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 Kiwanis Meeting of 1-15-19

 

Cynthia Tam, Native Americans in San Diego Area & Pancake Plans

       Fellow Kiwanians (Attendance 36) – Cynthia Tam knows and works with the native American tribes in the San Diego area. “I’ve been helping them with financial planning and other matters for 15 years.”  Cynthia, originally from Hong Kong, works with 19 federally-recognized tribes within a 50-mile radius of San Diego.

  • 400 years of inequality – She outlined a long history of inequality that the tribes suffered through since the Juan Cabrillo made contact in 1542.  “At that time there were probably 20,000 members of the various tribes, now the population is only about one-tenth of what it was.”  The Reservation Act of 1891, the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 concerning sovereign rights and inherent powers of the remaining tribes, and the Indian Gaming Act of 1988 were the main positive highlights of native American history in this area.

        Cynthia is currently working on her joint Master’s and Bachelor’s program at Harvard and is continuing to help the tribes of the area with their financial planning concerns.   Thank you, Cynthia, for your interesting overview of this little-known subject.  

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Guests – 4 members from the Temecula Kiwanis Club visited today. From left above: Ken Ray, Mark Ward, Lynn Effinger, and D.J. Baggett.  They have the only fundraising dog (right) in Kiwanis (an honorary member) a service dog named Kole who raises lots of money for Kiwanis. Their club membership is around 34 and meets at D.J. Baggett’s brewery in Murietta  – Thanks for coming, come back soon.

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Announcements

  • All Hands on Deck for Pancake Breakfast – Feb. 23, 2019 (St. Mark’s Church) – John Lee encouraged members to begin “hitting the pavement” on sales routes for pancake tickets – Currently he has around $1900 from sales.  Sales routes are still available. This will be the 53rd Annual Pancake Breakfast this club has sponsored.  Funds raised go to support scholarships we will present later in the Spring.   Overall, Ivan Gillis reports that we gave away 28 scholarships in total last year.
  • Silent Auction solicitations – John Lee and Jim Alden are encouraging us to begin our solicitations for silent auction donations for the pancake breakfast now. The Silent Auction was a big hit last year – Ryan Stangl is coordinating this aspect of the Pancake Breakfast this year.
  • Smoke Alarm Program changing hands – After many years guiding this program, Tom Curtis and Gary Edwards are handing the smoke alarm check program over to John Lee and Ryan Stangl. Thanks for your continued service.
  • Child Sponsorship Plan –  Jim Alden and Jerry Mason explained our club’s plan to sponsor two children – one boy from Africa and one girl from South AmericaFunds ($500) for one child are already in the budget. Funds for the second child were solicited at this meeting. – Donations will be accepted through January. Two sponsored children will be selected soon. For more details and if you wish to contribute contact Jerry Mason or Jim Alden.  Kiwanis Serves the Children of the World.
  • Club Membership holding at 50 – With the addition of newest member John Gibbs and transfer of Patti Manley from the San Marcos Club our current membership is 50.   Another prospective member Ling Chen Koong a Kiwanian from China who comes back to this area periodically is considering membership. We are still the “Flagship of the Fleet” in District 37.

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  • Key people this meeting: Greeters – Jim and Linda Alden, Invocation – Jim Alden – Song – Don Alexander and John Lee,  Collections  Larry Guthrie  Fine Master – Margo Dutton  50/50 Pot was $540; Sylvia Spears (from Meridian) had the winning ticket but she drew the Ace of Clubs.

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  • Upcoming Meetings – January/February 2019  
  • Friday Morning Meeting for Working Members– About 6 from our club attended a meeting on Jan 11 – Next month’s Friday morning meeting will be on February 15 at 7:15 am at IHOP – join us.
  • Board Meeting Held – A meeting of the Kiwanis Board was held after this meeting.  Highlights were:
  • John Gibbs sponsored by Jim Alden was approved for membership (Welcome John Gibbs)
  • Nominating Committee appointed: Jerry Mason (chair), Fred Folbrecht, Tom Kumura, Linda Alden, Ted May, and Tom Curtis, seeking 4 candidates – one immediately for the vacant President-Elect position…election scheduled for Feb 26 other three later in the year.
  • Fundraising Committee will be co-chaired by Jim Alden and Ivan Gillis
  • Co-Chairs for Pancake Day are:  John Lee, Jim Murphy, Pat Haugen.  Placemat ads coordinator:  Cathleen Stevens; Silent Auction coordinator:  Ryan Stangl

Next Board meeting Feb 19.    

Regular Luncheon Meetings.

  • Jan 22– Terry Kaltenbach, USS Midway Docent
  • Jan 29– Adele Franco, President, Lake San Marcos Community Association – Book Clubs and Books
  • Feb 5 -Lt. Col. Michael Hays – Commanding Officer, First ANGLICO U.S. Marines
  • Feb 12Site Visit to Palomar Medical Center – no meeting at the St. Mark’s Country Club (our usual place) – meet at Coco’s Restaurant in Escondido – Lunch at Coco’s at 11:30 – Guided tour of Palomar Medical Center begins at 1 PM – Tom Kumura
  • Potential field trip to FFA is being planned – details forthcoming soon.
  • Blood drive is being planned in conjunction with Lake Church for April 11, 2019 (10-3 Thur) – Lynn Effinger from Temecula club had this to say about the blood drive…”Donating blood is one of the most unselfish things a person can do. There is no money involved. You are simply giving of yourself in a very unselfish way and literally helping to save lives. While approximately 65% of Americans are healthy enough and qualified to donate blood, only about 4% of that number actually donate. Local blood banks have to collect hundreds of pints of blood each day to keep up with the demand for blood from the many hospitals they serve. Blood shortages are all too common. Please help your community by donating blood yourself and encourage others you know to do the same.”

Down the Road…

  • Feb 22(Friday):  Pancake Breakfast Set Up  Feb 23 (Saturday):  Pancake Breakfast (John Lee and Everyone)
  • Feb 16(Sat.) – Mid-Year Conference South San Diego Marriott Mission Valley. The Kiwanis Board will pay for up to 6 members to attend  – See Pat Haugen.
  • June 14:  Flag Retirement Ceremony.
  • July 4: LSM Fourth of July.

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Kiwanis, Live It, Love It, Share It – Jerry Mason

Lake San Marcos PANCAKE BREAKFAST & SILENT AUCTION

 Saturday, February 23, 2019   7am to 11am

Healy Hall, St. Mark’s Catholic Church, 1147 Discovery St, San Marcos

Tickets $7 in advance, $8 at the door.  Club members will be dropping by or

you can order tickets by calling: 925-348-3834 or email: LSMKiwanis@yahoo.com

If interested as a donor, please contact us now.

Charity Auction may include over 200 gift certificates from your favorite local merchants & Signature events: ● Disneyland, ● Knott’s Berry Farm ● Wheel of Fortune

  • San Diego Padres ● USS Midway, Air & Space, Railroad Museum ● Botanical Garden
  • Hornblower Cruises ● St Mark Golf ● Decoy Dockside Restaurant ● Lake Cruises
  • Cohn Restaurants ● Broken Yolk ● Panda Garden ● Mr. Taco ● InNOut Burgers ● Vintana
  • Dr Del ● Dr. Skay ● Home Depot ● Ralph’s ● Sprouts ●

The Breakfast is the largest social event at the Lake, for a great cause!

Proceeds fund scholarships for students from San Marcos and Mission Hills HS.

Find us at www.lsmkiwanis.org               The Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Club Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lake San Marcos PANCAKE BREAKFAST & SILENT AUCTION

 Saturday, February 23, 2019   7am to 11am

Healy Hall, St. Mark’s Catholic Church, 1147 Discovery St, San Marcos

Tickets $7 in advance, $8 at the door.  Club members will be dropping by or

you can order tickets by calling: 925-348-3834 or email: LSMKiwanis@yahoo.com

If interested as a donor, please contact us now.

Charity Auction may include over 200 gift certificates from your favorite local merchants & Signature events: ● Disneyland, ● Knott’s Berry Farm ● Wheel of Fortune

  • San Diego Padres ● USS Midway, Air & Space, Railroad Museum ● Botanical Garden
  • Hornblower Cruises ● St Mark Golf ● Decoy Dockside Restaurant ● Lake Cruises
  • Cohn Restaurants ● Broken Yolk ● Panda Garden ● Mr. Taco ● InNOut Burgers ● Vintana
  • Dr Del ● Dr. Skay ● Home Depot ● Ralph’s ● Sprouts ●

The Breakfast is the largest social event at the Lake, for a great cause!

Proceeds fund scholarships for students from San Marcos and Mission Hills HS.

Find us at www.lsmkiwanis.org               The Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Club Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charity.

January 8, 2019 Meeting

Statement from President Jim Alden – “As most of you may already know George Dove passed away suddenly on Saturday, December 29, 2018. He was at Donner Lake with family and friend’s cross-country skiing, and apparently had a heart attack and was unable to be revived.  A memorial service is pending and scheduled to take place in the San Francisco Bay area in February or March when all family members can attend.  This was a great shock to all of us.  George was a wonderful man and he will be greatly missed. (George was 61).”

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Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Meeting  – Tuesday, January 8, 2019

The tragic loss of a Great Man and Great Kiwanian – George Dove

“C.O.P.P.S” show up in force at the first meeting in January

       Fellow Kiwanians (Attendance 33) – The C.O.P.P.S. showed up in force at today’s meeting, not because we did anything illegal but to talk to us about things to be vigilant about in our community.  C.O.P.P.S is the San Marcos Sheriff’s Department unit responsible for “Community Oriented Police Problem Solving”.  Led by Deputy Gerardo Perez and Neighborhood Services Specialist Bebe Nares from the city of San Marcos, the C.O.P.P.S spoke to us about many things that are important to keep us safe these days.   They emphasized precautions such as:

  • Lock your car and your doors (don’t leave keys or valuables in sight)
  • Leave a Light on when you leave your home, windows locked. Notify neighbors when more than a short time.
  • Report Suspicious Activity – Call the C.O.P.P.S – 858-565-5200 
  • Be cautious about giving out personal information (online or at the door)
  • Consider having a doorbell camera 

        They told us that Lake San Marcos is one of the lower crime rate areas around, but we still need to do what we can to keep it that way.  The five Sheriff Department Deputies from the C.O.P.P.S. unit who spoke to us were: (see photo above: from left – Adam Hipschen, James Santos, Aaron Ritt, Jason Allen, and Gerardo Perez).   

        Thank you, Deputies, for coming to us today and for helping keep our community safe.  

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Guests John Gibbs and Lee Herzog of Lake San Marcos visited us today – they came in response to meeting Jim Murphy and other Kiwanians at the Lake San Marcos Club Fair Jan 5.  Welcome, John and Lee – Come back – Join Us!!

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Announcements

  • All Hands on Deck for Pancake Breakfast – Feb. 23, 2019 (St. Mark’s Church) – Tickets were passed out at this meeting (10 per member).  Sales routes are being offered. Publicity includes an ad in the Quail Call and other media. John Lee graciously stepped back into leadership of the Pancake Breakfast (for Ticket sales) after the loss of the previous leader George Dove Thank you, John!– A special planning meeting for the pancake breakfast was held on Friday, January 4 – About 15 members are pulling together to make this yet another successful event.  This will be the 53rd Annual Pancake Breakfast this club has sponsored.  Funds raised go to support scholarships we present later in the Spring.
  • Silent Auction solicitations – John Lee and Jim Alde are encouraging us to begin our solicitation for silent auction donations for the pancake breakfast now. The Silent Auction was a big hit last year – Ryan Stangl is coordinating this aspect of the Pancake Breakfast this year.
  • Nominating Committee to Seek New President-Elect – President Alden notified members that soon the Kiwanis Board will form a nominating committee to seek a new President-Elect after the loss of George Dove.  This matter will be discussed at our upcoming board meeting Jan. 15 and an election will follow within the mandatory 60-day time frame.
  • Child Sponsorship Plan to Be Implemented by LSM Kiwanis Soon.  Lake San Marcos Kiwanis has endorsed a plan to serve children of the world by sponsoring two international children through World Visionand Compassion International beginning soon.  One boy from Africa and one girl from South America will be selected in January. Funds ($500) for one child are already in the budget. Funds for the second child will come from member contributions in 2019. A special request will be presented to members at our Jan. 15 meeting. For more details and if you wish to contribute contact Jerry Mason or Jim Alden.

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  • Key people this meeting: Greeters – Mary Ann Brandreth, Doris Gannon, Invocation – Jim Alden -Song – Don Alexander and John Lee,  Collections  Larry Guthrie  Fine Master –  Victor Manzanilla  50/50 Pot was $512; Jerry Mason had the winning ticket but he drew the 8 of Spades.

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  • Upcoming Meetings – January 2019   
  • Friday Morning Meeting for Working Members– Once a month our club will hold a Friday morning meeting at the International House of Pancakes for working members who have difficulty attending a mid-day luncheon when we regularly meet.  This month’s meeting will be on January 11 at 7:15 am at IHOP – join us.

Regular Luncheon Meetings.

  • Jan 15– Cynthia Tam – Financial Advisor and Harvard Student, “Advising Members of Indian Tribes and Their Families about Financial Matters and Personal Experiences”
  • Jan 22– Terry Kaltenbach, USS Midway Docent
  • Jan 29– Adele Franco, President, Lake San Marcos Community Association – Book Clubs and Books
  • Potential field trips: to Palomar Hospital (early 2019 – Kumura) and FFA are in the works for next year.
  • A blood drive is being planned in conjunction with Lake Church for April 2019

Down the Road…

  • Feb 22(Friday):  Pancake Breakfast Set Up  Feb 23 (Saturday):  Pancake Breakfast (John Lee and Everyone)
  • Feb 16–  District-wide Kiwanis event – Mid Year Conference South – Sat.Feb.16 – San Diego Marriott Mission Valley.
  • June 14:  Flag Retirement Ceremony.
  • July 4: LSM Fourth of July.

