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

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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.


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.

How to join
contact us


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.


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.

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


Bell, Ron
Shaw, James

Conduct the business of the club and foundation.

Committee Chair:

Poppenwimer, Mike

Develops yearly budget.

Committee Chair:

Dicke, Howard

Manages Club properties

Committee Chair:

Orrico, Geno

Maintains the Club and Foundation Bylaws

Committee Chair:

Fulcher, Wayne

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.

Committee Chairs:

Moore, Bob
Walski, Colleen
Doepke, Darrell

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

Committee Chair:

Poppenwimer, Mike

We receive, evaluate, and make recommendations to the Kiwanis Board on requests for funds from schools, organizations, clubs and groups for money for new or existing programs and equipment.

Committee Chairs:

Jordan, Joyce
Skarda, John

Arranges for Social events and manages Pancake Breakfast.

Committee Chair:

Jordan, Joyce

Next Pancake Breakfast

Committee Chair:

Fleisher, Linda L.

Oversees Club and Foundation unrestricted funds and recommends investment options.

Committee Chair:

Swan, Bob

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

Committee Chair:

Moore, Michael

Visit the Marketplace!

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

Committee Chair:

Morse, Steve

Learn More

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.

Committee Chair:

Dicke, Howard

Responsible for programs, menus

Committee Chair:

Sterling-Popovich, Alexis

Funding for Projects

Committee Chair:

Cooper, Wesley
Fleisher, Linda L.

Committee Chairs:

Mulliniks, Bill
Orrico, Geno

The scholarship committee awards scholarships to deserving high school seniors.

Committee Chair:

Busbee, Janet

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 Chairs:

Zinser, Robert
Scully, Paula

Service leadership organization for teens that teaches leadership through service to others. Aktion Club Key Club Builders Club Terrific Kids BUG.

Committee Chairs:

Miller, Biff
Jack, Kimberly
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Sponsors programs to support youth health in the Foothills area.

Committee Chair:

Moore, Michael

Marketplace Committee Members

Michael Moore – Chair
Tom Leard
Paula Scully
Gene Orrico
Scott Brown
Ed Edling


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?


membership application

Officers & Directors

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

Club Officers

President  ::  Mike Poppenwimer  (Contact Mike)
President Elect  ::  Michael Moore  (Contact Michael)
Vice President  ::  Kimberly Jack   (Contact Kimberly)
Secretary  ::  Toby Payne  (Contact Toby)
Treasurer  ::  Howard Dicke  (Contact Howard)
Past President :: Canon Dart


Joyce Jordan
Janet Busbee
Ted Dimon
Brian Kunkel
Bob Moore
John Skarda

Questions? Comments? Need more information?
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.  For any questions regarding the Kiwanis Marketplace Click Here or call (480) 488-8400.

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