• 24 Jun 2021 11:54 AM | Anonymous

    The San Diego Kiwanis Club did not have its usual first Tuesday meeting in June due to Memorial Day, so it really made the SECOND Tuesday lunch count with a great speaker, guests, and activities! President Mike Boland opened the meeting shortly after 12:00 pm with the ringing of the official Kiwanis bell. Club member Gordon Boerner presented the invocation which set the tone for the rest of the meeting.

    Guests Mary Darling from SDSU was welcomed and she thanked the Club for their continued “Aztec Zeal” as the stadium site continues its construction project. Gordon stepped back in to introduce his guest Sanam Charlton, who is the Youth Services Managing Coordinator with Just in Time for Foster Youth.

    President Boland handed the gavel to Chairperson of the day – Judy Leitner who was thrilled to introduce her guests and the speaker for the day from Mana De San Diego. Samantha Jimenez, who is the Executive Administrative Assistant for the organization was in place to assist with the technical aspects of the presentation for Executive Director, Dr. Inez González Perezchica. 

    Dr. Perezchica told the Club more about Mana De San Diego which began in 1986, when five insightful local Latinas recognized the significant need for a unifying force – a strong Latina voice advocating for a greater Latina presence and a deeper Latina involvement in the educational, economic, political, and social arenas.

    Those pioneering and resourceful women created that unifying force and voice by establishing the San Diego Chapter of MANA, a national Latina organization whose mission is to empower Latinas through education, leadership development, advocacy, and community service.

    MANA short for “Hermana”, the Spanish word for sister, is a dynamic sisterhood of Latinas bound together by common history, culture, language, and goals.

    Eri Nall joined the meeting to talk about what is being done and continues to be done with the funds from the San Diego Kiwanis Club grant award. Eri has been a Counselor with the San Diego Unified School District for over 15 years and had a lot to say. She zoomed in from a classroom and walked the members through the different programs, resources and materials that have been provided in the last 12-months by the Club as well as pointing out other curriculum items that have been gifted in the past. The Club could not be happier with what she is doing to help the children of San Diego.

    If Club members missed recent events they are probably sad. Mike Boland was happy to share that the in-person Summer Social at Karina Sousa’s place in Crown Point was a wild success with 20 current and prospective Club members rotating in and out of the meet-up. Thank you to Karina for her gracious hosting!

    The fines, and happy/sad dollars were next with a few members being called out. Jay Jeffcoat seems to be quite the man about town with a video clip from a local news station being shown of Jay discussing the Padres. There was no mention of the Club, so he was asked to pony up some cash. Which he did willingly!

    The Club also saw photo of its NEWEST member (we hope) baby Scotty West LeBeau who was welcomed by parents Claire and Grant on May 30th and while we will not show it here for privacy reasons – she is an amazingly cute baby! Congrats to the LeBeau’s!

    We will take July 6th off due to the Independence Day Holiday and see everyone back IN PERSON at the Club’s Annual Meeting on July 20th at the Bali Hai Restaurant.

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  • 20 May 2021 5:46 PM | Anonymous

    Club President Mr. Mike Boland opened the meeting and after the pledge and invocation the tone was set nicely by a great video from Kiwanis International. Follow THIS LINK for the reason WHY we ALL work so hard for children!

    President Boland recognized the Bonita Kiwanis Club who had members at the meeting for an Interclub and Bonita President Peter Matz introduced his crew and highlighted some of their activities. Mr. Boland then handed the reins over to the Chairperson for the day, Judy Leitner. Judy was thrilled to introduce Gaidi Finnie, the Executive Director of the San Diego African American Museum of Fine Art.

    Mr. Finnie shared the purpose of the museum and how the contributions of African Americans to the art world is well documented. He is excited about new opportunities to experience some of the best art the country has produced. The SDAAMFA features art that is original, thought-provoking, interesting, and most of all a little something for everyone.

