who are living without housing get access to services.
  • Homeward Bound served 3400 people in 2016. That’s 200 a day!
  • In the past 10 years they have moved 1750 people into housing.
  • To learn more about this great organization visit their website

March 7, 2017

St. Mark’s Pastor, Chris Webb, was our speaker today.

  • Pastor Webb has been in the Air Force for 17 years and was deployed to the Middle East for 8 months in 2016 as a Chaplain.
  • He provided spiritual care and opportunities for airmen and soldiers to freely practice their religion.
  • He was also a worship leader and conducted 3 weekly services as well as teaching 3 weekly Bible studies.
  • One of St. Mark’s strategic goals is to serve children in poverty.  They are working in a partnership with Loving Neighbors to help provide literacy-rich early childhood education for 8-10 children (1-4 yr. olds)
  • They will be doing renovations at the church to create suitable spaces so they can begin to implement new programs to help children over the next few years.


February 28, 2017

Jenny Bunn, the marketing director at Asheville Community Theater, spoke to us today.  She brought Amelia and Asher with her.

  • ACT was founded in 1946.  They are in their 71st season of producing plays in Asheville .
  • Charlton Heston was the first director of ACT and directed 7 shows.
  • They have been in their current location since 1972
  • They are currently out of space, and are doing a 3 phase renovation and expansion project which will expand programming, enhance customer amenities, increase earned income potential, serve more children and create jobs.
  • Their goal is 4.3-4.7 million and they are at about 45% of their goal.
  • ACT is the top ranked theater in Asheville on Trip Advisor with a comment of  “Better than Broadway!”
  • For more information about ACT, visit their website

February 21, 2017

Anna and Will Hasskamp
Anna spoke to us about the Heart of Service.  She encouraged us to think about the reason we serve children and how it enriches our lives.  When we share stories with others about how we are helping the children in the community, and the joy it brings to us, this will be a great recruitment tool for new members.

February 14, 2017

Will Hasskamp, Sarah Briggs, Bill Hasskamp, and Mason Jackson

 Bill Hasskamp, with LifeShare of the Carolinas, spoke to us about organ donation
  • Anyone can be a potential donor regardless of age, race, or medical history.
  • You can register to be a donor through the DMV or online here.
  • As a donor, you can help save or heal the lives of more than 50 people.
  • Tissue is also needed to replace bone, tendons and ligaments lost to trauma, cancer or other diseases in order to improve strength, mobility and independence.
  • If you have chosen to be a donor, be sure your family is aware of your decision.
  • For more information about organ donation, visit their website

February 7, 2017

Our Speaker was Owen Lovejoy who told us about his trips to Honduras with Missions of Hope, an extension of The Hope Chest for Women, Inc.

  • Twice a year the Missions of Hope teams travel to Santa Barbara Honduras.
  • They send surgical teams to work with the local hospital and family practice doctors to provide medical care in various area clinics.
  • They assist the children and staff at the orphanage and volunteer at the mission school.
  • They are near completion of a Women’s Cancer Clinic.  The donated diagnostic equipment used in the clinic will serve around a million women living in the mountains of Honduras.

January 24, 2017

Jill Schwarzkopf told us about the work Sleep Tight Kids is doing in the community.  Sleep Tight Kids gives newly purchased bedtime-related items for children, including clothing, blankets, stuffed animals, dental care kits, and books to kids in desparate situations.  They have recently expanded into Yancy, Madison, McDowell and Henderson Counties.
Sleep Tight Kids recently had a day of giving at Eliada Home and served 250 kids from newborn to 12 years old. View a video clip of it here    Visit the Sleep Tight Kids website to learn more about this great organization.


