About our Kiwanis club

Club members and family members cook pancakes at the 2023 Pancake Breakfast.
Club members and family members grill pancakes at our Annual Pancake Breakfast held each year on the Friday morning before Labor Day weekend.

About Our Club

Chartered in 1921, the Kiwanis Club of Hendersonville in the premier civic club in Hendersonville, comprised of an eclectic mix of ages, genders, occupations, backgrounds and interests. We are all passionate about making our community and the world a better place for children so they can thrive. We are devoted to serving the children in Henderson County and all across the country and worldwide through unique and innovative service projects and fundraising initiatives.

Membership in the Kiwanis Club of Hendersonville offers many benefits and rewards. Our Kiwanis Club offers bi-monthly luncheon meetings, providing for fellowship with friends as well as the opportunity to meet and speak with local business and professional leaders.

Our Service First Committee (SFC) was founded in 2013 to allow community members whose schedule conflicts with lunch meetings, or who may prefer the more casual service-oriented nature of SFC, to join our club. SFC meets bi-monthly on Wednesday evenings at local businesses and nonprofit agencies.

In addition to the lunch meetings and SFC meetings, our Officers and Directors meet monthly to manage the business of the club.

We sponsor year-round service projects that target a wide range of talents and interests, giving all members the opportunity to become involved in the improvement of our community.

Our Commitment to Service

The Kiwanis Club of Hendersonville raises more than $35,000 each year, which is used to support various service projects, fund scholarships, and help organizations that serve Henderson County children and youth. Kiwanians touch the lives of local people every day by contributing in excess of 18,000 volunteer hours annually at more than forty Henderson County organizations that serve our citizens and for club-sponsored projects. Children and youth are our main focus in the programs we sponsor, the services we provide, and the volunteer hours we donate.

To help children and youth learn leadership skills and develop new generations committed to community service, Kiwanis sponsors six K-Kids at the Boys and Girls Club and five elementary schools, five Builders Clubs at middle schools, and five Key Clubs at high schools and the Henderson County Early College high school. We recognize outstanding K-Kids, Builders Club, and Key Club members at an annual awards luncheon and invite club members to join us throughout the year at our regular luncheon meetings. We support Boy Scout, Cub Scout and Girl Scout troops and help fund the Chamber of Commerce Young Leaders Education programs and 4-H Clubs. Camperships are provided through the Salvation Army and Henderson County Young Leaders Camp.

Hendersonville Kiwanis also sponsors an Aktion Club for adults with disabilities. The Club provides an opportunity for its members to develop initiative and leadership skills in serving their communities while enabling their integration into society.

Our Scholarship Fund pays for a year of post secondary education for needy graduates, scholarships at Blue Ridge Community College, and recognition and a cash award to a best all-around senior at five public high schools. Most recently, the Kiwanis Loan and Scholarship Fund awarded $26,000 to help deserving students continue their education beyond high school.

For over 50 years we have provided thousands of new shoes for underprivileged children from preschool through high school through our club Shoes and Socks Program. We sponsor and run Terrific Kids programs in seven elementary schools. We also recognize outstanding high school athletes and students in the field of Fine and Performing Arts at our lunch meetings.

There is much more that Kiwanis Club of Hendersonville does to touch the lives of local children and youth. Every day a Kiwanian volunteers to improve the world one child and one community at a time. We welcome new members who share our zeal and passion for community service.

Join Us

Our Kiwanis club fulfills the Kiwanis mission by serving our community through Kiwanis Community Service Projects.

Are you ready to help create communities that let all children thrive, prosper and grow? It’s pretty easy to do! Simply contact us with your questions and apply for Kiwanis club membership here.

The kids in your community and the world are counting on you!