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Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Newsletter – September 29, 2020 – New Leaders Installed

These Kiwanians will lead our club into the new Kiwanis year – October 2020 thru September 2021.  They were elected in May 2020.  

New Leaders Installed for Lake San Marcos Kiwanis  

Lake San Marcos Kiwanis (Special Covid-19 Lockdown Newsletter – September 29, 2020  Zoom meeting #24) 

       Fellow Kiwanians (attendance on Zoom – 16) – There are more than 8,200 Kiwanis clubs with nearly 550,000 members in more than 80 nations around the world. Every club has its own Kiwanis year running from October 1 through September 30.  That is when the new slate of leaders (officers and directors) takes over and the past slate of leaders is retired.

At our September 29 meeting, this Kiwanis transition took place for our Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Club.  Led by new Division Lt Governor Gina Roberts, our past nine club leaders were retired (several for only a few minutes).  Then the new board of nine new leaders was installed.

Immediate Past President Jim Alden who was standing in for outgoing President Glen Winn who could not be at this meeting, said “Glen answered the bell in a time of need as the club was reeling from their recently elected President George Dove’s death on December 29th, 2018. Glen stepped up and assumed the presidency in 2019. Even though the year was marred by the pandemic and virtually all our activities shut down, we were still able to have a very successful scholarship season, a fun Christmas parade, and this past February we had one of our most successful pancake breakfast functions ever. This past year we awarded 30 individuals a total of $27,500 in scholarship money. And, just this past month the club put together 136 care packages for military service personnel stationed on a ship as part of task force Ellis. So, thank you Glen for your willingness to help your club and fellow Kiwanians during a time of need.”

Each new leader was asked the following questions – 1. How long have you been in Kiwanis 2. Who introduced you to Kiwanis (when) 3. What do you like best about Kiwanis and 

4.What are your hopes for LSM Kiwanis in the year ahead.

Our Nine Kiwanis Leaders for 2020-2021 are:

President – Art Brown: How Long?  For 29 Years (since 1991). Who? by then-President Dr. James “Jim” Sands,  

Like Best?  My father was a Kiwanian in La Jolla for over 10 years back in the ’70s (he’s now deceased) Kiwanis is a way to honor him in spirit.  I enjoy having a Kiwanis mid-week break in my schedule with the Kiwanis fellowship. I have always enjoyed flipping pancakes at our annual pancake breakfasts and raising funds for scholarships.  Hopes? To have our luncheon meetings start up again and have new Kiwanians attend.

President-Elect – John Gibbs: How Long?  2 years Who? San Marcos Club Faire Like Best? I enjoy getting to know the other members of the club, especially because of being new to the area, I really didn’t know anyone here  Hopes?  I am looking forward to meeting “in person” again and meeting the challenge of fundraising in the time of Covid-19.  

Immediate Past President – Glen Winn: Glen ‘Captain Book‘ joined Kiwanis in 2006, sponsored by Darwin Bustarde in the San Marcos Club.  He joined the LSM Kiwanis club in September 2018; He stepped up to Presidency the next year 2019.

Secretary – Pat Haugen: – How Long? 12 years since 2008  Who? Don Alexander Like Best?  Service to the community, friendship, fun meetings Hopes? Finding new ways to serve our community and support our club members.  Fun with Zoom!

Treasurer – John Lee: How Long? 7 years Who? Don Alexander  Like Best? Helping the kids of San Marcos area  Hopes?  To get back to normal meetings with lunch at the grill.

 Directors  * Term expires Sept 2021 ** Term expires Sept 2022  

Director* – Don KellerHow Long?  For 21 years (since 1999), Who? brought in by Chuck Barlow. Like Best? Our Marine Christmas party every December.  Hopes? For a financially successful Pancake Breakfast in 2021.     

Director* – Ted MayHow Long? for 20 years. We moved to Lake San Marcos from Arcadia in 1999.  Who? My neighbor Chuck Chubbuck who was the treasurer at the time.  Like Best? Getting to know members on a personal basis and all the projects we get involved with to help others.  Hopes? We should continue with the fundraising we do for scholarships and other programs. In addition, having social programs that include spouses would be great (not a fund raiser}. 

Director** – Jim Alden: How Long? 6 years Who? Tom Curtis in 2015 Like Best? Fellowship, Our youth programs, especially our scholarships for both youth and marines Hopes?  To keep our club viable and relevant during difficult times. I’m hopeful we can soon meet again in person.  However, Zoom has been an alternative that we’ve enjoyed, and for the most part, has been embraced by an average of 20+ members each week.

Director** – Ivan Gillis: How Long? 14 years Who? Fred Folbrecht Like Best? Scholarships Hopes?  Getting back to in-person meetings.

Our newly elected Governor-Elect for Cal-Nev-Ha District Margo Dutton – How Long? I have been in Kiwanis for 34 years,  Joined in Tucson, AZ:  I actually went in search of a club, it was before women were allowed in the organization.  Like Best? I love the service, camaraderie, and our Service Leadership students.  Hopes? That our club continues to grow, that everyone gets involved in our projects, and that we can start meeting in person soon.

Eight of the nine new leaders are returning to the board some in new positions.  Only Mary Harrington is stepping down after serving as a director for the last two Kiwanis years.

Lt. Governor Gina Roberts commended our club for our continued support and service to the community with scholarships and fundraisers.  “I like being with your club and plan to drop in on your virtual or actual meetings whenever I can,” she said.

                Thank you Retiring Leaders for your service to Kiwanis and the community and 

Thank You to our new leaders for stepping into leadership that will continue the great traditions of Kiwanis in Lake San Marcos.

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Kiwanians Who Zoomed In Today – Here are the Kiwanians who zoomed in today; 

Top Row from left: Jim and Linda Alden (zoom hosts), Jerry Mason, Les Hill, Gina Roberts Lt. Gov Division 37, 

Second Row from left: John Gibbs, Cathleen Stevens, Pat Haugen, Art Brown, 

Third Row from left: John Lee, Margo Dutton, Ivan Gillis, Marie Purdy,

 Bottom Row from left: Don Keller, Martha Bozulich, Tom Kumura.

Business Discussion –

Dues are Due – send your annual membership renewal check to Pat Haugen ($140) – put a check in her mailbox or use PayPal.

Key Club News – The Lake San Marcos Club will honor and surprise two Key club advisors in-person: Michelle Presley,  Faculty Advisor for the Mission Hills High School Key Club, and William Zeigler Long-time Faculty Advisor for San Marcos High School Key Club. Both awards were for their dedication to their students.  The Youth Services Award is a $200 donation in their name to the CNH Children’s Fund (Foundation).  The funds will be used to support the Foundation’s causes, including Scholarships, Leadership Development and training, Travel for students, and other programs as needed.

Marine Care Packages – Recently we mailed 136 care boxes to 1st ANGLICO Marines serving overseas. “They should be in soldiers’ hands soon,” said Pat Haugen.  The club is arranging for a Kiwanis banner for the 1st ANGLICO dayroom.

Lining Up For Committee Assignments – New President Art Brown, is forming his committees for the upcoming Kiwanis year which begins in October. For details attend our next meeting.

Our CNH Kiwanis Governor Tim Cunning’s Official Visit was combined with the installation of our new Division 37 Lt. Governor Gina Roberts on Sept 26 at an outdoor private home in Poway.  Margo Dutton was our representative.  About 85 Kiwanians attended.

CRV Recyclables can be dropped off at Gary Edward‘s truck, or call Gary for pick-up.

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Upcoming Speakers (Via Zoom)- (send your ideas to Jerry Mason)

——New Kiwanis Year Begins – Art Brown becomes President——

Oct 6 – Club President Art Brown – Looking Forward to a New Kiwanis Year

Oct 13 – Div 37 Lt Gov Gina Roberts – Outlook for Kiwanis in this area

Oct 20 – Pastor Jim Brown – Ministering to Seniors in These Times

Oct 27 – To Be Determined (working on lining up speakers from our Key Clubs)

Seeking speakers for the four Tuesdays in November.

 

Please try to join us on Tuesdays via zoom.  We are averaging 17-20 for each meeting and would love to see our numbers grow. 

Lake San Marcos Kiwanis (Special Covid-19 Lockdown Newsletter – September 22, 2020  Zoom meeting #23)

Michelle Kuei spoke to us today about the secrets she has learned about overcoming adversity.  

Michelle was tragically forced down an abnormal path at 11 years old when she was struck by a car in her native Taiwan in 1985.

Since then Michelle struggled but she learned to tap into her innate extraordinary resources to embrace, excel, and inspire anyone who has to struggle with the adversity of any type. Michelle lives in San Juan Capistrano. 

Michelle has written a book “Perfectly Normal – an immigrant’s story of making it in America” about her life experiences.

Michelle Kuei Inspires Us About Overcoming Adversity  

 

      Fellow Kiwanians (attendance on Zoom – 19)– Most of us are not mountain climbers, but many of us have physical or psychological mountains to climb in our lives and we are all hunkered down in the COVID mountains these days. Our speaker today, Michelle Kuei (pronounced Kway) inspired us with how she climbs literal and psychological mountains and encouraged us about how we can do the same in our personal struggles.

“In 1985 when I was 11 years old I was just beginning to dream about what my life would be about when I was in a tragic car accident at 11 years old in my native country of Taiwan,” The accident, caused by a car that ran a red light, left Michelle with physical and emotional scars that plagued her for over 30 years. When her body stopped growing after the crash, her mind started racing with how she would never be “normal.” “It wasn’t just that friendships and romance were hard — grocery shopping was near-impossible because things on the shelf were often beyond my reach.”  At that point, she did not think climbing any mountain was ever going to be possible for her…she was facing a very abnormal life.  “After that, I spent four lonely years in rehab when other kids her age were growing up and having fun.” 

About 1.5 million people climb the Inca Trail on a four-day 26-mile trek up to Machu Picchu 14,000 feet up in the Andes Mountains in Peru.  During her long climb back to life, Michelle tapped into her grit and never-quit determination to do what most us could not – she climbed up to Machu Picchu in 2016.  “Sometimes I had to crawl up the steps because they were so far apart, my wrists were killing me most of the way.” (see photos below)

Michelle outlined three key lessons learned from climbing Machu Picchu and by facing the challenges of her life. “Everyone faces adversity, failure, and heartache. The key is how you respond to them.” 

Her three valuable lessons (her ABC’s) are:

  1. Authenticity – Do You Know Yourself, Can You Be True to Yourself?
  2. Bravery – Can You Face Up to Your Challenges Without Fear?
  3. Connection – What Type of Relationships are You Building Around You that are Helping You With Your Struggles?

Michelle told us “In life, we usually don’t get everything we want.  My physical challenge was something I needed to accept. This is how I am and this is who I am. This is how I’m going to look for the rest of my life. I can sit here and not accept it, and keep resisting it, keep feeling sorry for myself, fighting my negative emotions and keep wanting to understand why it has happened to me. I can keep believing I am a victim with a victim’s bitter mindset. Or, I can accept that this has happened. It’s very unfortunate, but it happened. I can accept this is how I look and I can embrace every part of me because there’s something else other than just this in me.  There is something much greater than what we see on the outside. it’s not just what we see externally. It’s what’s going on inside. There’s a light that’s inside each one of us. That’s what we need to embrace.”

 

Now, Michelle Kuei is a certified confidence & leadership coach who helps negative self-talkers to believe in their talents to reach their full potential and to live a fulfilling personal and professional life. Michelle’s speaking career began in 2018, soon after she founded her own coaching company. She is the author of the new memoir, Perfectly Normal – an Immigrant’s Story of Making it in America. She is a board member of the United Nations Association of the USA and a Clinical Pharmacist at USC’s Keck Medical Center. Michelle was born in Taiwan and grew up in New York, but today she lives in Los Angeles with a short-haired brown tabby cat named Buster. If you’re looking for her, odds are good you’ll find her at the gym. Above all her purpose is to inspire others by her honest and courageous life.

       Thank you Michelle for providing real encouragement and inspiration for us all.  Come back to us if you can.

The text of a recent podcast with Michelle is attached as well as a link to the video or her climb up Machu Picchu. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ixekg1tidM&list=PLjkwz8Q61Phf86XVhw8f5QZf1P4HuhFJC&index=3&t=0s&app=desktop

This is how Michelle climbed up Machu Picchu one difficult step after another.

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Kiwanians Who Zoomed In Today – Here are the Kiwanians who zoomed in today; Top Row from left: Jim Alden (zoom host), Jerry Mason, Ivan Gillis, Gordon Bowers, Jim Murphy, Second Row from left: Ron Stone, John Gibbs, Pat Haugen, John Lee, 

Margo Dutton, Third Row from left: Art Brown, Martha Bozulich, Cathleen Stevens, Ted May, Jim Dorschel,

 Bottom Row from left: Victor Manzanilla, Tom Kumura, – Far right – Michelle Kuei Our Great Speaker today.

Business Discussion –

 Marine Care Packages – Recently we mailed 136 care boxes to 1st ANGLICO Marines serving overseas. “They should be in soldiers’ hands in a week or two,” said Pat Haugen. In all, Kiwanis spent about $4300 for this project ($2600 for shipping and $1700 for the items).  The shipping cost is $19 per box. The following Kiwanians contributed time: Pat Haugen, Jim Alden, Margo Dutton, Jerry and Linda Mason, John Lee, Jim Murphy, Glen Winn, and donations of money or care package items came from Linda Allen (Allen Brothers Mortuary), Marie Purdy, Barbara Wales, Ivan Gillis, Jim Meade, Jim Alden, Doris Gannon, Patti Manley, Don Alexander, John Lee, Joe Serrato (community member), Jerry Mason, Jacque McGee, Jim Murphy, Pat Haugen, Tweet Edmunds (community member), Martha Bozulich, and Penny Dorschel (Valley Center club). – Thank you for serving those who are serving us.

Lake San Marco Kiwanis Meeting  9-25-20

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California State University – San Marcos President Dr. Ellen Neufeldt and Christine Lee of CSUSM spoke to us today about how 
our neighbor university of 16,000 students is helping students succeed despite the covid 19 difficulties.
Dr. Neufeldt was just in her CSUSM Presidency for seven months  when Covid changed everyone’s normal lives.
Lake San Marcos Kiwanis (Special Covid-19 Lockdown Newsletter – September 15, 2020  Zoom meeting #22)
Dr. Ellen Neufeldt, President of Cal. State Univ. San Marcos Speaks about Higher Education Now in a Time of Covid
        Fellow Kiwanians (attendance on Zoom – 16)– Close to 19.7 million students are currently attending a university or college in the United States.  However, since most universities have not been able to have in-person classes, the vast majority of American college students are now only attending class virtually online.
       Such is the case for the 16,000 students attending our neighbor university – California State University at San Marcos (CSUSM).  Dr. Ellen Neufeldt became the 4th President of CSUSM last summer and was moving forward with great plans to help students succeed when Covid-19 threw us all for a loop this March. “I was only seven months into my Presidency when Covid-19 changed things very rapidly; almost overnight most everything we did went virtual and online,” she said. Nevertheless, Dr. Neufeldt and her staff (which includes Christine Lee, (Community Outreach and Communications for CSUSM) who was also in attendance today at our zoom meeting.)  Still, 8% of their classes are currently on campus and around 250 students are living on campus (primarily foreign students).
 Dr. Neufeldt told us how CSUSM is still working hard to do what they can to help students succeed. She told us about efforts around four main goal areas: 
  • 1) Helping students succeed, 
  • 2) Innovation, 
  • 3) Helping Military students succeed,  She told us that CSUSM has the most military students of any of the Cal. State Universities.
  • 4) Planning for the future.  

Surveys show that students learn best by doing.” she said. She also told us they are diligently trying to involve the community in connection with CSUSM. “Higher Education everywhere will be different for awhile and we are not planning on going to in-person classes through next spring but we are still optimistic that we will be helping our students succeed even in these difficult times.”  She also told us they have started an Engineering program at CSUSM.

          “We will be looking for more ways to collaborate and connect with community groups like Kiwanis who care about helping young people succeed as we do.” 
Thank you Dr. Neufeldt and Christine for your visit, we look forward to more connections as our new future unfolds.
Dr. Neufeldt’s bio is attached.

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Kiwanians Who Zoomed In Today – Here are the Kiwanians who zoomed in today;Top Row from left: Jim and Linda Alden (zoom hosts), Jerry Mason, Ivan Gillis, Cathleen Stevens, Second Row from left:Christine Lee (Comm. Relations CSUSM, our guest today), Margo Dutton, Gordon Bowers,Dr. Ellen Neufeldt President CSUSM, Our speaker today. Third Row from left:
John Gibbs, Martha Bozulich, John Lee, Pat Haugen.Bottom Row from left: Marie Purdy, Steve Hinze, Art Brown, Jim Murphy.
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Business Discussion –
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Many Kiwanians helped get 136 care boxes to soldiers like this above.
🔔 Marine Care Project Update –   On Monday the last of 136 care boxes for 1st ANGLICO Marines was shipped overseas. “They should be in soldiers’ hands in a week or two,” said Pat Haugen. In all, we spent about $4300 for this project ($2600 for shipping and $1700 for the items).  Shipping cost is $19 per box. The following Kiwanians contributed time: Pat Haugen, Jim Alden, Margo Dutton, Jerry and Linda Mason, John Lee, Jim Murphy,Glen Winn, and donations of money or care package items came from Linda Allen (Allen Brothers Mortuary), Marie Purdy, Barb Wales, Ivan Gillis, Jim Meade, Jim Alden, Doris Gannon, Patti Manley, Don Alexander, John Lee, Joe Serrato (community member), Jerry Mason, Jacque McGee, Jim Murphy, Pat Haugen, Tweet Edmunds (community member), Martha Bozulich, and Penny Dorschel (Valley Center club).
— Thank you for serving those who are serving us.
 
🔔The Installation ceremony for our new slate of club officers is scheduled for September 29. Our Governor Tim Cunning’s Official Visit will be combined with installation of our new Division 37 Lt. Governor Gina Roberts on Sept 26 at an outdoor venue in Poway.  Margo Dutton tells us the event is still a “go”.  Hoped for attendance is 100 – 53 have signed up so far.
 
🔔CRV Recyclables can be dropped off at Gary Edward‘s truck, or call Gary for pick-up. 
 
🔔Key Club News – Lynne Do (Lt Gov. Key Club)  is looking for chaperones for two events this month, one being our Regional Training Conference (RTC) on September 19 and the other being our DCM on the 26. For both events, we will need Kiwanians to join our Zoom call and oversee the meetings to ensure that Key Clubbers are following SafeKEY policies. We are expected to have 1 chaperone for every 10 Key Clubbers, and would greatly appreciate any help! We have not sent out the signup form for the DCM yet, but the signup form for the RTC is linked below: Region Training Conference (RTC) Sign Up: https://forms.gle/dy7BUxfCLCCXN1Vf6.
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Upcoming Speakers – (send your ideas to Jerry Mason)
Sep 22  Michelle Kuei, life coach, Overcoming adversity and change
Sep 29  Club Officer Installation  Installing officers for 2020-2021, and thanking officers of 2019-2020, Div 37 guests: Natali Galt & Gina Roberts 
——New Kiwanis Year Begins – Art Brown becomes President——
Oct 6  Club President Art Brown
Oct 13 Div 37 Lt Gov Gina Roberts
Seeking speakers for the October 20 and October 27 meeting dates.  
 
Please try to join us on Tuesday’s.  We are averaging 17-20 for each meeting and would love to see our numbers grow. 
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Stay Safe, Stay Sane, Stay Connected – Kiwanis serves, even in times like these. – Jerry Mason

Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Newsletter – September 8, 2020 – Promoting Agricultural Awareness

Rob Gaebe and David Drucker spoke to us today about increasing agricultural awareness in schools.  
Rob is the recently retired leader of Future Farmers of America in San Marcos High – David works with an organization associated with the California Farm Bureau. 
Lake San Marcos Kiwanis (Special Covid-19 Lockdown Newsletter – September 8, 2020  Zoom meeting #21)
Rob Gaebe and David Drucker Speak about Increasing
Agricultural Awareness in Our Youth and Community
        Fellow Kiwanians (attendance on Zoom – 19)Currently, the world’s farmers produce enough food to feed 1.5x the global population. That’s enough tofeed 10 billion (we are currently at 7.6 billion population).  However, estimates are that by 2050 the world’s farmers will have 9 billion people to feed; so crop production will need to increase between 60 and 100 percent to keep the world fed. 
      Two local leaders are working to be sure the world – or at least our communities – are aware of and appreciate farmers and agriculture. “I’m a licensed crop advisor,” said David Drucker, “and I want to give back to the community by working with students in the classroom.  I want to instill love for agriculture in the next generation of farmers and consumers.” 
      David works with Rob Gaebe on the San Diego AG in the classroom project which began in 2004. They give grants to start school gardens and other agriculture-related projects.  Since it began they have given out 146 grants worth $130,000. “Last year we gave out 13 grants to schools in San Diego County,” said Gaebe.  Grants ranged from $500 to $1000 each. Gaebe also told us they sponsor a “food and flower happy hour” (a teacher resource fair) at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. 
       Nowadays we are working around the covid-related problems such as schools being closed and social-distancing by conducting virtual field trips around the following agricultural activities:
🔔Chapparal Honey & Beekeeping 
🔔Olive Hill Greenhouses
🔔Del Rey Avocado Production.
          “In the near future we will have more people to feed and less arable land, that is why encouraging young farmers today is important for tomorrow,” said Gaebe.The hardest thing for Kevin and I encounter is not being able to fund a worthwhile project because we just don’t have the funds.”  Anyone wishing to contribute to this worthwhile program should contact them atsdaitc.orgThank you Rob and David for interest in our agricultural future.   

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Kiwanians Who Zoomed In Today – Here are the Kiwanians who zoomed in today;Top Row from left: Jim Alden (zoom host), Jerry Mason, Pat Haugen, Glen Winn, Rob Gaebe (our speaker today),Second Row from left: David Drucker (our speaker today), Margo Dutton, Marie Purdy, John Gibbs, John Lee.Third Row from left:Martha Bozulich, Don Keller, Art Brown, Ivan Gillis, Gordon Bowers.Bottom Row from leftTed May, Jim Murphy, Paul Wright.                                                                                                                                                              ——-                                                                                                                                                                          ————— 

Business Matters Discussed 
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LInda Mason, Pat Haugen and Margo Dutton are among the many Kiwanians who supported our efforts to send care boxes to Marines overseas.
🔔 Marine Care Project Update –   To date we have packed and prepared about 100 of the 136 care boxes we plan to send to 1st ANGLICO Marines serving overseas.  We are currently waiting for about 36 more boxes to complete the packing and shipping. Pat estimates the shipments will go out soon. In all, we will spend about $4300 for this project ($2600 for shipping and $1700 for the items).  Shipping cost is $19 per box. So far several Kiwanians have contributed either funds or time or both. Marine Sergeant Major Jeremy Black of 1st ANGLICO requested that we send these boxes and we are glad to oblige.
🔔Board Meeting Held Today after this meeting: – The main results of this meeting are: Board decisions:
🔔 San Marcos Holiday Parade usually held in December is canceled for this year due to COVID-19.
🔔 Our Annual Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser will be delayed in 2021 until after Easter or maybe September 2021.  Co-chairs will be John Gibbs and John Lee.
🔔The Installation ceremony for our new slate of club officers is scheduled for September 29. Our Governor Tim Cunning’s Official Visit will be combined with installation of our new Division 37 Lt. Governor Gina Roberts on Sept 26 at an outdoor venue in Poway.  However, Jim Alden mentioned that Kiwanian from another club is wondering if the Kiwanis plan for this meeting might be in conflict with recent governmental directions pertaining to gatherings….Jim and Pat are investigating this matter.
🔔Recent DCM – Pat Haugen, Margo Dutton, Art Brown attended via zoom. Lake San Marcos Kiwanis dues will remain the same – $140 annually, $50 – Family Associate membership.  Pat will be sending out statements soon.  4 ways to pay: – Mail Pat a check, Pay Pal, VenMo (on your phone), or through your bank.    
🔔CRV Recyclables can be dropped off at Gary Edward‘s truck, or call Gary for pick-up. 
🔔Key Club News – Lynne Do (Lt Gov. Key Club)  is looking for chaperones for two events this month, one being our Regional Training Conference (RTC) on September 19 and the other being our DCM on the 26. For both events, we will need Kiwanians to join our Zoom call and oversee the meetings to ensure that Key Clubbers are following SafeKEY policies. We are expected to have 1 chaperone for every 10 Key Clubbers, and would greatly appreciate any help! We have not sent out the signup form for the DCM yet, but the signup form for the RTC is linked below: Region Training Conference (RTC) Sign Up: https://forms.gle/dy7BUxfCLCCXN1Vf6.
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Upcoming Speakers – (send your ideas to Jerry Mason)
Sep 15 – Dr. Ellen Nuefeldt – President, University of California San Marcos – Higher Education Now
Sep 22  Michelle Kuei, life coach, Overcoming adversity and change
Sep 29  Club Officer Installation  installing officers for 2020-2021, and thanking officers of 2019-2020
Seeking speakers for the meeting dates in October.
Please try to join us on Tuesday’s.  We are averaging 17-20 for each meeting and would love to see our numbers grow. 
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Stay Safe, Stay Sane, Stay Connected – Kiwanis serves, even in times like these. – Jerry Mason

Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Newsletter – September 1, 2020 – Updates on San Marcos Creek Project

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Isaac Etchamendy, Susanne Bankhead, and Ariano Avila-Arango gave us an excellent update on the progress of the two year San Marcos Creek Project.
This is the largest project the City of San Marcos has ever had.  They last spoke to us when the project was starting in January of this year.
Lake San Marcos Kiwanis (Special Covid-19 Lockdown Newsletter – September 1, 2020  Zoom meeting #20)
Isaac Etchamendy, Susanne Bankhead, & Ariana Avila-Arango
Provide an Update on San Marcos Creek Project
Fellow Kiwanians (attendance on Zoom – 22)– Three key people working on the San Marcos Creek Project, Isaac Etchamendy, Susanne Bankhead, and Ariana Avila-Arango, gave us an excellent update on the San Marcos Creek Project.  Using excellent state of the art visualizations, they showed us what the San Marcos Creek area will look like after the 2 year project is completed.“We’ve accomplished a lot and are on schedule so far,”said Etchamendy“Public support and compliance has been very good.”  So far they have basically been working on the foundational work for the Bent Avenue Bridge, Bent avenue has been closed now for several weeks. The overall goals are to eliminate or reduce flooding issues, provide better infrastructure (2 bridges, wider roads, sidewalks, trails, parks) and restore wildlife habitat. Via Vera Cruz is still open, bridge construction work there will begin in a few months. 
          “This is the largest project San Marcos has ever had, a 104 million dollar investment in our community,” said Bankhead.  They have been doing regular and very helpful communications about the project all along.  They even encountered an endangered bird (Least Bell’s Vireo)in their recent work in the area.
Thank you for your informative updates – we look forward to more as the project progresses.  
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        Here are some of the visuals they used to give us their update.

 

Thanks for speaking to us on short notice.

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Kiwanians Who Zoomed In Today – Here are the Kiwanians who zoomed in today;Top Row from left: Jim Alden (zoom host), Jerry Mason, Cathleen Stevens, Gordon Bowers, Ron Stone,Second Row from left:John Gibbs, Art Brown, Marie Purdy, Jim Murphy, Pat Haugen.Third Row from left:Tom Kumura, Ivan Gillis, Isaac Etchemendy, Margo Dutton, John Lee. Bottom Row from leftJacque McGee, Susanne Bankhead(not in picture – Glen Winn, Julia Woods, Paul Wright, Steve Hinze. Ariana Avila-Arango)                                                                                                                                                              ———————- 

Business Discussion –
🔔 Marine Care Project Update –   More progress was made in our goal to send care packages to 136 Marines and Sailors (through 1st ANGLICO).  Pat and Jim are working on the logistics of packing and shipping these boxes of needed supplies.  In all we will spend about $4300 for this project ($2600 for shipping and $1700 for the items).  Shipping cost is $19 per box. The first 50 boxes should be ready for delivery to the Post Office next week. Many of our members have contributed money and time for this worthwhile project. Anyone wanting to help pack these boxes should contact Pat Haugen.
🔔The Installation ceremony for our new slate of club officers will be held on September 29. Our Governor Tim Cunning’s Official Visit will be combined with installation of our new Division 37 Lt. Governor Gina Roberts on Sept 26 at an outdoor venue in Poway.
🔔CRV Recyclables can be dropped off at Gary Edward‘s truck, or call Gary for pick-up. 
🔔Key Club News – Lynne Do (Lt Gov. Key Club)  is looking for chaperones for two events this month, one being our Regional Training Conference (RTC) on September 19 and the other being our DCM on the 26. For both events, we will need Kiwanians to join our Zoom call and oversee the meetings to ensure that Key Clubbers are following SafeKEY policies. We are expected to have 1 chaperone for every 10 Key Clubbers, and would greatly appreciate any help! We have not sent out the signup form for the DCM yet, but the signup form for the RTC is linked below: Region Training Conference (RTC) Sign Up: https://forms.gle/dy7BUxfCLCCXN1Vf6.
🔔Tom Kumura is running to retain his Director position on the Palomar Health Board.
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Upcoming Speakers – (send your ideas to Jerry Mason)
Sep 8   Rob Gaebe and David Drucker, Creating on-line lessons for teachers in science, agriculture and environmental issues
Sep 15 – Dr. Ellen Nuefeldt – President, University of California San Marcos – Higher Education Now
Sep 22  Michelle Kuei, life coach, Overcoming adversity and change
Sep 29  Club Officer Installation  installing officers for 2020-2021, and thanking officers of 2019-2020
Seeking speakers for the meeting dates in October.
Please try to join us on Tuesday’s.  We are averaging 17-20 for each meeting and would love to see our numbers grow. 
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Stay Safe, Stay Sane, Stay Connected – Kiwanis serves, even in times like these. – Jerry Mason

San Marcos Kiwanis Newsletter – August 25, 2020 – Zoom – Wise Investing in Turbulent Times

Tim Miller of BlackRock Financial gave us an excellent overview of the many variables at play concerning investing during these turbulent times.
Tim is a friend of our own Victor Manzanilla – thank you Tim and Victor.
Lake San Marcos Kiwanis (Special Covid-19 Lockdown Newsletter – August 25, 2020  Zoom meeting #19)
Wise Investing in Turbulent Times – Tim Miller – Blackrock Financial
Fellow Kiwanians (attendance on Zoom – 20)– Tim Miller of Blackrock Financial spoke to us about how the Covid 19 pandemic has reshaped the economic landscape of our country and our world.  “We see the coronavirus shock as akin to a large-scale natural disaster that severely disrupts activity in the near term, but eventually results in an economic recovery. Economies are slowly restarting, but at different paces. The longer it takes for activity to restart, the more cracks might appear in the financial system,” he said.   Tim was the invited speaker and friend of member Victor Manzanilla. Tim spoke to us about 4 aspects that BlackRock Financial is followingPublic Health, Policy Response, The Election, and U.S. China Tensions.  He went into detail about the U.S. wealth market outlook for the third Quarter of 2020 as affected by each of these aspects.  “It is a time when many things are at play at the same time and when multiple possibilities are being analyzed.  This is a period of flux requiring careful planning, financially and otherwise.”

        For more details click on the attached pdf file of the powerpoint and follow the slides of Tim’s presentation.

Thanks for speaking to us Tim, come back again – Thanks for inviting him Victor.

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Margo Dutton Elected as Kiwanis Governor Elect for Our Cal-Nev-Ha District
Our Own Margo Dutton was recently elected to be the Governor-Elect of the three state Cal-Nev-Ha District 
which includes all theKiwanis clubs and all the Kiwanis members in the three state district. 
She will begin serving as Governor-elect this October and will step into the Governor’s role a year from now in October 2021. 

 

   Way to Go Margo!!!!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ———————- 

Business Discussion –
🔔Guest today:  Sharon Phillipe, former member of Mission Viejo Kiwanis Club.
🔔 Marine Care Project Update –   Additional needs are checks to cover the postage.  We (Jim Alden, John Lee, Jim Murphy and I) have begun packing the 136 care packages.  We hope to finish next week.  Thank you to Tweet Edmonds and MHHS Key Club members for writing notes to go in each package.
🔔The Installation ceremony for our new slate of club officers will be held on September 29. Our Governor Tim Cunning’s Official Visit will be combined with installation of our new Division 37 Lt. Governor Gina Roberts on Sept 26 at an outdoor venue in Poway.
🔔CRV Recyclables can be dropped off at Gary Edward‘s truck, or call Gary for pick-up. 
 Upcoming Speakers – (send your ideas to Jerry Mason)
Sep 1 – To Be Determined (meaning we are working on it)
Sep 8   Rob Gaebe, Creating on-line lessons for teachers in science, agriculture and environmental issues
Sep 15 – Dr. Ellen Nuefeldt – President, Univ. of California San Marcos – Higher Education Now
Sep 22  Michelle Kuei, life coach, Overcoming adversity and change
Sep 29  Club Officer Installation
Please try to join us on Tuesday’s.  We are averaging 17-20 for each meeting and would love to see our numbers grow. 
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Stay Safe, Stay Sane, Stay Connected – Kiwanis serves, even in times like these. – Jim Alden and Jerry Mason

Kiwanis Newsletter 8/18

If you’re a crook you better watch out.  Anna Winn, Deputy District Attorney, in the North County Office spoke to us about a variety of things currently facing her office as we navigate through Covid-19.  I’ve tried to capture some or most of what Anna shared with us this past Tuesday.  Bottom line – the crooks are still out there committing crimes, they are just being handled a bit differently. 
Those attending today’s meeting were – Glen Winn, Pat Haugen, Art Brown, Steve Hinze, Marie Purdy, John Gibbs, Jim Murphy, John Lee, Gordon Bowers, Margo Dutton, Tom Kumura, Paul Wright, Cathleen Stevens, Irma Gonzalez Div 37E Key Club, and your host and scribe, Jim Alden.
We were treated to an outstanding presentation (without any slides from Anna), so I had to bone up on my shorthand.  Before we jump into Anna’s presentation, let’s all take a minute, if you haven’t done so already, to congratulate our new Governor-Elect, Margo Dutton.  Margo was elected on Saturday.  We are all very proud of her. Go Margo!!
Anna’s Presentation:
According to Anna, the District Attorney’s Office is limping along.  Since March 13th, they have mostly been working from home. Prisoner appearance dates are a challenge because they must appear in front of a judge within a specific time frame.  So some are spending extra time in jail because their cases are not being heard.  Time in jail will go towards their pending jail sentence.  Technology has allowed some in custody to appear via Microsoft Teams software.  The person in custody, the DA’s office, Judge, and the Defense Attorney are all able to be present online. This can only be done for certain detainees as some cells don’t have the technology to allow for online access.  There are thousands of cases ready to go to the Vista Courthouse. Four courtrooms are available, but not nearly enough to support the caseload.
Anna indicated that jurors are also on hold.  If you do get a summons, you most likely don’t need to report.  But, to be safe follow any instructions on the summons.  The next opportunity for jury trials to begin is September 17th, but Anna has her doubts that will be a reality.  There are jury trials that have been on hold for months.  It may be a good strategy to plead guilty and start counting your time served?
Anna predominantly prosecutes property crimes. Some offenders bail has been set to zero to keep the numbers down in jail.  Helps to mitigate risks, especially with Covid.  Fraud cases seem to be as prevalent as always.  Be aware of the following:
  • Calls regarding your stimulus check
  • Gift cards
  • iTunes purchase with a reward if you return the card
  • Bitcoin scams
And, you will never receive legitimate calls from the IRS, FTB, or Medicare.  Beware – there’s a new one out there – A romance scam called Plenty of Fish (has required that a task force be assembled).  Sorry people playing on your trust. Don’t send money to anyone you don’t know.  Also, please be careful of anyone taking over your computer.  This is called Ransomware. It may freeze up or there may be a broadcast message that nothing should be done on your computer prior to calling a particular number.  Interestingly enough, if you send money to these people, they will unlock your computer, and if caught, they offer the line – they are selling a security awareness service.
Thank you Anna for a wonderful presentation.  You are welcome back any time.  I’m sure the crooks will continue to get more sophisticated.
Health Report:
Dick Birkenstock is moving to Silvergate as his Parkinson’s has progressed.  Once settled he would like to have visitors.  Kitty Tilton passed away three weeks ago.  She was a long time member and living with family in Denton, Texa.  Also, Jack Bloes passed away approximately two months ago. Jack was also a long time member of the club. Don Alexander is doing much better and Dan Worrells is going to help him with his new computer so he can join us on one of our Zoom meetings.
What’s New:
Tom Kumura reported that cases of Covid are decreasing and ICU beds are down to 25 at Palomar Health.  Members and friends of Kiwanis, please access Tom’s website and support his run for director of the Palomar Health Systems Board of Directors.  His site address is: https://www.tomkforph.com/   – And, Art Brown’s son is off to college where he’s expected to undertake a hybrid form of learning this semester.
CRV Recyclables can be dropped off at Gary Edward‘s truck, or call Gary for pick-up.
Irma Gonzalez from Key Club Div 37E reported that they had their Division Council Meeting jointly with Div 37N via Zoom last Saturday.  They have accomplished 2916 service hours of their goal of 6000 hours.  They have raised $708 for Pediatric Trauma Program of the their goal of $4500.
Marine Care Project Update – So far we collected over $1100 from members Alden, Meade, Gillis, Gannon, Manley, Alexander, Lee, Mason and McGee, and community supported Joe Serrato.  Product donations have been received from Linda Allen, Penny Dorschel, Tweet Edmonds, Glen Winn, Ivan Gillis, Pat Haugen, Doris Gannon, Patti Manley, Barbara Wales, Marie Purdy, John Lee, and Martha Bozulich.  Additional needs are shampoo, body wash, razors, shaving creme, and laundry pods.
Upcoming Speakers –
Aug 25 Tim Miller, BlackRock Financial, asset management firm
Sep 8   Rob Gaebe, Creating on-line lessons for teachers in science, agriculture and environmental issues
Sep 22  Michelle Kuei, life coach, Overcoming adversity and change
Sep 29  Club Officer Installation
Please try to join us on Tuesday’s.  We are averaging 17-20 for each meeting and would love to see our numbers grow. 

Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Newsletter – August 11, 2020  Zoom meeting #17)

Fellow Kiwanians and guests (attendance on Zoom – 21) – This past Tuesday we were treated to an outstanding presentation by Penny Pongun and Charlene Vick.  Lots to think about as the aging process occurs. Above are two of the slides that we should all pay particular attention to. I must admit – filling in for Jerry is not my strong suit as I failed to take the copious notes that he takes during a meeting/presentationThere were lots of great questions, and Art Brown furnished some additional insight in other areas that were pertinent to the discussion. 
                                                                         
Business Discussion –  The following Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Business matters were discussed, and the 1st ANGLICO project is still ongoing.  Any support you can offer is appreciated.  We have made great progress in securing items and kudos go out to Jerry Mason, Barbara Wales, Doris Gannon, John Lee, Glen Winn, Ivan Gillis, Patti Manley, Marie Purdy, Linda Allen,  (who contributed beyond expectations), and others that donated to our foundation to help with this special project. The details below are still pertinent.  We have revised the numbers below as there are approximately 140 packages that will be assembled.  We need your donations. Please call Jim Alden or Pat Haugen for details on how you can help:
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🔔   Marine Care Packages Needed – 1st ANGLICO Sgt. Major Jeremy Black is seeking some volunteers to supply care packages for Marines and Sailors currently deployed “They are running out of some supplies below and would love it if some care packages could be sent their way.” 
 Our sponsored Marine unit 1st ANGLICO has asked our liaison, Ivan Gillis, if we could send care packages to deployed marines and sailors to lift their spirits and gift them with personal items that are in short supply in their ship’s store.  Jim Alden will coordinate this effort to pack and mail 140 care packages. Timeline:  assemble boxes and ship within two weeks.  Let us know what you have (we’ll take potluck), then deliver your donated items to Jim Alden or Pat Haugen.  The care boxes will be assembled with approximate equity and labeled for each of the 140 marines and sailors. Suggested items: toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, body wash, snack items, electrolyte drink mixes, protein bars, shaving cream, razors, laundry detergent pods.   We also need ziplock bags.  Write a personal greeting or note to include.  Do not include baby wipes or hand sanitizer as these are banned by USPS during COVID-19 and considered contraband on the Naval ships.  If you would like to donate money to cover the cost of mailing the care packages ($18.45 to mail one care package) or the cost of purchasing some of the items in bulk, mail or drop off a check to:  LSM Kiwanis Club Foundation, c/o Pat Haugen, 1511 San Pablo Dr, San Marcos, CA.  Alternatively, if you want to use Paypal, Go to paypal.me/LSMKiwanis and type in the amount you would like to donate.  Any donations received above the needed amount for this project will go into the general Foundation fund.   It is estimated that we will provide around 140 packages and mailing will cost around $2600. 
🔔 Margo Dutton is competing to win election as District Governor Elect.     Go Margo Go!!
Saturday, Aug 15 noon Inter-club Virtual Luncheon Session 
live-streamed today on Facebook 1:30 pm Special House of Delegates vote  Facebook

Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Newsletter – August 4, 2020 – Charlotte Fan – Meals on Wheels

Charlotte Fan and John Lee work together to help seniors remain independent. 

Today Charlotte Fan gave us an overview of how Meals on Wheels is serving over 427,000 meals to 3,000 clients in North County.

John Lee has been delivering meals on wheels to seniors in our area for 6 years – two times a week.

Lake San Marcos Kiwanis (Special Covid-19 Lockdown Newsletter – August 4, 2020  Zoom meeting #16) 

Meals on Wheels Supports Independence for Seniors 

          Fellow Kiwanians (attendance on Zoom – 21) – Even before Covid hit, it has been a challenge for seniors to maintain their independence. Nowadays it is doubly challenging. “Our demand for meals has doubled recently,” said Charlotte Fan North County Manager for Meals on Wheels. “At the same time we have lost many of our regular volunteers who deliver meals to over 3,000 seniors in North County.”  “We need more volunteers,” she said. “We deliver daily from 10:30 to 1 in fifteen communities in North County.  In pre-covid times each route served 8 to 12 clients but now we have increased it to about 15-20 clients for each route.” 

John Lee has been delivering to local clients for six years. “None of the original people on my delivery list are still with me,” he said. The people who I meet are generally healthy, they just need a little help to get by.  I have fun chatting with people I would not ordinarily meet…I look forward to it every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month.”

      Charlotte Fan has been with Meals on Wheels for 21 years…for most of those years our Kiwanis club has generously supported the great work they do day in and day out with our annual giving.

Here are a few key facts about Meals on Wheels taken from her presentation on August 4: 

427,173 meals served (2019) – more in 2020

3,150 clients served – 47% live alone – 43% are over 85 – 27 over 100 – oldest client is 107 – oldest volunteer is 100. (clients must be over 60)

1,227 veterans/spouses have been served (41% of all meals served).

Home Delivered meals Monday Mondays thru Saturdays (incl holidays) (10:30 – 1) – Routes in the following communities: Bonsall, Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitis/Cardiff, Escondido, Fallbrook, Oceanside, Poway, Rancho Santa Fe, Carmel Valley/Penasquitos, San Marcos, Solana Beach, Valley Center, Vista. ,

116 routes (67 on weekend) – Each Route contains 15-20 clients.

Meals on Wheels has been serving seniors for 60 years.

One meal per day costs $4; two meals per day costs $7 (they have a sliding scale for costs if needed)

Pet food – 11.5 tons of pet food delivered in 2019

Ever Growing Need – people 75 and over are fastest-growing segment of our population – The 65+ segment of our population is projected to increase 123% to 742,842 (which is 4 times faster than the population as a whole)

Meals on Wheels does not rely on federal or state funding – anyone interested in donating or volunteering should contact:

https://www.meals-on-wheels.org/give

“Thank you Charlotte for your years of service to seniors in our community,” said President Glen Winn.  “We look forward to many more years partnering with you in your excellent work.”

Here are some of the key facts that Charlotte talked to us about today.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ———————- 

Business Discussion –  The following Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Business matters were

discussed:

Marine Care Packages Needed – 1st Anglico Sgt. Major Jeremy Black is seeking some volunteers to supply care packages for Marines and Sailors currently deployed “They are running out of some supplies below and would love it if some care packages could be sent their way.”

Our sponsored Marine unit 1st ANGLICO has asked our liaison, Ivan Gillis, if we could send care packages to deployed marines and sailors to lift their spirits and gift them with personal items that are in short supply in their ship’s store.  Jim Alden will coordinate this effort to pack and mail 95 care packages. Timeline:  assemble boxes and ship within two weeks.  Let us know what you have (we’ll take potluck), then Deliver your donated items to Jim Alden or Pat Haugen.  The care boxes will be assembled with approximate equity and labeled for each of the 95 marines and sailors. Suggested items: toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, body wash, snack items, electrolyte drink mixes, protein bars, shaving cream, razors, laundry detergent pods.  Magazines, branded pens.  We also need ziplock bags.  Greeting cards, notes would be welcome.  Do not include baby wipes or hand sanitizer as these are banned by USPS during covid-19 and considered contraband on the Naval ships.  If you would like to donate money to cover the cost of mailing the care packages ($18.45 to mail one care package) or the cost of purchasing some of the items in bulk, mail or drop off a check to LSM Kiwanis Club Foundation, c/o Pat Haugen, 1511 San Pablo Dr, San Marcos, CA.  Alternatively, if you want to use Paypal, Go to paypal.me/LSMKiwanis and type in the amount you would like to donate.  Any donations received above the needed amount for this project will go into the general Foundation fund.   It is estimated that we will provide around 100 packages and mailing will cost around $1700. 

Pat Haugen – talked about the cancellation of the District Convention in Reno in August but reminded members that virtual Education Sessions will be conducted on Friday, August 14 via zoom. The election will be held (viewable on Facebook) the same day.  We are talking about returning to normal meeting activities – such as the Finemaster – where we can take advantage of free use of Pay Pal.   Pat also mentioned that Kiwanis has waived initiation fees through the end of September.

Margo Dutton/Pat Haugen – Reported on how the election for officers will be handled now that our District Convention has been canceled (was to be Aug 14-15 in Reno, NV) – Margo is competing to win election as District Governor-Elect. She said 117 Kiwanis leaders (all above the Club level) will be allowed to vote on August 14 via zoom. The event will be live-streamed via Facebook.   Go Margo Go!!

Margo Dutton the Mask Maker – Margo has made beautiful masks for her District Governor-Elect campaign. If you would like mask(s), meet her tomorrow, Wednesday 3 pm, at the St Mark Golf Club parking lot, 1750 San Pablo Drive.

Natali Galt – The Installation ceremony for our new slate of officers will be held on September 29 Our Governor’s Official Visit will be combined with the installation of our new Division 37 Lt. Governor Gina Roberts on Sept 26 at the San Marcos Civic Center.  A prize will be awarded to the club with the most new members during covid-19 lockdown.  Natali Galt (our current Lt. Governor) hopes this meeting can be held live, but we will see.  This will be her last event as Lt. Governor for her term.

 Jerry Mason and Jim Alden – asked Members for help in locating speakers for upcoming meetings in September.  Since we are resuming having weekly speakers, speakers are rather hard to find these days.

Here is the speakers schedule for the remaining three meetings in August:

August 11 – Penny Pongun (an associate of Charlene Vick) – Windward Life Care – topic of interest to be determined.

August 18 – Anna Winn – San Diego District Attorney’s Office – Consumer fraud during covid – this meeting will start at 11:30 – Anna will speak at noon.

August 25 – Tim Miller of BlackRock Financial (an associate of Victor Manzanilla) – a market update since Covid outbreak.

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Kiwanians Who Zoomed In Today – Here are the Kiwanians who zoomed in today; Top Row from left: Jim & Linda Alden (zoom host), Jerry Mason, Charlotte Fan – Meals on Wheels (our speaker), Pat Haugen. Second Row from left: John Gibbs, Cathleen Stevens, Ivan Gillis, Marie Purdy. Third Row from left: Ron Stone, Jacque McGee, Glen Winn, John Lee. Fourth Row from left: Paul Wright, Martha Bozulich, Gordon Bowers, Victor Manzanilla (welcome back Victor). Bottom Row: Tom Kumura, Margo Dutton, Lynne Do – Lt Gov. Div 37 Key Club, Don Keller, Mary Harrington.

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NEXT Zoom Meeting – Jim Alden will host another zoom meeting like this one next week. – Aug 11, 11 AM – Penny Pongun Care Manager Windward Life Carediscuss a topic of interest to the group – This will be our 16th Zoom Meeting – Pat will send out an e-mail about how to sign in to the meeting. For those who did not attend, zooming is easy.  Be sure to check in for our next Zoom Meeting Tuesday, Aug. 11 at 11:00 am, look for the zoom invite in your e-mail. 

Contact Jim Alden if you need help…we want to see you at our zoom meetings.

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Note: Jerry Mason will be on vacation in Oregon visiting family and friends from Aug. 11 – 25, so Jim Alden will step up (as he always does) to be the newsletter editor for the next three meetings in August.

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Stay Safe, Stay Sane, Stay Connected – Kiwanis serves, even in times like these. – Jerry Mason

Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Newsletter – July 28, 2020 – Dr. Omar Khawaja – Fighting the Pandemic

Palomar Medical Center here in North County is at the forefront of the battle with Covid-19 in our area. 

Today Dr. Omar Khawaja, Palomar’s Chief Medical Officer, gave us a full account of that battle waged by him and his 4000 medical “soldiers”

The painting of Palomar Hospital was done by Jerry Mason when he was a volunteer at that hospital a few years ago.

Lake San Marcos Kiwanis (Special Covid-19 Lockdown Newsletter – July 28, 2020  Zoom meeting #15) 

Dr. Omar Khawaja Tells Us of Palomar’s Battle with Covid-19

          Fellow Kiwanians (attendance on Zoom – 17) – It seems that every hospital in the nation is at the forefront of our battle with the Covid-19 pandemic. Today at our zoom meeting Palomar Medical Center’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Omar Khawaja gave us a detailed insider account of that battle to date.

        

Dr. Omar Khawaja was named Chief Medical Officer for Palomar Health in 2018.  Dr. Khawaja currently oversees the Interventional Platform and Physician Development for the Organization and is a member of the Executive Team. He received his Doctor of Medicine Degree from the University of California San Francisco, completed his residency at the Harvard School of Medicine and earned his Master of Business Administration degree from Pepperdine University. Dr. Khawaja began his medical career in Anesthesiology with Anesthesia Consultants of California Medical Group in 2009 and continues to practice with the group.  Dr. Khawaja resides in San Diego with his wife and two children.

Dr. Omar’s presentation was full of informative slides and information (some of which are captured in the images below).

Here are a few of his quotes about Palomar’s battle with Covid-19: 

“We had our first covid patient in February and began the shutdown of non-covid services in March and April losing about 50% of our normal business.”

“We did not experience the great surge in patients that we feared.  We put in a ton of work for an eventuality that never occurred.”

“Our peak covid numbers in the spring were around 30 – Our Poway campus became Covid free and was then dedicated to more normal business.”

“Recently numbers have spiked up a bit to around 40 with 1/4 on ventilators. People over 65 are still in the highest risk category.

“For a while now, we have been living in two worlds – one to fight covid and the other to handle the normal medical issues any hospital faces.”

“What frustrated me most was at times we were not able to provide the safety equipment for my staff that I would have preferred because such equipment was in short supply.” 

“We are finding that the spread from people who are asymptomatic is not as great as from those who show symptoms – so we are focusing more on treating those who show symptoms.” 

“I don’t have a crystal ball but we have to prepare for the worst-case scenario, meaning the fall could be worse given that it is the traditional flu season. It is our job to keep people – patients and our staff – safe for as long as necessary.”   

 

Dr. Omar Thank you for your excellent report to us today and for your tireless leadership in our collective battle against Covid-19.   Come back to us when you have more victories to celebrate.    The presentation was arranged by our own Tom Kumura who is on the Palomar Medical Center’s Board of Directors.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ———————- 

Business Discussion –  The following Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Business matters were discussed:

Pat Haugen – talked about the cancellation of the District Convention in Reno in August but reminded members that virtual Education Sessions will be conducted on Friday, August 14 via zoom. The election will be held (viewable on Facebook) the same day.  We are talking about returning to normal meeting activities – such as the Finemaster – where we can take advantage of free use of Pay Pal.   Pat also mentioned that Kiwanis has waived initiation fees through the end of September.  At the DCM on July 18 Pat learned that the National Kiwanis Convention for 2021 will be held in Salt Lake City and the 2021 District Convention will be held in San Diego.

 John Lee – announced that Charlotte Fan of Meals on Wheels will be our speaker next meeting on August 4.

Margo Dutton – Reported on how the election for officers will be handled now that our District Convention has been canceled (was to be Aug 14-15 in Reno, NV) – Margo is competing to win election as District Governor-Elect. She said 117 Kiwanis leaders (all above the Club level) will be allowed to vote on August 14 via zoom. The event will be live-streamed via Facebook.   Go Margo Go!!

 A Board Meeting was held right after this meeting – the main results of this meeting were: 

Annual Member Dues will stay the same as last year, $140 due at the end of September; 

  The San Marcos Holiday Parade will not occur this year.

Natali Galt – The Installation ceremony for our new slate of officers will be held on September 29 Our Governor’s Official Visit will be combined with the installation of our new Division 37 Lt. Governor Gina Roberts on Sept 26 at the San Marcos Civic Center.  A prize will be awarded to the club with the most new members during covid-19 lockdown.  Natali Galt (our current Lt. Governor) hopes this meeting can be held live, but we will see.  This will be her last event as Lt. Governor for her term.

Natali Galt and Jim Alden – announced the results of recent elections of Kiwanis International: Art Riley – President, Peter Mancusco – President-Elect, Bert West – Vice President – All were elected during the Kiwanis International Council special meeting.  The Kiwanis International Board convened the Council on July 25, 2020, due to the cancellation of the 105th KI Convention.

 Jerry Mason and Jim Alden – asked the Board and Members for help in locating speakers for upcoming meetings.  Since we are resuming having weekly speakers, speakers are rather hard to find these days. Victor Manzanilla‘s friend Tim Miller of BlackRock Financial will be our speaker on August 25 to give us a market update since Covid outbreak.  Charlene Vick and Penny Pongun – Windward Life Care – will speak to us on Aug 11 – topic of interest to be determined.  Victor Manzanilla‘s friend Tim Miller of BlackRock Financial will be our speaker on August 25 to give us a market update since Covid outbreak. One day in August is still open Aug 18.  Anna Winn, Jim Brown, and Glenn Winn are potential speakers.

Marine Care Packages Needed – 1st Anglico Sgt. Major Jeremy Black is seeking some volunteers to supply care packages for Marines and Sailors currently deployed “They are running out of some supplies below and would love it if some care packages could be sent their way.”  Some suggested items might include Toothpaste,Toothbrush, Shampoo, Body wash, Snack items, Electrolyte drink mixes, Protein bars, Shaving cream, Razors. Laundry detergent.   Contact Ivan Gillis if you can help these soldiers serving our country.

