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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.”

                                                                       —————-

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

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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!!

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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. 

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                            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.

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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.

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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! 

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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.    

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  • 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. 

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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).

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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.”

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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.”

                                                                       —————-

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

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

Announcements –

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

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

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

    

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

    

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

     

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

     

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Meeting of 11-6-18

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

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

Our Amazing Local College – Palomar College – Dennis Astl

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

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

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

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

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

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

Announcements –

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

KIwanis Meeting 10-23-2018 Report

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

Kiwanis Meeting of 10-16-18

 

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

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

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

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

    David Pender – Battalion Chief, San Marcos Fire Department

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

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

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      Decisions – Decisions – LSM Kiwanis Board Meets

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

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

 

Announcements –

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Meeting of 10-9-18

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

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

Announcements –

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Meeting of 10-2-18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Announcements –

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Meeting of 9-25-18

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

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

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

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

         

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

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

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

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

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

            

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

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

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

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

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

Kiwanis ball cap from Randy Ortlieb.

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

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

Kiwanis has greatly enriched my life.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Announcements –

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

  — Our new Kiwanis Year begins October 2, 2018 

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

Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Meeting of 9-18-18

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

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

Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Meeting of 9-11-18

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

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

Navy Lt. Commander Jim Hester delivers an Inspirational

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

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

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

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

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Announcements –

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

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

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

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

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

Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Meeting of 9-4-2018

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

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

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

All Member Planning Process for Next Kiwanis Year

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Announcements –

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

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

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

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

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

 Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Club Meeting August 28, 2018

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

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

Darwin Bustarde of San Marcos Kiwanis, and

The Jim/George Next Year Planning Survey with Crazy Hats

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

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

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

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

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

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

Announcements –

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Herb Field – Forensic Urban Entomology

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

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

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

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September 7 – Member Appreciation & New Member Social

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

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

Announcements –

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Kiwanis Meeting August 14,2018

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Happy Birthday Tony – You are a marvel. 

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kiwanis awards 23 scholarships

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

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

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

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

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

 Guests – Ryan Stangl.

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

July 31    Victor Manzanilla, Making Your Money Last in Retirement

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Kiwanis, Live It, Love It, Share It – 

Pat Haugen substituting for Jerry Mason