I just returned from a stay at our district convention hotel, the Park Vista – Doubletree, in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. We have read a lot and heard a lot of conflicting reports about the status and condition of the hotel since the devastating fires last month. I have had quite a few questions about whether we would still be able to have our convention as planned.
The answer is a resounding, YES! The hotel looks great, and it is ready for our visit in March. In fact the hotel was full of high school students during my stay. The cities of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge were bustling and very busy – Lots of people. We don’t want to forget those who lost so much in the fires, and there is a long recovery ahead for many people.
However, Gatlinburg thrives on tourists, and it is ready for our convention March 17-19, 2017. Registration information has been sent to all clubs. Information is also available at https://www.ktkey.org/dcon2017/. Start making plans now to attend this memorable event.
The Kiwanis Club of Sevierville, Tennessee has opened an account for Wildfire Assistance. The K-T District and Kiwanis International are partnering with Sevierville Kiwanis Club in an effort to raise funds for the recovery of the area. The Sevierville Kiwanis Club has also partnered with the B&G Club of the Smoky Mountains to identify families and children who lost their homes. Funds will also be used to help these families and children. The need of the area will grow once the Red Cross leaves and the shelters close. The Kiwanis Club wants to be prepared and ready to help when this happens.
If you or your club would like to contribute to this effort,
Make checks payable to the Kiwanis Club of Sevierville Kiwanis Wildfire Assistance Fund
Mail Checks to:
Kiwanis Club of Sevierville
P.O Box 5225
Sevierville, TN 37864
Attn: Kiwanis Wildfire Assistance Fund
On Monday, November 28th 2016, Gatlinburg, Tennessee experienced a devastating wildfire that tore through the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains National Park. By Tuesday afternoon several Northview Academy Key Club members had decided to create and sell a T-shirt.
Since the fire began more than 500 acres of the National Park have been destroyed leaving many people and native animals without a home. The proceeds from the shirts will go to a local organization called “Friends of the Smokies.” This organization helps provide historic preservation, environmental education, wildlife management and more. By purchasing a shirt, you will not only be receiving a great shirt, but you will be helping in the revitalization of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as well.Print Me
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During their recent meeting in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, members of the K-T District Board took time out from business to provide service.
Board members donated toys and stuffed animals to the Salvation Army. According to Captain Sarah Birks, of the Salvation Army in Sevierville,
the items donated will be used to help children and families through their Angel Tree.