January 24,  2017

Cortina, Jennifer and Megan,  from LEAF

  • LEAF Community Arts is a non-profit organization, building community, connecting cultures and enriching lives through the arts – locally and globally – with festivals, community events, and arts education programs.
  •  LEAF Schools & Streets partners with the community to provide both in-school and after-school arts education programs. They are in public, private, charter and home schools. LEAF Schools & Streets also works in public housing communities, community centers, group homes, juvenile detention facilities and more.
  • The Easel Rider is Asheville’s Mobile Art Lab and  is all about connecting people and art.
  • Visit LEAF’s website to learn about all of the wonderful ways they expose kids to the arts!

January 17, 2017

Phil Desenne, the owner and head brewer at Turgua Brewing Company

Phil recently moved to the area from Boston where he taught at Harvard in the area of educational technology.  He considers himself a “technobrewer” and has been brewing beer for 30 years. Turgua is a farmhouse brewery in a small garage on 5 acres in the Fairview area. He shared with us about the work involved in getting it started and how he is bringing the community together by using local products and farmers. Some of the flavors he will be using in his beers include melon, chanterelle mushrooms, sweet peppers, purple yams and pumpkin.  He hopes to open his brewery in February.

January 3, 2017

Tom Muir from the Thomas Wolfe House

  • The Thomas Wolfe Memorial became a state historic site in 1975
  • Thomas Wolfe is North Carolina’s most famous author who immortalized his childhood home in his autobiographical novel, Look Homeward, Angel.
  • Wolfe helped to establish Asheville in the minds of people as a place for culture and the arts.
  • For more information about the Thomas Wolfe Memorial visit their website.

December 13, 2016

Haley and Leasha gave us an update from Salvation Army

  • Salvation Army will be involved with our holiday shopping spree with kids.
  • 1,000 kids were served with the Angel Tree.
  • Cameron Maybin, a local professional baseball player, who plays on the LA Angels, adopted 32 Angels.  He was served by the Asheville Salvation Army as a child.
  • On Christmas Day, Salvation Army will be serving 3 meals between 9-5 at their Center of Hope and can use volunteers.

December 8, 2016

Robin Board, principal at Koontz Intermediate, along with Oliver and Lydia

They told us how The Leader In Me has impacted their school.  The students are learning 21st century leadership and life skills. A culture of student empowerment is created with all students having a leadership role in the school. Koontz will be using the money we gave them to provide leadership notebooks for each student to help them keep track of, and achieve their goals.

December 8, 2016

Mandy Kaithcox  from Steadfast House

  • Steadfast House provides women a fresh start and a place to heal surrounded and supported by Christian love, trust, education and companionship.
  • Their mission is to provide stability to homeless women and moms with children; provide personal skill building for women; provide education and training that equip women for employment and sustainable housing; provide reintegration skills and opportunities that lead to greater self-determination.
  • For more information, and to find out about some of the needs that Steadfast House has,visit their website.

November 29, 2016

Lucy Murphy from Eliada Home

  • Eliada Home was started in Asheville in 1903 as a home for unwed mothers.
  • Eliada serves over 600 children and youth each year through their cradle to career continuum.
  • They provide services for 0-22 year olds.
  • Some of the services provided are early learning, after school enrichment, foster care, day treatment, residential treatment, transitional living, and career readiness.
  • Eliada’s mission is to help children succeed.
  • Visit their website for more information.

November 22, 2016

Lisa Adkins with the Buncombe County Schools Foundation

  • The mission of the Buncombe County Schools Foundation is to establish partnerships with local individuals, businesses, corporations,and other foundations for the purpose of supporting education in the Buncombe County School System.
  • They have recently decided to focus on putting The Leader in Me into Buncombe County Elementary Schools.  It is based on Steven Covey’s 7 Habits and teaches students critical skills such as personal responsibility and getting along with others.
  • The fixed cost to start the program in a school is $20,000.  BCSF has a goal of giving each school $7500 to get started.
  • Our club has given $1,000 to Weaverville Elementary and Koontz Intermediate to support their school’s program.
  • For more information about Buncombe County Schools Foundation, visit their website here.
  • Click here for information about The Leader in Me


November 15, 2016

Allison Jordan with Children First Communities in Schools

  • They believe that all children deserve to reach their full potential, and they help them achieve this by surrounding children and their families with supports that help them succeed in their schools, communities and homes.
  •  Staff is placed in schools and communities with high rates of poverty, and they help children and families meet their basic needs, provide educational supports and teach parenting and resiliency skills.
  • Their mission is to empower children and their families to reach their full potential through advocacy, education and services.
  • Visit their website for more information and ways you can help this great organization.


