June 11th  Jesse Pope, president of Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, presented the foundation’s exciting capital campaign progress during the regular meeting of Kiwanis Club. Pope also introduced the foundation’s new Development Director, Courtney Lane. Pope and Lane are pictured.

2015 Eagle Membership Award

BE Kiwanis has largest club net growth!

 Pictured is a  photo of the then Banner Elk Elementary School in 1951.  At that time the school boasted 300 students. Much has changed in both the practice and philosophy of education since 1951.  Justin gave us a chance to ask questions about those changes in education.  

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

Kiwanis Family & Community



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6/25   Lee King, President LMC

7/2      Gary Smith, Ensemble Stage

7/9      Jillian Rosato, Avery County Habitat                                            for Humanity

7/16    Allen Cook, Mayland Community

                College Small Business Center

7/23   TBA

7/30  Lynn Kilpatrick, Banner Elk Life Care

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.


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Linville: Kiwanis Club of Banner Elk and Rotary Club of Avery County held their joint meeting at The Tartan Restaurant. Guest speaker was North Carolina Senator Warren T. Daniel who represents the 46th NC District (Avery, Burke & Caldwell Counties). Pictured left to right is Rotary President Jillian Rosato, Senator Daniel and Kiwanis Representative Jim Swinkola. The Clubs of Kiwanis and Rotary work in support of Avery County’s youth.


About Us

Officers and Board Members:

Brenada Lyerly, President

May Weed, Vice President

John Heinlein, Treasurer 

Ann Swinkola, Secretary 

AHS Key Club Awards

AHS receives multiple awards at Carolinas' District Convention.

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

June 25   Les King, Lees McRae College President provided an update about new programs at the college. The Banner Elk Kiwanis Club appreciates the partnership with Lees McRae in providing us an excellent venue for our weekly meetings! 


May 21st   Speaking to members of the Kiwanis Club of Banner Elk, Banner Elk Town Councilman Allen Bolick detailed improvements to the Historic Banner Elk Elementary School after its purchase in 2015 by the town.  All improvements have been completed using donated dollars and not tax-based monies. Donna Dicks joined Councilman Bolick share details of Book Exchange offerings to the public and encouraged members of the Kiwanis Club of Banner Elk to take advantage of these opportunities afforded at the Historic Banner Elk School. 

Carver, on the left, is pictured with Kiwanis Club representative Jim Swinkola .He is an expert on how current thinking and philosophy guide the education of our elementary students.

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

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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.

June 18:   Banner Elk Elementary School Principal Justin Carver shared with club members the positive impact two Kiwanis programs: Terrific Kids and RIF (Reading is Fundamental) have on students and teacher curriculums.   Our Kiwanis club has a long and strong relationship with the Banner Elk Elementary School.

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.

May 14th  Dr. Janet Barton Speer, with Lees-McRae Summer Theatre (LMST), presented at Kiwanis Club of Banner Elk. Of the three features, Speer showcased From the Mountaintop, The Edgar Tufts Story. An excerpt from the playbill reads “What did Banner Elk, NC, look like in the 1890’s? With the vision of Edgar Tufts, a young seminary student, one tiny town gained a church, college, orphanage and hospital… Using traditional mountain music mixed with a lyrical style, audiences will be moved and inspired by this great man…” The play is written and directed by Speer with music & lyrics by John Thomas Oaks and Tommy Oaks. Jim Swinkola, director of the Kiwanis Foundation, presented a check to Speer in Honor of Roy Krege for his longtime work in LMST, to Speer during the club meeting. Swinkola is pictured left and Krege appears on the right. 

April 30: Lori Ludwig, Strategy & Systems, with Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture, presented at this week’s Kiwanis meeting. The goals of BRWIA are (1) Increase consumer demand for local food, (2) Ensure equitable access to high quality local food, and (3) Provide producers the support they need. Ludwig is on the left, pictured with Kiwanis president, Brenda Lyerly.

Our Kiwanis Mission

​June 14th

Kiwanis &  Rotary Club Breakfast  

May 28 Bonita Smith presented at the weekly meeting of Kiwanis Club of Banner Elk. Smith represented the Avery County Farmer’s Market. The Market is open each Thursday evening at the Historic Banner Elk School. Smith is pictured on the right with Kiwanis president, Brenda Lyerly.

June 4th  Lee Buchanan and Casey Lee presented “Changes” at Kiwanis Club of Banner Elk. Over the years, these two members of the Sheriff’s Office have seen growth and progress in Avery County and in the Office of Sheriff. Buchanan is pictured on the right with Casey Lee on the left. 

           MAY MEETINGS 

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.

One Man’s Legacy...Edgar Tufts

Founder of Banner Elk Presbyterian Church

Lees-McRae College
Cannon Memorial Hospital


Grandfather Home for Children