     

Kiwanians Who Zoomed In Today – Here are the Kiwanians who zoomed in today; Top Row from left: Jim Alden (zoom host), Jerry Mason, Glen Winn, Marie Purdy, Ivan Gillis, Second Row from left: Today’s speaker Dr, Omar Khawaja – Chief Medical Officer Palomar Medical Center, John Gibbs, Cathleen Stevens, Pat Haugen, Margo Dutton.  Third Row from left:  Don Keller, John Lee, Ted May, Jim Murphy, Tom Kumura. Bottom Row: Martha Bozulich, and Natali Galt. – Kiwanis Div. 37 Lt. Governor.

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NEXT Zoom Meeting – Jim Alden will host another zoom meeting like this one next week. – Aug 4, 11 AM – Charlotte Fan of Meals on Wheels will speak. – This will be our 15th Zoom Meeting – Pat will send out an e-mail about how to sign in to the meeting. For those who did not attend, zooming is easy.  Be sure to check in for our next Zoom Meeting Tuesday Aug. 4 at 11:00 am, look for the zoom invite in your e-mail. 

Contact Jim Alden if you need help…we want to see you at our zoom meetings.

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When Virtual Life Turns into Quarantine – National Geographic – August 2020 – Here is a short essay about the times and situation we find ourselves in today.  You may have to enlarge the image to read it but it is worthwhile…Jerry Mason

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Stay Safe, Stay Sane, Stay Connected – Kiwanis serves, even in times like these. – Jerry Mason

Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Newsletter – July 21, 2020 – Chris Megison – Solutions for Change

Homelessness is a big problem in California – around 150 thousand – Many government leaders wrestle with it a lot  – 

However the most effective organization dealing with homelessness is our own Solutions for Change right here in Vista in North County.   

Chris Megison, founder of Solutions for Change, told us about the great success story of this organization today via zoom at our regular Kiwanis meeting.

Lake San Marcos Kiwanis (Special Covid-19 Lockdown Newsletter – July 21, 2020  Zoom meeting #14) 

Chris Megison of Presents Solutions for Change in Homelessness

          Fellow Kiwanians (attendance on Zoom – 27 – mostly Kiwanians) – In San Diego, homelessness runs rampant. single adults, families with children and the elderly are some of the people who have no place to call home.  The San Diego population of homeless people is increasing every year.  In 2018, the region had an official count of 8,576 homeless residents ranking only behind Seattle, Los Angeles County and New York City.   Usually you will find San Diego’s homeless population unsheltered, living on the street, in a vehicle or in a hand-built structure such as a tent. There are many causes for homelessness including high cost of housing here.

One of the most effective programs dealing with homelessness is our own local Solutions for Change of Vista founded 20 years ago by Chris Megison“In 1999, my wife and I were helping out at an emergency winter shelter with our two boys, when a 9 year old girl named Jessica pulled on my sleeve and innocently asked, “Hey mister, do you live here too?” I looked at the girl and then over to her mother who was preparing a bed on the shelter floor. I got down on one knee, looking into the girl’s eyes, and said, “I don’t live here, sweetie, but my wife and I are going to do everything possible so that you, and your family, won’t have to live here too.” he said. The girl’s eyes welled with tears, and so did mine’, and a vision was born—to solve family homelessness.”

     Chris told us a great story of how Solutions for Change has been helping the homeless here in San Diego for over 20 years. “Homelessness is a consequence or symptom of many underlying issues,” Chris said. “Each issue is hard on both the individuals and the family and society at large.  At Solutions for Change we address the underlying issues, while seeking sustainable change.  We help families escape the “churn” of homelessness. There are many solutions at Solutions for Change. Taken together, they are the pillars supporting a productive environment in which we work together to build better futures for homeless families. “Our solutions consist of Solutions University, Solutions Enterprise, and Solutions in the Community.  Every day, these programs combine to create successful, sustainable solutions for families and the San Diego communities in which they live.  We have solved homelessness for over 850 families and 2200 children so far.”

Chris is a regular visitor with our club and has been so for nearly 20 years since Don Smith brought him to our attention.  Each year our Kiwanis club donates regularly to the great work Solutions for Change is doing in our community.  “Even during this time of isolation, we encourage Kiwanians to order a box of our organic produce that we grow on our farm, we even deliver it.  Thank you Kiwanis for your unflagging support of Solutions for Change,” he said.” —  To order produce contact Solutions for Change at SolutionsFarms.org https://www.solutionsfarms.org/

Chris, We are glad to be a partner with Solutions for Change for all these years….keep up your inspiring work for children and families of our communities.   And Keep coming back to speak to us…we care about the same people – children and families.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ———————- 

Business Discussion –  The following Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Business matters were discussed:

 Jim Alden – offered to coach any member who is having trouble with the zoom technology in hopes of increasing members who actually attend our weekly zoom meetings.  Jim reported that several other clubs are holding their meetings by zoom also.

Margo Dutton – Reported on how the election for officers will be handled now that our District Convention has been cancelled (was to be Aug 14-15 in Reno, NV) – Margo is competing to win election as District Governor Elect. She said 117 Kiwanis leaders (all above the Club level) will be allowed to vote on August 15 via zoom. The event will be live streamed via facebook.   Go Margo Go!!

Pat Haugen – talked about returning to normal meeting activities – such as the Finemaster – where we can take advantage of free use of Pay Pal.   Pat also mentioned that Kiwanis has waived initiation fees through the end of December.  At the DCM on July 18 it Pat learned that the National Kiwanis Comvention for 2021 will be held in Salt Lake City and the 2021 District Convention will be held in San Diego.

 An early Board Meeting is scheduled for next Tuesday July 28 right after the regular meeting (the Board has some decisions to make with respect to the San Marcos Holiday Parade that Kiwanis sponsors in December).

Tom Kumura – reported that there were 30-32 COVID-19 cases at Palomar Health-Escondido and 2 cases at Palomar Health-Poway…ICU’s are not being overwhelmed.

 Scheduling Matters:  The Installation ceremony for our new slate of officers will be held on September 29 Our Governor’s Official Visit will be combined with installation of our new Division 37 Lt. Governor Gina Roberts on Sept 26 at the San Marcos Civic Center.  A prize will be awarded to the club with the most new members during covid-19 lockdown.

       

Kiwanians Who Zoomed In Today – Here are the Kiwanians who zoomed in today; Top Row from left: Jim and Linda Alden (zoom host), Jerry Mason, Margo Dutton, Cathleen Stevens, Ivan Gillis. Second Row from left: Today’s speaker Chris Megison – Solutions for Change, Pat Haugen, Don Keller, Key Club President MMHS Zander Vilaysane, John Gibbs.  Third Row from left:  Gina Roberts – Lt Gov Elect Div. 37, Ron Stone, Jacque McGee, Martha Bozulich, Rob Gaebe. Fourth Row from left: Jim Murphy, John Lee, Paul Wright, Jim Dorschel past Lt. Gov. Div 37, Ted May. Bottom Row: Art Brown, Tom Kumura, Daniel Jiang – Pres. SMHS Key Cub, Lynne Do Key Club Lt Gov. Dist. 37E, Mary Harrington. (Not in picture but zoomed in: Tish Murry, Gordon Bowers, Olivia Pacheco – Pres. LLHS Key Club).

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NEXT Zoom Meeting – Jim Alden will host another zoom meeting like this one next week. – July 28, 11 AM – Tom Kumura will either speak or bring a speaker from Palomar Health to speak about Covid 19 situation around here. – This will be our 15th Zoom Meeting – Pat will send out an e-mail about how to sign in to the meeting. For those who did not attend, zooming is easy.  Be sure to check in for our next Zoom Meeting Tuesday July 28 at 11:00 am, look for the zoom invite in your e-mail. Contact Jim Alden if you need help…we want to see you at our zoom meetings.

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Jim Dorschel – Past Lt. Gov Div. 37  told us “You have a great club and I love to drop in on your meetings, even if only on zoom.”

Stay Safe, Stay Sane, Stay Connected – Kiwanis serves, even in times like these. – Jerry Mason 

 

Lake San Marcos Kiwanis (Special Covid-19 Lockdown Newsletter – July 14, 2020  Zoom meeting #13) 

Everyone in the world realizes these are the signs of the times – the Covid 19 Pandemic.  

Finding the right balance between safety and sanity has been the struggle of our time. 

Here in Lake San Marcos our Kiwanis Club has been locked out of in-person meetings for four months with no end in sight.

Kiwanis Soldiering On Despite Prolonged Lockdown

          Fellow Kiwanians (attendance on Zoom – 17 Kiwanians) – It has been over 4 months since our last in-person meeting and with recent governmental decisions with respect to reversing re-opening plans there is no clear end in sight.  Kiwanis, like many other organizations, schools, churches, and businesses are coping and soldiering on as best they can.  The answer to the question “How safe is safe enough?” is literally blowing in the wind.  Ultimately it is up to each individual and organization to decide how safe they need to be.  However, safety is not the only consideration. Leaders of the Well Being Trust warned that severe unemployment and social isolation due to the lockdown could lead to as many as 150,000 additional deaths from drugs, alcohol, and suicide (so-called deaths of desperation).  One of the recommendations of this group is to “provide better social connections by securing reliable internet everywhere in the country and funding community groups that are putting on virtual events to allow people to socialize remotely.” Our Kiwanis Club is doing its part by keeping on meeting every week even if it is only virtually online via zoom. Today’s meeting consisted mostly of conducting business matters and holding a board meeting afterward.

Business Discussion –  The following Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Business matters were discussed:

 John Gibbs – reported that Creek Project notified the neighborhood that Bent Avenue will be closed indefinitely.  A presentation to the community is planned for 6 PM on Tuesday, July 28.

Margo Dutton – Reported on how the election for Kiwanis District (Cal-Nev-Ha) officers will be handled now that our District Convention has been canceled (it was to be Aug 14-15 in Reno, NV) – Margo is competing to win election as District Governor-Elect. She said 157 Kiwanis leaders (all above the Club level) will be allowed to vote via zoom. The event will be live-streamed via Facebook.   Go Margo Go!!

Pat Haugen – Reported that at last Saturday’s Division 37 Division Council Meeting, the various club presidents talked about the opportunities that have come about from the issues and challenges their club has faced in the last few months.  Many clubs have canceled their signature fundraising events but have continued to find ways to serve their communities.  The Blue Wave (Oceanside/Vista area) club has lost members who have died or moved away, and the remaining long-time Kiwanis members are looking to join nearby clubs. (not closing as a result of COVID-19)

John Gibbs – commended Jim Alden for his excellent speech as part of the Lake’s 4th of July virtual celebration – Dick Skay also appeared in it.

– Here is the link to that video https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?tab=rm&ogbl#inbox/FMfcgxwJWrXJJjHgvSlmnMlClRLbGDfj?projector=1

 Scheduling Matters: July 18 – Kiwanis Division 37 Leadership Conference.  Our District’s Kiwanis Convention in Reno HAS BEEN CANCELED (it was to be Aug 13-15). 

 The Installation ceremony for our new slate of officers will be held on September 29 Our Governor’s Official Visit will be combined with the installation of our new Division 37 Lt. Governor Gina Roberts on Sept 26 at the San Marcos Civic Center.  A prize will be awarded to the club with the most new members during covid-19 lockdown.

  A Board Meeting was held right after this meeting – here are the highlights as reported by Pat Haugen:

The club will renew its membership in the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce because it is especially useful for coordinating the Holiday Parade project and finding potential club members from the business community.  The foundation will purchase a $20,000 5-year note @ 4% from the Cal-Nev-Ha Investors Group.

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Kiwanians Who Zoomed In Today – Here are the Kiwanians who zoomed in today Top Row from left: Steve Hinze, Jerry Mason, Pat Haugen (zoom host), Margo Dutton, Ivan Gillis, Second Row from left: Jacque McGee, Paul Wright, Art Brown, Don Keller, John Gibbs.  Third Row from left:  Ron Stone, Key Club President Zander Vilaysane, Gordon Bowers, Jim Murphy, John Lee. Bottom Row Glen Winn, Mary Harrington.  (Jim Alden signed in for a cameo for the first 5 minutes and then resumed his well-deserved vacation in Lake Tahoe).

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 NEXT Zoom Meeting – Jim Alden will host another zoom meeting like this one next week. Our Next Meeting will be July 21, 11 AM – Chris Megeson of Solutions for Change will be our speaker via zoom.  – This will be our 14th Zoom Meeting – Pat will send out an e-mail about how to sign in to the meeting. For those who did not attend, zooming is easy. Be sure to check in for our next Zoom Meeting Tuesday, July 21 at 11:00 am, look for the zoom invite in your e-mail. 

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Stay Safe, Stay Sane, Stay Connected – Kiwanis serves, even in times like these. – Jerry Mason 

Lake San Marcos Kiwanis (Special Covid-19 Lockdown Newsletter – July 7, 2020  Zoom meeting #12) 

Helping the youth of our community is one of the many community-oriented things the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Club does every year.  

Overall this year our club will award $28,000 in scholarships to 30 deserving young students. 

This is the third of three meetings for making those awards – At the first meeting (June 23) we awarded ten, last week (July 7) we awarded eight.

Third of Three Scholarship Award Meetings – 12 More Win Scholarships

         Fellow Kiwanians (attendance on Zoom – 21 Kiwanians and scholarship winners) – Today’s meeting concluded another successful year of awarding scholarships for deserving local youth. Overall the Our Kiwanis Club awarded thirty scholarships this year totalling $28,000; today’s meeting was the last of three days for making these awards. Twelve scholarships were awarded at this meeting.  Every year one of the highlights of our service to the community is to present scholarships to youth in the area to help young people as they move into the realm of higher (and more expensive) education.  Our club has been making these awards for nearly 50 years.  Earlier this year we held a pancake breakfast fundraiser to raise funds for the scholarships which are awarded to deserving students in the late Spring.  This year, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the schedule was postponed a bit, but our club has not stopped giving back to the students who are our future.  Today’s meeting was the third of three zoom-based meetings to give back to deserving students in the community. Their hard work and dedication was rewarded today with their awards which were presented via zoom.

Here is a short Overview of the Twelve Scholarship Recipients from Today’s Meeting 

Winners of Kiwanis Scholarships (3) – presenter Linda Alden

Barbara Garcia ($1000) – San Marcos High School. GPA 3.35.  She wants to major in criminal justice and attend San Francisco State University or Cal State University at San Marcos. Her career goals are to become a Police Officer, advance to Homicide Detective, and hopefully become an FBI agent.  If these goals are not attainable, she would like to become a social worker.  Barbara began her involvement with the AVID program in middle school and has remained continually active through her senior year. She is active at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in the Education Learning Program. Barbara is a small group leader two days a week in support of the program. Her criminal justice teacher stated, “She is years ahead of the others around her and fellow students admire and respect her.  I have no doubt that Barbara will go on to do great things.

 Elissa Gomez ($1000) –  San Marcos High School cumulative GPA 4.18 – Elissa hopes to attend the UC San Diego, majoring in human biology and biological sciences.  She hopes to become a Clinical Dietitian, Medical, and Health Services Manager.   San Marcos Library Teen Service Learner Program and S.T.A.R.S. Residential Service Program, AVID Leadership Committee, Knight Regiment Marching Band, Future Healthcare Professionals Club, Advanced Placement Ambassadors, and Excalibur Knights. “Elissa has a bulldog work effort and has an ability to learn that goes beyond classroom discussion and reaches far outside via interaction with her peers.” Elissa stated, “By helping to develop the healthcare sector in my community, I can continue the legacy of Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Club of charity and generosity, putting people on a path to success and well being one person at a time.”

 Christian Leon ($1000) – San Marcos High School – 3.71 GPA –  He will attend the University of California – Irvine to major in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, with a career aspiration focusing on Astronautical or Aerospace Engineer.  Christian completed 14 honors and AP courses upon graduation, as well as two Spanish courses at a local community college.  He was part of the Alpha Knights robotic team. Christian competed at the World Championships in Houston, Texas.  Also, he works part-time at “uBreak I Fix” a local establishment that repairs broken electronics. “The problem-solving skills and responsibilities that he possesses in this position are impressive” He is the founder and President of Knights Esports.  He started the club as a junior in 2019.  He felt there were a lot of students, like himself, that spent hours outside of school pursuing a hobby that was not tied to school in any way, however, he wanted to change that dynamic. Today, his club has tripled in size since it began, it has two competitive teams, a Rocket League team, which he is a part of, and Counterstrike Global Offensive team.  Christian is a San Marcos Promise recipient.

Winners of Kiwanis Scholarships (3) – presenter Cathleen Stevens 

 Perla Lopez ($1000) San Marcos High – 4.0 GPA – is planning to attend Cal State San Marcos majoring in nursing. Perla has been a Knights Silver Honor Roll member for four consecutive semesters. She volunteered with many groups in the community and worked part time.  When she was in grade school her family moved back to Mexico and five years later returned to California.  She has worked very hard to overcome the educational loss that five years has caused her. In the three years she has been back she has participated in 7 AP/Honors classes while being part of the school’s honor roll.  In addition she has completed the pathway for Career and Technical Education (CTE) in Engineering and Robotics, the only latina in the program.   “Perla is an exceptional student and leader.  She will go above and beyond to fulfill her dream while helping others in her community.”

 Adriana Solomon ($1000) Mission Hills High – 4.0 GPA – She wants to go to Pima Medical Institute where she will major in Vet Technology.  Adriana is a young woman from a family who works very hard for their children, sometimes working several jobs at a time; both parents only speak Spanish. Adriana has worked very hard in school for about 5 years as she belonged to AVID which encouraged her to take AP classes.  Her teacher and AVID Coordinator writes about her as follows: “Adriana is hard-working, meticulous, trustworthy, responsible, respectful, bright and positive. Adriana is a leader in her group and always treats her teachers and peers with kindness.” She is determined to be the first in her family to earn a college degree.

 Jessica Xu ($1000) – San Marcos High – 4.0 GPA – Jessica is currently unsure about majoring in maybe economics or media. She has been President of both the Teen Advisory Board and the French National Honors Society.  She works at Pacifica as a server and greeter. Her teacher said “Jessica is very talented and assiduous.”

Winners of Kiwanis Scholarships (3) – presenter John Gibbs

Arleth Lozada ($1000) – San Marcos High School – amazing GPA of 4.42 – She plans to attend UCLA.  Arleth wants to be a neurosurgeon and help find a cure for brain cancer. She was an officer in the AVID Program, She was an AP Ambassador, and also was a member of the marching band.  She volunteered at Interfaith Community services and Ballet Folklorico. A teacher said, “She is one of the most responsible, reliable, and resilient young woman that I have ever had the privilege of teaching.

  Alma Munoz  ($1000) – Mission Hills High School – GPA of 3.6 – Alma is a first-generation college student.  She plans to attend Cal Poly Pomona.  Alma wants to study nutrition and ultimately wants to be a Dietitian.  She was a member of AVID and CSF. She was a City of San Marcos Youth Ambassador.  Alma was a library Volunteer and received the Outstanding Volunteer Award.  She was also a member of the ASB, National Honor Society, and Honor Roll.  She also volunteered at Flag Day and for our Pancake Breakfast. “Alma does not do community service out of obligation, she volunteers because she genuinely cares for others and wants to make the world a better place.” (Emily Munoz is her twin sister – see below)

 Emily Munoz ($1000) – Mission Hills High School, has a GPA of 4.2 –  Emily is a first-generation college student. She plans to attend Cal Poly Pomona.  Emily wants to study Animal Science and ultimately wants to be a Veterinarian.  Emily was a member of AVID and CSF, was a City of San Marcos Youth Ambassador. Emily was a cardinal scholar.  She had an amazing 330 total volunteer hours, including volunteering at the Humane Society and with Kiwanis at Flag Day and for our Pancake Breakfast. “Emily leads by example and has proven to be an extraordinary scholar.” (Alma Munoz is her twin sister – see above)

Winner of Kiwanis Scholarships (1) – presenter Don Keller 

 Lisa Nguyen ($1000) – Mission Hills High School – 4.06 GPA – She plans to attend the UC San Diego to major in chemistry. She has been a San Marcos Youth Ambassador where she volunteered at special events for the city, chamber of commerce, and other local charity groups.  An intern for two local persons running for national and state office and an intern at a law office in Escondido (last summer).  National Honor Society,  California Scholarship Federation, and many others.  Some of those awards were “Most Likely to Take Over the World Senior Superlative (2019)”, State of California Senate Certificate of Recognition in Honor of Outstanding Community Service (2018), and Ward the Walrus Award in Recognition of Outstanding Intellectual Aptitude and Academic Achievement (2017).  She completed 11 AP courses at MHHS.  Extra-curricular activities include I Am AP (4 years), Mock trial (3 years, President for the last 2 years), Green Team (founder and President), Chess Club, Color Guard, and Trang Bom English Club (in Vietnam – summer 2019 guest speaker).

Winner of Kiwanis Scholarships (1) – presenter Ivan Gillis 

 Angela Isabel Ramirez ($1000) – San Marcos High  – 4.43 GPA.  Angela plans to attend UC Irvine. And she will be the first person in her family to attend a 4-year university. She is a Field Hockey player. She has completed over 100 hours of community service.  She is also a member of the Ballet Folkloric dance team. “Angela has had to deal with social anxiety, but has learned she has the power to be strong and learned that taking care of herself is not selfish behavior.”  As a future history major, she is excited to explore theories, expand her knowledge of particular periods of time, and gain a nuanced understanding of the complex systems that have shaped our unique histories.

Winner of Kiwanis Scholarships (1) – presenter Tom Curtis 

 Angie Santos ($1000) –  San Marcos High School – GPA 4.0 – Plans to attend UC San Diego where she will major in neuroscience. She has been a Junior Volunteer at Tri-City Hospital  working 5AM shifts in the lab responsible for making rounds to collect important fluid samples and specimens.  She is a member of the Interfaith Club part of a student team that prepared and packaged 150 peanut and jelly sandwiches on Sunday mornings.  At St Mark’s Church, she was a catechist assistant with the responsibility to mentor elementary students in a bilingual catechism class.  She was part of the concert band for 2 years and Knight Regiment Marching band for 4 years where she played the Flute!  Angie hopes to pursue a career as a Physician’s Assistant or Pharmaceutical Scientist!!!  

    Ivan Gillis is the chairman of an 11 member committee that chose the 30 winners from 56 applications.

Business Discussion –  In addition to scholarships, the club conducted a little non-scholarship business – These matters were discussed:

Tom Kumura – reported on Covid patient status at Palomar Medical – slightly increasing – more younger people affected.

Next Speaker – July 14 – to be determined – might be Charlene Vick (new member) or- maybe Chris Megeson from Solutions for Change – Pat Haugen 

 Key Club Leaders Reviewed Virtual Endeavors – Key Club President’s Lynne Do and Zander Vilaysane reviewed their respective plans for online-based programs coming up soon.

 Scheduling Matters: Natali Galt said the next DCM will be July 11 (via zoom) – July 18 – Kiwanis Division 37 Leadership Conference.  Our District’s Kiwanis Convention in Reno HAS BEEN CANCELLED (it was to be Aug 13 – 15).  Jim Alden will sort out the voting for our Margo Dutton to be Governor-Elect of the entire Cal-Nev-Ha Kiwanis will be done. District.  The Installation ceremony for our new slate of officers will be held on September 29 Our Governor’s Official Visit will be combined with the installation of our new Division 37 Lt. Governor Gina Roberts on Sept 26 at the San Marcos Civic Center.  A prize will be awarded to the club with the most new members during covid-19 lockdown.

Kiwanians Who Zoomed In Today – Here are the Kiwanians and scholarship recipients who zoomed in today Top Row from left: Jim and Linda Alden (Zoom Host), Jerry Mason, Don Keller, Ivan Gillis, John Gibbs. Second Row from left: Tom Curtis, Key Club President Lynne DoPat Haugen, Cathleen Stevens, Scholarship Winner Angie Santos.  Third Row from left:  Tom Kumura, John Lee (stepped away), Key Club President Zander VilaysaneScholarship Winners  Emily and Alma Munoz, Marie Purdy, Bottom Row from left: Scholarship Winner  Perla Merino, Scholarship Winner Arleth Lozado, Glen Winn, Gordon Bowers, and Steve Hinze.  (Ted May not in picture)

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 NEXT Zoom Meeting – Pat Haugen will host another zoom meeting like this one next week (Jim and Linda Alden will be on vacation). Our Next Meeting will be July 14 – Newest member Charlene Vick will be our speaker via zoom – Tuesday, July 14 at 11:00 AM This will be our 13th Zoom Meeting – Jim will send out an e-mail about how to sign in to the meeting. For those who did not attend, zooming is easy. Be sure to check in for our next Zoom Meeting Tuesday, July 14 at 11:00 am, look for the zoom invite in your e-mail. 

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Stay Safe, Stay Sane, Stay Connected – Kiwanis serves, even in times like these. – Jerry Mason  

   Lake San Marcos Kiwanis (Special Covid-19 Lockdown Newsletter – June 30, 2020  Zoom meeting #11)

Scholarships Day Two

 

Helping the youth of our community is one of the many community-oriented things the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Club does every year.  

Overall this year our club will award $28,000 in scholarships to 30 deserving young students. 

This is the second of three meetings for making those awards – Last week (June 23) we awarded ten, next week (July 7) we will award the last set of twelve.  Second of Three Scholarship Award Meetings – 8 More Win Scholarships 

          Fellow Kiwanians (attendance on Zoom – 19 Kiwanians) – Despite the complications resulting from a technical glitch which gave members and award recipients problems with signing in to this meeting, Lake San Marcos forged on to make additional scholarship awards to eight deserving young people.  Every year one of the highlights of our service to the community is to present scholarships to youth in the area to help young people as they move into the realm of higher (and more expensive) education.  Our club has been making these awards for nearly 50 years.  Earlier this year we held a pancake breakfast fundraiser to raise funds for the scholarships which are awarded to deserving students in the late Spring.  This year because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the schedule was postponed a bit, but our club has not stopped giving back to the students who are our future.  Today’s meeting was the second of three zoom based meetings to give back to deserving students in the community. Their hard work and dedication were rewarded today with their awards via zoom. Overall the Our Kiwanis Club will award thirty scholarships totaling $28,000; today’s meeting was the second of three days for making these awards.

Short Overview of the Eight Scholarship Recipients from Today’s Meeting – (technical glitch may have prevented recipients from signing in this meeting)

Winners of Kiwanis Scholarships (3) – presenter Tom Curtis

 La Vae Aboudi ($1000) –  Senior, Mission Hills High – No. 1 – 3.52 GPA; Wants SD State or Cal State San Marcos. to major in nursing.  She has over 250 hours

of community service.  She founded Mission Hills Beach Clean-Up Club.  Every Saturday she partners up with Surf Rider Foundation to clean up local beaches.

She’s a Red Cross Club to volunteer at blood drives; a leader with the Boys and Girls Club.  She’s a leader of the dance and cheer club for elementary kids.  She’s served with

Key Club to create a memorable event greeting and serve elders at church.  She worked at the Skyzone Trampoline Park.  She is a member of AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination Club), receiving the AVID Outstanding Volunteer Award 2 years in a row. “La Vae is an amazing young woman,” said her counselor, “Her passion to have a career in the medical field is rooted in her deep empathy for her future patients since personally, she has endured years of fighting serious medical conditions.”  Her parents moved to the US from Iraq when La Vae was younger.

 John Paul Aglialoro ($1000) – Senior St Joseph’s Academy in San Marcos: 4.3 GPA;     Planning to attend  Univ. of Dallas majoring in Politics.  He comes from a family of 9!!! Awards and Honors: Gold Honor Roll 9-11 grades; Silver Honor Roll 12th Grade School. Voted the Most Likely to become President of the United States (in his yearbook). He has been an altar boy at church; He went on a volunteer mission trip to Columbia this March.  He has volunteered for various Church summer camps.  Played Football 9-12th grade; Pro Life Club 9-12th;  He worked on the school Newspaper: 11th and 12th  (was the editor in 12th grade). John Paul said, “Throughout my time in high school I have strived to achieve the very best that I can. Between my grades, extracurriculars I am proud of how I have spent my 4 years and now that I am entering college, I am excited to continue my education and grow my knowledge and interests!!

 Brando Arais ($500) – Senior San Marcos High School –  GPA of 3.26 –  He plans to attend Palomar College.  Honors:  English Learner Award,  Academic Achievement Award, and Blue Honor Award. “I’m a member of my local church and do volunteer activities on the weekends at The Rock Church in San Marcos. We help Senior Citizens at retirement centers. I am a member of the youth tutoring ministry; I’m also involved in the Spanish, Art, and Tutoring Clubs at school!!!  I’m also employed at Walmart. I am enrolled in the Palomar Promise Program!!!” he said.

Winners of Kiwanis Scholarships (2) – presenter Don Keller 

Isaac Biese ($1000) Senior Saint Joseph Academy – 4.45 GPA. Will attend the University of Notre Dame majoring in theology. Awards:  National Honor Society, Gold Honor Roll, National Merit Commended Student, St Joseph Leadership Award, and school awards for English, Science and Religion. Isaac’s activities: football team (3 years), Theatre (3 years), Choir (4 years), and student government (senior year). “Much of my time away from school has been spent helping to care for my nine younger siblings.” Isaac has been to the LSM Kiwanis Club meetings twice, once to sing by himself and once with the St. Joseph’s school choir on Veterans Day.

 Kasey Clouet ($500) Senior San Marcos High School – 3.98 GPA – Plans to attend Miramar College (to be close to home) majoring in pre-medicine/Exercise Science.Awards:  member of California Scholastic Federation, National Honor Society, 4 year Knights Silver Honor Roll, 1st Team All-League Volleyball Setter, All-League Honorable Mention basketball, CIF semi-finalist in both volleyball and basketball, NCC-HSSA Student-Athlete of the year from San Marcos High School. Community involvement:  Mudslingers Ceramics Club that hosts Empty Bowl Fundraiser for the homeless, Knights Basketball Club camp counselor (4 years), Knights Volleyball Club camp counselor, Knights Volleyball sand bar and beach clean-up. Extra-curricular activities:  4 years of high school basketball and volleyball (captain for 2 years), Employed by three athletic camps and Postmates and Doordash Food Delivery. “When I am not studying for school or working out for sports, odds are that I am likely doing something to help out the community . . . I believe that many of my ideals and personality can line up with the motto of ‘Grow, Serve, Lead’ that Kiwanis holds.”  His coach said, “Simply put, Kasey is a coach’s dream.

Winners of Kiwanis Scholarships (3) – presenter Cathleen Stevens

  Felipe Cruz ($1000) – Senior Mission Hills High – 4.09 GPA. He will attend UC Riverside majoring in Business Administration where he hopes to pursue a career as a financial analyst, an accountant, or a business teacher. He is also a Youth Commissioner for the City of San Marcos to help guide the city toward the development of youth programs. He had been an AP Ambassador where he tutors younger students in English, Math, and Psychology.  He was awarded the “Outstanding Volunteer” by his peers for the year. He has taken a total of twenty AP/Honors/Community College courses during this time.  One of his teachers said he is an excellent role model in and out of the classroom.   He has been a member of AVID  (Advancement Via Individual Determination) since the 7th grade and credits this organization with his success.

  Jessica Espinoza  ($1000) – Senior San Marcos High 3.3 GPA  She intends to go to Grand Canyon University to major in Psychology with a career in the health sciences and medical technology. She loves literature; also she is a member of the ELLA (The Esperanza Latina Leadership Alliance) where she has modeled good scholarship for younger Latinas on campus.  She volunteers at the Public Library and at a nearby retirement home. She understands the importance of being selfless and giving back to her community.” 

  Anisa Farrell ($1000) – Senior San Marcos High School – overall GPA of 4.22.  She plans to attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo majoring in Astrophysics. A four-year member of the Cheer Program and is very active on the Varsity.  She received the “Most Dedicated Award” from her peers. A multi-sport athlete at high school and an AP honor student, a member of the National Honor Society, the Community Service Coordinator of the Associated Student Body. She founded the Astronomy Club.

Ivan Gillis is the chairman of an 11 member committee that chose the 30 winners from 56 applications.

Here are the Kiwanians who zoomed in today (No Zoom Picture today because of technical problems): Jim Alden (Zoom Host),  Linda Alden, Glen Winn, Jerry Mason, Ivan Gillis, Jim Murphy, Steve Hinze, Pat Haugen, Tom Kumura, John Gibbs, Cathleen Stevens, John Gibbs, Don Keller, Paul Wright, Margo Dutton, Art Brown, Tom Curtis, Gordon Bowers, Martha Bozulich, Jacque McGee,  Natali Galt – Lt. Gov. Div 37,  Key Club President Zander Vilaysane,  Key Club President Lynne DoKey Club Member Daniel Jiang.

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 Business Discussion –  In addition to scholarships, the club conducted a little non-scholarship business – These matters were discussed:

 Jim Alden – reported that Pastor Jim Brown is planning a virtual 4th of July program for Lake residents involving his church, Kiwanis, and the Marines.

Tom Kumura – reported on Covid patient status at Palomar Medical – 26 covid patients (9 in ICU), numbers are increasing – they’re monitoring carefully.

 Jim Alden – reported that Lakehouse told us they are not ready to talk about catering for gatherings as of now.  They will contact us when they are ready.

Pat Haugen – reported Chris Megeson from Solutions for Change is offering to give us an update via zoom when we are ready for it.

 July 14 – (probably) Charlene Vick (new member) – a program about seniors and technology.

 Scheduling Matters: Natali Galt said the next DCM will be July 11 (via zoom) – July 18 – Kiwanis Division 37 Leadership Conference.  Our District’s Kiwanis Convention in Reno is still planned for Aug 13 – 15  and Margo Dutton said it is still on….Jim and Linda Alden will represent our club at the convention.  Margo will be making a speech prior to the vote on her nomination to be Governor-Elect of the entire Cal-Nev-Ha Kiwanis District.  The Installation ceremony for our new slate of officers will be held on September 29 Our Governor’s Official Visit will be combined with the installation of our new Division 37 Lt. Governor Gina Roberts on Sept 26 at the San Marcos Civic Center.  A prize will be awarded to the club with the newest members during covid-19 lockdown.

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NEXT Zoom Meeting – Jim and Linda Alden will host another zoom meeting like this one next week. At our Next Meeting will be July 7 – Scholarships Day 3 (our last set of 12 awards)  – Tuesday, July 7 at 11:00 AM This will be our 12th Zoom Meeting – 

Jim will send out an e-mail about how to sign in to the meeting. For those who did not attend, zooming is easy.

Be sure to check in for our next Zoom Meeting Tuesday, July 7 at 11:00 am, look for the zoom invite in your e-mail. 

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Stay Safe, Stay Sane, Stay Connected – Kiwanis serves, even in times like these. – Jerry Mason  

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 Jerry Mason – reported in on zoom from Phoenix, AZ where he and his wife, Linda, are celebrating their 50th anniversary.  (wedding photo from 50 years ago below)

On the left – Linda and Jerry Mason on their wedding day June 27, 1970 in Oregon – center Linda and Jerry 50 years later in Phoenix. – right – Two days later they went exploring and ended up at a “thrift store operated by the Kiwanis Club of Carefree Arizona” – “It was a surprise to see this thriving business in this area.

Lake San Marcos Kiwanis (Special Covid-19 Lockdown Newsletter – June 23, 2020  Zoom meeting #10) 

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Helping the youth of our community is one of the many things the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Club does every year.  
This year our club will award $28,000 in scholarships to 30 deserving young students. 
This is the first of three meetings for making those awards – At upcoming meetings (June 30 and July 7)
 Kiwanis will award twenty more scholarships (ten at each meeting).
Lake San Marcos Kiwanis (Special Covid-19 Lockdown Newsletter – June 23, 2020  Zoom meeting #10) 
First of Three Scholarship Award Meetings – 10 Receive Scholarships 
       Fellow Kiwanians (attendance on Zoom – 20 Kiwanians – 6 scholarship recipients)  One of the hallmark contributions of our Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Club is the award of many scholarships to young people as they move into the realm of higher (and more expensive) education.  Our club has been making these awards for nearly 50 years.  Earlier in the year we held a pancake breakfast fundraiser to raise funds for the scholarships which are awarded to deserving students in the late Spring.  This year because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the schedule was postponed a bit, but our club has not stopped giving back to the students who are our future.  Today’s meeting was the first of three zoom based meetings to give back to deserving students in the community. The hard work and dedication of ten young people was rewarded today with their awards via zoom. Overall the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Club will award thirty scholarships totaling $28,000, and today’s meeting was day one of three for making those awards. “We are so proud of these wonderful young students,” said President Glen Winn.  “It is our honor and privilege to help them out with these scholarships today.” Lt Governor Natali Galt also praised the recipients for all their hard work and dedication.
Short Overview of the Ten Scholarship Recipients from Today’s Meeting
 
Winners of Ruth Underwood Scholarships (3 – $1000 each) – presenter Tom Kumura
🎓 Olivia Barcoma –  Senior, Mission Hills High – 4.39 GPA, Cardinal Scholar and AP Scholar – Key Club Silver Award – Senior Class President – UNICEF President – Homecoming Queen – Handed out books at our Christmas parade – works to help others – will attend UC Irvine majoring in Biology and planning to go to Dental School.  
🎓 Audrey Marie Santander – Senior Mission Hills High 4.33 GPA – Key Club Silver and Bronze Awards – AP Cardinal Scholar – – Will attend either UCSD or UCI majoring in biochemistry or biology – Key Club has been her main bridge to service.  
🎓 Edward Spillane – Senior Mission Hills High – 3.8 GPA – He has taken several honors and AP classes – Leader in his high school jazz band – Plays Saxophone – Will attend Palomar College in Music Education – wants to become a music teacher – He was born in Ireland.
 
Winners of Danna Joell – Gillis Hardy Scholarships (4 – $1000 each) – presenter Doris Gannon 
🎓 Angelina Bailey – Senior Mission Hills High – 4.3 GPA – She is a first-generation AVID student with a great work ethic and tremendous potential.  (AVID means first-generation student attending a college program.)  She will attend UCLA in biochemistry.  She hopes to become a Doctor. 
🎓 Natalia Estrada – Senior San Marcos High – 4.3 GPA – She has taken several honors classes. – Leadership program with ACLU (went to Washington D.C.) – Will attend UCSD majoring in Political Science – “Leaders must have a passion to inspire the people they lead.” she said.
🎓 Dayne Oest – Senior San Marcos High;  4.3 GPA.  Many honors and awards and also several hundred hours of volunteer service acknowledged by San Marcos City.  AP Scholar with distinction, National recognition of High School Journalism and San Diego Union-Tribune All-Academic Award.  She serves as her sibling’s caregiver, preparing food, and supervising homework.  Her English teacher wrote that “she has my deepest respect and admiration!  She is articulate, authentic, thoughtful, and empathetic.” Her goal is to attend UCLA and then to become a Family Law Attorney.
🎓 Andre Ricardo – Senior at Classical Academy and Home School – 3.96 GPA – Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society as a result of excelling in courses at Palomar Colleg during high school – Founder and Leader of San Marcos Youth Strings (they have played for Kiwanis during several holiday events and for Dorothy Coleman’s birthday party) – Plays violin excellently – Best friend and fellow musician of pianist Claire Lewis. Raised funds for low-income students with musical concerts. Authored a children’s book. Andre will attend Colorado College in Colorado Springs. Majoring in History, Creative Writing, and Languages (wants to learn German and continue with Japanese) – Andre promised to come back to our club to play during the holidays when he can. 
 
Winners of Palomar College Level Scholarships (3 – $500 each) – presenter Ivan Gillis
🎓 Argentina Fretwell – Presently attending Palomar College studying nursing – has 3.89 GPA – 100 volunteer hours at Sharp Hospital.  Member of National Honor Society and National Spanish Honor Society. Her parents are first-generation college graduates. Took college-level courses in High School – She wants to be a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner and/or work in an emergency room after becoming a Registered Nurse.
🎓  Karen Macik  – Presently attending Palomar College studying nursing – has 3.3 GPA – 200 volunteer hours at Palomar Medical Center – Employed for over 5 years at Tri-City Medical Center as Patient Safety Technician. – She wants to work in an emergency room after becoming a Registered Nurse.“Nurses are selfless humans with immeasurable amounts of compassion.” she said.
🎓  Ruth Ortiz – Presently attending Palomar College studying nursing – has 3.78 GPA –  300 volunteer hours thru Palomar Health Pathmaker Internship program. She has worked as a Certified Nurses Assistant in two organizations. Has volunteered with Red Cross Blood Drives. Ruth’s ultimate goal is to become a registered nurse and work in a socio-economically disadvantaged community.  
Ivan Gillis is the chairman of an 11 member committee who chose the 30 winners from 56 applications.       
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Here are the Kiwanians and Scholarship recipients who zoomed in today: starting from top left – Jim Alden (Zoom Host), Jerry Mason, Ivan Gillis,
Jim Murphy, Glen Winn – Scholarship Winner Olivia Barcoma, Doris Gannon,  Scholarship Winner Angelina Bailey, Pat Haugen, Tom Kumura, John Gibbs, Jacque McGee,  Scholarship Winner Andre Ricardo,  Scholarship Winner Audrey Marie Santander,  Key Club President Zander Vilaysane, Cathleeen Stevens,  Scholarship Winner Edward Spillane, Natali Galt (Lt, Gov. Div 37), Marie Purdy, Tom Curtis, Scholarship Winner Natalia Estrada, Ron Stone, Art Brown,
Don Keller, Paul Wright. Scholarship Winner Argentina Fretwell not in picture. Scholarship Winners not signed in to zoom meeting: Dayna Oest, Karen Macik, Ruth Ortiz, 
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 Business Discussion –  In addition to scholarships, the club conducted a little non-scholarship business – These matters were discussed:
📣 Pat Haugen – Pat reported that she took 500 elementary books (age 6-13) to the Boys and Girls Club of San Marcos to hand out as part of their Grab and Go meal hand out the program.  Sufficient books will be held back for the holiday parade at the end of the year. Our club has an $8,000 grant from San Diego County to buy these elementary-age books.  
📣 Jim Alden and Natali Galt offered the idea of watching some of the excellent videos from a recent District Training Program (Virtual Conference” (VCON) during our Upcoming Meetings – Natali and Jim will emcee those presentations (10-minute videos with 5 minutes of questions) The club is thinking of showing two videos soon.
📣 July 14 – (probably) Charlene Vick (new member) – a program about seniors and technology.
📌Scheduling Matters: July 18 – Kiwanis Division 37 Leadership conference.  Our District’s Kiwanis Convention in Reno is still planned for Aug 13 – 15
 and Margo Dutton said it is still on….Jim and Linda Alden will represent our club at the convention.  Margo will be making a speech prior to the vote on her nomination to be Governor-Elect of the entire Cal-Nev-Ha Kiwanis District.  The Installation ceremony for our new slate of officers will be held on September 29 Our Governor’s Official Visit will be combined with the installation of our new Division 37 Lt. Governor Gina Roberts on Sept 26 at the San Marcos Civic Center.  A prize will be awarded to the club with the newest members during covid-19 lockdown. 
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NEXT Zoom Meeting – Jim and Linda Alden will host another zoom meeting like this one next week. At our Next Meeting will be June 30 – Scholarships Day 2 (10 awards)  – July 7 – Scholarships Day 3 (10 awards) – Tuesday, June 30 at 11:00 AM This will be the 11th Zoom Meeting – 
Jim will send out an e-mail about how to sign in to the meeting. For those who did not attend, zooming is easy. 
Be sure to check in for our next Zoom Meeting Tuesday, June 30 at 11:00 am, look for the zoom invite in your e-mail. 
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Stay Safe, Stay Sane, Stay Connected – Kiwanis serves, even in times like these.

Jerry Mason  

Lake San Marcos Kiwanis (Special Covid-19 Lockdown Newsletter – June 9, 2020  Zoom meeting #8)

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Lockdown and self-isolation have triggered a boom in reading. In the U.S. there has been a 66% increase in sales of children’s non-fiction titles. The increase is driven by home
school needs and a higher demand for escape and fun coupled with fewer outside recreation options. March thru June of 2020 has been a good time to read a good book.
 
What’ve We Been Reading During the Past 3 Months of Lockdown
       Fellow Kiwanians (attendance on Zoom – 18) – Reading a good book has been one of the few options for pleasure we have had these past 90 groundhog days. Reading is perhaps one of the best hobbies in the world, and one of the healthiest. Whether you’re reading fiction or nonfiction, a newspaper or a poem, reading is not only educational and informative, it’s entertaining and relaxing, too. Research on reading has shown it has many benefits.  Over the years, doctors, scientists, and researchers have confirmed that reading is a stress-reducing activity that can lower your heart rate and blood pressure. It’s been proven to improve people’s memories, increase brain power, and even enhance empathic skills. Reading has even been linked to longer life spans. Two years ago, 74 percent of adults stated that they have read at least one book in the past year. (I wonder what it is now?). Kiwanians of Lake San Marcos have been diving deep into written or digital words these days.  
    Here are some of their favorites they have read recently. 
What are the best books you have read during the Covid-19 lockdown?” 
image.png Linda Alden Dear Edward” – Ann Napolitano and “Pretty Things” – Janelle Brown
image.png Ron Stone – “Just Mercy” – Bryan Stevenson –  A Story of Justice and Redemption
image.png Jacque McGee – “The Book of Joy” – Dalai Lama Desmond Tutu , et al.– Building Lasting Happiness in a Changing World 
image.png Ivan Gillis – “The Trumpocalypse” David Frum – Restoring American Democracy Who Moved My Cheese? Spencer Johnson & Ken Blanchard 
image.png John Gibbs – Grit – Angela Duckworth –  The Power of Passion and Perseverance
image.png Art Brown – “The Great Influenza” – John Barry –  The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History
image.png John Lee – “The Complete Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant.”
image.png Jerry Mason –  Fiction – All the Light We Cannot See  Anthony Doerr – WWI story from viewpoints of a blind French girl and a young German boy  – Non-Fiction: The Grand Weaver  Ravi Zacharias – How God Shapes Us Through the Events in Our Lives.
image.png Gina Roberts – “Leningrad” – Anna Reid  – The Epic Siege of World War II, 1941-1944 and Mayflower – Nathaniel Philbrick 
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 Business Discussion –  In the meantime, Lake San Marcos Kiwanis held its 8th zoom based weekly meeting – These matters were discussed:
image.png  Scholarships – Ivan Gillis, – The scholarship committee recently reviewed 56 applications. Around $28,000 in scholarships will be awarded to 30 deserving young people. The list has been sent to the board for approval right after today’s meeting. Names will be announced soon.  Ivan is planning to make the awards on three days – 10 awards per day – June 23 – June 30 – July 7 – All meetings will be conducted via zoom.
image.png  Jerry Mason and Jim Alden reported on plans to begin having speakers at upcoming meetings even though those meetings will still be on zoom. The plan for the next five meetings is as follows:
June 16 – Lt Gov. Natali Galt – Official Visit
June 23 – Scholarships Day 1 (10 awards)
June 30 – Scholarships Day 2 (10 awards)
July 7 – Scholarships Day 3 (10 awards)
July 14 – (probably) Charlene Vick (new member) – a program about seniors and technology.
Now is the time to send your ideas about speakers later in the year to either Jerry or Jim.
image.png  Tom Kumura (a member of the Palomar Health Board of Directors) reported that Palomar’s Escondido center has about 14 Covid cases and the Poway Hospital has two. Covid-related activity is still highest around Chula Vista and the border. 
image.png Pat Haugen – Boys and Girls Club interested in our books –  Pat Haugen reported that the Boys and Girls Club of San Marcos would welcome some of our elementary books to hand out as part of their Grab and Go meal hand out the program.  Sufficient books will be held back for the holiday parade at the end of the year. Our club has an $8,000 grant from San Diego County to buy these elementary-age books.
image.png Glen Winn talked about changes in operation at the Midway where he is a volunteer.
image.png Masks – Pat Haugen reported that the mother of a past scholarship winner, Jaqueline Kim. is donating 100 masks to Kiwanis – she won a Kiwanis scholarship in 2011 – she went to college and then law school and is now practicing law.  Margo Dutton reports she has maxed out on masks at 500.
image.png  Lt. Gov. Elect Gina Roberts talked about her theme for when she takes office in October – “Targeting Great Service” (more later)
image.png  Scheduling Matters: Our District’s Kiwanis Convention in Reno is still planned for Aug 13 – 15 and Margo Dutton said it is still on….
Jim and Linda Alden will represent our club at the convention.  Margo will be making a speech prior to the vote on her nomination to be Governor-Elect of the entire Cal-Nev-Ha Kiwanis District.   Natali Galt will hold her official visit for our club via Zoom on June 16.  The Installation ceremony for our new slate of officers will be held on September 29 Our Governor’s Official Visit will be combined with the installation of our new Division 37 Lt. Governor Gina Roberts on Sept 26 at the San Marcos Civic Center.  A prize will be awarded to the club with the most new members during covid-19 lockdown. 
image.png Board Meeting held right after this meeting–  Approved Martha Bozulich’s transfer from Valley Center to our Club.  Glen Winn is still checking on alternative flag ceremony options for June14, but it is doubtful.  4th of July at the Lake is officially canceled.  All philanthropy checks sent out to the organizations we support. The Arc of San Diego $500, Cal-Nev-Ha District Pediatric Trauma Program $250,, Kiwanis International Children’s Fund $100,, Meals on Wheels $500,, San Diego Center for the Blind $500,, San Marcos Educational Foundation $500,, Solutions for Change $500.   
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Here are the Kiwanians who zoomed in today: starting from top left – Jim and Linda Alden (Zoom Hosts), Jerry Mason, Gina Roberts (Div 37 Lt Gov elect), 
Glen Winn, Jacque McGee, Art Brown, John Gibbs,  Ivan Gillis, Pat Haugen, Margo Dutton, John Lee, Ron Stone, Gordon Bowers, Cathleen Stevens, 
Tom Kumura, and Martha Bozulich  (Marie Purdy not in picture)
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 image.png NEXT Zoom Meeting – Jim and Linda Alden will host another zoom meeting like this one next week. At our Next Meeting Kiwanis Lt Gov. Natali Galt will be the main speaker as we ease in to more a “normal type” of agenda  This will be the ninth Zoom Meeting – Tuesday, June 16 at 11:00 AM – Pat will send out an e-mail about how to sign in to the meeting. For those who did not attend, zooming is easy and much better than staring at the walls trying not to go crazy.   Be sure to check in for our next Zoom Meeting Tuesday, June 16 at 11:00 am, look for the zoom invite in your e-mail. 
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Stay Safe, Stay Sane, Stay Connected – Kiwanis serves, even in times like these.
Jerry Mason
 
Joke of the week from Jim Alden: As a bagpiper, I play many gigs. Recently I was asked by a funeral director to play at a graveside service for a homeless man. He had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a pauper’s cemetery in the Nova Scotia back country. As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost and, being a typical man, I didn’t stop for directions.
 I finally arrived an hour late and saw the funeral guy had evidently gone and the hearse was nowhere in sight. There were only the diggers and crew left and they were eating lunch. I felt badly and apologized to the men for being late. I went to the side of the grave and looked down and the vault lid was already in place. I didn’t know what else to do, so I started to play.
  • The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around.
  • I played out my heart and soul for this man with no family and friends.
  • I played like I’ve never played before for this homeless man.
  • And as I played “Amazing Grace”, the workers began to weep.
  • They wept, I wept, we all wept together.

When I finished, I packed up my bagpipes and started for my car. Though my head was hung low, my heart was full.  As I opened the door to my car, I heard one of the workers say, “I never seen anything like that before, and I’ve been putting in septic tanks for twenty years.”

Lake San Marcos Kiwanis (Special Covid-19 Lockdown Newsletter – June 2, 2020  Zoom meeting #7)

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It seems like so long ago that we mingled close together at our pancake breakfast – the world has changed a lot since then.
Wha tHas Changed after 80 days of Covid-19 Lockdown?
Fellow Kiwanians (attendance on Zoom – 17)– Time itself seems to have been warped these days. Now time seems to go by so slowly compared to the pace of time before March 15, the day California went into lockdown.  Lockdown began 80 days (2.5 months) ago. Paradoxically, we are not alone, even though most all of us feel quite lonely nowadays. “Nearly 2.6 billion people around the world are in some kind of lockdown or quarantine,” says a Reuters article (attached). That’s one-third of everyone in the world. Here, 297 million Americans are locked down as fear of Covid-19 casts its eerie shadows across our land.  Our pancake breakfast (when we paid no attention to social distancing) was just 104 days ago – but it seems like a distant memory from a land time forgot. Our last in-person Kiwanis meeting was March 1084 days ago.   Who knows when our next in-person meeting will be?
“Lockdown is the world’s biggest psychological experiment and we will pay the price” the Reuters article states.(Does that must mean we are the guinea pigs?).“People who are quarantined are very likely to develop a wide range of symptoms of psychological stress and disorder including lower moods, insomnia, stress issues, anxiety problems, anger, irritability, emotionalexhaustion, depression and even post-traumatic-stress-syndrome (PTSD).” We’ve all been zooming and glooming around inside ever since.
       Checking in with our club members – each person who came to today’s zoom meeting was asked this question…. 
What’s the biggest change in your life as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown?”– Here are their answers:
image.png Jim Alden – “I’m learning to embrace solitude and appreciate family and things we often take for granted.”
image.png Ron Stone – “I’m doing lots of home projects that I was previously procrastinating about.”
image.png Jacque McGee – “It has been a hassle to get out to the doctor’s appointments we need to go to. We’re all getting tested here.”
image.png Cathleen Stevens – “I’ve been pretty isolated, my children bring food and visit me in my garage 6 feet apart.”
image.png Ivan Gillis – “I’ve kept busy with the Kiwanis Scholarships that I usually take care of this time of the year.”
image.png Gordon Bowers – “Here at the Chateau, our dining room is closed, so its just me and my wife – meals are brought in.  Not much else.”
image.png John Gibbs – “My wife and I have been preparing all our own meals which is a big change resulting in a positive change in our diets.”
image.png Tom Kumura – “Attending church over the internet has been a new adventure for us and for many these past 13 weeks.”
image.png Pat Haugen – Our puppies get more quality time these days and I take more naps.”
image.png Margo Dutton – “It’s been a little lonely; making masks (447 so far) keeps me sane and gives focus to my days.  I like doing facetime with my grandson.  My campaign for office has been a lot less expensive.”
image.png Glen Winn – “I’m appreciating family more, learning more about high tech (zoom), taking lots of walks and runs. I’m getting by.”
image.png Art Brown – “I feel like I’ve been thrown kicking and screaming into early retirement; I’m appreciating Kiwanis more & doing more walking.”
image.png John Lee – “My wife and I have broken out the old cookbooks; we’re eating wonderful co-created delights and also saving money.”
image.png Jerry Mason – “This is an extrovert’s nightmare – I miss real people contact and the freedom of moving around. We’re doing lots of puzzles, taking walks and reading books; I’m painting a lot.  I can’t wait for it to be over.”
image.png Natali Galt – “I’ve been challenged a lot to learn and use technology (i.e. zoom) It has opened up a whole new universe of connections for me.  Still, I have felt lonely and it is taking its toll…I will be glad when it is over.”  
Next week’s round-robin question – “What are the best books you have read during this lockdown?” (Linda Alden has read lots said, Jim)
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Business Discussion –In the meantime, Lake San Marcos Kiwanis held its 7th zoom based weekly meeting – These matters were discussed:
image.pngScholarships – Ivan Gillis, – Glen Winn, our President,  commended scholarship chairman Ivan Gillis and the scholarship committee for their hard work this year.  “The word I hear at City Hall is that our club is doing a fabulous job and these scholarships are a great effort during difficult times,” he said. 
The scholarship committee met last week to review 56 applications. Around $27,000 in scholarships will be awarded to 29 applicants The list will be sent to the board for approval next week. Names will be announced soon.
image.png Tom Kumura (member of the Palomar Health Board of Directors)reported that Palomar’s Poway Hospital has been re-focused toward non-covid medicine while the Escondido Hospital is handling a few covid-related cases.  Palomar Health, like others, is transitioning to the new normal cautiously.  Covid-related activity is still highest around Chula Vista and the border. 
image.png Ways to Give Out Books Discussed –  Pat Haugen talked about options for giving books to children: One idea – distributing them through San Marcos Boys and Girls Club. Another idea – distribute with meals being passed out by schools.  Sufficient books will be held back for the Holiday parade at the end of the year. Our club has an $8,000 grant from San Diego County to buy these elementary-age books.
image.pngJohn Lee reports Meals on Wheels is going along fine – they are being very careful – delivering every other Friday – people are appreciative.
image.pngJim Trageser reported on matters pertaining to Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Moose Lodge (for more information contact Jim)
image.pngMembership matters – Charlene Vick and Martha Bozulich will be inducted as new members soon.
image.pngLt. Gov. Natali Galt –DCM this Saturday 9:15 am June 6  – Donna Hill will be speaker (about being club Secretary) – zoom invite going out to all.
image.png Scheduling Matters: – Glen Winn is exploring the possibility of holding flag retirement ceremony in July (was June 14) at a local park and/or via zoom – Miracle Mile of Quarters has been rescheduled for October. – 4th of July event at the Lake has been canceled, (there may be some alternative program in the fall.)OurDistrict’s Kiwanis Convention in Reno is still planned for Aug 13 – 15 and Margo Dutton said it is still on….
Jim and Linda Alden will represent our club at the convention.  Margo will be making a speech prior to the vote on her nomination to be Governor-Elect of the entire Cal-Nev-Ha Kiwanis District. Natali Galt will hold her official visit for our club via Zoom on June 16.  The Installation ceremony for our new slate of officers will be held on September 29Our Governor’s Official Visit will be combined with installation of our new Division 37 Lt. Governor Gina Roberts on Sept 26 at the San Marcos Civic Center.  A prize will be awarded to the club with the newest members during the covid-19 lockdown. 
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Here are the Kiwanians who zoomed in today: starting from top left – Jim Alden (Zoom Host),  Jerry Mason, Ron Stone, Jacque McGee, Cathleen Stevens, 
Ivan Gillis, Gordon Bowers, JIm Trageser, John Lee, Natali Galt, John Gibbs, Tom Kumura, Pat Haugen, Margo Dutton, Glen Winn, Art Brown. 
(Mary Harrington not in picture)
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image.pngNEXT Zoom Meeting – Jim and Linda Alden will host another zoom meeting like this one next week. The eighth Zoom Meeting will be Tuesday, June 9 at 11:00 AM – Pat will send out an e-mail about how to sign in to the meeting. For those who did not attend, zooming is easy and much better than staring at the walls trying not to go crazy. Be sure to check in for our next Zoom Meeting Tuesday, June 9 at 11:00 am, look for the zoom invite in your e-mail. 
 A Board Meeting will be held via zoom after this meeting.
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Stay Safe, Stay Sane, Stay Connected – Kiwanis serves, even in times like these.

