Kiwanis Club of Banner Elk

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Kiwanis Family & Community




Tuesday Weekly

Speaker Schedule:

February 12 - Avery Senior Center by Phillip Adams

February 19 - Avery County's three major hunger-relief programs

February 26 - Mayland Community College by Dr. John Boyd and Margaret

March 5 - Avery Chamber by Melynda Pepple

March 12 - Cannon Memorial Hospital by Carmen Lacey

March 19 - local history stories by D.C. Smith

March 26 - Alzheimer's Association of WNC by Emily Jaynes

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

2015 Eagle Membership Award

BE Kiwanis has largest club net growth!

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

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..

Zeller Awards

Zellers Awarded to

 3 Club Members

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.

About Us

Officers and Board Members:

Brenada Lyerly, President

May Weed, Vice President

John Heinlein, Treasurer 

Ann Swinkola, Secretary 

Principal Justin Carver (far left) stands with Banner Elk Elementary School's Kiwanis grant winning teachers (left to right) Jill Rogers, Amy Fortune and Brittany Hughes.  Kiwanian Jim Swinkola (far right) presented the grants on January 22.  The Kiwanis Club of Banner Elk supports classroom projects meant to improve student learning. 

AHS Key Club Awards

AHS receives multiple awards at Carolinas' District Convention.


Our Kiwanis Mission

​​Meetings, Projects & Events

Banner Elk: Kiwanis Club President, Brenda Lyerly, presented a check to Madison Cromwell, director of development at Children’s Hope Alliance’s Grandfather Home for Children. The check is in support of the upkeep of the community’s beloved Wildcat Lake this summer. 

Phillip Adams, executive director for Avery County’s Senior Center was the guest speaker this week. He talked about the amazing variety of services and activities the Center offers for senior citizens. Adams has been executive director for 10 years.


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.


A group of Woolly Worm Festival leaders and supporters honored 2017 and 2018 festival chairman Kathy Boone.  In appreciation of her leadership and team building, she was presented a plaque of appreciation by the Avery Chamber of
Commerce. .