Noon luncheon meetings are held on the first two Tuesdays of each month, at Charlie Brown's Steakhouse in Chatham Township. Breakfast meetings are held at 8:00 AM on the last two or three Tuesdays of each month. Breakfast meetings are held at Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse in Chatham Township. Guests are always welcomed to attend our Tuesday meetings. COME JOIN US


Kiwanis Nut Sale at Kings in Chatham Boro held on November 23, 2013

Stu Shippey (left) and Alan Robertson brave the cool, windy weather to sell nuts at the Kings store on Main Street in Chatham, NJ. Proceeds go to scholarships and other community projects. Other members took their turn on November 23 and sold almost $800 worth of fine nuts.

The nut sale planned for ShopRite on November 24 was cancelled because of the dangerously cold and windy weather that day.

Kiwanis November 26 Meeting Program: Rev. Jeff Markay, Pastor of the Chatham United Methodist Church lead a panel discussing "The Spirituality of Giving Thanks".

Rev. Jeff Markay, Pastor of the Chatham United Methodist Church
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Harun Alcadag, Director for the Center of Interfaith Affairs, Peace Island Institute
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Rev. Dr. Christa Compton, Pastor of the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Chatham
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The audience enthusiastically applauded this thought-provoking program.


Kiwanis November 19 Meeting Program: Susan Fountain spoke on her experiences as a foster parent.

Susan Fountain (left) was introduced by Caesar Sweitzer at the November 19 Kiwanis Breakfast meeting held at Charlie Brown’s in Chatham Twp. In three years, Susan has served as foster parent for four different babies for periods ranging from one day to two months. Susan has three daughters and lives with them and her husband Tom in Chatham.

She addressed several items: why she served as foster parent, what concerns she had going into the process, what screening and training were needed to be eligible, how the program actually works and quality of the experience.

Susan described how her family received much more than they gave in carrying for their foster children. The audience enthusiastically applauded her spellbinding program.

Chatham High School Key Club Meeting with Chatham-Madison Kiwanis Club at Charlie Brown's Restaurant

Karen Swartz (left), Kiwanis CHS Key Club Advisor; Nicole Avery (center), CHS Faculty Key Club Advisor and Kiera Spadaro (right), Faculty Key Club advisor. All helped organize this meeting.
CHS Key Club officers made presentations regarding student service projects.
Key Club members had a happy time socializing and planning future service projects.
Parents of Key Club members also attended and learned about the work of Kiwanis and Key Clubs.

Kiwanis November 12 Meeting Program: “Canoeing the Canning River in Alaska” with Carl and Kathy Woodward.

Kathy (center in photo) and Carl (right) Woodward gave an educational and entertaining talk to Kiwanis about Canoeing the Canning River in Alaska. They were welcomed to the meeting by John Eyre (left), President of the club. Kathy is wearing a jacket that protected her from the mosquitos during their trip.

Carl is a lawyer and the Town Attorney for the Township of Chatham. Kathy is on the Friends board of the National Wildlife Refuge Association and she volunteers at the Great Swamp.

Carl and Kathy discussed and showed pictures of their wilderness canoe trip in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, North of the Arctic Circle. The photographs of the landscape and wildlife were beautiful.

At the end of this excellent presentation, the audience enthusiastically applauded.

Induction of New Kiwanis Member Karen Brodsky

Betty Anne Keat (left in photo) sponsored new Kiwanis member Karen Brodsky. Karen was recently appointed Director of the Library of the Chatham. She was inducted into the Chatham-Madison Kiwanis Club on November 12, 2013. All members enthusiastically applauded her joining the club and look forward to working with her in the community.


Kiwanis Recognizes Eagle Scout Joseph Falco, III

Karen Swartz presents Kiwanis recognition plaque in honor of Madison Eagle Scout Joseph Falco, III at his October 13, 2012 Court of Honor Ceremony.


Kiwanis November 5 Meeting Program: Kathleen DiChiara presents “The Community Food Bank of NJ – Past, Present and Future”

Kathleen DiChiara, the Founder, President and CEO of the Community Food Bank of New Jersey (left in photo) with past President of Kiwanis Mary Anne Maloney (right) at the November 5 luncheon meeting.  The speaker gave a very interesting and inspiring presentation on “The Community Food Bank of NJ: Past, Present, Future”.

Kathleen started this crusade in 1975 out of the trunk of her car and then in partnership with the Archdiocese of Newark. From distributing 75,000 lbs. of food that first year it now distributes 40 million lbs. of food annually to over 1,000 nonprofit programs and over 400 programs served by its Partner Distribution organizations.

To learn more about the food bank, please visit their website at – be a volunteer and make donations to this fine cause.

To support this work, turkeys will be collected for the Food Bank at the Chatham United Methodist Church on November 23. Boy Scouts will be on hand to carry your turkeys to the waiting refrigerated truck. Kathleen mentioned that with the cut back in food stamps on November 1 even more people will seek help from the Food Bank this Thanksgiving. She also suggested donating medium sized turkeys in the 10-14 pound range because many of her clients do not have the pans and ovens to cook very large turkeys.


Kiwanis November 5 Meeting Announcements

Mary Anne Maloney is a past president of our Kiwanis club and she served as the President for this meeting. She mentioned that, while watching a Chatham community TV channel, she saw a video of the Kiwanis meeting program recorded July 31, 2012 by Tom Salvas. The speaker was Brian George talking about Arthritis.

David Mutchler reported that a check was received for collecting 21,000 pounds of newspapers. Members meet every Monday morning to load newspapers into a container. When it is full, a recycling company picks it up and delivers a new empty one to the parking lot near the Chatham Post Office.

Karen Swartz announced that the next CHS Key Club meeting will be 7:00 PM November 13 at Charlie Brown’s. Parents are invited to this event so they can learn more about the workings of Key Club and the Kiwanis club which sponsors them. All members are invited.

Stu Shippey announced that over $5,000 worth of nuts have been sold. Some bagged nuts are sold out, but there are plenty of holiday tins available. He reminded everyone to sign up for the Kings and ShopRite sales to be held on November 23rd and 24th. He also urged members to give him order forms and he will bring nuts to the Kiwanis meeting to give them to the seller for delivery.


Kiwanis October 29 Meeting Program: Angela McCall-Brown from the Stroke Center at Overlook Medical Center spoke on "Stroke: Managing your Risk”

Angela McCall-Brown (left in photo) from the Stroke Center at Overlook Medical Center spoke on "Stroke: Managing your Risk” at the October 29 Kiwanis luncheon. Nancy Boucher (right) introduced her.

Angela said that Overlook treats almost 900 strokes per year, ages 17 through 101. She noted that we need to know our risks factors for stroke so we can try to control the risks. Risk factors include age, gender, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, etc.

It is possible to modify some risk factors and Angela described actions that can be taken to reduce the chance of having a stroke. About 60 percent of strokes are the result of high blood pressure so blood pressure should be brought under control. Treatment of modifiable risk factors should be taken very seriously.

Angela handed out a refrigerator magnet listing Stroke warning signs and symptoms. She emphasized the importance of immediate treatment. Call 911 if any of them start.

Members of the audience enthusiastically applauded her helpful and interesting presentation.  To learn more about Stroke prevention and treatment, please visit the Overlook Medical Center website.