Jerry Mason

Lake San Marcos Kiwanis (Special Covid-19 Lockdown Newsletter – May 19, 2020  Zoom meeting #5) 

These Nine Members were elected to be our club’s Leaders in the upcoming Kiwanis Year beginning in October.

New Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Board Elected

Nine Members To Begin New Roles on October 1, 2020

       Fellow Kiwanians (attendance on Zoom-21) – Teddy Roosevelt, our 36th President, is famous for many courageous deeds and words.  Some of his most memorable words are from his “man in the arena” speech (1910):  …The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause..…; Today nine members from our Kiwanis club stepped into that arena.  They were elected as our Kiwanis leaders for the next Kiwanis year which begins on October 1.

         The following Lake Sam Marcos Kiwanians were elected to lead our club through and beyond these difficult times.  The new board will be…

Officers (5) President Art BrownImmediate Past President Glen Winn,  President-Elect John GibbsSecretary Pat HaugenTreasurer John Lee, – Directors (4)  Don Keller and Ted May (will serve the 2nd year of their two year term) Jim Alden and Ivan Gillis(newly elected will begin two year term in Oct.) Current director Mary Harrington and Treasurer Margo Dutton will be stepping off the board with our appreciation.

          Pat Haugen utilized an online election service (Election Runner) to conduct the official voting during the day previous to our meeting. Only John Gibbs and John Lee will be joining next year’s board – the other seven board members are either changing responsibilities or continuing in their current assignments.  Congratulations to our new leaders.  It is up to the rest of the club to support them as requested.

      At this week’s zoom meeting the following other matters were discussed:

Natali Galt notified us that the District Kiwanis leaders have decided to postpone our Governor’s Official Visit and combine it with the Installation of new Division Lt. Governor Gina Roberts to some time in September.  Details to be decided based on the covid-19 situation.  Natali encouraged our club to consider awards that would be given out at that meeting.  

Pat Haugen presented highlights of the annual report (attached):  Our club has added 4 new members this year: Paul Wright, Rich Farmer, Jack Pease, and Ron Stone – Charlene Vick our newest member is pending. Pat said our club’s financial status is in good shape.

 Margo Dutton said she met with Key Clubs via zoom and they are talking regularly.  Margo has made around 400 masks and distributed several to club members.  Margo is still actively campaigning via zoom for the Governor-elect position of the Cal-Nev-Ha Kiwanis District.

   Changes in the schedule: – Flag Retirement meeting was to be on June 14 – Glen Winn is exploring the possibility of holding this via zoom – Miracle Mile of Quarters has been rescheduled for October. – The 4th of July event at the Lake is uncertain.  Our Division’s Kiwanis Convention in Reno is still being planned for Aug 13-15 but Margo has heard that residents of Reno say that is not likely to happen at that time.

Here are the scholarship recipients from last year’s awards program in May 2019 – the faces this year will be different, but the joy of giving them out and receiving them will be the same.

 

 

 

 

     Scholarships – Ivan Gillis, chair of the scholarship committee, reports we have now received 56 applications (29 thru San Marcos Promise) several from Key Clubbers in our area. A separate zoom meeting is being planned for May 26 to make the selections.  Eleven members are on this committee – Around $25,000 is expected to be allocated to these scholarships.  It is uncertain if we will have an actual or a virtual (zoom based) awards program for the scholarship recipients on June 23 and June 30.                                                               

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        Here are the Kiwanians who connected on this zoom meeting: starting from top left – Jim Alden (Zoom Host), Linda Alden, Jerry Mason, Jim Murphy, John Gibbs, Glen Winn, John Lee, Ron Stone,  guest Lynne Do Key Club Lt.Gov. District 37, Cathleen Stevens, Dick Skay, Ivan Gillis, Pat Haugen, Art Brown, Jaquee McGee, Margo Dutton, Steve Hinze, Tom Curtis, Tom Kumura, Mary Harrington, and Lt. Gov. Natali Galt.

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NEXT Zoom Meeting – Jim and Linda Alden will host another zoom meeting like this one next week. The sixth Zoom Meeting will be Tuesday, May 26 at 11:00 AM Jim will send out an e-mail about how to sign in to the meeting. For those who did not attend, zooming is easy and much better than staring at the walls trying not to go crazy.   Be sure to check in for our next Zoom Meeting Tuesday, May 26 at 11:00 am, look for the zoom invite in your e-mail. Monday, May 25 is Memorial Day. 

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Stay Safe, Stay Sane, Stay Connected – Kiwanis serves, even in times like these.

Jerry Mason

Lake San Marcos Kiwanis (Special Covid-19 Lockdown Newsletter – May 12, 2020  Zoom meeting #4) 

Our nation and our world are struggling  to find the right balance between staying safe and preserving our emotional and economic health.

Every Kiwanian shares this struggle. Kiwanis cares about its members and works to overcome obstacles such as quarantine fatigue.

 

Overcoming Obstacles and Coping with Quarantine Fatigue

       Fellow Kiwanians (attendance on Zoom-16) – “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” – so wrote Charles Dickens in his Tale of Two Cities about two men in London and Paris in the mid 1800s.  If Dickens could write about our times now during Covid-19 lockdown he would probably write…”It was the weirdest of times” because so many of the people alive now have never been through such a weird or difficult worldwide pandemic.  I bet you have never heard of the Yerkes-Dodson Law which says essentially that everyone needs some level of stress to achieve maximum performance but if that peak level is exceeded, performance declines.  A recent article on Quarantine Fatigue (attached) states “Nowadays we all have over-stimulation from constant information influx and uncertainty as to what will come from this information, which is tiring; and there is also fatigue associated with a lack of stimulation resulting from not having a change in environment which is boring.  During this time people are in both predicaments – in an under-stimulated and over-stimulated state at the same time. This double whammy is difficult for most and results in really negative impacts on our moods.” This overload/underload craziness is happening to millions around the world.

This is most likely happening to you and most if not all Kiwanians as we shelter in place thru these weird times.  (Read the attached article for coping strategies).  One strategy overcomes the social distancing problem is to have regular zoom based meetings. Many are having such meetings these days.  Lake San Marcos Kiwanis held its 4th zoom based meeting today and here’s the story…

      At this week’s zoom meeting the following matters were discussed:

 The Amazing Good Samaritan Story of Rich Farmer and Mike Cain – Rich gave us a behind-the-scenes overview of the recent media story that went viral about his simple act of kindness – see full story below.  The world is apparently starved for good news like Rich and Mike provided.

 Club Elections – Pat Haugen talked about holding club elections online on Monday and Tuesday, May 18 and 19.  Pat will use an online election program to help with this. Ivan Gillis’s Nominating Committee is offering the following slate of potential officers for the 2020-2021 Kiwanis year (which begins in Oct).  Officers (5) For President-Elect: John Gibbs, For Secretary Pat HaugenTreasurer John Lee, – Glen Winn our current President will become Past President and Art Brown our current President-Elect will become our club, President.  Directors (4) (two will be elected) – Nominees Jim Alden, Ivan Gillis, Mary Harrington.  Current Directors Don Keller and Ted May will serve the 2nd year of their two year term.  Pat Haugen asked for nominations from the floor at this meeting (there were none) – Every member will receive an online ballot for this election early next week.  Pat will announce the winners at the next Zoom meeting on May 19.  Every member is encouraged to vote.

  Scholarships – Ivan Gillis, chair of the scholarship committee, reports we have now received 56 applications (29 thru San Marcos Promise) several from Key Clubbers in our area. A separate zoom meeting is being planned for May 26 to make the selections – Around $25,000 is expected to be allocated to these scholarships.  We will probably have zoom based awards programs for the scholarship recipients on June 23 and June 30 if we are not allowed to resume face-to-face meetings by then.

   Changes in the schedule: – Flag Retirement meeting was to be on June 14 – but now is doubtful. – Miracle Mile of Quarters has been rescheduled for October. – The 4th of July event at the Lake is uncertain.  Our Division’s Kiwanis Convention in Reno is still being planned for Aug 13-15 but Margo has heard that residents of Reno say that is not likely to happen at that time.

 Margo Dutton has made around 400 masks and distributed several to club members.  Donations can be made to the CNH Foundation – mail to her home (Margo Dutton – 2044 Campo Verde Court, Escondido, CA 92026).

 Ivan Gillis talked about a video from County Supervisor Jim Desmond concerning COVID-19 and tests (see below).

Here’s a zoom snapshot of today’s zoom meeting taken by Jerry Mason.

Here are the Kiwanians who connected on this zoom meeting: starting from top left – Jim Alden (Zoom Host), Jerry Mason, Jim Murphy, John Gibbs, Glen Winn, John Lee, Ron Stone, new guest Lynne Do Key Club Lt Gov. District 37, Cathleen Stevens, Rich Farmer, Ivan Gillis, Pat Haugen, Art Brown, Jaquee McGee, and Margo Dutton, (Steve Hinze not in photo).

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This is a story of a modern-day Good Samaritan – Our very own Rich Farmer and a local senior in need, Mike Cain of San Marcos.

Our Good Samaritan Kiwanian Rich Farmer does a simple act of kindness for a stranger during these strange times and it goes viral – Recently one of our newer Kiwanians, Rich Farmer, did a good deed for a stranger and the story ended up on local television then went viral around the country.  Jim Alden said, “I want to share a wonderful story with you about one of our local senior citizens and Kiwanian Rich Farmer.  Check this link out and be prepared for a truly feel-good story.  This shows us all what America is truly about as we travel down a particularly rough road together. And, how one of our own chose to deal with something he randomly encountered.

The story link is here — Stop in the Name of Love: 93-Year-Old Man Hitchhikes For His Love

Here is Rich’s story about how it happened: “I left the office today to go home and grab a quick bite to eat when I saw this elderly man standing with his walker at the corner of San Marino Drive and Lake San Marcos with his thumb out? I paused made a u-turn and went back to see if he needed some assistance. I stepped out of my car yelled over the top to see if he was OK. He said he was trying to get to the 99 cent store about 1.5 miles away.  My first thought was this guy was trying to get some food so I decided to spring into action. I had him step up on the curb, I pulled my car over and spent 15 minutes wiping down the handles, seats, dashboards, etc with my Clorox wipes. Then I put on my trusty blue gloves and mask and gave him some hand sanitizer; then off we went.  

       Once on the road I had a couple of questions for him: How old are you? 93 What’s your name? Mike Cain Are you married? yes, my wife is 94 her name is Doris Does she know you gone? Nope, she probably hasn’t even started looking for me yet. Why are we going to the 99 cent store? My wife and I like to share a Hershey chocolate bar every night and we’re out so I need to buy 35 Hershey Bars. We hustled into the store-bought 35 bars of creamy Hershey chocolate and some other groceries; then got him back home. I asked what he was going to tell his wife about where the chocolate came from and he said he was going to tell her he met this really nice real estate fellow who gave him a ride.  I gave him my card and said next time you need some chocolate no need to try to hitch a ride, just give me a call and I look forward to meeting Doris.  (During the shopping spree the 99 cent store donated a year’s supply of Hershey’s Chocolate bars to Cain – Cain said he would give some of those back to his new friend Rich).

When asked how the media found out about this simple but profound act of kindness, Rich said: “The media found out about it through Facebook and social media, it was pushed and shared on Facebook & Instagram over 100K times.  It was aired on channel 7 and 39 and Fox News, they shared it with their syndication with 7 other news stations, in Dallas, New York, Florida, & Tennessee. It will be airing on the Today show tomorrow. It was also spoofed on Saturday Night Live last Saturday night. It has been pushed out on multiple blogs such as “ Love What Matters” in the Philippines and several senior online magazines across the US.”

Mike Cain (an Air Force veteran) ended the story with this “There aren’t many people like Rich in the world.” 

My comment, actually there are, and you will find them in a Kiwanis Club Way to Give Back Rich!

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NEXT Zoom Meeting – Jim and Linda Alden will host another zoom meeting like this one next week. The fifth Zoom Meeting will be Tuesday May 19 at 11:00 AM Jim will send out an e-mail about how to sign in to the meeting. For those who did not attend, zooming is easy and much better than staring at the walls trying not to go crazy.   Be sure to check in for our next Zoom Meeting Tuesday May 19 at 11:00 am, look for the zoom invite in your e-mail. 

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Stay Safe, Stay Sane, Stay Connected – Kiwanis serves, even in times like these.

Jerry Mason

Lake San Marcos Kiwanis (Special Covid-19 Lockdown Newsletter – May 5, 2020  Zoom meeting #3) 

In recent weeks many of the members of Lake San Marcos Kiwanis are learning to connect in new ways online and conducting business however they can – using zoom.

Members discussed creative ways to get club business accomplished and how we can continue to serve the community and support each other during these trying times. Learning How to Connect in New Ways in a Disconnected Time

       Fellow Kiwanians (attendance on Zoom-18) – Over 200 million people are now using zoom’s online platform to connect in this very disconnected time of lockdown and social distancing. The use of Zoom and other digital communications have soared with political parties, corporate offices, school districts, organizations and millions across the world working from home after lockdowns were enforced to slow the spread of the coronavirus,” said the CEO of Zoom.  Lake San Marcos Kiwanis is among those millions who are adapting to zoom meetings in lieu of regular face-to-face luncheon meetings. Today Jim and Linda Alden hosted the third zoom meeting of our club.  Jim said in his calls around to the 50+ members, that some are experiencing “shutdown fatigue” and some are not in tune with the new online technology. However, 18 members of the club have made the switch to a new online way of connecting.

      At this week’s zoom meeting the following matters were discussed:

 Books for Kids – Our club has received $8,000 from the city of San Diego for the purchase of books which will be distributed to local schools as part of our Captain Book program.

  Scholarships – Ivan Gillis, chair of the scholarship committee, reports we have now received 52 applications (29 thru San Marcos Promise) several from Key Clubbers in our area. A separate zoom meeting is being planned for May 26 to make the selections – Around $25,000 is expected to be allocated to these scholarships.  We may have to have a zoom based awards program for the scholarship recipients if we are not allowed to resume face-to-face meetings by late June.

   Changes in the schedule: – Flag Retirement meeting was to be on June 14 – but now is on hold. – Miracle Mile of Quarters has been rescheduled for October. – The 4th of July event at the Lake is uncertain.   Division’s Kiwanis Convention in Reno is still being planned for Aug 13-15 but Margo has heard that residents of Reno say that is not likely to happen at that time.

 Club Elections – Ivan Gillis, chair of the Nominating Committee, talked about holding elections (usually in May) via zoom.  His committee offered the following slate of potential officers for the 2020-2021 Kiwanis year (which begins in Oct).  Officers (5) For President-Elect: John Gibbs, For Secretary Pat HaugenTreasurer John Lee, – Glen Winn our current President will become Past President and Art Brown our current President-Elect will become our club, President.  Directors (4) (two will be elected) – Nominees Jim Alden, Ivan Gillis, Mary Harrington.  Current Directors Don Keller and Ted May will serve the 2nd year of their two year term.  Pat Haugen opened the meeting for nominations from the floor (there were none) – she said nominations can still be offered at our next meeting May 12.  A zoom based election meeting is being explored for May 19 – Pat is looking into an online program to help with this.  A quorum of at least 18 members is needed to make the election official.

 Margo Dutton made her campaign speech via zoom at a recent Division meeting (May 2). She said around 80 Kiwanians zoomed in for this meeting. Lt Governor Natali Galt mentioned that maybe many Kiwanians are getting out of the habit of meeting.  Natali encouraged all Kiwanians to keep the connections alive, even if only by Zoom.

 Tom Kumura, a member of the Palomar Hospital Board of Directors, reported that more covid-19 cases are coming into hospitals in towns like Chula Vista closer to the border.  In North County, only a few cases have come in and the hospital is making plans to begin going back to elective non-covid treatments and surgeries.

Here’s a zoom snapshot was taken by Jerry Mason.

        Here are the Kiwanians who connected on this zoom meeting: Jim and Linda Alden (Zoom Hosts), Jerry Mason, Pat Haugen, John Lee, John Gibbs, Cathleen Stevens, Art Brown, Ivan Gillis, Gordon Bowers, Ron Stone, Jaquee McGee, Stephen Hinze, Margo Dutton, Tom Curtis, Jim Murphy, Tom Kumura, Martha Bozulich.      

Membership News – Charlene Vick is our newest member (photo on right above) – Welcome Charlene!!! she brings our member total to 53

Martha Bozulich reported that she is going to switch her Kiwanis membership from Valley Center to our club. Welcome, Martha!! 

Jim Alden, John Lee, and Pat Haugen shared a phone tree call assignment to all members to encourage them to stay connected during the lockdown.

Jim Trageser – Cub Scout Pack 662 is doing some online activities to stay engaged. They participated in the Boy Scouts’ recent National Camp In, and have been holding monthly Den meetings via Zoom.  They are anxious to get back to real-world camping as soon as we get clearance from local officials,

NEXT Zoom Meeting – Jim and Linda Alden will host another zoom meeting like this one next week. The fourth Zoom Meeting will be Tuesday May 12 at 11:00 AM Jim will send out an e-mail about how to sign in to the meeting. For those who did not attend, zooming is easy and much better than staring at the walls trying not to go crazy.   Be sure to check in for our next Zoom Meeting Tuesday May 12 at 11:00 am, look for the zoom invite in your e-mail. 

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Stay Safe, Stay Sane, Stay Connected – Kiwanis serves, even in times like these.

Jerry Mason

Lake San Marcos Kiwanis (Special Covid-19 Lockdown Newsletter – April 28, Zoom meeting #2)

Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Adapting to New Realities

Fellow Kiwanians (attendance on Zoom-17)– “Life happens, adapt, embrace change and make the most of everything that comes your way.” – said Nick Jones.Today 17 members of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis talked about just that, adapting to the new realities of being locked down and social distancing requirements.

Jim Alden hosted the second zoom meeting of our club.  Current Division 37 Lt. Governor Natali Galt said, “I have attended several zoom-based Kiwanis meetings and the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis meeting was hands down the best zoom Kiwanis meeting yet…congratulations…keep it up.” It has been over a month since our last “in-person” meeting (March 10). Our first Zoom meeting was two weeks ago on April 14. “We’re finding ways to keep Kiwanis active and its members engaged,” said Alden. “So we have been using zoom to bridge the gaps of isolation that we all feel.”  Seventeen of our club members signed in for the zoom meeting at 11:00 Tuesday, April 28.

It was a time of creative brainstorming and problem solving revolving around the following topics:  Planning and preparing for future meetings such as scholarship presentations and club elections    Finding ways to check in on those members who did not sign in to this meeting  Staying up with and attending zoom meetings at the Division level (DCM this Sat morning)  How other clubs are responding to this challenge   Talking about the “new normal” whenever we are allowed to get out of lockdown   Being positive and creative despite our difficult circumstances. 

Here’s a zoom snapshot was taken by Natali Galt.

        Here are the Kiwanians who connected on this zoom meeting: Jim and Linda Alden (Zoom Hosts), Jerry Mason, Pat Haugen, John Lee, John Gibbs, Cathleen Stevens, Art Brown, Ivan Gillis, Gordon Bowers, Ted May, Ron Stone, Jaquee McGee, Stephen Hinze, Margo Dutton, Jim Dorschel (past Div 37 Lt Gov.) and Natali Galt (current Div 37 Lt. Gov.). 

        Here is a summary of the adaptive ideas and business matters that were discussed

 John Lee shared that our pancake breakfast brought in over $20,000 this year, Ivan thinks we will have around $25K to give away when we give out scholarships this year.

 Ivan Gillis shared that he has received over 50 scholarship applications (many thru San Marcos Promise) and that June 23 and June 30 were earmarked for presenting those scholarships (if we are allowed to meet by that time). A scholarship committee meeting is being scheduled via zoom on May 26.

 Roberta and Bob Gibson Memorial awards.- Ivan also told us that three Marine scholarship checks (totaling $3000) have been sent out to two Marines and a Marine spouse to help with their education which will help in their transitions to the civilian world.

Ivan Gillis, chair of the Nominating Committee, talked about holding elections (usually in May) via zoom.  His committee offered the following slate of potential officers for the 2020-2021 Kiwanis year (which begins in Oct).  Officers (5) For President-Elect: John Gibbs, For Secretary Pat HaugenTreasurer John Lee, – Glen Winn our current President will become Past President and Art Brown our current President-Elect will become our club, President.  Directors (4) (two will be elected) – Nominees Jim Alden, Ivan Gillis, Mary Harrington.  Current Directors Don Keller and Ted May will serve the 2nd year of their two year term.

A possible tentative time for us to resume regular “in-person” meetings was discussed but it was felt there are too many uncertainties at play for any decision now.

Margo Dutton is making colorful 4 layer colorful masks which she will be making available for members – she has made over 300 of them.  (They are free but a donation to CAL-NEV-HA foundation would be appreciated) .  Margo will be speaking as part of her campaign at this week’s DCM.

 Natali Galt reminded members to try to attend the Division 37 conference meeting this Saturday morning (zoom invite coming thru e-mail).   Also that the Cal-Nev-

Ha District Conference scheduled for August 13-15 in Reno is still being planned.  Natali wants to do her “official meeting” in the coming weeks by zoom, but she promises to come back live later because she really likes our club. (Besides she is looking forward to getting a pie in her face.)

Jim Alden is coordinating a phone tree endeavor to check in with all members.

An LSM Kiwanis board meeting by Zoom was scheduled for this coming Monday, May 4 at 11.

         NEXT Zoom Meeting – Jim and Linda Alden offered to have another zoom meeting like this one next week. The third Zoom Meeting will be Tuesday, May 5 at 11:00 AM Jim will send out an e-mail about how to sign in to the meeting. For those who did not attend, zooming is easy and much better than staring at the walls trying not to go crazy.

Be sure to check in for our next Zoom Meeting Tuesday, May 5 at 11:00 am, look for the zoom invite in your e-mail. 

  Natali Galt closed the meeting with a heartfelt thank you to our club for working positively and creatively to overcome obstacles during this difficult time.

Lake San Marcos Kiwanis (Special Covid-19 Lockdown Newsletter – April 14, check in meeting) 
LSM Kiwanis Uses Zoom to Bridge Pandemic Isolation
       Fellow Kiwanians (attendance on Zoom-19)  It has been over a month since our last “in-person” meeting on March 10, but today Lake San Marcos Kiwanis used what tools we had to bridge the pandemic isolation that is affecting millions. “I felt the need to see everyone however we could  because it has been too long since we’ve met,” said Jim Alden.  “So we were able to use zoom to bridge the gaps of isolation we all feel.”  Nineteen of our club members signed in at the 11:30 Tuesday, April 14 time for our zoom meeting.
      It was a simple meeting, Zoommasters Jim and Linda Alden allowed each person time to tell the others how they were faring during this difficult and stressful time.  Most everyone shared similar experiences 🚹 Staying home and staying away from others 🚹 Following the Guidelines 🚹 Fighting Boredom and Cabin Fever 🚹 Taking Walks around the neighborhood  🚹 Finding ways to get groceries while being very safe 🚹 Using protective gear (masks and gloves)
 🚹 Helping Others if they can 🚹 Staying Safe.
Here are the Kiwanians who connected on this zoom meeting: Jim and Linda Alden (Zoom Hosts), Jerry Mason, Glen Winn, Pat Haugen, John Lee, John Gibbs, Cathleen Stevens, Art Brown, Ivan Gillis, Gordon Bowers, Tom Kumura, Jim Murphy, Paul Wright, Rich Farmer, Ron Stone, Jaquee McGee, and Elizabeth Burmeister.
   A few items of business were also discussed
🚩 John Lee shared that our pancake breakfast brought in over $20,000 this year 
🚩 Ivan Gillis shared that he has received 45 scholarship applications (many thru San Marcos Promise) and that June 23 and June 30 were earmarked for presenting those                scholarships (if we are allowed to meet by that time). 
🚩 Jerry Mason shared that the speakers who were scheduled for the meetings thru early June are all fine with being rescheduled once we resume normal meetings.
🚩 Pat Haugen and others discussed possible time for us to resume regular “in person” meetings but it was felt that it is too soon to make that decision now.
🚩 Margo Dutton is making colorful masks.
📣NEXT Zoom Meeting – Jim and Linda Alden offered to have another zoom check in meeting like this one in two weeks. The second Zoom Meeting will be Tuesday April 28 at 11:30 AM Jim will send out an e-mail about how to sign in to the meeting. For those who did not attend, zooming was easy and much better than staring at the walls trying not to go crazy. Be sure to check in for our next Zoom Meeting Tuesday April 28 at 11:30 am (bring your own lunch)  
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        Glen Winn offered these thoughts – “I am told there are over 250 million Americans and over 3 billion people in the world who have been told to stay at home.  Each of these people are doing what they can to fight this invisible enemy.  Truly we are all in this together and it will take all of us to beat this virus.  Each of our individual contributions are important.  We don’t know how long it will take, but this too shall pass.  Stay home, endure, and rest peacefully until the sun comes up again.” President Glen Winn and the Board of Directors Lake San Marcos Kiwanis.
Elizabeth Burmeister offered This poem which was written by Irish poet, Kitty O’Meara.  
AND THE PEOPLE STAYED HOME” 
      And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows.
     And the people began to think differently.  And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal. And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed. 
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Stay Safe, Stay Sane, Stay Connected – this too shall pass.
Jerry Mason

On  February 22, Lake San Marcos Kiwanis held our 54th annual Pancake Breakfast fundraiser for scholarships.

Around 500 people attended with 67 volunteers working as a team to raise over $17,000 for the signature event of our club.

Above center photo: Stars of the Pancake Breakfast: Tom Curtis, Ron Stone, Pat Haugen, John Lee, Jerry Mason, John Gibbs, Jim Alden, Ryan Stangl, Gary Edwards, and Art Brown. 

As usual, it was an “all hands on deck” event and the community support was awesome.

Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis February 25, 2020 

   Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast – The Pancakes Just Keep on Coming          

      Fellow Kiwanians (attendance 30) – Our Kiwanis Club does many things to serve the community, but every year around this time it is Pancake Breakfast time.

We have been holding a pancake breakfast for 54 years since 1966.  “This year’s 2020 pancake breakfast was very impressive,” said President Glen Winn.  “Everything went very smoothly and the teamwork was amazing.” 

We had a team of 67 volunteers from groups like the 1st ANGLICO Marines, our Key Clubs, the Future Farmers of America, and Cub Scout Pack 662.” said Pat Haugen“Everyone said all these young people made it even more fun.”

I was a bit concerned that we might not reach our goals, but everyone really worked hard and we exceeded our goal by raising over $17,000 and serving around 500 people again this year,” said John Lee“What a special event it was.”

      “Everyone pitched in and the teamwork was awesome,” said John Gibbs. (Names of those volunteers are listed below)

Here are some of the impressive numbers from our successful signature fund raiser which was held at Healy Hall in St Mark’s Catholic Church.

  •       Funds Raised for scholarships – Over $17,000 (final accounting will be completed in the coming days)
  • People Served – About 500 (Est.) Community support was awesome (pancakes served around 1,000)
  •       Funds raised by ticket sales alone – $11,000 (Gary Edwards sold around $1360 worth of tickets) 
  • Funds Raised by Silent Auction – around $4,000 (over 100 items – 34 gift certificates, and 70 treasures (Tom Curtis brought in $854 and Tom Kumura 

        $506 in donated value). 

  •       Funds Raised by Placemat Ads – $2,000 (led by Cathleen Stevens)
  • Volunteers – 67 (from 4 organizations, Key Club, First ANGLICO Marines, Future Farmers of America, and Cub Scout Pack 662, and San Marcos Mayor

Rebecca Jones)

Reaching Beyond the Empire State Building – John Lee, Pat Haugen, and Jerry Mason did some speculative math to get a picture of just how many pancakes our club has served in the 54 years since we began holding the Pancake Breakfast. The answer – We have served nearly 54,000 pancakes over the years which they speculate would be enough pancakes, when stacked up one by one, to reach higher than the Empire States Building (1,250 feet).” 

Here are many of the names of the volunteers whose help was so vital to our success.

  •    1st ANGLICO Marines (9) – Edward Rodriguez, Jorge Banda, Abigayle Lewis, Richard Lundy, Christian Romero-Nunez, Tyjuanique Revere, Brandon Huemme,

Brandon Falkner, Edward Dominguez.

  •    Key Club (Mission Hills High) (12) – Jane Bounkousanh, Ed Spillane, Veronica ValBuena, Tung Tuguyen, Evelyn Ramirez- Estrada, Jose Munoz, Kody Lamb,

Sandra Cervantes, Audry Santander, Zonder VilayJane, Katrina Do, Charisse Wico.

  • Key Club (San Marcos High) (5)  – President Krista Nguyen, Madeline Tat, Sofia Nawaz, Daniel Jang, Yuta Sato.
  •    Future Farmers of America (7) – Jasmine Raymundo, Hope Bueno, Gio Rodriguez, Ciara O’Reilly, Camille Heskitt, Quin Fischer, Ryan Miller.
  •     Cub Scout Pack 662 (13) – Bradley Boyer, Evan Sanders, Miles Kennard, Drew Taboh, Colin Rybarczyk, Rainar Ashar, Nick Quinonez, Jack Quinonez, Bennett

Walitsch, Louden Brown, Alexander Peterson, Miles Peterson, Joshua Rodriguez.

  •       Adults from San Marcos Community (4) – Gene Clark, Barb Lee, JoAnn Murphy, Rosemary Winn.
  •  San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones – Mayor Jones donated a lunch with the Mayor for four at Bellows Restaurant (which sold for $200)
  •  Father Bruce Osborn, Pastor St. Mark’s Church.

“Every Year this event is both tiring and exhilarating for me,” said John Lee who has been leading Pancake breakfasts for 6 years. “I am humbled by both the teamwork and solid effort of our members and volunteers as well as by the constant public support of the community, thank you so much.”

     Lake San Marcos Kiwanis will be awarding scholarships from the money we raised in May at two meetings – May 19 and May 26 – come to visit us then.

                                Thank you everyone who contributed. This is our signature event and we made a bold statement again this year.

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        On  February 25 during our regular Tuesday meeting, Andre Nantkes and Silas Kirk gave us an in-depth work at modern gleaning when they spoke about their Fork to Field Program that rescues food redirecting it to the needy and keeping it out of landfills.

Andres Nantkes and Silas Kirk – Modern Innovative Gleaners – “Two-thirds of everything we take from the earth is wasted,” says National Geographic in its latest issue (March 2020 “The End of Trash”).  Today’s speakers are actively trying to do something about that sad fact.  They are modern-day innovative gleaners.

Gleaning is an ancient concept depicted in the Old Testament as poor people gathering food after the harvest from what was not taken to market.  Today’s speakers Andres Nantkes and Silas Kirk told us about how they work to glean usable food and organic material from local restaurants, grocery stores, and other businesses so it can be diverted to other productive purposes.  Andres got the idea for this from his son Aidan about 5 years ago when he was working on a school project in this field.  Since then Andres founded A.B. Jones Co. Fork to Field Innovation.

The main purposes of Fork to Field are:

  • Waste Diverted in a Sustainable Manner – “We work with local restaurants, grocery stores, and other food providers to help glean usable food that we can re-use at places like the free food pantry at Palomar College.”  This pantry serves around 400 people a day.  They collect 10-20 pallets of usable (but not sold) food per month converting it to other useful purposes. (They currently have 40 volunteer crews – about 200 people – collecting food in the San Diego area.)
  • Vericompost created and sold with minimal impact to the environment (Feeding the Worms – who in turn produce great plant food) –  “Worms love to devour organic material that humans won’t eat.  After they are done with it, the worms produce castings.  This vermicompost is then donated to under-served communities and community gardens.
  • Consult with Local business and professionals to help them have a more-green and less wasteful products and production. 
  •    Teach classes at Palomar College on Innovative Gleaning

Andres and his new partner Silas Kirk (who will soon be leaving the Navy to work in this new field) told us about the main things they do to help businesses be green and to reduce the amount of useful organic material that would otherwise end up in landfills.  “About 70 percent of what currently goes into landfills can be usefully \diverted to other purposes.  No community is making more landfills, so it is up to us to reduce the amount of material we would otherwise put in landfills.  said Nantes.

                                Thanks, Andres and Silas for your very interesting presentation – Come back to us often.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ————- 

Announcements- 

  • Key people this meeting: Invocation – Glen Winn, Song – John Lee,  Collections – Ted May,  Fine Master – Glen Winn  – 50/50 drawing today’s pot = $546 Barbara Wales had the winning ticket but drew the ten of hearts.
  • Sad News – Don Keller’s wife, Merlene, passed away recently – Two Memorial Services on Friday, March 6: 1. Funeral Mass at St. Elizabeth Seton Church in Carlsbad 1 pm.  2. Celebration of Life Lake San Marcos Pavilion 3 PM – everyone is invited to both or either event.
  • New faces –Guests –  Carol Fanelli (fiance of Les Hill) she lives in Palm Desert.     Welcome – come back.
  • Elizabeth Burmeister turns 90 – Honorary Member Elizabeth Burmeisterturned 90 recently.  Amazing – Go Elizabeth!!!

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Regular Luncheon Meetings – Upcoming Tuesday luncheon programs (March – May, 2020)

  • March 3 – The Benefits of College Athletics – Andrea Leonard – Head Volleyball Coach California State University at San Marcos 
  • March 10 – Victor Manzanilla and Art Brown – New financial laws that affect seniors
  • March 17 – Roberta and Bob Gibson Memorial Military Scholarships Awards
  • March 24 – Charlene Vick – Windward Life Care and program about Seniors and Technology
  • March 31 – (Open but searching)

Down the road...

  • April 7 – Natali Galt – Kiwanis Lt. Governor for District 37 (our District)
  • April 14- Charla Papp – Moose Lodge
  • April 21 – Prayer Luncheon – Adel Abdelmalak – Leader in faith development in Egypt
  • April 28 – Damien Sagestone – Director of High School Play – Fiddler on the Roof
  • May 5 – Annual Elections/Meeting – for our Kiwanis Club for next Kiwanis year (Oct 2020 – Sept 2021)
  • May 12 – Jack Pease on the importance of scholarships
  • May 19 – LSM Kiwanis Scholarships – 1
  • May 26 – LSM Kiwanis Scholarships – 2

Jerry Mason and Barbara Wales are working to fill out our speaker’s agenda for the next three months, only 1 open date left (Mar 31).

Current Membership is at 52  “Membership is Everyone’s Job.”

On  February 11, Tanis Brown gave us an overview of historical homes in San Marcos – Composite above follows descriptions below.

Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis February 11 2020 

             Tanis Brown, San Marcos Historical Society – Historic Homes in San Marcos              

       Fellow Kiwanians (attendance 32) – Today Tanis Brown took us back to a more peaceful time in San Marcos with a very interesting overview of the historic homes around here.  I didn’t realize there were so many historic homes around here. “A while back our volunteer firemen used to practice by putting out fires in the old homes that were no longer wanted,” she told us. (side note: in 1960 San Marcos population was 2,500, now it is 96,500)

Here are some of the homes she told us about – each one had an interesting story to go with it (see photos above and below):

  •     The Cox House (Twin Oaks area) in Heritage Park now ) repainted yellow – 3 generations of Cox family have lived here for over 60 years.
  • The Bidwell House (Twin Oaks) in Heritage Park now – repainted green – 6.5 acres, used to be chicken ranch selling eggs, the family was involved with Serbian

Orthodox church, Serbian Prince visited once to consecrate that church.

  •      Mary Young Conners Hall (Walnut Grove) – teacher from Kansas started one-room school here in 1910, the home moved to Heritage Park in 2009.
  • Williams Square Barn (Walnut Grove) –  was in the center of San Marcos, dismantled and rebuilt in Walnut Park, built as square dance barn, has pecan wood floors.
  • Oden/Froberg House (Twin Oaks Valley) – Mr. Oden died here when the well structure fell on him, His widow remarried Mr. Froberg who finished this home.
  • La Mesita (Twin Oaks Valley) – home to Merriam family (Merriam-Webster dictionary) connected to Teddy Roosevelt and John Muir. Vineyards, and Bees here.
  • Wood House (Richland Area) – Jenny Lind lived here, socialite, San Marcos summer concerts are held here.
  • Grace Episcopal Church (Richland Area) – two churches collaborated to build this church in shape of a cross, recently has been restored.
  • Borden- Read House (Richland Area) – was a showpiece home for this area for many years.
  • Fulton House (Richland Area) – Fulton family lived here since the 1800’s (over 125 years), Owner Louise Fulton Hard wrote “Under the Pepper Tree” about life here.
  • Early Downtown San Marcos – city center was at Pico and Mission in 1908, first post office, first traffic light here, Flora Brown collected “old stuff” here.
  • The “PINK HOUSE” (Meyers-Doran House) on Discovery Drive –  site of a gun battle between Mr. Doran and Mr. Eliason (who was killed), Doran was acquitted and went on to become a two-term state senator. The city of San Marcos is now considering options for this home – it is too expensive to move and the area is being renovated.

Tanis and Alan Brown – Tanis and her husband Alan now live in Lake San Marcos, they previously lived in the Twin Oaks area for 22 years.  She came to San Marcos in 1976 and has been active in community activities for many years (i.e. Raggedy Ann and Andy preschool program, youth soccer, community services commission, and more).  She was in the first graduating class at the California State University of San Marcos in 1992.   She worked for Lifeline Community Services doing special projects for the Executive Vice President of CSUSM and in human resources for 15 years  Since retiring in 2006, she and her husband Alan travel whenever possible (they lived in Bavaria Germany for 2 years during his earlier years). Tanis now spends most of her time at Heritage Park working toward Historic Preservation.  She also serves as a trustee of the North County Cemetery District and is an alternate on the General Plan Amendment Committee for the City of San Marcos.  She and Alan have four children, three daughters, and one son.

San Marcos Historical Society – Tanis concluded with an appeal to join the San Marcos Historical Society ($20 year for individuals) and to visit Heritage Park at 1952 Sycamore Drive (Open Tuesdays – Thursdays – Saturdays from 1 – 4:30 PM).  Currently, they are trying to raise $25,000 to refurbish and retrofit an old fire engine (the “SOFIE” project ) – They are holding a Kite Day Sat. March 14 at Heritage Park to build support and gather funds for the “SOFIE” project and for the Historical Society. The event is from 10:30 to 1:30 and is free for families.

                                Thanks, Tanis for the very engaging look back in time to the San Marcos of the past – Come back to us often.

       

                                      On  February 11 Tanis Brown gave us an overview of historical homes in San Marcos – Composite above follows descriptions above.

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Announcements- 

  •  
  • New faces –Guests –  (photo above) Left – Joanna Murphy (friend of Jerry Mason).  Key people this meeting: Invocation – Glen Winn, Song – John Lee,  Collections – Ted May,  Fine Master – Dick Skay  – 50/50 drawing today’s pot = $490 Dick Skay had the winning ticket but drew the Jack of hearts.
  • Health Report– John Lee reported Don Alexander should be back next week. Jim Alden reported that Marty Gannon is doing much better.
  • Sad News – Don Keller’s wife, Merlene, passed away on Saturday. 
  • Pat Haugen andArt Brown attend the Kiwanis Mid-Year conference – “We mostly took the legal seminars.” Pat said.      
  • Our Pancake Breakfast will be Saturday, February 22at St Mark’s Church on Discovery – John Lee reported that to date he has received $8,698 from ticket sales after five weeksThere are 2 weeks left. Our goal is to raise around $12,000 (approx.)
  • Silent AuctionJohn Lee encouraged members to solicit gift certificates from the businesses they contacted last year…Ryan Stangl will produce a spreadsheet of places contacted. Pat Haugen encouraged members to have the gift certificates to the club by next Tuesday (Feb 18) meeting to allow time to prepare flyers.
  • Pancake Placemat Ads – To place an ad in the Pancake Placemat, contact Cathleen Stevenscathleenlsm@gmail.com, 760-471-7364.
  • Prize-Winning Kiwanian – Victor Manzanilla (our paragon of health) ran to a first place prize in his age group (men 40-44) at the Cardiff Kook 5K run this past Sunday.  Official time was 21:17 for an average pace of 6:51/mile. Who says Kiwanians can’t run!!!
  • (Center) Chris Clark from Colorado (Al Bomberg’s daughter) (husband Gene was also in attendance) and (right) Chuck El-Maasari (from the now absorbed San Marcos Kiwanis club).    Welcome, all – come back.

                                                                                                                       —————-

Regular Luncheon Meetings – Upcoming Tuesday luncheon programs (February – May, 2020)

  • February 18 – Pancake Breakfast Planning
  • February 25 – Andre Nantkes – AB Jones (Fork to Field) 
  • March 3 – The Benefits of College Athletics – Andrea Leonard – Head Volleyball Coach California State University at San Marcos 
  • March 10 – Victor Manzanilla and Art Brown – New financial laws that affect seniors
  • March 17 – Roberta and Bob Gibson Memorial Military Scholarships Awards
  • March 24 – Charlene Vick – Windward Life Care and program about Seniors and Technology
  • March 31 – (Open but searching)

Down the road...

  • April 7 – Natali Galt – Kiwanis Lt. Governor for District 37 (our District)
  • April 14- (Open but searching)
  • April 21 – Prayer Luncheon – Adel Abdelmalak – Leader in faith development in Egypt
  • April 28 – Damien Sagestone – Director of High School Play – Fiddler on the Roof
  • May 5 – Annual Elections/Meeting – for our Kiwanis Club for next Kiwanis year (Oct 2020 – Sept 2021)
  • May 19 – LSM Kiwanis Scholarships – 1
  • May 26 – LSM KIwanis Scholarships – 2

Jerry Mason and Barbara Wales are working to fill out our speakers agenda for first five months of this year, only 2 open dates left (Mar 31, April 14).

  • Our Pancake Breakfast will be Saturday February 22at St Mark’s Church on Discovery

Current Membership is at 52  “Membership is Everyone’s Job.”

                                                                       —————-

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

Kiwanis Meeting of 2-4-20

On  February 4 Leo Melena the Director of Student Success for C.H.A.B.B.S. of California State University at San Marcos spoke to us about

one of the four colleges at CSUSM – College of Humanities, Arts, and Behavioral Sciences (C.H.A.B.S.S) at our nearby university in San Marcos.

Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis February 4, 2020 

   Leo Melena – Director of Student Success with C.H.A.B.B.S. 

   The Many Offerings of Our Nearby University – Cal State Univ. at San Marcos 

        Fellow Kiwanians (attendance 29) – Today Leo Melena, the Director of Student Success for the College of Humanities, Arts, and Behavioral Sciences (CHABBS) at CSUSM gave us a full tour of what areas students can study in that part of our nearby university.  “As a liberal arts program we give students the freedom and the tools to create their own future, he said. “It’s not our job to prepare students for something, rather it is our job to help students prepare for anything in their future.” There are around 482,000 students in the 24 universities in the University of California system, which is the largest university system in the world.

       CSUSM has about 16,000 students who take classes in one of four colleges (CHABBS), Business, Education, and Science & Math.  “My college – CHABBS has the most students…with about 50% of the total instruction at the university,”  Leo told us CHABBS offers 23 bachelor degrees and 5 master’s degrees.  “There are about 8,700 students in our college studying in 880 classes.”  CHABBS offers 30 minors which help students customize their secondary education toward specific areas of their passions.”

      Leo told us more about CHABBS at CSUSM:   

  •     The CHABBS  faculty has won excellence awards in the 24 university system 10 times in the last 30 years
  • CSUSM offers a career network with mentors that link students with professionals in their chosen field and often provide internships and financial aid.
  •      Last semester 2177 students in CHABBS made the dean’s list (3.5 GPA of above at least 12 units).
  •       It is CSUSM’s policy to think globally and act locally by requiring at least 3 courses in a foreign language and many study abroad opportunities. 

      “We used to be the little university on the hill when we started here 30 years ago but we are not so little anymore,”   Leo concluded by notifying us that new CSUSM President Ellen Nuefeldt will be holding an open house at the campus this Thursday evening.

Leo had been a Kiwanian for 10 years and was past President of the San Marcos Kiwanis Club which our club has recently absorbed.  Leo is considering reinstating his Kiwanis membership with us. We hope you join us, Leo.  Thanks for your talk to us today.

  ————–  

3rd grader Zoe Manzanilla sold 40 boxes of girl scout cookies at today’s meeting.  Zoe is Victor’s daughter – Here Art Brown is getting in on the treats.  Victor and Art will be speaking to us on March 10.

Announcements- 

  • Key people this meeting: Invocation – Jim Alden, Song – John Lee,  Collections – Ted May,  Fine Master – Victor Manzanilla  – 50/50 drawing today’s pot = $472 Tom Curtis  had the winning ticket but drew the two of hearts (Tom had the winning ticket last week too.)
  • Guests –Charlene Vick from Windward Life Care (her second visit, she is probably going to join us as a corporate member).  Gene Clark (Al Bomberg’s son-in-law from Colorado) and Zoe Manzanilla (Victor’s 3rd-grade daughter who sold girl scout cookies at the meeting).
  • Our Pancake Breakfast will be Saturday, February 22at St Mark’s Church on Discovery – John Lee reported that to date he has received $7,490 from ticket sales after four weeks, There are 4 weeks left. Our goal is to raise around $12,000 (approx.)
  • Silent AuctionJohn Lee encouraged members to solicit gift certificates from the businesses they contacted last year…Ryan Stangl will produce a spreadsheet of places contacted.
  • Pancake Placemat Ads – To place an ad in the Pancake Placemat, contact Cathleen Stevenscathleenlsm@gmail.com, 760-471-7364.
  • On the Campaign Trail with Margo Dutton– Margo Dutton is literally “running” for election as Governor-Elect for our Cal-Nev-Ha Kiwanis District.  She listed several places she has been and her future plans to speak but there were so many I got tired just hearing about them all.   Go Margo Go.

                                                                                                                       —————-

Regular Luncheon Meetings – Upcoming Tuesday luncheon programs (February – May, 2020)

  • February 11 – Tanis Brown, San Marcos Historical Society – Overview of Historic Homes in San Marcos
  • February 18 – Pancake Breakfast Planning
  • February 25 – Andre Nantkes – AB Jones (Fork to Field) 
  • March 3 – The Benefits of College Athletics – Andrea Leonard – Head Volleyball Coach California State University at San Marcos 
  • March 10 – Victor Manzanilla and Art Brown – New financial laws that affect seniors
  • March 17 – Roberta and Bob Gibson Memorial Military Scholarships Awards
  • March 24 – Charlene Vick – Windward Life Care and program about Seniors and Technology
  • March 31 – (Open but searching)

Down the road...

  • April 7 – Natali Galt – Kiwanis Lt. Governor for District 37 (our District)
  • April 14- (Open but searching)
  • April 21 – Prayer Luncheon – Adel Abdelmalak – Leader in faith development in Egypt
  • April 28 – Damien Sagestone – Director of High School Play – Fiddler on the Roof
  • May 5 – Annual Elections/Meeting – for our Kiwanis Club for next Kiwanis year (Oct 2020 – Sept 2021)
  • May 19 – LSM Kiwanis Scholarships – 1
  • May 26 – LSM Kiwanis Scholarships – 2

Jerry Mason and Barbara Wales are working to fill out our speaker’s agenda for the first five months of this year, only 2 open dates left (Mar 31, April 14).

  • Our Pancake Breakfast will be Saturday, February 22at St Mark’s Church on Discovery

Current Membership is at 52 (Ron Stone is newest member)   “Membership is Everyone’s Job.”

                                                                       —————-

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

Kiwanis Meeting of 1-28-20

On  January 28 Ben Conarroe of Pro-Mentors spoke to us about a group of men who are trying to help prisoners turn their lives around.

The photo on left – Is the graphic Ben used to explain how the program works

Photo on right – The Iceberg – Behavior is driven by Values which are in turn driven by Beliefs, they work at making changes in the levels below the waterline.

Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis January 28, 2020 

                            Motto – “Remember the Prisoners” (Hebrews 13:3)

             Ben Conarroe & Pro-Mentors Work to Reform Released Prisoners 

        Fellow Kiwanians (attendance 26) – Either America has more lawbreakers per capita or we have more laws to break. Whichever it is (maybe both) Ben Conarroe told us today about a group of men who are working to deal with the California Prison Crisis. Here are some of his key points:

  •     1 out of 100 People in America are in Prison or Jail.
  •    The US incarcerates more people than any other country in the world. (America has 5% of the world’s population, but 25% of the world’s prison population)
    ●  Historically, about 70% of those released from prison re-offend. 
  •       In 2011 US Supreme Court ruled California’s prisons were at 211% of capacity  

      “Consequently the state of California passed AB109 which resulted in a major shuffle of our prison population,” he said.  The Public Safety Realignment Act changes the definition of a felony, shifts housing for lower-level offenders from prison to local jail transfers supervision of designated parolees from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to Probation. Felons who have committed non-violent, non-serious and non-sex offenses will be housed in local jails. Those released from state prison, Post Release Offenders (PRO), will be supervised by probation.

“Since 95% of those in prison will be eventually released, our group is doing what we can to work with ex-prisoners to get them to turn their lives around.” he said.  Ben told us that the 70 men who volunteer in the program (from 35 different churches) focus on the forces under the waterline (see photo above).  “Behavior is driven by values which is in turn driven by beliefs.  We meet with prisoners who will soon be released to help them effectively change at all levels.  Essentially, it is a public safety issue for me as well as a mandate of my Christian beliefs.” Trained mentors are assigned to prisoners who choose to participate in our program.  The meetings are held in the East Mesa facility near the Donovan State Prison and at the detention site in Vista.  “We aim low,” he said meaning his volunteers work toward changes in the lower parts of the iceberg. “About half the prisoners who initially sign up for our 6-month program, drop out…but the other half stick with it at least for a short while after they are out.  About 11 percent of those who enter the program remain in contact with us after 4 months.  This is actually an encouraging number given the very high tendency of prisoners to re-offend.”

     Ben concluded with, “We have an immediate need for Christian men who will commit to mentoring a prisoner, first while he is incarcerated at East Mesa Re-Entry Facility of Vista Detention Facility, then for at least 6 months after he is released.  The time commitment is 1 – 2 hours per week and probably will last about a year.”Contact bconarroe@hebrews13-3online.com or phone 619-466-3177.

Ben started this program in 2013 and now has about 70 men mentoring other men in this way.

     Thanks for your service Ben, come back to visit us again.
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New Faces – Terry Ross – of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada visited today.  Terry is past Governor of the Western Canada District of Kiwanis

Charlene Vick is the Community Relations Manager for Windward Life Care. (She’s interested in membership and in being a speaker down the road).

Announcements- 

  • Key people this meeting:Invocation – Jim Alden, Song – John Lee,  Collections – Ted May,  Fine Master – John Gibbs  – 50/50 drawing today’s pot = $452 Tom Curtis  had the winning ticket but drew the ten of clubs.
  • Guests –Terry Ross from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada (Kiwanis) was here visiting family, and Charlene Vick from Windward Life Care (she will be back).

Martha Bozulich visited us for the third time today.

  • Moose, Lions, and Kiwanis – Oh My”– Past President Jim Alden reported that on Sunday he recently met with members of the local Moose Club and the local Lions club to talk about what each club might do together to focus on common matters. The Moose allows us to store Cub Scout material on their site in Escondido.
  • Our Pancake Breakfast will be Saturday February 22at St Mark’s Church on Discovery – John Lee reported that to date he has received $6300 from ticket sales after three weeks, ($1359 this week) (30 members have not yet turned in sales) – There are 4 weeks left. Our goal is to raise around $16,000 (approx.) which is about what we raised last year.  So far our perennial top seller, Gary Edwards has brought in $1100 in sales, Jim Murphy is second with $320.
  • Silent Auctionmembers should consider contacting businesses they contacted last year…Ryan Stangl will produce a spreadsheet of places contacted.
  • Pancake Placemat Ads – To place an ad in the Pancake Placemat, contact Cathleen Stevenscathleenlsm@gmail.com, 760-471-7364.

