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:

Jeff Davis, President

Brenada Lyerly, Vice President

John Heinlein, Treasurer 

Ann Swinkola, Secretary 

Kiwanian Kathy Boone shared excitement with fourth grader Lillian Bradley-Hendricks at Banner Elk Elementary as Reading Is Fundamental books were made available for student selection.  A signature project of the Kiwanis Club of Banner Elk, each elementary student will choose four books in 2018 to add to their personal library.  





Town of Banner Elk representative Nancy Owen spoke to members of the Kiwanis Club of Banner Elk on March 13.  Owen provided work details for Kiwanis One Day on April 14.  Banner Elk Kiwanians, Blue Ridge Young Professionals, Avery High Key Clubbers, Town of Banner Elk employees, Boy Scouts from Troop807 and interested community volunteers will work together to add new playground equipment and improve Tate-Evans Park.  For more information email


2015 Eagle Membership Award

BE Kiwanis has largest club net growth!

Avid reader and Kiwanian Ann Swinkola helped first graders from the Banner Elk Elementary School select high interest books through the Reading Is Fundamental program.  Students were delighted to learn that the books were free gifts from the Kiwanis Club of Banner Elk.  Better yet, the books could be taken home as personal property.  Students(left-to-right) are Gracyn Ali Greer, Sophia Marie Schmidinger, Elijah Boggs McPhail and Eliza Marie Ledford.    

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.


Kiwanis Club of Banner Elk President Jeff Davis assisted fifth grade students from Banner Elk Elementary School in selecting Reading Is Fundamental books.  This favorite Kiwanis project provides recreational reading books free of charge to local Pre-K-5th grade students.  Eager readers (left-to-right) are Nicole Hernandez-Magana, Logan Allen Stevens and Samuel Alan Burleson.  

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

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

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Tuesday Weekly

Speaker Schedule:


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

March 13: Business Meeting

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.

April 10..............Henry Chuag, Men's Volleyball Coach at LMC

APRIL 17............Representatives from Feeding Avery Families, RAM and Volunteer Avery

April 24...............Elizabeth Young, Executive Director of the Hunger and Health Coalition 

May 1..................Virginia Alvarado and the Mayland CC Aktion Club.

May 8 .................Jesse Pope, Executive Director of Grandfather Mountain Conservancy.

May 15.................Ruthie Styles with Blue Ridge Partnership for Children


Kiwanis Family & Community

AHS Key Club Awards

AHS receives multiple awards at Carolinas' District Convention.

Our Kiwanis Mission

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