Tuesday Weekly

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February 20: Banner Elk Police Chief  Kevin Hodges and new officers

February 27: Dr. Laura Fero, Executive Director of May School of Nursing, LMC

March 6: Christin Clark, Executive Director of Avery County Habitat for Humanity

March 13: Jesse Pope, Executive Director of Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

March 20: Laura Vierheller, Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care serving the High Country

March 27 - Marc Mataya with updates to his Art Farm project and his new venture

April 3. -    Boone Police Chief Dana Crawford and Avery Co Sheriff Kevin Frye.

Golden Jubilee 2018 - Kiwanis Club of Banner Elk

March 20, Tuesday, Noon Meeting: cake cutting, Golden Jubilee cake, LMC

April 14, Saturday, 8am -2pm: Kiwanis One Day, erecting playground equipment. Tate-Evans Park, breakfast and lunch provided., Holston Camp 

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

Banner Elk Police Chief Kevin Hodges explained the workings of his department to members of the Kiwanis Club of Banner Elk on February 20.  A signature effort for the Banner Elk department is creating a positive image of police officers for local elementary students.



Members of the Avery High School staff benefitting from 2018 Kiwanis Club of Banner Elk grants include (left to right) Principal Todd Griffin, counselor Tracy Hastings, teacher Renee Rogers, college advisor Kirsten Huffer and college and career counselor Libby Gragg.  The Kiwanis grants will assist in life skills projects and supplies, and college visits.  Other high school grants funded a variety of leadership programs, books and class projects.

2015 Eagle Membership Award

BE Kiwanis has largest club net growth!

Avery High School students Greg Gurley (left) and Hunter Laws hone their kitchen skills in anticipation of a new food mixer funded by a 2018 Kiwanis Club of Banner Elk grant

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

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.


Kiwanian Jim Swinkola (left) and Banner Elk Town Manager Rick Owen unveiled the Kiwanis Club of Banner Elk Golden Jubilee banner during the February 12 meeting of the Banner Elk Town Council.  Swinkola commented on new playground equipment scheduled for installation on Kiwanis One Day, April 14.  Kiwanians, Key Club members, Blue Ridge Young Professionals, Boy Scouts, LMC students and community volunteers will gather that Saturday morning to erect the playground equipment and make other improvements to the Tate-Evans Park

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

AHS Key Club Awards

AHS receives multiple awards at Carolinas' District Convention.






Our Kiwanis Mission

Meetings, Projects & Events

Kiwanis Family & Community

Officers and Board Members:

Jeff Davis, President

Brenada Lyerly, Vice President

John Heinlein, Treasurer 

Ann Swinkola, Secretary 

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.

Avery High student John Henry Adams (left) received some ideas on how to use a day planner from counselor Tracy Hastings.  A 2018 grant from the Kiwanis Club of Banner Elk will fund the purchase of day planners for student use.


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