We look forward to serving the children in our communities
of Carefree and Cave Creek … together!

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MISSION STATEMENT

The Kiwanis Club of Carefree is a fellowship of patriotic, civic-minded men and women dedicated to improving the quality of life of children in our communities. Special emphasis is on service projects that focus on “Children Number One” through volunteer participation and community support.

BENEFIT FOUNDATION MISSION STATEMENT

The Kiwanis Club of Carefree Benefit Foundation, Inc. mission is to develop resources that transform the goodwill and vision of Kiwanis into programs that serve the children of our community.

About Carefree Kiwanis

The Kiwanis Club of Carefree is one of the largest Kiwanis clubs in the world, with roughly 150 members. Our focus is on helping children recognize and develop their potential. We support post-secondary scholarships, summer art programs, special needs support, youth service organizations and more.

Through the Kiwanis Marketplace Thrift Store in Cave Creek the foundation raises money to support its projects. The vast majority of the funds we raise are invested in the children of our community, while some is donated to Kiwanis International initiatives dedicated to disaster relief and eradicating diseases around the world.

Kiwanis donation to Carefree for Splash pad

Our weekly lunch meetings are held on Wednesdays from 12 to 1:30 pm at Harold’s Corral in Cave Creek.

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MONETARY DONATIONS

If you wish to make a tax deductible monetary donation, please make your donation payable to the Kiwanis Club of Carefree Benefit Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization and send to: P.O. Box 1498, Carefree, AZ 85377.

Thank you for your donation to help us continue our mission of helping both children and serving our local community.    You will receive the appropriate receipt for your tax purposes.

If you would like to donate marketable securities, please contact the same organization above for instructions.

Committees

The Kiwanis Club of Carefree encourages each of its members to support the work of the club by joining one or more of its committees.

Review of Funds Disbursement from all Foundation and Club Committee’s

Chairpersons:  

Bob Swan
Ralph Spurgin

Aktion Club members develop important social and emotional skills that promote meaningful connections with self and other.

Chairpersons:  Biff Miller

Members:

Paula Scully
Kath Haugner

Donations and financial assistance provide Christmas dinners, clothing, and toys for families in need, including families of prisoners.

Chairperson:  Ron Bell
Members:  Sheryl Bell

Conduct the business of the club and foundation.

Committee Chair:

Kimberly Jack

Develops yearly budget for foundation.

Chairpersons: Larry Key

Members:

Bruce Lukowiak
Steve Morse

Maintains the Club and Foundation Bylaws

Chairpersons: Craig Raby

The Communications Committee is established and reconfirmed annually by the Kiwanis Club Board of Directors to which it reports.  The Committee also has a direct reporting line to the Foundation’s Marketplace Manager.  The objective is to provide media support in terms of press and digital communication messages from each of the Club Committees and the Marketplace to assure awareness and recognition of the Kiwanis activities and missions as to how Kiwanis contributes to the growth of the children of the local community.  There is also a significant effort to assist the Membership Committee.

Chairspersons: Bob Moore

Members:

Debbi Burdick
Steven Dart
Darrell Doepke
Linda L. Fleisher
Les Hardie
Casey Jack
Jacqui Perry-Brown
Colleen Walski
Steve Woods

Prepare for Board meetings and handle critical issues between Board meetings.

Committee Chair:

Kimberly Jack

Committee will be guided by the foundation’s focus and/or the merit of the financial request and its effect on the community.

Chairpersons: Joyce Jordan

John Skarda
Craig Raby
Diane Dunseath
Ed Edling

Arranges for Social events and manages Pancake Breakfast.

Chairpersons: Alexis Sterling-Popovich

Members:

Diane Dunseath
Ed Edling
Linda L. Fleisher
George Hofer
Toby Payne
Jacqui Perry-Brown
Mike Poppenwimer
Leo Reardon
Geno Orrico
Joyce Jordan
John Dionee

Chairpersons: Linda L. Fleisher

Members:

George Hofer
Alexis Sterling-Popovich
Joyce Jordan
Jacqui-Perry-Brown

Funding and Grants for Major Projects

Chairpersons: Mike Poppenwimer

Members:
Colleen Walski
Alexis Sterling-Popovich
Joyce Jordan
Jacqui Perry-Brown
Canon Steve Dart

Deals with Personnel, Operations and Property Management (through the Property Management sub-committee) issues at the Kiwanis Marketplace.