                                                                                                                       —————-

Regular Luncheon Meetings – Upcoming Tuesday luncheon programs (February – May, 2020)

  • February 4 – Leo Melena – CSUSM – Overview and Humanities Dept.
  • February 11 – Tanis Brown, San Marcos Historical Society – Overview of Historic Homes in San Marcos
  • February 18 – Pancake Breakfast Planning
  • February 25 – Andre Nantkes – AB Jones (Fork to Field) 
  • March 3 – The Benefits of College Athletics – Andrea Leonard – Head Volleyball Coach California State University at San Marcos 
  • March 10 – Victor Manzanilla and Art Brown – New financial laws that affect seniors
  • March 17 – Roberta and Bob Gibson Memorial Military Scholarships Awards
  • March 24 – (Open but searching)
  • March 31 – (Open but searching)

Down the road...

  • April 7 – Natali Galt – Kiwanis Lt. Governor for District 37 (our District)
  • April 14- (Open but searching)
  • April 21 – Prayer Luncheon – Adel Abdelmalak – Leader in faith development in Egypt
  • April 28 – Damien Sagestone – Director of High School Play – Fiddler on the Roof
  • May 5 – Annual Elections/Meeting – for our Kiwanis Club for next Kiwanis year (Oct 2020 – Sept 2021)
  • May 19 – LSM Kiwanis Scholarships – 1
  • May 26 – LSM KIwanis Scholarships – 2

Jerry Mason and Barbara Wales are working to fill out our speakers agenda for first five months of this year, only 3 open dates left (Mar 24, Mar 31, April 14).

  • Our Pancake Breakfast will be Saturday February 22at St Mark’s Church on Discovery

Current Membership is at 52 (Ron Stone is newest member)   “Membership is Everyone’s Job.”

                                                                       —————-

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

Kiwanis Meeting of 1-21-20

 

On  January 21 Lisa Stout of San Marcos Promise brought two great young people who have benefited from the Promise to speak to us – Elissa Dominguez and Roy Huerta.

The photo on the lower right – Jim Alden presents Lisa and the Promise with $1,000 donation as recently approved by our board

The photo on the lower right – Young students who attended the financial literacy workshop sponsored by the San Marcos Promise.

Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis January 21, 2020 

                            Lisa Stout and friends – Elissa Dominguez and Roy Huerta 

  Two Young Leaders Tell Us How the San Marcos Promise Worked in Their Lives 

        Fellow Kiwanians (attendance 32) – Like Kiwanis, Lisa Stout cares deeply about helping the young people of our community. “We serve the 21,000 students in the San Marcos Unified School District in a wide variety of ways,” she said.  Lisa has been the Executive Director of The San Marcos Promise for a year and a half. “It is our goal to guide and support these students on their journeys into college and into the workforce.  We work with them to build dreams, pathways, and prosperity into their lives.   Lisa spoke to us earlier in November about what the Promise delivers. Today for part 2 – she brought in two great young people who have been helped by the Promise.. Elissa Dominguez and Roy Huerta who gave us the details of how the Promise has helped them transition from learning to earning.

Here’s a synopsis of what they told us:

  • Elissa Dominguez  – “I am a lead ambassador for the San Marcos Promise.  I have been in San Marcos all my life, graduating from Mission High in 2016. 

I currently attend Cal State Univ. in San Marcos majoring in child and adolescent development and plan to graduate in May of this year.  I hope to work as a child life specialist.” – How the Promise Helped Me – “The Promise helped me figure out where to head in my secondary education.  It helped with financial assistance, networking with professionals, in refining my skills as a leader, and being willing to grow beyond my comfort zones.  I never imagined I would be able to speak to a group like I am now – the Promise helped me do this and many other things.”

  • Roy Huerta  – “I am now the Education Coordinator for the PIMA Medical Institute here in San Marcos.  I am a native of San Marcos, graduating from Mission High in 2014.  I graduated from Cal State Univ. in Sam Marcos in 2018 majoring in sociology and business administration.  The PACE scholarship I received, with the help of the Promise, helped me to both graduate and focus my career search. The Promise helped me decide which school was best for me, helped me with finances, and to acquire many “soft skills” that have been vital at this stage of my life. Skills such as networking, leadership, and volunteering have led to where I am now.  I could not have done it without the help of the San Marcos Promise.” Roy now administers resume and job interview workshops, money-wise and financial literacy workshops as part of the “Super Strong” program which is open to over 900 high school freshmen at San Marcos and Mission High Schools.

Lisa told us “Today students are struggling to keep up with an ever-increasing load of academic requirements which unfortunately results in a reduction or even elimination in training in the necessary life skills they need to make their transition beyond the academic world. That’s where we come in to help.” 

      In November Lisa told us The San Marcos Promise administers the following programs: ●  Clearinghouse for scholarships for students ●  L.E.A.P. – Learning Enrichment to Achieve Promise ●  Stembassy Camp at Cal State Univ. at San Marcos (CSUSM) –  ●  Middle School Outreach ●  College Field Trips  ●  Camp NAWIC – National Alliance of Women in Construction ● Signing Day ●  Promise Navigators   ●  Grad Walks – ●  Summer Skillshops – ●  Paid Internships in the Culinary Arts with Westin in Carlsbad. – ●  TSMP Professional Career Closet – ●  Mock Interviews at San Marcos High – ●  College Expo and Future Fair- and more events and programs aimed at helping these students succeed in their next steps of life.

She concluded saying, “We have several opportunities to get involved with us. We host various events throughout the school year where we need volunteers (including career speakers etc). If anyone is interested in learning more or getting more involved, please contact me anytime! In addition, if you’d like to be added to our monthly newsletter distribution list, please let me know and I’ll send you our monthly updates to keep you posted on all we have going! Thank you so much for your interest and thank YOU for all you do for kids!”

      Realizing the important role The San Marcos Promise plays in the lives of the youth of our community, our Kiwanis Board recently approved a $1000 donation to the Promise which Past President Jim Alden presented today.

 Come Back to us Often Elissa, Roy and Lisa, we work in the same field.

 ————-  

 

New Members & New Faces – Upper left Ron Stone our newest member (short bio on left) – Upper right – Jack Pease inducted as a member by Jim Alden and Jim Murphy

New Faces in the crowdMartha Bozulich (guest 2nd-time visitor) – next four are from Sunrise Vista Kiwanis on an InterclubFred Story, Dick Muir, Mary Regan, Pete McHugh. Far-right Gene Clark of Littleton, Colorado. 

Announcements- 

  • Key people this meeting: Invocation – Jim Alden, Song – John Lee,  Collections – Ted May,  Fine Master – Don Keller  – 50/50 drawing today’s pot = $435 Gene Clark (Guest) had the winning ticket but drew the Ace of diamonds. John Lee also drew for a pot of $409 from last week and drew the six of spades.
  • MembershipJack Peasewas inducted into membership (he joined Kiwanis late last year) and Ron Stone, our newest member, who will be inducted soon. 
  • Four from Sunrise Vista Kiwanis visit todayDick Muir, Frank Story, Mary Regan, and Peter McHughof the Sunrise Vista club visited our club today, thanks for visiting us.
  • Guests –Gene Clark of Littleton Colorado (Al Bomberg’s son in law) and Martha Bozulich visited us again today…come back often.
  • On the Campaign Trail with Margo Dutton– Margo Dutton reported she spoke twice in Sacramento and once in Modesto at Kiwanis events. She will be speaking at the Poway Kiwanis Club this Thursday at 7:30.  “All is going well but I am very busy,” she said. She is running for Governor-Elect of the Cal-Nev-Ha Kiwanis District which would begin this October if she is elected.
  • Our Pancake Breakfast will be Saturday, February 22at St Mark’s Church on Discovery – John Lee reported that he had received $4652 from ticket sales after two weeks (has received funds from 41% of our members) – There are 5 weeks left. Our goal is to raise around $16,000 (approx.) which is about what we raised last year – more info about Silent Auction will be coming soon. John  Lee also told us that Evie Williams donated $500 in the name of late Kiwanian Gene Williams (see below).
  • Pancake Placemat Ads – To place an ad in the Pancake Placemat, contact Cathleen Stevenscathleenlsm@gmail.com, 760-471-7364.
  • Board Meeting Held today – Past President Jim Alden presided over our monthly board meeting.  Main decisions: ●  Board accepted the membership application of Ron Stone (brings our membership to 52). ● Preparation of an orientation package for newer members. ● Sufficient funds ($1100) were allocated to cover sponsorship of our two international sponsored children (Mulusala Kivumbi – Uganda and Faviola Torres – Peru) for the coming year (sponsorship needs to be renewed in February). ● Two donations for local child literacy (up to $8,000 from San Diego County Supervisors and $600 from the City of San Marcos) were discussed.
  • “Bob” turns 105 this month – I bet you didn’t realize that in early January in 1915 in Detroit the original founders of Kiwanis were thinking of naming this new club “B.O.B” for the Benevolent Order of Brothers: BOB. Fortunately or us, they didn’t stick with “Bob” but chose Kiwanis instead…read the attached story for the rest of the story about how BOB became Kiwanis 105 years ago.

                                                                                                                       —————-

Regular Luncheon Meetings – Upcoming Tuesday luncheon programs (Jan – May, 2020)

  • January 28 – Ben Conarroe – ProMentors (Jail re-entry program) 
  • February 4 – Leo Melena – CSUSM – Overview and Humanities Dept.
  • February 11 – Tanis Brown, San Marcos Historical Society – Overview of Historic Homes in San Marcos
  • February 18 – Pancake Breakfast Planning
  • February 25 – Andre Nantkes – AB Jones (Fork to Field) 
  • March 3 – The Benefits of College Athletics – Andrea Leonard – Head Volleyball Coach California State University at San Marcos 
  • March 10 – Victor Manzanilla and Art Brown – New financial laws that affect seniors
  • March 17 – Roberta and Bob Gibson Memorial Military Scholarships Awards

Down the road...

  • April 7 – Natali Galt – Kiwanis Lt. Governor for District 37 (our District)January 21
  • April 21 – Prayer Luncheon – Adel Abdelmalak – Leader in faith development in Egypt
  • April 28 – Damien Sagestone – Director of High School Play – Fiddler on the Roof
  • May 5 – Annual Elections/Meeting – for our Kiwanis Club for next Kiwanis year (Oct 2020 – Sept 2021)
  • May 19 – LSM Kiwanis Scholarships – 1
  • May 26 – LSM Kiwanis Scholarships – 2

Jerry Mason and Barbara Wales are working to fill out our speaker’s agenda for the first five months of this year, only 3 open dates left (Mar 24, Mar 31, April 14).

  • Our Pancake Breakfast will be Saturday, February 22at St Mark’s Church on Discovery

Current Membership is at 52 (Ron Stone is the newest member)   “Membership is Everyone’s Job.”

                                                                       —————-

Remembering Gene Williams

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

Kiwanis Meeting of 1-14-20

On  January 14 two great Marine leaders, Lt Col. Anthony Mercado and Sgt Major Jeremy Black spoke to us about our favorite Marine unit – 1st ANGLICO based at Camp Pendleton.

The photo on right-left Lt. Col Anthony Mercado, center Ivan Gillis, right Sgt Major Jeremy Black. 

Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis January 14, 2020 

                            Our Special 1st Anglico Marine Family 

      Leaders of Our 1st ANGLICO Marines talk to us about their role in our safety 

       Fellow Kiwanians (attendance 26) – We were treated today to a wonderful overview and history of the 1st ANGLICO Marines of Camp Pendleton.  1st ANGLICO stands for Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company.  It is based in Camp Pendleton is one of three active duty Marine locations.  The other two are at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and Okinawa.  They stay at a steady state of readiness.   ANGLICO Marines are constantly deployed around the world and are always ready to go at short notice.  Our motto is “Not Many but Much.” said Lt. Col. Mercado.  We are always training and always deployed,” he said. “At any given time around 25% of the Marines in our unit are scattered around the globe helping out where we are needed. 

Lt Col. Anthony Mercado and Sgt Major Jeremy Black told us all about what 1st ANGLICO does and why.

Their bottom line today was:

  •   We are a liaison unit specializing in fire support (value to the partner) and liaison capabilities.
  •    We train to the broad array of missions within the fires support spectrum from simple “value to the partner” to detailed integrated fires including all 

         assets in the US and coalition inventory.

  •    We are proficient in small unit tactics
  •    We support Marine, Joint, SOF, Allied, and Coalition Units from the Division to the Company Level across the range of military operations
  •    We are a versatile organization that has the capability to conduct a variety of missions by task organizing our teams to the supported unit’s needs. 

        Teams are trained to be self-reliant and can operate in a distributed environment.

  •    We maintain a very high training tempo and are constantly deployed around the globe.

Our Kiwanis club has a special relationship with the 164 Marines (men and women) of the 1ST ANGLICO unit at Camp Pendleton.  As we have done every Christmas, we held a joint Marine Christmas party with these Marines and their families on December 11.

1st ANGLICO Marines, along with the 190.000 US Marines worldwide, allow us to sleep peacefully because they are ready to go wherever and whenever they are needed.  “When President dials 911, the Marine Corps answers.”

     We are grateful to have these wonderful Marines ready to protect us if the need arises and for our special friendship. “Semper fi”

  

Composite photo above – from 1st ANGLICO’s PowerPoint program which provided an overview of how they fit in with our military units to keep us safe around the world.

Photo bottom right: Lt Col Anthony Mercado accepts 1st ANGLICO command from LtCol Mike Hays, this summer at Camp Pendleton

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Announcements- 

  • Key people this meeting: Invocation – Jim Alden, Song – John Lee,  Collections – Ted May,  Fine Master – Art Brown  – 50/50 drawing John Lee had the winning ticket but his draw will be postponed to next week (Pat H had a puppy emergency at home and left early).
  • Board Meeting Postponed – Our monthly board meeting was postponed one week to Jan 21 to better accommodate board member schedules.
  • Friday Morning Meeting at IHOP held Jan 10  – Our morning meeting was held this past Friday at IHOP; Glen Winn, Jerry Mason, Jim Trageser, Pat Haugen, John Lee, and Jim Alden attended. The discussion centered around our scouts and working more closely with the Moose lodge.   John also passed out pancake breakfast tickets.

Next One will be on February 7 at IHOP at 7:15 am. If you wish to join us, you are welcome to do so.

  • Membership: Linda Alden spoke with Mary Lou Phippsyesterday and she and her husband Mike will be joining us at one of our upcoming meetings, they are both considering membership. Jim Murphy advised that Ron Stone, who was at the meeting today, is committed to joining. HOORAY!!!! 
  • Interclub Planned for Next Meeting: Dick Muir of the Sunrise Vista club would like to visit our club on Tues Jan 21st. He will bring 6-7 Kiwanians with him.
  • Our Pancake Breakfast will be Saturday, February 22at St Mark’s Church on Discovery – John Lee handed out routes to be walked for Pancake Breakfast tickets. ● Pancake Placemat Ads – To place an ad in the Pancake Placemat, contact Cathleen Stevenscathleenlsm@gmail.com, 760-471-7364.
  • Community News – from Jim Alden – The community fair is coming up this Saturday and we’ll need folks to staff the table. John Gibbs joined last year by visiting us at the fair. I will be working on the LSMCA table but can help. Also, please come out if possible, on Monday the 19thto the LSMCA which is having a town hall meeting to meet the new board members and to engage the community by asking them what’s on their minds. The community at large needs to get more involved with the association.
  • Electronic recycling and shredding will take place at San Marcos High School this weekend both Saturday and Sunday from 9-3.

 

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Regular Luncheon Meetings – Upcoming Tuesday luncheon programs (Jan – Mar 10, 2020)

  • January 21 – Lisa Stout and San Marcos Promise Club – Part Two (with actual children’s stories)
  • January 28 – Ben Conarroe – ProMentors (Jail re-entry program) 
  • February 4 – Leo Melena – CSUSM – Overview and Humanities Dept.
  • February 11 – Tanis Brown, San Marcos Historical Society – Overview of Historic Homes in San Marcos
  • February 18 – Pancake Breakfast Planning
  • February 25 – Andre Nantkes – AB Jones (Fork to Field) 
  • March 3 – The Benefits of College Athletics – Andrea Leonard – Head Volleyball Coach California State University at San Marcos 
  • March 10 – Victor Manzanilla and Art Brown – New financial laws that affect seniors

Jerry Mason and Barbara Wales are working to fill out our speaker’s agenda for the first four months of this year – Ideas welcome.

  • Our Pancake Breakfast will be Saturday, February 22at St Mark’s Church on Discovery

Current Membership is at 51 – “Membership is Everyone’s Job.”

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

Kiwanis Meeting of 1-7-20

On October 17 last year Jerry and Linda Mason visited part of their family who live in Uganda, Africa.  While there, they were fortunate to be able to actually visit the child our Kiwanis Club is sponsoring – Mulusala Kivumbi.

He is one of two the club is sponsoring – the other child is Faviola Torres from Peru. Jerry told us the inspiring story of that visit and the great around-the-world connections that were made as a result.

Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis January 7, 2020 

                            Making Connections Around The World 

      Jerry Mason talks about their visit to our sponsored child in Uganda, Africa

       Fellow Kiwanians (attendance 38) – “So few of us Americans ever get a chance to really see how the other half of the world lives.” said Jerry Mason today at our first Kiwanis meeting of this new decade. “However, recently my wife Linda and I were very fortunate to make meaningful connections with a poor Ugandan family who is raising the young boy who is our Kiwanis Club’s sponsored child,” he said.

From late September to late October last year,  Jerry and Linda Mason were in Uganda visiting their son and family who live in the capital city of Kampala.  “One special day we had the great opportunity to actually visit the sponsored child who our club committed to sponsoring last February.  Only a small percentage of sponsors are actually able to visit the children they sponsor.

For most of his talk, Jerry told about the details of this incredible visit to a village an hour’s drive outside of Kampala called Budde Kalamba.

  •     Briefings by World Vision staff in the HQ office and in the Field Office (World Vision Uganda helps 128,000 sponsored children in Uganda) “My friend, Jason Evans, who I worked with in Albania, and is now the director of World Vision Uganda; he set up this tour for us.”
  •    Visit Mulusala’s School – “The students swarmed out of their classes to see us the “Mizungu” (foreigner). When Mulusala was brought out to us, this wonderful five-year-old boy seemed both amazed and confused.  He could not speak to us in English, so he quickly grabbed on to my hand and would not let go.  It was very touching.  We gave around 50 simple English books to the principal of his school.”
  • Visit to Mulusala’s Home –  From his school, Mulusala literally led Jerry and Linda to his nearby home where we met his larger family consisting of 17 adults and children, mostly female.  “We were honored and welcomed into his family, treated to the best meal they could offer, given Ugandan names and welcomed into their “Mbogo clan (African buffalo).  They named me “Kasibante”. Then at the end of the visit, we exchanged gifts.  It was all very unique and touching.  We made fantastic around-the-world connections.”
  • Visit to Lukala Umea School which World Vision is supporting –  In the afternoon, they visited a larger nearby school with which World Vision is working. “At that school, we were the honored guests of the entire student body of several hundred.  The various clubs at the school treated us to specially planned presentations and songs in English about such subjects as sanitation and making the right choices in life.  Then they took a tour of the campus seeing many facilities World Vision had helped to build.  In the end, I remember so many bright eyes full of hope and eager to learn even though by our standards their classrooms would have been overcrowded (up to 90 students per teacher) and under-resourced (few if any books and teaching resources).  If I lived closer, I would be volunteering to help at that school often.”

In the second part of his presentation, Mason pointed out the realities of deep poverty in Uganda and similar African countries.  Those realities are:

: ● Africa has the most urgent needs in the world,

  •   African people are 200 times more malnourished than people in the 1st world (like the US),
  •     Africa has over half of the world’s people who live in extreme poverty (less than 1.25 a day).

Mason then showed us how several humanitarian groups are working to fight poverty – World Vision, UNICEF (their daughter in law, Cecila, works for UNICEF in nutrition in Uganda and their son works in International Microfinance), and Compassion International (our club is also sponsoring another child – Faviola Torres in Peru (Jim and Linda Alden are coordinating with her).

Wrapping up, Mason ended with this plea for our club to continue supporting our sponsored children (the cost is around $500 a year for each child) “We have so much compared to the rest of the world.  What we have been given was given to us to share with neighbors in need.  If it is personal  it works (he showed us several letters from Mulusala).  We are connected to our sponsored children and they are connected to us.”  

     In one of the letters, Mulusala wrote I am thankful this year because my friend Jerry visited and gave me a ball.” “This was only one special day of our five weeks in Uganda, but it created memories and connections that will last a lifetime.”

                 

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Key Club Leaders from San Marcos High Key Club Ran today’s meeting: From Left Tom Kumura and Margo Dutton (Key Club Coordinators from our club)

SMHS Key Club Leaders: Brenda Tran, President Krista NguyenBecca Briehan, and Daniel Jiang,   far right – Jerry Mason (speaker today)

They presented a short overview of club events this past year. The San Marcos High Key Club has 47 active student members..

  • Key Club of San Marcos High Runs Today’s Meeting– Four leaders of the San Marcos High Key Club took over the running of today’s meeting. They conducted the jobs of Emcee, Announcements, Fine Master, and 50/50 drawing.  

      (photo above) – Becca Briehan – is the Key Club treasurer.  She is a junior at SMHS and has been with Key Club 2 years. Daniel Jiang – is one of two Key Club Vice-Presidents.  He is a junior at SMHS and has been with Key Club 3 years.   Brenda Tran is one of two Key Club Vice-Presidents. She is a junior at SMHS and has been with Key Club 4 years.  Krista Nguyen is the Key Club President. She is a senior at SMHS and has been with Key Club 4 years.  Krista said she enjoys planning and leading the many events the Key Club has conducted during this year.

They also made a short presentation of the main events their Key Club has held this last year The events were: North County Health Fair, Woodland Park Gardening, Text Book Distribution, San Marcos Harvest Festival, Oceanside Turkey Trot,  Mitchell Thorpe Baseball Tournament, San Marcos Holiday Parade, Epiphany Prep Wellness Fair, San Marcos Christmas, and December DCM,   Krista told us the club has 47 dues paying members.  Come Back often Key Clubbers. 

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  •  Guests today – Linda Mason (Jerry’s wife), Johanna Murphy (friend of Jerry Mason) Natalie Gibbs (daughter of John Gibbs).

Faces we haven’t seen for awhile but returned today: Irene Acosta and Cynthia Martin.

  •  On the Campaign Trail with our own Margo Dutton – October 1st, 2019, Margo Dutton, a member of the Kiwanis Club of Lake San Marcos, officially announced her candidacy for the office of Kiwanis Governor elect for 2021 for the California-Nevada-Hawaii district of Kiwanis International.  The Cal-Nev-Ha District of Kiwanis International consists of 449 clubs with 11,411 members reported as of November, with at least two new clubs built since then. As a candidate for Governor-elect, Margo has been asked to speak at a number of Regional Training Conferences, and Divisional Council meetings.  The campaign started with a visit to Santa Maria to meet with the Kiwanis Clubs of Region 10, on November 2.   The next stop was at a Divisional Council Meeting (DCM) in Manteca, California.  The last campaign stop in 2019, was in Torrance, California on December 9, for the Division 19 DCM. Margo said, I want to thank the club for their Unanimous endorsement of my candidacy.  My theme is “Together WE Can”. She is quite busy these days.  – For a more complete report read the attached to this newsletter

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Announcements- 

  • Key people this meeting:Invocation – Jim Alden, Song – John Lee,  Collections – Ted May Fine Master – San Marcos Key Club (they also kept the fines they collected), 50/50 drawing – The pot was $395 – Jim Alden had the winning ticket and drew the eight of spades.
  • Health Report– John Lee reports that Don Alexander had surgery recently for kidney stones and is resting comfortably at home.  Don Shawler returned to us this meeting – welcome back Don.
  • Pancake Ticket Sales- John Lee handed out pancake ticket packets (10 per member) – it is time to begin ticket sales.  Our Pancake Breakfast is Feb 22.  Last year we made around $18,000 (net $16,000) which made up the bulk of our funds for scholarships we offered in the spring.  The Pancake Breakfast is an “all hands on deck” event for our club.
  • Pancake Placemat Ads – To place an ad in the Pancake Placemat, contact Cathleen Stevens,cathleenlsm@gmail.com, 760-471-7364.
  • Pat Haugen announceda grant of $600 more has been received from the of San Marcos for Children’s Literacy – Our Kiwanis Club has been awarded an additional $600 for children’s literacy.  Recently our club received a similar grant for $8,000. We plan to use the money for more books for our literacy efforts in the coming year.
  • Friday Morning Meeting at IHOP this Friday Jan 10 at 7:15 am 

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Regular Luncheon Meetings – Upcoming Tuesday luncheon programs (Jan & Feb 2020)  A New Decade Begins….

  • January 14 – Lt. Col Anthony Mercado – US Marines – 1st ANGLICO– Camp Pendleton
  • January 21 – Lisa Stout and San Marcos Promise Club – Part Two (with actual children’s stories)
  • January 28 – Ben Conarroe – ProMentors (Jail re-entry program) 
  • February 4 – Leo Melena – CSUSM – Overview and Humanities Dept.
  • February 11 – Tanis Brown, San Marcos Historical Society – Overview of Historic Homes in San Marcos
  • February 18 – Pancake Breakfast Planning
  • February 25 – Andre Nantkes – AB Jones (Fork to Field) 
  • March 3 – The Benefits of College Athletics – Andrea Leonard – Head Volleyball Coach California State University at San Marcos 

Jerry Mason and Barbara Wales are working to fill out our speakers agenda for first three winter months of next year – Ideas welcome.

  • Our Pancake Breakfast will be Saturday February 22at St Mark’s Church on Discovery

Current Membership is at 51 – “Membership is Everyone’s Job.”

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

Newsletter Lake San Marcos Kiwanis – Dec 17, 2019 – Future Farmers of America

Four young members of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) club helped us end 2019 on a Christmas note.   Photo top center from left: Quin Fischer,  Camile Heskett,  Jasmine Raymundo,  and Gio Rodriguez,
In the back: left – Andre Nantkes, and Rob Gaebe both of whom work to support FFA at San Marcos High.   The FFA has over 200 student members at San Marcos High. The four demonstrated how to make wreaths and told us about FFA there.
The FFA is a regular visitor to our club usually around Christmas time.  The wreaths they made as well as those on our tables were auctioned off.  They are currently raising money to buy jackets (like the one above) for all their officers.

The FFA is a regular visitor to our club usually around Christmas time.  The wreaths they made as well as those on our tables were auctioned off.  They are currently raising money to buy jackets (like the one above) for all their officers.

Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis December 17, 2019 

              Future Farmers of America Help Us Wrap Up a Successful Year

       Fellow Kiwanians (attendance 33) – The FFA Christmas Wreath program has become a tradition for our club at this time of year. Four young members of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) club helped us end 2019 on a Christmasy note.   The four are Quin Fischer,  Camile Heskett Jasmine Raymundoand Gio Rodriguez  (more below).  Andre Nantkes, and Rob Gaebe are part of the adult support group for at San Marcos High (Rob is a regular speaker at Kiwanis, he retired recently and has had two knee replacement surgeries). The FFA has over 200 student members and 5 floral design classes with about 40 students each at San Marcos High.  The wreaths at this meeting were made by students in these classes.

The four FFA youth demonstrated how to make wreaths and told us about FFA in SMHS. Jasmine and Camille told us about their FFA experiences this year. They include ● Sectional leadership conference, ● LA County field day  ● Game Night at first chapter meeting – 55 attended.  ●  Future Fair at Mission Hills High  ●  Opening and closing ceremonies at Julian High  ●  Class on work industry and decision making  ●  SoCal leadership conference  ●  Horse Heritage Festival  – sold pumpkins and had a petting zoo ● Collected and donated over 500 cans of food to the North County Food Bank  ● Participated in the San Marcos Holiday Parade (with Kiwanis)

  • Collected over 100 toys to give to children in our community ●Gingerbread House contest at our December meeting  They also told us that their floral classes made over 80 wreaths for the school buses in the San Marcos District.  Quite a year!!

Here’s a little about each of the four FFA youths who visited us today:    Jasmine Raymundo is 17 and a senior. She is the FFA Vice-President at SMHS.  Camille Heskett – is the FFA Sentinel (meaning she is in charge of greetings at the meetings, and many other duties) she is a Sophomore at SMHS.

Quin Fischer is the FFA farm manager (a big job) she is a sophomore at SMHS.   Gio Rodriguez is the secretary for FFA and is a sophomore at SMHS.  FFA President Ryan Miller could not make this meeting.

Andre Nantkes and Rob Gaebe told us more about the FFA at the school and talked about their need to buy FFA jackets for all their officers (currently they only have a few jackets).  Then, seemingly in response to this request, our Kiwanis secretary Pat Haugen presented the FFA with our yearly budgeted donation of $1500 (recently increased by our board).  Andre, and hopefully Rob, will be back to speak to us on February 25 next year when Andres will tell us about his new service project involving moving surplus food from grocery stores to food banks.

         Thank you, FFA for being great community servants.  We are glad to partner with you in reaching out and helping others. Come back soon.

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Left Tom Kumura and his Santa sweater center Jim Dorschel with guests Ashley Rawlins and Cas Makowski, right visitor Martha Bozulich.

New Faces in the Crowd and one funny sweater    

                

  • (photo center) – Recent Kiwanis Dist 37 Lt Gov. Jim Dorschel brought two prospective members to our meeting today – Ashley Rawlins(an attorney who lives in San Marcos) and Cas Makowski (who lives in San Marcos and does communications work) Jim met each of them at a meeting concerning reading.

Thank you Jim for staying connected with our club and thank you Ashley and Cas for visiting.  Come back soon.

(p.s. Jim thinks our club is the flagship of the fleet). 

  •  (photo right) Martha Bozulich visited today –  Martha recently moved to San Marcos (from Valley Center) and is already a Kiwanian (at Valley Center).  She is considering joining us…Hooray Martha!! 
  • (photo left) Tom Kumura had the most festive sweater (There was no contest, but if there was, he would have won).  

Announcements- 

  • Key people this meeting: Invocation – Glen Winn, Song – John Lee,  Collections – Ted May FineMaster – Dick Skay, 50/50 drawing – The pot was $370 – John Gibbs had the winning ticket and drew the five of diamonds.
  • $8000 Grant from City of San Marcos for Children’s Literacy -Pat Haugen announced that our Kiwanis Club has been awarded an $8000 grant from the City of San Marcos for Children’s Literacy – we plan to use the money for more books for our literacy efforts in the coming year.   Way to go Pat.

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Regular Luncheon Meetings – Upcoming Tuesday luncheon programs (Jan & Feb 2020)

     No Meeting Dec 24 (Christmas) or Dec 31 (New Year’s) – First meeting in 2020 will be January 7, 2020

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! A New Decade Begins!

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A New Decade Begins….

  • January 7– Jerry Mason– “Life for Children in Uganda” (results of meeting w/sponsored child Mulusala Kivumbi) 
  • January 14 – Lt. Col Anthony Mercado – US Marines – 1st ANGLICO – Camp Pendleton
  • January 21 – Lisa Stout and San Marcos Promise Club – Part Two (with actual children’s stories)
  • January 28 – Ben Conarroe – ProMentors (Jail re-entry program) 
  • February 4 – Leo Melena – CSUSM – Overview and Humanities Dept.
  • February 11 – TBD
  • February 18 – Pancake Breakfast Planning
  • February 25 – Andre Nantkes – AB Jones (Fork to Field) (he was at our meeting today) 

Jerry Mason and others are working to fill out our speaker’s agenda for first three winter months of next year – Ideas welcome.

  • Our Pancake Breakfast will be Saturday, February 22at St Mark’s Church on Discovery

Current Membership is at 51 – “Membership is Everyone’s Job.”

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

Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis December 10, 2019, and Marine Christmas Party Dec. 11, 2019

LSM Kiwanis Dec 10, 2019 -very best for report.jpg
Five young virtuoso violinists gave a stirring violin concert of Christmas favorites for the third Christmas season.  Leader Andre Ricardo was accompanied by four from the youth led organization.  
Top left: Andre Ricardo, Taylor Quach, Thien Vu, Eunna Song, and Yarisa Huerta – Andre, Eunna and Yarisa also played for us last year. Bottom right: the Moms behind these wonderful young musicians are (top row) Van Duong (Taylor’s mom) Bethany Bernesser (Andre’s aunt) Simone de Bruyne (mother of Claire Lewis from last year’s group.  Claire is now in her first year at the Manhattan School of Music), Monique Ricardo (Andre’s mom) and Karen Noel (Andre’s grandmother) below.

San Marcos Youth Strings Plays Christmas Favorites – Santa Comes to Marines

       Fellow Kiwanians (attendance 34) – For the third year, the wonderful young musicians wowed us all once again as they played a medley of Christmas favorites to get our Christmas season off on a high note. Their leader, Andre Ricardo said, “We’re a community service organization established in October 2017 to provide free violin and cello instruction by high school students to the kids of North County San Diego, CA. The kids also have the opportunity to perform for the public, both in the group and as solos.”   San Marcos Youth Strings has about 31 young musicians in the program and they practice weekly for at least two and a half hours.  They brought their best students to our meeting today for this performance.

These songs were on their playlist……● It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (Andre’s solo), ● Jolly Old St. Nicholas, ● Ode to Joy, ● Deck the Halls,

  • Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, ●Joy to the World, ● I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas (Andre’s solo), ● Frosty the Snowman, ● Silent Night, ● Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer,  ● Sing a Christmas Carol (from the movie Scrooge, the Musical), and ● We Wish You a Merry Christmas (which Andre played twice).

Here’s a little about each of the five violinists who played for us today:

Andre Ricardo – Andre is 17 and a Senior at Classical Academy Online located in Escondido. Andre goes to workshops there three times a week. He began attending Palomar College Fall of 2017.  He has been taking Japanese 2 this semester. He also has 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 is scheduled to play at Carnegie Hall on June 17th with the Civic Youth Orchestra. Andre is in the process of applying to 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. This is Andre’s last year as leader of the San Marcos Youth Strings.

Taylor Quach – Taylor is 16 and is a Junior at San Marcos High School where her favorite class is Calculus. She plays the clarinet for her school band, violin for SMYS, as well as piano. Earlier this fall, Taylor and the San Marcos Knight Regiment competed in Utah for a marching band competition and ranked 3rd out of 33 schools. She is so glad to have been given a chance to give back to the community by teaching music.

Thien Vu – Thien is 13 and goes to Woodland Park Middle School. She is in 8th grade and plays violin, flute, and piano. Her favorite class is Art and she hopes to become a psychologist or an actress. Thien also was part of the swim team, knows kung fu, and is a great photographer! She loves to play the violin and being a member of SMYS!

       Eunna Song – Eunna is 12 and 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 is now in the program’s Advanced level due to her focus, practice, and determination.

Yarisa Huerta – Yarisa is 15 and is a Sophomore 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. Last summer she auditioned and made it into the Intermediate group at San Diego Civic Youth Orchestra. Yarisa continues to take violin lessons with Claire Lewis via Skype. She loves music!

        Andre and the group talked a bit afterward about how they feel about learning and playing the violin and what the future holds for them in music. Andre will be part of the orchestra on Dec 21 and December 22 when they present “The Nutcracker” at Escondido Performing Arts Center. Tickets are available at the CCAE box office and online at http://artcenter.org/event/the-nutcracker-5/2019-12-21/ – starts at 2 pm.  The San Marcos Youth Orchestra will be inviting Kiwanians to their annual spring recital that will probably be sometime this March.

        Thank you for inspiring our hearts about local youth and getting us into the Christmas spirit.  Moms and students, please come back soon.

New Faces in the Crowd                    

  • San Marcos Youth Strings Support Group– the women behind the wonderful young musicians who performed today are Van Duong (Taylor’s mom) Bethany Bernesser (Andre’s aunt) Simone de Bruyne (mother of Claire Lewis from last year’s group.  Claire is now in her first year at the Manhatten School of Music), Monique Ricardo (Andre’s mom) and Karen Noel (Andre’s grandmother) See photo at top.

Composite – these are some scenes from San Marco Youth Strings concerts and programs of the past.  They include concert piano performances with our own Dorothy Coleman (bottom right).

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Santa and Kiwanis Give Marine Families 

Another Resounding Christmas Party at Camp Pendleton 

“When I took command of 1st Anglico recently, I kept hearing about this fantastic Christmas Party,” said Lt. Col. Anthony Mercado. “Now that I have seen it with my own eyes I know exactly what they are talking about…it WAS fantastic.” 

On Wednesday night December 11, the 1st ANGLICO Marines teamed up with the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Club and Santa himself (Bob Algeo) to give Marine families another great party for their Christmas season.  The hall at Camp Pendleton was full of Marines with their wives and families (estimates were over 200). Many came wearing goofy Christmas outfits.  The food was a sumptuous banquet.  Santa was his usual “eye-popping” self as he put a twinkle in every youngster’s eye and a specially selected present in each child’s arms. Everyone, young old, Marine or civilian had a wonderful time.

The following Kiwanians went out to the annual gala. Don Keller (who arranged for Santa – Bob Algeo to come to us again), Pat Haugen, Ivan Gillis, Jim Murphy, Glen and Rosemary Winn, Margo Dutton, Art Brown, Jerry Mason, and Mary Ann Brandreth,

Thanks to all our Santa’s helpers who helped affirm once again our love and support for the U.S. Marines and their wonderful families. 

(Note – a one-page photo story of this event is attached)

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Announcements- 

  • Key people this meeting: Invocation – Jim Alden, Song – John Lee,  Collections – Ted May FineMaster – Jerry Mason, 50/50 drawing – The pot was $350 – Jack Pease had the winning ticket and drew the Ace of Clubs.
  • December 13 – Next Monthly Friday morning meeting at IHOP – 7:15 am.
  • Vons-Albertson’s Gift Cards make great gifts – Marie Purdy even said she would gift wrap them for free.
  • Monthly Board Meeting held – Our monthly board meeting was held after today’s meeting – for more details contact a board member.

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Regular Luncheon Meetings – Upcoming Tuesday luncheon programs (Dec & Jan 2020)

  • December 17– FFA – Krystal Thomas – Wreath making and sales (thanks to Ivan)

     No Meeting Dec 24 (Christmas) – First meeting in 2020 will be January 7, 2020

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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A New Decade Begins….

  • January 7– Jerry Mason– “Life for Children in Uganda” (results of meeting w/sponsored child Mulusala Kivumbi) 
  • January 14 – Lt. Col Anthony Mercado – US Marines – 1st ANGLICO – Camp Pendleton
  • January 21 – Lisa Stout and San Marcos Promise Club – Part Two (with actual children’s stories)
  • January 28 – Ben Conarroe – ProMentors (Jail re-entry program) 

Jerry Mason and others are working to fill out our speaker’s agenda for February – Ideas welcome.

  • Our Pancake Breakfast will be Saturday, February 22at St Mark’s Church on Discovery

Current Membership is at 51 – “Membership is Everyone’s Job.”

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

Kiwanis Meeting of 12-3-19

Attachments

 Three from the upcoming San Marcos Creek Project spoke to us today about what will be happening in the next two years as the city engages in a project aimed to overcome the flooding and other issues along Discovery and  San Marcos Creek.  The photo above L to R: Leslie Spring JPW Communications, Isaac Etchamendy – Project Manager, & Susan Bankhead of JPW Communications.  

Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis December 3, 2019

  Improving San Marcos Creek Area Begins January 2020 – Details Below   

       Fellow Kiwanians (attendance 23) – All of us are familiar with the flooding issues along San Marcos Creek and Discovery Street in San Marcos.  They literally rose up again on Thanksgiving day blocking and snarling traffic there.  Beginning in 2020 the City of San Marcos will begin working on a two year 104 million dollar project to address those issues and others along San Marcos Creek. 

      “We know it will be inconvenient and even frustrating at times,” said project manager Isaac Etchamendy. “We are asking the community to work with us for the next two years as we address several problems there.  This is the most expensive project the city has ever undertaken and when it is over we will all be proud of the revitalized area around San Marcos Creek,” he explained.

 Isaac and Susan Bankhead laid out the goals of the project:

  1. Reduce the problems of flooding by several road construction projects – principally by building two elevated bridges (Bent Creek and Via Vera

Cruz) and widening some of the main roads

  1. Build a Linear Park for community purposes along San Marcos Creek
  2. Preserve and Enhance natural creek habitat in the area.

Isaac told us the project has 13 funding sources including 44 million from the Federal Government – “No general fund money is earmarked for our project.”  They showed a very informative computerized video that clarified what will be done and how the area will look when it is finished.

“We will be holding a groundbreaking ceremony for the project soon on Wednesday, Dec. 11 and project work will begin in early 2020,” said Isaac.  Here is the general schedule:

  • Winter 2020 – Bridge Construction on Bent Avenue – (estimated time to complete 6 to 8 months)
  • Fall 2020 – Bridge Construction on Via Vera Cruz – (estimated time to complete 6 to 8 months)
  • 2021 – Enhance Creek Habitat and Construct the San Marcos Creek Park.
  • Fall 2021 – Construction ends – Grand Opening ceremony.

Susan Bankhead told us, “Communication with the community is an essential part of our plan throughout.”

She laid out four communication goals:

1) Build Awareness and Trust,

2) Remain Constructive and Accurate,

3) Inspire necessary driving behavior changes, and

4) Stay responsive and engaged with the community.

To that end, there are several ways citizens can stay tuned to construction events in the two years ahead:●  e-mail: www.san-marcos.net/creek or creek@san-marcos.net – ●  Text SM Creek to 484848 to sign up for text updates – ● project hotline 877-SMCREEK.

Isaac said that the main road in the area Discovery Lane will be widened to four lanes and will include a bike lane and a walking trail.

When asked what behavior change he hoped for drivers during the construction, he said “Avoid the area when you can but if you can’t have patience…we will work carefully and considerately with all drivers during the time it takes to make the significant improvements we have planned. And stay abreast of our construction messages so you will not be surprised.”  

Both answered several questions from the audience after this presentation.

Thank you for your informative and helpful program – we look forward to working with you as the project moves along. Come back soon.

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Composite – top left San Marcos band member, top middle #1 Air Force ROTC at San Marcos High, top middle #2 – San Marcos FFA, top right – Batman.

Bottom row, left – Kiwanis District Governor Tim Cunning, middle – San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones, bottom right Bagpipe Band from Riverside, Ca.

             Kiwanis Gets the Christmas Season started right at San Marcos Christmas Parade December 1 

The Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Club sponsored the 24th annual San Marcos Christmas Parade that went along Mission Road on Sunday, December 1 beginning at 1:30 PM.  Hundreds of people lined the streets to watch the many marchers, bands, and dignitaries parade by.  The following groups participated: Kiwanis (17) Marines (11) Many Boy & Cub Scouts  & Girl Scouts, 2 High School Bands  (San Marcos High and Mission Hills High of around 150 students each) The San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones & Vice Mayor Chris Orlando???.  Tim Cunning our Cal-Nev-Ha District Governor and our Division 37 Lt. Governor Natali Galt were co-grand marshals.  Glen Winn, Captain Book, says over a 1500 free books were handed out at this parade. This annual event has been conducted since 1996; for most of those years it was lead by the San Marcos Kiwanis club, but for the past two years the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis club has taken over leadership of this annual festive event.  Thanks to all who helped make the parade another success this year.  

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                                        1st Anglico Marine Leaders: (L) Sargent Major Jeremy Black, (R) Lt. Col. Anthony Mercado

                                               Photo at right – Scott Winn, Glen’s son, who recently retired from the Sheriff’s Dept. 

New Faces in the Crowd                    

  • 1st Anglico Marine commander Lt. Col Anthony Mercado and Sargent Major Jeremy Black visited us today.  Eleven 1st Anglico Marines helped with the recent San Marcos Christmas Parade.  Come out to meet more Marines and their families at the upcoming Marine Christmas party on December 11 at Camp Pendleton.
  • Scott Winn – Glen Winn’s son visited us today.  Scott recently retired from the San Marcos Sheriff’s Department.  Scott lives in San Marcos.  Come back to us soon, Your Dad is our leader. 

Announcements- 

  • Key people this meeting: Invocation – Glen Winn, Song – John Lee,  Collections – Ted May FineMaster – Dick Skay, 50/50 drawing – The pot was $331 – Art Brown had the winning ticket and drew the Ace of Clubs.
  • December 7 – Kiwanis Division 37 Meeting Saturday morning – new members encouraged to attend…contact Pat Haugen.
  • December 13 – Next Monthly Friday morning meeting at IHOP – 7:15 am.
  • Our Pancake Breakfast will be Saturday, February 22
  • Finding Speakers for January and February – Jerry Mason announced that he is working on scheduling several potential speakers for January and February – Several volunteers and potential speakers of interest are being considered.  If any member has input or ideas please contact Jerry.
  • Vons-Albertson’s Gift Cards make great gifts – Marie Purdy even said she would gift wrap them for free.

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Regular Luncheon Meetings – Upcoming Tuesday luncheon programs (Nov. & Dec.)

  • December 10 – San Marcos Youth Strings – Christmas favorites advanced strings (special holiday event)
  • December 17– FFA – Krystal Thomas – Wreath making and sales (thanks Ivan)

     No Meeting Dec 24 (Christmas) – First meeting in 2020 will be January 7, 2020

  • January 7– Jerry Mason– “Life for Children in Uganda” (results of meeting w/sponsored child Mulusala Kivumbi) 

 

  • Marine Christmas Party has been scheduled for Wednesday, December 11 (5:30 in the evening) at Camp Pendleton – Ivan Gillis is leading a caravan of those attending…will depart San Marcos at 4 PM.  Ivan needs to know by this Friday who is planning to attend.  Contact Ivan at ivan.gillis@gmail.comPlan on coming out for another fun Marine Christmas.

NOTE: NEXT MEETING MOVED TO THE BOATHOUSE – NOT IN NORMAL ROOM.  SAME TIME – 11:30…

Current Membership is at 51 – “Membership is Everyone’s Job.”

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Kiwanis Meeting of 11-12-19

 Leisa Tilley – Grajek of K9 Guardians spoke to us today about the wonderful work she and her German Shepherds are doing for veterans with 

PTSD, TBI and other disabilities.  Her friends AnnaLisa and Barbara Wales invited Leisa to speak. 

Leisa and up to 300 volunteers (like AnnaLisa Wales) have placed 22 trained service dogs and puppies-in-training many in life-saving situations for those who have served in the US military. 

The young dogs in the photo upper left who came with her are Selma and Shotgun both 5 months old.

Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis November 12, 2019

       Leisa Tilley-Grajek – K9 Guardians – Serving Those Who’ve Served Us   

       Fellow Kiwanians (attendance 32) – “At K9 Guardians we deploy the magic of trained German Shepherds to serve and heal those who have been traumatized when they themselves served our country,” said today’s speaker Leisa Tilley-Grajek.  “The numbers are staggering.  As many as 30% of our veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan suffer with some form of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome – a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it.).  Additionally thousands are suffering from TBI (traumatic brain injury) and other disabilities.  

     The most shocking number is 22 Veterans commit suicide each day.”  This is why Leisa wears the number “22” on the back of her K9 Guardian shirt when she gives talks like this. “I started K9 Guardians five years ago to help serve more veterans who have given so much to serve us,” she said. “I was inspired by my father, who himself was a wounded Marine colonel.”

     When asked about the “magic” that usually occurs between these dogs and their owners, Leisa said…It really is magical, perhaps it is because the dogs offer unconditional love that soothes these wounded souls. These dogs will unquestionably lay down their lives for their veterans.  It is a very powerful medicine.” 

Leisa offered four basic reasons why these German Shepherds can work their magic…

  •  Dogs are Very Attentive– “Dogs are very vigilant – they sense and respond to danger.  This mimics the vigilance of the military buddy system that veterans often cannot find on the outside.  The veterans KNOW they are not alone. Their dogs literally have their backs 24/7.”
  • Dogs Respond Well to Authoritative Leadership.Inside the military, everyone is used to either getting or giving orders. But that usually doesn’t work too well in the home and the civilian world. But dogs love the authoritative type of relationship.”
  • Dogs Love Unconditionally– “For many military personnel the transition from the military to the outside world is huge and difficult. This can be devastating when the vets were well respected within the service and find they are not loved or respected outside.  Dogs don’t play the cruel games people play, They just love and that is a powerful medicine for those who are suffering in any way.”
  • Dogs Help Ex Soldiers Re-learn How to Trust – “Trust is a big issue with those who suffer from PTSD.  The world and the people in it may not be trustworthy in their minds.  These soldiers instinctively know they can trust their best friend – their dog. Re-building bridges of trust works outward from the trust they have in their dog.”

Leisa told us that training German Shepherd pups begins shortly after their birth. Pups are desensitized to the types of issues and situations they will encounter. Retired Navy Senior Chief Dan Cole said “My dog saved my life.  I was very angry and anxious after returning from two tours of duty in Iraq.  At my lowest point I was considering suicide.  If it wasn’t for my dog Jaco, I probably wouldn’t be here today! Or not probably, I definitely would not be here today.” This is the life-saving magic of the K9 Guardians.

Leisa told us it costs about $15,000 or more to train a dog to serve and this training takes about 18 – 24 months.  “But the great thing is that we don’t ask the veteran to pay a penny, they have already paid the price.  This is how we serve those who served us. 

     I tell people our dogs are not God, but come to think of it, they do have the same letters in their names and the name (D.O.G), held up to a mirror reflects the same love… think about it.”  

     She concluded by saying anyone can help by 1) donations, 2) raising a puppy, 3) volunteering.  Contact them at leisa@k9guardians.org.   Thank you Leisa for serving those who served us.  You Inspire Us to do the same. Come back soon.   

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                                         Veterans Day – Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Military personnel from all branches join over a 100 

                                                            at Veterans Day Ceremony at Bougher Park November 11. 

Veteran’s Day – Jim Trageser offered the following report…

    Lake San Marcos Kiwanis joined other local community service groups, such as San Marcos Lions Club, the VFW and  Daughters of the American Revolution – in supporting the 2019 San Marcos Veteran Celebration at Helen Bougher Park. Our Cub Scout Pack 662 was also there, and helped lead the opening Pledge of Allegiance after the colors were posted by the San Marcos High School Air Force Junior ROTC detachment and a U.S. Marine Corps Color Guard from Camp Pendleton. The guest speaker was one of our own Cub Scout den leaders, Jason Beyer, a Marine Corps veteran and student at CSUSM. Former Sgt. Beyer is leading community efforts to expand the veterans wall at Helen Bougher Park to accommodate more names of San Marcos residents who have died in military duty. At the close of the ceremony, the Cub Scouts distributed handmade thank you cards they had been working on throughout the afternoon to all the veterans in attendance.  Our Kiwanis informational table was staffed by Jim Murphy and Jim Trageser.”  

There were about 10 actual veterans in attendance at today’s Kiwanis Meeting….Thank you all for your service.

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 New Member Jack Pease, Jim Meade is heading out to Venice, Florida, Alden & Gibbs are elected, Marne Amogius visits us for Circle K.  

Coming and Going; Elected and Visiting                    

  • Jack Peasebecame our newest member today (now our totals are 51). Jack is from the San Jose area where he lived for 55 years.  He was a high school teacher and taught math at community colleges there.  Jack and Dolli moved to Lake San Marcos this spring. Jack paints watercolors and is hoping to be more involved in community activities. (You’ve come to the right place Jack – Welcome).
  • Jim Meade– is going to Venice for about 6 months (Nov – May)…not Venice, Italy, but Venice, Florida for family reasons.  He plans to be back in May when it warms up around here.  See you next Spring Jimbo.
  • Jim Alden and John Gibbs elected to Lake San Marcos Community Association – Two of our Kiwanians are branching out, both were recently elected to serve our community as members of the board for the Lake San Marcos Community Association. The LSMCA was established to protect and promote the interests of the residents in Lake San Marcos, and to keep residents informed of issues and opportunities in the community through forums and through the monthly Quail Call newsletter.
  • Marne Amogius of the UCSD Circle K club visited us today.  Marne is the chair of the Circle K Masquerade Ball Committee which is being held at the Mission Valley Hilton on Saturday November 16 (from 6-10).  Raising money for Circle K’s Trevor Project (tickets $100 per person). Tickets can be purchased ongotomball.com or by email mball@ucsdcki.orgThanks for visiting us Marne and for serving with Circle K.

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Announcements- 

  • Key people this meeting: Invocation – Glen Winn, Song – Don Alexander, and John Lee,  Collections – Ted May FineMaster – Don Keller, 50/50 drawing – Pot was $298 – Barbara Wales and her daughter AnnaLisa had the winning ticket and drew the Six of hearts.
  • Health Matters – Paul and Elaine Jordan were back with us today (Hooray!!). Tony Colace is still rehabbing from a fall at Brookdale.
  • New Member – Jack Pease (from San Jose area he recently moved to Lake San Marcos) joined as our newest member today.  He read about us in the Quail Call.
  • Board Meeting Held after today’s meeting –  Our monthly board meeting was held today. The Board approved the membership application of Jack Pease, his sponsor will be Jerry Mason. Foundation Board approved up to $750 for Ryan Stangl to gradually replace benches as needed throughout Lake San Marcos. For more details contact a board member.

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Regular Luncheon Meetings – Upcoming Tuesday luncheon programs (Nov. & Dec.)

  • November 19 – Planning Day for San Marcos Christmas Parade (event)

Jerry Mason plans to hold a short meeting of the speaker bushwhackers after this meeting to look ahead to speakers in early 2020.

No Meeting Nov 26 (Thanksgiving)

  • December 3 –  Isaac Etchamendy – Project Manager San Marcos Creek Project
  • December 10 – San Marcos Youth Strings – Christmas favorites advanced strings (special holiday event)
  • December 17– FFA – Krystal Thomas – Wreath making and sales (thanks Ivan)

     No Meeting Dec 24 (Christmas) – First meeting in 2020 will be January 7, 2020

  • January 7– Jerry Mason– “Life for Children in Uganda” (results of meeting w/sponsored child Mulusala Kivumbi) 

 

  • Marine Christmas Party has been scheduled for December 11 (evening) at Camp Pendleton – Ivan Gillis is accepting donations of cash and gifts. TheMarines will provide the main meal, wives will provide deserts, Kiwanis will provide table decorations, gifts, stuffed animals and the Santa Claus. Plan on coming out for another fun Marine Christmas.

Note: There probably will not be another newsletter until after the December 3 meeting since our next meeting is a planning meeting about the Christmas parade and then we have a week off for Thanksgiving. J. M. 

 

Current Membership is at 51 (Jack Pease newest member) – “Membership is Everyone’s Job.”

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

Kiwanis Meeting of 11-5-19

 Lisa Stout of The San Marcos Promise spoke about the many ways they help the 21,000 students in the San Marcos school district.  

Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis November 5, 2019

                        Lisa Stout – Explains The San Marcos Promise    

       Fellow Kiwanians (attendance 20) – “We serve the 21,000 students in the San Marcos Unified School District in a wide variety of ways,” said Lisa Stout, Executive Director of The San Marcos Promise. “It is our goal to guide and support these students on their journeys into college and into the workforce.  We work with them to build dreams, pathways, and prosperity into their lives.  President Glen Winn introduced Lisa and told us that our club is now working collaboratively with The San Marcos Promise in publicizing our scholarships to high school seniors among these 21,000 students which will likely result in more applications for us this next year.

