• 9 Feb 2022 12:48 PM | Anonymous

    What a whirlwind it's been -- we were back in person at the Admiral Baker Clubhouse for our luncheon 2/8/22.  

    President Mike Boland rang the bell to begin the event.

    Ricardo Sandoval led the invocation, asking us to each reflect on how the pandemic is affecting us all.

    Doug Frost led us in singing "America the Beautiful."

    Mike Boland introduced and welcomed our speaker from Partners Therapeutic Horsemanship - Bobbi Buettgenbach.   Partners Executive Director Karen Crampton also attended and answered questions. 

    We inducted new member Jeremy Alexander to the Club -- welcome, Jeremy!

    We were happy to celebrate these member birthdays:

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

    We also got an update from the Boys and Girls Club.  They received a centennial grant pre-pandemic but construction was halted at the time.  Thank you to our member Ricardo Sandoval for the update and his guest Connie Alvarez.

    As is customary, our members were very generous with their donations, including:

    Mike Boland - who forgot his Kiwanis Pin

    Elaine Boland - who is happy to be with the Kiwanis Club

    Monica Ball - who loves Kiwanis

    Ryan Callan - who was happy to have his son Ethan visiting

    Ricardo Sandoval - who was happy to see guest Luis Ocana at the luncheon

    Shaun McArdle - who updated us on a blood drive at the Point Loma Yacht Club

    Karina Sousa - who is energized by the guests and new members plus the recent Kiwanis events

    Joe Sigurdson - who had to leave early

    Can't wait for our next event!

  • 19 Jan 2022 11:05 AM | Anonymous

    Going virtual did not dampen the enthusiasm of the Kiwanis Club of San Diego on January 18, 2022.  

    President Mike Boland rang the bell to begin our virtual luncheon.

    Judy Leitner led a moment of gratitude, particularly focused on the events at Congregation Beth Israel earlier this week in Colleyville, Texas.

    Some of us sang along, although on mute, to "My Country 'Tis of Thee."

    Justin Frisco introduced and welcomed our two speakers from SDSU Athletics - Curt Apsey and Derek Grice.  They updated us on the soon-to-be Snapdragon Stadium.

    We also got an update from the MAAC Project.  They received a grant last year from the Kiwanis Club and used it to purchase umbrellas for their outdoor tables -- which are getting a lot of use now, especially as more students are sitting outside.  Thank you to our guests, Elsa Roth and Tommy Ramirez.

    Many of our members were very generous with their donations, towards the end of our Zoom meeting, including:

    Mike Boland - celebrating a birthday

    Jay Jeffcoat - watching the Chargers play in Vegas

    Gordon Boerner - recovering from illness

    Justin Frisco - happy to be in the Club

    Ryan Callan - also happy to be part of Kiwanis

    Susan Day - who purchased the items Mike auctioned off from his recent trip to the UK

    If you missed the excitement, you can watch it all online:

    We hope to see you soon!

  • 8 Dec 2021 1:12 PM | Anonymous

    So much excitement at the Kiwanis Club of San Diego luncheon on December 7, 2021 at Admiral Baker Clubhouse.

    President Mike Boland rang the bell and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

    Vice President Susan Day provided a meaningful invocation.

    The group sang "God Bless America" with long-time member and Foundation Treasurer Doug Frost.

    Many guests were welcomed in addition to our speaker Ted Leitner and honoree Vic Bianchini.  They included Lt. Governor of Division 21 John Crawford, Lt. Governor of Division 11 Sergio Rosas and interclub members from the Kiwanis Clubs of Bonita, Sweetwater, Grantville-Allied Gardens, Tierrsanta and Hidden Valley-Escondido. 

    Chairman of the Day Vic Bianchini introduced speaker Ted Leitner.

    Ted entertained the audience and answered questions.  

    We celebrated 2 Club birthdays with members in attendance:

    • Ricardo Sandoval - December 6
    • Judy Leitner - December 17

    Carl Nettleton made a donation to the Club in honor of John Freeman, a supervisor of Carl's at the beginning of Carl's career.

    Our final agenda item was to award the Don McKee Spirit of Kiwanis Award to Vic BianchiniBrian Krause introduced Vic.


    What a fantastic end of 2021 for the Kiwanis Club of San Diego!

  • 17 Nov 2021 12:53 PM | Anonymous

    Our November 17th luncheon began with President Mike Boland ringing the bell and leading members in the Pledge of Allegiance.

    Justin Frisco followed with the invocation.

    Everyone present helped David Jay belt out "Grand Old Flag."

    Our guests were welcomed, and Brian Krause warmly introduced speaker Dan McAllister, San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector, a former member of the Club.

    There was only one birthday to celebrate -- Brian Krause on November 30th.  The Club is looking forward to socializing with him on his birthday after an afternoon service project at the Burn Institute.