    The newest offering is the "Say Their Names" Memorial Exhibit which is a memorial honoring persons who have died at the hands of those perpetuating injustice and systemic racism. This grassroots exhibit had its start in Portland Oregon and is an outgrowth of the protest that took place nationwide in 2020. The informal outcry is now an organization called the "Say Their Names Memorial" In San Diego, the exhibit will also recognize local Civil Rights advocates who have worked to level the playing field. While the "Say Their Names" exhibit has been shown in over 25 cities. This is the first exhibition south of Los Angeles County.

    During the BILL$ Buck$ portion of the meeting the Club took in some hefty happy and sad dollars with Gordon Boerner paying handsomely for missing the previous SDSU luncheon presentation. And he calls himself an Aztec?

    In case anyone had forgotten it was Membership Month we shared highlights and upcoming opportunities for the Club.

    Everyone was excited to be reminded about the IN-PERSON SOCIAL coming up on Friday, 21st and attendance registrations have surged. We cannot wait to be in person for some laughs and stories by the beach. Thanks to Karina Sousa for hosting us!

    Just a reminder to everyone that we have two “NO MEETING” Tuesdays coming up so make a note.

  • 7 May 2021 4:57 PM | Anonymous

    The Zoom Room was abuzz on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, as the Club got ready to welcome Gina Jacobs, the Associate Vice President for the SDSU Mission Valley Development. President Mike Boland rang the bell and members took part in the pledge of allegiance.

    After Mike reminded everyone that May is MEMBERSHIP month for us, Club member Lauren Cook read the invocation:

    With are friends beside us and no person beneath us, with the bonds of Kiwanis between us and our worries behind us, with our goals before us, and no task beyond us, with a thirst for knowledge, and a dream of a disease-free world, we are thankful for our Kiwanis friends and the meeting we are about to have. Let us offer thanks for our circumstances and blessings for one another and for absent friends.

    Jay Jeffcoat was appointed the chairperson of the day and there was no one more suitable to introduce Ms. Jacobs. While Mr. Jeffcoat thanked her for her efforts on the behalf of the University he took the moment to sneak in some SDSU sports references as well. Gina’s full bio can be found in full HERE.

    Ms. Jacobs thanked everyone for their well wishes upon her return to speak to the club. She noted that SDSU is in the process of tearing down the old MV stadium will working simultaneously on a smaller (35,000 person) venue. The University is hopeful that it will be completed in time for the 2022 football season in the fall of next year. Gina noted that the site is more than a stadium and will also include residential units, office and research space, shops space, parks and recreational areas and an Innovation Center.

    The club was excited to find they were seeing the new slide show before most others and had a lot of questions about how things would ultimately look. One thing is clear, everyone is eagerly awaiting the grand opening.

    After noting the May Birthdays, members took a moment to give happy or sad dollars (Bill$ Buck$) in honor of feted Club member Bill Gibbs who attended meetings until shortly before his death at 106 and always gave money to the Club because he was still ALIVE!

    Club Engagement Director Karina Sousa contributed $100 considering her upcoming birthday and time spent in the Club while other where thankful for trips, acts of service, and even their own organizations. After collecting funds, we welcomed Connor Leone from ECOLIFE who thanked the Club for its recent gift that allows them to continue their work with aquaponic indoor fish tanks that provide food for children. More info HERE

    After member news and a review of upcoming events Mr. Boland rang the bell to end the meeting. Everyone is encouraged to register for the Tuesday, May 18th event which will feature the San Diego African American Museum of Fine Art and their traveling exhibit, Say Their Names which will be coming to the Martin Luther King Promenade in July 2021.

  • 27 Apr 2021 2:33 PM | Anonymous

    Tuesday, April 20th was a big day for the San Diego Kiwanis Club as it took some “me” time and concentrated on Club opportunities and elements which might have been forgotten while we dealt with a global pandemic.

    Club President Mike Boland opened the meeting and thanked everyone for being there on day set aside to refresh. We were honored to have Jeremy Alexander from the Salvation Army with us, and he gave a lovely invocation. We hope to see more of Jeremy in the future…perhaps as a member? Afterwards Mr. Boland invited Club member Justin Frisco to take over duties as the Chairman of the Day.