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Kiwanis, Live It, Love It, Share It – Jerry Mason

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” ― Mahatma Gandhi  

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14 young singers from the San Marcos Boys and Girls Club performed for us this last meeting of 2018.  From Boys and Girls Club (not by rows): Sofia Torres, Aaron Hernandez, Alicia Ortega, Alexsa Hernandez, Alyiah Cervantes, Sophie Coortes, Melanie Hernandez, Peyton Cresser, Cynthia Munoz, Alina Ramirez, Javian Vedol, Michelle Calixto.  Adults who support the group: Kim Belman, Roger Garcia, Abraham (photographer), Tish Murry CEO.  Janelle Wallace was also in the audience.  The six Kiwanians in the photo are Mary Harrington, George Dove, Mary Ann Brandreth, Jim Alden, Tish Murry, and Art Brown.  What a great way to end the year.
End of 2018 – Report of the LakeSanMarcosKiwanisMeeting  – Tuesday December 18, 20182018 Comes to a Close with Two Great EventsMarine Christmas – Dec. 14 and Boys and Girls Club Singers – Dec 18       Fellow Kiwanians (25 Kiwanians – 18 Boys and Girls Club) – The Boys and Girls Club of San Marcos serves around 500 kids a day from its base at 1 Positive Place in San Marcos.  “We serve more kids than any organization our size in this area, said Tish Murry CEO.  Tish told us that most of the kids served are not able to be in other after-school groups at their schools. “We believe in students teaching students and it works well,” she said.  Tish gave us an overview of the great work the Boys and Girl’s club does:       ● Over 3700 members served – most free (sponsored by a grant)       ● Average of 1,100 daily after-school attendance       ● Serves students from 22 nearby cities (most are, of course from San Marcos)       ● Operates from 13 site locations in the area       ● 187,672 snacks served this year       ● 4 students went to Boys and Girls Club in South Africa    
Kim Belman led the young singers (3rd grade and up) in several spirited renditions of Christmas carols. “Events like this are great for their confidence,” Kim said. Roger Garcia and their photographer (Abraham) came to support the event.  The group left to sing at McDonald’s as they embarked on their so-called “road tour.”      Tish invited all Kiwanians to a Christmas party Friday Dec 21 (begins at 4:30) at their HQ.   Our annual donation of $500 will contribute toward the costs of this party. . “Thank you so much for the long term support of Kiwanis for our work.” she said.        Thank you Boys and Girls Club for your service to kids in our community all year long.                                                                             ——————————–

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Santa and Mariine families had a great night once again at our Marine Christmas party at Camp Pendleton.

Marine Christmas Party for First ANGLICO Families – As is our custom, Lake San Marcos Kiwanis and the First ANGLICO Marines joined forces for another spectacular Christmas event at Camp Pendleton on December 14 this year.  Over 150 Marines and their families had a great night of food, fun, and fellowship.  Santa (Gene Clare, this year) was a great hit for the kids who received several personalized gifts from Santa and Kiwanis and the LSM community.   Marine Commander Lt. Col. Michael Hays led the crowd in a standing ovation for the 11 Kiwanians who came to support the event this year.  Ivan Gillis, Pat Haugen, Mary Ann Brandreth, George and Barbara Dove, Jim Murphy, Jerry Mason, Larry Guthrie, Suzy Arneson, Irene Acosta, Mary Harrington, Don Keller all contributed mightily to this special event for Marine families.  An enlarged/clearer version of the photo montage above is attached to this e-mail.  Thanks to all who came over for this wonderful event again this year.

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             ● Ugly Sweater Kiwanians and Guest, Janelle Wallace, Director of Resource Development Boys and Girls Club. Sweater prize winners were : 1) Art Brown, 2) George Dove, 3) Gary Edwards.

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● Child Sponsorship Plan to Be Implemented by LSM Kiwanis in the New Year.  Lake San Marcos Kiwanis has endorsed a plan to serve children of the world. The International Outreach Committee (Mason, Alden, Dove, Kumura, Dutton) recently proposed a plan to sponsor two international children (through World Vision andCompassion International) next year.  The Kiwanis Board accepted that proposal for sponsorship of two childrenone boy from Africa and one girl from South America whowill be chosen by the membership early in January. Funds ($500) for one child are already in the budget. Funds for the second child will come from member contributions in 2019. For more details and if you wish to contribute contact Jerry Mason or Jim Alden.  ——————-

Announcements

     ● Silent Auction solicitations can begin now – George Dove reminds us that solicitating silent auction donations for the pancake breakfast can begin now. The Silent Auction was a big hit last year bringing in around $6000 dollars from 200 items.

———          ● Key people this meeting: Greeters – George Dove and Marty Gannon,  Invocation – Jim AldenSong –All,  Collections Larry Guthrie Fine Master –  Art (Santa) Brown50/50 Potwas $485; Tony Colace had the winning ticket but he drew the 9 of Diamonds.

●  Upcoming Meetings –

          Tuesday Dec. 25.  No Meeting – Merry Christmas.  

                    Tuesday Jan 1 – No Meeting – Happy New Year!  

● January 2019 Meetings: Tuesday Jan. 8. San Diego Sheriff’s Dept.  Jan 15 Cynthia Tam – Indian Country – Jan 22  Terry Kaltenbach, USS Midway Docent –  Jan 29  Adele Franco, President, LSM Community Association –

Potential field trips: to Palomar Hospital (early 2019 – Kumura) and FFA are in the works for next year.

Blood drive is being planned in conjunction with Lake Church for April 2019

● Friday Jan 4 – Pancake Breakfast Planning Meeting at George Dove’s Home – begins at 4:30 – tickets are printed and an article has been placed in the Quail Call. Linda Rich of LSM bought the first 4 tickets for a $500 donation (tickets are still $7 ea.)

● Jan 5 – Lake San Marcos Club Fair – 10:30 – 1:30 LSM conference room.

● Feb 22 (Friday):  Pancake Breakfast Set Up  Feb 23 (Saturday):  Pancake Breakfast (George)

● June 14:  Flag Retirement Ceremony.

● July 4:  LSM Fourth of July.

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Kiwanis, Live It, Love It, Share It – Jerry Mason

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Four young musicians from the San Marcos Youth Strings played for us again this Christmas. Led by Andre Ricardo (16 – Violin) they inspired our members with virtuoso performances from such talented young people. Multi-talented Claire Lewis (15- piano & violin) started with a jaw-dropping rendition of Chopin’s Ballade No. 4 in F Minor. Then she picked up her violin and joined Andre and Eunna Song (11-Violin) and Yarisa Huerta (14-violin) to play several traditional Christmas songs.  What a special event to begin the Christmas season with Kiwanis.

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       Fellow Kiwanians (40 attendance) – Earning one standing ovation from an “older” crowd is quite an achievement; but earning two standing ovations is over the top.That’s what the four young members of the San Marcos Youth Strings received from our members today when they played inspirational violin and piano pieces for us. It was truly a special event.  All who attended were very impressed by the incredible skill of these young prodigies (ages 11 to 16).  This isn’t the first time they played for us and it definitely will not be the last (President Alden asked them to be a regular feature on the last meeting before Christmas every year).

SMYS Background: Leader Andre Ricardo (16) established the San Marcos Youth Strings (SMYS) in 2017 building upon years of volunteer work done by the earlier version – San Marcos Youth Orchestra.  SMYS is an all-volunteer organization of about 21 youth and several supportive parents. The older musicians teach the younger ones. Andre is the President and Claire Lewis (15) is the Vice President. They have and will continue to perform in various venues in the community.  Today they started with an awesome virtuoso solo by Claire Lewis of Chopin’s Ballade No. 4 in F Minor.  Then the four violinists played 10 traditional Christmas carols for us.

 SMYS bio-sketches – ● Andre Ricardo (16) – At 16, Andre is a Junior at Classical Academy Online located in Escondido. Andre goes to workshops there twice a week. He began attending Palomar College Fall of 2017 and is studying Literature this semester. Next semester he will study Japanese. He also has 1.5 years of experience in the Strings course at the University of San Diego, performing with them as a first violin. Andre is a member of Symphony in the San Diego Civic Youth Orchestra and plays in their first violin section. He has been their top fundraiser for four years, this year raising more than $2,300 which helps pay for scholarships for kids in need. Andre is a long-time member of the National Honor Society and besides running SMYS, he fulfills his community service by pulling in over 36 garbage bins for a dozen elderly neighbors every Monday. Currently, he has a paid gig recording with John Warren, who produces songs for Soundcloud. Andre is in the process of checking out colleges and thinks he might like to earn a History major since he loves facts and writing. This could lead to a law degree, becoming an attorney with a side job as an author. Andre plans to self-publish a children’s picture book this spring titled Loose Parts (about a robot that is coming apart).

         ● Claire Lewis (15) – Claire is currently taking music courses at Palomar College. But she already has an Associate of Science Degree from that school, being the youngest person to graduate from there at the age of 13. Since then she has worked as a tutor for Calculus classes at Palomar along with teaching piano and violin in private lessons at home. She recently played as lobby pianist at the California Center of the Arts. Claire has her sights set on becoming an orchestral conductor and is in the process of applying to music colleges around the US.  She has won numerous awards playing the piano, with the Musical Merit Foundation being her biggest win. Claire was awarded a $500 Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Club Scholarship in 2018. She plays violin in the Palomar College Symphony Orchestra and violin and Keyboard in the San Diego Civic Youth Orchestra. She also excels at the cello and guitar! She has been having fun conducting, arranging music, and teaching the kids how to play both the violin and cello. A past-time of Claire’s enjoys clogging with the Silverhawk Stompers (clogging is a type of vehement tap dancing)!

        ● Yarisa Huerta (14) – Yarisa is 14 and is a Freshman at Mission Hills High School where her favorite class is Drama. Yarisa plays the clarinet in her school band, the violin in SMYS and is beginning to learn to play the piano. She loves music! Fun fact: she takes violin and piano lessons from Claire.

       ● Eunna Song (11) – Eunna, the youngest of the four, is not even a teenager yet.  She attends San Elijo Middle School where her favorite class is Band. She really likes to play instruments, which shows since she can play the flute, piano, violin, and the Korean Flute also known as danso. She enjoys being a member of SMYS and just recently made it into Advanced due to her focus, practice, and determination.

The San Marcos Youth Strings receives invaluable and loving support from parents such as Monique and Benny Ricardo and Simone De Bruyne (Claire’s mother) – Andre’s grandmother, Karen Noel was also in attendance from South Carolina.

The San Marcos Youth Strings will be holding more concerts in the Spring and Summer of next year and all Kiwanians will be invited. SMYS always accepts new and experienced kids 5-19 years of age, contact them at smysca@gmail.com. SMYS is free, kids just need to supply their own instrument and they can help them find one. Thank you so much, young musicians, for touching our hearts and ears this Christmas.                                                                                    ——————————–

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Marine Lt Col Hays and his family pose with Santa at last year’s Marine Christmas.

Announcements –       

Marine Christmas Party for First Anglico families – Marine families are often far from home at Christmas, that is why Lake San Marcos puts on a special Christmas party for them every December.  This year’s party will be great fun just as it is every year – Santa, great food, presents for the kids and plenty of family fellowship awaits all who attend.  Friday December 14 @ 5:30 on base – A contingent from our club lead by Ivan Gillis is attending this event.  About $1000 was raised to support this event. More details next week.

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    ● Interclub Friends from Sunrise Vista Kiwanis –  Four “wise men” came to visit us this meeting.  They were from the Sunrise Vista Kiwanis club (which has 34 members).  They were: Peter McHugh (with Kiwanis 20 years), Brad Wiscons (8 years), Raub Matthias (51 years), and Richard Muir (38 years).  Thanks for visiting us, you are truly “Wise Men.” 

Announcements

     ● President Alden announced that recently elected San Diego Co. Supervisor, Jim Desmond (outgoing San Marcos Mayor) will become an honorary member of our club – Jim has a long history of connection to Kiwanis….Welcome Jim.

● Silent Auction solicitations can begin now – George Dove reminded us that solicitating silent auction donations for the pancake breakfast can begin now. He passed out lists of the business that members contacted last year.  The Silent Auction was a big hit last year bringing in around $6000 dollars from 200 items.

Health Matters; Tom Curtis is recovering from pnuemonia; Dick Birkenstock is able to get out a little bit – keep both these fine Kiwanians in your hearts and prayers this season.

● Child Sponsorship Proposal Accepted by Kiwanis Board. The International Outreach Committee (Mason, Alden, Dove, Kumura, Dutton) proposed a plan to sponsor two international children (through World Vision and Compassion International) next year.  The Kiwanis Board accepted that proposal on Tuesday. Initially $500 will be allocated from our Foundation for the sponsorship of one of the children and an additional $500 for sponsorship of the other child will come from donations solicited from the members. One boy from Africa and one girl from South America will be chosen by the membership early in January. For more details see Jerry Mason or Jim Alden. Kiwanis serves the children of the world.

     ●  Kiwanis Board votes to continue sponsorship of San Marcos Parade next year –  The recent San Marcos Christmas parade on Dec. 2, was the Lake San Marcos Club’s first experience in supporting this event. Previously the parade was sponsored by the San Marcos Kiwanis Club for many years, but recently they merged in to our club.  Today the LSM Kiwanis Board voted to continue sponsorship of the San Marcos Christmas Parade and is planning to make it an even greater event in Christmas 2019.

     ● Other Items of business: Theboard discussed updating our website, the Lake San Marcos job Fair Jan 5, and a potential cooperative blood drive in 2019.

     ● Key people this meeting: Greeters – George Dove and Mary Ann Brandreth,  Invocation – Jim AldenSong – Don Alexander and John Lee,  Collections Larry Guthrie  Fine Master –  Ivan Gillis  50/50 Pot was $470; Don Shawler had the winning ticket but he drew the 8 of clubs.

●  Upcoming Meetings –Dec. 18.  Tish Murry, CEO, Girls and Boys Club of San Marcos speaking on current and future activities of the club. – This will be our last meeting of the 2018 year – wear red or green or ugliest sweater you can find.

          Tuesday Dec. 25.  No Meeting – Merry Christmas.  

                    Tuesday Jan 1 – No Meeting – Happy New Year!  

 First Meeting in January 2019—-Tuesday Jan. 8. (someone from San Diego Sheriff’s Dept)

● Dec 14 (Friday – 5:30): Marine Christmas Party (Ivan) (rendevous at St Mark’s parking lot at 4 pm)

● Feb 22 (Friday):  Pancake Breakfast Set Up  Feb 23 (Saturday):  Pancake Breakfast (George)

● June 14:  Flag Retirement Ceremony.

● July 4:  LSM Fourth of July.

From other clubsDec 15 – Waves of Appreciation for returning servicemen at the airport (Dec. 15 Kiwanis times – 2 shifts

10-2, or 2-6 are still available – interested? contact President Alden);

Dec 24 Christmas Decorating at Ronald McDonald House at Rady Children’s Hospital.

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Visiting grandma Karen Noel from South Carolina had this observation for us Kiwanians.  “This is the second time I have been with your club, and it is so wonderful to me to see how much fun you have as seniors.” (Karen is in her 80’s) See it shows and it matters.