Here is an overview of the various ways The San Marcos Promise helps local students:

  • Clearinghouse for scholarships for these students– offered by several organizations such as our Kiwanis Club.
  • L.E.A.P. – Learning Enrichment to Achieve Promise – for students from kindergarten to 8th grade – after school and summer enrichment program designed to help students explore their interests while developing 21st-century skills such as adaptive problem solving, collaborative communication, and digital fluency.
  • Cal State Univ. at San Marcos (CSUSM) – Stembassy Camp – sends middle school students to this camp over winter break to expose them to STEM activities such as robotics and coding.
  • Middle School Outreach– The San Marcos Promise College Ambassadors go out to our middle schools to talk to students about their high school and college experience to motivate the students to dream big about their futures. 
  • College Field Trips– Takes 7th grade and 10th-grade students on a tour of Cal State San Marcos where they get to talk with various departments, learn about the exciting programs offered at CSUSM, and expose them to a college campus.
  • Camp NAWIC – National Alliance of Women in Construction– Provides opportunities such as this camp where 10 middle and high school girls participate in a week-long camp learning about the various pathways in building and construction industry.
  • Signing Day – Another activity supported by The San Marcos Promise where we celebrate each graduate’s next steps after graduation, whether it be a 4-year university, community college, military, vocational program, etc.
  • Promise Navigators – Promise Navigators is a 2-year program at the High School level for students starting in their junior year. It is our goal to help students explore their strengths and interests, discover careers suited to their passions and embark on a practical path to make it a reality.
  • Grad Walks– Many schools throughout the country participate in this amazing event. In 2018, The San Marcos Promise partnered with Mission Hills High School and Richmond Elementary to start the Grad Walk tradition in SMUSD. This gives our graduating seniors an opportunity to reflect on their educational journey thus far and take pride in all their experiences and successes.
  • Summer Skillshops– Education Coordinators run week-long skill shops where they help students discover their career interests, listen to career speakers, help students develop their resumes, working on interview skills, as well as personal finance.
  • Paid Internships in the Culinary Arts with Westin in Carlsbad. – Developed a partnership with the Westin in Carlsbad – 10 students receive paid summer internships.
  • TSMP Professional Career Closet– We are collecting professional clothing for students after they’ve worked with our education coordinators on resume writing and interview skills and are ready for a job interview.  Many students do not own professional attire, so we help.
  • Mock Interviews at San Marcos High -Reach out to our local community and business leaders where San Marcos High seniors present their career research and resume to a small panel of professionals.  For many this is their first interview experience, it provides invaluable life skills.
  • College Expo and Future Fair– District-wide event for all middle and high school families where we bring in over 100 college, vocational school, and military representatives, as well as over 75 local businesses in an effort to expose students to all the opportunities that exist in their futures.

   and several more events and programs aimed at helping these students succeed in their next steps of life.

Lisa graciously accepted our last-minute invitation to speak today because our previously scheduled speakers (from the 1st ANGLICO Marines) had to postpone their talk – it will be rescheduled for next year.

Thank you for coming to speak to us today, Lisa.  We are serving children just as you are.  Come back soon.   

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Jerry and Linda Mason with Mulusala Kivumbi (our Kiwanis sponsored child through World Vision) and Mulusala’s family…what an international connection.

  • The Mason’s Return from Uganda – Jerry Mason and his wife Linda recently returned from five weeks in the central African country of Uganda (where their son lives with his young family) While there, they were able to actually meet our 5-year-old Kiwanis Sponsored Child Mulusala Kivumbi and his family who live about 60 miles west of Kampala, the capital city.  They gave about 50 elementary English books to Mulusala’s school. Jerry told the members a little bit about his visit to today’s meeting. “It was a unique and uplifting experience for us and honor for Kiwanis to do this,” he said. “Come to hear about the status of children way around the world.”  (One-page photo story attached)

Jerry and Linda will tell and show the whole wonderful story at one of our regular meetings soon. Stay tuned for the actual date.  

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  Ivan Gillis with our speaker Lisa Stout.  

Ivan Gillis – a Patron of Children Through the Kiwanis Children’s Fund

     Past President Jim Alden recognized Ivan Gillis for his generosity toward children through contributions toward the Kiwanis Children’s Fund.  Ivan received an honorary Kiwanis pin (he has several) and the thanks of today’s speaker Lisa Stout. Earlier this year the Kiwanis Children’s Fund asked all members to “Imagine how many lives we could change if every one of us supported the Kiwanis Children’s Fund.”  If that was a reality:          ● More than 7 million kids would get a weekends worth of food

  • Nearly 180,000 students would get school supplies
  • More than 100.000 teens would receive leadership training.

      Ivan, Way to Lead by example.

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New Storage and New LSM Community Leaders                    

  • Pat Haugen announced that the new storage facility (photo left)has been assembled by the cub scout families on the property of the Moose Lodge in Escondido.  Kiwanis purchased this unit to save money in the long run over monthly rental fees.
  • Kiwanians John Gibbs and Jim Alden (photo right)were both recently elected to serve on the board of the Lake San Marcos Community Association.  They will serve for two years.  Way to go Jim and John.
  • On the Campaign Trail with Our Own Margo Dutton – Our own Margo Dutton is running for the Governor-Elect position of the entire CAL-NEV-HA District.  She recently made campaign stops in a couple of places up north.

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Announcements- 

  • Key people this meeting: Greeters – Jerry Mason,  Invocation – Glen Winn, Song – Don Alexander, and John Lee,  Collections – Ivan  Gillis FineMaster – Dick Skay, 50/50 drawing – Pot was $300 (approx) – Mary Harrington had the winning ticket and drew the Nine of hearts.
  • New Member – Jim Alden announced that Jack Pease (he recently moved to Lake San Marcos) is joining us soon.

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Regular Luncheon Meetings – Upcoming Tuesday luncheon programs (Nov. & Dec.)

  • November 12 – Leisa Tilley-Grajek K9 Guardians (German Shepherds for injured military) (thanks Barbara)
  • November 19 – Planning Day for San Marcos Christmas Parade (event)

No Meeting Nov 26 (Thanksgiving)

  • December 3 – Jerry Mason – “Life for children in Uganda” (results of meeting w/sponsored child Mulusala Kivumbi) (subject to change)
  • December 10 – San Marcos Youth Strings – Christmas favorites advanced strings (event)
  • December 17– FFA – Krystal Thomas – Wreath making and sales (thanks to Ivan)

     No Meeting Dec 24 (Christmas) – First meeting in 2020 will be January 7, 2020

(Jerry Mason and bushwackers are working to set a slate of speakers for early 2020 – your ideas are welcome)

  • Marine Christmas Party has been scheduled for December 11 (evening) at Camp Pendleton – Ivan Gillis is accepting donations of cash and gifts. TheMarines will provide the main meal, wives will provide deserts, Kiwanis will provide table decorations, gifts, stuffed animals and Santa Claus. Plan on coming out for another fun Marine Christmas.

p.s. Kudos to Barbara Wales who carried on with our weekly newsletter while Jerry Mason was away in Africa.

 

Current Membership is at 50 – “Membership is Everyone’s Job.”

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

Kiwanis Meeting of 10-22-19

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October 22, 2019 Meeting featuring Guest Speaker: Tish Murry, Boys and Girls Club

President Glen Winn called the meeting to order. A vote was held regarding the price of lunch at the Club.  Currently we are paying $17.00 and the club is subsidizing the lunches since the Club charges $17.50.  A paper ballot was held and the price of lunch will be changed to $18.00.

Tish Murry from the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Marcos gave a wonderful presentation about the growth of the organization and the upcoming events.   She invited us to come and support their Holiday Hotcakes Breakfast on Thursday, December 5 from 6:00-10:00 AM. at Community Hall at the Civic Center.  President Glenn Winn thanked her and presented her with two checks–one from Ivan Gillis and one from the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Club Foundation.

 

Guest today:  Jack Pease, moved here recently from San Jose.
News

Ryan brought a bench to show a sample of the benches we are making to be donating and installing at the Lake.

Ivan Gillis modeled the new District Kiwanis shirts.

Jerry Masonis in Uganda so we are missing our beautiful pictures in our newsletter.  He reports that he has seen our sponsored child there and will report at an upcoming meeting.

Dick Skaywill be Fine Master next week.

Dick Skaywon $10 in the drawing.  He drew a seven of diamonds.

 

ELECTIONS:

Margo Duttonin running for Cal-Nev-Ha District Governor.  Her candidacy has been endorsed by Lake San Marcos Kiwanis.

 

Next Meeting:


Nov 5    Major Allen, Sgt Maj Jeremy Black, USMC 1st ANGLICO

Upcoming Meetings:

Nov 12   Leisa Tilley-Grajek, K9 Guardians – German Shepherds for Injured Military

Nov 19   Carrie Clevers, Parade Planning meeting

Nov 26   no meeting

Current Membership is at 50.  Our objective is one new member a month.  Who will it be for October?

“Membership is Everyone’s Job”

October 22, 2019 Meeting featuring Guest Speaker: Anthony Biese, Headmaster Saint Joseph Academy

President Glen Winn called the meeting to order.  He turned the meeting over to our guests who did our meeting opening agenda:

Joseph Biese, 7th Grade, Saint Joseph Academy, lead the Pledge of Allegiance.

Isaac Biese, Senior, Saint Joseph Academy , presented an Invocation from George Washington.  He then lead us in “America The Beautiful.”

President Glen Winn introduced our guest Abraham Vargas from the Boys and Girls Club of San Marcos.

Pat Haugen announced that we are accepting donations for the USMC 1st ANGLICO Christmas Party.  Unwrapped toys are needed and financial donations are welcome.  If anyone would also like to participate in the party, see Ivan Gillis.

Our guest speaker was introduced by Barbara Wales:

Anthony Biese

“Good Dirt—the Foundation for Joy”

What a joyful entertaining program Mr. Biese brought to us!  In addition to bringing students to help open our meeting, he had Isaac Biese not only sing beautifully but also use three hula hoops simultaneously.  Isaac is a Senior at Saint Joseph Academy High School. In addition to his wonderful singing, he is an outstanding scholar and a great actor who will be performing the lead in the school’s spring musical at the Historic Avo Theater in Vista. During the talk Mr. Biese had Joseph Biese, Saint Joseph Middle School Student,  draw a wonderful picture. 

Mr. Biese talked about how it is the responsibility of education to teach young people so that they experience joy as they learn.  He told a story about his son Isaac who auditioned for a play and did not get the part and was never interested again.  Then a few years later a last minute change and a special incentive resulted in Isaac performing in a play, and now he has gone on to excel both in acting and singing. 

Since becoming Headmaster at Saint Joseph Academy the school has grown remarkably.  The High School scored the highest scores on the SAT in the San Diego Diocese and the Middle School won the San Diego Decathlon.  In addition to academics, the school has athletic programs with football and girls’ volleyball doing well in their leagues this fall.  The school also produces 6 plays a year: 2 lower school, 2 Middle School and 2 High School. The High School plays are at the Historic Avo Theater in Vista.  Our local students are lucky to have Saint Joseph Academy here in San Marcos.

Thank you to Mr. Anthony Biese for a truly insightful and entertaining program.

News

Jerry Masonis in Uganda so we are missing our beautiful pictures in our newsletter.  He reports that he has seen our sponsored child there and will report at an upcoming meeting.

Dick Skaywas our always entertaining Fine Master. 

Don Kellerwas the Secret Greeter.

Marie Purdywon $10 in the drawing.

ELECTIONS:

Margo Duttonin running for Cal-Nev-Ha District Governor.  Her candidacy has been endorsed by Lake San Marcos Kiwanis.

Regular Luncheon Meetings – Upcoming Tuesday luncheon programs.


● Oct 29 – (Change of location this meeting only:  Veranda Room, St Mark Golf) 
Tish MurryShe is a Kiwanian and CEO of Boys & Girls Club, San Marcos.  Please come and bring a guest.


Nov 5    Major Allen, Sgt Maj Jeremy Black, USMC 1st ANGLICO

Nov 12   Leisa Tilley-Grajek, K9 Guardians – German Shepherds for Injured Military

Nov 19   Carrie Clevers, Parade Planning meeting

Nov 26   no meeting

Current Membership is at 50.  Our objective is one new member a month.  Who will it be for October?

“Membership is Everyone’s Job”

Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Club

October 15, 2019 Meeting featuring Guest Speaker: Margo Dutton

President Glen Winn called the meeting to order.  Business items discussed were:

1.     Trophies for the parade have been ordered.

2.     Pat Haugen announced the vote on raising the new member dues from $110 to $120.  This is a reflection of the district increasing of $10.  A paper ballot was distributed.  The vote was 25 yes and 1 no.  the dues will be raised effective immediately.

3.     Pat Haugen again announced the sale of Kiwanis shirts.  If you are interested, please see her.

4.     Pat Haugen announced that daffodil pins are available at $6 each.

5.     The Holiday Parade will be December 1.  Shifts will be available to work starting at 6:30 AM.  The deadline for entries is November 19.  We will be giving out about 2000 books to children attending the parade.

6.     Pat Haugen and Jim Murphy will represent us at the Chamber Luncheon this week.

7.     When you are done with your Kiwanis magazines, please bring them to meetings so we can show them to prospective members.

8.     In 2 weeks we will be voting on increasing the cost for meetings from $17.00 to $18.00.  The Club charges us $17.50 so we are subsiding 50 cents for each attendee.

9.  Jim Alden moved that we endorse our member Margo Dutton for Governor.  The members present voted unanimously to endorse her.

 

Immediate Past President Jim Alden introduced Margo Dutton as our guest speaker.  Margo’s talk is one of a series of talks we have had by our members:

Margo Dutton

“My Lifelong Dance With Kiwanis”

Margo began, “I wanted to talk with you as friends.”

She continued, “When my daughter was four weeks old, she had spinal meningitis.”Margo continued the story of her daughter’s 10 days in intensive care and the many doctors who were called to care for her little baby girl.

During the time she spent in the hospital, she saw many babies who were deserted by their parents because the babies had AIDS.  It was there she met a group of wonderful caring men who came to the hospital and sat for hours with these deserted babies and also with her.  These men were from a group called Kiwanis.

Margo said she had prayed to God that if her daughter were saved, she would serve others just like these men in Kiwanis.  Margo visited her daughter last week in Phoenix—she is a successful adult now.

Margo was working for the University of Arizona Foundation when she started looking into this group called Kiwanis.  She wanted to serve the less fortunate.  That was 33 years ago, and Kiwanis was “men only.”  She attended some meetings and one group invited her to join.  Little did she know that they put her name down as “M. Dutton” and did not report that she was a woman.

Since then Margo has certainly contributed extensively to Kiwanis.  Among her roles have been President of 2 different Clubs, Treasurer of 3 clubs, District Treasurer and President of the Foundation.  She is currently a candidate for Governor.  She says,

“My heart is with this organization.”

Margo is a quilter and has brought her talents to Kiwanis by donating numerous quilts to the organization.  She compared Kiwanis to quilting, saying that Kiwanis has many different parts that work together in many different ways.

When Margo moved to North San Diego County, the first thing she did was look for a Kiwanis Club.  She said,

“It wouldn’t be home if I weren’t in Kiwanis”

 

We at Lake San Marcos Kiwanis were honored to have Margo announce her candidacy for Governor on October 1 at our Meeting.  It is our privilege to endorse her as a candidate for Governor.  We know Margo will continue to bring her  leadership talents to Kiwanis in many ways in the years to come.  Thank you, Margo, for being part of our series of talks by our members.

Today’s Fine Master was Irene Acosta. She came up with some unique fines including being born in California and attending a university.

Victor Manzanilla announced that Edward Jones is hosting a Market Update on October 22 at 4:00 PM.  If you are interested, please contact Victor.

 

Running For Office 

The Lake San Marcos Community Association (LSMCA) is holding elections and two of our members are running for office.  Immediate Past President Jim Aldenand John Gibbs.  If you are a member of LSMCA, watch for your ballot in the mail.


Jerry Mason is in Uganda so we are missing our beautiful pictures in our newsletter.  He reports that he has scheduled a meeting with our sponsored child this week.  Watch for the announcement of his report at an upcoming meeting.

 

Regular Luncheon Meetings – Upcoming Tuesday luncheon programs.

● Oct 22 – Anthony Biese

Headmaster, St Joseph’s Academy, San Marcos

“Good Dirt—The Foundation for Joy”

Ivan Gillis has opened the Scholarship Program to Saint Joseph High School students.  Come and hear the Headmaster of this school which is right in our backyard.  This is a great meeting to bring guests who are interested in how we can relate to young people in our community and also guests who are interested in young people—they make great new members!

● Oct 29 – Tish Murry She is a Kiwanian and CEO of Boys & Girls Club, San Marcos
Nov 5    Major Allen, Sgt Maj Jeremy Black, USMC 1st ANGLICO

Nov 12   Leisa Tilley-Grajek, K9 Guardians – German Shepherds for Injured Military

Nov 19   Carrie Clevers, Parade Planning meeting

Nov 26   no meeting

Current Membership is at 50.  Our objective is one new member a month.  Who will it be for October?

“Membership is Everyone’s Job”

Kiwanis Meeting of 10-1-19

Reminder: IHOP monthly breakfast meeting Oct 11, Friday, 7:15 am.  Hot topics are: Building the shed for the Cub Scouts, upcoming Veteran’s Day at Helen Bougher Memorial park Nov. 11, San Marcos holiday parade Dec 1, Marine families Christmas party date to be determined.

Board meeting summary:

 – Motion to raise lunch price to $18.  For the last year, the actual price from St Mark Golf is $17.50, so the club has been subsidizing our lunch.  The members will vote on this on Oct 29th.

 – There will be a vote by members on raising the New Member Initiation Fee from $110 to $120 on Oct 15th.  Reason: The Cal-Nev-Ha District raised its portion of this fee by $10.  The Board approved this last month.

 – Standing Committee Chairs approved by the board:

     Annual Financial Review Committee:  Victor Manzanilla and Don Keller

     Membership: Linda Alden and Jim Alden

     Community Service: Jim Alden

     Fundraising:  Ivan Gillis

     Sponsored Youth:  Margo Dutton; Cub Scouts: Jim Trageser

     Pancake Day:  John Gibbs and John Lee

—– Forwarded Message —–
From: Barbara W. <rdwales@earthlink.net>

Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Club

October 8, 2019 Meeting featuring Guest Speaker:

Jim Dorshel

President Glen Winn called the meeting to order and asked Ivan Gillis to do the Pledge, Cathleen Stevens to do the Invocation and Don Alexander and John Lee did the song.

Pat Haugen announced that there are new Kiwanis District T-shirts and Aloha shirts and anyone who is interested in purchasing a shirt can see her.

Pat Haugen also announced dues are due.  If you haven’t paid, please get a check to her IMMEDIATELY.

Pat Haugen also showed us the three daffodil bulbs which Lt. Governor of Division 37 Natali Galt gave President Glen Winn.  Glen is to plant them and when they bloom, send a picture to Natali.

There were no guests and 24 members attending.

Immediate Past President Jim Alden introduced our speaker, Immediate Past Lt. Governor District 37 Jim Dorshel.

Jim Dorshel:

“Shining a light into the shadow world of suicide.”

“Suicide is a mental illness.”

Friend of Lake San Marcos Kiwanans and Past Lt. Governor, Jim Dorshel presented a compelling talk about suicides.  He became involved after his son died from suicide.  Since he and his wife have been talking about this, at least 15 people have come to them and asked for help.  He said the most rewarding thing he heard was,  “You guys saved my life.”

Among the information he presented were:

–      Every 40 seconds there is a suicide.

–      Globally, suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-19 year olds.  In the U.S. it is the 10th leading cause.

–      321 active duty military took their lives in 2016.

What can we do?

If you suspect someone is a candidate for suicide:

-Talk in private

-Listen

-LET THEM KNOW YOU CARE

-Ask if they are considering suicide without judgement.

-Take concerns seriously

-Let them know it matters to you

-Help them seek help and don’t leave them alone

“Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.”

There will be a walk in San Diego for the American Society for Suicide Prevention on October 27.  His team GOFORKEITH will be there.

Some resources are

Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

www.up2sd.org.

Jim ended with the quotation,

 “To me it is both beautiful and tragic that the wounds from your death inspire me to heal the hearts of others.”
We were privileged to have our 2019-2020 Year of Meetings started with such an inspiring speaker.

Special Note: Watch for our speaker from K-9 Guardians on November 12.  They are raising and training dogs to serve our Veterans who are disabled and/or have PTSD.  These dogs are working to prevent suicide among those who have served us.

At least one of the dogs will be at our meeting.

Today’s secret greeter was Irene Acosta.  Art Brown was fine master.  Next meeting Fine Master will be Irene Acosta and greeters will be Harvey White and Mary Ann Brandreth.

 

Running For Office

The Lake San Marcos Community Association (LSMCA) is holding elections and two of our members are running for office.  Immediate Past President Jim Alden and John Gibbs.  If you are a member of LSMCA, watch for your ballot in the mail.

 

Jerry Mason is in Uganda so we are missing our beautiful pictures in our newsletter.  We hope he is doing well and look forward to his return.

Regular Luncheon Meetings – Upcoming Tuesday luncheon programs.

● Oct 15 – Margo Dutton – “My Lifelong Dance with Kiwanis“.
This coming week we have a very special meeting featuring our member Margo Dutton who will talk about her years with Kiwanis.  New members are especially encouraged to attend to learn about Kiwanis.  Margo is currently Treasurer of Lake San Marcos Kiwanis and a candidate for Governor-elect for our district.  Bring a prospective member!!!

● Oct 22 – Anthony Biese (Headmaster St Joseph’s Academy)               “Good Dirt – the Foundation of Joy”                                                   Ivan Gillis has opened the Scholarship Program to Saint Joseph High School students.  Come and hear the Headmaster of this school which is right in our backyard.  Headmaster Biese is an entertaining speaker.  This is a great meeting to bring guests who are interested in how we can relate to young people in our community and also guests who are interested in young people—they make great new members!

● Oct 29 – Tish Murry She is a Kiwanian and CEO of Boys & Girls Club, San Marcos

Current Membership is at 50                                                                                                               Our objective is one new member a month.  Who will it be for October?

 “Membership is Everyone’s Job.”

Kiwanis Meeting of 9-24-19

Today’s Meeting was President Glen Winn’s Vision for the New Kiwanis Year

Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Club October 1, 2019

President Glen Winn introduced himself as our Speaker.  He passed out a list of Committees and gave a preview of the coming year.  Among the items he discussed were:

–      The Flag Retirement Ceremony is a moving experience.  We need to encourage more members to attend.

–      The San Marcos Holiday Parade will be December 1.

–      For the Smoke Detectors Program, we need to have two people per visit.

–      For the Pancake Breakfast Placemat Program Advertising Cathleen Stevens needs three helpers.  Jim Alden will work with the Chamber of Commerce to let members know about the opportunity to advertise.

–      Key Clubs need to be rejuvenated.  We need more members.  Anyone who is interested in helping, please see Margo Dutton.

–      Captain Book needs a shadow.  Anyone who is interested, please see Glen Winn.  Anyone who would like to buy and/or donate books, please see Glen.

–      President Glen Winn announced the objective of adding one new member each month this year. Who will be the one for October?

–      President Glen Winn would also like to add a fun new project such as a Bowling Tournament or selling See’s candy.

–      This year we will continue to pursue interesting speakers.

–      We will reach out to other service organizations:  Rotary, Lions, Moose, Elks, etc.

Glen concluded by saying, “None of the projects will be completed without the support and efforts of each one of you!”    

We had a special announcement:

**Margo Dutton ** announced that she is running for Governor-elect.  Margo, a long-time Kiwanis member, a current Lake San MarcosMember, past Cal-Nev-Ha Foundation president, and past Lieutenant Governor chose to announce her candidacy at her home club today.  We were honored to hear her announcement.

Announcements and News

If you haven’t paid your dues, please send it to Pat Haugen TODAY.

Jerry Mason is in Africa.  He is attempting to take books to the community of our adopted child and to meet the young man.  We are looking forward to his report at an upcoming meeting.

******Please be sure to RSVP to Pat Haugen for meeting attendance.  This allows us to keep our luncheons at a reasonable price.

 

Key People this Meeting

 

There were no guests today.

Pledge of Allegiance: Jim Alden

Invocation: Elizabeth Burmeister

Song: Don Alexander and John Lee

Finemaster: Dick Skay

Lunch Registration: Jim Meade, Ted May

Opportunity Tickets: Jim Meade

 

Regular Luncheon Meetings – Upcoming Tuesday luncheon programs.

● Oct 8 – Jim Dorschel (past Lt. Gov Div 37) – “Shining a light into the shadow world of suicide.”
● Oct 15 – Margo Dutton – “My lifelong dance with Kiwanis”.
● Oct 22 – Anthony Biese (Headmaster St Joseph’s Academy) – “Good Dirt – the Foundation of Joy”

Current Membership is at 54 – “Membership is Everyone’s Job.”

anis Meeting of 9-24-19

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The weekly newsletter editor this week is Barbara Wales.  Thanks, Barbara.
Today’s meeting focused on the changing of the Guard from the Kiwanis Board of 2018-2019 to the new Board for 2019 – 2020.

Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Club September 24, 2019

Jim Alden briefly described last year.  At the end of Jim Alden‘s remarks as outgoing club president, Ivan Gillis and Pat Haugen recognized Jim Alde for his exceptional service with a William A. Dunlap Fellowship award.
Lt. Gov. Natali Galt thanked and retired the officers/directors for 2018-2019: President
 Jim Alden, Immediate Past President Tom Kumura, President-Elect Glen Winn, Secretary PatHaugen, Treasurer Margo Dutton, and Directors Jim Murphy, Jerry Mason, Mary Harrington, and Ivan Gillis.  Then Natali welcomed and installed the new officers/directors for 2019-2020: President Glen Winn, Immediate Past President Jim Alden, President-Elect Art Brown, Secretary Pat Haugen, Treasurer Margo Dutton and Directors Mary Harrington, Ivan Gillis, Ted May, and Don Keller.
Key People this Meeting
Jim Alden welcomed guests: Rosemary Winn, Carol Alexander, Rebecca Brown, Merlene Keller, JoAnne Murphy, and Lt. Governor of Division 37 Natali Galt.
Pledge of Allegiance: Don Keller
Invocation: Elizabeth Burmeister
Song: Don Alexander
Greeters:  Mary Ann Brandreth and Tom Curtis
Finemaster: Jim Murphy
Lunch Registration: Ted May
Opportunity Tickets: Jim Meade

 

Jerry Mason is off to Uganda to see his son and take books to the community of our sponsored child in Uganda.  He hopes to get to meet our sponsored child–watch for the date of his upcoming report.
 

Regular Luncheon Meetings – Upcoming Tuesday luncheon programs.

● Oct 1 – New club President Glen Winn – “Looking forward to our upcoming Kiwanis Year 2019-2020”
● Oct 8 – Jim Dorschel (past Lt. Gov Div 37) – “Shining a light into the shadow world of suicide.”
● Oct 15 – Margo Dutton – “My lifelong dance with Kiwanis”.
● Oct 22 – Anthony Biese (Headmaster St Joseph’s Academy) – “Good Dirt – the Foundation of Joy”
● Oct 29 –


Current Membership is at 54 – “Membership is Everyone’s Job.”

Kiwanis Meeting of 9-17-19

  Jim Alden is nearly done with his term as Lake San Marcos Kiwanis President for 2018-2019.  Today Jim reviewed the Kiwanis year for our meeting.  

There were many highlights including getting a pie in the face to raise money for scholarships at our 55th birthday celebration in August.  

Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis September 17, 2019

                        Jim Alden Reviews Our Kiwanis Year 2018-2019

       Fellow Kiwanians (attendance 31)  – “At first, looking ahead to being President for a full year seemed like a daunting very long challenge, but now that my term is about over, time has just flown by.” At today’s meeting, Jim reviewed the accomplishments of our club this past Kiwanis year.

Here is a summary.

  • In the Beginning  –We were chartered in August 1964 55 years ago. We started with 28 members.
  • Now– Now we have 54 members, 14 new members in the past year (the biggest increase in our division)
  • Overarching Kiwanis Goals– Improve our community and the world, change children’s lives build friendships, and have fun.
  • Membership Recruitment and Retention Opportunities – Christmas Parade, Pancake Breakfast, Social events, President’s message in Quail Call (monthly)
  • Jim’s Personal Goals for the year : ● To create an interactive survey and listen to the membership,● 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 build upon the good works of past presidents, ● To increase Membership,● To have fun
  • Our Accomplishments (1)  ● Increased Membership by 35% adding 14 new members, ●  Outreach at LSMCA Fair/4th of July/Christmas Parade,  ● Successful Pancake Day Fundraiser (Proceeds of $16,100/only $300 less than 2018), ● Scholarships were awarded to – 24 students in

High School, 1 in Community College and 5 transitioning Marines – Totaling $27,500.

  • Our Accomplishments (2) ● Successful Marine Christmas Party, Supported Change in Command, ● Increased Emphasis on Communications, Web presence enhanced, Facebook Page established with current information. President’s Monthly Quail Call Articles.
  • Chamber of Commerce Membership ● Continued coverage in SD Union-Tribune and Newsletters,
  • Our Accomplishments (3)● Enhanced Speaker Program; Offsite Meeting/Palomar Health, ●  Successfully Merged SM Kiwanis with LSM Kiwanis (Assumed existing projects- Christmas Parade – ● Gave out 2000 books, Treasure Chests placed in 10 local schools in support of our literacy program, ● Flag Retirement Ceremony,  ● Continued monthly IHOP meetings for SM Kiwanians  
  • Our Accomplishments (4) ● Adopted Cub Scout Pack 662, Supported Local Events – Attended Blue and Gold Banquet, ● Moved Storage from Woodland Park Bible Church,  ● Provided Local Storage Storage at Moose Lodge/Escondido (no cost), ● Shed Purchased August 2019 (scheduled delivery 9/20).
  • Our Accomplishments (5)● Established An International Outreach Program (Adopted a World Vision Child and a Compassion International Child) ●  Continued to Support Miracle Miles of Quarters – $800 in quarters to benefit Rady Children’s Hospital,  ● Blood Drive in support of Kiwanis one-day, ● Refinished Kiwanis-Sponsored LSM Benches.
  • Late Improvement Actions– ● Better appreciation for speakers (certificate & pen) and ● More consistent policy for health matters.
  • Charities Receiving budgeted annual donations ● The Arc of San Diego, ● Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos,
  • Cal-Nev-Ha Kiwanis District – PTP, SMHS FFA, ● Kiwanis Children’s Fund, ●  Meals on Wheels (35-year Partnership)● MMQ Rady Children’s Hospital, ●  San Marcos Educational Foundation,● Solutions for Change, ● San Diego Center for the Blind

Jim’s backstory – Jim’s wife, Linda introduced Jim. Here’s a summary of “the Jim Alden story” that she told us about…

Jim was born in LA and grew up in North Hollywood where, with his mother, he was an extra in two movies (Shane and Kitty) as a child. He attended Woodbury University (BS in Business Admin).  He started his work life with the Bank of America in LA. Then served six years with the US Army, being discharged in 1970. He spent the majority of his working years with Southern California Edison as manager of shareholder services. Met and married Linda in 1977.  Lived in Arcadia CA, had two boys (born in 1979 and 1981).  In 1993 they moved to Sierra Madre CA where they lived for 23 years prior to moving to San Marcos in 2013. Jim continued working in the 2000s; first for The Walt Disney Co. as a director of shareholder services then in 2011 working part-time for his LLC JRA Consulting Services. Jim and Linda have three grandchildren (two live in Reno, NV and one in Sierra Madre, CA.).

When I first came to San Marcos, I tried various clubs but none of them contained an element of giving back to the community until our neighbor, Tom Curtis, introduced me to Kiwanis in 2015,” Jim said.

At the end of his review, Jim told us, “The most difficult part of my year as President was the giving the job my regular attention to all the details of the job and the most enjoyable part was learning about and being a part of all the great things Kiwanis is and does.”

     “This year we have accomplished many great things in Kiwanis which has been only possible because of our team approach to giving back that is at the heart of why our club is still the flagship of the fleet in this area.  Thank you all for your hard work this year.  Linda and I still look forward to more great giving back service with you next year.”

      ….  Jim – being President is a big job; you have been a wonderful President.  Thank you for all you have done for us and for the community this year.”

             Note: the next newsletter will focus on the people in the club who have contributed to our accomplishments this year. 

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                                  Pantheon of Past, Present, and Future Kiwanis Leaders                    

  • Past and Future Presidents honor President Jim Alden and wife Linda– from left: Glen Winn, (2019-2020) he will be President of our club beginning this October. Jim Dorschel, Division 37 Lt. Gov. (outgoing) – he will speak to us on Oct. 8, Jim Meade President (2009-2010) Linda Alden and Jim Alden (outgoing) our current President 2018-2019,  Dick Skay President (1998 -1999), Ivan Gillis President (2016-2017) Tom Kumura President (2017-2018) Ronique Nilsen President (2014-2015) Jerry Mason President (2015-2016), Les Hill President (1997-1998)

  • Several New Faces in the crowd today – on the left: Glen Winninvited friend Dayleen Coleman owner of D’Liteful Chocolat. middle and right: New Lake San Marcos resident Lori Budano was invited by Rebecca and Art Brown.  Carol Fanelli, the fiance of Les Hill, came with Les today.  Welcome, all!!

                                                                                                                                   —————-

Announcements- 

  • Key people this meeting: Greeters – Harvey White and Ronique Nilsen,  Invocation – Jim Alden/Ivan Gillis, Song – Don Alexander,  Collections – Ted May FineMaster – Dick Skay, 50/50 drawing – Pot was $153 – Harvey White had the winning ticket and drew the King of clubs.
  • Our Club Joins San Marcos Chamber of Commerce – Recently our club joined the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce and the connection is already paying dividends. We have new potential speakers and our website is now linked to the Chamber’s website. A “Meet Mayor Jones” event scheduled for September 30.
  • From Our Secretary Pat Haugen – Dues payments for the upcoming year are due in October – Dues are $140 annually.
  • Group Planning for Christmas Parade – Carrie Clevers, Glen Winn, Pat Haugen, and Jim Alden are working on Christmas Parade logistics and grants for the books we give out.
  • Mason Heading to Uganda – Jerry Mason and his wife Linda leave for five weeks in central Africa next week.  They are visiting their son and family in Kampala, Uganda.  While there they are hoping to connect with our sponsored child Mulusala Kivumbi who lives about 60 miles west of Kampala.  They will take 177 elementary English books for the children in that area. They will return Oct 29. A report on this visit is scheduled for December 3. ●  Barbara Wales and Ivan Gillis will fill-in for Jerry Mason on this club newsletter for next five meetings. (Thanks to Barbara and Ivan)  

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Regular Luncheon Meetings – Upcoming Tuesday luncheon programs.

  • Sept 24 – Club Officer Installation New Officers for Kiwanis Year 2019-2020. – later start – 5:30 pm –officiated by new Lt Gov Natali Galt.

——————–End of the current Kiwanis Year 2018- 2019—————————————————————————————————————

  • Oct1 – New club President Glen Winn – “Looking forward to our upcoming Kiwanis Year 2019 – 2020.”
  • Oct8 – Jim Dorschel (past Lt. Gov Div 37) –  Shining a light into the shadow world of suicide.”
  • Oct15 – Margo Dutton – My lifelong dance with Kiwanis”.
  • Oct22 – Anthony Biese (Headmaster St Joseph’s Academy) – “Good Dirt – the Foundation of Joy”

 

Current Membership is at 54 – “Membership is Everyone’s Job.”

                                                                       —————-

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

Kiwanis Meeting of 9-10-19

Jim Murphy told us he loves to travel now that he is retired.  Our current Membership Chairman was our most recent “Peak Experience” speaker.  Jim told us of his life both before and after retirement – a long history of service to people wherever he has lived.  (the picture to his right is of Sienna, Italy where Jim and his wife JoAnn spent several weeks this summer) .

 

Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis September 10, 2019

                        Jim Murphy – A Lifelong Record of Service to Others

       Fellow Kiwanians (attendance 27)  – “I’m just of one of the “Jim’s in our club,” said Jim Murphy.  (The others are Jim Alden, Jim Trageser, Jim Meade, Jim Eighmey, and Jim Dorschel, our current Lt. Governor).  However, Jim is a special member of our club who has continued his long record of service to others wherever he lived.  “I started out in the Los Angeles area but I was a sickly child (asthma).  Doctors told my parents they needed to leave LA for my sake.  We moved to Bakersfield where I grew up.

“I spent most of my working career in Bakersfield area managing trucking, shipping, and moving and storage companies.” While there Jim was active in the Lions Club and Chamber of Commerce. While working with the board of Goodwill, we came upon an original manuscript from John Steinbeck.  After a lot of deliberation, we ended up donating it to the Steinbeck Association in Salinas.” 

“I decided to retire because it became very difficult to get long haul drivers.”  They moved to Lake San Marcos in 2003 and immediately became involved with the Lake San Marcos Community Association which he worked with for many years. He has also served on several HOA’s and even the water quality committee.

Jim joined Kiwanis five years ago “I was brought in by two friends – (Don Alexander and Gary Friis) and true to form Jim has been an active volunteer for our club ever since.  Jim will soon step down from a two-year term as a Director on our Board of Directors as well as being the Membership Leader for our club. “We love to travel when we can and just recently got back from a several week sojourns in sensational Sienna, Italy.” 

      ….  Jim – thank you for all you have done for others over the years, you are a true role model of service and giving back. 

                                                                                                  ————-

     

                            Guest Citadel Penn – and Captain Book – our new President Glen Winn                         

  • Guest – Citadel Penn– an associate of Victor Manzanilla – Citadel is working with Victor at Edward Jones.  After about a year, she will be ready for her own office in the San Marcos area.  She was born in the Philippines.   Come back Citadel!
  • Shiver Me Timbers – A Pirate has been lurking around our meetings these days – Glen Winn, who has long performed as Captain Book in book giveaways for Kiwanis is soon to be swashbuckling our way as our next President.  Glen and his new crew of “scurvy knaves” will take over the Lake San Marcos ship in October. Actually, he is not as gnarly a guy as it might seem – get to know him.  He will speak to us on Oct. 1.
  • Bushwacker’s (speaker Finding Group) are rounding up speakers for next Kiwanis Year – Jerry Mason announced that a group of “bushwhackers” are getting organized to find quality speakers for next Kiwanis year.  Over a year’s time, our club has around 40 speakers.  Jerry is leading a group of relatively new members to find great speakers for the period beginning in October thru September of 2020.  The bushwacking bunch includes Jerry Mason, Jim Alden, John Gibbs, Barbara Wales, Irene Acosta, Jim Trageser, Rich Farmer, Victor Manzanilla, Gordon Bowers, Tom Kumura, and Ryan Stangl. It will be their job to find and schedule quality speakers for our luncheons in order to keep member interest and enthusiasm high.  Mason said, “Having quality speakers on key topics of community interest is a direct contributor to overall club success.”  Other members can either get involved or provide names and or ideas for speakers throughout the year.

                                                                                                                                   —————-

Announcements- 

  • Key people this meeting: Greeters – Harvey White and Cathleen Stevens,  Invocation – Jim Alden, Song – Don Alexander,  Collections – Ted May FineMaster – Victor Manzanilla, 50/50 drawing – Pot was $130 – Barbara Wales had the winning ticket and drew the 3 of hearts.
  • Veterans Day – City of San Marcos – Nov. 11 2-5 “Celebrating Local Heroes” – contact Jim Alden
  • From Our Secretary Pat Haugen – Dues payments for the upcoming year are due in October – Dues are $140 annually – statements forthcoming.
  • Gannon’s Return – Marty and Doris Gannon returned after a few weeks vacation, principally in the Quebec area.
  • Board Meeting Held – The last board meeting of this Kiwanis year was held after this meeting – for details ask a board member.

                                                                                      —————-

Regular Luncheon Meetings – Upcoming Tuesday luncheon programs.

  • Sept 17– President Jim Alden – Kiwanis Year in Review
  • Sept 24 – Club Officer Installation New Officers for Kiwanis Year 2019-2020. – later start – 5:30 pm – officiated by new Lt Gov Natali Galt.

——————–End of Kiwanis Year 2018- 2019————————————————————————————————————————-

  • Oct1 – New club President Glen Winn – Looking forward to Kiwanis Year 2019 – 2020.
  • Oct8 – Jim Dorschel (past Lt. Gov Div 37) – Shining a light into the shadow world of suicide.
  • Oct15 – Margo Dutton – My lifelong dance with Kiwanis.

 

Current Membership is at 55 – “Membership is Everyone’s Job.”

                                                                       —————-

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

Kiwanis Meeting of 8-13-19

 Two great “Jim’s” – Jim Dorschel Lt. Gov Div. 37 and Jim Alden, our President – sacrificed their faces and dignity for the good of others today.  The photo aboveLeft: Incoming Lt. Gov Natali Galt lets Jim Dorschel have it. Right: Victor Manzanilla did the same to our President Jim Alden,  Center – the two Jim’s mug for the camera (what we won’t do for our club) – 

Thanks for being such great sports.   The pie-in-the-face event brought in $532 during the auction prior to the actual pie deliveries.  Jim Meade auctioned off the pies.  The money will be used for our scholarship program. 

Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis August 13, 2019

     Lake San Marcos Celebrates its 55th Birthday – Leaders “Creamed” 

       Fellow Kiwanians (attendance 40) – Fifty-Five years ago on August 11, 1964, our Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Club was chartered.  Back then the community of Lake San Marcos itself was brand new. Lyndon Johnson was President (JFK’s assassination was fresh in everyone’s memory), The Beatles dominated the charts with several songs such as “I Want to Hold Your Hand”…Landing on the moon was still 7 years away. Our Kiwanis club paused today to commemorate how far we have come since then.

     Several special guests attended the event which culminated in the two great “Jim’s” (Kiwanis leaders Jim Dorschel and Jim Alden) taking several cream pies in the face to raise money for scholarships.

   In his looking back thru the years to 1964, President Alden refreshed our memories about what that time was like:

   Here are some of the time capsules he presented:

  • Music of 1964 #1-I Want to Hold Your Hand #2 She Loves You – both by the Beatles, #3 – Hello Dolly – Louie Armstrong, #4 – Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison, #5 I Get Around – Beach Boys, #6 – Everybody Loves Somebody – Dean Martin. Many say this was one of the greatest years for music in the last century.  New artists: Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, the Supremes.
  • Prices of Basics – Average Cost of new house $13,050, Average Income per year $6,000, Gas per Gallon 30 cents, Average Cost of a new car $3,500, Loaf of bread 21 cents, US Postage Stamp 5 cents, Ticket to the movies $1.25. (Disney’s Mary Poppins was a big hit),
  • Main Events of the Year  – Vietnam war building up – Many Americans were involved and conflicted. Civil Rights legislation passed. Martin Luther King wins the Nobel Peace Prize. Young boxer Cassius Clay wins the heavyweight championship from Sonny Liston. Race riots in major cities.  US Surgeon General reports smoking linked to cancer.  Ford Mustang becomes hit of the road.

                                         ….AND LAKE SAN MARCOS KIWANIS STARTED SERVING OUR NEW COMMUNITY.

Then Kiwanian Dick Skay, who has been in Kiwanis for 34 years, led us on a short trip down memory lane for our club.  Dick told us about past leaders and members and key events of our club. One he told us about was…

  • Bozo The Clown– Bob Bell was our President in 1992 – He was renowned for being “Bozo the Clown” for WGN in Chicago.  Since then many Kiwanis leaders and past Presidents have tried to top Bozo as being clowns for fun – such as Past President Fred Folbrecht in his Napoleon attire (above right)
  • First Donation – Pat Haugen said our first donation was for $500 to the predecessor of ARC which we still support annually today.
  • Top Military and Kiwanis Leader– Adrian “Woody” Tolen (Left middle photo above) was our tenth President in 1973 – He was a Brigadier General for the U.S. Air Force.
  • 106 Year Old Piano Player – For several recent years we had centenarian Dorothy Coleman as our piano player – she died recently at age of 106.
  • Many Leaders: In total, Our club has had 56 Presidents – Our first President was Alan Weeks (1964). There were nine past Presidents attending today: They were…Les Hill (1997), Dick Skay (1998), Fred Folbrecht (2002), Cathleen Stevens (2007), Don Alexander (2008), Jim Meade (2009), Jerry Mason (2015), Ivan Gillis (2016), and Tom Kumura (2017).  The first woman President was Kitty Tilton (2003).
  • Membership Peak– In 1990 we had 126 members. (now it is 54)
  • Continued Great Service to Our Community – As is depicted in the photo above on the left – Dick Skayand Don Shawler cooking burgers in 2010. Since 1964, our club has sponsored countless events aimed at giving back to the people around us and recently around the world.

 

 Where were YOU in 1964? – Long Time Kiwanians recognized….and a “Guess Who” Contest Was Held.

In addition to the pie in the face event that ended the celebration several long-time Kiwanians were honored and a “Guess Who” contest was held thanks to Jim Meade.

Long Time Kiwanians: Clark Vollbrecht was the longest-serving Kiwanian in the audience he has been a Kiwanian for 43 years.  Jim Dorschel was second-longest-serving Kiwanian for 38 years and Dick Skay for 34 years – That’s over 100 years of Kiwanis service between just these three.

Oldest Kiwanian in the Audience: Harvey White (photo top middle) is 92, Ted May is 90.  Tony Colace is our oldest member at 97.

Guess Who – (see photo above) – Recognizing Kiwanians when they were much younger (circa 1964) – 19 much younger photos were part of a Guess Who contest organized by Jim Meade (see photo above)-  1. Jim Trageser, 2. Jim Meade, 3. Pat Haugen, 4. Jerry Mason, 5. Jim Murphy, 6. Don Shawler, 7. Paul Wright, 8. Jim Alden, 9. John Gibbs, 10. Tom Curtis, 11. Ted May, 12. Gary Edwards, 13. Don Keller, 14. Ronique Nilson, 15, Jacque McGee, 16. Tish Murry.  Jerry Mason won the contest and a minuscule trophy. Fred Folbrecht and Pat Haugen also contributed to the planning for this event. (Moose leader Ron Hopper- in middle – was a special guest).

                                         Thank you to all for your great contributions to serving others.                                                                                                                                                                                        —————-

  • Several New Faces were in the audience today helping us celebrate our 55th Birthday:

The photo above: Top Left – Steve Gardella from Del Mar Kiwanis, Jim Dorschel Lt. Gov Division 37, Natali Galt – Incoming Lt Gov. beginning in October.  Gina Roberts Lt Gov-elect for 2020/2021.

Top right: Relda Colvin (of Del Mar Kiwanis) and Dorinda Miller (of Boys and Girls Club)

Bottom Left: Ron Popper and Charly Papp (leaders of the Moose club) and Tom Farmery District Executive of Boy Scouts of America.

Bottom Center: Shawn Gillis (Ivan’s son)

Bottom Right: Cloti Simpelo – from Kiwanis Region 2.

Thanks for Coming to our birthday party! 

                                                                                                       —————-

Announcements- 

  • Key people this meeting: Greeters – Mary Ann Brandreth and Harvey White,  Invocation – Jim Alden, Song – Don Alexander and John Lee (sang Happy Birthday)Collections – Ted May 50/50 drawing – Jim Meade had the winning ticket and drew the 10 of spades.
  • Guests – special guest Ron Hopper and Charley Papp (Moose), Tom Farmery (Boy Scouts), Jim Dorschel, Natali Galt, Gina Roberts, and Cloti Simpelo (Kiwanis) (see photo story above)
  • Health Matters –   Sad news – Glen Winn’s son-in-law passed away last Friday. Glen and Rosemary are making frequent trips to Orange County to help where they can. Memorial service this Saturday.
  • From Our President– Please consider writing your checks to the foundation soon – our fiscal year is rapidly coming to an end (Sept 30).

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Regular Luncheon Meetings – Upcoming Tuesday luncheon programs.

  • August 20–  5 PM at the Colony – replaces regular luncheon meeting (NO REGULAR LUNCHEON MEETING NEXT TUESDAY)- 

End of Summer – Membership Recruitment Social and Margarita Party” (thanks to Jim Murphy) – Lt. Gov Jim Dorschel and wife, Penny, will attend. The cost of the Mexican buffet is $30 per person. Gift baskets will be raffled.  We will have a great time celebrating our summer and getting to know each other and our spouses better.

  • August 27– Peak Experiences – Part 3 – Various club members will share their peak experiences.

Other Meetings

  • August 31 (Saturday Night, 5 PM)– Installation Dinner for Natali Galt Incoming Lt. Governor District 37 – at Bernardo Heights Country Club, 16066 Bernardo Heights Parkway, 5 PM – $50 per person.

Current Membership is at 54 (Rich Farmer newest member – to be installed soon)- “Membership is Everyone’s Job.”

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

Kiwanis Meeting of 8-6-19

          John Gibbs of our club told us about his experiences and observations from working in the Santa Clara County government for 30 years. 

          John and his wife, Allison, recently moved to Lake San Marcos and joined Kiwanis. 

Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis August 6, 2019

     John Gibbs tells us about His Career in County Government 

       Fellow Kiwanians (attendance 24)  “Some things have changed about working in county government and some things haven’t,” said our speaker today John Gibbs who was a Policy Analyst and Chief of Staff to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors for 30 years.

      Here’s what he told us has and has not changed in county government:

  • Not Changed “County government is still an invisible job as few know or understand what they do.

  • Not Changed – “NIMBY still rules – people don’t want airports, high-density homes, major traffic causing facilities, landfills, or jails near them – “put them some other place” is still what they say.”  (Not In My Back Yard = NIMBY.) 

  • Not Changed – They never have enough money for what they have to or want to do.” 

  •  Not Changed “Constant bickering among governments over who should pay for what.”

  •  Not Changed  Always a struggle to stay in communication with and be fair to all county constituents.”

  • Changed The way counties communicate with their constituents has shifted dramatically away from letters 

and paper correspondence to e-mails and digital connections.

  • Changed “With the universal acceptance of term limits often elected officials don’t stay in their jobs long enough to learn how to really effectively serve the county…they are campaigning for the next step up too soon and too often.

  • Changed – “The media moves on and around fluidly meaning they usually have little or no background on important aspects of county government.”

    John has also worked on campaigns for transportation, library, and parks measures.  John has a BA in Political Science, an MPA, and a Law Degree.  He has a passion for higher education and is the Past-President of the San Jose State University Alumni Association, where he was selected as the California State University Advocate of the Year.  John currently serves on the statewide CSU Alumni Council representing San Jose State.   He has volunteered on numerous non-profit Boards serving foster youth and providing scholarships to needy students.  He is also a Parks advocate and was the Chair of the Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Commission.  John is married to Allison Rootsaert, and they have three daughters.  A native of San Jose, California, he and his family recently moved to Lake San Marcos in northern San Diego County.  In his spare time, John collects coins and graded baseball cards.  John, thanks for joining us – we’re looking forward to serving with you here.    

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    —————-

  • Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Celebrates 55th Birthday – Next Meeting – August 13– Where where you in 1964? That’s when our Kiwanis club began here in Lake San Marcos.  Our Kiwanis club will celebrate our 55th

birthday of serving our community with a special event luncheon at the regular meeting time next week.  One aspect

of that meeting is to try to guess who is an in pictures from club members circa 1964 (see above) – The contest began this meeting but will be open at the party next meeting. Thank you, Jim Meade, for putting this together (send your 1964 

era pictures to Jim if you have not already done so.) Don’t Miss our big 55th party next meeting. 

                                                                                                       —————-

Announcements- 

  • Key people this meeting:Greeters – Mary Ann Brandreth and Harvey White,  Invocation – Jim Alden, Song – Don AlexanderCollections – Ted May Finemaster – Victor Manzanilla,  50/50 drawing – $40 (new Pot after Les Hill won the big pot of $1420 two weeks ago) Prospective new member Rich Farmer drew the winning ticket and drew the 5 of hearts.

  • Guests – Rich Farmer (has applied for membership in our club)  Welcome Rich!!!

  Health Matters –   Sad news – For those who knew past member Dottie Sutton, she passed away Monday night in her sleep (she was 94).

  • From Our President– Please consider writing your checks to the foundation soon as our fiscal year is rapidly coming to an end (Sept 30).

                                                                                 —————-

Regular Luncheon Meetings – Upcoming Tuesday luncheon programs.

  • August 13– We will be celebrating our club’s 55th birthday on August 13 at our regular meeting.  Please send photos of yourself from around 1964 to Jim Meade or Pat Haugen –  (there will be a contest).

  • August 20–  5 PM at the Colony – replaces regular luncheon meeting – End of Summer – Membership Recruitment Social and Margarita Party” (thanks to Jim Murphy) – Lt. Gov Jim Dorschel and wife, Penny, will attend. The cost of the Mexican buffet is $30 per person. Gift baskets will be raffled.

  • August 27– Peak Experiences – Part 3 – Various club members will share their peak experiences.

Other Meetings

  • August 9 – Ihop Monthly Breakfast 7:15 AM. will discuss our literacy program & books needed for our Christmas Parade and Treasure Chests.

  • August 31 (Saturday Night, 5 PM)– Installation Dinner for Natali Galt Incoming Lt. Governor District 37 – at Bernardo Heights Country Club, 16066 Bernardo Heights Parkway, 5 PM – $50 per person.

Current Membership is at 53 (soon to be 54)  – “Membership is Everyone’s Job.”

                                                                       —————-

Kiwanis, Live It, Love It, Share It –  Jerry Mason (back from travels – thanks to Jim Trageser for backing up on this newsletter )

Kiwanis Meeting 7-30-19

The road to attorneyhood

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LSM Kiwanis member and attorney Stephen Hinze

Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis July 30, 2019

Architecture school lead to a career as an attorney

   Fellow Kiwanians (attendance 28) – Stephen Hinze, a longtime member of San Marcos Kiwanis which merged with LSM Kiwanis last fall, spoke about his journey to a three-decade career as a probate attorney.

   After growing up in Greeley, Colo., Steve attended Texas Tech, where he originally studied architecture. Not finding his niche there, he transferred to Colorado State University near his hometown, where he majored in construction management. It was in his coursework here that he discovered a passion for contract law, and one of his professors suggested he pursue a law degree.

   He earned his law degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., and began his career in Colorado.
Since moving to California, he has specialized in probate, bankruptcy, and consumer law. But what has driven his passion for using the law to help his clients find justice was an experience he had during his brief stay in Texas Tech when a bouncer locked up an African American friend of his when they tried to enter a local bar.

Announcements
● Special guests included President Jim Alden’s 11-year-old grandson, McKinnon.

● Jim Murphy passed out flyers for the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Social Dinner on Tuesday evening, Aug. 20. It will be held at the Colony Clubhouse at 5 p.m., and there is a cap of 50 attendees. The cost is $30, and Jim reminded us that there will be no lunch meeting that week.

● We are the host club for the August DCM at the Escondido senior center at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3. We need volunteers to attend and help set up. Our Cub Scout Pack 662 will lead the pledge.

● Our 55th Anniversary celebration is Tuesday, Aug. 13 at our regular meeting location. Please send Pat Haugen a photograph of yourself from 1964. Please bring a guest!
● Jim Trageser is still seeking volunteers to assist Cub Scout Pack 662 with their membership booth at the Richland Elementary School Back to School Night on Thursday, Aug. 22, from 5-7:30 p.m. This is the No. 1 time to recruit new families – contact Jim if you are interested.
● Key people this meeting: Greeter – Mary Ann Brandreth; Secret Greeter – Tom Curtis; Emcee, pledge and invocation – Jim Alden; Finemaster – Ivan Gillis; Collectors – Art Brown and John Lee; Songmaster – John Lee50/50 drawing  There were 53 cards left and the pot was $23. Tom Curtis held the winning ticket and drew the 2 of spades. There are 52 cards left.