    Justin was happy to introduce Bernard Mauricia from Oncology and Kids, which is an organization that provides safe spaces for children affected by cancer and their families to create lasting memories, forge lifelong friendships, and build the resiliency they need to heal. They are a recipient of a Kiwanis Club of San Diego Community Impact Grant and Justin was a supporter of their application. Bernard thanked the club for their support and told us how the money would be used to support children.

    Club Program Director Karina Sousa took the reins and highlighted upcoming birthdays in addition to events and the upcoming Governor’s visit. The Club’s member survey is still being circulated and if you have not submitted yours – you have another chance. SURVEY HERE

    The Club then took time to discuss and highlight volunteer opportunities, committee assignments and most of all Club membership as we move into the possibility of more, in person events.

    We hope to see everyone on Tuesday, April 4th for our session: SDSU Mission Valley: Built for San Diego with Gina Jacobs!

    See you soon! 

  • 8 Apr 2021 1:37 PM | Anonymous
    The San Diego Kiwanis Club was ready for April when President Boland rang in the meeting on April 6, 2021. With a packed house, he lost no time in inviting everyone to settle themselves and led the Club in the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a timely invocation.

    Mr. Boland welcomed guests including Michelle Castillo with San Diego State University and recognized Club member Sally Hazzard who recently moved to Palm Springs and is still joining the group via ZOOM. Mike called on Club Board Director Gordon Boerner to introduce the day’s special speakers. Gordon was thrilled for the Club to meet Jennifer Telitz and Caitlin Radigan from Just in time for Foster Youth, whose mission is to engage a caring community to help transition age foster youth achieve self-sufficiency and well-being.

    As the Investor Relations Manager, Ms. Telitz was able to highlight the programs and funding that JIT is involved with and its impact on the community. Ms. Radigan wrapped it up by sharing her experience both as a foster youth as well as the current Investor Outreach Specialist. The presentation was excellent and reminded members that the Kiwanis mission is to serve the children of the world.

    President Boland thanked our guest speakers and invited them to stay for the remainder of the meeting if they had the time or inclination – which they did!

    Karina Sousa, the Club’s Program Director posted the tally for March events and there was a three-way tie for perfect attendance! And let’s be clear – the tally includes member meetings, service events and socials. For the month of March, we can congratulate Gordon Boerner, Doug Frost, and jay Jeffcoat for their dedication to the Club and its events. Thank you Gentlemen!

    While Mr. Boerner was feeling rather good about his efforts for the Club, Ms. Sousa moved the meeting along to the “FINES” portion of the day. Club members that receive community recognition and don’t mention the San Diego Kiwanis Club are always found and fined. This month one only had to flip through the pages of Giving Back Magazine to find a few familiar faces!

    Club members Jim Floros and Gordon Boerner received some nice coverage but there was not a mention of Kiwanis to be found!

    Ms. Sousa reminded everyone that the Club’s socials are fun and shouldn’t be missed. A fact proven by photos from the in-person Social at the Kaiserhof in Ocean Beach at the end of March.

    After happy and sad dollars and a preview of upcoming meetings and activities the Club called their meeting to an end. Everyone is encouraged to follow the Club’s Facebook page and interact with posts!

  • 26 Mar 2021 3:55 PM | Anonymous

    Club members showed up early on Tuesday, March 16 and by the time President Mike Boland rang the bell it was just two minutes past noon and everyone was ready to go! After the Pledge and Invocation, Mr. Boland welcomed guests which included Lieutenant Jeremy Alexander from the Salvation Army as well as Holt Mebane from the Scripps Ranch Kiwanis Club. Congrats to Holt as well as our own Club member Gordon Boerner for recently forming the Scripps Ranch Club. We think this count as your first Interclub!