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Kiwanis, Live It, Love It, Share It – Jerry Mason

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Glen Winn and daughter-in-law Anna Winn. Anna, a Deputy District Attorney for San Diego, spoke about Fraud Targeting Seniors.  Basically, she let us know about the devious and crafty ways crooks try to scam us – Great presentation!  Also notice the photo – Anna’s father-in-law (Glen), son (Marty), and husband (Scott) were all in the Kiwanis Christmas Parade on Dec. 2, 2018.Report of the LakeSanMarcosKiwanisMeeting  – Tuesday December 4, 2018Anna Winn – Fraud That Targets Seniors  Report on San Marcos Kiwanis Christmas Parade        Fellow Kiwanians (34 attendance) -Good speakers draw larger than average crowds.  Such was the case for today’s speaker, Anna Winn, Deputy District Attorney for San Diego County – in charge of economic crimes (fraud).  Her topic was “Fraud Targeting Seniors”.  Anna is a 25 year veteran attorney who loves her specialty.  “If they’re gonna try to steal your money, they’re gonna hear from me,” she said.  Anna is the daughter-in-law of Glen and Rosemarie Winn.  Anna and husband, Scott, are also parents of three.      Here are the highlights of her very informative and helpful presentation:● E-Mail Scams– There are many out there – watch out for e-mails using ALL CAPS or partial credit card numbers.  If a bank or the IRS wants to get ahold of you they will not be using e-mail.  Be skeptical of “urgent” requests using partial or deceitful logos asking you to send your identification, credit, or banking information. They are phishing to scam you.● ATM Scams – Crooks create and illegally install ATM skimming devices to common ATM machines (such as at gas stations and even some bank outlets) – These devices video the transaction and capture your banking and credit information over the top of the official ATM machinery.  Avoid using ATM cards at gas pumps as skimmers are often placed in gas pumps to capture your account information. It is best to pay cash at gas stations or use credit card, not your ATM card, if you are paying at the pump.● Making Fake Cards and Identification –  These crooks are very devious – they can make fake checks, make false credit cards (using a white card printer), make fake driver’s licenses, open fake accounts in your name for their benefit, get bank loans in your name that you don’t know about, tap into your tax returns, get I-phones and activate them in your name, even get a job using your social security number.  Use debit or cash cards only to get actual cash.
● Grandparent Scams –  A common scam is an e-mail or phone request to an elderly person with a plea from someone who claims to be a grandchild or loved one who needs funds wired urgently to help them get out of a predicament far away.  Our guest Sarah Benson said this happened to her parents, but fortunately the bank teller alerted them before the wire transfer was completed.● Devious People work the Leading Edge of Technology to Deceive People – Such fraud is more wide spread and common than many realize. Way too much personal information about you can be bought on the dark web.  “It can be demoralizing and very hard to grasp, but when it happens to you or someone close to you it hits you hard,” said Anna. “It is common that crooks like this have many weapons to harm you in their arsenals.  Banks will work with you, if you let them know the moment you suspect a scam.  The best way to fight them is through being aware of their wiles and not be caught napping.”Thank you – Anna for being on our side in this battle.   Come back to visit us when you can – you are a true crime fighter.  – contact Anna atAnna.Winn@SDCDA.org.——————————-

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      Kiwanis San Marcos Christmas Parade – Dec 2, 2018 – around 1,000 people were in the parade.  Our speaker today, Anna Winn, was there watching her son Marty (as Robin) and her husband Scott (as Batman) (see photo above) – Anna’s father-in-law Kiwanian Glen Winn was in his usual “Captain Book” attire helping hand out from 2,500 – 3,000 free books to kids along the route.    San Marcos Kiwanis Christmas ParadeInvolves nearly 1,000       ● Cast of 1,000 marches in the 23rd Annual San Marcos Christmas Parade – For the 23rd season, people on Mission Street from Palomar College to the Civic Center saw one very special locally-driven holiday parade.  “There were just short of 1,000 participants,” said lead organizer Carrie Clevers.  People by category: ● 211 children, ● 530 teens, ● 250 adults,  (horses not included).  There were three bands:San Marcos High Knights (250 strong) is the largest band in our county; Mission Hills band, and the UCR Pipe Band from Riverside.  There were several floats and many specially decked out cars. The theme was “A Super Hero Holiday.” Our own Lt Gov. Jim Dorschel and his wife Penny (with their granddaughter Eleanor) road on a special car. Trophies were presented by President Alden to all the winners in several categories.  Once again, Glen Winn played Captain Book who, working with Darwin Bustardi and several Key Clubbers passed out between 2,500 to 3,000 books for free (funds were obtained from two grants).         The following Kiwanians actively contributed to make the parade a success: Clevers, Alden (Jim & Linda), Dove, Mason, Haugen, Bustardi, Dutton, Acosta, Gillis, Edwards, Murphy, Lee, Trageser, Vollbrecht, Winn, Stevens. Our speaker today, Anna Winn had three from her family in the parade, the Batman duo of her husband and son won the Mayor’s trophy (see photo)“I have seen several of these parades and I think this year’s was one of the best ever,” she said.  Lt. Gov. Dorschel sent similar kudos to President Alden. This is just another new way that Lake San Marcos Kiwanis serves the people of the community.  (President Alden said a reflection meeting on the parade will be scheduled in the coming weeks). Way to go all!                                                                         ——————————–Announcements –

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        Marine Christmas Party for First Anglico families – Marine families are often far from home at Christmas, that is why Lake San Marcos puts on a special Christmas party for them every December.  This year’s party will be great fun just as it is every year – Santa, great food, presents for the kids and plenty of family fellowship awaits all who attend.  Friday December 14 @ 5:30 on base (If you want to go, contact Ivan Gillis). Donations gladly accepted to help Santa reach Marine kids and their families.  Don Keller announced that Bob Algeo will once again be Santa, Ho, Ho, Ho.

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New an Honorary Faces – Shirley Holte from Las Brisas Community and Sarah Benson of Senior Well Being in San Marcos.  Elizabeth Burmeister our new “Honorary Member”

● New and Honorary Faces –  Two new faces were seen at today’s meeting: ● Sarah Benson – Executive Director for Senior Well Being Foundation of San Marcos (came to hear the speaker)●  Shirley Holte – newsletter editor for Las Brisas Pacific Community – wanted to report on the topic.   Welcome both of you – come back often. 

        Longtime Kiwanian Elizabeth Burmeister made Honorary Member – President Alden presented Elizabeth Burmeister of Carlsbad with a special “Honorary Member” status from our club.  (When told of the award, she said “At first I thought you were saying “Ornery” member). Elizabeth had been with our club for since 2012, her late husband Geoerge was a Kiwanian for a whopping 62 years.   You are welcome anytime Elizabeth.

President Alden announced that recently elected SD Co. Supervisor, Jim Desmond (outgoing San Marcos Mayor) will become an honorary member of our club – Jim has a long history of connection to Kiwanis….Welcome Jim.

● Silent Auction solicitations can begin now – George Dove reminded us that solicitating silent auction donations for the pancake breakfast can begin now.  “I will be getting out a list of businesses and more information soon, but you can begin solicitiations of those businesses you contacted last year,” he said.  The Silent Auction was a big hit last year bringing in around $6000 dollars from 200 items.

Health Matters; Tom Curtis needs about 3 weeks of rest to recover from pnuemonia; Dick Birkenstock is able to get out a little bit – keep both these fine Kiwanians in your hearts and prayers this season. Al Bomberg will try to make it to a meeting this month.

● International Outreach Committee (Mason, Alden, Dove, Kumura, Dutton) isdeveloping a proposal to sponsor two international children (through World Vision and Compassion International) next year.  The committee will present their proposal at the December board meeting.  Kiwanis serves the children of the world.

      ● Key people this meeting: Greeters – Victor Manzanilla and Jim Alden,  Invocation – Jim AldenSong – Don Alexander and John Lee,  Collections Larry Guthrie  Fine Master –  Art Brown  50/50 Pot was $450; Marty Gannon got the winning ticket but he drew the 4 of diamonds.

●  Upcoming Meetings –Dec. 11 – San Marcos Youth Strings Orchestra (will play Christmas favorites).

Dec. 18.  Tish Murry, CEO, Girls and Boys Club of San Marcos speaking on current and future activities of the club.

          Tuesday Dec. 25.  No Meeting – Merry Christmas.  

                    Tuesday Jan 1 – No Meeting – Happy New Year!  

 First Meeting in January 2019—-Tuesday Jan. 8.

● Saturday, Dec 8 Boys & Girls Club gift exchange for families who could use help.  Let Pat know if you want to participate in the Adopt a Family program, or go to this website to sign up https://www.boysgirlsclubsm.org/adopt-a-family

Tish also told us about the upcoming Boys and Girls Club Pancake breakfast fundraiser on December 11 from 6 am to 11 AM – Cost $7 per ticket.

● Dec 14 (Friday – 5:30): Marine Christmas Party (Ivan) 

● Feb 22 (Friday):  Pancake Breakfast Set Up  Feb 23 (Saturday):  Pancake Breakfast (George)

● June 14:  Flag Retirement Ceremony.

● July 4:  LSM Fourth of July.

From other clubsDec 15 – Waves of Appreciation for returning servicemen at the airport (Dec. 15 Kiwanis times – 2 shifts

10-2, or 2-6 are still available – interested? contact President Alden);

Dec 24 Christmas Decorating at Ronald McDonald House at Rady Children’s Hospital.

 

9:09 AM (5 hours ago)

Susan Arneson and Larry Guthrie make an announcement about the Gibson Memorial Marine Scholarship. 

Four from San Marcos Future Farmers of America talk to our group: Leader – Jeff Alves, FFA students Felipe Nacimento, 

Patty Garcia, and Ryan Miller.  FFA received a $1500 donation from our club at this meeting.

Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Meeting  – Tuesday November 27, 2018

Future Farmers of America Students from San Marcos  

More Money added to special Marine Scholarship  

Planning for Upcoming San Marcos Christmas Parade – Dec. 2

      Fellow Kiwanians (31 attendance) – Future Farmers of America (FFA) has been one of our clubs long running favorites.  Today Jeff Alves, the new leader for FFA at San Marcos High and three of his students spoke to us.  (Past leader Rob Gaebe retired).

     “I’m a farmer from a farm family from Galt, Ca (outside of Sacramento) but now farm around Temecula,” said Alves.  “Coming back to be the agriculture teacher at San Marcos is a full circle experience for me,” said the father of two and leader of around 175 agriculture students at San Marcos High.  “Our area is a leader in agriculture in our state which is in turn a leader in the nation’s agricultural production.” he said.  “You can do so much with an agriculture education – animals, plants, hydroponics, business, science and more.”   He told us most of the FFA students do not come from a farm background.  Alves teaches 4 subjects in 5 periods at San Marcos High.  

     The students who came with him also spoke a bit:

  • Felipe Nacimento– a senior, is raising two turkeys for the state fair competition.  He is new to agriculture in his family.
  • Patty Garcia – a senior “I love FFA, it’s a great hands on experience to learn all about agriculture” – raising a steer.
  • Ryan Miller–  A sophomore, raising a lamb and a goat.

Kiwanians love connecting with young FFA students. President Alden presented FFA with our budgeted $1500 donation.

More potential FFA events are being discussed for next year.

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  • More Money Donated for Special Marine Scholarship – Two years ago, Susan Arneson and Larry Guthrie

launched a special scholarship in honor of their long time friends, Roberta and Bob Gibson (Roberta was a teacher colleague of Susan’s and Bob was a career Marine). Today Susan and Larry announced receipt of an additional $1000 (from Dr. Geraldine Ryan) when added to the additional $1000 recently donated by Ivan Gillis the total for this scholarship is now at $4000. This is a privately funded scholarship for Marines and their spouses who are re-entering the civilian world.  The third presentation of this special scholarship will be on March 26 of next year.  What great examples of giving back to those who give us so much.

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                                      Last year Santa welcomed every kid regardless of age – and several entries marched in the annual Christmas Parade.

Announcements –

  • 23rd Annual Christmas Parade – Originally this was a feature event of the San Marcos Kiwanis club, but since we have merged, the Lake San Marcos Club is spearheading support for this event. George Dove and Jim Alden are leading the planning effort.  George talked about various responsibilities members could volunteer for. “The tasks are simple, barricade guards are especially needed.” The theme is “A Super Hero Holiday” Our own Lt Gov. Jim Dorschel (with his grandchildren) will be riding on one of the many floats. Prizes will be awarded.  December 2 – 1:00 PM Comet Drive at Palomar College. This will be first of two special Christmas events for Kiwanians this holiday season.  Also the San Marcos Youth Strings will be giving us a Christmas concert at our regular meeting Dec 11. 

      

  • Marine Christmas Party for First Anglico families – Marine families are often far from home at Christmas, that is why Lake San Marcos puts on a special Christmas party for them every December.  This year’s party will be great fun just as it is every year – Santa, great food, presents for the kids and plenty of family fellowship awaits all who attend.  Friday December 14 @ 5:30 on base (see Ivan Gillis). Donations glady accepted to help Santa reach Marine kids and their families.  Don Keller announced that Bob Algeo will once again be Santa, ho, ho, ho.

    

  • Kiwanis Information meeting held at Meridian on Nov. 15 – George Dove and a few Kiwanians (Haugen, Mason, Gillis) held an informal information session for prospective Kiwanis members who are residents of the nearby Meridian on Thursday, Nov. 15.  George (our President Elect) gave 7 Meridian residents an overview of Kiwanis and our club.  Hopefully, a few new members will join us from the Meridian in the near future.
  •     Victor Manzanilla biked 25 miles in the Padres Pedal for the Cause on Nov. 24 – Overall lots of riders raised $2 million for cancer research.   Way to Pedal Victor!
  •     Silent Auction solicitations can begin now – George Dove reminded us that solicitating silent auction donations for the pancake breakfast can begin now.  “I will be getting out a list of businesses and more information soon, but you can begin solicitiations of those businesses you contacted last year,” he said.  The Silent Auction was a big hit last year bringing in around $6000 dollars from 200 items.
  •     Kiwanis delivers Nativity Scene to Lake San Marcos Island – Gary Edwards and George Dove recently delivered a nativity scene for the island on the lake.
  •      Health Matters; Tom Kumura’s mother in recently law passed away – Tom Curtis is recovering from pnuemonia
  •       International Outreach Committee (Mason, Alden, Dove, Kumura, Dutton) isdeveloping a proposal to sponsor two international children (through World Vision and Compassion International) next year.  The committee will present their proposal at the December board meeting.  Kiwanis serves the children of the world.

     

  • Key people this meeting: Greeter – Victor Manzanilla and George Dove,  Invocation – Jim AldenSong – Don Alexander and John Lee,  Collections  Larry Guthrie  Fine Master –  Ivan Gillis  50/50 Pot was $420; John Lee got the winning ticket but he drew the 2 of diamonds – Also two floral arrangements created by FFA students were raffled off bringing in $25 total.
  •  Upcoming Meetings – Dec. 4.  Anna Winn, Esq. – Fraud Targeting Seniors. Dec. 11 – San Marcos Youth Strings Orchestra (will play Christmas favorites).  Dec. 18.  Tish Murry, CEO, Girls and Boys Club of San Marcos speaking on current and future activities of the club.