November 8, 2016

Marty, a resident veteran and the intake coordinator at Veteran’s Restoration Quarters 

He is very thankful to the many groups, like Kiwanis, which support ABCCM and the VQR.   He credits them for saving his life.


November 8, 2016

Tim McElyea, Director of  Veteran’s Restoration Quarters 

He spoke of all the opportunities provided to Veterans.

Treena Parker and Charlotte Mao from the Buncombe County Board of Elections

They spoke today about early voting.

October 25, 2016

Kiwanis Club of Asheville – President, Jensen Gelfond of Asheville Digital Lifestyle Jensen spoke about cyber scams and tech support scams.
Check out his web page:  www.AshevilleDigitalLifestyle.com

October 18, 2016

Anna Priest, Executive Director of the Asheville Museum of Science (AMOS)
Formerly the Colburn Earth Science Museum

AMOS is moving from its Pack Square location to the Wells Fargo building which also houses the new collider. AMOS wants to add the the family friendly options downtown by serving ages 2-102. The museum is working to change the focus from primarily minerals and gems to a broader scope of science and STEM programming with rotating experiments in their exploratory lab. AMOS will have a soft opening on November 11, Veteran’s Day to show off the majority of its new facility. Veteran’s will get in free this day. Regular Admission is $8, but will be $4 until all exhibits are open. If you are interested in volunteering, there will be a volunteer meeting on November 9. Please contact the museum for more information. There is currently an opportunity for donors to support the museum by purchasing an element on the periodic table that will be displaying in the museum. Visitors will be able to enjoy a replica of the Mars Roover, exhibits that explore the ecology of the French Broad, unique findings about Southern Appalachia and its rock and mineral history and much more.

October 11, 2016

Sargent Ben McKay, from the Family Justice Center

  • The Family Justice Center is a safe place where victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and elder abuse can go for help.
  • Survivors can access many different services all in one location and begin their journey toward strength, safety and hope.
  • Their mission is building a resilient community free from domestic and sexual violence.
  • For more information, visit the Family Justice Center website here.

October 4, 2016

Imke Duree and Mike Squire

They work with the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA )

They discussed the Great Asheville Flood of 1916.


September 20, 2016

Jack Thompson with the Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County

  • The Preservation Society works to preserve historic properties in Asheville and Buncombe County
  • They provide community education workshops and technical support to historic property owners
  • Visit their website for more information:  https://psabc.org


September 13, 2016

Denise Bitz, founder of Brother Wolf Animal Rescue.

Over 20,000 animals have been rescued or adopted since they began in 2009. Brother Wolf is the largest no kill shelter in NC
They received a 1/2 million dollar donation and were able to purchase 83 acres of land in Leicester on which they plan to build an animal sanctuary. Volunteers run the organization along with 83 staff. There are 4 thrift stores around Asheville to help raise money to fund their work.
Visit The Brother Wolf website, http://www.bwar.org to find out ways you can help.


