Mayor Joyce Craig and Don Pinard, Director of Manchester's Parks and Recreation Department accepts a $75.000 Major Emphasis Grant from the Manchester Kiwanis Children's Fund. The funds will be used to repair and improve basketball and tennis courts throughout the city. Seven non-profits applied for the grant. Parks and Rec was chosen, because virtually every non-profit in Manchester uses these facilities along with school age kids and the general public. So, the grant has enormous reach. (Photo l to r) Marilyn Charbonneau, President Kiwanis of Manchester, Mayor Craig, Pinard, Michelle Chretien, Major Emphasis Chair, and Laura Nesmith, President-Elect, Kiwanis of Manchester.
The Manchester Police Department has joined law enforcement agencies nationwide in offering training to citizens as how to respond in an active shooter event. On June 18, members of Manchester Kiwanis and guests from Hooksett Kiwanis met at police headquarters to undergo the training. Lead by Officer Nate Linstad, a member of the SWAT Team and certified in many areas of law enforcement, we learned that there are three fundamental ways to respond. The first preference is to "avoid and run," DO NOT HIDE. Get out and call 911. The alternative is to "deny and hide." Lock the surroundings down if possible, shut off the lights, and prepare to defend. Finally - if all...
The 51st Annual Kwanis Charity Auction on June 2 raised over $25,000 for non-profits that serve kids in Greater Manchester. Kiwanis thanks our loyal patrons for your generous bids. Also, the sponsors, donors, and our host the Webster House. Plus, the volunteers from the Manchester Christian Church, the West High Key Club, and the residents and staff of the Webster House. For all of the photos click here.
Kiwanis of Manchester is honored to present scholarships and service awards annually to members of the Kiwanis Key Clubs. These outstanding students are dedicated to serving their schools and communities through volunteering. Kiwanis of Manchester sponsors Key Clubs at Bedford, Memorial, and West High Schools. Key Clubs is the largest high school service organization in the world. To view photos of the presentations click here.
Kiwanis of Manchester has established a literacy initiative in a unique environment; Granite State Laundry at Lake and Union Streets. Located in the heart of refugee and immigrant neighborhoods where English is often the second language, the "reading nook" provides kids with the opportunity to enjoy a book while their parents attend to laundry. Plus, children are encouraged to take books home. Manchester Kiwanians will be restocking the library regularly. Photo: (kneeling) Marilyn Charbonneau, President and Laura Nesmith President-Elect, Kiwanis of Manchester.
Kiwanis of Manchester commemorated the occasion with a service project creating "no-sew blankets" for infants and packaging personal care items. Both will be distributed to shelters and non-profits serving those in need. Our thanks to Michelle Chretien and Jocelyn Collins who arranged for a workspace at their employer, RMS Mortgage and to the Kiwanians who donated materials. For more photos, please click here.