    San Diego residents are hugely interested in the Port of San Diego and any waterfront plans so everyone was eager to hear from guest speaker Michael Brown. Some facts on him:

    Michael Brown joined the Port of San Diego as the Vice President of Marketing & Communications in July 2019 and oversees the Marketing & Communications and Parks & Recreation Departments. Brown’s career is divided between the private and public sectors. His private sector experience includes FleishmanHillard with Starbucks, Nike, Savannah College of Art & Design, Georgia Natural Gas, and Oregon State University’s College of Engineering as clients. In the public sector, Brown served as a political appointee in the Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and George W. Bush administrations. Most recently, he was the chief marketing officer for the City of Norfolk, Virginia.

    The Port of San Diego manages San Diego Bay and 34 miles of its natural waterfront for the people of California. The Port was established in 1962 under the Port Act and is charged with implementing the Tidelands Trust Doctrine. For over fifty years, the Port's five member cities - Chula Vista, Coronado, Imperial Beach, National City and San Diego - have worked together to develop and promote commerce, navigation, recreation and fisheries on and around San Diego Bay. Self-funded, the Port contributes billions annually to San Diego’s economy, benefiting the community, local businesses and employees.

    Michael’s 33 slide power point presentation highlighted the local assets as well as current plans to expand and preserve key areas of the waterfront. Many listening to the presentation were surprised to find that the roughly one out of every 10 imported vehicles in the US comes in through our National City terminal. And, that the largest portion of the port’s commerce is bananas!

    We appreciated the information as well as Michael sticking around to take questions from the members on an updated waterfront master plan, the new pier leases, when big ship cruising would resume and what is happening to our dear Maritime Museum.

    Check the website for our upcoming events but don’t miss our IN PERSON SOCIAL on Wednesday, March 31st at Kaiserhof in Ocean Beach.

    Be sure to subscribe to our Kiwanis YouTube Channel as well as following us on Facebook. See you next on Tuesday April 6, 2021 with our special guest Just in Time for Foster Youth.

  • 12 Mar 2021 3:34 PM | Anonymous

    President Mike Boland started March with a bang by starting the meeting RIGHT at noon on March 2nd 2021! After the Pledge of Allegiance, Mr. Boland shared and Irish Blessing in honor of the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day holiday.

    After a few housekeeping items Mike kicked it over to Chairperson of the day – Steve Morris to introduce the Kiwanis Scholarship awardees who were on hand to receive recognition. It has become a tradition to talk with the scholars about their journey through higher education and the experiences they’ve had and despite being virtual, the students all shared their personal stories. While many acknowledged that school hasn’t been easy during the COVID pandemic, they all found bright areas of learning and educational experiences to highlight and share with the Club.

    This one time a write up just isn’t enough to do their words justice so we encourage to watch their video from the meeting which is on our YouTube channel.

    March 2, 2021 Scholars Luncheon

    While the scholars took a break we had a moment to recognize the ONLY Club Birthday in March which is non other than JOE SIGURDSON! 

    Be sure to subscribe to our Kiwanis YouTube Channel as well as following us on Facebook. See you next on Tuesday March 16, 2021 with Michael Brown from the Port of San Diego!

  • 2 Feb 2021 3:21 PM | Anonymous

    The first San Diego Kiwanis club meeting of February was called to order at 12:04 on Tuesday the 2nd by President Mike Boland. Once the Invocation was completed he welcomed Chairperson of the day Club member Brian Krause who has a long-standing relationship with KPBS. But first, David Jay introduced Darian Bennett and Shelli Brown from Rady Children’s Hospital to tell us what they’ve being doing after being awarded grant funds from the San Diego Kiwanis Club & Foundation. Darian and Shelli took a few moments to talk about what they were able to accomplish with the resources given through the recent grant and thank the Club again for their generosity.

    Chairman Krause introduced Nancy Worlie who is the interim general manager for KPBS. She has been with KPBS for 17 years. She served as the associate general manager for content & communications for five years prior to being named general manager. In this role she managed news, programming, public and media relations, events, government relations, human resources, and strategic planning.