    Many members had fines to pay and events to pay tribute to, including:

    • Doug Frost who was happy to return to a luncheon in person.
    • Judy Leitner who just returned from a vacation in her hometown state of Texas.
    • Karina Sousa who celebrated both her parents' birthdays with a family trip to Hawaii.
    • Carl Nettleton who just attended the California Economic Summit and whose daughter just passed the bar.
    • Mike Boland whose daughter competed successfully in the National Championships for American Saddlebred.
    • Brian Krause who has a birthday coming and 15 years as a member of the Club.
    • David Gugerty who has accidentally kept the "fine free pass" for a long while, having just returned to the country.
    • Both Jay Jeffcoat and Brian Krause generously pledged hospitality passes to SDSU Basketball to the Foundation.

    We heard an update and presented a check to Carter Anderson of the Monarch School.

    She shared this moving video as well:

    If you missed it, you can watch all the fun on our Zoom recording:

  • 3 Nov 2021 12:51 PM | Anonymous

    Prime rib was on the menu at the Club Luncheon November 3, 2021.

    President Mike Boland rang the bell and led the Club in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Jim Melvin gave a moving invocation, asking us to remember those who are no longer with us.  Jay Jeffcoat introduced some of us to "Columbia Gem of the Ocean," and we hope to sing it again soon!

    Chairman of the Day Ryan Callan helped us welcome Valerie Lowe and Maren Kavanagh from I Love a Clean San Diego.

    We were pleased to get an update from the Foundation for the Children of the Americas from Jose Gonzalez and present him with a check.

    If you didn't attend, you can catch it all on the Zoom recording:

  • 20 Oct 2021 11:59 AM | Anonymous

    A fun time was had by all at the October 19, 2021 Club Luncheon.

    President Mike Boland started off the meeting by ringing the bell and leading the Pledge of Allegiance.  Next up was Shaun McArdle's Invocation.  A rousing chorus of "God Bless America" was up next, led by Doug Frost.

    Chairman of the Day Justin Frisco introduced the speaker, Craig Dado, of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, who spoke about Breeder's Cup.


    We celebrated October birthdays:

    • Gordon Boerner - 10/1
    • Susan Day - 10/3
    • John Rush - 10/7
    • Dick Shaw - 10/14
    • Jay Jeffcoat - 10/16
    • Monica Ball - 10/19
    • Gary Knight - 10/26

    Jay Jeffcoat was honored with a Diamond Level George F. Hixson Fellowship for his support of Kiwanis and the community.

    And, Capt Randy Morgan USN (Ret) was presented with a check for the Seal Family Foundation.

    If you missed the fun, you can catch it all on our Zoom recording:

  • 23 Sep 2021 12:31 PM | Anonymous

    President Mike Boland presided over the San Diego Kiwanis Club's Annual Installation meeting.  Brian Krause and Karina Sousa hosted, reprising their roles from "Anchorman."

    President Boland led the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by Justin Frisco's invocation.

    Carl Nettleton was in attendance to celebrate his September birthday, but Claire LeBeau was missed.

    Legion of Honor awards were given to:

    • Shaun McArdle - 31 years 
    • Jim Melvin - nearly 50 years (in January)

    Distinguished Service Awards were given to:

    • Glen Honig
    • Sally Hazzard
    • Heather Robinson

    The William A. Dunlap Fellowship was awarded to:

    • David Jay
    • Steve Morris

    The George F. Hixson Fellowship was awarded to

    • Jay Jeffcoat
    • Gordon Boerner

    And, Gordon Boerner was presented with his Hixson by our newest member Sanam Charlton, who was also recognized for her fast track to full membership.

    The 2021-2021 Club Board was installed by Division 11 Lt. Governor Gary Trieschman and includes:

     President Mike Boland 
     Immediate Past President  Judy Leitner
     Vice President Susan Day 
     Club Secretary  Karina Sousa
     Club Treasurer  Ryan Callan
     Class of 2022 Gary Knight
      Gordon Boerner 
     Class of 2023  Glen Honig
       Brian Krause
     Class of 2024  Monica Ball
       Justin Frisco

    If you missed the fun or want to check it out again, you can watch the video:

    Looking forward to seeing you October 5th at our next luncheon!

  • 23 Aug 2021 9:34 AM | Anonymous

    The Club eased into its second meeting in August with a robust lineup and some great events on the horizon. President Mike Boland rang the bell and welcomed everyone to the meeting before making sure the newly acquired “Talking Stick” was in a prominent position.

    Club member Justin Frisco delivered the invocation and instead of the Kiwanis Club singing a song to kickstart the meeting – they listened to a great “rap” from Kiwanis International. It’s not often you see a 100-year-old Club really enjoy a stylized rap performance.


    President Boland introduced the speaker for the day – Greg Geisen who is leading the Facilities Plans & Revitalization for the Naval Information Warfare Systems Command.