          Tuesday Dec. 25.  No Meeting – Merry Christmas.  

                    Tuesday Jan 1 – No Meeting – Happy New Year!  

                           First Meeting in January 2019—-Tuesday Jan. 8.

  •    Looking Ahead –  1:30 – Dec 2 (Sunday):  San Marcos Christmas Parade (see above)
  • Saturday, Dec 8 Boys & Girls Club gift exchange for families who could use help.  Let Pat know if you want to participate in the Adopt a Family program, or go to this website to sign up https://www.boysgirlsclubsm.org/adopt-a-family
  • Dec 14(Friday – 5:30): Marine Christmas Party (Ivan) 
  • Feb 22(Friday):  Pancake Breakfast Set Up  Feb 23 (Saturday):  Pancake Breakfast (George)
  • June 14:  Flag Retirement Ceremony.
  • July 4: LSM Fourth of July.

From other clubsDec 15 – Waves of Appreciation for returning servicemen at the airport (detals given by President Alden); Dec 24 Christmas Decorating at Ronald McDonald House at Rady Children’s Hospital.

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Kiwanis, Live It, Love It, Share It – Jerry Mason

Past President Tom Kumura receives Kiwianis Dunlap Award from Margo Dutton, Division 37 Lt. Governor Jim Dorschel 

speaks about ideas for our Kiwanis future, and new Member Irene Acosta joins us.

Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Meeting  – Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Our Lt. Governor Jim Dorschel talks about the future for Kiwanis

Tom Kumura Receives Dunlap Award, Irene Acosta joins us.

      Fellow Kiwanians (31 attendance) – Our Division 37 Lieutenant Governor Jim Dorschel spoke to us today about future ideas for Kiwanis in this area.  “First, I want to tell you that your club is doing an amazing job, not only do have great events and participation but assimilating a smaller club (the San Marcos Club) is no easy feat, but you are doing it very well,” he said. Jim gave us several good ideas about improving the future of Kiwanis:

  • Membership is number 1– “Even though division-wide we lost members last year, we recently gained 28 more and are just over 400 now. More members means more impact on the communities we serve, which is my top priority.”   Every member invite a guest – “Surveys show that 74% of those in Kiwanis came because someone invited them – that is the best way to increase membership; it is every Kiwanians job.”   Seek Corporate members;               Rescue smaller clubs (with members under 10) like you are doing;   Create Satellite Clubs for more attendance options.    Survey Members – take the pulse of the membership to see how we are doing at least yearly;   Increase Our Visibility – “Too often outsiders don’t know who Kiwanis is or what we do.”  Jim said he would visit us often and work closely with our club leaders toward these goals.  Jim stayed with us at our board meeting afterwards.

Jim is married with two married boys and four grandchildren, two of whom will ride with him in the Christmas Parade.  He hails from the Valley Center club and has been in Kiwanis 35 years holding all the main offices several times. Welcome Jim (he is one of many “Jim’s” in our club.)

Past President Tom Kumura Receives Prestigious Dunlap Award – Margo Dutton presented Immediate Past  President Tom Kumura with a very special award today…The William A. Dunlap Fellowship award.   The William A. Dunlap is an award from the Cal-Nev-Ha District Foundation.   The $1000 donation in Tom’s name will be used for Foundation programs such as leadership training for Key Club and Circle K leaders, Foundation grants to clubs, disaster recovery, and others programs. The award was presented to Tom by the Immediate Past CNH Foundation President and member of the Lake San Marcos Club, Margo Dutton.  Congratulations Tom.

      Newest Member – Irene Acosta – Our newest member is Irene Acosta who joined because she wanted to give back to her community and because complete stranger Jerry Mason invited her. Irene was born in Mexico and came here when she was 15.  In her adult years, she worked 20 years in the criminal investigation field (“I’ve seen it all, she said).   She is now retired and ready to give back.  Welcome Irene, you’ve come to the right place.

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            Last year Santa welcomed every kid regardless of age – and several entries marched in the annual Christmas Parade.

Announcements –

  • 23rd Annual Christmas Parade – Originally this was a feature event of the San Marcos Kiwanis club, but since we have merged, the Lake San Marcos Club is spearheading support for this event. George Dove and Jim Alden are leading the planning effort.  George talked about various responsibilities members could volunteer for. The theme is “A Super Hero Holiday” Our own Jim Dorschel (with his grandkids) will be riding on one of the many floats. Prizes will be awarded.

December 2 – 1:00 PM Comet Drive at Palomar College.

        This will be first of two special Christmas events for Kiwanians this holiday season.  Also the San Marcos Youth Strings will be giving us a Christmas concert at our regular meeting Dec 11. 

    

  • Marine Christmas Party for First Anglico families – Marine families are often far from home at Christmas, that is why Lake San Marcos puts on a special Christmas party for them every December.  This year’s party will be great fun just as it is every year – Santa, great food, presents for the kids and plenty of family fellowship awaits all who attend.  Friday December 15 @ 5:30 on base (see Ivan Gillis). Ivan reports, to date, we have raised $440 for the presents and food.  Donations glady accepted to help Santa reach Marine kids and their families.

    

  • Kiwanis Information meeting at Meridian set for Nov. 15, @1:30 –A few Kiwanians will work with the Meridian Care Center to hold an informal information session for prospective Kiwanis members on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 1:30.  We will give guests at Meridian an overview of Kiwanis and our club.  Wine and light snacks will be served.  George Dove, Jerry Mason, Ivan Gillis are coordinating this.

     

  • Ten Veterans in Attendance: Ten Kiwanian Veterans of military service were in attendance.  Thanks for your service.

     

  • Key people this meeting: Greeter – Victor Manzanilla,  Invocation – Jim AldenSong – Don Alexander and John Lee,  Collections  Larry Guthrie  Fine Master –  Art Brown*  50/50 Pot was $440; Don Alexander got the winning ticket but he drew the 9 of Clubs. * – Art Brown matched whatever was given for veterans – this cost him around $20 (thanks Art). Two bottles of wine were auctioned off courtesy of Tom Kumura (brought in $25).
    •  Upcoming Meetings – Nov 20 – No Meeting (Thanksgiving)  Nov 27  Future Farmers of America at San Marcos High School and its New Director, Jeff Alves, Agriculture Teacher and FFA Advisor (Holiday plants will be sold)  – Dec. 4.  Anna Winn, Esq. – Fraud Targeting Seniors. Dec. 11 – San Marcos Youth Strings Orchestra (will play Christmas favorites).

 

    •    Our monthly board meeting was held after today’s meeting (for more details conact a board member)

 

  •  Looking Ahead –  Nov 15 – Kiwanis Program at the Meridian – 1:30 – Dec 2 (Sunday):  San Marcos Christmas Parade (Darwin) – Dec 14 (Friday): Marine Christmas Party (Ivan)  Feb 22 (Friday):  Pancake Breakfast Set Up  Feb 23 (Saturday):  Pancake Breakfast (George) June 14:  Flag Retirement Ceremony.  July 4:  LSM Fourth of July.

from other clubsDec 15 – Waves of Appreciation for returning servicemen at the airport; Dec 24 Christmas Decorating at Ronald McDonald House at Rady Children’s Hospital

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Kiwanis, Live It, Love It, Share It – Jerry Mason

Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Meeting of 11-6-18

Dennis Astl, the contruction planning coordinator for our Palomar College told us all about their expansion journey

Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Meeting  – Tuesday, November 6, 2018 – Voting Day

Our Amazing Local College – Palomar College – Dennis Astl

      Fellow Kiwanians (27 attendance) – According to the American Association of Community Colleges, there are 1,132+ community colleges in the United States enrolling nearly half of all undergraduates—just over 13 million students. Right next door, our amazing Palomar College does an excellent job for the many students in their big service area.

Palomar serves 30,000 students from four campuses (main in San Marcos and branches in Rancho Bernardo, Escondido, and newest in Fallbrook),” said Dennis Astl. He told us and showed us all about how their 697 million dollar multi-year improvement and expansion projects are coming along.  “We have completed over 20 of the projects identified in our 2022 Master Plan and have 4 more either in design or on the drawing board for completion of the Proposition M Bond.”   Palomar employs over 2000 full and part-time staff (employees and faculty, including students with work/study responsibilities. “Completion of our multi-level parking structure in 2017 resolved the biggest issue in the mind of students and staff.  A four-story library is slated to open in 2019 and an Athletics complex is slated for 2022.” 

The Palomar planetarium has long been a main attraction for the community.  Palomar began its mission to educate students just after World War II.  Marty Gannon (recently retired from Cal State Univ. San Marcos) said Palomar and CSUSM make a great team in educating the youth of the area.   Thanks for the informative overview Dennis.

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                              Jim Broach of Lake San Marcos attended our meeting and offered several free ticket packages to Del Mar Race Track

                                       this season November 9 thru December 2 (Thur – Sun)  There are 4 tickets and 1 parking pass in every package

                                     – see John Lee if you want one.  Jim was a long time Kiwanian (26 years) in the LA area.

Announcements –

    • District News (P. Haugen) – Waves of Appreciation– a non-profit group that provides food bags to military at the airport on their way home; Kiwanians will be scheduled for one or two days just before the Christmas holidays to help pass out the bags. (contact Pat for more information)

 

    • Division Membership Decreasing – The Cal-Nev-Ha District trustee reported 30 new clubs for the last year with 470 clubs total in the district.  The Division (our Division #37) lost a net of 61 members going from 434 to 373 members in the last year.

 

    • John Andrew,Kiwanian and former president of the LSM Community Association, passed away last Wednesday.  No memorial service is planned.

 

    • The next Parade Planningmeeting is scheduled for Monday, Nov 12th, 9am at IHOP.  RSVP to Jim Alden.

 

    • Veteran’s Day Ceremony, Remembering the 100th Anniversary of WWI, will be held Sunday, November 11, 1pm, Helen Bougher Memorial Park, 1243 Borden Road, San Marcos, lunch provided for $5.

 

    • Kiwanis Information meeting at Meridian set for Nov. 15, @1:30 –A few Kiwanians will work with the Meridian Care Center to hold an informal information session for prospective Kiwanis members on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 1:30.  We will give guests at Meridian an overview of Kiwanis and our club.  Wine and light snacks will be served.

 

    • Key people this meeting: Greeter Jim and Linda Alden,  Invocation – Jim AldenSong – John Lee, Collections  Larry Guthrie  Fine Master –  Ivan Gillis.  50/50 Pot was $391; Victor Manzanilla got the winning ticket but he drew the Jack of Spades.

 

  • Upcoming Meetings –  Nov 13 –  Division 37 Lt. Governor Jim Dorschel – Nov 20 – No Meeting (Thanksgiving) Nov 27  Future Farmers of America at San Marcos HS and its New Director, Jeff Alves, Agriculture Teacher and FFA Advisor (Holiday plants will be sold)

 Dec. 4.  Anna Winn, Esq. – Fraud Targeting Seniors.  Dec. 11  San Marcos Youth Strings Orchestra (will play Christmas favorites).

    • Our monthly board meeting will be held Nov 13 after the meeting.

 

  • Looking Ahead –  Nov 15 – Kiwanis Program at the Meridian – Dec 2 (Sunday):  San Marcos Christmas Parade (Darwin) – Dec 14 (Friday): Marine Christmas Party (Ivan)  Feb 22 (Friday):  Pancake Breakfast Set Up  Feb 23 (Saturday):  Pancake Breakfast (George) June 14:  Flag Retirement Ceremony.  July 4:  LSM Fourth of July.

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Kiwanis, Live It, Love It, Share It – Jerry Mason

Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Meeting  – Tuesday October 30, 2018

Carrie Clevers, Co-chair of the San Marcos Holiday Parade, and Kiwanians in Halloween costumes. 
 
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Carrie CleversPlanning for the San Marcos Holiday Parade, Sunday, December 2nd
           Fellow Kiwanians (28 attendance) – Carrie Clevers was a member of Kiwanis for 22 years, Secretary for 12 years, Treasurer for 9 years, and Division 37 Newsletter Editor for 2 years.  In the photo above, our club presented Carrie with Honorary Membership.  This is Carrie’s 21st year in co-coordinating the San Marcos Parade with Linda Allen.  This experience has made Carrie an expert in efficiently planning a safe and fun parade. Volunteers are needed.  Here are some highlights
6:30 am put up barricades at cross streets, label Palomar College lot 9 for parade participants starting spots
8:30
am  check-in float participants, label parade vehicles, man the intersections
1pm carry banners, pass out books along the parade route, drive parade vehicles
The 3 finalists for the costume contest:  George Dove (third place scuba diver), Art Brown (1st place Werewolf), and Tom Curtis (2nd place Chef)
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Immediately after the club meeting, Ivan Gillis held a planning meeting for the 1st ANGLICO Christmas Party, Dec. 14, Friday, 5:30 pm.
 
Announcements –
● Kiwanis Information meeting at Meridian set for Nov. 15, @1:30 – Jerry Mason and Sherrie Renee of the Meridian announced that the Meridian Care Center will hold an informal information session for prospective Kiwanis members on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 1:30.  A few Kiwanians will give guests at Meridian an overview of Kiwanis and our club.  Wine and light snacks will be served.  (contact Jerry Mason or Jim Murphy)
● Key people this meeting: Greeter – Joyce and Harvey WhiteInvocation and Pledge – Jim AldenSong – Don Alexander & John LeeLunch Collection  Ted May,  Fine Master –  Tom Curtis.  50/50 Pot was $373 – Don Keller got the winning ticket – drew the Queen of hearts. 
 Health concerns – Dick Birkenstock; and Tish Murry, home recuperating from back surgery
   Kiwanians are invited to the First ANGLICO Marine Ball at the Queen Mary in Long Beach Nov. 15 – (contact Ivan Gillis for details)
 
  Upcoming Meetings –  Nov. 6Dennis Asti, Manager of Construction and Facilities Planning, Palomar College.  Current and Future Plans for Palomar College Expansion.  Nov. 13Jim Dorschel, Lt. Gov of Kiwanis Division 37.  Nov. 20NO MEETING, Nov. 27Jim Alves and students, SMHS Future Farmers of America, Floral Arrangements
Nov 15 (Thursday (1:30) – Kiwanis Program at the Meridian
 Dec 2 (Sunday):  San Marcos Holiday Parade (Darwin) 
Dec 14 5:30 (Friday): Marine Christmas Party (Ivan) 
Feb 22 (Friday):  Pancake Breakfast Set Up,  Feb 23 (Saturday):  Pancake Breakfast (George) 
June 14:  Flag Retirement Ceremony.  
July 4:  LSM Fourth of July.  
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Kiwanis, Live It, Love It, Share It – Pat Haugen

KIwanis Meeting 10-23-2018 Report

9:32 AM (3 hours ago)
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Photo1:  Daniel Tevrizian, DDS, program speaker
Photo 2: newest member, Jim Eighmey
Photo 3: Three Kiwanians:  Jim TrageserGeorge Dove and Pat Haugen (not in photo) along with 3 from Palomar College Circle K:  Catherine (pictured above), Daniel Preciado and Daniel, manned the Washer Toss game booth at Richland Elementary’s Halloween Carnival October 18th.
 
Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Meeting  – Tuesday October 23, 2018
 
Dr. Daniel Tevrizian talked about the changes that have occurred in dentistry since he graduated from USC in 1974. 
           Fellow Kiwanians (2 attendance) – “Dentistry is difficult, mental, stressful, but people make the difference, both positively and negatively,” said Dr. Tevrizian as he told us about the changes that he has seen over the years. The cost of dental school is now $250,000 for tuition and living expenses.  3-D printers costing $130,000 can make crowns.   Composite fillings can be made in any color. Some dentists are branching out in new directions, for example, sleep dentistry and botox injections for cosmetic reasons.
Jim Eighmey (sponsored by Darwin Bustarde) was inducted (see photo above with George and Jim A.).  Jim E. teaches Anthropology at Palomar College, he lives near Discovery Elementary School, and is the outgoing Scoutmaster of Troop 709.  His hobbies are everything outdoors.
 
Announcements –
● Kiwanis Information meeting at Meridian set for Nov. 15, @1:30 – Jerry Mason and Sherrie Renee of the Meridian announced that the Meridian Care Center will hold an informal information session for prospective Kiwanis members on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 1:30.  A few Kiwanians will give guests at Meridian an overview of Kiwanis and our club.  Wine and light snacks will be served.  (contact Jerry Mason or Jim Murphy)
● Key people this meeting: Greeter – Gary Edwards and George DoveInvocation – Les HillSong – Don Alexander & John Lee
Lunch Collection  Ted May,  Fine Master –  Dick Skay.  50/50 Pot was $355 – Jim Eighmey got the winning ticket – drew the Jack of diamonds. 
 Health concerns – Dick Birkenstock and Tish Murry (Tish is scheduled for back surgery)
   Kiwanians are invited to the First ANGLICO Marine Ball at the Queen Mary in Long Beach Nov. 15 – (contact Ivan Gillis for details)
 
  Upcoming Meetings –  Oct 30 –   Carrie Clevers, Planning for the San Marcos Holiday Parade, and Halloween costumes.  Nov. 6Dennis Asti, Manager of Construction and Facilities Planning, Palomar College.  Current and Future Plans for Palomar College Expansion.  Nov. 13Jim Dorschel, Lt. Gov of Kiwanis Division 37.  Nov. 20NO MEETING, Nov. 27Jim Alves, SMHS Future Farmers of America, Floral Arrangements
  Looking Ahead –  Nov 15 (1:30) – Kiwanis Program at the Meridian
 Dec 2 (Sunday):  San Marcos Holiday Parade (Darwin) 
Dec 14 5:30 (Friday): Marine Christmas Party (Ivan) 
March 26  Marine Scholarship Awards Meeting
Feb 22 (Friday):  Pancake Breakfast Set Up,  Feb 23 (Saturday):  Pancake Breakfast (George) 
June 14:  Flag Retirement Ceremony.  
July 4:  LSM Fourth of July.  
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Kiwanis, Live It, Love It, Share It – Pat Haugen

Kiwanis Meeting of 10-16-18

 

Battalion Chief David Pender of the San Marcos Fire Department presented a comprehensive overview of what they

do to deal with the emergencies we face here — wildfire, earthquakes, flood, power outages, and terrorism as well as

responding to about 11,500 calls for help this year.

Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Meeting  – Tuesday October 16, 2018

    David Pender – Battalion Chief, San Marcos Fire Department

      Fellow Kiwanians (27 attendance) – “Anytime people can’t figure out who to call, they call us,” said Battalion Chief David Pender as he told us all about how the San Marcos Fire Department is the go-to organization for emergencies around here.  “The main type of emergencies we deal with are wildfires but we are prepared for all other types of risks such as earthquakes, floods, power outages, and even terrorism,” he said.  Chief Pender told us they are probably going to get a record number of calls this year – 11,500.  When he started with the fire department 18 years ago, they handled around 3,000 calls a year.

         “Under our automatic mutual aid agreement with other emergency response organizations, the first question is not who’s jurisdiction the specific issue is, but rather who can get there the quickest.”  “We are part of an effictive response team.”  Chief Pender told us their fire response area covers 33 square miles, containing around 95,000 residents.   They have just over 100 professionals involved handling emergencies from four fire stations; “What’smore,  a study says that two more new stations are needed. “Our mission is to provide the highest level of customer service by protecting life, property and our environment.” “You will never find a fire station unstaffed.”  Chief Pender and your Fire Fighters thank you for being there for all of us.

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      Decisions – Decisions – LSM Kiwanis Board Meets

(Left) Our monthly board meeting was held after this meeting  – New President Jim Alden presided over the first meeting of his new Kiwanis Board.   – The newly elected board met after this meeting to consider several types of decisions including the budget, programs, and committee assignments for the coming year.  For more information contact a board member: Clockwise from left – President – Jim Alden, Secretary – Pat Haugen, Treasurer – Jacque McGee (filling in for Treasurer Margo Dutton), Director (into 2019) – Jim Murphy, Immediate Past President – Tom Kumura, President Elect – George Dove, Director (into 2020) – Ivan Gillis, and Director (in to 2020) Mary Harrington. Director (into 2019) – Jerry Mason not in picture – I was taking it.(Right) New Members Glen Winn and Darwin Bustarde are welcomed at a new alternative venue meeting (Friday morning at IHOP from 7:15 – 8:30).  This additional meeting will provide a meeting option for those who cannot make it to our Tuesday luncheon meetings.  Meetings will be held on the second Friday of every month.  Format is casual.

  • Membership Report– Membership is everyone’s job and lately membership numbers have been on the rise.  The club lost 5 members at the end of the Kiwanis year (Zimnovodski, Terry, Humbert, Austin, and Payne) but at the same time gained 3 members earlier (Colace, Rohde, and Stangl) and In early October Linda Alden was inducted as a member followed by four members from San Marcos Club:  (Bustarde, Winn, Trageser, and Vollbrecht).  Approved as new members at yesterday’s board meeting: Jim Eighmey and Irene Acosta.”  This brings our total membership up to a nice even 50 strong members.

 

Announcements –

  • Kiwanis Information meeting at Meridian set for Nov. 15, @1:30 –Jerry Mason and Sherrie Renee of the Meridian announced that the Meridian Care Center will hold an informal information session for prospective Kiwanis members on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 1:30. A few Kiwanians will give guests at Meridian an overview of Kiwanis and our club.  Wine and light snacks will be served.  (contact Jerry Mason or Jim Murphy)
  • Key people this meeting: Greeter – Victor Manzanilla and Marie Purdy,  Invocation– Ted MaySong – Don Alexander

Collections  Ted May  Fine Master –  Ronique Nilson.  50/50 Pot was $332 – Linda Alden got the winning ticket – drew the 7 of clubs.

  • Health concerns– Dick Birkenstock and Jim Alden (Jim wore a back brace today – “no BLT “Bending, Lifting, or Twisting” for 3 months, he had successful back surgery recently.
  •  Kiwanians are invited to the First Anglico Marine Ball at Queen Mary in Long Beach Nov. 15 – (contact Ivan Gillis for details)
  • Jim Trageser (760-522-0265) is seeking volunteers (in addition to Pat and George) to help at a Halloween Carnival booth (corn hole game) at Richland Elementary on Saturday, Oct 20, from 10 to 4; need help from 1 to 4 pm. 
  • Upcoming Meetings –  Oct 23 –  Dr Daniel Tvevisian, DDS, Trends in Modern Dentistry,  Oct 30  Carrie Clevers, Planning for the San Marcos Holiday Parade and Halloween costumes.  Nov. 6, Dennis Asti, Manager of Construction and Facilities Planning,  Palomar College.  Current and Future Plans for Palomar College Expansion.

Note: Next meeting (Oct 23) IS at our Regular meeting place – not at the Lakehouse as originally announced. 

  • Looking Ahead –  Nov 15 (1:30) – Kiwanis Program at the Meridian – Dec 2 (Sunday):  San Marcos Christmas Parade (Darwin) –

Dec 14 5:30 (Friday): Marine Christmas Party (Ivan)  Feb 22 (Friday):  Pancake Breakfast Set Up  Feb 23 (Saturday):  Pancake Breakfast (George) June 14:  Flag Retirement Ceremony.  July 4:  LSM Fourth of July.

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Kiwanis, Live It, Love It, Share It – Jerry Mason

Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Meeting of 10-9-18

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Victor Graham and Becky Deller spoke to us today about the League of Amazing Programmers in San Marcos Schools.
Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Meeting  – Tuesday October 9, 2018
League of Amazing Programmers in San Marcos Schools
      Fellow Kiwanians (27 attendance) – High tech industries are eagerly searching for more programmers, but school districts often don’t have the funds and the expertise to train them.  Today Becky Deller and Victor Graham of the San Marcos School District told us about The League of Amazing Programmers which trains local youth to fill Programmer positions.  “We started this program as a pilot in the fall of 2017,” said Deller.  “Now we have around 70 middle school students in San Marcos being trained to be programmers. ”  “The training is conducted on Wednesdays at San Marcos Middle School and San Elijo Middle School and at the San Marcos School District Offices,” said Graham.
        “We are trying to encourage girls to enter the program since in the past this has been a predominantly male career field,” said Deller. Currently nearly half of the students in the program are girls.   The program charges ($2800 per student) but since this is a non-profit organization profits are re-invested in school district activities. Deller said that Amazing Programmers teaches professional-level Java to kids at a very young age and provides expert in class teaching directly from software professional volunteers.   For more information contact Becky Deller at becky.deller@jointheleague.org  or Victor Graham at victor.graham@smusd.org.
         This meeting was conducted by our new President-Elect George Dove filling in for recuperating President Jim Alden.

Ronique Nilson teaches how to carve roses from watermelons. At the last pancake breakfast, we sold three fruit carving classes. Ronique completed the first one on February 9th (on the left) and the second one on October 6th (on the right).  Carve on, Ronique!

Announcements –

    • Kiwanis Information meeting at Meridian set for Nov. 15, @1:30 –Jerry Mason announced that the Meridian Care Center will hold an informal information session for prospective Kiwanis members on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 1:30.  A few Kiwanians will give guests at Meridian an overview of Kiwanis and our club.  Wine and light snacks will be served.

 

    • Key people this meeting: Greeter – Victor Manzanilla and George Dove,  Invocation– Mary HarringtonSong – John Lee  & Don Alexander, Collections  Larry Guthrie  Fine Master –  Ivan Gillis.  50/50 Pot was $315; Don Shawler got the winning ticket but he drew the 2 of clubs.

 

    • Health concerns– Dick Birkenstock and Jim Alden (Jim had successful back surgery recently; he is now in the GlenBrooke Rehab center in La Costa (give him a call 626-993-8144), Jim plans on being back with us next meeting.  

 

    • Upcoming Meetings –  Oct 16 – San Marcos Fire Department Battalion Chief David Pender, Fire Prevention and Safety,                     Oct 23 –  Dr Daniel Terrizian, DDS, Trends in Modern Dentistry,  Oct 30  Carrie Clevers, Planning for the San Marcos Holiday Parade.

 

    • Our monthly board meeting will be held Oct. 16 after the meeting.

 

  • Looking Ahead –  Nov 15 – Kiwanis Program at the Meridian – Dec 2 (Sunday):  San Marcos Christmas Parade (Darwin) – Dec 14 (Friday): Marine Christmas Party (Ivan)  Feb 22 (Friday):  Pancake Breakfast Set Up  Feb 23 (Saturday):  Pancake Breakfast (George) June 14:  Flag Retirement Ceremony.  July 4:  LSM Fourth of July.

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Kiwanis, Live It, Love It, Share It – Jerry Mason

Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Meeting of 10-2-18

(Left) New member Linda Alden (Jim’s wife for 41 years) and New President Jim Alden both shared the stage today.

Linda became a new member and Jim a new President.  Jim presented his hopes and plans for our Kiwanis Club for 2018-2019.

(Right) The survey results dealing with areas for improvement.

Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Meeting  – Tuesday October 2, 2018

New President Jim Alden Lays Out His Outlook for Next Kiwanis Year

      Fellow Kiwanians (32 attendance) – Since this meeting was the first meeting of our new Kiwanis Year (2018-2019) it is fitting that New President Jim Alden started us off with an overview of his goals and plans for our club for the coming twelve months.  “We have listened to ideas from the membership and now we are moving forward with a holistic plan of both new and ongoing activities for the year,” he said.  “Our plates are pretty full with the integration of new members from the San Marcos club and some of their ongoing programs plus the new ideas traditional good works we have been doing,” he said.  “However, I hope all members will do what you can to make this plan a reality in the coming year. We will work carefully but energetically to integrate the new and the old to do what makes us the “Flagship of the fleet” in Kiwanis in this area.”

President Alden first presented both an overview of Kiwanis history, Kiwanis globally, and the benefits of membership.  He spent the second half of his presentation on the results of the member survey (assist from George Dove) and his holistic plan for the upcoming Kiwanis year.  (The entire presentation is attached as a PDF).  Here are a few of the highlights:

  • Kiwanis Around the World – Each year, Kiwanis clubs around the world: ● Sponsor nearly 150,000 service projects, ● Devote more than 18.5 million hours to service, ● Raise more than $100 million for charitable causes.
  • President Alden’s Personal Goals for Kiwanis This Year – 
  • To continue improving the lives of children, those with special needs, the elderly, and those in third world countries that desperately need our help To increase membership To build upon the good works of past presidents, ● To have fun.
  • New Proposals for Coming Year – ● Consider past approaches as well as new ideas (such as):
  1. Guest Day! 2. Support monthly Friday morning meeting with San Marcos Club 3. Quarterly socials (such as our recent Italian dinner): and Events in the evening to foster additional camaraderie and invite prospective new members 4. Support Christmas Parade (from San Marcos club) 5. Have an International Outreach program (sponsored children and maybe support a credible aide program outside the USA). 6. Sponsor a Boy Scout Club 7. Increase visibility in social media and other local media 8. Take some pressure off of pancake breakfast being our main/only fundraiser. 9. Increase collaboration with FFA (consider fundraiser). 10. have a year-end fundraising mailing to Lake San Marcos residents only. There were more…read the PDF.
  • What Jim Hopes Each Member will do – Attend club meetings,  Participate in service and fundraising projects. ● Attend division council meetings  Participate in inter-club meetings ● Serve on committees  Run for office ● Spread the word about Kiwanis.  Remember – Membership is Every Members Job!!!
  • Our #1 Strength: Our members’ talents/experience,Our hard-working volunteers.
  • Our #1 Risk: Loss of members; aging out. We must recruit members, especially younger ones.