    As Nancy is a SDSU alumni like many Club members she was welcomed with open arms and thanked for the service KPBS provides to the region. Ms. Worlie thanked the Club for its interest and support and reminded everyone that KPBS news serves the people of the San Diego region with trustworthy, in-depth information that allows the community to hold its leaders accountable. They show how global and local current affairs change lives, and how San Diego changes the world. She reiterated that KPBS tells its stakeholders more than just what is happening – they tell you why its happening.

    Be sure to subscribe to our Kiwanis YouTube Channel as well as following us on Facebook. See you next on Tuesday March 2, 2021 with our Annual Scholars Luncheon!

  • 22 Jan 2021 2:47 PM | Anonymous

    President Mike Boland welcomed Club members to the meeting and after the Pledge of Allegiance shared the following thought as an invocation:

    The Club was excited to again welcome guests including several Interclub attendees in addition to Lt. Governor Gary Trieshman. After networking and sharing,  Club and Foundation member Steve Morris stepped in as Chairperson of the day with the first order of business to introduce our guest speaker Sidd Vivek from Junior Achievement of San Diego County.

    Mr. Vivek is the President and CEO of of Junior Achievement Vivek after joining the agency in 2019. He held various positions over the past eleven years at the YMCA of San Diego County and last served them as director of strategic partnerships. Prior to joining the YMCA, Vivek held multiple leadership positions in Washington, D.C., focusing on education policy and the intersection of government, industry and community-based organizations.

    Sid shared that Junior Achievement’s mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed. He further explained that much of their success comes from community volunteers who not only deliver our lessons, but share their experience. Young people leave about the importance of education, as well as critical life skills. Preparation involves JA’s proven lessons that promote financial capability, work and career readiness, and business ownership.

    The San Diego Kiwanis Club established Laurels for Leaders 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 leadership, For the first time in its 63-year history it will be held virtually rather than in person.

    Be sure to subscribe to our Kiwanis YouTube Channel as well as following us on Facebook. See you next on Tuesday February 2, 2021 with Nancy Worlie from KPBS!  

  • 14 Jan 2021 1:51 PM | Anonymous

    President Mike Boland welcomed the Club to a new year on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 and led the Pledge of Allegiance with members following along on Zoom. Mr. Boland gave the invocation and welcomed five guests from the Granville-Allied Gardens Club who were attending as an Interclub. We always love having Clubs visit and the Butterstein’s are favorites!

    After reminding attendees that the meeting was being streamed live on Facebook he welcomed Club Vice President Susan Day as the Chairperson of the day. Ms. Day spoke briefly about a local non-profit that had been invited to speak and how impressed she was with their mission and then welcomed Emily Moberly, the founder of Traveling Stories.

    Emily started off by asking all attendees to share their favorite book and it was interesting to hear what publication Club members and guests held near and dear to their hearts. The replies were broad ranging and it was equally as fascinating to hear the story behind the book choice as it was the title itself. Ms. Moberly shared her story as a teacher in Honduras where she asked a group of students to tell her their favorite books. And in a group the size of the Kiwanis club only one student raised their hand. Which began Emily’s lifetime passion to bring stories and reading to children around the globe.

    President Boland moved into the next portion of the meeting which included welcoming two SD Kiwanis Community Funding Grant Recipients with Kaye Kelley from the Home of Guiding Hands and Lauren Welch from Urban Corps of San Diego. Both organizations were recent recipients of funding from the San Diego Kiwanis Club & Foundation and took a few moments to update members on how the resources were being used to help children.

    There are two club members with January birthdays and President Boland is one of them while joining him is longtime member Drue Jordan! While Mike determined just how much money he owned in fines Club members donated cash in honor of Bill Gibbs. Bill lived to be 106 years old and attended luncheons until the end where he would donate a dollar and say, “I’m Still here!” Members gave in honor of a retirement, a new job, a former mentor, the Laurels for Leaders Society, and a variety of other worthy items.

    After announcements and updates the Club dispersed and the planning continued for more upcoming meetings and events.

    Be sure to subscribe to our Kiwanis YouTube Channel as well as following us on Facebook. See you next on Tuesday, January 19th with Sidd Vivek from Junior Achievement.

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