Kiwanis Blairsville

The Blairsville Kiwanis Club was chartered September 13, 1950. We've been going and growing strong ever since!

We are dedicated to serving and supporting the young people in our community through our many service projects.


Registration is now open for the “Ooky Spooky Light Show” at Rollins Planetarium in Young Harris, hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Blairsville, and sponsored by Pizza Belly of Blairsville. Saturday, October 21, 2023.

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New and exciting event for the little guys. August 19, 2023 at Pat Haralson Civic Center in Blairsville. Two shows (10am & 11:30am), but only 250 tickets available for each show.

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Kiwanis meeting this week on Wednesday, August 12, at noon at the Skillet Cafe. Everyone invited!


Join us for our next meeting, which is scheduled for Noon - Wednesday, June 17th @ The Skillet!


Every week we have a speaker at our meeting. Today, it was Millie Owenby , Principal of the Union County Primary School. Ms. Owenby is a person known, loved and respected by 716 of our most precious citizens, students at the school in classes from pre-kindergarten through 2nd grade. Mrs. Owenby told us about "Trauma Informed Schools", a tiered approach to understanding a child's social and emotional way of learning. If Interventions are needed, the goal is to ultimately enable the teacher, the child, and his/her parents to make needed adjustments and to understand and be accountable for them. Helping students at an early age to understand their emotions, recognize what is happening and make informed decisions on how to respond in different situations is going to be key for their successes in the future.

You are invited and welcome to join members of the Blairsville Kiwanis Club at their weekly meeting every Wednesday at The Skillet Cafe at 12:00 noon. Kiwanians in Blairsville and throughout the world support and improve the lives of children one community at a time through over 150,000 service projects every year.


This week's meeting was full of surprises! We welcomed guests former Georgia District of Kiwanis Governor Juanita Edwards and current Lt. Governor for our district, Jim Carr, to our meeting. A new Kiwanis year brought announcements of many events in the works throughout the State.

Our guest speaker for this meeting was Union County Emergency Management Director David Dyer. The Emergency Management Agency office is responsible for maintaining the County Emergency Operations Plan and for the overall management of any disaster that should befall Union County, responding to all types of emergencies such as lost persons on trails, injury, floods, large scale fires, blizzards, etc. Wow ... that's a lot of responsibility. Director Dyer stated that 65% of E-911 calls are medical, requiring a well-trained and responsive staff from 12 fire stations. One "primary" station is located on Shoe Factory Road and 11 "volunteer" stations are found throughout the County. A 13th station is currently in the planning stages.

Kiwanis is an international organization founded to support children. We do that throughout the world and right here in Blairsville!!! Come join us at our weekly meeting at The Skillet Cafe at noon on Wednesdays.

Pictured: Susan Babcock, Blairsville Kiwanis Immediate Past President; Jim Carr, District 10 Lt. Governor; Union County EMA Director, David Dyer; Kathie McMillan, Secretary; Juanita Edwards, former Georgia District of Kiwanis Governor.


Blairsville Kiwanis President-Elect Cody Ching welcomed Patrick Malone to our meeting this week. Patrick is the US Census Coordinator of the "Union County Complete Count Committee (UCCCC)." This local committee is charged with ensuring that a complete and accurate count is provided to the government for its April 1, 2020 annual census count. In the 2010 census count, Union County had significant response rate of 86.7%.

The UCCCC is eager to improve even that high percentage this year. Look for information to be sent to every US household in March. Also, new this year, the census will be available online. Individuals looking for temporary jobs as census workers are encouraged to apply at

Please come join us at our regular meeting every Wednesday at noon at The Skillet Cafe in Blairsville. Kiwanians are great people who share in the care and support of children in Union County and throughout the world!

Photos from Kiwanis Blairsville's post 10/01/2019

The Blairsville Kiwanis Club just celebrated its 69he Blairsville Kiwanis Club just celebrated its 69th year at a very special Charter Night Celebration at The View Grill. Pictured are newly installed members are SHARON DAVIS, DEBI KOHLER and DARREN HARPER.

