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


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

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


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.

Community Service for young adults with special needs.

Committee Chairs:

Haugner, Kathy
Miller, Biff
Manages Summer Art Scholarships


Committee Chair:

Brooks, Ginny

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

Conduct the business of the club and foundation.

Committee Chair:

Poppenwimer, Mike

Develops yearly budget.

Committee Chair:

Dicke, Howard

Maintains the Club and Foundation Bylaws

Committee Chair:

Fulcher, Wayne

Manages Kiwanis of Carefree Communications.

Committee Chair:

Moore, Bob

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 Chair:

Skarda, John

Arranges for Social events and manages Pancake Breakfast.

Committee Chair:

Poppenwimer, Mike

Committee Chair:

Fleisher, Linda L.

Oversees Club and Foundation unrestricted funds and recommends investment options.

Service leadership organization for teens that teaches leadership through service to others.

Committee Chair:

Jack, Kimberly

Manages Kiwanis of Carefree Major Projects

Committee Chair:

Ireland, Ron

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

Committee Chair:

Brown, Scott

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

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

Coordinates Kiwanis of Carefree participation in local parades.

programs, menus

Committee Chair:

Donohue, Andrew JT

Manages Club properties.

Committee Chair:

Orrico, Geno

Committee Chair:

Orrico, Geno

The scholarship committee awards scholarships to deserving high school seniors.

Committee Chair:

Busbee, Janet

Sponsors Science Fairs and other Science and Engineering related education activities.

Committee Chair:

Adrian, Elaine

Meeting Day … In The Life of the Kiwanis Setup Committee
The Kiwanis Setup committee is a standing committee, which serves in an ongoing, continuous function and is vital to the successful facilitation of each meeting and special events. The main function of our committee members deals with the organizational and operational procedures on meeting day. The ultimate goal of this committee is to establish and maintain a welcoming and encouraging environment, supporting both the members as well as its guest speakers.

Committee Members: 
Linda Fleisher (Chairman)
Wes Cooper
Barbara Grossman
Ron Grossman
George Hofer
Joan Hofer
Joyce Jordon
Brian Kunkel

Team Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate with the staff at Harold’s, confirming set up and other requirements for meetings and special events.
  • Communicate with Program Director to coordinate the audio-visual needs, etc. needed for the guest speaker/presenter.
  • Equipment Set-up needed:
    • Speakers and microphones
    • Flags
    • Podium (bell, gavel)
  • Set-up Reception Table.
    • Blue Buckets for tickets and money
    • Clear large container with chips for drawing
  • Roll down large banner on wall (left side of stage, by entry door).
  • Pass out lunch slips at each table.

Committee Chairman Responsibilities (Linda Fleisher):

  • Ensure staffing is adequate for set-up each week.
  • Greet Speaker.
  • Fill in at reception table as needed.
  • Continuous coordination with Harold’s staff so service runs smoothly.
  • Assist with tear-down after meeting, making certain that all Kiwanis’ equipment and materials are returned to closet and secured.
  • Inventory and ordering of supplies.

Terrific Kids is a student-recognition program that promotes character development, self-esteem and perseverance. “Terrific” is an acronym for:

  • Thoughtful
  • Enthusiastic
  • Respectful
  • Responsible
  • Inclusive
  • Friendly
  • Inquisitive
  • Capable

Currently seeking volunteers to assist in the local schools.

Committee Chair:
Gall, Raye

Supports spiritual wellness through a variety of resources and programs.

Sponsors programs to support youth health in the Foothills area.

Committee Chair:

Moore, Michael


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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?


Officers & Directors

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

Club Officers

President  ::  Mike Poppenwimer

President Elect  ::  Open

Vice President  ::  Andrew Donohue

Immediate Past President  ::  Steven Dart

Secretary  ::  Ron Ireland

Ass’t Secretary  ::  Jane White

Treasurer  ::  Howard Dicke

Ass’t Treasurer  ::  Steve Morse


Debbi Burdick

Janet Busbee

Ted Dimon

Brian Kunkel

Blake Olson

John Skarda


Questions?  Comments? Please contact us. 

(480) 488-8400

We try to check our messages daily. A volunteer will respond soon.

Mailing Address

PO Box 1498
Carefree AZ 85377