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  • 7 Feb 2024 10:01 AM | Anonymous

    President Steve Morris started our virtual meeting by welcoming members and guests.

    Then Emily Moberly introduced our speaker, Justin Brooks, founder of the California Innocence Project. His presentation was engaging about the important work he and his team are doing, releasing innocent people from prison, often years after their convictions.

    Next Elsa Morales-Roth from the Emilio Nares Foundation told us about the good work her organization is doing, encouraging members to support them with their time and donations.

    We celebrated these February birthdays:

    • February 1 – Heather Robinson
    • February 5 – David Gugerty
    • February 9 – Tim Callan
    • February 9 – June Frost
    • February 14 – Glen Honig
    • February 18 – Todd Miller
    • February 21 – Lauren Cook
    • February 21 – Vic Bianchini

    Our members shared and donated Bill's Bucks:

    • Doug Frost - who survived the Tierrasanta tornado
    • Justin Frisco - who was late to the meeting
    • Karina Sousa - who enjoyed hospitality from Shaun McArdle who makes a mean Shauntini
    • Karen and Greg Bower - who had an amazing trip to Australia
    • Emily Moberly - who is excited to have her brother and his family back in San Diego
    • Gordon Boerner - who wasn't wear his pin
    • Sanam Charlton - who lost her pin

    After a recap of past events and look forward to future ones, our meeting ended. If you missed it, catch it here:

  • 18 Jan 2024 11:20 AM | Anonymous

    President Steve Morris rang the bell to open our January 16, 2024 meeting.

    We recited the Pledge of Allegiance and welcomed guests including:

    • Lori Sheets
    • Dan Smiechowski

    Carl Nettleton introduced our speaker 

    from the Burnham Center for Community Advancement, Bill Ponder

    We awarded Burton Ober the Youth Service Award for his work with the UCSD School of Medicine, as our Director of Student Affairs. Vice President Justin Frisco presented the award.

    We celebrated January birthdays including:

    January 16 - Mike Boland

    January 19 - Drue Jordan

    Our members were generous, as always, giving to Bill's Bucks. We celebrated:

    • Mike Boland's birthday and years in the Club.
    • Joe Sigurdson being in Giving Back Magazine and San Diego Business Journal.
    • Jim Floros and the Green Bay Packers.
    • Gordon Boerner who learned new members Karen and Greg Bowers' son just got a job in San Diego.
    • Lauren Cook who enjoyed the speaker.
    • Burton Ober who was grateful for all the Club does in the community.
    • Wendy Reuben who was on KUSI to promote the Holiday Bowl.

    Then we recapped past events including a successful service project with the Salvation Army, especially appreciated by their Captain and our member Jeremy Alexander.

    And, we looked forward in the calendar to upcoming events, before Steve rang the bell to conclude the meeting.

  • 20 Dec 2023 11:12 AM | Anonymous

    President Steve Morris rang the bell to open our December 19, 2023 last meeting of the year!

    We were happy to welcome many guests including:

    Desiree Perez, Steve's wife

    Lt. Gov. Fernando Orozco along with several members from Kiwanis of Bonita, pictured with Secretary Karina Sousa

    Jexsi Grey and Dr. Ethel Sims, guests of Monica Ball and Lauren Cook

    along with many members including Justin Frisco, Sanam Charlton, Shaun McArdle, Gordon Boerner, and Chuck Day

    and Eric Wever, pictured with Shaun McArdle

    We were honored to hear from Deanna Martin Mackey, General Manager of KPBS

    After the presentation and Q&A, we celebrated these member birthdays:

    • Ricardo Sandoval - December 6
    • Tyler Harris - December 11
    • Judy Leitner - December 17

    and these members experiences, along with their donations towards Bill's Bucks:

    • Monica Ball - collecting coats for the unsheltered
    • Gordon Boerner - was featured in Giving Back Magazine and his daughter is working on an SDSU/Rubio's partnership
    • Fernando Orozco - happy to have our Club's help at Wreaths Across America
    • Wendy Reuben - Holiday Bowl is coming up
    • Karina Sousa - great to see new faces and old, thank you to Krauses for hosting holiday party, looking forward to Laurels for Leaders
    • Lauren Cook - loved today's program
    • Brian Krause - amazing house building experience in TJ
    • Carl Nettleton - grateful to the Club and had an awesome experience with Wired Magazine
    • Chuck Day - looking forward to the Holiday Bowl
    • Jay Jeffcoat - pleased Buddy could join the meetig

    We did a quick recap of prior events and a look at upcoming events before adjourning the meeting.