Also pictured are CODY CHING, President-Elect 2020-21; OLEG MALYSHEV, President for 2019-20; SUSAN CARTWRIGHT BABCOCK, Immediate Past President for 2018-19; Kathie McMillan, Secretary 2019-20; and ROSS SHORES, Treasurer for 2019-20. It was a fun way to celebrate the Kiwanis mission to assist the children of Blairsville, Union County, and the World!!!!


Blairsville Kiwanis member Sharon Davis brought our guest speaker this week. Naomi Havens of USBORNE Books N More had a whole table full of books for babies through high schoolers.

Naomi emphasized that "Reading is the most powerful social source in the world today. (Jim Treleese)." USBORNE Books was awarded the Childrens Publisher of the Year for 2012. Thanks for the insights, Naomi.

Pictured: Susan Babcock - President, Naomi Havens, Sharon Davis.


Reach for the Stars !!! Not a very creative opening line, but our speaker for next Wednesday, August 28, is! Steve Morgan Planetarium Director & Instructor of Astronomy at Young Harris College will be speaking to us about the planetarium and promises to explore the unique experience created by the planetarium facility. Come join us!


Our speaker next Wednesday, August 21, will be none other than Mitch Griggs, Executive Director of Union County Development Authority. So much is happening in Union County and Mitch is going to tell us all about it. Come join us for lunch at Blairsville’s Skillet Cafe.


We’d like to thank everyone who joined us for our annual K-Hop All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast. The money we raised will go towards helping the children of Union County through various projects and initiatives. -Blairsville

Photos from Kiwanis Blairsville's post 08/10/2019
Photos from Kiwanis Blairsville's post 08/10/2019

It’s a pancake kinda morning!


This morning from 7am - 11am!



Don’t forget tomorrow morning is the K-Hop All You Can Eat Breakfast at the Union County Elementary School! This annual event helps us provide funding for projects that support our youth, right here in Union County!

Photos from Kiwanis Blairsville's post 08/03/2019

The Blairsville KIWANIS Club made a very generous monetary donation to the BackPack2School event for the purchase of backpacks which we were so happy to do! But even more, a whole bunch of members worked at the event and that’s what we really enjoy!!!


Speakers at our regular Wednesday Kiwanis meetings have been outstanding. On July 31, 2019 President-Elect Oleg Malyshev will be bringing Kevin Collins, CLU, ChFC, Wealth Management Consultant with Saybrus Partners.

John C. Campbell Folk School 07/24/2019

We had a very informative speaker at last week's Kiwanis Club meeting. Darcy Holdorf, Outreach Coordinator for the John C Campbell Folk School, brought us up-to-date on the many choices for instructors and classes -- they are just about unlimited!

New catalog coming out in August, so make your reservations quickly. Check out the website at and click on Find A Class.

John C. Campbell Folk School Folk art and crafts school

Photos from Kiwanis Blairsville's post 07/12/2019

KIWANIS members and all guests: Remember that we are now meeting at Blairsville's Skillet Cafe (formerly Steve's). Same time/day: Wednesdays at noon.

Our speaker this week will be Darcy Holdorf, Outreach Coordinator at the John C Campbell Folk School in Brasstown NC. The school is known far and wide and provides year-round week long and weekend class experiences for adults in non-competitive learning and community life that are joyful and enlivening. Classes include craft, art, music, dance, cooking, gardening, nature studies, photography and writing. We can't wait to learn more about this very special school!

SPECIAL ADVANCE NOTICE: Everyone circle Saturday, August 10 on your calendars to get some of that famous KIWANIS PANCAKE BREAKFAST with sausage, scrambled eggs and grits and all the trimmings!


IMPORTANT NOTICE: Our meeting place has changed! Beginning this Wednesday, July 10, we will be meeting at BLAIRSVILLE'S SKILLET CAFE just up the hill from the Griddle Cafe. See you at noon on Wednesday.