We really enjoy the meetings, speakers, scholarships, and Marine Christmas party, and strongly want to  support the community to the best of our abilities!”

“Being in Kiwanis is about giving back in many ways,” said Alden. “I am eager to work alongside each of you as we continue and expand our excellent service to people around the corner and around the world.”

       Jim’s plan will be discussed and voted upon at the monthly Kiwanis Board Meeting (moved back to Oct 16 because of Jim’s surgery Oct 3)– Get well soon Jim. 

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(left) New Members Clarke Vollbrecht, Jim Trageser, and Linda Alden (Right) New faces (guests mainly) – Irene Acosta, Jim Dove, Jonathan Burrough and colleague Launa Cornell of Meridian.  Launa is a member – Jonathan played professional football for 3 years with the Baltimore Ravens (Tight End). Welcome members and prospective members…join in our service and fun.

Announcements –

    • New Members welcomedJim Trageserand Clarke Vollbrecht from San Marcos Kiwanis and Linda Alden (Jim Alden’s wife) were were welcomed as new members.  Glen Winn and Darwin Bustarde will be joining soon – Francee Colace will be joining as an associate member.

 

    • Guests welcomed: Irene Acostafrom Lake San Marcos (friend of Jerry Mason) – Jim Eighmey (friend of Jim Trageser-not in picture) –  Jim Dove(George Dove’s brother from the Bay area) – Jonathan Burrough (colleague of Launa Cornell of the Meridian) – Jonathan lives in San Marcos. (Irene and Jim are considering joining and so is Jonathan.) We love New Faces in Kiwanis…keep coming back – better yet join us.

 

    • Key people this meeting: Greeter – Mary Ann Brandreth and George Dove,  Invocation– Jerry MasonSong – John Lee   Collections  Larry Guthrie  Fine Master –  Art Brown.  50/50 Pot was $298; Art Brown got the winning ticket but he drew the 8 of hearts.

 

    • Health concerns– Dick Birkenstock and Jim Alden (Jim has a herniated disk in his lower back, he will have surgery – “Cervical laminectomy” to remove and reconstruct that disk Oct 3 – he expects to spend 3 days in hospital and about 2 days in rehab before returning home – George Dove will step up next week to officiate at the meeting.  Jim hopes to be back at our Oct 16 meeting. We should be remembering both Dick and Jim in our thoughts and prayers.   

 

    • Upcoming Meetings –  Oct 9 – Victor Graham, The League of Amazing Programmers,  Oct 16 – San Marcos Fire Department Battalion Chief David Pender, Fire Prevention and Safety,  Oct 23 – Dr Daniel Terrizian, DDS, Trends in Modern Dentistry,  Oct 30  Halloween Party, Ancient Origins of Halloween.

 

  • Looking Ahead –  Dec 2 (Sunday):  San Marcos Christmas Parade (Darwin) – ??Dec 14 (Friday): Marine Christmas Party (Ivan)  Feb 22 (Friday):  Pancake Breakfast Set Up  Feb 23 (Saturday):  Pancake Breakfast (George) June 14:  Flag Retirement Ceremony.  July 4:  LSM Fourth of July.

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Kiwanis, Live It, Love It, Share It – Jerry Mason

Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Meeting of 9-25-18

(Left) President Tom Kumura honors Treasurer Jacque McGee with “Kiwanian of the Year” award. (Right) The new Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Board takes charge of the “flagship of the fleet” Front: Pat Haugen, Jim Alden, Tom Kumura, Mary Harrington, Ivan Gillis, 

Jacque McGee (filling in for Margo Dutton until late Oct) Back: Jerry Mason, George Dove, Jim Murphy, & Div 37 Lt. Gov. Jim Dorschel.

Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Meeting  – Tuesday, September 25, 2018

New Leaders Installed for “Flagship of the Fleet” for Next K Year                   and Jacque McGee Honored as Kiwanian of the Year

         

         Fellow Kiwanians (31 attendance) – Both the outgoing Division #37 Lt. Governer, Randy Ortlieb, and the incoming Lt. Governor, Jim Dorschel, were “on deck” today as the leaders and officers of one of the “Flagships of the Fleet” were installed.  Even though neither used the traditional bottle of champagne on the leaders heads, those who served last year and those slated to serve this coming year were recognized and honored at this meeting.

        Outgoing President Tom Kumura said, “Thank you, everyone, for all of the hard work this past year; it has been an honor and my privilege to serve as your President of Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Club.  I learned some valuable lessons.  One.  We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone. Two.  If you want to go fast, go alone;  if you want to go far, go together.  Three.  Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.  I hope you had fun this year and feel good about the number of scholarships and people we were able to help.  By your service and kind donations, we were able to make a lasting impact on many people lives.  

     Jim Alden had this to say about Tom Kumura..  “Tom created a positive and productive environment for our club despite his numerous other responsibilities. Tom chairs The Twin Oaks Valley Community Sponsor Group; is a member of San Marcos Unified School District, Prop K Citizen Oversight Committee, and Palomar Health Patient and Family Advisory Council. He is also a San Diego County Water Academy Alumni.  Tom, the entire club thanks you for making this past year so productive.”

           Past Lt. Governor Randy Ortlieb recognized the outgoing club officers serving on the Kiwanis Board. Tom Kumura (Pres), Ivan Gillis (Imm. Past Pres.) Jim Alden (Pres. Elect), Pat Haugen (Sec), Jacque McGee (Treasurer), Gary Edwards (Dir), Mary Ann Brandreth (Dir), Jim Murphy (Dir) and Jerry Mason (Dir). “Your club does wonderful work for your community,” said Ortlieb.  “I couldn’t believe it when you raised all that money in your pancake breakfast and you do so much more, you are the heart and soul of this community,” said Ortlieb.

            Incoming Lt. Governor Jim Dorschel then installed the new officers for the coming Kiwanis year.   Jim Alden (Pres), Tom Kumura (Imm. Past Pres), George Dove (Pres. Elect), Pat Haugen (Sec), Margo Dutton (Treasuer), Jim Murphy (Dir), Jerry Mason (Dir), Mary Harrington (Dir) and Ivan Gillis (Dir). (Those in red are new to the Kiwanis Board). Support your leaders – they work for you.

            

           Also at this meeting President Kumura honored treasurer Jacque McGee for her 6 years of service as club treasurer.  Jacque was named Kiwanian of the Year! “Three weeks after I joined Kiwanis, I became the treasurer,” she said.  “I have been glad to serve Kiwanis these past 6 years.”  Margo Dutton will be the new treasurer but Jacque will be standing in for Margo until she gets back from a well deserved vacation in Australia later in October.  Thank you Jacque for your Kiwanis heart and service.

Note:  This will be Secretary Pat Haugen’s 10th year as the all-important club secretary – thank you Pat for long time service to us and Kiwanis.

         At our next meeting,October 2, New President Alden will unveil and discuss his proposed plan for the coming Kiwanis year – plan to be there.

 Left: Jim Alden’s wife, Linda, and soon new member, pins our new President Jim Alden as new Lt. Governor Jim Dorschel looks on

Middle: Jim Alden presents Tom Kumura with a giant cell phone so he won’t misplace it again.  Right: Pres. Kumura is awarded a 

Kiwanis ball cap from Randy Ortlieb.

Outgoing Division 37 Lt. Governor, Randy Ortlieb had the following observations upon leaving office:

1) “The more Kiwanians I meet the better I am.  Kiwanians are great people and being a leader for 

Kiwanis has greatly enriched my life.”

2) “What really matters in Kiwanis, happens at the club level.  That is where the important work

gets done.   Kiwanis is all about what happens in the clubs.”

Thanks for your dedicated service to Kiwanis, Randy – don’t be a stranger 

Elizabeth Burmeister and Jim Meade Moving On and Moving Around – Left: New Division 37 Lt Governor Jim Dorschel noticed that there were four “Jim’s” at this meeting – Jim Alden, Jim Murphy, Jim Dorschel, and Jim Meade

Right: Elizabeth Burmeister bids farewell to the club after 5 years as a member, Elizabeth says she was “adopted” by us.  Her late husband, George, was a Kiwanian for 50 years.  She will be focusing on community service in Carlsbad where she lives.

Jim Meade and his wife have decided to have twin homes as part of their adventure in their 80’s – one here and one in Venice, Florida.  Jim will be spending the winter and spring in Florida and return for the other half here in summer and fall.  We will miss both Elizabeth and Jim but hope they will return to us when they can.

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Announcements –

  • New Members in attendanceJim Trageser from San Marcos Kiwanis and Linda Alden (both will become members at our club in October)
  • Key people this meeting: Greeter – Mary Ann Brandreth and George Dove,  Invocation– Mary HarringtonSong – Don Alexander   Collections  Ted May  Fine Master – Jim Alden.  50/50 Pot was $287; Jerry Mason got the winning ticket (again???) but he drew the 3 spades (Note: this is the second time this month that Jerry has the winning ticket and 5th time in his five years with Kiwanis.  New President Alden is considering an investigation into this unusual phenomenon).
  • Health concerns– Dick Birkenstock and Jim Alden (Jim has a herniated disk that will require surgery on October 17 so we will have to pitch in to help him as he takes the reins of the club in October).  
  • Upcoming Meetings –  Oct 2 – President Jim Alden, Club Plan for 2018-2019, Oct 9 – Victor Graham, The League of Amazing Programmers,  Oct 16 – San Marcos Fire Department Battalion Chief David Pender, Fire Prevention and Safety,  Oct 23 – Dr Daniel Terrizian, DDS, Trends in Modern Dentistry,  Oct 30  Halloween Party, Ancient Origins of Halloween.

  — Our new Kiwanis Year begins October 2, 2018 

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Kiwanis, Live It, Love It, Share It – Jerry Mason

Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Meeting of 9-18-18

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(Right) Retired Admiral Charlies Wurster spoke about the Sea Scouts.   (Left) Glen Winn made his first visit to a club meeting today.  (Middle) Jim Trageser recommended today’s speaker. 
Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Meeting  – Tuesday September 18, 2018
Coast Guard Admiral Charlie Wurster (ret.) spoke about the Sea Scout Program 
      Fellow Kiwanians (28 attendance) –  Sea Scouts is a program of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women 14 years of age, or 13 years of age and completion of the eighth grade. The maximum age for participation is under 21 years of age. The purpose of Sea Scouts is to bring a program of character building, citizenship training, and personal fitness to the youth of America. Sea Scout ships (units) are organized by churches, civic clubs, schools, maritime organizations, businesses, unions, and other community organizations that provide adult volunteer leaders, program resources, and meeting facilities. These ships plan programs related to maritime careers, seamanship, and service. 
Sea Scouts started in 1912 and has a long and colorful tradition. Thousands of young men and women have had the opportunity to follow the traditions of the sea while learning what the future holds, whether it’s a career related to the sea or a lifelong hobby of recreational boating. Many Sea Scout ships maintain sail or power vessels; follow a challenging rank advancement program; and have nautical uniforms, customs, and ceremonies.  Charlie explained how to organize a Sea Scout Ship.  More information can be found at www.seascout.org
   

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Announcements –
 Jim Alden – Reviewed the list of Committee heads for next year.  Program Coordinator is Marty Gannon with support from Glen Winn and Mary Harrington.  Let Jim Alden know what committees you would like to serve on  email: aldenjr44@yahoo.com.  
New Member Inductions planned for October:  Glen Winn, Jim Trageser, Clarke Vollbrecht, Darwin Bustarde, and Linda Alden.  Other San Marcos Club members will be invited to join our club.
● Key people this meeting: Greeter  George Dove Invocation – Tom KumuraSong – John Lee and Don Alexander   –Collections  Ted May  Fine Master – Tom Curtis.  50/50 Pot was $252, Tom Kumura got the winning ticket and received $10 for his efforts.
● Health concerns – Dick Birkenstock and Jim Alden (Jim has a herniated disk that will probably require surgery so we will have to pitch in to help him as he takes the reins of the club in October).  
●  Upcoming Meetings ● Sept 25   Officer Installation, Division 37 Guests are Incoming Lt Gov Jim Dorschel and Outgoing  Lt Gov Randy Ortlieb. Our new Kiwanis Year begins October 1, 2018.  Oct 2  Jim Alden, Oct 7 Victor Graham, The League of Amazing Programmers
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Kiwanis, Live It, Love It, Share It – Pat Haugen substituting for Jerry Mason

Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Meeting of 9-11-18

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       (Left) Retired Navy Lt. Commander Jim Hester asks us all to “Never Forget what happened on 9-11” and encouraged us all to be patriots
who try to help others wherever we are. (Right) Incoming Lt. Governor Jim Dorschel visited us at today’s meeting.

Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Meeting  – Tuesday September 11, 2018

Navy Lt. Commander Jim Hester delivers an Inspirational

and Patriotic Address on the 17th Anniversary of 9-11 

      Fellow Kiwanians (34 attendance) – Everyone who is over 20 probably remembers the trauma of 9-11-2001.  Retired Lt. Commander Jim Hester told us just what happened on that day and reminded us to never forget it because this is the world we live in now. Lt. Commander Hester told us about what it means to be a patriot…”a person who helps people and tries to improve the world around them regardless of where they are” he said.  “Like you do at Kiwanis.”  Jim also told us in detail about what happened to him in January 1968 when his plane was shot down in Vietnam “I thought I was going to die, and probably would have if not for the quick intervention of 12 young Marines, 9 of whom later perished in the battle.” Jim spent 9 months in the Navy hospital in Philadephia recovering (he had 17 broken bones among other injuries).  Jim now is active as an advocate for the homeless and especially homeless veterans.  Jim and his wife of 47 years live in Carlsbad.  Jim’s wife, Sharon, works in the hospital system in Vista.  Thank you Jim, for your great reminder that “the best of who we are as Americans lies on our own hearts and in our actions to honor and remember those who have rendered the last full measure of devotion.” (Jim told us that over 3000 people were killed directly by 9-11 attacks, hundreds more have died later as the far-reaching consequences continue to reverberate through our society).

