Winter Coat Day Collection Project

The Sevierville Kiwanis Club is participating with Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries in its annual Winter Coat Day project.  Through December 5, 2015, new and gently used clean coats will be received.  A collection box has been set up in Food City, 741 Dolly Parton Parkway for coats ranging in size from infant through XXL.  This is the tenth year that Kiwanis has partnered with SMARM in gathering coats for area residents.  All donated coats will be delivered to SMARM for sorting by size in preparation for annual distribution to residents on December 10.  SMARM’s Cindy Black stated “SMARM relies on the generosity and help of local people, schools, clubs and businesses for donated coats.  We have never run out of coats to distribute and for that we are grateful to groups like the Kiwanis Club that add so much to our efforts.”  She added that normally between 2,000 and 3,000 coats are distributed.  Please join in this very worthwhile project as Kiwanis and SMARM continue to serve our neighbors’ needs throughout Sevier County.

Update - our coat collection drive was a great success.   Eleven extra-large size plastic bags of coats were delivered to SMARM's Thrift Store in downtown Sevierville on December 7.   Photos can be viewed under Meetings & Events/Photos/Coats for the Cold Collection for Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries.  We're pleased to have been able to participate in this very worthwhile event, especially during and after the devastating wildfires that struck Sevier County November 28-29.  Community residents' needs have dramatically increased since that time.



Food Collection Drive Assisting Sevier County Food Ministries

Sevierville's Kiwanis and Aktion Clubs annual food collection drive was held at Food City, 741 Dolly Parton Parkway on October 31, 2015.  Numerous donations of peanut butter, canned fruit, canned meats, and monetary contributions were provided by area residents.   The day yielded over 1,367 pounds of food and $457.00 in cash donations.  All collected items  were given to Sevier County Food Ministries.  The cash donations were used by Sevier County Food Ministries to purchase additional large quantity items at discounted rates through an ongoing partnership with Food City.

Our Clubs continue to be pleased to have the opportunity of participating in this very worthwhile service project in helping Sevier County Food Ministries provide food to our neighbors in need.  We truly appreciate being able to partner with Food City in making this event possible and successful.  Sevier County Food Ministries was established in 1992 and each week provides food products to over 5,000 Sevier County residents, including approximately 2,000 children.

Numerous photos from the Food Collection Drive can be viewed under our website's Meetings & Events tab.



2015 Pancake Supper

Our 15th annual Pancake Supper was held October 1, 2015 at Flapjacks on the Parkway in Sevierville.  On a very rainy evening, the event was well attended and very successful.  Funds raised increased 20% over last year and will allow our continued support to many community service projects in the Sevierville area.  We really appreciate Flapjacks allowing us to continue holding this event in their restaurant and to all those supporters who came out to enjoy an evening meal.  We also thank our numerous corporate sponsors who contributed to the event through financial and supplies assistance.  In addition,we also want to express appreciation to Mike Walter for providing musical entertainment throughout the evening.

Community service projects supported from our fundraising event include the following:

  • Boys and Girls Clubs of the Smoky Mountains
  • High School Student Scholarships
  • Jones Cove Elementary School
  • Live It
  • Safe Harbor
  • Safe Space
  • Sevier County Food Ministry
  • Sevier County Youth Shelter
  • Trula Lawson Learning Center
  • Wears Valley Ranch (Christian Children's Home)

Numerous photos from the Pancake Supper can be viewed under our website's Meetings & Events tab.



2015 - 2016 Installation Banquet

The 2015 - 2016 Installation Banquet was held September 22, 2015 at Bistro 109 in downtown Sevierville.  Distinguished Service and Outstanding Appreciation awards were given to numerous Club members.  Debra Loss received the annual Kiwanian of the Year award for exceptional community service performed during the past year.

KY-TN District Governor-Elect Leigh Chagnon spoke about upcoming goals of increasing membership, greater publicity of Kiwanis events and community presence, greater promotion of local Key Clubs, and gaining corporate memberships in local Clubs. 

Legion of Honor awards were presented to the following Club members:

  • Norm Kallemeyn - 50 years of service
  • Bob Palmer - 40 years of service
  • Mike McCroskey - 25 years of service

Club President Terri Danis outlined several goals for the upcoming year, including:

  • Increasing membership and meeting attendance,
  • Greater participation at Division meetings and District conventions,
  • Developing additional Builders and Key Clubs in the local schools,
  • Expanding the BUG (Bring Up Grades) program, and
  • Establishing new services to local kids and additional community service projects.

Numerous photos from the Installation Banquet can be viewed under our website's Meetings & Events tab.