September 6, 2016

Scott S. with Ryan Olson

  • Ryan is the executive director of Muddy Sneakers, a program that supplements the state science curriculum by giving fifth graders a hands on learning opportunity in the natural world.
  • Students have between 6-10 full days outside in school yards, public lands and private conserved lands learning about the environment and nature.
  • They serve all the Asheville City Schools and will begin at Black Mountain Elementary in January.
  • Visit their website for more information
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August 23, 2016

Jensen Gelfond, President Elect

  • Jenson shared with us some of the highlights from the International convention in Toronto.
  • The entire city of Toronto was filled with Kiwanis branding.
  • Chris Hatfield, International Space Station Astronaut, spoke.
  • “Kids Need Kiwanis” was the message throughout the week
  • A major priority for Kiwanis is membership.  There were 208 new clubs launched last year.  The decline in members has decreased from previous years.
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August 16, 2016

Joe Helms, an architect with Clark Nexsen  

Mr. Helms told us about the design and construction process of the new Asheville Middle School on S. French Broad.  The old middle school was built in 1965.  The new school is now finished and teachers are getting their classrooms ready for the new school year.  The old school will be demolished in about a month.  The new school is beautiful and will definitely give the students and teachers a sense of pride!846ddf34-155c-4332-951f-9ab7fcfcee16

August 9, 2016

Gardner Bridges, principal at Weaverville Primary

Mr. Bridges spoke about the Leader in Me program which is based on Stephen Covey’s 7  Habits of Highly Effective People.  It helps students develop leadership skills, good habits and provides opportunities for students to develop their full potential.  He is proud of the immediate positive results he has seen and the great engagement from students.  The school is raising money to continue the program.  Four other local schools have also implemented The Leader in Me.


August 1, 2016

New York Times bestselling author, Dr William Forstchen

  •  He has written over 40 books.
  •  His book, One Second After,  describes life in a North Carolina town following an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) attack, which permanently shuts down everything that relies on electronics: cars, airplanes, all communication, medical equipment, etc.
  •  The book has been cited on the floor of Congress as a book all Americans should read. It has been discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a realistic look at EMPs and their awesome ability to send catastrophic shock waves throughout the United States, literally within seconds.
  • The Shield Act is a bill in Congress that’s purpose is to:
    1.Harden infrastructure to be resistant to EMP
    2. Have a stronger ballistic defense against EMP
    3. Have a more robust foreign policy – especially against North Korea and Iran so we can stop an attack before it happens.
  • If any of this concerns you, let your congressman know.
  • Visit this website to learn more about this, and Dr. Forstchen’s other books.
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July 19, 2016

Ray Rapp

Ray gave a very informative program about trains and how they transformed Western North Carolina. He told us about the challenges of getting the railroad to the mountains.  The railroad made it possible to move minerals and timber out while bringing middle class tourists to the area.  To learn more, visit the website of the Mars Hill University Rural Heritage Museum.


July 12, 2016

Ray Rapp and Greg Stamey

Ray gave a very informative program about trains and how they transformed Western North Carolina. He told us about the challenges of getting the railroad to the mountains.  The railroad made it possible to move minerals and timber out while bringing middle class tourists to the area.

To learn more, visit the website of the Mars Hill University Rural Heritage Museum.


July 5, 2016

Drake Fowler, Chief Business Officer / Chief Operations Officer at the North Carolina Arboretum and Kiwanian, Greg Stamey

Thank you Drake for being our guest speaker and for updating us on all the amazing things happening at the Arboretum. It’s a beautiful place to visit.



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William “Bill” Murdock
Chief Executive Officer, Eblen Charities



June 14, 2016

Bob and Kit Frank

They are both retired from the medical profession.  They have worked in Ecuador for over 25 years with Prostheses Imbabura.  They make prosthetics, orthotics and walkers to help people who are amputees or are missing limbs.  Many are children who have never walked before.  The Kiwanis Club inEcuador supports them by letting them use a building for their medical practice.  You can visit their website here and see pictures of some of the people and children they have helped.  (You will need to click English on the page so that it will be translated.)IMG_1372

February 2, 2016

Tammy Hooper, Asheville’s new Chief of Police

She was our guest speaker this week, and gave some great insights on our city and police force.


January 19, 2016

City Council member Keith Young

Thank you to this week’s speaker, City Council member Keith Young. He had a great story for us about his inspiration to run for City Council and what the future holds for Asheville.