Committee Chair: Mike Poppenwimer

Members:

Thomas Leard
Paula Scully
Ron Bell
Ed Edling
Geno Orrico
Wayne Knops

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Recruitment of new members, acclimating new members to the club and it’s activities, and working to maximize retention of club membership.

Chairpersons: Steve Morse

Members:

Debbie Burdick
Les Hardie
Jacqui Perry-Brown
Alexis Sterling-Popvich

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Each year select committee members by March 1st. Committee will propose a slate of Officer and Director candidates, for membership vote, for the next fiscal year.

Chairpersons: Joyce Jordan

Responsible for programs and menus

Chairpersons: Alexis Sterling-Popovich

Members:

Diane Dunseath
Linda L. Fleisher
Jacqui Perry-Brown

Manages Club properties

Chairpersons: Geno Orrico

Members:

George Hofer
Chuck (Charles) Hover

Chairpersons: Geno Orrico

Aaron Vasquez

The scholarship committee awards scholarships to deserving high school seniors.

Chairpersons: Busbee, Janet

Members:

Ron Bell
Scott Brown
Charles W Civer (JR)
Maria Elena Rizzo
James Shaw
Jack Mayhay
Geno Orrico

Scholarship info & applications

The Schools / Education Committee identifies and prioritizes areas that would have the most impact on students.

The former Major Projects Committee, now called the Schools / Education Committee (S/E Committee) identifies and prioritizes the most student impactful projects including these areas in the past:  STEM, Chrome books, and Student Health and Wellness program.  Members of the Committee are assigned to represent various schools within our community.  The School Committee member is called the “Site Representative.”

Originally the community identified major concern areas, the site representatives communicate these concerns to the school’s administration and teachers and the schools determine what is needed.

The school then prepares a “Proposal for Funding”.  Any non-profit school in our area qualifies for the opportunity to present a request to the S/E Committee.  This process is a two way program of what the school feels they need + what Kiwanis wants to support.

The S/E Committee also works closely with the Funds Request Committee.  This year the Funds Request Committee no longer deals with any request related to schools or education, as they are now redirected to the S/E Committee.

Committee Chairpersons: Paula Scully & Robert Zinser

Ted Dimon
Ed Edling
Thomas Leard
Michael Moore
Lynn Oates
Craig Raby

Service leadership organization for teens that teaches leadership through service to others. Circle K, Key Club, builders Club &K-Kids

Chairpersons: Kimberly Jack

Members:
Ralph Spurgin
Pete Carpenter
Michael Moore
John Dionee
Linda L. Fleisher
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Current Serving Year

Chairpersons: John Skarda & Ted Dimon

Sponsors programs to support youth health in the Foothills area.

Chairpersons: Michael Moore

Marketplace Committee Members

Chairpersons: Mike Poppenwimer

Members:
Ron Bell
Ed Edling
Wayne Knops
Thomas Leard
Geno Orrico
Paula Scully

Membership

Kids benefit from Kiwanis club of Carefree

Today our club has about 150 members …

Ranking us within the top ten largest Kiwanis clubs in the world. We believe that investing even one fraction of one’s time, talents, energies and experiences will make a world of difference tomorrow.

Why should you consider becoming a Carefree Kiwanis Member?

LEARN MORE HERE

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Officers & Directors

Each year we elect a new set of club officers. Our current officers are the following:

Club Officers

President :: Kimberly Jack
President Elect :: Joyce Jordan
Immediate Past President :: Mike Poppenwimer
Treasurer :: Larry Key
Secretary :: Janet Busbee

CONTACT OFFICERS

Directors

Brian Kunkel
Bob Moore
Steve Morse
Toby Payne
Alexis Sterling Popovish
Colleen Walski

Questions? Comments? Need more information?
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