  • 6 Dec 2023 10:31 AM | Anonymous

    President Steve Morris opened up our virtual meeting December 5 with a welcome to members and guests.

    Then Karen Bower introduced our speaker, Matt Wood, Program Manager for San Diego's Short Term Residential Occupancy Program.

    Matt gave an informative talk about the city's program, followed by Q&A.

    We celebrated these member birthdays:

    • December 6 - Ricardo Sandoval
    • December 11 - Tyler Harris
    • December 17 - Judy Leitner
    • December 23 - Traci Knight

    We were grateful to the generosity of these members who pledged Bill's Bucks:

    • Karina Sousa - last weekend's service project was inspiring!
    • Gordon Boerner - excited that Karen Bower has offered to be Foundation Treasurer
    • Jay Jeffcoat - enjoying La Jolla Playhouse's recent offerings
    • Wendy Reuben - wishing Clemson was playing in the 2023 Holiday Bowl
    • Eldon Thompson - glad to be joining the meeting online

    Wendy Reuben donated two tickets to the USS Midway Museum's Jingle Jets, and Karen Bower won the auction for them!

    After a recap of past events and a look forward to future ones, we signed off for the day.

    If you missed it, you can watch the meeting online:

  • 8 Nov 2023 9:52 AM | Anonymous

    President Steve Morris rang the bell to open our November luncheon meeting at Elijah's restaurant.

    After the Pledge of Allegiance, we welcomed several guests:

    • Randy Bellamy from the Bonita Kiwanis Club
    • Avi Klinger, prospective member
    • Dan White, prospective member
    • Rick White, prospective member

    Vice President Justin Morris introduced our speaker from Midway Rising, Jim Andersen.

    The talk was well received, and the meeting continued by welcoming several new and newish members:

    • Greg and Karen Bower
    • Sherry Dietz - who received her official badge
    • Tyler Harris
    • Wendy Reuben - who received her official badge and pin
    • Sitara Sethi - who was inducted as a new member

    We honored Ryan Callan with the Don McKee Spirit of Kiwanis award (although it was from 2021-2).

    We celebrated Brian Krause as the only November birthday with Brian in absentia.

    Bill's Bucks included:

    • Ryan Callan - thank you for his Don McKee award
    • Glen Honig - loves San Diego
    • Karina Sousa - 14 years of Traveling Stories plus Brittany Curran as our new scholarship team chair
    • Emily Morey - 14 years of Traveling Stories plus no fundraising campaign this holiday season and a well-deserved vacation
    • Jay Jeffcoat - an amazing trip to New York, bringing back a bottle of wine to auction off
    • Greg and Karen Bower - won the auction for Jay's wine
    • Lauren Cook - congrats to Gordon for getting Traci Knight to join the Club
    • Gordon Boerner - congrats to Lauren on an amazing SOSL event
    • Randy Bellamy - impressive meeting with so many new members
    • Heather Robinson - overcoming family medical hardships plus participating in the Juvenile Diabetes Walk this weekend
    • Monica Ball - her October birthday plus working on reducing homelessness among minority populations
    • Tyler Harris - ate the last kebob
    • Justin Frisco - won the auction of the SDSU ring that the Bowers thought they were giving to Gordon as a gift
    • Jay Jeffcoat - spotted in Giving Back Magazine
    • Carl Nettleton - congrats to Gordon on getting Dr. Connie Mariano back to visit her old high school
    After a look back at past events and a look forward to future ones, President Morris rang the bell and concluded the meeting.
  • 18 Oct 2023 9:57 AM | Anonymous

    Club President Steve Morris rang the bell to open the first in-person meeting of the Kiwanis year.

    After reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, we welcomed guests including:

    • Gene Auerbach, former member (pictured with our own Mark McDonald and Wendy Reuben)
    • Neill Kovrig from Division 21

    Then we welcomed member and our speaker, Carl Nettleton, who spoke about Tijuana River pollution.

    Carl writes the Nett Report.  If you are not receiving it yet, you can read back issues and sign up here.

    Then we honored Carl with the Don McKee Spirit of Kiwanis award.

    Next up was Eri Nall with an update from the San Diego Unified School District Counseling office (pictured with Shaun McArdle).