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Regular Luncheon Meetings – Upcoming Tuesday programs.

● Aug. 6.  TBA. 

 

Down the Road… 

●  August 13 – We will be celebrating our club’s 55th birthday on August 13 at our regular meeting.  Please send photos of yourself from around 1964 to Jim Meade or Pat Haugen –  (there will be a contest).

● August 20 – There will be an “End of Summer – Membership Recruitment Social and Margarita Party” (thanks to Jim Murphy) – Lt. Gov Jim Dorschel and wife, Penny, will attend.

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● Summer Travels –  Art Brown will miss the next three weeks

Current Membership is at 54 – “Membership is Everyone’s Job.”

Kiwanis Meeting 7-23-19

Update on Palomar Health

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Wayne Herron, vice president of philanthropy for the Palomar Health Foundation, speaks at Tuesday’s lunch meeting

Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis July 23, 2019

Foundation supports our local public hospital

     Fellow Kiwanians (attendance 35) – Wayne Herron has a divinity degree, and the first five years of his professional life were spent behind a pulpit on Sundays. But for nearly a quarter century, he’s devoted himself to helping nonprofit organizations throughout Southern California raise the funds needed to fulfill their missions.
Since January, he’s served at Palomar Health Foundation – the nonprofit fundraising arm of Palomar Health, the local public hospital district that operated Palomar Hospital in Escondido and Pomerado Hospital in Poway.
“I love health care philanthropy – I love doing work that literally saves people’s lives,” he told Tuesday’s meeting.
Herron’s previous post was with Glendale Memorial Health Foundation in the greater Los Angeles area.
With Palomar, Herron said his team is working to raise the funds needed to modernize Pomerado Hospital (which he acknowledged never received the promised upgrade after voters approved Proposition BB 15 years ago).

     The Foundation is hosting a Gala on Oct. 26 honoring local philanthropist Bob Wilson. Details can be found at the Foundation’s website, www.palomarhealthfoundation.org.

Announcements
● Special guests included Jane Pham, lieutenant governor for the District 37 East for Key Club (and in incoming senior at Del Lago High Academy in Escondido; Chloe Wayne, president of the La Costa Canyon High School Key Club; and Audrey Santander, president of Mission Hills High School Key Club. Welcome ladies!  Rich Farmer turned in his member application and brought along his friend Theresa, a potential new member.  From the Ridgewood, New York Kiwanis club were Margie and John Stahlwho will be back in February.
● Jim Murphy passed around a signup sheet for volunteers for the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Social Dinner on Tuesday evening, 5 p.m., Aug. 20. It will be held at the Colony Clubhouse at 5 p.m., and there is a cap of 50 attendees. The cost is $30, and Jim reminded us that there will be no lunch meeting that week.
● We are host club for the August DCM at the Escondido senior center at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3. We need volunteers to attend and help set up, and to bring coffee and doughnuts. Our Cub Scout Pack 662 has been asked to lead the Pledge – Jim Trageser is waiting to hear back from them.
● Our 55th Anniversary celebration is Tuesday, Aug. 13 at our regular meeting location. Please send Pat Haugen a photograph of yourself from 1964. Please bring a guest!
● Jim Trageser announced that our Cub Scout Pack 662 is hoping some of our members can help staff their membership booth at the Richland Elementary School Back to School Night on Thursday, Aug. 22, from 5-7:30 p.m. We will simply talk to interested families and have them sign the interest sheet – this will allow our parent volunteers to meet their children’s teacher as the new school year kicks off. This is the No. 1 time to recruit new families – contact Jim if you are interested.
● Key people this meeting: Greeters – Mary Ann Brandreth and Irene Acosta; Secret Greeter – Jim Trageser; Emcee and invocation – Tom Kumura;  Pledge of Allegiance – Jane Pham, Audrey Santander, and Chloe Wayne; Finemaster – Dick Skay; Collectors – Art Brown and John Lee; Songmasters – John Lee and Don Alexander50/50 drawing  There were two cards left and the pot was $1,490. Les Hill held the winning ticket and drew the joker! Congratulations Les!

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Regular Luncheon Meetings – Upcoming Tuesday programs.

● July 30.  Stephen Hinze, Esq. and Kiwanis Member, “Interacting with Different Types of Lawyers.” 

 

Down the Road… 

●  July 27 – Kiwanis Leadership Training at Rady’s Children Hospital – contact Pat Haugen for details.  
●  July 30 – Steve Hinze
●  August 6 – John Gibbs
● August 13 – We will be celebrating our club’s 55th birthday on August 13 at our regular meeting.  Please send photos of yourself from around 1964 to Jim Meade or Pat Haugen –  (there will be a contest).
●  August 20 – There will be an “End of Summer – Membership Recruitment Social and Margarita Party” (thanks to Jim Murphy) – Lt. Gov Jim Dorschel and wife, Penny, will attend.

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● Summer Travels –  Jerry and Linda Mason will be traveling to Tahoe and Jerry will be teaching art to kids and will miss the next meeting (7/23 – 7/30).

Current Membership is at 54 – “Membership is Everyone’s Job.”

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Kiwanis, Live It, Love It, Share It –  Jim Trageser for Jerry Mason

Kiwanis Meeting of 7-16-19

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Barbara Tooker of the Philanthropic Educational Organization and a Lake San Marcos resident

Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis July 16, 2019

Capturing our family histories before previous generations are gone

     Fellow Kiwanians (attendance 25) – Recent Lake San Marcos arrival Barbara Tooker (wife of Richard Perry) spoke about the importance of preserving our personal histories so that our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren can have a fuller understanding of their own family roots.

     She opened her presentation with the Latin phrase, “memento mori” – remembering death. “We don’t want to think about it because it’s uncomfortable,” but pointed out that we will all die eventually and that when a loved one is gone we are left with the regrets of unasked questions.

     When her first husband passed away unexpectedly, Barbara was left with many holes in her understanding of his life and extended family – questions she was unable to answer for their children. When her mother became ill shortly after, Barbara drove home to Colorado and spent many happy hours capturing her mother’s memories.

     She said these family histories help us assist our children “transition from self-contained child to self-motivated adult.”

     Barbara also suggested that if Kiwanis is an important part of your life, share with your children and grandchildren why this is so.

 

Announcements

● Jim Murphy reminded everyone that the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Social Dinner is set for Tuesday evening, Aug. 20, and will be in lieu of the regular lunch meeting that week. It will be held at the Colony Clubhouse at 5 p.m., and there is a cap of 50 attendees. Volunteers are still needed for setup and clean-up – see Jim for more information! The cost is $30.
● We are host club for the August DCM at the Escondido senior center at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3. We need volunteers to attend and help set up, and to bring coffee and doughnuts. Our Cub Scout Pack 662 has been asked to lead the Pledge.

● Our 55th Anniversary celebration is Tuesday, Aug. 13 at our regular meeting location. Please send Pat Haugen a photograph of yourself from 1964. (Victor and Darwin are going to have to figure something else out!) Please bring a guest!

● Key people this meeting: Greeters – Mary Ann Brandreth and Harvey White; invocation Tom Kumura; collections Ted May; Finemaster Ivan Gillis; secret greeter Jim Murphy; song masters John Lee and Don Alexander50/50 drawing  there were 3 cards left and the pot was $1,406. Tom Curtis held the winning ticket and drew the 3 of diamonds – now there are 2 cards left and the joker is one of them.

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Regular Luncheon Meetings – Upcoming Tuesday programs.

● July 23  Wayne Herron, VP Philanthropy, Palomar Health Fd

● July 30.  Stephen Hinze, Esq. and Kiwanis Member, “Interacting with Different Types of Lawyers.” 

 

Down the Road… 

●  July 27 – Kiwanis Leadership Training at Rady’s Children Hospital – July 27, 2019 – contact Pat for details.  

●  August 13 – We will be celebrating our club’s 55th birthday on August 13 at our regular meeting.  Please send photos of yourself from around 1964 to Jim Meade or Pat Haugen –  (there will be a contest).

● August 20 – There will be an “End of Summer – Membership Recruitment Social and Margarita Party” (thanks to Jim Murphy) – Lt. Gov Jim Dorschel and wife, Penny, will attend.

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● Summer Travels – President Jim and Linda Alden will be on an Alaskan Cruise and so Past President Tom Kumura will officiate at the next meeting (7/23) – Jerry and Linda Mason will be traveling to Tahoe and Jerry will be teaching art to kids and will miss the next 2 meetings (7/23 – 7/30).

Current Membership is at 54 – “Membership is Everyone’s Job.”

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Kiwanis, Live It, Love It, Share It –  Jim Trageser for Jerry Mason

Kiwanis Meeting of 7-9-19

Future Outlook for Our local Airport – McClellan-Palomar Airport

John Otto and Shawn Raysin of the McLellan-Palomar Airport spoke to us today about the future outlook of our local airport.

The aerial view on the right depicts how they plan to extend and shift the main runway to accommodate larger airplanes.

Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis July 9, 2019

     Ramping Up for Larger Commercial Flights from Palomar Airport 

        Fellow Kiwanians (attendance 28) – Most everyone in the area knows that we have a quality airport nearby – the McLellan-Palomar Airport. It is one of 8 airports operated by the County of San Diego. However, most everyone also knows that lately, flying commercially as a regular air traveler is not an option from that convenient location and ground transportation to the downtown San Diego airport is either expensive or time consuming.    Two leaders from our Palomar airport – John Otto (Assistant Airport Manager) and Shawn Raysin (Airport Operations) told us today about the plans they have to address our desires to fly more out of Palomar. “Ever since Sky West left the airport in April 2015, air passenger traffic has been way down,” said Otto. “But it is looking very promising for new commercial service in the next 120 to 180 days.  I can’t give names out yet, but we are hoping to restore service to commercial air travelers soon.  The trick is to find the right airlines with the right aircraft that can use the runway as it is today and we are working diligently to do just that.”

        Otto told us that he can’t say yet for sure, but most likely the initial service from this unidentified airline would be to the nearby airports in Los Angeles, Oakland, Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Reno from which worldwide connections are readily available.  He explained in detail how under the 20 year Master Plan (which was approved by the Board of Supervisors in October 2018) one element would be to shift the runway north, and possibly extend it out on the east end for safety margins.

        Both Otto and Raysin explained how they are working to balance many factors that are necessary for operation of a local commercial airport (safety, minimizing impact to local business, financial feasibility, environmental impacts, managing noise concerns effectively, and adherence to FAA airport standards) are all part of the new plan for Palomar Airport.   He also stressed that the plan is not a promise – “Ultimately it depends on funding to make these potential improvements a reality.”

        Shawn Raysin told us more about how they deal with concerns and questions from the public and from pilots and current users of the airport.  He told us about using the website WEB TRAK to identify any aircraft currently in our airspace and about the public’s access to a call line for issues, concerns (760-431-4646).

       So, if these plans materialize, the outlook for increased passenger traffic in the near future could be realized.  Their potential projections are for up to 195,000 flights carrying 305,000 passengers in the next 20 years.  John and  Shawn may it be so.

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  • Al Bomberg– Al Bomberg, who passed away recently at the age of 99 (born 7/9/1919), would have been 100 today.  Al was a Kiwanian for over 30 years. Mary Harrington and Cathleen Stevens attended a mass for Al at St. Marks church at 10:30 AM followed by a luncheon and a graveside service at Mission San Luis Rey at 3:30 PM which included include full military honors.  Jim Alden, John Lee, and Don Keller attended this service. – Here are Jim Alden’s words about the graveside service….”The funeral was very moving. They played taps followed by the ceremony with full military honors. I learned that after all the grandchildren had arrived yesterday, and they were sitting at Jeanne’s bedside (Al’s wife), she seemed so happy to have them all there – it was time for the Good Lord to have her join Al, and she quietly passed away. She had asked where Al was for several days. It was time….Other than John, Don, and myself – it was all family. They were very happy to see Kiwanis represented.”                 

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●  Three Months on the Italian Riveria – Our own Irene Acosta just returned from a 3-month long vacation on the Italian Riveria.  She was in the small town of Pietra Ligure on the northwestern coast with her son-in-law who lives there.  “I traveled a lot in northern Italy, Milan, Cinque Terra, and Genoa and other exotic cities,” she said. “I loved it! Italy is an amazing country; I loved its authenticity and antiquity.”   Welcome home, Irene.  

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Announcements

  • July 4 at the Lake – Our club earned a net total of $646 from booth fees, silent auction, and flag sales at this year’s Fourth of July at the Lake. Dick Skay emceed the event. The Murphy’s and Alden’s had a basket to auction and John Lee secured a gift card for The Decoy. Tom Kumura added a  donation from the Padres (a swag bag of goodies.)  1st ANGLICO Marine pilot Major Marianne Sparklin gave an excellent patriotic speech about what it means to her to be a U.S. Marine.  “It was a moving day indeed,” said President Alden.

  • July Board Meeting – Our monthly board meeting was held today after the luncheon meeting – business and financial matters were discussed.  Sending $25 birthday donations to our two sponsored children for their birthdays was approved (Mulusala from Uganda July 18 will be 5 and Faviola from PeruOct 21 will be 5) – for more details contact a board member.  

  • Grocery Cards- Jim Meade reminded members to purchase grocery cards from Vons/Albertsons.  

  • Guest – Patty Manley (a member) was in the audience today

  • Key people this meeting: Greeters – Mary Ann Brandreth and Harvey White,  Invocation – Jim Alden, Song – John Lee and Don AlexanderCollections – Ted May Finemaster – Tom Curtis,  50/50 drawing  there were 4 cards left and the pot was $1300, President Jim Alden drew the winning ticket and drew the 4 of clubs – now there are 3 cards left and the joker is one of them.

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Regular Luncheon Meetings – Upcoming Tuesday programs.

  • July 16.  Barbara Tooker, Motivational Speaker and Author, PEO Member, and Lake Resident, “Different Types of Legacies.”

  • July 23  Speaker to be announced.

  • July 30.  Stephen Hinze, Esq. and Kiwanis Member, “Interacting with Different Types of Lawyers.”

 

Down the Road…

  • July 12 – Monthly Friday Morning meeting at IHOP 7:15 am (for workerbees)

  • July 27 – Kiwanis Leadership Training at Rady’s Children Hospital – July 27, 2019 – contact Pat for details.

  • August 13 – We will be celebrating our club’s 55th birthday on August 13 at our regular meeting.  Please send photos of yourself

from around 1964 to Jim Meade or Pat Haugen –  (there will be a contest).

  • August 20– There will be an “End of Summer – Membership Recruitment Social and Margarita Party” (thanks to Jim Murphy) –

Lt. Gov Jim Dorschel and wife, Penny, will attend. The cost of the Mexican buffet is still to be determined.

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  • Summer Travels– President Jim and Linda Alden will be on an Alaskan Cruise and so Past President Tom Kumura will officiate at the next two meetings (7/16 & 7/23) – Jerry and Linda Mason will be traveling to Tahoe and Jerry will be teaching art to kids and will miss the next 3 meetings (7/16 – 7/30).

Current Membership is at 54 – “Membership is Everyone’s Job.”

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

Kiwanis Meeting of July 2, 2019

The War Story No One Could Talk About

John Stryker-Meyer, former City Editor and Community News Editor of the North County Times and Retired Army Special Forces Staff Sergeant,

spoke today about The Secret War in Cambodia and Laos.”  He has written 3 books on the topic (see above in the upper right corner)

His friend and co-worker Kent Davy (bottom right corner) was in the audience.

Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis July 2, 2019

     John Meyer Speaks About the War No One Could Speak About

        Fellow Kiwanians (attendance 31)“War is Hell, where ever it is, but this war was a secret Hell for over 20 years,” said our speaker today John Stryker-Meyer who was a Green Beret and Special Forces Staff Sergeant for the U.S.Army for 3 and a half years during the secret war in Cambodia and Laos in the late 60’s and early 70’s.  John, who now lives in Oceanside, spent his post-military life with the North County Times (which went out of business in 2012). John has written three books about his experiences during the war that did not officially exist.

Here are a few of the highlights of his talk today:

  •    “In 1968 I had to sign a statement that I would not talk about my upcoming assignment for twenty years.  That is because according to the international governmental agreement, the United States committed to not having any troops in neighboring Cambodia or Laos during the Vietnam war. Technically, US troops were not stationed in Laos or Cambodia, we commuted to the battle in helicopters and flew back when it was over.”  
  •    “We tend to forget how serious the communist forces were to win the war at any cost.  Even if they were suffering major casualties they just kept on coming and fighting…they were fierce.” 
  •  “In one major battle, the US forces inflicted 90% casualties on the communist troops which amounted to around 9,000 wounded or killed on their side.  We suffered much less, but they never quit coming. Their attitude toward their own people was do it our way or die.” 
  •    “During the peak of the Tet offensive we won all the battles we were in but the media did not report it that way.”
  • In November 1968 after a five-day mission that we barely survived, we learned that 500,000 Americans back home were engaged at major protests of our efforts. We really could not understand what was going on back home – it was demoralizing really.”
  •  “The public did not and many still don’t understand that war; they didn’t see it as we did. The media often got it wrong, especially when they said we were losing the war.  If we were allowed to fight the way we knew how to fight and did fight in World War II, we would have won that war just as we did then.  Eventually, the war was lost because most of our troops were pulled out.”
  • Us Vietnam era soldiers did not get the same respect back home as soldiers from other eras did.  This is changing some lately, but it was rough for returning veterans for many years who risked much and lost many friends over there.”

John is currently the President of Special Forces Association Chapter 78 (Southern California).  His books can be obtained by contacting him at idahoonezero@sbcglobal.net. Currently, John works  30 hours a week in Orange at non-profit helping veterans obtain affordable housing. His co-worker at North County Times, Kent Davy attended the meeting. Kent currently teaches journalism part-time at California State University San Marcos and is an advisor for the student newspaper.  John is also friends with Jim Trageser who is a member of our club.  John, even though it may sound like a cliche – truly, thank you for your exemplary service then and now. Thanks for coming to speak to us today.                                                                                                                                        —————-

  • Five from Poway Kiwanis join us today on an Interclub The Poway Kiwanis is like us, one of the best clubs in Division 37.  The Poway Kiwanis Club has 55 members meeting on Thursday evenings for the first two weeks of the month and then Thursday mornings for the remainder of the month. Their club has several people “still working” hence the flexible meeting hours to accommodate their work schedules. They meet at the Hamburger Factory in Poway. Visitors to our club today (left to right above): President Beth Galloway, Cal Pancheri, Thelma Fisher, Liz Carlson, and Vickie Hoey.  At this meeting, Beth gave an overview of their big fundraiser for the year.  “The Keg and Cork” which raises money for their annual Holiday with Heroes where members of the military, firefighters, or police are paired with 150 local students and are each given a hundred dollar gift card to spend on Christmas presents.  The Keg and Cork will be held on Saturday night August 24.  Thanks for coming to visit us Poway Kiwanians. 

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Announcements

  • Key people this meeting:Greeters – Mary Ann Brandreth and Jerry Mason,  Invocation – Glen Winn, Song – Don AlexanderCollections – Ted May Finemaster – Don Keller,50/50 drawing -there were 5 cards left and the pot was $1270Barbara Walesdrew the winning ticket and drew the 10 of diamonds – now there are 4 cards left and the joker is one of them.
  • Guests – Kent Davy (friend of our speaker), 5 members of Poway Kiwanis on an interclub, and Christine Clark (Al’s daughter).
  • Health Matters –   Don Shawler returned to us today, welcome back – he said he was gad to be back.
  • Al Bomberg– Al Bomberg passed away recently at the age of 99 (born 7/9/1919).  He proudly served Kiwanis and his community for over 30 years (he joined Kiwanis in 1986). On what would be his 100th birthday, July 9th, Al Bomberg will we be laid to rest. There will be a mass for Al at St. Marks church at 10:30 AM followed by a luncheon.  There will be a graveside service at Mission San Luis Rey at 3:00 PM which will include military honors.  If you want to attend contact Jim Alden.
  • Marine Change of Command – On June 21 the Marine 1st ANGLICO Unit held a Change of Command ceremony (Ivan and Jerry attended)

Lt. Col Anthony Mercado assumed Command of the 164 Marine Unit, previous commander Lt. Col. Mike Hays is headed to Army War College in Pennsylvania.

  • 2019 is Half Over – The halfway point of a typical calendar year is July 2, which is the 183rd day of a 365-day year.  So today’s meeting marks the halfway point of 2019.  182 more days left make the most of the time you are given. (thanks to Don Keller)

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Regular Luncheon Meetings – Upcoming Tuesday programs.

  • July 9  Oliver Brackett, Manager, Palomar Airport.  Current Developments and Issues at the Airport.
  • July 16.  Barbara Tooker, Motivational Speaker and Author, PEO Member, and Lake Resident, “Different Types of Legacies.”
  • July 23  Speaker to be announced.
  • July 30.  Stephen Hinze, Esq. and Kiwanis Member, “Interacting with Different Types of Lawyers.”

Down the Road…

  • July 4 – Fourth of July at the Lake -We’ve arranged the color guard, and Dick Skay will MC event. The Murphy’s and Alden’s will have a basket to auction off, and John Lee is securing a gift card for The Decoy. Tom Kumura as he was able to secure a donation from the Padres a swag bag of goodies.
  • August 13 – We will be celebrating our club’s 55th birthday on August 13 at our regular meeting.  Please send photos of yourself from around 1964 to Jim Meade or Pat Haugen –  (there will be a contest).
  • August 20– There will be an “End of Summer – Membership Recruitment Social and Margarita Party” (thanks to Jim Murphy) – Lt. Gov Jim Dorschel and wife, Penny, will attend. The cost of the Mexican buffet is still to be determined.

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Pres. Elect Glen Winn officiated at today’s meeting filling in for President Alden who was away on business.

Current Membership is at 54 – “Membership is Everyone’s Job.”

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

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1st ANGLICO Change of Command Ceremony – June 21, 2019 – special one topic report

Kiwanis and Marine friends,
     Here is a photo story on the moving event Ivan, Linda and I witnessed yesterday the 1st ANGLICO Marine change of command ceremony.  This is being sent out to you today as a special one topic report just to keep you up to date on all the great things your Kiwanis club is actively involved in – One of the great quotes I heard at this event was “There is no such thing as an ex-Marine” (even if they are retired).  I hope we can say the same about being members of the Kiwanis family.
Jerry Mason
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Top left – Lt Col Hays hands Marine flag over to Lt. Col. Mercado, top center Marines Pass In Review, top right both commanders respect the Marine flag. Bottom Left – Jerry Mason, Lt. Col. Hays, 
Ivan Gillis Bottom right – Ivan Gillis, ret. Sgt Maj. Owens, Ret Warrent Officer Luque,  Cpl. Tyjuanique Kelly (Marine scholarship winner) and Jerry Mason.
Lt. Col. Michael Hays Hands Command of 1st ANGLICO Marines 
over to New Commander – Lt. Col. Anthony Mercado
       In the Marine world, commands last roughly two years.  Our friends Lt. Col. Nick Sims and his wife Mona changed command two years ago handing 1st ANGLICO over to Lt. Col Michael Hays.  Today, two years later, Lt. Col Hays and his wife Ratchanee did the same as Lt. Col. Anthony Mercado took charge of the unique Marine unit that is our adopted Marine unit.  Their motto is “Not Many But Much” referring to the importance of liaison and communications in directing firepower in any particular fight.  Many Marines in the 164 Marine/Sailor unit are either assigned elsewhere for now to other duty stations (25) or in training (45).
         The change of command ceremony took about 45 minutes on June 21, 2019.  It was conducted at Camp Pendleton in front of about 50 people, mostly Marines and family and friends.  The key moment of the ceremony occurred when the current commander (Lt. Col. Hays) handed the Marine flag to his replacement Lt. Col. Mercado– (see photos above upper left and upper right).  After brief but powerful remarks by both commanders, the Marines of 1st ANGLICO passed in review to end the ceremony.
        Lt. Col Hays had many positive things to say to the Marines he served with, but right up there was what he had to say about us, the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis...“I want to thank the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis for their tremendous support throughout my command,” he said.  He cited our Christmas program and the 15 scholarships we have awarded during his time with 1st ANGLICO.  None of us travels our roads to adventure by ourselves or for ourselves, it has been my honor to travel with you all in love and service to the Corps and Country.”   Lt. Col Hays will be going to Army War College in Carlyle, PA for one year and then onward to even greater adventures. 
     Lt. Col Mercado joins 1st ANGLICO from his previous assignment in Germany.  He has been with the Marines for 18 years.  He and his wife, Nicole, have one daughter.
     Interestingly, previous commander Lt. Col Sims and his wife Mona are currently serving the Marines in Okinawa where Lt. Col Sims is Executive Officer for the large Marine unit there.  Mona is probably still being the great Mona we all know and love.
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Above are just some of the Marines and family who received scholarships from Lake San Marcos Kiwanis 
under Lt. Col Hays command – this presentation was on March 26, 2019

Marty Gannon – The Kid from Scranton and Much More

Marty and Doris Gannon in cold Austria last year – Marty’s “Global Cultures” textbook that he co-authored with Raj Pillaj – and Doris and Marty at Kiwanis.

Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis June 18, 2019

Dr. Martin Gannon (Marty) Looks Back on His Life – Through His Book 

        Fellow Kiwanians (attendance 28)  Marty Gannon has come a long way from his days as one of 8 children in a post-WWII family that suddenly found itself fatherless in the blue-collar town of Scranton, Pennsylvania. Today Marty – Dr. Martin Gannon – or Professor Gannon

told us some of the highlights of his life journey at our regular Kiwanis meeting.  He recently retired from his position as Professor of Strategy and International Management at the College of Business Administration, California State University San Marcos. Previously he was a Professor at the Smith School of Business, the University of Maryland at College Park. In 2002, he received the University of Maryland’s International Landmark Award for exceptional contributions in the global area. Marty has published 19 academic books in his career which has spanned 6 decades.

Most of his talk today focused on stories he wanted to tell us about “I’m Irish, I love to tell stories” – These are stories that are part of his 20th book he is now working on entitled Life and Career Experiences of a Business Professor. 

Here are a few of the more interesting quotes from his talk today:

  •    “One of my students said of me – I felt unfortunate that I had to take his class, as he had a reputation as a difficult and demanding professor.  But by the end of the class, I had learned a great deal.  He should learn to be more empathetic to student concerns.  He seems to be a nice guy but doesn’t show it in his treatment of student concerns.”
  •    “When I was 5 my father died of a heart attack, so Mom and us 8 kids were faced with a tough choice – each of us had to work to support the family or we would have been divided up and sent to an orphanage – We all worked.  I started out singing Irish songs, filling gumball machines, and delivering newspapers.” (The book he is now writing honors the stories of his family’s past)
  •   “As a professor, I believed my class in bargaining and negotiation was the class that had the highest practical value.  All people need and can use good bargaining and negotiation skills.”
  •    “I was offered deanships but I turned them down.  I found that these jobs mostly involved protecting yourself or your department and going to boring meetings.  I like to be in the trenches with the students.”  He was in those trenches for XX years.
         ●   I learned about and then applied The Rule of Five often.  The Rule of Five states – “If you are going to do/learn anything, make sure you can use it at least five times or in five different situations. You don’t have time if whatever you learn/do has less than 5 applications to your life.”
  •     “I am glad I never won a teaching award, as the way to do so is to lower standards and teach to the middle of the class.  I always taught to the college standard, which is far higher than what the typical student wants.”

Marty told us he will e-mail a copy of his book manuscript to anyone who asks on one condition – they should provide him with feedback after reading it.  His e-mail is mgannon@csusm.edu.   This was the second talk in the series called “Peak Experiences in Life”

      Marty, for a struggling Irish kid from a family of 8 from Scranton, Pennsylvania – you certainly have come a long long way – thanks for the postcards along the way.  

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  • Marty and Doris Gannon Receive a Special Award for Their Contributions to Kiwanis Children’s Fund At this meeting Doris and Marty Gannon were given special pins for their significant contribution to the Kiwanis Children’s Fund. The Kiwanis Children’s Fund is a way of reaching children through grants, scholarship programs, and Kiwanis youth programs. Their mission statement is “To develop resources that transform the goodwill and vision of Kiwanians into programs that serve the children of the world. ” – This is a very worthwhile program akin to what we are doing with our own international children outreach we started this year,” said President Alden

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  • Flag Retirement Ceremony– The Flag Retirement Ceremony was held at Walnut Grove Park on Friday, June 14.  It included patriotic songs, readings and audience participation in a dignified retirement ceremony for flags that have proudly flown over homes and businesses in Lake San Marcos and San Marcos.  The event was emceed by county supervisor Jim Desmond and sponsored by our club with support from Cub Scout Pack 662 and Rancho Buena Vista Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution.

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Left- photo story from Community News section of Union-Tribune June 12, 2019 – Right Carrie Clevers holds the community service award she received at the Friday morning meeting of our club. Pres. Elect Glen Winn looks on.

  • Carrie Clevers Receives Community Service Award for 22 years of Support of San Marcos Parade.–  For over two decades Carrie Clevers has been the prime mover behind the San Marcos holiday parade mostly sponsored by the San Marcos club (which recently merged with ours).  Recently (at our Friday morning meeting at IHOP) Carrie received a special Community Service Award for her tireless behind-the-scenes work with the San Marcos Parade.  Congratulations Carrie.

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  • More Publicity for our club, John Lee, and Meals on Wheels – Good works usually receive good recognition.  John Lee and Jerry Mason of Lake San Marcos Kiwanis and Charlotte Fan of Meals on Wheels recently were featured in a photo story on June 12 in the North County Community news section.  Jerry regularly sends his reports and photos to the Union-Tribune and every once in a while they end up in the newspaper as this one did. The event the photo depicted was a meeting several weeks ago…but hey, good publicity is timeless.

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Announcements

  • Key people this meeting:Greeters – Mary Ann Brandreth and Susan Guthrie,  Invocation – Jim Alden, Song – John Lee, Collections – Larry Guthrie,  Finemaster – Ivan Gillis,  50/50 drawing there were 7 cards left and the pot was $1158Doris Gannon drew the winning ticket and drew the 10 of hearts – now there are 6 cards left and the joker is one of them.
  • Guest – Allison Gibbs (John’s wife)  

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Regular Luncheon Meetings – Upcoming Tuesday programs.

  • June 25 – Dr. Herb FieldEntomologist, “Some Thoughts about Lake San Marcos.”

 

Down the Road…

  • June 21 – Marine Change of Command Ceremony for Lt Col. Michael B. Hays – 1st ANGLICO – 10 AM – Camp Pendleton  
  • July 4 – LSM Fourth of July (if you know of anyone who would like a booth tell them about this – we get $50 of the $75 entry fee per booth)
  • August 20– There will be an “End of Summer – Membership Recruitment Social and Margarita Party” (thanks to Jim Murphy) – Lt. Gov Jim Dorschel and wife, Penny, will attend. The cost of the Mexican buffet is still to be determined.

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Current Membership is at 54 – “Membership is Everyone’s Job.”

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

 

Kim Gibbens and John Forst of San Diego Center for the Blind

John Forst and Kim Gibbens of San Diego Center for the Blind accept our annual donation from Secretary Pat Haugen and President-Elect Glen Winn. 

(Right) John Forst, who is legally blind, has become an advocate for the blind in the 3 years since he became blind (he has wet macular degeneration).

John gave an inspirational talk about how he has navigated through his blindness. John said, “I’m doing this so I can give back, just like you do in Kiwanis.”

Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis June 11, 2019

   Kim Gibbens and John Forst Tell Us About Working Around Blindness 

Fellow Kiwanians (attendance 28 – President-Elect Glen Winn presided while President Jim Alden is in Montana on a vacation with his sons.)

     The mission of the San Diego Center for the Blind is “Vision Rehabilitation that Builds Independence” and we heard a great example of just that today in the presentation from President Kim Gibbens and great student John Forst.  Kim told us that around 100,000 people in the San Diego area are either blind or vision impaired. The Center serves these people from their two facilities in San Diego and Vista.  “I’ve been with the Center since 1975; we’re the only organization that serves adults with vision impairments.” Kim has spoken to us many times throughout the years, this time she brought one her best students to tell us first-hand what it is like.  John Forst of San Marcos became blind three years ago at 64 He came to the Center just over a year ago.  John has now become a passionate advocate for the blind.

       Here’s a synopsis of what John told us about his story about how he has learned to navigate through his life now.

  •     90% of what we learn comes through our eyes – “The more I learned at the center, the more I realized how difficult it is for those of us who are blind to do regular life.  Normal life tasks such as brushing our teeth, plugging something in, getting around the house, reading, eating, transportation, computing, crossing the street, and many more things sighted people don’t think about, become obstacles to us which require learning new coping skills.”
  • How many of you know a blind person? – “I usually ask this of people I meet this because the blind often becomes disconnected from people in the seeing world. This is a big obstacle for anyone dealing with the loss of sight. It was for me, but I was determined to be as involved in life as best I could despite my problems.”  John now goes to daytime classes most of the weekdays at the Center.
  • With a Little Help from My Friends – “At first, the tendency for anyone who starts to lose their sight is to sink into depression; I started down that path also, but the counseling and help I received from my new friends at the center set me off on a different road toward independence.”
  • Learning Other Ways to Recognize People  – “People are accustomed to recognizing each other by sight. But when that is gone, I had to learn other means to not inhibit my ability to connect with others.” (Point of interest, when I (Jerry Mason) met John at the meeting his mannerisms appeared so “normal” that I thought he was sighted until he told me he was not, others had the same reaction).
         ●  Tap into your other senses more – When I lost my sight, I learned with the help of the Center to develop my other senses more.  For example, I use the sound of traffic to safely cross the street or the feeling from my fingers to do simple things like plug things in or put toothpaste on a brush.  The center has both basic and advanced classes that can help the blind take the step-by-step walk toward independence.  They have made a tremendous difference in my life which is why I am an advocate for the blind now.”  

Kim told us “Training for each new blind student costs about $10,000 but that is a lot less than putting them in some isolated convalescent center.  What our students learn helps them get out of what they often feel is a very dark cave.” John told us that the center taught him and is still teaching him “all kinds of tricks we can use to navigate the obstacles resulting from our blindness.

     There are many ways to engage our world – sight is just the one we use most.  The San Diego Center for the Blind has been guiding thousands of people around those obstacles for 46 years (it began in 1972).  The Center has regularly received our budgeted donation for many years. The Center is funded only by private donations, not government funding. The money we give as Kiwanians as well as personally is money very well donated.

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  • John Lee Receives Distinguished Service Award  at the visit of Cal-Nev-Ha District Governor Rocci Barsotti June 8 – Kiwanis

Governor’s (Cal-Nev-Ha District) Rocci Barsotti (on John’s left) visited Division 37 last Saturday at San Marcos Community Center.

Our own John Lee received a Distinguished Service Award for our club’s 35 years of support for Meals on Wheels. (Division 37 Lt. Governor Jim Dorschel is to John’s right). Carrie Clevers received a Community Service Award for her 22 years of work on the

San Marcos Holiday parade (Carrie was not present). Several of our members attended the party that featured good burgers, hot dogs,

beer, wine, root beer floats, and fun.  Way to Go John and Carrie!!!

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  • Thank you Letter for our Treasure Chest of Books – We recently received the following “thank you” letter from Mrs. Harris of San Marcos Elementary thanking us for the donation of a Treasure Chest of Books for their library…“We love our treasure chest and feel so fortunate to be the lucky recipients!  Our students always love books and we’re excited to see these new ones.  Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity,”  So far we have delivered several treasure chests of books to local schools as we did in this instance.
  • Greetings sent around the world to our two sponsored children -This Spring our club reached out around the world to sponsor two children. Both are in poor countries far away.  Faviola Torres is in poor Peru and Mulusala Kivumbi is in even poorer Uganda. Recently our club sent a letter to each child with the picture from several of us (above).  Having regular communications back and forth is one of the facets of child sponsorship that makes our international outreach meaningful and personal.  Hopefully, both children will put this picture up in their homes.

                 

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  • San Marcos Youth Orchestra (SMYO) plays an end-of-season concert – June 7 – For the past few years, several members of the San Marcos Youth Orchestra have played for us during the Christmas season.  This all-volunteer group of local youth held their end-of-season concert on June 7 which Jerry and Linda Mason attended.  The photo above left – Jerry and Linda with 15-year-old musical prodigy Claire Lewis; Above center Andre Ricardo (President of the group) and Claire perform a violin duet.  Above right – Claire playing a piano solo with gusto as only she can. Claire will be attending Manhattan  School of Music in the fall.  Andre will return as SMYO President in his senior year of high school.

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Announcements

  • Key people this meeting:Greeters – Harvey White,  Invocation – Glen Winn, Song – John Lee & Don Alexander Collections – Larry Guthrie,  Finemaster – Dick Skay,  50/50 drawing there were 8 cards left and the pot was $1106Dick Skay drew the winning ticket and he asked guest John Forst to help but he drew the Queen of Clubs – now there are 7 cards left and the joker is one of them.
  • Art Brown’s ancestor must have been the Biblical Job – in the Bible, Job is visited with a series of calamities in fairly rapid succession.

Our own Art Brown knows a bit how Job must have felt…Art’s home burned down recently and they are now working through insurance matters and temporary living facets of their life.  And then Art announced today that his wife, Rebecca, was in a head-on collision where their car was totaled – Thankfully, no one was injured in either the fire or the collision.

  • Harvey and Joyce White recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.
  • Jim Meade recently celebrated his 80th birthday.

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Regular Luncheon Meetings – Upcoming Tuesday programs.

  • June 14 – Our monthly Friday morning meeting at IHOP at 7:15 am (for those who cannot attend a luncheon meeting)
  • June 18 – Martin Gannon, his 20th book (forthcoming), “Marshmallows, Habits, Transitions, Luck, and Flow in Life and Career Success and Happiness.” This will be the second of the three-part series devoted to peak experiences.
  • June 25 – Dr. Herb Field Entomologist, “Some Thoughts about Lake San Marcos.”

Down the Road…

  • June 14 –Flag Retirement Ceremony – Walnut Grove Park, 6:30 PM. San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones and County Supervisor Jim Desmond will be there.  This will be a nice ceremony plan to be there.
  • June 18 – Monthly Board meeting (postponed one week for Jim Alden’s presence)
  • July 4 – LSM Fourth of July (if you know of anyone who would like a booth tell them about this – we get $50 of the $75 entry fee per booth)
  • August 20– There will be an “End of Summer – Membership Recruitment Social and Margarita Party” (thanks to Jim Murphy) – Lt. Gov Jim Dorschel and wife, Penny, will attend. The cost of the Mexican buffet is still to be determined.

                                          Current Membership is at 54 – “Membership is Everyone’s Job.”

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

 Richard Perry — The Life of a London “Bobby”

The montage above represents the ‘beat” of London Bobby – Richard Perry when he was on the London Police force in the 1960s.

Top Left: Buckingham Palace.  Top center: Westminster Abbey.  Top right: 10 Downing Street.  Bottom Left: typical London Bobby (not Richard)

Bottom left center: London by air and River Thames flowing thru London bridge. Bottom right center: Trafalgar Square.  Bottom right – Richard Perry now.

Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis June 4, 2019

   Richard Perry Takes Us on His London Beat  

      Fellow Kiwanians (attendance 31) –  In London, policemen are known as “Bobbies” a term that dates back to the early 1800’s when then Prime Minister Robert Peel formed a professional police force to deal with rampant unrest in London at the time.  “I was a Bobby in the heart of London for several years in the 1960s, said now longtime Lake San Marcos resident Richard Perry. “Compared to now, being a Bobby then in the heart of London was almost like being in a whole different world.” 

      Richard told us several stories and anecdotes to give us a picture of his life as a Bobby back then: Here are just a few of them…

  • Walking the Beat with just a Stick and a Hat. – “Us bobbies were usually not armed, we only had our characteristic hats and the sticks called “truncheons’ (he showed us his quick draw skill in whipping the stick out for action in a second). “Bobbies were much more respected then than they are now. Often only showing the uniform resolved the problem.’
  • Little Old Lady With a Brick – “Once a short little old lady asked me if this building was the home of the Prime Minister, when I said “yes, Ma’am it is, she took a big brick out of her little purse and threw it through his window quicker than I could react to stop her.  I guess it was her form of free speech.”
  • Comment on British Royalty – “British royalty are often misunderstood.  Queen Elizabeth is one of the finest women I have ever met.  She is a model servant to the people. She works long hours many days a week doing her duties. 
  • Fighting Boredom– “Sometimes our job got boring, like the night shift in the queen’s garden.  We sometimes invented games about how to jump over the electric light that would trigger an intruder or played rugby with our helmets.”
    ●   Police work now, compared to police work then – “The attitude of the public toward the police now has deteriorated greatly.  Back then, police officers were much more respected than they are now.  In London, there are around 20,000 fewer police officers now and yet their responsibilities have increased, this is also true here in the U.S.” 

      “The best thing about being a Bobbie, in my opinion, was the uniform is really sharp and it easily attracted many women.  The most difficult part was coping with the boredom and sometimes the disrespect from the people we were trying to serve.” 

      Richard came to America to marry his first wife, Fran, in 1967.  Richard met her while on his Bobby beat in London. (She passed away in 2015). He is now happily married to Barbara Tooker who will be addressing our Kiwanis in September.  He spent the bulk of his working years as a large policy claims investigator retiring in 2010.  Barbara and Richard now live in the Colony in Lake San Marcos (near Jim Murphy). Richard just recently had his 73rd birthday.   Thanks for your interesting talk Gov’nur.

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  • Lt. Col Michael Hays Receives a Community Service Award and Says “Goodbye” to KiwanisMarine Lt. Col. Michael Hays, commander of the 1st ANGLICO Marines in Camp Pendleton, received a special community service award at this meeting.   Lt. Col Hays announced that he will be transferring to a war college in Pennsylvania later this month.  He invited all Kiwanians to attend his change of command ceremony on June 21at 10 am at Camp Pendleton.  If you want to attend please e-mail him at michael.g.hays@usmc.mil by June 7.   Lt Col. Hays also brought his new Sergeant Major, Jeremy Black, to introduce him to Kiwanis.  Previous Sgt Major English transferred to another unit at Camp Pendleton.
  • (Photo above right) – Jim Murphy receives Kwality Kiwanian pin from President Jim Alden.
  • Guests – James Farmer (guest of Jim Murphy)— Lt. Col Michael Hays and Sgt Major Jeremy Black came representing the 1st ANGLICO Marines

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  • Guests – James Farmer (guest of Jim Murphy)— Lt. Col Michael Hays and Sgt Major Jeremy Black came representing the 1st ANGLICO Marines

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Announcements

  • Key people this meeting:Greeters – Harvey White,  Invocation – Jim Alden, Song – John Lee Collections – Ted May,  Finemaster – Jim Murphy,  50/50 drawing there were 9 cards left and the pot was $1046Dick Skay drew the winning ticket but drew the Queen of Diamonds – now there are 8 cards left.
  • Increases in Our Club’s Membership Boost Growth Statistics for Entire Division 37. President Alden said “Thanks to the efforts of everyone (we are all on the membership committee) the club has experienced a 30% increase in members over the last 8 months, adding 13 new members (but lost two). Division 37 showed the largest increase in overall members over the same period of any other division.  The division appreciated 14% increase. Without our clubs’ numbers, the division would have dropped to 10%.”  Way to go all and especially Membership Chairman Jim Murphy.  We’re still the flagship of the fleet.
  • Fine Master Team makes large haul – Led by Fine Master Jim Murphy, John Lee and Don Keller, this trio brought in what John Lee believes is the largest amount of fines collected in his time with Kiwanis….$129.

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Regular Luncheon Meetings – Upcoming Tuesday programs.

  • June 11– Kim Gibbens, San Diego Center for the Blind (Pres. Elect Glen Winn will officiate, Jim Alden will be on a family vacation)
  • June 18 – Martin Gannon, his 20th book (forthcoming), “Marshmallows, Habits, Transitions, Luck, and Flow in Life and Career Success and Happiness.” This will be the second of the three-part series devoted to peak experiences.
  • June 25 – Dr. Herb Field Entomologist, “Some Thoughts about Lake San Marcos.”

Down the Road…

  • This Saturday, June 8 – Kiwanis Governor’s (Cal-Nev-Ha) Rocci Barsotti will visit our division soon.  A party for him with the theme “The 50’s Rocci and Roll” will be on June 8 from 4:30 – 8:30 – Tickets will be $25 per person, burgers, dogs, beer, wine, root beer floats, and fun. This will be at the San Marcos Community Center (near Library).  Several clubs involved. Two of our members will receive an award at the meeting.  Contact Pat Haugen if you want to attend, seven are planning to attend so far.
  • June 14 –Flag Retirement Ceremony – Walnut Grove Park, 6:30 PM. San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones and County Supervisor Jim Desmond will be there.  This will be a nice ceremony plan to be there.
  • June 18 – Monthly Board meeting (postponed one week for Jim Alden’s presence)
  • July 4 – LSM Fourth of July (if you know of anyone who would like a booth tell them about this – we get $50 of the $75 entry fee per booth)
  • August 20– There will be an “End of Summer – Membership Recruitment Social and Margarita Party” (thanks to Jim Murphy) – Lt. Gov Jim Dorschel and wife, Penny, will attend. The Mexican buffet will cost $22 per person.

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Current Membership is at 54 – “Membership is Everyone’s Job.” 

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Current Membership is at 54 – “Membership is Everyone’s Job.” 

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Jerry Mason Takes Us on a Tour of His 2nd Half 

The composite photo above contains several of the visuals Jerry Mason used to illustrate his peak experiences in the second half of his life from 1997 to the present.

His main peak experiences were 1. Retiring early from his first half career (communications for the US government) and 2. Becoming a 6th-grade teacher.  Then in 2005 going with his wife, Linda, on a 3. Seven-year odyssey to remote Albania where he was a teacher in a school for missionary children and then the first American hired in an Albanian K- 12 schools called Woodrow Wilson School. Then two years working in 4. Communications for World Vision.  In 2012 Linda and Jerry returned to the US settling in San Marcos to be near their then-new grandchildren. That is where his current peak experiences of being grandpa, an artist, a leader in Kiwanis and a volunteer began.  Jerry talked about the life lessons he has learned as well as his experiences in his second half.

Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis May 28, 2019 – Peak Experiences Part 1 of 3

                         “Learning to Go with the Flow”

Jerry Mason takes us a Visual Tour of His Second Half of Life  

      Fellow Kiwanians (attendance 29) –  “When I graduated from college in 1969, I knew virtually nothing about what the second half of my life would be like,” said Jerry. “There were several very surprising peak experiences ahead when I took early retirement from the federal government at 50 and began my second half adventures.”

      Here are the highlights of his talk…

  1. Feeling My Way into the Second Half – “Leaving one phase of life does not necessarily mean you can clearly grasp what the new beginning will be”. Two books – Transitions (B. Bridges) and Flow (M.Csikzentmihalyi) helped a lot at this phase. (see two charts above).

 .2. Becoming a 6th Grade teacher in a rural school in Oregon at 50 –  “When I stepped into my 6th grade classroom for the first time at 50 I immediately assumed a whole new identity – I was a teacher and I loved it.”  Jerry taught in public schools in Oregon for 7 years. “I was trading money for meaning as I climbed down the pay scale as a teacher.”

  1. Going to a New World Many Had Never Heard of – Welcome to Albania – “In 2005, Linda and I accepted a call to work in a school for missionary children in Tirana, Albania (the capital) .  We made a commitment for one year because serving there can be “tough duty.” They often dealt with power outages and strange cultural customs as well as a unique language. The first part of their Albanian experience lasted for two years from 2005-2007; then they were called deeper into the Albanian world.
  2. First American hired at Woodrow Wilson School.  –We wanted to reach out more to Albanians and soon a door opened for me to become the first American ever hired at a school named after a famous American – President Woodrow Wilson (He helped Albania when they were just emerging into independence after WWI).  “This was really an odyssey for me, one I often still wonder today if it actually happened.  He told us of one time about “becoming: Woodrow Wilson” in a surprise play for the student body (see photo above in lower right-hand corner). Eventually, however, corruption in the schools, which is present all through that society, caused him to seek even more new adventures.
  3. Finding the Sweet Spot with World Vision – Albania – “Just then a door opened up for me to work in communications with the Albania office of the international child service organization — World Vision.  This was a real peak experience for me – where my values, experiences, and natural talents converged. I worked helping World Vision communicate to the outside world.  It was really an experience of Going with the Flow.” In Albania, Jerry met Marilee Pierce Dunker, the daughter of the World Vision founder Bob Pierce.
  4. Returning from the Mountain – Re-Entry into the USA – Expensive San Diego– “The birth of our first grandchildren to our oldest son and his Albanian wife signaled the end of our 7 years of overseas life. We returned to the USA to be grandparents, but I did not really know what that was all about or much about who I would be then.  I had to find new pillars of who I was at age 66.”  

         The following elements are part of Jerry’s current identity here and now:

— Being Grandpa – Jerry and Linda are currently active grandparents to two local twins (Luke and Grace) and three grandchildren around the world in Uganda, Africa (Nora, Aidan, and Liam). “We have two sets of twins and went from zero to five grandchildren in a very short time.”

— Serving with Lake San Marcos Kiwanis – “I joined Kiwanis as a guest of Fred Folbrecht, and I quickly realized these were my kind of people.  They were actively giving back and I wanted to be a part of it.  Jerry quickly stepped into leadership, becoming the President from 2014-2015.  He has served on the Kiwanis board for four of the five years he has been with Kiwanis.

— Volunteering where my skills and interests meet real needs – Jerry currently volunteers his art skills with Palomar Medical Center and with the Artcorps program at Turtleback Elementary where he teaches art in his grandchildren’s first-grade class.  “I teach kids to tell themselves “I am an artist and art is fun” If they do this they surprise themselves.” 

— Becoming an Artist – “I tried my hand at art after returning from Albania and surprisingly, I quickly got into the flow of creating beauty with watercolor.  Since then Jerry has painted over 400 paintings with 8 paintings winning awards in local contests (see below)  

                                Paintings above – on left “Always a Further Journey” and on right “Homeward Bound” – typical art of Jerry Mason

 Lessons of the second half –  “The second half is like the plot of a good book, with lots of twists and turns and you never know how it will turn out. And whenever you think you have come to the end of the horizon – you will find…”There is Always a Further Journey”  

     – Jerry and Linda have been in 34 countries in their lives, many from when they lived in Eastern Europe.

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  • Guests – Jim and Bonnie Hester of Vista (came because of the speaker announcement in the paper) and JoAnne Murphy who lives in San Marcos (friend of Jerry Mason).   Jim Meade was back with us after several month sojourns in Florida.  Jim says his experience can be summed up in one word – “Manana” Welcome Jim, Bonnie & JoAnne and welcome back Jim.     

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Announcements

  • Key people this meeting:Greeters – Harvey White and Ronique Nilson, Invocation – Jim Alden, Song –  John Lee and Don Alexander Collections – Ted May,  Finemaster – Ivan Gillis,  50/50 drawing there were 10 cards left and the pot was $1000Marty Gannon drew the winning ticket but drew the King of Diamonds – now there are 9 cards left.
  • Pygmalion Play by St Joseph’s Academy – George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion – which will be presented at the AVO Playhouse in Vista on May 31 @ 7 pm and June 1 @ 1 pm and 6 pm – $10 adults, $6 seniors, $3 students. Barbara Wales‘s daughter is in the cast.
  • Art Brown Followup– The home of Art Brown, our current President-Elect, was destroyed by fire recently.  He is now dealing with insurance adjustors and seeking a long term temporary housing arrangement.
  • Food donations were recently taken to the San Marcos MiniStorage for their food drive for the San Diego Food Bank.

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Regular Luncheon Meetings – Upcoming Tuesday programs.

  • June 4  – Richard Perry – History and changing the culture of the British Bobby (Pres. Elect Glen Winn will be in charge, Pres. Alden will be on a family vacation in Montana.)
  • June 11– Kim Gibbens, San Diego Center for the Blind
  • June 18 – Martin Gannon, his 20th book (forthcoming), “Marshmallows, Habits, Transitions, Luck, and Flow in Life and Career Success and Happiness.” This will be the second of the three-part series devoted to peak experiences.
  • June 25 – Dr. Herb Field Entomologist, “Some Thoughts about Lake San Marcos.”
  • A Potential field trip to FFA is being planned – details forthcoming soon.

Down the Road…

  • June 8 – Kiwanis Governor’s (Cal-Nev-Ha) Rocci Barsotti will visit our division soon.  A party for him with the theme “The 50’s Rocci and Roll” will be on June 8 from 4:30 – 8:30 – Tickets will be $25 per person, burgers, dogs, beer, wine, root beer floats, and fun. This will be at the San Marcos Community Center (near Library).  Several clubs involved. Two of our members will receive an award at the meeting.  Contact Pat Haugen if you want to attend, seven are planning to attend so far.
  • June 14 –Flag Retirement Ceremony – Walnut Grove Park, 6:30 PM. San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones and County Supervisor Jim Desmond will be there.  (if you have a flag to retire please cut the stripes – ask Don Alexander)
  • July 4 – LSM Fourth of July (soon we will be receiving a check for $450 for our portion of booth rentals at last year’s 4th celebration).
  • August 20– There will be an “End of Summer – Membership Recruitment Social and Margarita Party” (thanks to Jim Murphy) – Lt. Gov Jim Dorschel and wife will attend. More details to follow.

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Current Membership is up to 54 – “Membership is Everyone’s Job.” 

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

Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Scholarships – Day One 

Presenting scholarships to local youth is always a highlight of our Kiwanis year. May 14 was Day One of Two days of presenting scholarships.  In total 25 local young people will receive $22,500 worth of scholarships, most for $1000 each.

The top photo above is of those 12 students who received scholarships on May 14 (Day One). Back Row Left to right: Ivan Gillis, Kiwanis scholarship chairman, Diana Valdez, Meleah Moore,  Ethan Pham, Arteen Ahghari, Madeline Bartels, Alex Brown, Jim Alden, Kiwanis President. Front row l-r Shannon Baum, Francene Vilanueva, Cassidy Melkonian, and Patricia Garcia. On the right side, Madeline Herrara and Evan Wright were not able to make the group photo.

Bottom photos – left Cassidy Melkonian and her mother Karen,  right S. Ahghari, Martha Velasco (Diane’s mother who is also a well known Spanish teacher at Palomar College), Diana Valdez, Arteen Ahghari and Karina Kamali. On May 14 (Day One) 12 scholarships were awarded and on May 21 (Day Two) 13 more scholarships will be awarded.

Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis May 14, 2019 – Scholarships Day One

First Day of College Scholarship Awards for Local Students    

      Fellow Kiwanians (attendance 42) –  Every year at this time our club, the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis, reaches the peak of our purpose by awarding several thousands of dollars in scholarships to local youth. Today was Day One.  Next Tuesday, May 21, will be Day Two.  In total on both days, 25 local students will receive $22,500 in scholarships most of which are for $1000 each. “These scholarships represent what we Kiwanians have worked so hard for throughout the year. Primarily, funds were raised by the pancake breakfast in February and by private donations,” said Kiwanis President Jim Alden.

There are five types of scholarships aimed at helping students with higher education expenses: regular high school scholarships for four-year colleges, Ruth Underwood Memorial scholarships, Dana Joell Gillis-Hardy Memorial scholarships, Community College scholarships, and a Future Farmers of America scholarship. “Most of the scholarships were for $1,000 each and will be sent to these students upon registration next fall,” said Alden.