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                Incoming Lieutenant Governer for District 37 visits  In October, Jim Dorschel takes over from Randy Ortlieb  
as the leader of the Kiwanis Clubs (18 of them) in our District (#37) Jim has been married to his wife, Penny, for 33 years and 
they have lived in Valley Center for 23 years.  They raised twin sons, Brad and Keith. He has been active in Kiwanis for over 30
years. He has been a Valley Center club President four times, a Secretary twice and a club board member for 15 years.  He is 
semi-retired. He currently does consulting with select State Farm agents, volunteers at the Boys & Girls Club in Valley Center
and teaches a personal finance class at Escondido Adult School.  I enjoyed visiting with you today.  I am looking 
forward to spending more time with your great club.”  We’re looking forward to that too, Jim.
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          Friday Night Social – A Big Success
         This past Friday evening (Sept 7) about 30 people, Kiwanians and many of their spouses, gathered for a fun evening at the clubhouse in The Colony.  Jim Murphy, Jim Alden, Tom Kumura, and George Dove and their spouses planned the Italian food and great wine event.  “The whole event was a fun and informal way of building cammeraderie among us Kiwanians outside of our normal Tuesday luncheons,” said Jim Alden. Emcee George Dove said “It was just a lot of fun, we should have events like this again.” 
   
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Left: Darwin Bustarde and Clark Vollbrecht from the San Marcos Kiwanis Club have joined us…also Glenn Winn (on the right( – more may be coming over.
At Least 4 New Members, maybe a few more,  
are joining us from the San Marcos Kiwanis Club 

       Incoming President Jim Alden and Membership Chairman Jim Murphy announced that we have received four applications for membership from previous members of the San Marcos Kiwanis Club.  The four new members are Darwin Bustarde (club President), Clark Vollbrecht, Glen Winn, and Jim Trageser were accepted as members in the board meeting today.  Three others are considering joining us and we will know soon about them. This is great news. Welcome new members! Stay tuned for more news as it breaks.

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Announcements –

 Kiwanis Board Meeting – The monthly meeting of our Kiwanis Board was held after this meeting.  The board discussed a proposed budget, calendar, and detailed personell assignments for the coming year – For more information contact a board member. (This was the last board meeting for 3 board members – Jacque McGee (who is stepping down as treasurer after many years – Margo Dutton is taking that role) and Mary Ann Brandreth and Gary Edwards whose two years of service as directors is ending.  Thanks for what you do and have done for Kiwanis 

● Key people this meeting: Greeter – Mary Ann Brandreth and George Dove,  Invocation – Tom KumuraSong – Don Alexander   –Collections  Larry Guthrie  Fine Master – Victor Manzanilla.  50/50 Pot was $237 Jerry Mason got the winning ticket (again???) but he drew the 4 hearts.

● Health concerns – Dick Birkenstock and Jim Alden (Jim has a herniated disk that will probably require surgery so we will have to pitch in to help him as he takes the reins of the club in October).  

●  Upcoming Meetings –   ●  Sept 18   Coast Guard Admiral (ret.) Charlie Wurster, Sea Scouts – ● Sept 25   Officer Installation, Division 37 Guests are Incoming Lt Gov Jim Dorschel and Outgoing  Lt Gov Randy Ortlieb. Our new Kiwanis Year begins October 2, 2018 

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Kiwanis, Live It, Love It, Share It – Jerry Mason

Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Meeting of 9-4-2018

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       George Dove and Jim Alden, next Kiwanis Year’s President-Elect and current President Elect Jim Alden began an iterative process to gather
ideas and preferences for our upcoming new Kiwanis Year which begins in October.  Proposed plan slated to be finalized in October.

Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Meeting  – Tuesday September 4, 2018

Next K-Year’s Leaders, Jim & George, Kick Off an 

All Member Planning Process for Next Kiwanis Year

      Fellow Kiwanians (33 attendance) – Everyone knows that planning is important if you want to get where you are intending to go….Planning for the individual is important, but for a group it is essential.  “Life is change – Growth is Optional – Choose Wisely” is one of the many proverbs on the topic.  This is very true for us at Lake San Marcos Kiwanis.

      Every year in September the upcoming new leaders of the Lake San Marcos embark on a planning process for our club. This year’s leaders for our annual adventure are Jim Alden and George Dove.  “We want to have a good plan reflecting the consensus of our members in place by early October,” said Jim.   “This is step one of our process, hearing from you the members.”

      George Dove displayed some preliminary results from a few surveys (from about 8 members) (see below)

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The higher the mumber the more favorable votes that item received, still only a small sample size (6-8 surveys)

      Jim and George laid out the schedule for our planning steps: 1. September 7 (Friday night) member appreciation and new member dinner 6-8 at the Colony 2. September 11 – A more complete summary of member’s ideas and preferences will be passed out and discussed – The same will be presented to the Board at the monthly meeting. 3. September 18 (1:00)- a more in-depth planning session after the regular meeting 4. October 2 -Then President Alden will present a tentative plan to members. 5. October 9 – Present and discuss and refine Proposed Plan at this meeting and the Board Meeting afterward. (see attached for details).

       Both Jim and George spent time at this meeting focusing on early thoughts about our priorities for next year with the emphasis on recruiting new members.   “Member attrition hits us hard every year,” Jim said.  “We know we are under-resourced and a bit overwhelmed with possible current and new direction and ideas.  In 2008 we had 80 members, now we have 47, obviously, that is the wrong trend.  Everyone must be on the membership committee.”

(Instructions from George Dove) – The attachments were discussed at the meeting.  The PLAN CALENDAR shows the

activity details over the next month to obtain your input and provide updates as we proceed. The SUMMARY, KEY POINTS
 are initial points that we discussed at the meeting, including ideas for membership and fundraising.  Finally, the two surveys are
 attached (the questions on 3 pages and the list of activities on 1 page).   If you have not filled out, please print and bring to the
 next meeting.  If you can take photos with your cell phone and email to George, great. If you only have time for one survey,
 pick whichever you prefer!  If you have any questions, call George (314.409.7345).

       Everyone is encouraged to be involved – this is OUR club.

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It Is Uncertain if San Marcos Kiwanis will be joining us or not 

       Recently our club extended an offer to the remaining San Marcos Kiwanis club to join us; the San Marcos Club is experiencing a membership decline.  Jim Murphy reported that as of this meeting it is uncertain if the San Marcos Club will or will not accept our offer.  Jim said three officers plan to meet with the few remaining members of the club this coming Friday.  Jim Alden hopes to have a clear decision soon as we head in to the new Kiwanis year in October.  Stay tuned.

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Announcements –

 .From 2003 to 2018 – Don Keller reviewed a membership roster from June 2003 for our club.  “We had 82 members then – now we have 47.”  However, Don said 11 of those who were members are still members now, and 9 of them are at this meeting today.”   Members in 2013 who are still members: Art Brown, Joe Carona, Tony Colace, Tom Curtis, Fred Folbrecht, Les Hill, Paul Jordan, Don Keller, Ted May, Don Shawler, and Dick Skay.  Of that group only Joe Carona and Dick Skay were not at this current meeting.

● Key people this meeting:Greeter –  Mary Ann Brandreth and George Dove,  Invocation – Jim AldenSong – Don Alexander and John Lee  – Collections – Ted May  Fine Master – Ivan Gillis.  50/50 Pot was $215 Tom Kumura got the winning ticket but his helper (Linda Alden) drew the 5 of spades..

● Health concerns – Dick Birkenstock and Jim Alden (Jim has a herniated disk that will probably require surgery so we will have to pitch in to help him as he takes the reins of the club in October).  

●  Upcoming Meetings –   ●  Sept 11   Navy Lt. Commander Jim Hester  – ●  Sept 18   Coast Guard Admiral (ret.) Charlie Wurster, Sea Scouts – ● Sept 25   Officer Installation, Division 37 Guests are Incoming Lt Gov Jim Dorschel and Outgoing  Lt Gov Randy Ortlieb.                           Our new Kiwanis Year begins October 2, 2018, Help us develop a workable plan for our collective future.

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Kiwanis, Live It, Love It, Share It – Jerry Mason

 Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Club Meeting August 28, 2018

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       Darwin Bustarde (left) talked about our sister club the San Marcos Kiwanis Club, of which he is President. Darwin also won the Crazy Hat
contest over all these Crazy Hat Kiwanians above: Jerry Mason, Mary Harrington, George Dove, Darwin Bustarde, Tom Curtis, Dick Skay, 
Art Brown, and Tom Kumura.

Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Meeting  – Tuesday August 28, 2018

Darwin Bustarde of San Marcos Kiwanis, and

The Jim/George Next Year Planning Survey with Crazy Hats

      Fellow Kiwanians (23 attendance) – The Lake San Marcos Kiwanis helped sponsor the San Marcos Kiwanis Club that meets for breakfasts weekly in another part of the city.  Lately the San Marcos Club has seen a rather drastic decline in members.  “There are only about five of us left,” said Darwin Bustarde San Marcos Kiwanis President.  Darwin lives in San Elijo. 

     Darwin told us about what the club has done over the years.  San Marcos Kiwanis projects include  ● The annual San Marcos Christmas Parade which occurs on the first weekend in December where thousands of free books are given out as Christmas presents. ● The Flag retirement Ceremony (250 flags were honorably “retired” last year) ● Cleaning the San Marcos Historical Society with Circle K help ● Daniel Manley Annual Bowling Tournament fundraiser for scholarships for students with mental disabilities ● Sponsorship of Boy Scouts and Sea Scout Troops.  

          Our board is working with the remaining members of San Marcos Kiwanis to effect a merger of our two clubs beginning in our new Kiwanis Year.   Thanks for coming on short notice Darwin…Hope to see you and other San Marcos Kiwanians at future meetings.    

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President Elect Alden and oncoming President Elect Dove launch Club Planning Process for Next K-Year beginning in October.
          President Kumura had a saying on the screen this meeting – “Adventure is the result of Poor Planning.” – Well, our upcoming club leaders, President Elect Jim Alden and Oncoming President Elect George Dove, took a one-two punch at taking the adventure out of our upcoming Kiwanis year…However, they know there will still be plenty of adventure to go around.
          Jim and George handed out and explained their respective surveys aimed at collecting member ideas and values about what our priorities should be and what specific directions and programs the members want to implement next year.  “My survey is aimed at tapping into the values of our members using a numerical weighting system,” said George.  “My survey wants words more than numbers about member preferences and direction for utilizing our limited financial, energy, and time resources,” said Jim.
          Both Jim and George as well as President Kumura urged members to give serious thought to these surveys and return them next meeting so we can all get a clearer picture of the adventures ahead.  George even encouraged members to photograph their surveys and e-mail them to him.  It was a great start to what promises to be an exciting and purposeful new Kiwanis year beginning in October.  Be sure to come to the next meeting September 4 when we discuss this more in detail.   BOTH SURVEYS ARE ATTACHED.

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Two new Members welcomed today – Ryan Stangl was welcomed in club membership today by George Dove and Linda Alden (Jim’s wife) has already submitted her application for membership.  Kiwanis is very excited to have these two great people working with us. Welcome Ryan and Linda.

       Photo on the right – Darwin Bustarde told us about the annual Christmas Parade that the San Marcos club has hosted for 20 years on the first Sunday of December.  Darwin is hoping when some members from his club transition over we will consider adopting these and other activities that they have sponsored over the years.

Announcements –

 .Tom Kumura was appointed to the Board of Directors at Palomar Health to fill a currently open seat for the next four months. – President Kumura announced that he was sworn in on Monday and also has been elected to be on the  Board of Directors at Palomar Medical Center for a two year term, starting on December 3.  Pres. Kumura and Jerry Mason are currently members of the patient-family advisory council at Palomar Health.

● Key people this meeting:Greeter –  Mary Ann Brandreth,  Invocation – Tom KumuraSong – Don Alexander and John Lee  – Collections – Ted May  Fine Master – Dick Skay.  50/50 Pot was $190 Jerry Mason got the winning ticket but drew the 9 of spades.

● Health concerns – Dick Birkenstock and Jim Alden (Jim has  herniated disk that will probably require surgery so we will have to pitch in to help him as he takes the reins of the club in October).  

●  Upcoming Meetings –    Sept 4 – Tom Kumura, “Member Recognition”; Jim Alden, “Club Planning for 2018-2019” – ●  Sept 11   Navy Lt. Commander Jim Hester  – ●  Sept 18   Coast Guard Admiral (ret.) Charlie Wurster, Sea Scouts – ●Sept 25   Officer Installation, Division 37 Guests are Incoming Lt Gov Jim Dorschel and Outgoing  Lt Gov Randy Ortlieb.

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● Upcoming Special Events:- ●  Friday Sept 7 – Member Appreciation and New Member Social – Membership Coordinator Jim Murphy and President Kumura announced a special event,  A Membership Appreciation and New Member Social which will be held on Friday September 7 from 6 to 9 PM at the Colony Clubhouse (1281 Rue St. Martin).  “A complete Italian lasagna dinner with salad, rolls and dessert will be served with selected wines,” said Jim. President Kumura plans to have a special program for membership recognition for his Kiwanis year “The evening event is being held to allow us all to consider bringing prospective new members and our spouses,” said President Kumura.  Sign up with Jim Murphy early as space is limited. Cost is $25 per person – prospective members are free.  Hope to see you there.”

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Kiwanis, Live It, Love It, Share It – Jerry Mason

Herb Field of Lake San Marcos told us about the bugs that drive us buggy and his role in the courts in dealing with them 

Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Meeting  – Tuesday August 21, 2018

Herb Field – Forensic Urban Entomology

      Fellow Kiwanians (28 attendance) – Herb Field knows a lot about bugs that bug us.  “Entomology is the study of insects and my specialiity has been forensic urban entomology – meaning detective work about the mysteries of bug infestations in and around where we live.”  Herb is recently retired and living in Lake San Marcos.  He worked for and led a successful pest management firm for 31 years and is known by attorneys and private industry as an expert in matters pertaining to insects and other urban pests.

      Herb told us about many incidents and legal matters relating to insect infestations.  Most of the topics related to the issue of “habitability” of living situations as well as health concerns.   Herb had a very large private collection of insects (20,000 specimens) which he recently donated to the San Diego Agriculure Department.

       When asked about advice for us homeowners he said “Personally, I avoid pesticides because I prefer to use organic plants and elements to keep the bugs outside my home.  He also said one of the best things you can do to prevent unwanted pests is to professionally seal up your home.”  Herb has conducted an insect fair at the San Diego Botanical Gardens for 25 years.    He wore his Key Club pin that he got when he was young in the San Jose area over 50 years ago.  Thanks for coming Herb, hope you come back again.  You won’t drive us buggy.

