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


Annual Kiwanis Christmas Party held December 18, 2012 - four members contributed program items

Kiwanis members who provided the Christmas program are shown in the photo. The program was organized and led by Jerry Cunningham, who led off the program with a clever and entertaining rendition of “Twas the Night Before Christmas”. Next came a wonderful reading by Karen Swartz. She was given the story by long time Kiwanis member Jim Baker. Debbie Behling found a hilarious YouTube video, which Rich introduced and played, to the delight of all who were present. Bert and Ron Whalin visited this year’s Christmas Display at Longwood Gardens (they went along on a Fellowship Village bus trip). Ron presented a photo slideshow.


Kiwanis December 11 Program: Sue Moore of the Chatham Township Historical Society presented "Chatham, Then and Now".

At the Kiwanis December 11 luncheon meeting, Sue Moore of the Chatham Township Historical Society presented "Chatham, Then and Now". Sue (Right in the photo) was introduced by Melanie Sze (Left).

Sue showed historic slides of buildings and places followed by modern slides of buildings that replaced them. Included in her talk were early farms and greenhouses, “the Colony”, Harry’s on Fairmount Rd., schools, public buildings, etc.

It was a very complete overview of the history of Chatham Township, told with excellent slides and interesting stories. Members enthusiastically applauded her presentation at the end of the program.

Kiwanis December 11 meeting Announcements

Karen Swartz announced that there will be a CHS Key Club meeting in the art room Wednesday 12/12/12 at 10:40 AM. Bob Stannard reported that all the Drew Circle K dues have been paid and he also noted the container in the room for water bottles.
Jerry Cunningham announced next Tuesday’s Christmas breakfast meeting and program. He passed around a sign-up sheet for members to sign up to do a part of the Christmas program. He also urged members to send him an email if they think of a program item to lead. Spouses and significant others are invited to attend.

David Mutchler announced that only chocolate covered pecans, deluxe mixed nuts and peanuts are available. Please buy these before the end of next week’s Christmas meeting.

Gary Arnesen reported that the Ogden St. cleanup went well and the Chatham DPW was very happy with the work that was done. Many bottles were picked up.

Nancy thanked members who donated money to buy ShopRite supermarket gift cards for Union Beach, NJ residents (as part of the Madison project to provide relief for Sandy).

Betty Anne Keat announced the ECLC Christmas activities to be held on Friday December 14 at 12:30 PM in the auditorium.

It was later decided to cancel the December Board Meeting which was originally scheduled to follow the December 18 Christmas breakfast meeting.


Kiwanis Cleans up Ogden Street in Chatham

On December 6, 2012 the Chatham-Madison Kiwanis Club cleaned debris from the shoulder of Ogden Street in Chatham Borough.  Six members shown in the photo arrived at 8:30 AM and filled bags with bottles, cans, cigarette boxes, and other items thrown there by passersby. Temperature was below freezing when they started but the hard work warmed everyone up. This was part of the New Jersey Clean Communities Program.

Kiwanis December 4 Program:- Robin Nestler of Chatham presented "Set Her Free - Empowering Young Women in Uganda".

Rich Behling introduced speaker Robin Nestler, who is President of “Set Her Free” (SHF). Robin is in the center in the photo and Karen Swartz, Kiwanis advisor for the CHS Key Club is on the right. This program (SHF Uganda) is a non-profit organization that works to restore the lives of young girls formerly enslaved by the sex trades – the vilest form of child labor.

SHF has set up a residence in Kampala, Uganda where girls are given basic needs and education. They go on to become productive members of the community. Robin showed a YouTube video.

To learn more about SHF, please visit their website: The presentation was very informative and inspiring.

Kiwanis December 4 Meeting Announcements

Joan May announced that the December Board meeting will be held following the Christmas Breakfast on December 18. Karen Swartz announced that the CHS Key Club will meet at 7:00 PM in the cafeteria on December 5. Bob announced that he will be bringing a box to meetings to collect empty water bottles for Circle K. Nancy Boucher announced that Madison has started a project to help Union Beach, NJ which was devastated by Hurricane Sandy. She asked members for $20 donations to purchase ShopRite supermarket gift cards to give to Union Beach residents. Rich Behling announced that there was an article on Troy Dibley in in the December 2012 Kiwanis Magazine, page 43. Troy was very active in CHS Key Club. John Eyre announced that there are still many holiday nuts to be sold and he asked members to help sell them. Joan reported on Breakfast with Santa. She also announced that Dick Plambeck will attend the Chatham Roundtable on December 14. Gary Arnesen reminded members to participate in the Ogden Rd. clean-up in Chatham on December 6 at 8:30 AM.


Breakfast with Santa was held on December 1, 2012

On December 1, 2012 the Chatham-Madison Kiwanis Club hosted Breakfast with Santa at the Madison Community House.
Madison High School Key Club helped make the event a success.
Key Club members served breakfast.
Simon Mandel taught children how to do magic tricks.
Children posed for photos with Santa.
Monty and AD spent some time with Santa

Kiwanis November 27 Program: Alan Robertson presented "The French Connection", including a slide show from Joan and Alan's recent trip to France.

Alan Robertson presented an entertaining and informative slide show for his and Joan’s recent trip to France. In above photo, Joan is displaying a beautiful towel she brought back from the trip. At the end of the talk, Alan shared with the audience samples of excellent French dark chocolate. This was a Tauck Tour.
They started in Paris and then took a train to Provence
They ate many fine meals. Codfish is surrounded by slices of eggplant and tomatoes.
There were beautiful gardens.
Charming markets.
Beaujolais vineyard.
Famous Avignon bridge.

A happy finish to a wonderful trip.

Announcement: Kiwanis November 27 Meeting

Dave Mutchler announced that holiday nut sales continue to go well. There are still plenty of 26 oz. tins of mixed nuts, 16 oz. bags of almonds, and peanuts.


Caesar Sweitzer inducted into Kiwanis Club at November 27 meeting

Jerry Cunningham (left) introduced Caesar Switzer (right) to members attending the November 27, 2012 breakfast meeting at Charlie Brown's Steakhouse. Caesar lives in Chatham Borough and has worked in the banking industry.