     Many family members attended the awards ceremony on Day One.

    Here is a synopsis of the story of each young person who received a scholarship from Kiwanis on this day.

  • Patricia Garcia– San Marcos High ($500) – Patricia has been an FFA member for 4 years. She had held many leadership positions

in FFA and is presently the Farm Manager.  She will attend Palomar Community College and study to become an EMT. She thanked retired FFA leader Rob Graebe for his support over the years.

  • Madalyn Herrera–  Mira Costa College – ($500) – Madalyn will enroll in Palomar College’s Nursing program next year.  She works two jobs while being a dedicated student.  Her mother, Chris, supported her at the program.
  • Alex Brown– Mission Hills High ($1000) – Alex changed his focus after a lackluster freshman year and became an excellent student. He is active in the Kiwanis Key Club. He will be the first generation in his family to attend college which will be Chico State and is planning to major in Business Financing.  He thanked his grandparents, John and Ann Hopp, for their support over the years.
  • Bonnie Baum – San Marcos High ($1000) – Bonnie will attend Palomar College majoring in Apparel Design and Merchandising. She has been on the San Marcos High honor roll all four years. She participates in the Lux Art Institute.  Her grandparents, Shannon Baum, and Greg Shields. were at the meeting.  Received a Gillis scholarship (see below)
  • Diana Valdez– Mission Hills High – ($1000) – Diana has been an active teacher of Spanish in the community as is her mother, Martha Velasco, a Spanish teacher at Palomar College. Diana has been on the Dean’s list at school and has been a migrant tutor in the community. She will major in Child and Adolescent development at Palomar.  She has two young children.  Received a Gillis scholarship (see below).
  • Cassidy Melkanian– Mission Hills High – ($1000) – Cassidy will attend California Baptist University in Riverside and major in sports analytics. She is active in her church, tutors in math, plays the clarinet, and also in San Marcos youth sports (scorekeeper). Her mother, Karen, was with her at the meeting. Received a Gillis scholarship (see below).
  • Francene Vilanueva– San Marcos High – ($1000) – Francene has a 4.26 GPA and intends to major in Nursing at California State University of Long Beach.  She has been active with the school dance team (captain) and the Key Club member (Vice-President).  Her mother, Sheila Aguas, attended the meetingReceived an Underwood scholarship (see below).
  • Ethan Pham –  Mission Hills High – ($1000) – Ethan has a 4.3 GPA and intends to major in cognitive science at Univ. Cal. San Diego. He wants to be a Physician’s Assistant. He has been active in Boy Scouts and Key Club. Received an Underwood scholarship (see below).
  • Meleah Moore– Mission Hills High – ($1000) – Meleah has a 4.37 GPA and intends to major in environmental engineering at the University of California Berkeley.  She has volunteered in the school library and other community service activities. Received an Underwood scholarship (see below).
  • Arteen Ahghari – San Marcos High – ($1000) – Arteen will attend Univ. of Cal. San Diego majoring in human biology. He hopes to become a medical clinician. He has worked as an intern in ophthalmology and is active in the Key Club, Chess Club, and water polo. His parents Kamali Karina and S. Ahghari attended the program.
  • Madeline Bartels – San Marcos High – ($1000) – Madeline has a 4.41 GPA and will attend Yale University (major undecided for now). She has been active in the model United Nations, Tennis Club (captain), and Link Crew (helps freshman orientation) Her mother, Kate attended the program.
  • Evan Wright – San Dieguito Academy – ($1000) – Evan is an Eagle Scout and has earned an amazing 138 merit badges; he won the first Boy Scout Super Nova award for this area. He will attend the University of Southern California (USC) majoring in cinematic arts.  He created a prosthetic hand using a 3D printer that cost $50 to create. He wants to work in anything interactive involving virtual reality.  His father, Casey, supported him at this event. Received a Gillis scholarship (see below).
  •  Gillis scholarship is presented as a memorial to Dana Joell Gillis-Hardy who died in 2016 – daughter of Ivan and Ellen Gillis.
  •  Ruth Underwood scholarship is presented as a memorial to Ruth Underwood’s husband of Lake San Marcos – funds are being used for scholarships for Kiwanis Key Club students

Members of the Kiwanis Scholarship Committee who presented the awards at this meeting: Chairman Ivan Gillis, Don Keller, Doris Gannon, Tom Kumura, Cathleen Stevens, Dr. Dick Skay.  Tom Curtis, Irene Acosta, Mary Ann Brandreth, and Larry Guthrie also participated on this committee. In total 28 scholarship applications were received by this committee.

    Thirteen more scholarships will be awarded next meeting on May 21.  In total, Lake San Marcos Kiwanis will award 25 total scholarships during these two days for a total of $22,500 this year.  

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  • Storage work pays off for Lake San Marcos Kiwanis – Cleaning out unwanted items from a storage shed or attic is often a thankless, unrewarding chore.  However, Pat Haugenour secretary “dug up” an unexpected treasure while doing so recently.  She met Dave Haller of San Marcos Mini-Storage who said his organization is looking for worthy charities to make a donation to. After a short discussion, Dave decided to donate $750 to our Kiwanis Club.  Dave attended this meeting to make the donation official.  Our board of directors (see photo) happily accepted Dave’s contribution.  Dave is also considering joining our club soon.                                                                —————-

Announcements

  • Key people this meeting: Greeters – Harvey White and Jerry Mason, Invocation – Jim Alden, Song –  John Lee and Don Alexander Collections – Larry Guthrie, There was no Finemaster or 50/50 drawing at this or the next meeting.
  • Treasure Chests of Books–  Thanks to Darwin Bustarde, Jim Eighmey, Jim Trageser, and Steve Hinze, 7 local schools have been presented with a treasure chest of books.  These schools are: San Elijo Elementary, San Marcos Elementary, La Mirada Academy, Knob Hill Elementary, Richland Elementary, Discovery Elementary, and Paloma Elementary.  A reserve of the books is being earmarked for the end of the year San Marcos parade we are sponsoring before Christmas.
  • Storage– for Scouts has been arranged with San Marcos Mini-Storage until a new unit is built at the Moose Lodge.
  • Guests –  Several family and friends supporting the scholarship recipients – honorary member Elizabeth Burmeister. 
  • Pygmalion Play by St Joseph’s Academy – George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion – which will be presented at the AVO Playhouse in Vista on May 31 @ 7 pm and June 1 @ 1 pm and 6 pm – $10 adults, $6 seniors, $3 students. Barbara Wales‘s daughter is in the cast.
  • Art Brown Followup– The home of Art Brown, our current President-Elect, was destroyed by fire recently.  He is dealing with insurance matters and finding a more permanent living arrangement for the nearly two years it will take to rebuild his home.
  • Board Meeting Held–  As is required by our by-laws, our monthly board meeting was held after this meeting.

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Regular Luncheon Meetings – Upcoming Tuesday programs.

  • May 21 – Scholarship awards Day Two – 13 more scholarships to be awarded. Pres. Elect Glen Winn will fill in for Pres. Alden)
  • May 28 – Peak Experiences: Jerry Mason. “Turning Points in My Second Half”
  • June 4  – TBD
  • June 11– Kim Gibbens, San Diego Center for the Blind
  • A Potential field trip to FFA is being planned – details forthcoming soon.

Down the Road…

  • June 8 – Kiwanis Governor’s (Cal-Nev-Ha) Rocci Barsotti will visit our division soon.  A party for him with the theme “The 50’s Rocci and Roll” will be on June 8 from 4:30 – 8:30 – Tickets will be $25 per person, burgers, dogs, beer, wine, root beer floats, and fun. This will be at the San Marcos Community Center (near Library).  Several clubs involved. Two of our members will receive an award at the meeting.
  • June 14 –Flag Retirement Ceremony – Walnut Grove Park, 6:30 PM. San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones and County Supervisor Jim Desmond will be there.  (if you have a flag to retire please cut the stripes – ask Don Alexander)
  • July 4 – LSM Fourth of July
  • August 20– This will be an “End of Summer – Membership Recruitment Social and Margarita Party” (thanks to Jim Murphy) – Lt. Gov Jim Dorschel and wife will attend. More details to follow.

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Current Membership is up to 54 – “Membership is Everyone’s Job.” (Paul Wright is our newest member)

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

KiwanisMeetingofMay7,2019

35 Years of Support for Meals on Wheels  

On May 7, Meals on Wheels North County Manager Charlotte Fan told us all about our longtime partner in serving the seniors in our community – Meals on Wheels

San Diego. Charlotte has been with Meals on Wheels for 20 years. Our Kiwanis Club (represented by John Lee) recently received awards for 35 years of support for Meals

on  Wheels.  New members to our club are required to go on at least one meals on wheels route to familiarize themselves with what we do with Meals on Wheels.

The photo on the left,– acting Kiwanis President Jerry Mason and John Lee present Charlotte Fan with our annual budgeted donation.  The photo on the right, Charlotte Fan and John Lee with Mayor Pro Term Sharon Jenkins and San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones. 

 

 

  Charlotte Fan Highlights Meals on Wheels in North County         

      Fellow Kiwanians (attendance 28) –  “Our vision is to support the independence and well being of seniors; and since 1960  we have delivered an estimated 18.7 million meals that do just in the San Diego area alone,” said Charlotte Fan the North County Manager of Meals on Wheels.  “Your club started your exceptional support of meals on wheels in 1984 even before I joined 20 years ago. Since then the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis club has been one of our best volunteers and John Lee has been the greatest example of a faithful volunteer.” That’s why John and our Kiwanis club received special commendations from San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones recently.

     Charlotte has been receiving our budgeted annual donations for many years and today she brought us all up to date on how meals on wheels help keep seniors in North County independent and healthy.

    Here are just a few of the key facts she told us about (from the annual report):

  • Clients served – 3,155 (in 2018). 28 over 100 years old, the oldest is 106. (Clients are 60 or over or disabled vets) 
  • Typical client – Is in the early ’80s, lives alone, has under $25,000 annual income
  • Cities served – 14 in North County (from Valley Center to Solano Beach, from Oceanside to Escondido)
  • Meals served – 430,387 a year (one or two meals a day) weekdays and weekends including holidays
  • Routes Driven – 32,448 routes driven covering 778,000 miles – 35-weekday routes and 25-weekend routes(North Co)
  • Each route serves from 10 to 25 clients
  • 86 full and part-time staff –3,084 volunteers contributed 141,960 hours (oldest vol. is 100, some children assist) 
  • Meal Preparation cycle – begins at 2 am every morning,  pick up around 8:30am and delivery fr. 10:30am – 1:00pm 
  • Clients have a choice of meals – $7for two meals per day,  (entrée and a lunch); $4 for one meal a day 
  • Besides meals, they provide health checks for clients (checks for any changes and get them help if needed)
  • Celebrate client birthdays and several special events each year(March for Meals, Annual Gala, Holiday concert)

    “All of this is done in partnership with great people and organizations like you in Kiwanis,” Fan said.  “Your service to seniors in our community is a vital link to their health and independence.  We cannot thank you enough.”

Thanks, Charlotte for being a dedicated servant of seniors for all these years.  You are part of us and vice versa.


  • Four Treasure Chests of Books Donated to local school Libraries – Darwin Bustarde recently delivered four treasure Chests of books, each chest contained about 50 elementary age level books. The lucky local libraries were San Marcos Elementary, Knob Hill Elementary, San Elijo Elementary, and La Mirada Academy.  We have a total of 11 such treasure chests of books to donate in the coming months – Some will be reserved for use in the Christmas Parade at the end of the year.  Our current President-Elect Glen Winn often plays “Captain Book” the gnarly pirate mascot for our contribution to local child literacy.

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Announcements

  • Key people this meeting:Greeters – Harvey White and Barbara Wales, Invocation – Jerry Mason (Mother Theresa), Song –  John Lee, Collections – Larry Guthrie, Finemaster Victor Manzanilla,  – 50/50 drawing was worth $986 Barbara Wales had the winning ticket but her daughter Annalisa drew the Eight of Hearts – the joker is still in the remaining ten cards.
  • Storage – for Scouts has been arranged with San Marcos Mini-Storage until a new unit is built at the Moose Lodge.  There are still some things remaining to be moved to Kiwanis storage: parade banners, worn flags, treasure chests, and books … contact Pat Haugen if you can help.
  • Moose Lodge invites Kiwanis to Memorial Day Event – the Escondido Moose Lodge invites Lake San Marcos Kiwanis to observe our nation’s Memorial Day on Sunday, May 26.  $9 per person ($4 for kids under 10). – contact Jim Trageser

Newest member Paul Wright with recent new member Barbara Wales and Barbara’s daughter’s friend Natalie Delgado and Barbara’s daughter Annalisa.  They are holding cards from the 50/50 drawing – Annalisa drew the official card (the 8 of hearts), then a moment later, for fun, Natalie drew another card  and it was the joker which would have won $986 but instead Barbara won a $10 consolation prize which the girls donated to the school’s jogathon in the name of Kiwanis.

  • Guests –  Paul Wright – he was a member of the San Marcos club but recently rejoined us after attending the club fair.   (he has decided to become a member – hooray!) , Barbara Wales brought her daughter Annalisa and her friend Natalie Delgado. Annalisa is a freshman and Natalie Delgado is a sophomore at St, Joseph’s Academy.  Both will appear in “Pygmalion.”  Both girls are doing well academically, and both are taking drama as an elective.  They received a donation from one Kiwanis member who said he couldn’t attend the play but wanted to help.  The girls will use that as a second ad for Kiwanis for the play.
  • Pygmalion Play by St Joseph’s Academy – George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion – which will be presented at the AVO Playhouse in Vista on May 31 @ 7 pm and June 1 @ 1 pm and 6 pm – $10 adults, $6 seniors, $3 students. 
  • Art Brown Followup– Art Brown, our current President Elect’s home in Rancho Santa Fe was destroyed by fire on Friday evening April 26. and he told us about the aftermath – They are currently living in Residence Inn but are looking for some home for a while for the nearly two years it will take to rebuild his home.
  • Breakfast Meeting at IHOP this Friday, May 10– Our monthly meeting for worker bees will be this Friday at 7:15 at IHOP.  Be an early riser and check it out.

Regular Luncheon Meetings – Upcoming Tuesday programs.

NEXT TWO WEEKS – WE ARE AWARDING $22,500 WORTH OF SCHOLARSHIPS TO LOCAL STUDENTS – BE THERE! 

  • May 14 – Scholarship awards I
  • May 21 – Scholarship awards II (Glen Winn will fill in for Pres. Alden)
  • May 28 – Peak Experiences: Jerry Mason. “Turning Points in My Second Half” This is the first part of a three-part series.
  • June 4  – TBD
  • June 11– Kim Gibbens, San Diego Center for the Blind
  • A Potential field trip to FFA is being planned – details forthcoming soon.

Down the Road…

  • June 8 – Kiwanis Governor’s (Cal-Nev-Ha) Rocci Barsottiwill visit our division.  Theme “The 50’s Rocci and Roll” – Tickets will be $25 per person, burgers, dogs, beer, wine, root beer floats, and fun. This will be at the San Marcos Community Center (near Library) 5:30 – 8:30.
  • June 14 –Flag Retirement Ceremony – Walnut Grove Park, 6:30 PM. San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones and County Supervisor Jim Desmond will be there.  (if you have a flag to retire please cut the stripes – ask Don Alexander)
  • July 4 – LSM Fourth of July

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Current Membership is 53 – “Membership is Everyone’s Job.”

                                                                       

Anyway –  “People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.” (Mother Theresa)

Kiwanis Meeting of April 30, 2019

On April 30, A new board of nine Kiwanians was elected to lead the club for Kiwanis Year 2019-2020.  Three will be new to the Board and Six have already been serving on the board.  The Kiwanis Board meets monthly to make the major financial and direction decisions for our club. Support your new Board Members.  Their offices begin on Oct.1, 2019.

Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis April 30, 2019 

  New Board Members Chosen – Members Review Our Year                    Gordon Bowers tells us about 38 years in Police Work         

                Fellow Kiwanians (attendance 28) –  “Every successful organization has tireless volunteer leaders working behind the scenes to make it successful” –  At today’s meeting our club elected a new slate of nine members to serve as our club leaders for Kiwanis Year 2019 – 2020 (which begins on October 1, 2019).  Six are returnees from the current board and three are new to the board.  Your new club Board will be:

Club Officers (5)

  • Glen Winn – President (currently President-Elect)- joined our club 2019 – 13 years Kiwanis experience
  • Art Brown – President-Elect (currently a member)- joined our club 1991 – 28 years Kiwanis experience (New)
  • Jim Alden – Immediate Past President (currently President)- joined our club 2015 – 4 years Kiwanis experience
  • Pat Haugen – Secretary (currently Secretary)- joined our club 2008 – 11 years Kiwanis experience
  • Margo Dutton – Treasurer (currently Treasurer)- joined our club 1986 – 33 years Kiwanis experience

Club Directors (4)

  • Ivan Gillis – (currently Director – 1 year remaining in term)- joined our club 2006 – 13 years Kiwanis experience
  • Mary Harrington – (currently Director – 1 year remaining in term)- joined our club 2015 – 4 years Kiwanis experience
  • Don Keller – (currently a member) – Director – 2-year term)- joined our club 1999 – 20 years Kiwanis experience (New)
  • Ted May –  (currently a member) – Director – 2-year term – joined our club 2000 – 19 years Kiwanis experience (New)

The Kiwanis Board meets the second Tuesday of each month immediately after that meeting.  Thank you for your 

dedicated Service to keeping the “flagship of the fleet” going strong.


Clark Vollbrecht and Les Hill Inducted into Kiwanis Legion of Honor for long time membership

Clark Vollbrecht has been with Kiwanis for 41 years beginning in Carlsbad.  He served as President twice there. Clark came to us from the San Marcos club we are very glad to have him. Les Hill has been a Kiwanian for 25 years and was President of our club during 1997-1998.   Both Clark and Les received Legion of Honor pins from President Alden.

Current members with 10 or more years in Kiwanis membership are: Dutton (33), Skay (17), Bomberg (17),  Folbrecht (20), Keller (20), May (19), Carona (18), Shawler (17), Curtis (17), H. White (16), Stevens (16), Guthrie (15), Edwards (14), Purdy (14), Alexander (14), Meade (13), Winn (13), Gillis (13), Haugen (11), Birkenstock (11).

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            Gordon Bowers Reviews His 38 Years in Police Work

           “I was meant to be a cop and it all started with safety patrol in the 5th grade,” said new member Gordon Bowers.  “I quickly learned right and wrong from my parents who at 14 took me, in 3 casts and a wheelchair, to face a judge for the illegalities involved in an accident that was my fault.” (The judge dismissed the case). Gordon earned a bachelor’s degree from USC, a master’s degree from Chapman University, and later graduated from the FBI National Academy.

        He started police work as a volunteer in the ride-along program with the Burbank PD: then as a volunteer Reserve Officer.  He then was hired as an Officer in Arcadia, CA where he learned among other things to direct traffic at the Santa Anita Race Track. Three years later he became a Patrol Officer in Burbank, CA where he came the closest to shooting a suspect when he chased a residential burglar through a neighborhood.   Later he was promoted to Detective for Vice/Narcotics, Burglary, and Homicide (this included some under-cover work).  At that time he worked on the case of Rodney Alcala a serial killer/rapist with over 100 victims nationwide.

     He said that during his time as a detective, “I never encountered a single kid in trouble who came from an intact 2-parent home.”    After that, he quickly moved up the police career ladder – Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Captain. He directed Department Training and created the Unusual Occurrence policy, and co-authored a book:  Property and Evidence by the Book,” and his shooting training methods were promoted in an FBI Law Enforcement Magazine article.

     “I retired at age 59 in 2004, but I quickly got bored, so I went back to police work when I was hired as Police Chief in Lakeway, Texas.   Finally, I retired for good in 2009 and eventually relocated to San Marcos to be around grandchildren here.” (Carlsbad).   “During my time I saw a great increase in both the structure and requirements for police work, but I believe our work is better for it.  Policemen and women now strive mightily to do the right thing in the right way…both are essential for justice to be served.” 

      Gordon recently joined our Kiwanis club after being invited by Les Hill.  Gordon and his wife, Susan, have been married 22 years, have 6 children and 11 grandchildren. Thanks for joining us Gordon and Susan – we look forward to more Kiwanis adventures ahead.


Art Brown – a Kiwanian for 28 years and currently our new President-Elect, notified us that his home in Rancho Santa Fe was destroyed by fire this past Friday evening April 26.  – “I was asleep late Friday evening around 10 pm when I heard the sound of glass breaking,” said Art Brown. “My wife was working (she’s a nurse) and son was with friends.  Before I knew it the whole house was ablaze.  No one was hurt, but our whole house and much of our belongings were lost.” (He believes his home will take about $1 million to rebuild). Art was not visibly upset at our meeting…The bottom line is loss is part of life and life goes on,” he said.  “Fortunately, no one was hurt.”  “My wife told me that this home was not exactly the dream house she wanted, so I guess now when we rebuild we will have a chance to make more of those dreams reality.”  – Art, Kiwanis is ready to support you and your family during this difficult time.

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Members Review Our Year with Annual Report (attached)

 

  • Membership– currently at 53 (we are gaining members, hooray!) – Twelve new members joined since last October

(L. Alden, Eighmey, Acosta, Gibbs, Wales, Bowers, Vollbrecht, Winn, Manley, Bustarde, Hinze, Trageser)

  • Club Financials – Club Administrative Income = $35,530 – Expenses = $33, 243′ Foundation income $50,371     –      Expenses $52,797
  • Service Hours = 726 hours for service projects and 1369 for fundraising projects
  • Accomplishments: 12 Community Service Projects – 5 Fundraising Projects – contributed to 11 budgeted regular charities – Supported 3 Key Clubs – 6 different types of scholarships awarded, – 2 Marine Support Programs

– Two International Children supported (Uganda & Peru)

       “These are the reasons we are known as the Flagship of the Fleet,” said Pres. Alden.  “We give back in many ways many many times during the year.”


  • Miracle Mile of Quarters, On April 27 President Alden and Jerry Mason brought $800 worth of quarters (which is 3,200 quarters) to the Kiwanis Miracle Mile of Quarters where younger groups of Kiwanis Key Clubbers created quarter art (see above) in support of Rady’s Children’s Hospital.  This district-wide event was held at the Grossmont Center in La Mesa. About 30 clubs participated.  (Notice in the center photo that the younger participants seemed to have more coins to work with than the older ones.)

Announcements

  • Key people this meeting:Greeters – Harvey White and Tom Curtis, Invocation – Jim Alden, Song – Don Alexander, Collections – Larry Guthrie, Finemaster John Gibbs (first time, good job John) – 50/50 drawing was worth $894;  Art Brown had the winning ticket but drew the Five of diamonds – the joker is still in the remaining twelve cards.
  • Kiwanis Board is Working with Scouts to find Better Storage solutions –  possibly storage might be available with the Moose Lodge, we are considering building our own storage shed on this site.  – contact Jim Alden for details
  • Treasure Chests of Books – Darwin Bustarde is working to place treasure chests of books in local school libraries.
  • Guests –  Paul Wright, Susan Bowers – and Elizabeth Burmeister

Regular Luncheon Meetings – Upcoming Tuesday programs.

  • May 7  Charlotte Fan, Meals on Wheels (Jerry Mason will fill in for Pres. Alden)
  • May 14 – Scholarship awards I
  • May 21 – Scholarship awards II (Glen Winn will fill in for Pres. Alden)
  • May 28 – Peak Experiences: Jerry Mason. “Turning Points in My Second Half” This is the first part of a three-part series.
  • June 4  – TBD
  • June 11– Kim Gibbens, San Diego Center for the Blind
  • A Potential field trip to FFA is being planned – details forthcoming soon.

Down the Road…

  • May 4 – Kiwanis Regional Training Conference, Rady Children’s Hospital, 9am-2pm.
  • June 8 – Kiwanis Governor’s (Cal-Nev-Ha) Rocci Barsottiwill visit our division.  Theme “The 50’s Rocci and Roll” – Tickets will be $25 per person, burgers, dogs, beer, wine, root beer floats, and fun. This will be at the San Marcos Community Center (near Library) 4:30 – 8:30.
  • June 14 –Flag Retirement Ceremony – Walnut Grove Park, 6:30 PM. San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones and County Supervisor Jim Desmond will be there.  (if you have a flag to retire please cut the stripes – ask Don Alexander)
  • July 4 – LSM Fourth of July

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Current Membership is 53 (reports Jim Murphy) “Membership is Everyone’s Job.”

                

KiwanisMeetingofApril23,2019
On April 23, Chris Robbins and Hal Martin of the Vallecitos Water District told us about how they and 100 others have been providing us with the clear drinkable water and seamlessly managing and recycling our wastewater since 1955.  The Vallecitos Water District serves around 100,000 customers over a 45 square mile area (San Marcos, Escondido, Carlsbad, and Vista).  The painting in the upper right corner is Jerry Mason’s titled “The Fountain of Blessing” portrays the fact that water is a treasured blessing in less developed places like Africa. Both our speakers and the painting underscore how important, yet taken for granted, water is in crowded suburbs like ours.

 

         Chris Robbins and Hal Martin – Vallecitos Water District  Providing Our Precious Water Since 1955         

                Fellow Kiwanians (attendance 20) –  “Water is life’s matter and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water.”Albert Szent-Gyorgyi –  At today’s meeting Chris Robbins, Public Information Supervisor for the Vallecitos Water District and Hal Martin, President of the Vallecitos Board of Directors, told us all about how the life-giving liquid we all depend on gets into our homes and how the wastewater we all produce gets cleansed and recycled.  It is a modern miracle that many in the distant past had to live without, yet nowadays so few seem to appreciate.

        “We provide essential water service to 100,000 people living in a 45 square mile area in San Marcos, Escondido, Carlsbad, and Vista day in and day out 24/7,” said Robbins.  “Yet our surveys show that 3 out of 4 people we serve do not know anything about what we do or how we do it and about 42 percent of those we serve don’t even know we exist.”  The Vallecitos Water District’s mission is to be our water and wastewater specialists, which they do under the long term guidance of a 20-year master plan.

     Here are some of the key facts that Chris and Hal told us about:

  • Twin Reservoirs in Twin Oaks – Two huge underground reservoirs, together they have a combined 73 million gallon capacity.  They hold much of the water we all drink here.
  • Super Flush Sunday – Surprisingly, Super Bowl Sunday is the day with the highest wastewater output…watch out for that halftime rush to flush.
  • Reliance on Imported Water – In 2014, 100% of our water was imported from out of the area. Recently, however,  there has been a reduction of 41% on our reliance on imported water. Now only 59% is imported (from 3 sources), 23% of it is provided by the desalinization plant on the coast.
  • Energy Costs to Move the Water up and around affects your water bill a lot – “From 1/3 to 1/2 of your water bill comes from the cost of energy to pump the water to you,” said Hal Martin.
  • Water Supply and Demand – an Inverse Relationship – Nevertheless, like the greater Southern California area, the demand for drinkable water is escalating while the supply is decreasing, and drought exacerbates that problem. “We live in a semi-arid ecosystem, so it is essential that we constantly step up to the necessity of not wasting water.” Robbins said. “We must make every drop count.”
  • Best Water Saving Tips for Homeowners – 

1) Keep conservation going, 

2) Stay educated about local water issues and situations, 

3) Share your knowledge with others, 

4) Consider water district programs (such as a landscape/irrigation audit), 

5) Take advantage of rebates for water conserving household appliances (i.e. washing machines, low flush toilets), 

6) Choose plants that thrive in this semi-arid climate, mulch well, 

7) Update your sprinkler system for the most efficient use of water. 

      Robbins told us that his biggest water-related frustration is when he sees grass that has no purpose (grass needs lots of water) and Martin said his biggest frustration is when he sees water being wasted such as for cleaning driveways etc.  “San Diegans must not waste water…it is too precious for us all.” 

     “Drinkable tap water is still the best value out there,” said Robbins. “It costs less than a penny a gallon, but life would not be possible without it.”   Thank you, Chris and Hal, for reminding us of how important our daily water is to us all.  Come back again.                                          


LSM Receives Three Awards from Mayor and Meals on Wheels – John Lee represented our club at an event attended by 200 people where we received three awards from current San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones for our 35 years of support for Meals on Wheels. “Supporting Meals on Wheels for all these years is one of the many great things our club has been doing,” said John Lee.  Over 200 people attended the event, said Lee.

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Treasure Chests of Books – President Alden announced that San Marcos Elementary will receive two or three of our Treasure Chests of elementary age books.  We are also looking into similar donations with other schools in the community. These books were from the San Marcos Club’s “Captain Book” program.

Kiwanians and Community contribute 179 pints of blood on April 11.  President Alden announced that in total 185 people contributed 179 pints of precious blood at the recent bloodmobile co-sponsored by Kiwanis, the Lake Church, and CDC. “This donation directly impacts about 240 people who need blood to survive,” he said.  

Announcements

  • Key people this meeting:Greeters – Harvey White and Jim Murphy, Invocation – Jim Alden, Song – Dick Skay, Collections – Larry Guthrie, Finemaster Dick Skay – 50/50 drawing was worth $863; Jim Alden had the winning ticket but drew the Six of diamonds – the joker is still in the remaining thirteen cards.
  • Kiwanis Board is Working with Scouts to find Better Storage solutions –  possibly storage might be available with the Moose Lodge – contact Jim Alden 
  • A slate of Officers for Upcoming Election Offered.– Jerry Mason, chairman of the Nominating Committee, announced the slate of Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Officers for the next Kiwanis Year – asked for nominations from the floor – there were none.

New potential Officers:

  • President-Elect– Art Brown (Glen Winn is currently Pres. Elect)
  • Director– Don Keller (replaces Jerry Mason)
  • Director – Ted May (replaces Jim Murphy)

Officers leaving the Board at end of September – T. Kumura (is Past President), Director Jerry Mason, Director Jim Murphy.

Our Club Election will be at the April 30 meeting along with our Annual Report.

  • Scholarships for 25 students worth $22,500 were approved in a special board meeting after this meeting.  Awards will be made at the May 14 and May 21 meeting. – Ivan Gillis
  • Error in last meeting report –  Silent Auction brings in $5000 – Last report missed the total that Don Shawler contributed to the Silent Auction.  The correct total is –  Don Shawler – $898 (Don brought in the highest total value for this event).
  • Kudos for This Kiwanis Newsletter – President Alden read a congratulatory e-mail from honorary member Elizabeth Burmeister concerning this Kiwanis newsletter. Jerry Mason said, “I do it because, to me, it is fun.”
  • Guests –  Rex Calloway (who saw the notice in the Union-Tribune about today’s meeting)

Regular Luncheon Meetings – Upcoming Tuesday programs.

  • April 30  Annual Meeting and Election of Board Officers/Directors
  • May 7  Charlotte Fan, Meals on Wheels
  • May 14 – Scholarship awards I
  • May 21 – Scholarship awards II
  • May 28 – Peak Experiences: Jerry Mason. “Turning Points in My Second Half”
  • June 4  – TBD
  • June 11– Kim Gibbens, San Diego Center for the Blind
  • A Potential field trip to FFA is being planned – details forthcoming soon.

Down the Road…

  • April 27 – Miracle Mile of Quarters, 10 am – 4 pm, Grossmont Center, La Mesa. About 30 clubs will participate – Our club will donate $800 in quarters to be used at the event. – Pres. Alden and Jerry Mason will be going.
  • April 30 Club Election of Officers for next Kiwanis Year (Oct 2019 – Sept 2020) and Annual Report.
  • May 4 – Kiwanis Regional Training Conference, Rady Children’s Hospital, 9am-2pm.
  • June 8 – Kiwanis Governor’s (Cal-Nev-Ha) Rocci Barsottiwill visit our division.  This will be at the San Marcos Community Center (near Library) 4:30 – 8:30 – More details soon.
  • June 14 –Flag Retirement Ceremony – Walnut Grove Park, 6:30 PM.
  • July 4 – LSM Fourth of July

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Current Membership is 53 (reports Jim Murphy) “Membership is Everyone’s Job.”

Kiwanis Meeting of April 16, 2019

The World Vision Dream – Fighting Extreme Poverty One Life at a Time 

On April 16, Marilee Pierce Dunker of World Vision told us about how World Vision works to change the world one life at a time. Marilee, who lives in Vista,

is the daughter of World Vision founder Bob Pierce who started the Christian humanitarian organization in 1950. World Vision now works in nearly 100 countries with 46,000 staff and volunteers who are working with many partners toward the “audacious” goal of eliminating extreme poverty in 2030.  Extreme poverty is defined as those who live on less than $2 a day. Over 4 million children are being sponsored through World Vision and one of the most recent sponsored children is Mulusala Kivumbi of Uganda who our club recently sponsored. We also sponsor Faviola Torres of Peru through Compassion International, a 

similar world humanitarian organization.  More will be forthcoming on serving the children of the world from the International Children’s committee in the future.

 

                    Reaching for an “Audacious” Dream 

                   The End of Extreme Poverty* by 2030 

         Marilee Pierce Dunker – Ambassador for World Vision  

                Fellow Kiwanians (attendance 30) –  Marilee Pierce Dunker believes in big big dreams just like her father did. She told us about how an “audacious” dream might be realized today at our Kiwanis meeting. Marilee has been a special world ambassador for World Vision since 2001. She is also the daughter of World Vision founder, Bob Pierce. Marilee has written four books and is working on a fifth. The first book, A Man of Vision, is about her father’s life. “You hear so much negative news these days about how the world is getting worse and worse,” she said, “But my story today is how people like you and World Vision are making the world better every day in thousands of concrete ways.”

      She told us about partnering with many other groups toward the dream of ending extreme poverty by 2030; *Extreme poverty is defined as those who live on less than $2 a day.  Worldwide an estimated 700 million people (about 10.9% of the world) live on under $2 a day. The vast majority of those residing in South AsiaSub-Saharan Africa, the West Indies, East Asia, and the Pacific; nearly half live in India and China alone.  Women and children are the most affected by extreme poverty.

     “Making sustainable improvements in the basics of life, such as providing drinkable water, health, education, and economic opportunity are where we fight the battle every day all around the world.”   She cited the statistic that when she started with World Vision in 2001 about 30,000 children were dying each day from preventable causes linked directly to poverty.  “Today working in partnership with many groups that number has been cut in half to 15,000. And, we are working faithfully and diligently with local communities every day to make that number next to zero over the next decade.”

      Marilee gave us several inspirational stories about how World Vision fights deep poverty in Africa, India, The Philippines, and other areas to provide the basics of life and health for the children of the world.  “World Vision is in the top three in the world for Emergency Relief. But mostly, we work collaboratively day in and day out with local communities toward sustainable goals that result in significant improvements in the lives of the people in communities where our sponsored children live.  One of the most important results of our work is to give children hope where it did not previously exist.”

      Marilee was accompanied by her husband Bob and their two granddaughters, Alexia (19) and Addison (11). Marilee just recently returned from a visit to their sponsored child, Ledeema in Kenya.  She will be flying soon to a World Vision visit in Malaysia.  In total, she has visited and inspired thousands of people in 40 countries about fighting poverty including Albania (in 2012) which is where Jerry and Linda Mason became acquainted with Marilee when Jerry worked for World Vision there.

    Marilee has been married for 44 years and has two grown daughters and three grandchildren.  But, if you count, the number of people who she has inspired as her “family” she has a “family” of thousands. Marilee announced to us, that she intends to retire from full-time World Vision work in 2020, “I want to work on my next book, the Audacity of Faith, but I know I will never be far away from World Vision in my heart.” – Marilee, your presentation and your life inspires us all to do what we can to be the good news in a world seemingly dominated by the bad.  Thank you so much for coming to us today.

Contacts: World Vision – www.worldvision.org 1-888.511.6548 – Compassion Int. www.compassion.com 800-336-7676

Mulusala Kivumbi age 4.5 Uganda World Vision – a typical home in Uganda—Faviola Torres age 4 Peru Compassion International – a typical home in her area.   

                                                    

Connecting Kiwanis to Our New Sponsored Children – After Marilee’s presentation, we took a photo of all Kiwanians and guests who attended this special meeting. Having a sponsored child means we can connect with them by letters or online.  We have a photo from each of our new children, Mulusala Kivumbi and Faviola Torres, and we want them to have a photo from us,” said Jerry Mason. “Making the personal connection to our sponsored children makes sponsoring children intimate and tangible, he said. (Our photo is above with a letter from Mulusala on the right).

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LSM Receives Three Awards from Mayor and Meals on Wheels – John Lee represented our club at an event attended by 200 people where we received three awards from current San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones and current San Diego County Supervisor Jim Desmond (Previously San Marcos Mayor) for our 35 years of support for Meals on Wheels. “Supporting Meals on Wheels for all these years is one of the many great things our club has been doing,” said John Lee.

Kiwanians and Community contribute 15 pints of blood on April 11. President Alden and Jim Murphy, among others, contributed 15 pints of whole blood and red blood cells to the San Diego Blood Bank on April 11.   “Lynn Effinger of the Temecula Kiwanis club was pleased with the results,” said Pres. Alden. The Lake Church and CDC supported this event.   

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Early Friday Morning Meeting at IHOP  – A relatively new wrinkle in our club activities agenda is a monthly early Friday morning meeting at IHOP for those “worker bees” who cannot make our regular luncheon meetings. President Alden, Jim Murphy, Don Alexander, Pat Haugen, John Lee, Jerry Mason, Darwin Bustardi, Jim Eighmey, and scoutmaster Joey Lira attended this meeting on April 12.  Treasure Chests of Books – One of the topics was placement and storage of the many elementary age books we have inherited from the San Marcos Club’s “Captain Book” program.  Above, Darwin Bustardi holds a smaller treasure box will contain many books for child literacy.  There are about 11 more larger treasure chests that will all be used for children’s literacy down the road.  Reading is Fundamental.  

Announcements

  • Key people this meeting:Greeters – Harvey White and Jim Murphy, Invocation – Jim Alden, Song – John Lee, Collections – Larry Guthrie, Finemaster Dick Skay – 50/50 drawing was worth $845; Barbara Wales had the winning ticket but drew the seven of diamonds – the joker is still in the remaining thirteen cards.
  • Kiwanis Board is Working with Scouts to find Better Storage solutions – contact Jim Alden
  • A slate of Officers for Upcoming Election Offered.– Jerry Mason, chairman of the Nominating Committee, announced the slate of Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Officers for the next Kiwanis Year:

New potential Officers:

  • President-Elect– Art Brown (Glen Winn is currently Pres. Elect)
  • Director– Don Keller (replaces Jerry Mason)
  • Director – Ted May (replaces Jim Murphy)

Returning Officers:

  • President– Glen Winn (voted upon last month), ● Secretary – Pat Haugen ● Treasurer – Margo Dutton
  • Director – Ivan Gillis(will be in his 2nd year) ● Director – Mary Harrington (will be in her 2nd year)
  • Immediate Past President– Jim Alden (currently President)

Officers leaving the Board at end of September – T. Kumura (is Past President), Director Jerry Mason, Director Jim Murphy.

Nominations from the floor will be accepted at our meeting April 23 – Club Election will be at the April 30 meeting.

  • Scholarships for 25 students worth $22,500 were approved in a special board meeting after this meeting. Awards will be made at the May 14 and May 21 meeting. – Ivan Gillis
  • Silent Auction brings in $5000 – Pat Haugen announced that the following people made significant contributions toward bringing in $5,000 worth of donations for our February Silent Auction: Don Shawler – $650; Don Keller – $500,Tom Kumura – $472, Tom Curtis – $314, and Jerry Mason – $278.
  • Health Report – Paul Jordan returned to us today.
  • Guests –  Bob Dunker (Marilee’s husband), Alexia and Addison (Bob and Mariliee’s granddaughters), Linda Mason (Jerry’s wife) and Jim Dorschel Lt. Gov. Kiwanis Division 37

Regular Luncheon Meetings – Upcoming Tuesday programs.

  • April 23Chris Robbins, Vallecitos Water District
  • April 30  Annual Meeting and Election of Board Officers/Directors
  • May 7  Charlotte Fan, Meals on Wheels
  • May 14 – Scholarship awards I
  • May 21 – Scholarship awards II
  • May 28 – Peak Experiences: Jerry Mason. “Turning Points in My Second Half”
  • June 4  – TBD
  • June 11– Kim Gibbens, San Diego Center for the Blind
  • A Potential field trip to FFA is being planned – details forthcoming soon.

Down the Road…

  • April 27 – Miracle Mile of Quarters, 10 am – 4 pm, Grossmont Center, La Mesa – Pres. Alden and Jerry Mason will go.About 30 clubs will participate – Our club will donate $800 in quarters to be used at the event.
  • April 30 Club Election of Officers for next Kiwanis Year (Oct 2019 – Sept 2020) and Annual Report.
  • May 4 – Kiwanis Regional Training Conference, Rady Children’s Hospital, 9am-2pm.
  • June 8 – Kiwanis Governor’s (Cal-Nev-Ha) Rocci Barsottiwill visit our division.  This will be at the San Marcos Community Center (near Library) 4:30 – 8:30 – More details soon.
  • June 14 –Flag Retirement Ceremony – Walnut Grove Park, 6:30 PM.
  • July 4 – LSM Fourth of July

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Current Membership is 54 (reports Jim Murphy) “Membership is Everyone’s Job.”

On April 9, Donald Foulkes of Fallbrook took us back 72 years to 1944 – 1945 as he retold his story as a 22-year-old bombardier in a B24-Liberator during World War II in Europe. Newly elected Division 37 Lt. Governor Natali Galt was also a visitor at this meeting.  Middle – Donald with some of the memorabilia from his time as a POW in Europe.

 

Donald Foulkes Re-Tells his story as POW in W.W.II 

Newly Elected Division 37 Lt. Governor Natali Galt visits  

                Fellow Kiwanians (attendance 42) –  Donald Foulkes opened his talk to us by saying “I’m glad there is someone here who is older than me” (he is 97 but Al Bomberg was in the audience and Al is almost 100).

Donald told us a harrowing story about when he was 22 and was captured as a P.O.W. in World War II. “On October 13, 1944, our 28th mission was a bombing run over a German base in Vienna, Austria.  A day, that even though it was 72 years ago, I remember it all in great detail.” Donald told us what happened as the bombardier on a B24 Liberator was hit in two of its four engines losing control.  During the run and he was told to “bail out”. He landed in a field in what is currently Poland and was taken by Hungarian soldiers to a P.O.W. camp.  That began a 7-month odyssey being driven to and from several camps in central Europe as the Americans were closing in on the Germans near the end of the war.  “I was not as afraid as the Germans,” he said, “Because they knew they were losing the war and it showed on their faces.”

In his 7 months as a P.O.W. which began at Stalag Luft III (the sight of the Great Escape which became a movie), he survived on scarce rations, the camaraderie of his fellow P.O.W.s, and the creative cooking of some of his fellow prisoners. “In late April of 1944, our camp was liberated by General Patton’s troops and I made my way back to home in Massachusetts.  Only one of the original crew is still alive, pilot Michael Fiordeliso, who lives in Florida.

After the end of the War, Donald had a long career as an engineer with General Electric, mainly in the Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Denver areas. He retired in 1987 to the Fallbrook area where he is very active in many community events such as live theater and telling the story of Kris Kringle and Christmas to children. Donald has been married for 70 years to his wife, Mary. “She’s quite a gal.”  – And You are quite a guy, Donald – thanks for coming to tell us your unique story.

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Newly Elected Division 37 Lt. Gov. Natali Galt visits – Natali Galt was elected as the next Lt. Governor of our Division 37 Kiwanis which oversees operations of about 16 clubs with over 400 members.  Natali joined Kiwanis in 2004 and she says, “I’ve been racing hard working to serve ever since.” She said, “I’m looking forward to getting to know many Kiwanians I currently do not know and to getting engaged with all the clubs in District 37,”  Natali will follow current Lt. Gov. Jim Dorschel at the transition at the end of September of this year.  Welcome, Natali.

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New Faces and New Members – Oldest LSM Kiwanian Al Bomberg visited with his friend Charlie Cook.  Al will turn 100 this summer.  Two new members, Barbara Wales and Gordon Bowers, were inducted as members of the club.  Margo Dutton is Barbara’s sponsor and Les Hill is Gordon’s.  Barbara moved to San Marcos from Fallbrook in December.  Gordon Bowers spent most of his working career in police work in the Burbank area. Elaine Cheesman came as a guest of Pat Haugen.

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Announcements

  • Key people this meeting:Greeters – Harvey White and Mary Ann Brandreth, Invocation – Jim Alden, Song –  John Lee and Don Alexander, Collections – Larry Guthrie, Finemaster Ivan Gillis – 50/50 drawing $810 Don Alexander had the winning ticket but drew the Jack of clubs – joker is still in the remaining fourteen cards.
  • Scholarship Committee Preparing for Awards May 14 and May 21:  Ivan Gillis reports that we currently have 25 applications for our annual student scholarships which will be awarded at two meetings in May.  Five applications are from Key Club members.
  • A slate of Officers for Upcoming Election Offered.– Jerry Mason, chairman of the Nominating Committee, announced the slate of Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Officers for the next Kiwanis Year:

New potential Officers:

  • President-Elect– Art Brown (Glen Winn is currently Pres. Elect)
  • Director– Don Keller (replaces Jerry Mason)
  • Director – Ted May (replaces Jim Murphy)

Returning Officers:

  • President– Glen Winn (voted upon last month), ● Secretary – Pat Haugen ● Treasurer – Margo Dutton
  • Director – Ivan Gillis(will be in his 2nd year) ● Director – Mary Harrington (will be in her 2nd year)
  • Immediate Past President– Jim Alden (currently President)

Officers leaving the Board at end of September – T. Kumura (is Past President), Director Jerry Mason, Director Jim Murphy.

Nominations from the floor will be accepted at our meeting April 23 – Club Election will be at the April 30 meeting.

  • Board Meeting Held after this meeting – Several items discussed, for details ask a board member.
  • Guests – Natalie Galt (see above), Elaine Cheesman (friend of Pat Haugen), , Charlie Cook (friend of Al Bomberg), Carol Alexander (Don’s wife), and Gayle Folbrecht (Fred’s wife).  

Regular Luncheon Meetings – Upcoming Tuesday programs.

  • April 16Marilee Pierce Dunker – World Vision Ambassador – “Helping Children in the Third World”

Members will receive more specific information about our two sponsored children at this meeting.

  • April 23 Chris Robbins, Vallecitos Water District
  • April 30  Club Elections and State of the Club report (Haugen)
  • A Potential field trip to FFA is being planned – details forthcoming soon.

Down the Road…

  • April 11Blood Drive – 11 – 4 – Our club is partnering with the Lake Church to sponsor the San Diego Bloodmobile at the Conference Center on La Bonita Drive.  Please donate if you can.  
  • April 11   35th anniversary of LSM Kiwanis working with Meals on Wheels – John Lee will attend.
  • April 12 – Morning Meeting of LSM Kiwanis at IHOP at 7:15 am.
  • April 12 –Key Club District Convention, Ontario, CA
  • April 27 – Miracle Mile of Quarters, 10 am – 4 pm, Grossmont Center, La Mesa – Pres. Alden and Jerry Mason will go. About 30 clubs will participate – Our club will donate $800 in quarters to be used at the event.
  • April 30 Club Election of Officers for next Kiwanis Year (Oct 2019 – Sept 2020) and Annual Report.
  • May 7 – Charlotte Fan of Meals on Wheels
  • May 14 – 21 – Scholarship awards (two meetings)
  • June 8 – Kiwanis Governor’s (Cal-Nev-Ha) Rocci Barsottiwill visit our division.  This will be at the San Marcos Community Center (near Library) 4:30 – 8:30 – More details soon.
  • June 14 –Flag Retirement Ceremony – Walnut Grove Park, 6:30 PM.
  • July 4 – LSM Fourth of July

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Current Membership is 54 (reports Jim Murphy) “Membership is Everyone’s Job.”

19-4-Marines

On March 26, Lake San Marcos Kiwanis presented scholarships and awards to another outstanding group of Marines and their spouses. Standing in back:First ANGLICO’s Lt. Colonel Michael Hays, Gunnery Sergeant Noriyuki Wayne Turbeville, Major Jeff Smith*, Gunnery Sergeant Ernesto Curotto, Major Matt Ashton*,Corporal Justin Reyna, Corporal Tyjuanique Kelly, Sergeant Major Yoeman English*. Seated – Sarah Turbeville and their two children, Meg Ashton, and Reagan Reyna (wife of Justin Reyna). * blue indicates those supporting awardees.  

Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis March 26, 2019 – Honoring Our Marines

3rd Annual Kiwanis Marine Scholarship Program  

Five Marines and One Spouse Honored 

       Fellow Kiwanians (attendance 53 (incl 18 guests) –  For three years Lake San Marcos Kiwanis has been honoring local Marines with Scholarships to help deserving Marines and their spouses to further their education.  In his closing remarks,Marine Lt. Colonel Michael Hays summed the feelings of the Marines and Kiwanians in the audience.  “I’ve often asked myself why I am a Marine leader; what I came up with is that everyone wants to make a difference.  Some people go through life wondering if they are making a difference, but Marines and Kiwanians don’t have that problem…,we are both making a great difference by the ways we give back and serve.”  Today Kiwanians gave back to five special Marines and one Marine wife who serve us all with their lives.   Five $1,000 scholarships and one special Community Service Award were presented today.

             Here is a summary of who they are and why these privately funded scholarships were started in 2017.

Three Kiwanis Leaders, Club President Jim Alden (left) Lt Gov. Jim Dorschel (right middle) and Kiwanis Cal-Nev-Ha District leader Margo Dutton (right) presented Marine Leader Lt. Col Michael Hays with a surprise special Kiwanis Community Service award for his exemplary work in service to the communities around us.

                  Marine Lt. Colonel Michael Hays Receives 

                   Community Service Award from Kiwanis

         Lieutenant Colonel Michael B. Hays is the commanding officer of the 164 Marine unit known as 1ST ANGLICO in Camp Pendleton.  For the past two years Lt. Col. Hays and his Marines have been partners in serving both the community of San Marcos (at the Pancake Breakfast) as well as the Marine community at Camp Pendleton (at the Marine Christmas program).  For his strong service-oriented leadership, Lt. Col Hays accepted a special surprise Community Service Award from the Cal-Nev-Ha District of Kiwanis presented by Club President Jim AldenLt. Governor Jim Dorschel and Cal-Nev-Ha Foundation Board member Margo Dutton. 

     When he accepted the award Lt. Col Hays said “At first I didn’t know much about Kiwanis, but in almost two years since we have worked together, my Marines and I have been treated with the utmost respect and given wonderful support.  I, no we, are truly touched by the level of care you Kiwanians give to both the community and the Marines.  You exhibit an amazing spirit of service to people.”

       Lt. Col Hays said he will be re-assigned to a war college assignment in Pennsylvania this summer, but he wanted to assure Kiwanis members that he will be back soon before he leaves.  He also invited all Kiwanians to come to his Change-of-Command ceremony at Camp Pendleton on June 21.  “You Kiwanians inspire us all to give back regardless of our age or where we are.” – Lt. Col. Michael Hays, you will always be a Kiwanian to us.

              Cpl T. Kelly              GySgt E. Curotto                  M. Ashton          GySgt N.W. Turbevillle       Cpl J. Reyna

A special Kiwanis scholarship committee (I. Gillis (committe leader) , C. Stevens, D. Keller, L. Guthrie, D. Skay, T. Curtis, M.A. Brandreth, D. Gannon, T. Kumura, and I. Acosta) selected four Marines and one Marine wife to each receive scholarships of $1,000 each to further their educational growth. Here is a thumbnail sketch for each one:

  • Corporal Tyjuanique Kelly (pronounced Tie-wan-eek) – Corporal Kelly told us that when she was young she lost both her parents and was raised by her aunt who told her “Stop blaming the world for things you can’t control, life sucks, suck it up.”And Corporal Kelly sure did just that. “I believe in giving back and want to spend my life doing just that.”  She plans to attend Grand Canyon University in AZ to get a masters in Psychology and Forensic Science (she already has a bachelors from Texas State).   She has many interests such as photography, communications, serving youth as a cheer coach, and criminal justice. Those who worked with her commend her for her maturity, attention to detail, and propensity for growth.  (Award presented by Tom Curtis) – Tyjuanique, the sky is the limit for you because you always lead with your great service ethic.
  • Gunnery Sergeant Ernesto Curroto – GySgtCurroto has already come a long way in life. He was born in Peru, immigrating to the US when he was 10 and legally becoming a citizen at 12.  He graduated from Chula Vista High School in 2005; joining the Marines shortly afterwards.  He has served three tours in Afghanistan, one in Iraq, and one in Okinawa. He has earned 19 medals and awards for his dedicated service.  Others said,  “GySgt Curroto is an excellent example of honor, courage and commitment to duty.” He intermingled marrying his wife Heather during all that. The Currotos have two sons (one with autism).  He wants to pursue a degree in computer science through National University. “My parents wanted an American education when they came here, but were not able to do so, I am following their path in their honor,” he said. – Major Jeff Smith came to support GySgt Curroto at this event. (Award presented by Don Keller)- GySgt CurrotoWhat an inspirational Marine and human being you are…Semper Fi. 
  • Meg Ashton – Meg Ashton is a repeat winner. She received a scholarship from us for $500 in 2017 (which she used for books to help pay for her last masters course in Fundraising for Non-Profit Organizations).  Since just this February, Meg works for a Defense contractor out of McLean VA called Human Touch doing business development for their DoD portfolio. She wants to transition to higher levels of leadership for similar organizations in the future.  Once they are less transient (moving is part of being a Marine wife) Meg would like to look into a government or civil service job.  Her husband, Matt, who came to support her,is a Major with the Marines.  They have one young son Bryce Ashton age 6. (Award presented by Mary Ann Brandreth) – Come back to us Meg and Matt when you can.
  • Gunnery Sergeant Noriyuki Wayne Turbeville – GySgt Turbevillewas born in Okinawa, Japan becoming a US citizen at the age of 10. Encouraged by his paternal grandfather, he became a wrestler in high school in Florida. He joined the Marines out of high school and has since served five tours in Iraq (’03,’05,’06,’07,’08) in radio operations and communication.  He and his wife,  have two young children, Ezra and Elishiba (who came to support him at the meeting). He is currently a student with the University of Phoenix in Business Management.  He will soon be promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant and will also soon be re-assigned to a base in North Carolina. (Award presented by Doris Gannon) – GySgt Turbeville, your service is making America great. 
  • Corporal Justin Reyna – Corporal Reyna is not only a great Marine, he is also pursuing paths to help youth in the world.  He is interested in using his scholarship to pursue a career in music education and to become an elementary school teacher. He is currently doing so at Mira Costa College locally and hopes to transfer to a 4 year university soon.  He has created an electric skateboard and an all wheel longboard which has a top speed around 30 MPH. His wife, Reagan (who was at the meeting) was a recipient of a similar Kiwanis scholarship last year. (Award presented by Cathleen Stevens)- Cpl Reyna, your enthusiasm for engaging our youth is inspirational.

This spring Kiwanis will be presenting more scholarships – scholarships for local youth for entering college.