January 12, 2016

Drew Reisinger

Thank you Drew Reisinger, who spoke this week on the unique work the Register of Deeds office has done to uncover our past through the discovery and organization of slave deeds and records in Buncombe county.


January 5, 2016

Ashley Bond (left) and happy mothers of New City Christian School

They came to teach us about the school’s success in helping minorities and underprivileged kids thrive with small class sizes and teachers who care. Thank you for being our featured speakers this week!


December 29, 2015

David Kaufman- Moore,  from the UNCA Office of Advancement

He gave a brief history of UNCA which was started as Asheville Biltmore College in 1928 and expanded in various stages to 1963 into the campus as it exist today. In 1966 the first graduating class was made up of 56 students.

The UNCA is the only Liberal Arts College in the 17 UNC University systems. This Past year it had a 10% increase in applications. It now has the largest number of foreign students in its history. UNCA is considered an affordable institution compared with other schools.


November 10, 2015

Billie Miller and Tim Hitman
Thank you Tim for being our speaker and for the updates on safety and fire prevention.


November 3, 2015

Russ Martin

Kiwanian, Russ Martin to the rescue when the scheduled speaker could not come to our meeting. Russ did an amazing speech about the history of Dwight D. Eisenhower.


September 15, 2015

Steve Puckett, County Extension Director, Tony Seker Kiwanis Club of Asheville, and Holly Jordan, Extension Agent 4-H Youth Development

Thank you Holly and Steve for all being our speakers and sharing information about the 4-H Calf Chain Program.

“The Buncombe County 4-H Kiwanis Calf Chain program was started in 1946 to provide 4-H members with a heifer calf to care for and show in one of the district cattle shows. Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Asheville, the Calf Chain continues today, and has expanded beyond dairy cattle to include beef cattle, as well. Over the past 67 years, the Calf Chain has provided over 175 Buncombe County youth with calves.

4-H members, who have been active in 4-H for at least 12 months are eligible to apply for a calf through this program. After a child receives a calf, they are expected to care for this animal and show the heifer at least once. When a heifer calf is born to this Calf Chain Cow, this heifer then goes to another 4-Her, perpetuating the program. Currently, we can provide one or two calves for interested 4-Hers.” 4 H Clover Gazette


September 1, 2015

Robin C. Weeter and Jamie Laval

Thank you Jamie for being our speaker and educating us about Celtic music. We loved the music!

Check out his website:  http://www.jamielaval.com/home.html


August 25, 2015

Robin C. Weeter and Caroline Farmer 

Carolina is the Deputy Director, Victims and Citizens Section, N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper’s Office.

Thank you Caroline for traveling from Raleigh to speak to our club. Caroline’s topic – “North Carolinians lose millions of dollars each year to consumer scams, including scams associated with sweepstakes, charities, identity theft and more.” Caroline shared solutions on how help consumers protect themselves against scams.


August 18, 2015

Thank you Nan Kramer for the great program about FEAST Asheville (helping children make healthy food choices). Nan explained the mission of FEAST Asheville, which is to promote healthy eating choices and make them accessible to people of all income levels. FEAST accomplishes this through hands on cooking classes that encourage and empower participants by teaching the skills needed to make fresh, wholesome and tasty food.IMG_6222

August 4, 2015

Thank you to Blaine Greenfield for speaking at Kiwanis! Blaine is a retired marketing professor and SCORE instructor who taught us about The Platinum Rule (even better than the golden rule) on how to treat your friends and clients well.11222077_924194567642077_2522022247990769552_n

July 28, 2015

Benjamin Teague and Greg Stamey.  Benjamin is the Vice President of the Asheville Chamber of Commerce and the Executive Director of the Asheville Area Economic Development Coalition.  Over the past 15 years Benjamin has worked to place more than 60 economic development projects and over 1.5 Billion dollars in capital investments in multiple states.  Benjamin has represented economic development organizations and private sector clients on statewide, regional and local levels.  Clients have called on Benjamin for governmental affairs at the Federal, State and Local levels to advocate for strong public investment or ensuring the passage of projects enabling legislation.  He has also authored three federal studies between the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Energy.


