Tidings

  • 17 May 2023 7:56 AM | Anonymous

    President Susan Day started off our virtual luncheon meeting by welcoming everyone in the virtual room.

    We had members report on our past events including Carl Nettleton's recap of the Scholars Breakfast, Lauren Cook's reminiscing about the May networking event, and Karina Sousa's report on the April networking event.

    New member Lance Grob introduced our speaker, Pauline Crooks, VAPA Coordinator with the San Diego County Office of Education. Pauline spoke about Proposition 28 which was of great interest to everyone in attendance.

    We celebrated these May birthdays:

    • 5/6 - Lance Grob
    • 5/12 - Karina Sousa
    • 5/21 - Eric Wever
    • 5/31 - Mark McDonald

    Then we looked at all the exciting planned events for May and beyond.  If you missed the meeting, you can catch it online:

  • 2 May 2023 11:01 AM | Anonymous

    We met at UC San Diego Park and Market for a lovely breakfast honoring our scholarship recipients.

    President Susan Day rang the bell to open the meeting and welcome everyone.  Then she turned to Scholarship Team Captain David Jay to welcome scholarship recipients from:

    San Diego High School Key Club

    St. Augustine Academy Key Club

    Cal State San Marcos

    University of San Diego

    and three students from Point Loma Nazarene University.

    The Club members were able to learn more about these amazing students and see how our scholarships positively impacted their lives.


  • 19 Apr 2023 9:06 AM | Anonymous

    Club Secretary Karina Sousa started our virtual meeting welcoming several guests in our Zoom room, along with some of our newer and prospective members:

    • Brittany Curran
    • Lance Grob
    • Ashley Moran

    Then, after a quick recap of recent events, long-time member Chuck Day, introduced our guest speaker:  Deacon Jim Vargas, President & CEO of Father Joe's Villages.

    Deacon Jim spoke on Father Joe's Villages Comprehensive Approach to Preventing and Ending Homelessness.

    Members were engaged about this growing problem and asked many questions.

    At the conclusion of the talk, we celebrated April birthdays:

    • 4/18 - Doug Frost
    • 4/23 - Steve Morris
    • 4/25 - Shaun McArdle

    Then, we looked ahead to what's on the horizon.  If you missed out, you can watch the replay:


  • 4 Apr 2023 10:40 AM | Anonymous

    Our breakfast meeting began when President Susan Day rang the bell, and we said the Pledge of Allegiance.

    Board member Glen Honig introduced our speaker Tim Patterson, retired Supervising Deputy Attorney General and UCSD Lecturer who spoke to the Club about environmental law in San Diego.

    After the interesting presentation, we celebrated Club birthdays:

    • 4/18 - Doug Frost
    • 4/23 - Steve Morris
    • 4/25 - Shaun McArdle

    Then we celebrated member milestones and collected Bill's Bucks:

    • Doug Frost - birthday plus many new Kiwanis badges

    • Carl Nettleton - no pin plus the birth of his first grandson

    • Drue Jordan - no pin plus Go Aztecs!

    • Jeremy Alexander - no pin pls his promotion to Captain

    • Karina Sousa - enjoyed the Just in Time gala and book launch plus Easter

    • Louie Ocana - no pin plus it's great to be back

    • Glen Honig - Passover and Easter plus a wine tasting trip in Napa/Sonoma

    • Steve Morris - birthday, five years in Kiwanis, and his 2 year wedding anniversary

    Next we auctioned off a couple of items:

    • Carl Nettleton brought back a "Dancing Queen" t-shirt from Sweden and Karina Sousa won it!

    • Kevin Currier won the water bottle sent to the Club from Rancho de Sus Ninos.


    We did a quick recap of events past and look forward to future events.  Then we closed out the meeting, in anticipation of our next get together.

  • 23 Mar 2023 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    We were pleased to gather virtually on March 21.

    President Susan Day welcomed members and guests, which included 2 members from San Diego Loyal -- Weston Breay and Shannon MacMillan.

    After a warm introduction from member Jay Jeffcoat, Shannon MacMillan spoke to us about the exciting things San Diego Loyal is doing to really be part of the San Diego community -- things we are also passionate about like volunteering time with great local non-profits.

    The Club is looking forward to our San Diego Loyal game and fundraiser on April 29.

    After Shannon concluded her remarks, we wished members happy birthday:

    • Joe Sigurdson - March 1
    • Louie Ocana - March 27

    When asked for Bill's Bucks, we received generous contributions from:

    • Jay Jeffcoat - in honor of his 2 upcoming trips to cheer on SDSU and the Padres.
    • Lauren Cook - grateful to receive a 15-year pin as a volunteer with AYSO

    We recapped prior events and looked forward to those coming up before our meeting concluded.  

    If you missed it, you can watch the Zoom recording here:

  • 8 Mar 2023 8:40 AM | Anonymous

    President Susan Day opened the March 7th breakfast meeting by ringing the bell and leading the Pledge of Allegiance.

    She welcomed guests Traci Knight-Cortez and Marcel Kasmer, along with members.

    We celebrated March birthdays:

    • March 1 - Joe Sigurdson
    • March 27 - Louie Ocana

    New member Evan Kay was given his "ugly" name tag and Kiwanis pin by his Kiwanis sponsor Ryan Callan.

