History


The Kiwanis Club of San Diego was chartered in 1920, the first in San Diego County.  The club is one of the largest Kiwanis Clubs in San Diego and Imperial Counties.  The club is also known as the ‘Downtown Kiwanis,’ but has members from throughout the region.

The Kiwanis Club of San Diego represents a diverse spectrum of business, government, military, and community leaders providing services to youth and the community.

The Kiwanis Club of San Diego has a proud history.  These major programs mark that history and are often referred to by club members:

Laurels for Leaders

Laurels for Leaders is governed by a board of directors consisting of members of the Kiwanis Club of San Diego, school officials, public and private leaders of the community. The program was established to recognize and honor the high leadership accomplishment of the student body presidents of San Diego County high schools. The program culminates in an annual luncheon at which the student leaders are presented certificates of recognition, a distinguished speaker brings them a message on patriotism and leadership and in 2003 eighty-one students were given a cash gift of $500. The luncheon is held in February around the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. This time was selected to relate the event to these great presidents and to recall their service to their country and their patriotic devotion.


Scholarships

The Kiwanis Club of San Diego and the Kiwanis Club Foundation donate more than $100,000 each year for scholarships to students in San Diego County. The Foundation Scholarship Committee provides financial support to students attending San Diego area colleges and universities. Special scholarship grants include the Walter Zitlau and Don McKee memorial scholarships. For more than 25 years the Kiwanis Club of San Diego and the San Diego State University (SDSU) School of Music and Dance have provided annual music concerts to raise money for SDSU music scholarships. In 2008 more than $24,000 was donated to the scholarship fund at the SDSU School of Music and Dance.

Children’s Hospital

Through the years, the club has had a very close relationship with Children’s Hospital. The club was a major financial contributor and a force that led to the founding of the hospital. Over the years, the Kiwanis Club of San Diego has contributed more than $551,000 to its programs. Participation continues through activity in the hospital’s Mile of Quarters campaign and in contributions to help the hospital meet its needs.

Past Club Presidents

2019-20 – Judy Leitner

1999-00 - Ronald L. Munroe

1979-80 - Thomas C. Peek

1960 - Julius J. Fink*

1940 - E. G. Merril, Jr.*

2018-19 – Brian Krause

1998-99 - Conny Jamison

1978-79 - Ellis M. Benson

1959 - Clyde Cunningham*

1939 - Frank M. Lowe*

2017-18 - Patrick Maurer

1997-98 - Carl Nettleton

1977-78 - Robert W. Klaiber*

1958 - Cecil D. Hardesty*

1938 - Thomas M. Bomar*

2016-17 - Karina Sousa

1996-97 - Don Sturek+*

1976-77 - Harry D. Frels*+

1957 - Norman D. Ferguson*

1937 - Emery D. Sherwin*

2015-16 – Joe Sigurdson

1995-96 - Sally Hazard

1975-76 - M. Ted Dixon*+

1956 - Roy French Kidd*

1936 - Arthur M. Shoven*

2014-15 – David Gugerty

1994-95 - Mark McDonald+#

1974-75 - LeRoy A. Bellwood*

1955 - Leslie E. Gehres*

1935 - E. G. Colby*

2013-14 – Brian Krause

1993-94 - Jay W. Jeffcoat

1973-74 - C. A. Karaberis*

1954 - Herbert C. Peiffer, Jr.*

1934 - C. E. Sisson*

2012-13 – Ryan Callan

1992-93 - Michael P. Alessio

1972-73 - Ben W. Hagar*

1953 - Leo B. Calland*

1933 - Donald E. Hanson*

2011-12 - Corrine LeCates

1991-92 - James W. Ledwith

1971-72 - Walter A. Zitlau*

1952 - Howard Carroll*

1932 - P. H. Davenport*

2010-11 - Ken Coley

1990-91 - J. Scofield Hage

1970-71 - Douglas Giddings*

1951 - S. Robert Frazee*

1931 - T. O. Scripps*

2009-10 - Ethel Merriman

1989-90 - James W. Hurry*

1969-70 - Robert H. Bollum

1950 - Dwight E. Keider*

1930 - A. G. Peterson*

2008-09 - Don Sturek+*

1988-89 - Charles F. Merz

1969 - James O. Hewitt*

1949 - Richard A. Nelson*

1929 - Sam R. Frazee*

2007-08 - Judy Leitner+

1987-88 - Griff J. Hayes*

1968 - Don R. Driese*

1948 - A. Monroe Sanders*

1928 - Robert L. Mueller*

2006-07 - LaDrue Jordan

1986-87 - Morris A. Peelle*

1967 - Milton R. Cheverton*

1947 - Orien W. Todd, Jr.*+

1927 - Glenn O. Perkins*

2005-06 - Tom Bauer+

1985-86 - Richard A. Shaw

1966 - Fred S. Hage, Jr.*

1946 - Andy Borthwick*

1926 - Edgar McMath*

2004-05 - Douglas Frost+

1984-85 - Clark B. George*+

1965 - Richard L. Johnston

1945 - Edward P. Scott*+

1925 - Arthur J. Morse*

2003-04 - Persida Drakulich

1983-84 - Rene H. Gentry*

1964 - James M. Gillean*

1944 - Berma W. Bonham*

1924 - John J. Frazer*

2002-03 - Art Stillwell

1982-83 - Robert A. Shumake*

1963 - George K. Palmer*

1943 - Russell S. Stowell*+

1923 - George L. Mayne*

2001-02 - Stephen All*

1981-82 - Paul R. Pulliam*

1962 - Lawrence Carr, Jr.*

1942 - John Aseltine*

1922 – C. E. Rinehart*

2000-01 - John L. Kizer

1980-81 - Jack M. Templeton

1961 - Pat Hyndman*

1941 - Harry G. Malm*

1921 – W. H. Fraser*

1920 – 

#Past District Governor  +Past Lt. Governor *Deceased

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