July 21, 2015

John Boyle – Asheville Citizen-Times – Thank you John  for being our speaker and sharing how your life as a reporter has changed over the years. And for giving us a few laughs.

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July 14, 2015  

Thank you Tim Owen as our featured speaker this week! Tim talked about the history ff our city and showed some great slides that really brought us back in time to Asheville before it became the boomtown of today.11760326_912832702111597_8085563487680635984_n

July 7, 2015

Thank you, Richard Hurley for a wonderful program this week.  The guitar sounded so sweet.


June 30, 2015

Thank you to our very own Russ Martin and Michael Coyle (of Care Partners) who performed a historical reenactment of Asheville movers and shakers Albert Heath Carrier and Richard Sharp Smith. Many of us never knew the extended talents of our former Mayor!11703568_905133896214811_346988145089776356_o

June 16, 2015

Caroline Rosier and Marina Holland from SmartStart with Fran Gullyes.  “Smart Start of Buncombe County is a non-profit organization and part of North Carolina’s nationally recognized and award-winning early childhood initiative designed to ensure that young children enter school healthy and ready to succeed. Smart Start coordinates, plans and funds programs for children aged birth through five and their families, and contracts with local organizations to implement these programs.”


June 9, 2015

Thank you to this week’s featured speaker Sharon Fahrer and Jan Schochet who spoke on the importance of Jewish businesspeople and their Main Street businesses in Asheville’s development.


May 26, 2015

Thank you Jensen Gelford from Asheville Digital Lifestyle for being our speaker today. Jensen gave a brief history of innovations in computing and explained how quickly technology is changing.


May 19, 2015   

Thank you Amanda Edwards of Red Cross of Asheville for your presentation this week on Red Cross and Disaster Preparedness!


May 12, 2015

Thank you Jamie Beasley, Asheville Director of Wheels 4 Hope for being our featured speaker today! W4H is giving hope to worthy but struggling Ashevillians one car at a time to help these people be mobile for work and their families. JoAnn Morgan, Jamie Beasley, Jensen Gelfond 11224018_986896634676916_4671971201926783834_n

May 5, 2015

Thank you to Keith McCulloch, Crime Prevention Officer, our featured speaker today. He gave some great tips on how to prevent and recover from identity theft. Thank you to Keith McCulloch, Crime Prevention Officer, our featured speaker today. He gave some great tips on how to prevent and recover from identity theft. 11078151_877619975632870_2245072387323039962_n-2

November 25, 2014

Kiwanis Club of Asheville Vice President, Robin Weeter and Asheville Symphony Orchestra, Director David Whitehill Mr. Whitehall spoke about the “culture of community” the Symphony is building among the children and families involved in their new MusicWorks program. In minority schools it will reach students in kindergarten and first grade. IMG_4906

November 11, 2014

John Wingerter – Council on Aging of Buncombe County explained options, pointed out penalties and pitfalls as well as suggested ways to save money for 2015 Medicare enrollment.


November 5, 2014

Robin Weeter and Sam Van Leer Sam Van Leer spoke to us about beekeeping and the challenges they face with the present disease affecting their hives. 10532735_781573431904192_5732207070876663179_o

October 7, 2014

Doug Poad, Chair, Board of Directors of the Free Rein Center for Therapeutic Riding and Education and Vice President, Rob Weeter, 10631171_767114926683376_8816009357353767153_o

September 2, 2014

Joe Belcher, Buncombe County Commissioner – District 3 “A 34 year resident of Buncombe County, Joe is a member of Maple Ridge Baptist Church in Candler, currently serves on the Metropolitan Sewerage District Board, the Tourism Development Authority and is retired Vice President with Berkshire Hathaway (Clayton Homes).” 10653611_748739808520888_3807001028757900387_n


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