    $146 in Bill's Bucks was generously donated by members, to welcome Evan Kay and celebrate Joe Sigurdson's birthday.

    There was a quick recap of past events and announcements of upcoming events, all of which are posted on the website.  Lots of excitement to come!


  • 8 Feb 2023 8:24 AM | Anonymous

    President Susan Day started the virtual meeting by welcoming guests from several other clubs, including:

    • Bonita
    • Grantville-Allied Gardens
    • Escondido
    • Scripps Ranch.

    Then she introduced and welcomed our speaker, Dr. Sonia Ancoli-Israel,  Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Professor of Research at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine.  Dr. Ancoli-Israel spoke about Sleep in Aging and Insomnia, then answered the group's questions.

    After the speaker, we celebrated the birthdays of members:

    • 2/1 - Heather Robinson
    • 2/5 - David Gugerty
    • 2/9 - Tim Callan
    • 2/9 - June Frost
    • 2/14 - Glen Honig
    • 2/21 - Lauren Cook
    • 2/21 - Vic Bianchini
    • 2/24 - Scofield Hage

    The group was generous in donations to celebrate:

    • Carl Nettleton - a great trip to Norway and Sweden.
    • Doug Frost - throwing his hat into the ring for District Governor
    • Karina Sousa - welcoming new members, thanking Ryan Callan for dog sitting, and pleased that Ruby is now an airplane veteran
    • Gordon Boerner - successful medical treatments
    • Randy Ortlieb - pleased to be joining us from the Escondido Club

    Prior to concluding the meeting, we reviewed past events and looked forward to future ones.  

    You can view the meeting online:


  • 17 Jan 2023 11:22 AM | Anonymous

    Our members were pleased to return to UC San Diego Park & Market for our January breakfast meeting.

    President Susan Day rang the bell to open the meeting.

    We had several guests in attendance:

    Traci Knight-Cortez, friend of member Lauren Cook

    Victoria Robertson, friend of member Jim Floros

    Lance Grob

    Then we welcomed two local FBI agents who gave an engaging, informative presentation on crime in our region.

    After a Q& A period, we resumed the meeting to celebrate two member birthdays:

    • 1/16 - Mike Boland
    • 1/19 - Drue Jordan

    Next, we honored member Gordon Boerner with a pin for his personal donation to the Kiwanis Children's Fund.

    Before recapping previous events and previewing what's to come, we completed required Kiwanis Youth Protection training.

    President Day rang the bell to conclude the meeting.

  • 6 Dec 2022 10:26 AM | Anonymous

    We were back at UC San Diego for our breakfast meeting.  

    President Susan Day welcomed everyone by ringing the bell, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

    We were happy to welcome several members of Kiwanis Club of Bonita:

    • Walter and Sandra Groves
    • Peter Matz
    • Alynne de Vilmorin
    • Lance Jordan
    • Fernando Orozco

    We also welcomed:

    • Alison Aragon - Pro Kids 
    • Teresa Valenzuela - San Diego Futures Foundation
    • Taylor Henderson - Home of Guiding Hands
    • Ashley Morey - Home of Guiding Hands

    Michael Brown spoke about the Port of San Diego to an enthusiastic audience.

    After an enlightening presentation and yummy breakfast, members were feeling generous and gave money to commemorate:

    • Walter Groves - happy to be at the event and not having gotten lost

    • Sandra Groves - hosted a lovely Thanksgiving

    • Lance Jordan - happy to be at our meeting

    • Alynne de Vilmorin - excited to do a service project together tomorrow

    • Justin Frisco - no pin

    • Glen Honig - enjoyed 2 parades with the Corvette Club

    • Karina Sousa - Ryan Callan watched her dog Ruby so she could host Thanksgiving

    • Joe Sigurdson - happy to meet Teresa Valenzuela who just hired one of his previous employees to work at San Diego Futures Foundation

    • Jim Floros - happy to wake up

    • David Jay - his child scored very high on the PSAT and may be a National Merit Scholar

    • Steve Morris – he and his wife are expecting a baby boy in April

    • Carl Nettleton - making a special presentation this evening

    • Monica Ball – 3 tutoring sites are opening in person after COVID

    • Taylor Henderson - getting married

    • Ashley Morey - her dog learned how to do a high 5

    Mostly, all enjoyed the fellowship of being together.



  • 16 Nov 2022 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    Our virtual luncheon began with a warm welcome from President Susan Day.

    Then Susan introduced our speaker, Chief John Wood, who spoke about the operations of fire rescue in San Diego.  The members in attendance virtually were engaged and asked some interesting questions including:

    • Who pays for the food at the fire station?
    • How long before a fire truck is retired? In years and mileage.
    • How are the numbers on the trucks determined?
    • Do fire stations have solar panels on their roofs?

    For these and more answers, you can watch the video.

    After our speaker, members were pleased to learn of Carl Nettleton's recent successes with his organization Open Oceans GlobalLauren Cook updated the Club about her recent received grant for Survivors of Suicide Loss.

    The meeting ended with a quick recap of past events and look forward to future events.

    If you missed it, you can catch it online:


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