2015 Eagle Membership Award

BE Kiwanis has largest club net growth!

July 24th Doug Owen, executive director of Cycle 4 Life presented at the regular meeting. Cycle 4 Life encourages cycling fun and teaches cycling safety (off-road and road-sharing) with youth and adults. In addition to Owen’s passion for cycling, Kiwanians were delighted by the generosity of Sylvia and Bud Hahn in support of the Kiwanis Foundation. Hahn himself is an Eagle Scout. A check was presented to Boy Scout leader Tim Holloman with Troop #807. Hahn is pictured left, Holloman, middle and Jim Swinkola, chair of the Kiwanis Foundation at right. paragraph here.

Zeller Awards

Zellers Awarded to

 3 Club Members

Aug. 6thGwynne Dyer, executive director of the Avery Humane Society, addressed the club during their regular meeting. Dyer, on the job since February, spoke about budgetary needs, success stories and their excellent rating from a recent state inspection visit. The Avery Humane Society welcomes calls from volunteers who would like to spend time with the animals. Dyer is pictured on the right along with current Kiwanis Club President, Brenda Lyerly

July 16th: Allen Cook, director of Mayland Community College’s Small Business Center, presented to Kiwanis Club of Banner Elk. Cook, pictured, stated that the Small Business Center covers Mitchell, Avery and Yancey counties and provides confidential support for entrepreneurs. From an idea to business planning to proper licensure to becoming fully operational, the Small Business Center provides free resources to start and grow business. Cook is also author of the popular book, Moonshine, Murder and Mountaineers (2014).

One Man’s Legacy...Edgar Tufts

Founder of Banner Elk Presbyterian Church

Lees-McRae College
Cannon Memorial Hospital


Grandfather Home for Children



Golden Jubilee 2018 - Kiwanis Club of Banner Elk

July 4, Wednesday 10am, Grand Marshall for Fourth of July Parade, 100 Main St.

July 4, Wednesday 12pm, dedication of playground equipment, Tate-Evans Park

July 17, Tuesday, Noon Meeting: Mayland Aktion Club picnic, Wildcat Lake

September 8, Saturday, 6 pm, Golden Jubilee Closing Dinner, Best Western

We welcome you to visit our club. Fellow Kiwanians vacationing in the High Country are invited to join us for our club meetings and participate in our club service projects during your stay.


About Us

Officers and Board Members:

Brenada Lyerly, President

May Weed, Vice President

John Heinlein, Treasurer 

Ann Swinkola, Secretary 

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July 9th: Jillian Rosato, resource development manager for Avery County Habitat for Humanity, introduced Habitat’s new Corporate Partnership Opportunities program in support of their 50th home build set to begin in about three months. Children live in 90% of the Habitat Homes built in Avery County.
 Jillian is active in our community and relatively new to Habitat after many years at Lees-McRae College where she served on the advancement team.  She is an active Rotarian, having served as the local club's president last year.  


Service is at the heart of every Kiwanis club, no matter where in the world it’s located. Members stage nearly 150,000 service projects and raise nearly US$100 million every year for communities, families and projects..

​​Meetings, Projects & Events

Kiwanis Family & Community

The Kiwanis Club of Banner Elk  is  again recognized at Wildcat Lake. for helping provide  the handicapped accessible picnic shelter closest to the main parking lot and restrooms. 

July 30th: Lynn Kilpatrick, CEO/Executive Director of Life Care Center of Banner Elk presented at the regular club meeting. Life Care, the only skilled nursing facility in Avery County, is a premier provider of long-term and short-term care as well as out-patient rehabilitation. Kilpatrick is pictured on the right with Director of Admissions & Marketing, Aubrie Bunton.

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

July 2nd:       

Gary Smith, Ensemble Stage

​Artistic Director highlighted the history of Ensemble Stage, the professional theater nonprofit now enjoying its third year in Banner Elk.
He focused on current activities in Banner Elk, noting that the small company now headquartered at the Historic Banner Elk School, is celebrating its 10th year of productions.  Ensemble Stage has four main season shows, a children's camp and a children's show, and three post-season productions including a fall comedy in September, the October radio show (War of the Worlds) and a musical variety Christmas show. 

The Kiwanis Family of Avery County includes the Banner Elk Kiwanis Club, Avery High Key Club, Mayland Aktion Club, Avery Middle Builders Club and Terrific Kids. Coming soon is a new Builders Club at Cranberry Middle School.

Our Kiwanis Mission

Kiwanis Club of Banner Elk

AHS Key Club Awards

AHS receives multiple awards at Carolinas' District Convention.

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The Kiwanis Club of Banner Elk was the major sponsor of the Friends of Wildcat Lake golf tournament on June 15 at Sugar Mountain.


   $ 5.00 each


     5 for $ 20.00

All Proceeds Benefit our RIF Project



​​​​​​​​​​​​​​                  Tuesday Weekly ​                          Speaker Schedule

8/6   Gwynne Dyer, Avery County

                                    Humane Society

8/13  Madeline Barinowski, Former Avery 

           High Key Club member - presenting

           her International Service Experience 

           with Youth With a Mission.

Aug. 20th:    Amna Cameron from the NC Department of Transportation will
speak about NC First

Aug. 27th:    Michael Hardy, Avery County Historian will present "Four
Capitals of the Confederacy"