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These Kiwanis scholarships are privately funded awards known as the Roberta and Bob Gibson Memorial Scholarships. They were originated three years ago by these friends and others. Seated: Becky Gibson (daughter of Roberta and Bob Gibson) Jennifer Deolarte (former student of the Gibsons), and Susy Arneson Guthrie (Larry’s wife), Standing Mandi Ramirez (former student of Gibsons), and Larry Guthrie.  This is the third year Kiwanis has presented these awards, to date 15 such awards have been given to Marines or Marine spouses..

      Marine Scholarships Honor Roberta and Bob Gibson 

     Long Time Friends of Susy Arneson and Larry Guthrie 

      The Story Behind the Roberta and Bob Gibson Memorial Marine Scholarships – “Three years ago this scholarship pogram was created by our Kiwanis Club as a memorial and celebration of the lives of dear friends of ours,” said Susy Arneson Guthrie.  “Roberta and Bob and I were teachers in the Vista Unified School District.   Our friendship started in 1964 when Roberta and I were new teachers at Washington Jr. High in Vista.  Bob was a Marine in Vietnam at that time.  Those were tense times when Bob was disabled and Roberta lost touch with him for awhile.  Roberta continued to teach and to encourage Bob as he left the Marines and earned his teaching credential at San Diego State University.  The Gibsons both had long careers in the teaching field and were known for their dedication to education and to kids.  Bob died in 2006 and Roberta in 2016.  After their deaths, Larry and I searched for a way to honor our long friendship and this privately funded Marine Scholarship is a fitting tribute to the Gibson’s and their dedication and desire to help young people and their Marine history.  Since we began, thanks to the generous hearts of the Gibson friends and our Kiwanis friends 15 deserving people have received these scholarships.” she said.

Friends of Roberta and Bob were in the audience (see photo above).

 

The Marine Scholarship Program is just one aspect of the scholarships Lake San Marcos Kiwanis offers the community…scholarships for youth entering colleges will be awarded in the Spring.

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  • Crew Cleans out our storage on Saturday March 23 – We all know this…Junk collects – in attics, closets and also in our Kiwanis storage shed.  An intrepid crew of “sorter-outers” tackled our storage shed recently. Darwin Bustardi, John Lee, Jim Murphy, Pat Haugen, Jim Alden, Steve Hinze and Jerry Mason did their darndest to pitch out stuff that was no longer needed.  Thanks for your hard work crew.
  • Publicity and Staying Connected – a photo of the top sellers for our pancake breakfast was featured in the March 23 North County section of the Union-Tribune.   Dick and Jenny Birkenstock with Jerry and Linda Mason (see story below.)

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 Announcements

 

  • San Marcos Youth Strings  –  Spring concert Friday March 29 – Free pizza at 5:30, Concert 6:30-8:00 at Gateway Community Church 970 Vallecitos – contact Jerry Mason. Come to support local youth musicians.
  • Key people this meeting:Greeters – Harvey White and Barbara Wales, Invocation – Jim Alden, Song (Marine Hymn) –  John Lee and Don Alexander, Collections – Ted May, No finemaster or 50/50 drawing this meeting – joker is still in the remaining fifteen cards.

Regular Luncheon Meetings – Upcoming Tuesday programs.

  • April 2 Mehdi Sarram, “Nuclear Waste Management and Climate Change“, Energy Security Consulting Group
  • April 9  Prayer Luncheon, Donald Foulkes, Co-chair of POW Support group through Veterans Administration
  • April 16 Marilee Pierce Dunker – World Vision Ambassador – “Helping Children in the Third World”
  • April 23 Chris Robbins, Vallecitos Water District
  • A Potential field trip to FFA is being planned – details forthcoming soon.

Down the Road…

  • April 11Blood Drive – 11 – 4 – Our club is partnering with the Lake Church to sponsor the Red Cross bloodmobile at the Conference Center on La Bonita Drive
  • April 12 –Key Club District Convention, Ontario, CA
  • April 27 – Miracle Mile of Quarters, 10am – 4 pm, Grossmont Center, La Mesa
  • May 7 Club Election of Officers for next Kiwanis Year (Oct 2019 – Sept 2020 – Nominating comm. will identify candidates.
  • June 8 – Kiwanis Governor’s (Cal-Nev-Ha) Rocky Barsottiwill visit our division.  Still looking for a venue.
  • June 14 –Flag Retirement Ceremony.
  • July 4 – LSM Fourth of July.

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Quote of the day – “After hanging out with you Kiwanians, I am coming to believe that the world is not as bad as it looks on TV.” – Marine Lt. Col. Micheal Hays.  

KIwanis Meeting of 3-19-19

Our very own and very special Margo Dutton talked to us today about the Kiwanis Youth Protection Guidelines that every member should know about, especially those who work with children such as Key Clubs etc. Margo is also an excellent quilter (she has a quilting machine).She is auctioning them off to raise funds for Kiwanis.  Margo is our club treasurer, but she is also our club treasure. 

Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis March 19, 2019

Margo Dutton – Child Protection Guidelines 

       Fellow Kiwanians (attendance 29) – Margo Dutton is a model Kiwanian, she has devoted the lion’s share of her life to serving children through Kiwanis. Margo joined Kiwanis in 1986. Margo came to us a few years ago, trailing a long illustrative history of Kiwanis service in Kiwanis Northridge, CA., and before that with Kiwanis in Tucson, Arizona.  She was a Kiwanis Lieutenant Governor (from Northridge) in 2002-2003. She has been a leader in service with Key Clubs for many years (which she still does today). She was President of the Cal-Nev.Ha Kiwanis Foundation Board last year (she’s past-president now). And she’s been on the District Kiwanis Foundation board for 10 years. Margo lives in Escondido but chose to join our club because she believes it is the best club in the area. Among other things, she is also an excellent quilter even owning a high quality quiting machine. Currently, Margo is our club treasurer but actually she is our club’s treasure.

       Margo spoke to us today about a subject every Kiwanian should have at least a rudimentary understanding of….child protection guidelines. “Since we are in the business of serving children, it is essential that all Kiwanians understand how to protect children from harm which is so prevalent these days,” she said.

   Her main points were:

  1) It’s our job to Understand, Protect, Identify, and Respond to child protection issues which we become aware of;

  2) If something doesn’t feel right with respect to a child’s situation you witness, respond by contacting the proper

      authorities.  You don’t have to get involved in it yourself.

  3) The proper authorities are the Kiwanis adult leader in charge and/or the Kiwanis President.

  4) Our club sponsors three Key Clubs and one Circle K club, when any Kiwanian is engaging in service to

      these clubs they need to be alert to potential child protection issues. (The complete Kiwanis Child Protection Policy is attached) 

      Thanks Margo for all you do for us and Kiwanis and the children we serve.

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President Alden (right) beams when he sees new faces in our audience.  Barbara Wales (left) and Gordon Bowers (next to Jim) both joined our club 

recently.  John Gibbs (inset) just had his new member ribbons removed because he fulfilled his “get to know what we do” requirements.  Kelly Arnold

(next to Barbara) was “just checking us out.”   Welcome all!!!.

New Members and New Faces 

  • Two New Members Join Us –  Barbara Wales and Gordon Bowers both officially joined us today.   Barbara and Gordon are from Lake San Marcos and are great new additions to our club, get to know them.   Welcome Barbara and Gordon.  —  Our club membership is now 54.
  • Kelly Arnold from the San Elijo area was visiting today. Welcome Kelly, come back. 
  • John Gibbs had his 5 colored ribbons removed from his name badge indicating he has fulfilled the initial requirements of new members aimed at getting them aquainted with what Kiwanis is and does.  Looking forward to lots more from John.
  • President Alden commends top pancake ticket sellers. For more times than he can remember, top ticket seller

Gary Edwards won the George Boase Trophy again this year, selling $1369 worth of pancake breakfast tickets.

 

How does he do it every year? John Lee was second, Doris Gannon third, Jim Murphy fourth and Tom Curtis sixth.  (Don Keller finished 5th, not pictured).  In total, the whole fundraiser raised $18,800 this year, with around $16,000 net for scholarships.  Way to Go All!!! 

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 Announcements

  • Cleaning of our storage unit this Saturday morning (March 23) – We are conducting a major cleaning of our storage unit on Saturday.  We haven’t found a new storage unit for the cub scouts yet, the books will be moved to our storage unit next to Smart & Final on Bent.  Over 2,000 books are given away each year at the holiday parade, and Captain Book (Glen Winn) fills treasure chests with books at local schools. – contact Pat Haugen if you can help.
  • 35th Year of Partnership with Meals on Wheels–  President Alden announced that this is our 35th year of partnering with Meals on Wheels which is one of the many community services Kiwanis provides to Lake San Marcos.
  • Jim Murphy and Jim Alden reported on a recent Interclub with Kiwanis Sunrise Vista March 13.– “They fine themselves often, so consider yourself lucky,” Pres. Alden said.     
  • San Marcos Youth Strings  –  Spring concert Friday March 29 – Free pizza at 5:30, Concert 6:30-8:00 at Gateway Community Church 970 Vallecitos – contact Jerry Mason.
  • Key people this meeting:Greeters – Harvey White and John Gibbs, Invocation – Jim Alden, Song –  John Lee and Don Alexander, Finemaster – Tom Curtis, Collections – Ted May — 50/50 pot ($727) – Winning ticket drawn by Margo Dutton but she drew the Three of Hearts, the joker is still in the remaining fifeteen  (15) cards.

Regular Luncheon Meetings – Upcoming Tuesday programs.

  • March 26 Roberta & Bob Gibson Memorial Marine Scholarship Awards (5 scholarships will be awarded)
  • April 2 Mehdi Sarram, “Nuclear Waste Management and Climate Change“, Energy Security Consulting Group
  • April 9  Prayer Luncheon, Donald Foulkes, Co-chair of POW Support group through Veterans Administration
  • April 16 Marilee Pierce Dunker – World Vision Ambassador – “Helping Children in the Third World”
  • April 23 Chris Robbins, Vallecitos Water District
  • A Potential field trip to FFA is being planned – details forthcoming soon.

Down the Road…

  • April 11Blood Drive – 11 – 4 – Our club is partnering with the Lake Church to sponsor the Red Cross bloodmobile at the Conference Center on La Bonita Drive
  • April 12 –Key Club District Convention, Ontario, CA
  • April 27 – Miracle Mile of Quarters, 10am – 4 pm, Grossmont Center, La Mesa
  • May 7 Club Election of Officers for next Kiwanis Year (Oct 2019-Sept 2020 – Nominating comm. will identify candidates.
  • June 8 – Kiwanis Governor’s (Cal-Nev-Ha) Rocky Barsottiwill visit our division.  Looking for a venue.
  • June 14 –Flag Retirement Ceremony.
  • July 4 – LSM Fourth of July.

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

Kiwanis Meeting Report of March 12, 2019

Local resident and published author Tom Page spoke to us today about How to Get Published – the plane that looks like it is flying into his head is from a photo he discovered when researching his father’s story in World War II in Europe – the photo is a local person’s photo of the plane his father was in when it crash-landed during the war in Europe.  The 1969 background is from the not yet published book – “Velocity” – about 1969 from the viewpoint of several key people of the time. “My Father’s War” is the current book he is working on for publication.

Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis March 12, 2019

Local Author Tom Page – How to Get Published 

       Fellow Kiwanians (attendance 27) – All creative people such as writers, painters, singers, even chefs usually hope that others will appreciate their work. Local writer, Tom Page, has persevered through several barriers to getting his work published and he told us all about how to do just that today.  “My take-home points for getting published are:

1) Do what you love and hopefully, the money will follow, but don’t make a publication for money the reason you do it; 

  2) Understand the business of getting published and appeal to their interests  

3) Persevere, because it is NOT easy, he said.

To date, Tom has written four books – two of which have been published and two (the most recent) are in the pre-publication hopper.  Hong Kong Blues (a mystery) was published in 1997 and Hercules Rising (is set in the California silver mining era in 1865-1875).  Velocity (a story of 1969 from several viewpoints) is nearing publication and his latest “My Father’s War” is just behind that one.  He told us a lot about his research into the World War II experiences of his father…He never told me about these adventures,” Tom said.

Here are a few specific tips for those wanting to take the “get published” challenge:

  •     To avoid having your work end up in a publishers “slush pile” (for unsolicited manuscripts); find a good agent 
  • Pitch your work (using an agent query) by appealing to the agent’s interests
  •  Show that you understand the publishing business and how your work would help them
  • After you think you have finished your work, let it cool for a while, new ideas will improve it later.  
  • Know typical word count ranges for your genre (nowadays fiction is about 90,000 words, it used to be more) 
  • Most agents will only want to see the first five pages of your work (with a targeted query)
  • Use querytracker.com and publishersmarketplace.com websites to gain the help you need.

    Tom is a member of the Men’s book club here in Lake San Marcos. He made a living working in the medical equipment business where he created an implant device for preventing sleep apnea and a heart valve device.  He loves music and writing and practices both regularly. Thanks for your helpful presentation Tom, come back again.

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Barbara Wales and Dave Watt joined our club today.  Elizabeth Burmeister brought her friends Bob Mitchell and Jan Burch from Kiwanis in Des Moines, Iowa.

Two New Members and Three New Faces 

  • Two New Members Join Us –  Barbara Wales and Dave Watt both decided to join us today.   Barbara and Dave are both from Lake San Marcos and were attracted to attend by recent events such as the pancake breakfast and being a part of a speaking group on book clubs.  Welcome, Barbara and Dave.  Our club membership is now 53.
  • Three new faces were at the meeting today – Bob Mitchell and Jan Burch are from Des Moines, Iowa.  They are friends of Elizabeth Burmeister and Bob Dotson.  Bob Mitchell is a past Lt. Governor for Kiwanis and Jan is a current Lt. Governor for Kiwanis in Iowa.  Their club won an international award at a Kiwanis Convention in Paris, France for building a baseball field for children with special needs. They raised 1.5 million in 18 months for this significant achievement.  They presented a special pin to our President Jim Alden. Gordon Bowers (guest of Les Hill) was back for the third time (he must be serious about us). New faces build excitement and momentum.  

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Announcements

  • Pancake Breakfast/Silent Auction final totals –  John Lee announced that the final Pancake Breakfast-Silent Auction-Placemat totals: Pancake Ticket Sales = $10,593, Silent Auction = $5,700, Placemat Ads = $2,513 = Total Sales = $18,806 Expenses totaled $2,726 so Net Profit to be used for scholarships this year = $16,080 –“Everything went very smoothly this year, the smoothest I’ve experienced it in years.” said John Way to Go All!!! 
  •  Three Nominated for Next Year’s Kiwanis Board – Every year at the end of September, some members of the nine members Kiwanis Board of Directors transition for a new year.  This coming October there will be three positions open on the board.  The current board recommended the following members for those positions: For President-Elect – Art Brown, For Director – Don Keller, and For Director Ted May.  If elected in early May at a club meeting, each would begin serving in October of this year.  Recently, Glen Wynn was elected to fill the previously vacant position of President-Elect for this year.  Returning board members from this year will be Immediate Past President Jim Alden, Secretary Pat Haugen, Treasurer Margo Dutton, Director Ivan Gillis, and Director Mary Harrington.  Tom Kumura, Jerry Mason, and Jim Murphy who are on the current board will each move on to other responsibilities with our club. Thanks to all for your volunteer spirit. 
  • 35th Year of Partnership with Meals on Wheels–  Pres. Alden announced that this is our 35th year of partnering with Meals on Wheels which is one of the many community services Kiwanis provides to Lake San Marcos.

 

  • A Board Meeting was held at today’s meeting– ask a board member for details.
  • Interclub with Kiwanis Sunrise Vista March 13 -A pair of Jim’s (A & M) attended.
  • Marty Gannon seeking members to speak on their peak experiences-  contact Marty if interested.

Key people this meeting:Greeters – Harvey White and Mary Ann Brandreth, Invocation – Jim Alden, Song –  John Lee and Don Alexander, Finemaster – Dick Skay, Collections – Larry Guthrie — 50/50 pot ($689) – Winning ticket drawn by Barbara Wales but she drew the Five of Hearts, the joker is still in the remaining nineteen cards.

Regular Luncheon Meetings – Upcoming Tuesday programs.

  • March 19Margo Dutton – Update on Kiwanis Foundation and Working with Students
  • March 26 Roberta & Bob Gibson Memorial Marine Scholarship Awards (5 scholarships will be awarded)
  • April 2 Mehdi Sarram, “Nuclear Waste Management and Climate Change“, Energy Security Consulting Group
  • April 9  Prayer Luncheon, Donald Foulkes, Co-chair of POW Support group through Veterans Administration
  • April 16 Marilee Pierce Dunker – World Vision Ambassador – “Helping Children in the Third World”
  • April 23 Chris Robbins, Vallecitos Water District
  • A Potential field trip to FFA is being planned – details forthcoming soon.

Down the Road…

  • April 11Blood Drive – 11 – 4 – Our club is partnering with the Lake Church to sponsor the Red Cross bloodmobile at the Conference Center on La Bonita Drive
  • April 12 –Key Club District Convention, Ontario, CA
  • April 27 – Miracle Mile of Quarters, 8am-noon, Grossmont Center, La Mesa
  • June 14 –Flag Retirement Ceremony.
  • July 4 – LSM Fourth of July.

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

Kiwanis Meeting of March 4, 2019


Dick Jeffreys spoke to us about what the Air Force Association does to support the men and women in the U.S. Air Force and Glen Winn was elected as our current President Elect – Glen will begin as an officer of our board immediately and will become President in October..        .

Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis March 5, 2019

Dick Jeffreys – Air Force Support Association  

Glen Winn Steps In To President-Elect Position 

       Fellow Kiwanians (attendance 30) – There are currently around 320,000 men and women serving in the United States Air Force. Our speaker today, Dick Jeffreys, was one of them, piloting several types of aircraft for 30 years; then retiring in 1999. Dick has been leading support activities for the great people who serve in the U.S. Air Force since then.

Dick is President of the 770 member San Diego Chapter of the Air Force Association.  Nationwide, the Air Force Association has 200 chapters and about 99,000 members. He told us about what the Air Force Association does to provide important support for the Air Force. Here is an overview:

  •   Educate – Advocate – Support the U.S. Air Force
  • Supports Air Force ROTC programs and Junior ROTC
  • Tours & Events-such as annual scholarship golf tournament – Twin Oaks Course in San Marcos Fri Apr 5.
  • Air Force Anniversary in Chula Vista  
  • Scholarships for Air Force cadets ($52,500 went to 20 Air Force Cadets in the last 6 years)
  • Teacher of the Year (for STEM teachers – cash awards to science and technology teachers)
  • Cyber Patriot – high school and middle school programs in cybersecurity and elementary cyber education.

    The Association meets bi-monthly on the last Thursday of the month and is open to anyone. Jim Trageser introduced Dick because Jim’s was the chapter secretary for a while. Chapter website for the golf tournament www.sandiegoafa.orgThanks for your program Dick, come back again.

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Glen Winn Steps Up to Our Current President-Elect Position

Glen Winn is the first member of the San Marcos Kiwanis Club who has become an officer with the Lake San Marcos Club. Glen is one of several new faces to the Lake San Marcos Kiwanians, coming over in the merger with the San Marcos club.  Glen accepted the call to fill in behind George Dove as our current President-Elect.  It was an important step up for Glen and for us.   Glen was elected by acclamation at this meeting. Glen has been with Kiwanis since 2002.  He will become our next club President in October when the Kiwanis Board does its annual officer rotations.   Glen has a wealth of leadership experience in the Marines, Secret Service, and Airline Security fields.  Get to know Glen, he will be a great leader for us.                                       

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Five Receive Kwality Kiwanian Award –Two New Faces Today 

  • Five LSM Kiwanians received Kwality Kiwanian awards at a recent District meeting.  Pat Haugen, Jim Alden, Ivan Gillis, Jerry Mason, and Margo Dutton received Kwality Kiwanian pins for meeting at least 10 of 20 criteria for the award. The Kwality Kiwanian award is a special award of District 37 of Kiwanis. Congratulations.
  • Two new faces were at the meeting today – Gordon Bowers(guest of Les Hill) and Dave Crockett (guest of Don Shawler) are both from Lake San Marcos.  Barbara Wales from Lake San Marcos came back again and is seriously considering joining us soon.  Welcome!!!  Come Back next week.  

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Our Sponsored Children from Around the World

Faviola Torres from Peru and Mulusala Kivumbi from Uganda –

Kiwanis believes in serving the children of the world…to back that up our club recently sponsored two children in dire straits in needy parts of the world. Faviola Torres is 4 years old from a poor area of Peru, South America.  Mulusala Kivumbi is 5 years old living with his grandmother in a poor AIDS-stricken area in Uganda, Africa.  Faviola is being sponsored through Compassion International and Mulusala through World Vision. Sponsorship means the money we give in their names (around $450 each per year) goes to these organizations to sustainably improve the lives of the communities in which these children live. A special program about the lives of these children is being planned for our club next month.  Remember, compared to many children in the world, we are all very rich.  Stay tuned.

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Announcements

  • Silent Auction totals – Ryan Stanglannounced that the final silent auction totals will probably reach $5700 with around 125 items sold.  Ryan auctioned off three of the remaining items at this meeting.
  • 35th Year of Partnership with Meals on Wheels–  Pres. Alden announced that this is our 35th year of partnering with Meals on Wheels which is one of the many community services Kiwanis provides to Lake San Marcos.

Key people this meeting:Greeters – Harvey White and Mary Ann Brandreth, Invocation – Jim Alden, Song –  Don Alexander, Finemaster – Ivan Gillis, Collections – Larry Guthrie — 50/50 pot ($660) – Winning ticket drawn by Fred Folbrecht but he drew the Four of Spades, the joker is still in the remaining fewer cards.

Regular Luncheon Meetings – Upcoming Tuesday programs.

  • March 12Tom Page, LSM Men’s Book Club, “How to Get Published” – in adjoining room next to our normal room.
  • March 19TBD
  • March 26 Roberta & Bob Gibson Memorial Marine Scholarship Awards
  • April 2 Mehdi Sarram, “Nuclear Waste Management and Climate Change“, Energy Security Consulting Group
  • April 9  Prayer Luncheon, Donald Foulkes, Co-chair of POW Support group through Veterans Administration
  • April 16 Marilee Pierce Dunker – World Vision Ambassador – LIfe for children in the Third World.
  • April 23 Chris Robbins, Vallecitos Water District
  • A Potential field trip to FFA is being planned – details forthcoming soon.

Down the Road…

  • March 8 Friday Morning – Kiwanis Meeting for Working Members- at 7:15 am at IHOP – join us.     
  • March 9 (Sat.) -Walk with Warriors (9 am) – 3 mile walk in the LSM area, fundraiser for Wounded Warriors, $10 per entry – Contact Tom Curtis 760-1994
  • March 12– National Pancake Day – at IHOP – money raised will go to Rady’s Children Hospital. Volunteers needed to greet customers at IHOP in the morning. contact Pat Haugen
  • Friday March 13 – Interclub with Sunrise Vista club – Mariscos Rancho Grande 825 Williamston in Vista 7 AM- contact Jim Murphy
  • April 11Blood Drive –  time TBD – Our club is partnering with the Lake Church to sponsor the Red Cross bloodmobile at the Conference Center on La Bonita Drive
  • April 12 –Key Club District Convention, Ontario, CA
  • April 27 – Miracle Mile of Quarters, 8am-noon, Grossmont Center, La Mesa
  • June 14 –Flag Retirement Ceremony.
  • July 4 – LSM Fourth of July.

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

Kiwanis Meeting 2-26-19

Hundreds of people attended our annual Pancake Breakfast/Silent Auction on Saturday Feb. 23 at St Mark’s Church.  The Photos above are just a small sample of the joy people experienced from being at this special event that raises money for local scholarships.        .

Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Feb 26, 2019

Pancake Breakfast is Another Great Success – Raises $16,000 

Glen Winn Steps Up – LSM Men’s Book Club 

    Fellow Kiwanians (attendance – pancake breakfast about 450, Feb 26 meeting 34) 

     “Life will throw all kinds of obstacles our way. It’s our job to scramble over them and hunt for the little miracles tucked away, then leave some reminders for the people that follow behind us.”  –

Lake San Marcos Kiwanians had several obstacles thrown in our path as we prepared for our annual fundraiser. First we lost a key leader (George Dove) who was in charge of the main committee doing the work and second the weather turned cold and gnarly which could have severely dampened ticket sales.

But this is what we do,” said long time Secretary Pat Haugen during the build up weeks, “We pull together to get the job done.” And that is just what LSM Kiwanis did – pull together.

For the 53rd year, the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis pulled together with several other groups to once again conduct a very successful pancake breakfast/silent auction.  Here are the key fundraising results:

  •    Pancake Ticket sales = $10,500 (approx.) will exceed last year’s mark by a little 
  • Silent Auction sales = $5,200 (approx.)
  •  Placemat Ad Sales = Over $2,900 (more than last year)
  • Total Revenue brought in by both of the above = $18,600 (could be more) 
  •  Net available after expenses (expenses approx. $2,500) = Net $16,000 (approx.) 

And Here are the key numbers in terms of people serving and pancakes served

  • 450 Breakfasts served
  • 50 Youth and Marine Volunteers (not. incl. Kiwanians) – from Key Clubs, FFA, Marines, Cub Scouts.
  • Top Ticket Sellers:  #1 – Gary Edwards (again) – $1350, #2 John Lee $1000, #3 Doris Gannon $850, #4 Jim Murphy      $800 – Thank you so much for your hard work.

    Quotes –

  • I am super pleased with our all-hands results this year, especially since we started out a bit uncertain about it.  This is the 4th year I have led this event, and this year it went very smoothly, Everyone quietly but efficiently contributed.” – John Lee
  •   “It was a monumental team work effort – typical of the flagship of the fleet. And our special appreciation goes to Ryan Stangl for making the silent auction as smooth as its ever been. Automating the bid sheets to the extent he did was a key component to the success of the silent auction.”  – Jim Alden    

Happy faces at the Pancake Breakfast: Far Left Marine Lt Col. Michael Hays, Happy customers, three Key Club helpers, Kelly Nicholl (photographer) Ted May and Don Keller, Happy boy with Mom and new book, Bottom row Marine helpers J. Byrd, M. Pak, D. Terrell, A. Nogales, B. Velasquez, T. Kelly., Tom Kumura and son, Margo Dutton with Kiwanis Lt. Gov. Jim Dorschel and his wife Penny. 

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Glen Winn – AKA “Captain Book” – the real Glen Winn and his wife Rosemary

Glen Winn Nominated for Remainder of President Elect Position,                  He Will Become Our Next President in October

Glen Winn is one of several new faces to the Lake San Marcos Kiwanians, coming over in the merger with the San Marcos club.  Recently, Glen accepted  the nomination to fill in behind George Dove as our current President-Elect.  It was an important step up for Glen and for us.   Glen has been with Kiwanis since 2002.  He will become our next club President in October when the Kiwanis Board does its annual officer rotations.

Glen was born in Philadelphia and raised in Iowa and Wisconsin; he attended Marquette University and the Pennsylvania Military College.  He then served 6 years active duty as an officer (U.S. Marines) with one tour in Vietnam.

After that, Glen spent 7.5 years in the U.S. Secret Service working undercover with assignments that included protection for Presidents Johnson, Nixon, and Ford as well as for Henry Kissinger.   After that he turned to airline security work, spending 30 years in that field with airlines such as United, Northwest,  Western, and Continental.  He worked in many places around the world, principally in the Far and Middle East. He is now working with Condor-AVISEC here in the area and teaching part time in aviation security at USC in Los Angeles.   He also holds volunteeer positions with Palomar College and the City of San Marcos.

Glen has been married to Rosemary Winn for 18 years (his first wife passed away years ago) they have 5 grown children and 9 grandchildren (5 boys, 4 girls ages from 6 months to 23 years) some living around here and some in Florence, Italy.  Two more interesting facts about Glen are that he ran 62 races (5 K and 10K) after the age of 55 and his alter ego with Kiwanis is as a Pirate “Captain Book” a disguise he assumed 11 years ago to shadow the Captain Book in Encinitas.  Captain Book is a program to encourage reading in children through the distribution of free books (many of which were handed out to happy children at the recent San Marcos Christmas Parade and at this Pancake Breakfast).

An Election to accept Glen’s nomination will be held at the club meeting on March 5.  If elected, he will become our club President in October of this year. Thank you so much Glen for stepping up to this new adventure as the President Elect with us.                                       

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Lake San Marcos Men’s Book Club – Six men (including Kiwanian Marty Gannon) spoke briefly about the benefits of being in the Lake San Marcos Men’s Book Club – The book club meets on the first Wednesday of the month rotating around member’s homes.  The man who is hosting the meeting, chooses the book for the month.  Discussions last about 2 to 2.5 hours.  Marty Gannon, Avi Karnik, Tom Page, Dave Watt, Leon Rudakov, and Ron Viale spoke.  The club has been meeting for about 4 years and has read about 45 books, mostly non-fiction.  The book 21 Lessons for the 21st Century is one of the latest books they have read. There is room for a couple more men – contact Marty Gannon.

Jim Eighmey gets special award from two other Jim’s – John and Margie Stahl present NY Kiwanis shirts to our club leaders.

Jim Eighmey receives special award from Boy Scouts and Kiwanis – Another newer member to our group, Jim Eighmey recently received a special award from Kiwanis and the Boy Scouts for his exemplary work as a parent pack leader. Jim Trageser had this to say about Jim Eighmey “Jim Eighmey served as Scoutmaster of Troop 709 (Vista United Methodist Church) for the past 7 years. He accepted the chaos and drama that accompanies having a truly boy-led troop, insisting the other adults step back and let the boys run that Troop. He stayed consistent with this even when the boys made mistakes, as they do.  This Kiwanis-Boy Scouts of America Community Service Award is a worthy reflection of all the boys who came through that Troop and were shepherded toward adulthood by our fellow Kiwanian.” Congratulations Jim (all three of them).

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New York Kiwanians, John and Margie Stahl, bring shirts to our officers. 

John and Margie Stahl are loyal Kiwanians living outside of New York City who visit us occassionally when they come out to see their grandchildren who live here.  When they come, they are sure to visit us.  This time they brought T-Shirts from their Kiwanis Club in Ridgewood, N.Y. for President Alden and Secretary Haugen.  They are in a “3-2-1 Kiwanis” which stands for    “3 hours of service – 2 hours of club meetings – 1 hour of social every month”  They have about 150 active members in their club.  Thanks for coming to us regularly John and Margie…see you next time.

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Three New Faces this Meeting & Team Approach to Fine Master 

  • Three new faces were at the meeting today – Barbara Walesfrom Lake San Marcos came as a result of the pancake breakfast.  She is relatively new to the area. Tammy Baxter is also from the Lake and came as a result of connections made at the silent auction.  Linda Britton came as a friend of Tom Curtis.  Welcome!!!  Come Back next week.
  • Doris Gannon and Victor Manzanilla team up as Fine Masters– Using a new tag team approach, Doris Gannon and Victor Manzanilla worked together for the regular fine master facet of our meetings – they used a literary clue game format.  Innovation is a good idea for all members.

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Announcements

  • Child Sponsorship Plan –  Jim and Linda Alden and Jerry Mason –Two sponsored children (from World Vision and Compassion International) were recently selected by our club. The World Vision child we are sponsoring is Mulusala Kivumbi who 5 years old living with his grandmother in a poor AIDS-stricken area in Uganda, Africa.  The Compassion International child we are also sponsoring is Faviola Torres who is 4 years old from a poor area of Peru, South America.  More details will follow.  Thank you for helping our club Serve the Children of the World.
  • Pres. Alden is working with Jim Trageser to find a new storage facility for Cub Scout Pack 662.  Pack 662 is oldest Cub Scout Pack in North County – Kiwanis was recently recognized for its support and sponsorship of scouting.
  • Nominating Committee headed by Jerry Mason is seeking club leadership candidates – Glen Winn has accepted the nomination to fill in the remaining term of George Dove as President Elect (will serve as President beginning in October 2019)  Nominations for two to-be-vacant Director positions (Mason, Murphy) will be announced in March.  Art Brown has accepted the nomination to be President Elect for the upcoming 2019/2020 Kiwanis Year (elections in May).Stay tuned.
  • Peak Experiences – Program coordinator Marty Gannon is seeking members who want to speak about their peak experiences in life – If you are interested in doing this contact Marty Gannon.

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  • Key people this meeting:Greeters – Harvey and Joyce White, Victor Manzanilla, Invocation – Jim Alden, Song – John Lee, Finemaster – Doris Gannon & Victor Manzanilla, Collections – Larry Guthrie — 50/50 pot ($643) – John Gibbs had the winning ticket but he drew the King of Spades, the joker is still in the remaining cards.

Regular Luncheon Meetings – Upcoming Tuesday programs.

  • March 5 Dick Jeffreys, Pres., San Diego Chapter Air Force Association
  • March 12Tom Page, LSM Men’s Book Club, “How to Get Published”
  • March 19TBD
  • March 26 Roberta & Bob Gibson Memorial Marine Scholarship Awards
  • April 2 Mehdi Sarram, “Nuclear Waste Management and Climate Change”, Energy Security Consulting Group
  • April 9  Prayer Luncheon, Donald Foulkes, Co-chair of POW Support group through Veterans Administration
  • April 16 TBD
  • April 23 Chris Robbins, Vallecitos Water District
  • A Potential field trip to FFA is being planned – details forthcoming soon.

Down the Road…

  • March 5 Kiwanis event: IHOP National Pancake Day, raising money for Rady Children’s Hospital
  • Friday Morning Meeting for Working Members–  Next month’s Friday morning meeting will be on March 8 at 7:15 am at IHOP – join us.
  • Interclub – Kiwanis of Sunrise Vista Wed. March 13 at 7:00 AM, Mariscos Rancho Grande Restaurant 825 Williamston St, Vista, – contact Jim Murphy
  • April 1110 am – 3 pm Our club is partnering with the Lake Church to sponsor the Red Cross bloodmobile at the Conference Center on La Bonita Drive
  • April 12Key Club District Convention, Ontario, CA
  • June 14:  Flag Retirement Ceremony.
  • July 4: LSM Fourth of July.

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

KIwanis Meeting of 2-12-19

Lake San Marcos Kiwanis toured Palomar Medical Center on Feb. 12, 2019. Left: Bobette Brown gave us an overview of Palomar Medical Center at lunch at Coco’s. Then Mel Russell and Dan Farrow gave us a tour of the 11 floors 288-bed state-of-the-art hospital.

The tour was set up by Tom Kumura who is one of the Directors on the Palomar Hospital Board.        .

Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Field Trip to Palomar Medical Center  – Tuesday February 12, 2019

First Hand Look at our State-of-the-Art Hospital 

Palomar Medical Center 

    Fellow Kiwanians (Attendance 13) – The Palomar Medical Center is our state-of-the-art 740,000 sq ft., 288-bed hospital.

The 11-story hospital facility opened in 2012. The medical center features 44 emergency and trauma rooms and 11 operating rooms. In the future, the 56-acre campus will expand in phases – up to double its current size – to meet the developing needs of North San Diego County’s growing community. As one of the country’s largest hospital construction projects and the first new North County San Diego hospital in 30 years, the new campus has already captured the attention of health care professionals worldwide for its use of nature, light and space — all designed to speed healing. Among the natural features is our 1.5-acre green roof that sits atop the second floor, lush with drought-resistant vegetation with a beautiful view for south-facing patients.

On Feb. 12, a group of Lake San Marcos Kiwanians first listened to Marketing Director Bobette Brown present an overview of Palomar Medical Center focusing on the free or low-cost health and welfare classes being offered through Palomar Health. Palomar is the only Mayo Clinic-affiliated hospital in the county.  You can get a “second opinion” from a Mayo Clinic doctor through us,” she said.  “Our Emergency Department is the busiest ED in the county, approaching 110,000 patients this year” (that averages out to be 300 a day). “Our intake area is very large covering 22,000 acres of mostly highly populated territory.” Palomar Health offers excellent service in the following areas: Emergency Services, Trauma Center, Cardiology and Cardiac Treatment, Birth Center, Vascular Services, Neuroscience Services, Interventional Radiology Rehabilitation Services, Medical Oncology, GYN Oncology Surgery, and many others. “We have around 4,000 employees, 600 volunteers (Tom Kumura and Jerry Mason are volunteers at Palomar Health) and 900 affiliated positions,” she said.

Then after lunch, 11 Kiwanians went on a short tour of Palomar Health conducted by Mel Russell, Chief of Nursing, and Dan Farrow, Administration.  Kiwanians who attended today: J. Alden, J. Mason, J. Lee, T. May. P. Haugen, M. Dutton, M. Harrington, D. Keller,  T. Kumura, J. Murphy, T. Colace, D. Shawler, and I. Acosta.  We are all very fortunate to have such an excellent health facility in our area – it is truly a light on the hill.                                   

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Announcements

  • Pancake Breakfast/Silent Auction Update  – Feb. 23, 2019 (St. Mark’s Church) – John Lee told us that pancake ticket sales are running behind sales at the same juncture last year (after 6 weeks last year we had sold around $10,000 in tickets, but this year so far we have around $6,400) John encouraged members to continue “hitting the pavement” on sales routes for pancake tickets and for our silent auction solicitations (Pat Haugen said we have over 100 items donated for the silent auction worth over $5,000) – This will be the 53rd Annual Pancake Breakfast this club has sponsored.  Funds raised go to support scholarships which we will present later in the Spring.

                                                       The Pancake breakfast is in 11 days…

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  • Child Sponsorship Plan –  Jim and Linda Alden and Jerry Mason –Two sponsored children (from World Vision and Compassion International) were recently selected   The World Vision child we are sponsoring is Mulusala who 5 years old living with his grandmother in a poor AIDS-stricken area in Uganda, Africa.  The Compassion International child we are also sponsoring is Faviola who is 4 years old from a poor area of Peru, South America.  More details will follow.  Thank you for helping our club Serve the Children of the World.

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  • Pres. Alden is working with Jim Trageserto find a new storage facility for Scout Pack 662.
  • Nominating Committee headed by Jerry Masonis seeking club leadership candidates – Art Brown has accepted the nomination to be President-Elect for the upcoming 2019/2020 Kiwanis Year (elections in May)Stay tuned.
  • 50/50 drawing– there were two drawings this meeting – Jim Murphy and Tony Colace both had winning tickets but they did not draw the joker which would have won the $591 big pot.
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Regular Luncheon Meetings.

  • Feb 19 – the next meeting will focus on preparing for the Pancake Breakfast & Silent Auction Feb. 23(no speaker)
  • A Potential field trip to FFA is being planned – details forthcoming soon.

Down the Road…

  • Friday Morning Meeting for Working Members–  Next month’s Friday morning meeting will be on March 8 at 7:15 am at IHOP – join us.
  • Feb 16(Sat.) – Mid-Year Conference South will be at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley. Jim Alden, Pat Haugen, Ivan Gillis, and Margo Dutton will attend.
  • Feb 19– Next Board meeting.   
  • Feb 22(Friday):  Pancake Breakfast Set Up  Feb 23 (Saturday):  Pancake Breakfast (John Lee and Everyone)
  • June 14:  Flag Retirement Ceremony.
  • July 4: LSM Fourth of July.

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

Kiwanis Meeting 2-5-19
 

LeftLt Col. Michael Hays and Sgt. Major Yoman English spoke to us about what our special Marine unit, 1st ANGLICO does.

Right – Lt. Col Hays and his family (wife Ratchanee and girls, Amya, Kylie, and and Lana) at our Marine Christmas party Dec.14.

Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Meeting  – Tuesday February 5, 2019

Our Own Special Marines – 1st ANGLICO Leaders – tell us about the very specialized job they do to keep us all safe.

Fellow Kiwanians (Attendance 36) – George Orwell said “People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”  

Our Kiwanis club has a special relationship with the 164 Marines (men and women) of the 1ST ANGLICO unit at Camp Pendleton.  They, along with the 190.000 US Marines worldwide, allow us to sleep peacefully because they are ready to go wherever they are needed.  “When the President dials 911, the Marine Corps answers.”

A.N.G.LI.CO stands for Air, Naval, Gunfire, Liaison Company which was activated in 1949 just prior to the Korean War.  Now there are 6 ANGLICO units (on both the east and west coasts, 3 active and 3 reserve).

      Today two leaders of the 1st ANGLICO Marines explained their complicated mission in providing air and naval gunfire liason support across the entire military spectrum worldwide. Their commander Lt. Col Michael Hays told us how they execute their complicated mission with a small but leadership-heavy unit.  “We partner with any and all U.S. fighting units to coordinate and synchronize firepower direction and execution for the entire U.S. Military. We are masters of execution of firepower, no one does it faster or better.  Our motto is “Not Many but Much.” said Col. Hays.

       We are always training and always deployed,” said Col. Hays “At any given time around 25% of the Marines in our unit are scattered around the globe helping out where we are needed.  Nevertheless, not even most Marines know about us or about what we do.  After my talk today, you Kiwanians will know more than about 85% of our Marines about what we do. 

       Lt Col Hays has been with the Marines for 15 years, and Sgt Major English for 28 years. Both Col. Hays and Sgt Major English were very appreciative of what our club does for their Marine unit. We cannot thank you enough for your constant support, we really are in debt to you for all you do for us,” said Hays.  Everyone of the 36 Kiwanians who were at the meeting felt the same about what 1ST ANGLICO and all the Marines do to support us. Thank you for coming to us Col. Hays and Sgt Major English, we sleep more soundly because you are there and ready – we look forward to more supportive liaisons in the future.      

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Announcements

  • Pancake Breakfast/Silent Auction Update  – Feb. 23, 2019 (St. Mark’s Church) – John Lee told us that pancake ticket sales are running behind sales at the same juncture last year (after 5 weeks last year we had sold around $10,000 in tickets, but this year around $5,000) Possibly the untimely death of pancake leader George Dove and recent rains have inhibited sales.John encouraged members to continue “hitting the pavement” on sales routes for pancake tickets and for our silent auction solicitations – This will be the 53rd Annual Pancake Breakfast this club has sponsored.  Funds raised go to support scholarships which we will present later in the Spring.  The Pancake breakfast is in 18 days…

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  • Child Sponsorship Plan –  Jim and Linda Alden and Jerry Mason informed us that we have exceeded our goal of raising an additional $500 (currently we have raised around $900 additional) for sponsorship of two children– one boy from Africa and one girl from South America.  Two sponsored children (from World Vision and Compassion International) were recently selected at President Alden’s home on Feb 2, 2019.  The World Vision child we are sponsoring is living with his grandmother in a poor AIDS-stricken area in Uganda, Africa.  The Compassion International child we are also sponsoring is from a poor area of Peru, South America.  Both children are 5 years old. The amount collected above our sponsorship expenses will be used for similar but as yet undetermined aide efforts for poor children of such areas. More details will follow.  Thank you for helping our club Serve the Children of the World.

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  • Club Membership now at 51 – Newest members Steve Hinze (2nd from left) and John Gibbs (3rd from left)were inducted today.  Guests Gordon Bowers (guest of Les Hill) and Glenn and Kathy Tierney (guests of Elizabeth Burmeister) visited today and are considering joining us.  Welcome all. We are the “Flagship of the Fleet” in District 37.
  • Pres. Alden notified us that District 37 has the highest number of new members and has awarded over $118,000 in scholarships district wide.
  • Pres. Alden is working with Jim Trageserto find a new storage facility for Scout Pack 662.
  • Nominating Committee headed by Jerry Masonis seeking club leadership candidates – Art Brown has accepted the nomination to be President Elect for the upcoming 2019/2020 Kiwanis Year (elections in May).Stay tuned.                                                                                                 —————-
  • Key people this meeting: Greeters – Harvey and Joyce White, Mary Ann Brandreth, Invocation – Jim Alden – Song –John Lee and Don Alexander,  Collections  Ted May  Fine Master – Tom Curtis  50/50 Pot was $597 Jim Murphy had the winning ticket but we could not find the cards, so he will draw next week at Coco’s

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  • Remarkable Lady, Remarkable Life– Dorothy Coleman Remembered in Quail Call – For several years one of the most special aspects of our Kiwanis meetings was the piano styling of Dorothy Coleman.  Originally brought in by President Dottie Mortimer, Dorothy would often play for us and generally grace us with her wonderful presence prior to the beginning of our meetings.  We celebrated Dorothy’s 106th birthday at our club in early April of last year.  Dorothy was the oldest person in San Marcos. Recently Dorothy was unable to play for us. Two days after Christmas, on December 27, 2018 she passed away quietly at the age of 106 and 3/4. Her daughter and granddaughter were with her  She was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery alongside her late husband Lester.  It would come as no surprise to anyone if she is still playing for wonderful gatherings in her life beyond.

Regular Luncheon Meetings.

  • Feb 12 Site 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 11:15 – Guided tour by Palomar leaders Diane Hansen and Sheila Brown  begins at 1 PM – Tom Kumura (who is on the Palomar board) has more details.
  • A Potential field trip to FFA is being planned – details forthcoming soon.

Down the Road…

  • Friday Morning Meeting for Working Members–  Next month’s Friday morning meeting will be on February 8 at 7:15 am at IHOP – join us.
  • Feb 16(Sat.) – Mid-Year Conference South will be at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley. Jim Alden, Pat Haugen, Ivan Gillis, and Margo Dutton will attend.
  • Feb 19– Next Board meeting.   
  • Feb 22(Friday):  Pancake Breakfast Set Up  Feb 23 (Saturday):  Pancake Breakfast (John Lee and Everyone)
  • June 14:  Flag Retirement Ceremony.
  • July 4: LSM Fourth of July.

Kiwanis Meeting of 1-29-19 

Left: Book Club members: Kiwanians – Marty Gannon, Doris Gannon, Linda Alden, Our speakers Marsha Bryan, Adele Franco, and Joe

Bear.  Adele Franco, President of the Lake San Marcos Community Association, told us about book clubs in our community and was assisted by Marsha Bryan who helped start book clubs in our community several years ago.

Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Meeting  – Tuesday, January 28, 2019

Adele Franco and Marsha Bryan give us an Overview of Book Clubs in the Lake San Marcos community

       Fellow Kiwanians (Attendance 35) – Both Adele Franco and Marsha Bryan are true book people.  Not only are they avid wide-ranging readers, but they have been helping other readers form book clubs in our community for several years.  Marsha started it all several years ago by setting up and organizing a meeting of people interested in book clubs, about 50 people attended. Now there are 20 different types of book clubs devouring and discussing books in our homes on a regular basis. “We have clubs in the morning, afternoon, and evening,” said “Della”.  Her club is eleven women and one man meet monthly in rotating homes.  Marty Gannon belongs to a men’s only book club.  Della, who once taught literature to junior high students, says “Books and book clubs expand our horizons and our viewpoints as well as teach us to be critical thinkers.  Participating in a book club allows members to grow in their ability to understand the messages of a wide range of authors who have perspectives which are often far afield from our own.”     

      Marsha Bryan told us how she was a catalyst for several of the book clubs that are now very active in our community.   Della related that one of her current favorite books is “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles.  It is about a Russian count who spends 32 years in house arrest in a Moscow hotel during the Bolshevik Revolution and Communist rise to power from 1922 – 1954.  “This book has it all; mystery, great writing, surprise twists and much more,” said Della.  “It is just an example of the great adventures we have in our book clubs.”  If you are interested in joining a book club in our area call Adele at 761-591-7655.  

Thank you Della and Marsha.  

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Christmas Parade “mistake” corrected. – During the awards part of the December San Marcos Christmas Parade, there was a “mix-up” of names that resulted in the presentation of a trophy to the wrong group.  Today, President Alden corrected that mistake – he presented the Kiwanis Trophy to Heidi Rassatt and her husband Greg for their entry of a Snoopy blow-up on a WW II Jeep.  Both Heidi and Greg are very active in the local historical society and helped organize the veteran’s celebration at Helen Bougher Park these past several years.  Come back to us again Heidi.

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 Announcements

  • All Hands on Deck for Pancake Breakfast – Feb. 23, 2019 (St. Mark’s Church) – Jim Aldenencouraged members to continue “hitting the pavement” on sales routes for pancake tickets and for our silent auction solicitations – Sales routes for pancake tickets are still available. This will be the 53rd Annual Pancake Breakfast this club has sponsored.  Funds raised go to support scholarships which we will present later in the Spring.  Overall, Ivan Gillis reports that we gave away 28 scholarships in total last year. Co-Chairs for Pancake Day are John Lee, Jim Murphy, Pat Haugen.  Placemat ads coordinator:  Cathleen Stevens; Silent Auction coordinator:  Ryan Stangl.

 

  • Child Sponsorship Plan –  Jim Alden and Jerry Mason informed us that we have exceeded our goal of raising an additional $500 (currently at $590 additional) for sponsorship of two children– one boy from Africa and one girl from South America. Two sponsored children (from World Vision and Compassion International) will be selected at President Alden’s home on Saturday and presented to the club on Feb 5. For more details and if you wish to contribute contact Jerry Mason or Jim Alden.  This is one way our Kiwanis Club Serves the Children of the World.
  • Club Membership now at 50 – Newest members John Gibbs and Steve Hinze (transfer from San Marcos club).Membership is everyone’s responsibility. We are still the “Flagship of the Fleet” in District 37.
  • Linda Alden is taking over for Mike Rohde in coordinating Albertsons/Vons gift cards.
  • Pres. Alden is working with Jim Trageserwith finding a new storage facility for Scout Pack 662.
  • Nominating Committee headed by Jerry Masonis seeking club leadership candidates – more on this soon.

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  • Key people this meeting: Greeters – Harvey White, Mary Ann Brandreth, and Clarke Vollbrecht, Invocation – Jim Alden – Song – Don Alexander,  Collections  Ted May  Fine Master – Don Keller  50/50 Pot  Jerry Mason had the winning ticket but he drew the Ace of Spades (Pres. Alden is considering an investigation into Jerry’s frequent winnings in this regard.)

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Regular Luncheon Meetings.

  • Feb 5 – Lt. Col. Michael Hays – Commanding Officer, First ANGLICO U.S. Marines
  • Feb 12 Site 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.
  • The 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…

  • 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.
  • Feb 19– Next Board meeting.   
  • 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

Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Newsletter January 22, 2018

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Top photo: Our speakers Terry Kaltenbach, Doug Bradt and fellow docent Gary Williams.  Bottom photo- Donated basket for Silent Auction from The Golden Door spa (Tom Kumura).  Photos – Jim Alden
Terry Kaltenbach, Doug Bradt, Docents for the Midway Museum
       Fellow Kiwanians (Attendance 35) –   Glenn Winn introduced the experienced docents from the Midway Museum.   They gave an interesting overview and history of the 5th most popular museum of any type of museum in the USA.  The USS Midway was an engineering marvel – too big for the Panama Canal, the first supercarrier built after the Essex class, and the first to have an armored flight deck.  For many years it was home-ported in Japan.  This ship evacuated 3000 South Vietnamese refugees in 1975.  In 1992, the ship was decommissioned in San Diego and stored in Bremerton, Washington.  In 2003 it was taken to Alameda to be cleaned and painted.  It was then moved to San Diego in January 2004 and opened to the public on June 7, 2004.  Interesting statistics:  Each year it is visited by 1.4 million visitors, 700 private events/year, $72.3M economic impact, STEM education program attended by 53,000 K-12 students, sleepovers for 6,000 students, and currently has 31 airplanes.  The exhibits are always changing so if you haven’t been there recently, go back. “Bring your family and friends to experience a city at sea as you meet and hear stories from heroes who served aboard the Navy’s longest-serving aircraft carrier of the 20th century.”  http://www.midway.org.  

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Announcements

● All Hands on Deck for Pancake Breakfast – Feb. 23, 2019 (St. Mark’s Church) – Co-chairs:  Pat Haugen, Jim Murphy and John Lee.  John encouraged members to keep “hitting the pavement” on sales routes for pancake tickets – Currently he has around $3400 from sales.  Sales routes are still available. This will be the 53rd Annual Pancake Breakfast this club has sponsored.  Funds raised go to support local charities and scholarships we will present later in the Spring.   
● Silent Auction solicitations – The Silent Auction was a big hit last year – Ryan Stangl, assisted by Pat Haugen, is coordinating this aspect of the Pancake Breakfast this year. Recent donations:  Golden Door spa gift basket (Tom Kumura), 2 nights at the Lakehouse Hotel (Don Alexander), Two tickets to the San Diego Zoo (Tom K), 4 passes and a gift basket from Knotts Berry Farm (Tom K)
● Fundraising Committee will be headed by Ivan Gillis and Jim Alden
 Memorial service for George Dove will be held Feb 17 and the San Francisco Bay Area – 
● Dorothy Coleman passed away Dec 27.  We celebrated her 106th birthday last April.  We will miss her.
 ● Flu shots at Palomar Health Systems, Escondido, Jan 31, 2-4pm
 ● Patti Manley will begin working on grants for next year’s Holiday Parade
 ● Nominating Committee will be headed by Jerry Mason – members are Tom Kumura, Ted May, Linda Alden, Fred Folbrecht and Tom Curtis.  An election for a new president-elect will be scheduled once a candidate(s) is(are) nominated.
● Heidi Rassatt will attend the next meeting to accept the parade trophy that rightfully should have been awarded to Heidi and Greg Rassatt.  Thank you Carrie Clevers for arranging this.
● Michael Rohde will turn over the Albertson’s Gift Card fundraiser to Linda Alden while he judges some legal cases.  Remember, the foundation earns 5% on every gift card we sell!
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● Child Sponsorship Plan  – one boy from Africa and one girl from South AmericaFunds ($500) for one child are already in the Foundation budget. Funds for the second child were solicited and have reached an additional approximately $500. – 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 rises to 51 – With the addition of newest member John Gibbs and transfer of Patti Manley and Steve Hinze from the San Marcos Club our current membership is 51.    

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● Key people this meeting: Greeters – Victor Manzanilla and Don Keller,  Invocation – Jim Alden – Song – Don Alexander and John Lee,  Collections  Ted May  Fine Master – Ivan Gillis  50/50 Pot was $560; Don Keller had the winning ticket but did not draw the Joker.

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● Upcoming Meetings – January/February 2019   

● Friday Morning Meeting for Working Members –  Next month’s Friday morning meeting will be on February 8 at 7:15 am at IHOP – join us. RSVP to Pat Haugen   

Regular Luncheon Meetings.

 

● Jan 29 – Adela Franco, President, Lake San Marcos Community Association – “The 20 Book Clubs at the Lake, and My Favorite Current Book:  A Gentleman from Moscow”  

● Feb 5 – Lt. Col. Michael Hays – Commanding Officer, First ANGLICO U.S. Marines

● Feb 12  Site Visit to Palomar Medical Center – no meeting at the St. Mark’s Country Club (our usual place) – meet at Coco’s Restaurant, 1280 W. Vly Pkwy, Escondido – Lunch at Coco’s at 11:30 – Guided tour of Palomar Medical Center by Diane Hansen and Sheila Brown begins at 1 PM – Tom Kumura.  Carpools will be arranged.

● Feb 19 – Pancake Planning Meeting. John Lee, Pat Haugen, Jim Murphy
● Feb 26 – Joe Bear, LSM Men’s Book Club, “Long on Non-Fiction, Short on Fiction”

Kiwanis Events…

● 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.
● March 5:   IHOP National Pancake Day raises money for Rady Children’s Hospital
● April 11:  Mobile Blood Drive planned with Lake Church.  This is a Div. 37 service project.

● June 14:  Flag Retirement Ceremony.  

● July 4:  LSM Fourth of July.  

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Kiwanis, Live It, Love It, Share It – Pat Haugen, protege of Jerry Mason

 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 –