    Greg gave a great presentation with slide show that discussed the plans for the Old Town Campus. The Naval Base Point Loma Old Town Campus is home to Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR), which needs new mission-capable and modern facilities to support its cyber security mission. The Navy is considering plans to maximize the value of approximately 70.5 acres of Navy-owned underutilized property at the Old Town Campus to support NAVWAR needs. NAVWAR provides $3.2 billion annually to the San Diego regional economy. The potential redevelopment would bring additional economic benefits to the region through the construction and operation of new commercial, residential, and transportation facilities.

    After a robust question and answer period Mike thanked Mr. Geisen for his time and invited him to come back and give updates anytime in the future.

    The Bill’s Bucks portion of the meeting was up next, and members were very cheerful givers! Joe Sigurdson had lots of great news about Boys2Men, and Ryan Callan shared his recent travel news and was fined for failing to bring back an item for the auction!

    The Club was reminded they have some great events coming up and are encouraged to attend as many as possible:

    Don’t forget to subscribe to the Kiwanis YouTube Channel and follow us on Facebook (@SDKiwanis)

  • 6 Aug 2021 7:46 PM | Anonymous

    On August 3rd the SDKC returned to the Admiral Baker Clubhouse & Golf Course for the first regular in person meeting of 2021. President Boland rang the bell to start the luncheon and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Club member Karina Sousa shared the Invocation and helped Doug Frost lead the attendees in “You’re a Grand Old Flag.”

    The Bill’s Bucks portion of the meeting was again robust as people donated happy and sad dollars in honor of longtime Club member Bill Gibbs who attended meetings until shortly before his death at 106 years of age. During the donation segment at meetings, he would give a dollar (or more!) and say, “I’m still here!”

    President Boland appointed Club member Carl Nettleton as the Chairperson of the Day. Carl extended the speaking invitation to Nancy Gudiño from Cross Border Xpress CBX. Unfortunately, Nancy was not able to join the luncheon and Carl filled in for her after she graciously shared her slide show and notes with him. Carl was familiar with the project and shared insights he had learned as well.

    We hope to see you soon Nancy!

    Club member Chuck Day was at the luncheon and represents Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego. They were a recipient of a SD Kiwanis Club Community Impact Grant in 2020-2021 and Chuck wanted to update the members on how the money was being used to assist families who have sick children and are living at the House. We appreciate all RMHC is doing for children and families in need and is a big reason the SDKC turns out for Red Shoe Day every year! 

    Don’t forget to mark your calendar for the Annual Awards and Installation Luncheon on September 23rd which will feature Brian Krause (Brian Burgundy) and Karina Sousa (Karina Corningstone) as the hosts of the “Anchor Man” themed presentation. You won’t want to miss it!

    Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy - Movie Review - The Austin Chronicle

  • 23 Jul 2021 6:35 PM | Anonymous

    It was a great day on Wednesday, July 20th as the San Diego Kiwanis Club met for their first IN-PERSON luncheon meeting in over 18 months! Spirits were high as members started arriving early for the Annual Meeting of the Club. Warm greetings and hugs were exchanged, and everyone picked out festive leis for the occasion while they caught up with dear friends.

    President Mike Boland rang the official Kiwanis Bell and after establishing a quorum was present he went straight into the meeting agenda for the day where the Annual Meeting minutes of the July 21, 2020, meeting were approved.  Mr. Boland read the slate of the Club Officers and Directors and called for a vote. And there was no suspense as the Club gratefully accepted and voted their affirmation of the presented slate!

    Election of 2021/2022 Club Officers and the Class of 2024 Club Board of Directors

    Mike Boland, President

    Judy Leitner, Immediate Past President

    Susan Day, Vice President

    Karina Sousa, Club Secretary

    Ryan Callan, Club Treasurer

    2022 - Gordon Boerner, Gary Knight

    2023 - Glen Honig, Brian Krause

    2024 - Monica Ball, Justin Frisco

    Welcome to our new and returning members of the Club Board – we appreciate your service!

    With the business portion of the day taken care of it was time to celebrate with more lighthearted subjects. Having just returned from vacation and in the tradition of the Club when you do, President Boland presented a Native American talking stick for the Club Raffle and the bidding was intense from the start!

    While several people bid, it came down to a heated battle between David Jay and Jay Jeffcoat who both wanted the item. In a classy Kiwanis manner, they decided to purchase it for the Club to keep and have at its meetings.  

    Thank you gentlemen!

    And since it was called a “talking stick” and it was time for the Bill’s Bucks portion of the meeting, everyone wanted a chance to hold it while they put in their happy or sad dollars.  


    And since it was called a “talking stick” and it was time for the Bill’s Bucks portion of the meeting, everyone wanted a chance to hold it while they put in their happy or sad dollars.  

    With time for just a quick HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Chuck Day we moved into the final portion of the meeting. 

    Long time member and SUPER Club supporter Dick Shaw was in attendance and was awarded a life-time Honorary Membership in the Club and will not pay dues for the rest of his life! His membership, legal advice, and general support to both the Club and Foundation has been invaluable over many years and the San Diego Kiwanis Club can literally say it wouldn’t be same or even AROUND if not for the efforts of this amazing gentleman. Thank you for your service Dick Shaw!

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