    We inducted new and returning members:

    • Greg Bower
    • Sherry Dietz
    • Wendy Reuben

    pictured with new-ish members Karen Bower, Lance Grob, Emily Moberly.

    We celebrated these October member birthdays:

    • Gordon Boerner
    • Susan Day
    • Ashley Morey
    • John Rush
    • Sanam Charlton
    • Dick Shaw
    • Jay Jeffcoat
    • Paul Riggs
    • Monica Ball

    and received Bill's Bucks from:

    • Carl Nettleton - thank you for his Don McKee award, several vacations, Nett report awards
    • Doug Frost - great board retreat, high school reunion
    • Neill Kovrig - glad to be visiting from Hillcrest All Inclusive Club
    • Karen Bower - big birthday in September
    • Glen Honig - new location
    • Brian Krause - started a new company, missed a board meeting
    • Wendy Reuben - Gordon Boerner brought her back to the Club, then he retired (Gordon pictured with Jeremy Alexander)
    • Karina Sousa - glad to see Gene, Mark and Neill, amazing networking event at the Mingei, renewing realtor license and getting engaged
    • David Gugerty - glad to be back
    • Mark McDonald - glad to see the Don McKee award that he helped design, district board meeting that renewed his contract 
    • Justin Frisco - won the See's Candies gift card auction (pictured with Steve Morris)

    After recapping prior events and looking forward to upcoming, Steve rang the bell to signal the end of the meeting.

  • 4 Oct 2023 10:06 AM | Anonymous

    Club President Steve Morris opened the meeting and welcomed new and returning members to our first virtual meeting of the Kiwanis year.

    Foundation President Gordon Boerner introduced speaker Andy Field, Director of the Department of Parks and Recreation at the City of San Diego. Members were interested to learn about all the things Parks and Rec does around the city.

    Next we celebrated October member birthdays including:

    • October 1 – Gordon Boerner
    • October 3 – Susan Day
    • October 5 – Ashley Morey
    • October 7 – John Rush
    • October 9 – Sanam Charlton
    • October 14 – Dick Shaw
    • October 16 – Jay Jeffcoat
    • October 16 – Paul Riggs
    • October 19 – Monica Ball

    No meeting, virtual or otherwise, would be complete without member generosity in the form of Bill's Bucks.  This meeting we recognized:

    • Gordon Boerner - for his October birthday, years in the club and gratefulness to Karina Sousa who attended the Downtown San Diego Partnership event representing the Club
    • Jay Jeffcoat - for his birthday, years in the club and fabulous vacation
    • Mike Boland - for his fabulous vacation to Paris with family
    • Karina Sousa - for attending the Downtown San Diego Partnership event representing the Club
    • Susan Day - who is thrilled to turn the presidential reins over to Steve

    The meeting ended by reviewing past events and looking forward to future ones.  If you missed it, you can watch the recording:

  • 20 Sep 2023 12:03 PM | Anonymous

    The Club gathered for the last meeting of the 2022-3 Kiwanis year at the University Club Atop Symphony Towers on September 19.

    We honored members and friends of the Club with several awards:

    • Chuck Day - 25 year Legion of Honor pin
    • Mark McDonald - 35 year Legion of Honor pin
    • Drue Jordan - 40 year Legion of Honor pin
    • Shaun McArdle - Tablet of Honor
    • Gordon Boerner - Top Member Recruit
    • Susan Day - Retiring President, Incoming Immediate Past President
    • Steve Morris - Incoming President
    • Justin Frisco - Incoming Vice President
    • Karina Sousa - Returning Secretary
    • Brian Krause - Returning Treasurer
    • Lauren Cook - Incoming board
    • Glen Honig - Incoming board
    • Lance Grob - Incoming board
    • Dr. Jerry Rey - Youth Service Award
    • Evie Jones - Youth Service Award
    • Tom Bauer - Children's Fund Pin
    • Doug Frost - Incoming Governor Elect
    • Justin Frisco - Distinguished Service Award
    • Heather Robinson - Distinguished Service Award
    • Jim Floros - Distinguished Service Award
    • Susan Day - Hixson
    • Eric Wever - Youth Service Award
    • Sherry Dietz - New Member
    • June Frost - New Member
    • Lance Grob - New Member
    • Emily Moberly - New Member
    • Ashley Morey - New Member
    • Wendy Reuben - New Member
    • Karen Bower - New Member
    • Brittany Curran - New Member
    • Tyler Harris - New Member
    • Evan Kay - New Member
    • Todd Miller - New Member
    • Ryan Stephens - New Member

    In true Kiwanis style, we honored the above by acting out a courtroom scene.  At the end of the event, the actors were thanked for participating:

    • Vic Bianchini
    • Karina Sousa
    • Jay Jeffcoat
    • Jim Floros
    • Brian Krause
    • David Jay

    and a big thank you to DJ Captain Jeremy Alexander.