Our guest speaker will be talking about the 4th Annual Backpack 2 School Bash coming up on August 3, 2019. "Kids Count" to the folks at the Union County Community Connection ... and they do to Kiwanians too!


The Kiwanis meeting this week (6/26) will host 2 special guests: Georgia Kiwanis District 10 Lt. Governor Angie Holloway and incoming Lt. Governor Jim Carr. Always exciting to have the "big wigs" join us!
Our speaker this week will be Becky Wallace filling us in on recent Special Olympics events. Becky is a family advocate with the Union County Family Connection and also a parent mentor for special education services with the Union County School System. Please join us at the Griddle Cafe at noon!!!


Another great reason to visit the Blairsville Kiwanis Club for its weekly meeting: Katy Jones will be our featured speaker. Katy is a family advocate with the Union County Family Connection who works within the school system to connect families to resources in Union county. This is of very special interest to our club because we support the "Backpack 2 School Bash" coming up soon on August 3rd. Come have lunch with us at noon on Wednesday, June 19 at The Griddle Cafe.


Program change for Wednesday, June 12, noon at The Griddle Cafe. Our speaker will be Kristy Peney, Assistant Market Manager of the Union County Farmers Market and Canning Plant. Our Farmers Market offers so much to the community and is a vital part of not only the economic but social life of Union and all surrounding counties. Come join us to learn the latest news!


Kiwanis Club members were recently honored by a visit from Blairsville Chief of Police Michael “Bear “ Baxter. Bear said the renovation of the new police headquarters next door to City Hall is coming along; won’t be long before move-in. He truly enjoys being Chief and intends to continue promoting professionalism in the department.


Our guest today came to say "Thank you" to the Kiwanis members. The club presented a $500 scholarship to Kimberly Miller of the University of North Georgia Foundation. The scholarship is earmarked specifically for use by a Union County student wishing to attend the University of North Georgia in Blue Ridge. Once again, the Kiwanis Club has shown its support for the youth of Union County! We meet every Wednesday at noon at The Griddle Cafe. Come join us!


Another great speaker yesterday at the Kiwanis Club meeting! John Tevald, amateur wine maker and owner of Tevald-Hill Winery. John is visiting family member (and Kiwanians) Charlie Krick in Blairsville. John is the proud winner of numerous wine-making competitions in the New Jersey area. He spoke to us about the challenges and processes of wine making...and he knows what he’s talking about as a 10th generation wine maker.

You are cordially invited to join all of the Blairsville Kiwanis Club members at their weekly meetings at 12:00 noon at The Griddle Cafe. Kiwanis proudly serves the children of the world one child at a time!

Photo: John Tevald and Kiwanis member Charlie Krick


The Kiwanis Club had a very interesting speaker this week. DJ Tunnell is the owner-operator of the Blairsville Martial Arts Academy. More importantly, DJ has an admirable collection of various martial arts belts to his name. Very impressive, DJ!

Members of the club invite you to join us at our weekly Wednesday, 12 noon, meeting at The Griddle Cafe up behind the Post Office. Kiwanis has a long history of supporting the children of our community through various fundraising efforts.

Photo: Brian Hoffman, club member, DJ Tunnell and daughter Kera.


Mike Girly, owner of Mike’s Seafood Restaurant in Blairsville, was the recipient of a unique gift from the Blairsville Kiwanis Club. It was a metal cover from an old Mercury outboard motor that Martin ‘Putt’ Putney who was a longtime club supporter. A plaque inscribed “Crankin’ for Kiwanis” signified Mike’s on-going support for Kiwanis as well.

Pictured: Mike Girly and Ross Shores


Winner today of the Sig Sauer 9MM is ticket #154 Mitchell I.


Winner today of the S&W 38 SPL 642 is ticket #913 David M.


Winner today of the 9MM Kimber MIC9 is ticket #953 Kevin S.

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