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The Kensington Restaurant Group Provides Lunch & A Speaker!

6 Oct 2020 7:48 PM | Anonymous

Anticipation was high for incoming President Mike Boland’s first official meeting! Once he sounded the bell Gordon Boerner led the Pledge of Allegiance and welcomed Justin Frisco who delivered a warm invocation for the day.

Doug Frost led the song and kept it upbeat and after Karina Sousa reminded everyone about ZOOM etiquette the group was ready to go. As the program included a tasting element Judy Leitner was established as the Chairperson for the day and welcomed guest Lauren Passaro, who founded Kensington Café and co-owns Del Sur and The Haven Pizzeria on Adams Avenue with business partner Kate Grimes.

The tasting menu for the day gave attendees an option of a chicken, cheese, beef, bean/plantain, or veggie enchilada topped with a choice of green, red or mole sauce and accompanied with beans, rice, and chips.  While people sampled their meals, Lauren shared her story with the group which included the anecdote of how she bought the Del Sur location from an ad on Craig’s List! Ms. Passaro highlighted the difficulties COVID-19 has posed for the restaurant industry as well as her locations in specific. She encouraged members to stop by anytime and thanked everyone for supporting local locations like hers. Everyone agreed to food was fantastic with the mole winning high praise from the eaters!

President Boland took a few minutes to recap the previous meeting which not only included the Club Installation of the Board but was wildly entertaining with skits and funny videos – all thanks to Brian Krause and Karina Sousa!

There are EIGHT birthdays in October:

  • Gordon Boerner
  • Susan Day
  • John Rush
  • Dick Shaw
  • Jay Jeffcoat
  • Paul Riggs
  • Monica Ball
  • Gary Knight

President Boland led the fines and Bill’s Bucks portion of the day which quite a bit more than normal as every Club member is encouraged to give a dollar for each year they have been alive and one for every year they have been a member. October is a great financial month for the club!

Karina Sousa shared some throwback Tidings which are the Kiwanis Club of San Diego’s newsletters from the past 100 years. The sample shared was from October 4, 1994, and Bruce Boland (Mike’s Dad!) was the Chairperson of the day. What a great memory for our second-generation Kiwanian President Mike Boland!

The meeting ended with some quiz questions to get the group ready for the next game night and one question stumped several people. The question was:

How many Kiwanis Objectives are there?

While everyone got some right it was clear we need a brush up on this topic. I bet well see this question again and hopefully get it right.

And the answers are:

       Object 1: To give primacy to the human and spiritual rather than to the material values of life.

       Object 2: To encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships.

       Object 3: To promote the adoption and the application of higher social, business, and professional standards.

       Object 4: To develop, by precept and example, a more intelligent, aggressive, and serviceable citizenship.

       Object 5: To provide, through Kiwanis clubs, a practical means to form enduring friendships, to render altruistic service and to build better communities.

       Object 6: To cooperate in creating and maintaining that sound public opinion and high idealism which make possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism, and good will.

Stay well and strong and we will see you next time on October 20th!

Watch the full video of the meeting below! 

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