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September 7 – Member Appreciation & New Member Social

     Membership Coordinator Jim Murphy and President Kumura announced a special event,  A Membership Appreciation and New Member Social which will be held on Friday September 7 from 6 to 9 PM at the Colony Clubhouse (1281 Rue St. Martin).  “A complete Italian lasagna dinner with salad, rolls and dessert will be served with selected wines,” said Jim.            President Kumura plans to have a special program for membership recognition for his Kiwanis year “The evening event is being held to allow us all to consider bringing prospective new members and our spouses,” said President Kumura.  Sign up with Jim Murphy early as space is limited. Cost is $25 per person – prospective members are free.  Hope to see you there.” 

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NYC Guests John and Margie Stahl visited us again.  John is President of his Kiwanis Club in New York City and Margie’s birthday is August 22.  They regularly visit our club while visiting their grandchildren in the area.  John recently spoke to us about “bullying”.  They plan to come back in February. Thanks for coming John and Margie.

Announcements –

    • Key people this meeting:Greeters – George Dove and Mary Ann Brandreth,  Invocation – Jerry MasonSong – Don Alexander  – Collections – Larry Guthrie  Fine Master – Don Keller.  50/50 Pot was $180 Paul Jordan got the winning ticket but drew the 9 of hearts.

 

    • Health concerns– Dick Birkenstock and Jim Alden.  Mona Sims’s father recently passed away.

 

    • Upcoming Meetings –    Aug 28  –  Janice Baker, Nutrition and Diabetes –   Sept 4 – Tom Kumura, “Member Recognition”; Jim Alden, “Club Planning for 2018-2019” –   Sept 11   Navy Lt. Commander Jim Hester  – ●  Sept 18   Coast Guard Admiral (ret.) Charlie Wurster, Sea Scouts – ●Sept 25   Officer Installation, Division 37 Guests are Incoming Lt Gov Jim Dorschel and Outgoing  Lt Gov Randy Ortlieb.

 

  • Upcoming Special Events:- ● Friday Sept 7 – Member Appreciation and New Member Social  (see above)

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Kiwanis, Live It, Love It, Share It – Jerry Mason

Kiwanis Meeting August 14,2018

Left: a typical service recipient of The ARC – Right: Melanie McCoy (Area Director for The ARC San Diego) and Tom Kumura (President, Lake San Marcos Kiwanis) Melanie talked to us about The ARC San Diego and received our annual donation.
 
Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Meeting  – Tuesday August 14, 2018

    The ARC of San Diego – 67 Years of Serving Disabled Persons

 

   Fellow Kiwanians (26 attendance)  Ever since 1951, The ARC of San Diego has been Supporting and Empowering Persons with Disabilities to help them achieve their goals.  That’s 67 years, and for a lot of those years, our club, Lake San Marcos Kiwanis has been helping The ARC with our annual donation. “The ARC serves 2,500 children and adults with disabilities from its 5 locations in San Diego County,” said Melanie McCoy the Area Director.  “We help people with all kinds of disabilities, but the main disabilities we deal with are cerebral palsey, downs syndrom, and autism.  The 

ARC has a $34 million dollar budget and employs 1,000 people, many of who are the disabled persons in our programs.” 
       Melanie talked about the many programs at The ARC which include: ●  parent-infant communications,  ● day-training program,  ● yoga – wellness,  ● seniors program,  ● The ARC employment  ●  Independent living,   ● tailored day services,  ● respite services ● vocational training ●personal and leisure services.  She told the success story of “David” who has been working with Albertsons nearby for 20 years.  “Essentially, at The ARC we enable people with disabilities to be the best they can be at whatever they are doing.” – Congratulations, Melanie to you for your and The ARC’s long history of service to the disabled among us.
 
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Three relatively new faces were in the audience today – New Member, Ryan Stangl, Recent New Member Mike Rohde, and

prospective new member Mike Montanari.
 
New Faces Brighten up the crowd

       ● Ryan Stangl is our newest member.  Ryan is a realtor who has lived on the north side of Rancho Santa Fe for 7 years.  He was inspired to join us after coming to our most recent Pancake Breakfast.  Ryan has been married to Tiffany for 5 years.  They have a young boy (Rhys age 5) Ryan has a step daughter (Cheyenne age 23, not living with them now).  Ryan will be helping out with the benches and with our website.  He is involved in Next Door.com where he offers a limited helping hand for community members.  “I joined Kiwanis because I want to be active in the community face to face, and I liked what I saw at the Pancake Breakfast and later meetings.  Welcome Ryan!!!

       ● Mike Rohde joined us earlier in the year and he is progressing well in the required tasks of becoming aquainted with our club and what we do.  Way to go Mike!

       ● Mike Montanari – is a 22 year veteran Kiwanian from the San Jose area where he has been President three times of the club there. Mike lives now in Escondido but heard good things about our club and is seriously considering joining us soon.  Hope you do Mike, you won’t regret it.  

●   Membership Appreciation and New Member Drive  is being scheduled for Friday Night September 76-8pm at 1281 Rue St. Martin. Buffet dinner of pasta, salad, dessert, and wine.  The cost will be in the range of $20-$25.  Spouses welcome.  You are encouraged to bring potential new members.  More details to come from Jim Murphy and Pat Haugen.

●  Margo attended Kiwanis convention in Kona, Hawaii (8/8-8/12)– Our own Margo Dutton reported on her recent attendance at a Cal-Nev-Ha District convention.  “I received two standing ovations for my recent leadership of the foundation,” she said.  “It was an honor; now I will have a little more time to contribute elsewhere.”  She reported that Tim Cunning of our division was elected to be the District Governor Elect for next Kiwanis Year.

●  Health Matters – Jean Austin is moving to Monterrey, her home has been sold. Dwight Sorenson is living in the Meridian near the Whites and may need transportation to our meetings. Gary Edwards ‘ wife, needs lots of in home care. 

●  Important Birthday – Tony Colace will turn 96 on Thursday August 16

– Happy Birthday Tony – You are a marvel. 

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● Key people this meetingGreeter – George Dove, Mary Ann Brandreth, and Harvey White, Invocation – Mary Harrington, Song – John  Lee – Collections – Larry Guthrie  Fine Master  Jim Murphy.  50/50 Pot was $163 – Ivan Gillis had the winning ticket but drew the 7 Spades. Fred F. ticket.

●  Upcoming Meetings – Aug 21  –  Herb Field, Forensic Urban Entomology, Aug 28 – TBA. Sept 4 – TBA, Sept 11 – Club Planning for Next Kiwanis Year – Jim Alden – Sept 18 – Year in Review President Tom Kumura, Sept 25 – New Officer Installation ceremony (New Kiwanis Year begins October 1).

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Kiwanis, Live It, Love It, Share It – Jerry Mason (returned after a few week hiatus to be with family from Africa)


Left: Jerry Mason, his son Todd Mason Todd’s wife Cecilila DeBustos, President Tom Kumura, and Mary Harrington. Both Todd and Cecilia spoke to us today about their life and work in Uganda, Africa. They’re visiting Jerry and Linda in July and early August.

Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Meeting – Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Todd Mason and Cecilia De Bustos speak to us about their
Lives and Work in Kampala, Uganda in Eastern Africa
Fellow Kiwanians (31 attendance) – Jerry and Linda Mason’s second son, Todd, and his wife Cecilia have lived in several exotic places in their adult lives – Peru, Thailand, and currently Kampala, Uganda. Todd works for a microfinance organization called Triple Jump headquartered in the Netherlands. Triple Jump has offices around the world and has development projects in many places but primarily in the developing world in Asia, Africa, and central and South America. Triple Jump’s mission is to provide debt financing, investment capital, and advisory services to financial institutions and investment funds who provide financial services to traditionally excluded populations in developing countries. Todd also told us a lot about the central African country of Uganda where they now live (Kampala). (see the box below)

Todd’s Spanish wife, Cecilia De Bustos, then told us about her work with Unicef (United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund) in Uganda as a Nutrition Program Leader. Uganda, like many African nations has a whole host of endemic health problems, most stemming from deep poverty (average GDP per capita in Uganda is $700 while in USA it is $59,000). Unicef is a leader among the many worldwide philantropic aid organizations to fight these problems. “But we must prioritize and collaborate, because the enormity of the need far exceeds the available resources to combat these problems,” she explained. The map below shows where children are below healthy height because of lifelong issues with malnutrition. “The further away from the capital, where we live, the worse the problems become.” she said.

It was a special treat for those who came on Tuesday to hear this story of how other organizations are fighting for children. It reminds us Kiwanians of our need to serve the Children of the World as our motto proclaims we do.
Todd and Cecilia have three young children, twins Nora and Aidan (age 5) and Liam (age 3) who were also present with their grandmother, Linda, at the presentation. Thanks for coming so far to talk with us, Todd and Cecilia. Come back again.
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Del Mar Kiwanis Club on an Interclub and Member of San Marcos Club visit
● Steve Gardella (President) and Chuck Phillips (member) visited today, to tell us about their fundraiser Del Mar Kiwanis Day at the Races and to leave gifts for auction (wine, Day at Races tickets). They will be auctioned off next week. Jim Trageser of the nearby San Marcos Kiwanis visited us today. Welcome Steve, Chuck and Jim.

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● Key people this meeting: Greeter – George Dove and Mary Ann Brandreth, Invocation – Tom Kumura, Song – Don Alexander – Collections – Ted May Fine Master – Tom Kumura. 50/50 Pot – Jim Alden had the winning ticket but drew the Jack of Hearts.

● Upcoming Meetings – July 31 Victor Manzanilla, “Making Your Money Last in Retirement”

Aug 7 John Stahl, “Safe Haven” anti-bullying program that provides a network of shelters for children who are being picked on, threatened or injured. Queens West Kiwanis Division
Aug 14 Anthony DeSalis, President, The Arc of San Diego
Aug 21 Herb Field, Forensic Urban Entomology

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Kiwanis, Live It, Love It, Share It – Jerry Mason

Kiwanis awards 23 scholarships

The Lake San Marcos Kiwanis awarded 23 scholarships to local students for a total value of $23,000. The scholarships were presented over two days. The scholarship recipients the first day included, from left, seated: Anh-Thi Christina Ngoc Nguyen, Cassandra Allen, Brianna Fuentes, Samantha Ecks. Top: Tom Kumura, club president, Erika Dinh, Alan Tram, Tony Stewart, Ana Laura Ortigoza-Colin, Karina Esteban, Kylie Gilpin, Stacy Yao and Dick Skay. Photo by Jerry Mason

The day 2 scholarship recipients, photo below, included, from left, seated: Madeline Yee, Maria Balderas, Lacresha Goodin, Marisa DeLuca, Ivan Gillis (Kiwanis Scholarship Committee leader) and Claire Lewis. Top: Bridget Rosales-Ortiz, Yesica Chaparro, Megan Clodfelter, Marilyn Long, Ellie Barrett, Alexis Monroe and Saraiah Phillip. Photo by Victor Manzanilla

LSM Kiwanis Newsletter June 26, 2018
Bret Bandick, Palomar Health District Security Manager
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(photo by George Dove)

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Jim Alden is Kiwanian of the Week (Photo by George Dove)

Fellow Kiwanians (24 attendance)  President Tom Kumura introduced our 
program speaker, Bret Bandick, Palomar Health District Security Manager.  He is an instructor for ALICE Training:  Active Shooter Civilian Response Training for Organizations like schools, hospitals, businesses etc.  His first question to our group was:  “What would you do if someone came into this room and started shooting?  What is the first thing you would do?”  Fight, flee or freeze?  We learned that:  Most shooters are suicidal; most shooting incidents are over in eight minutes; the national average time for police response is eight minutes.  You have options other that the traditional “lockdown only” approach.  ALICE stands for Alert (you hear shooting or someone tells you there is a shooting), Lockdown option (barricade if you can’t escape), Inform (tell people what’s going on in plain language), Counter option (throw something to make the shooter flinch and go, or wrap him up with your tree-like arms), andEvacuate option (you don’t have to wait for permission).  ALICE classes provide preparation and a plan for individuals and organizations on how to more proactively handle the threat of an aggressive intruder or active shooter event. 
Tom Kumura honored Jim Alden, the Kiwanian of the Week, replete with a certificate suitable for framing and durable license plate holder.  Jim’s Kiwanian moment was last December at the Christmas party for Marine families.  We learned some really neat things about our President-Elect.  1) Jim graduated from Woodbury College in Los Angeles with a BS degree in business,  2) Jim’s father was a make-up- artist on the Gunsmoke show, 3) Jim worked for 42 years in the financial services industry finishing his career with the Walt Disney Company as the Director of Shareholder Services, and 4)  Jim was the baby in the movie “Kitty” starring Ray Milland and Paulette Goddard in 1945.
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 Announcements –
● July 7Saturday, Division 37 Service Project at TERI, Oceanside. 8:30am-3:30pm with 2.5 hour shifts to paint their basketball gymnasium walls.  Key Clubbers welcome.  Sign-up with Pat Haugen.
 Jim Murphy offered tickets to the races.
 July 4th, Pavilion lawn, Kiwanis booth set-up starts at 8:30am and tear-down at 2pm.  Gates open at 9am. 10am – Freedom Choir and North San Diego Young Marines Color Guard –bring your own lawn chair or blanket to sit on for this patriotic ceremony.  Dog Contest atnoon.  Children’s Games in the afternoon.  Boat parade at 4pm.  BBQ all day long.
Silent Auction items wanted for July 4th booth.  We will take up to 12 items or gift certificates.  We already have two tickets for the Fleet Science Museum from Tom Kumura, a GPS system from Ivan Gillis, and gift baskets from Jim Murphy and John Lee.  If you know a for-profit vendor (non-food) who would like a booth for July 4th, let Pat know.  The cost per booth is $75 with $50 being donated to our foundation.  Booth will be open 9am-2pm.
 Key Leader Camp for high school students is scheduled for October 19-21  
● Key people this meeting: Greeter  George Dove and Mary Ann BrandrethInvocation – Ted May, Song – Don Alexander and John Lee – Lunch collections  Larry Guthrie  Fine Master  Jim Alden.  Opportunity Drawing was $43 – Margo took home $10 for her efforts. 

 Guests – Ryan Stangl.

  Upcoming Meetings –   
July 3      Charlotte Fan, Meals on Wheels
July 10    Kim Gibbens, SD County Center for the Blind & Al Bomberg’s 99th Birthday
July 17    Sarah Granby, SD & Imperial Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Assn. 
July 24    Todd Mason and Cecilia Debustos, Microfinance, UNICEF, and Life in Africa

July 31    Victor Manzanilla, Making Your Money Last in Retirement

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Kiwanis, Live It, Love It, Share It – 

Pat Haugen substituting for Jerry Mason