    Looking forward to another amazing Kiwanis year!

  • 16 Aug 2023 9:06 AM | Anonymous

    President Susan Day rang the bell to open the Club annual meeting at UC San Diego Park and Market. She welcomed members and guests:

    • Annie Fitzgerald
    • Jeanette Gann-Escobar
    • Jay Henslee
    • Ryan Stevens

    After we recited the Pledge of Allegiance, Gordon Boerner introduced our speaker Betsy Brennan, CEO of Downtown San Diego Partnership, who told our members about all the benefits their organization is providing to residents and businesses in downtown.


    After the speaker, we inducted 6 new members:

    • Karen Bower
    • Brittany Curran
    • Lance Grob
    • Tyler Harris
    • Todd Miller
    • Ashley Morey

    Next up, our annual meeting, beginning with approval of last year's minutes.

    Then, a motion was made by Doug Frost and seconded by Gordon Boerner to elect next year's Board of Directors:

    Steve Morris, President
    Susan Day, Immediate Past President
    Justin Frisco, Vice President
    Karina Sousa, Club Secretary
    Brian Krause, Club Treasurer
    2024: Lauren Cook, Tom Bauer
    2025: Gordon Boerner, Ryan Callan
    2026: Glen Honig, Lance Grob

    The motion passed unanimously.

    We wished Brittany Curran a happy birthday!

    Members generously donated Bill's Bucks to celebrate/recognize:

    • Louie Ocana - lost his Kiwanis pin
    • Joe Sigurdson - thank you to Club for helping with Caddyhack
    • Gordon Boerner - upcoming collaboration with Rotary, Lions, Optimists
    • Lauren Cook - thank you to Club for helping at upcoming SOSL walk
    • Karina Sousa - excited about new members
    • Monica Ball - Uplift is proud to work with Downtown San Diego Partnership
    • Ryan Callan - no Kiwanis pin, son's 20th birthday, welcome to new faces
    • Steve Futterman (interclub from Imperial Beach Kiwanis) - Kiwanis San Diego sets the standard
    • Heather Robinson - awesome Kiwanis Cal-Nev-Ha conference
    • Drue Jordan - just put up Christmas lights
    • Brian Krause - forgot his pin, finished home renovations
    • Carl Nettleton - new grandson born last week, spoke at a Rotary meeting and went to a second Rotary meeting
    • Ryan Stevens (guest of Joe Sigurdson and soon-to-be member) - thanks to Boys to Men and wants to increase service among young people
    • Jay Jeffcoat - just got back from Londo
    • Doug Frost - Governor Elect

    After a recap of past events and look forward to future ones, the meeting adjourned.

  • 21 Jun 2023 11:03 AM | Anonymous

    President Susan Day opened the virtual meeting by welcoming members in the Zoom room, including new members Wendy Reuben and Karen Bower.

    Then we had a quick recap of prior events before Carl Nettleton welcomed our speaker, Jesica Cleaver, from the San Diego County Water Authority.

    Jesica let us know that she had received a scholarship from Kiwanis so felt a kinship towards our group.

    Then we learned about what relatively good shape San Diego is in, compared to other parts of California, with regards to our water supply.

    After the speaker, we celebrated member birthdays:

    • David Jay, June 7
    • Eldon Thompson, June 12
    • Ryan Callan, June 13
    • Justin Frisco, June 18

    Our members generously donated towards the Club in honor of:

    • Carl Nettleton - recently interviewed on television for his efforts with Ocean Opens Global
    • Karina Sousa - disappointed she'd missed such a fabulous service project last weekend with Just in Time for Foster Youth
    • Jeremy Alexander - had an amazing experience at the Just in Time for Foster Youth service project
    • Lauren Cook - used an old Kiwanis Zoom background that ended up helping out in her meeting

    We are looking forward to many amazing upcoming events!

    If you missed the meeting you can watch it online:

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