• 23 Dec 2020 2:42 PM | Anonymous

    My Fellow San Diego Kiwanians,

    As we conclude this tumultuous year, I wanted to take a moment to say thank you for all your efforts in continuing the good work of our club. The Holiday Season is a great time to take stock of life’s many struggles, successes, and inevitable changes. Let us also take a moment to be reflective of our good fortune and have pride in our club for a year of courage, adaptability, and bold community impact. We have all had to lean forward into a headwind that has brought the many changes due to the pandemic, and with that each of you has stood for the Kiwanis object of the Golden Rule and primacy to the human and spiritual, rather than the material values of life.

    It has been my great honor to follow in the footsteps of our many great leaders, chief among them Judy Leitner, who swiftly guided our club to a safe harbor in March/April, and to our temporary virtual meeting framework. Let me also acknowledge and thank Karina Sousa, who through her love of this club, and high professional acumen, adapted our on-going club messaging to make for a fun interactive and inspiring platform. Thank you to everyone for responding to the club survey with ideas and suggestions for how best to organize our Teams and efforts for 2021. I speak for myself, the Club, Susan Day, and the Board of Officers, when I say we all look forward to a post COVID-19 reality and getting back to our in-person fun filled meetings! And of course, continuing the good work for our community, as we enter our club’s next century of giving.

    Well, they say we are almost through it. We certainly are through most of the uniqueness that was this year, and now we get to enjoy the simplicity of slowing down prior to entry into another journey filled twelve months. I hope everyone can appreciate how much we were able to accomplish in this year. I am reminded of the Community Impact Grants that were just approved by our great Kiwanis Foundation. With $95,000 committed to ten worthy organizations in just this last month alone, we can rest easy knowing kids throughout our Region will have on-going access to much needed resources. And while this year was tragic and difficult for so many, each and every one of you can take solace having played a vital role in our latest cycle of giving. I want to thank each of you and your families for supporting your efforts to serve our members and the greater community. I also would like to share how grateful I am to work with such an incredible group. You make life’s journey all the better.

    Before I sign off allow me to draw your attention to our dear Bill Gibb’s and his enduring legacy of giving through the Salvation Army. The Bill Gibb’s Annual Memorial Red Kettle campaign would not be complete without the support of our members. As an Aviation Pioneer, Bill introduced so many to the magic of flight, and many more to the magic of community giving. He was one of our greatest Kiwanians and let us not forget his legacy.

    Let's join here with Warm Hearts in Ringing the Red Kettle Bell in Bill’s Memory!

    Please enjoy the coming week to refocus and concentrate on your families and loved ones. That is our purpose and why we are successful in the good work we do. Appreciate the simplicity of the time.

    Happy Holidays and much gratitude to each of you.

    Look forward to bringing in the New Year and helping support Literacy and Mentorship with our friends at “Travelling Stories” during our virtual club luncheon on January 5th, 2021.

    With Warm Regards,

    Mike Boland

    2020-2021 Club President

  • 23 Dec 2020 2:28 PM | Anonymous

    Club members were in fine spirits at their last meeting of the year as President Mike Boland called the meeting to order at 12:00p.m. Monica Ball led the invocation which reminded everyone of the season we are in and the benefits of a grateful spirit. To keep everyone in good humor Club member Lauren Cook sang a new version of a traditional classic with the 12 Days of COVID with members robustly joining in….at least on the choruses!

    President Mike Boland was thrilled to welcome guest speaker and Club fan favorite Andy Carey from the U.S.-Mexico Border Philanthropy Partnership (BPP).

    Andy Carey was named Executive Director of the U.S.-Mexico Border Philanthropy Partnership (BPP) in September 2008. The BPP is a binational membership organization that strengthens individuals and institutions that serve border communities so that they can achieve their individual missions in the region. BPP works to grow community philanthropy, leadership, and cross-border collaboration to increase the human and financial capital needed to address the complex issues facing the region. Since 2008, the BPP has grown to nearly 300 institutional members from across the U.S. and Mexico, training hundreds of civic leaders and dispersing over $150,000 in technical assistance. Additionally, BPP has engaged numerous national and international agencies to educate them about the actual realities and assets of the border region. He also serves as Adjunct Faculty member in the University of San Diego’s School on Leadership and Education Sciences, where he teaches a graduate level course in binational nonprofit management. Prior to joining the BPP, Andy served for 15 years at Kiwanis International. Andy served as a member of the Executive Management Team and was responsible for leading growth initiatives throughout the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe, and the South Pacific and led Kiwanis’ Worldwide Service Project initiative in Latin America to virtually eliminate Iodine Deficiency Disorders. He completed his baccalaureate degree in Political Science and Foreign Language, and his master’s degree in Latin American Studies at Purdue University. Andy is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

    After Andy’s update the Club was challenged by member Monica Ball to keep the spirit of Bill Gibb’s alive with the annual Kiwanis Bill Gibbs Virtual Red Kettle Challenge which honors his 80 years of fundraising for the Salvation Army! You can link to the challenge and donate here:


    Club Member Karina Sousa put together some memories from previous seasons when the Club was able to meet in person. We are all looking forward to seeing each other sometime soon in the New Year.

    Happy Holidays to everyone and a great New Year!

  • 11 Dec 2020 1:34 PM | Anonymous

    On the FIRST day of December the San Diego Kiwanis Club met for their bi-monthly noon meeting and enjoyed true fellowship and friends! President Mike Boland rang in the meeting with the official Kiwanis bell and invited everyone to join in the opening pledge and song. And what a song it was! In a nod to young and old the Club enjoyed the classic seasonal song “Little Drummer” presented as a duet from a 1977 video recording of Bing Crosby and David Bowie. It is too good to miss so we included it here:


    Mr. Boland thanked members who had taken the Club Membership Survey which will help determine the activities and meetings we will have in 2021. At the time of this writing 23 members had participated and we are planning for full everyone to weigh in. Thanks to the following members for their input!

    Alexandra Kritchevsky

    Brian Krause

    Carl Nettleton

    David Gugerty

    David Jay

    Doug Frost

    Gary Knight

    Glen Honig

    Gordon Boerner

    Jim Floros

    Jim Melvin

    Judy Leitner

    Justin Frisco

    Karina Sousa

    Lauren Cook

    Michael Boland

    Monica Ball

    Sally Hazzard

    Shaun McArdle

    Steve Morris

    Susan Day

    Vic Bianchini

    Chairman of the Day, Steve Morris introduced the program for the day which included his colleagues from the San Diego Food Alliance, Geertje Grootenhuis and Tida Infahsaeng. They shared the organization’s mission which is to cultivate a healthy, sustainable, and just food system in San Diego County. While the topic is vast areas of specific change include:

    • Healthy food access
    • Urban agriculture
    • Wasted Food Prevention & Recovery
    • Reducing barriers to farming
    • Sustainable local seafood
    • And a many more.

    It was an eye opener for Club members to realize one of the biggest ways to create a workable food system for all is to focus on waste prevention and recovery. The US is the global leader in food waste as we discard nearly 40 million tons of food each year and we can all contribute to curbing that issue.

    A refrigerator magnet was made available to members (below) and you can get yours by contacting the San Diego Food System Alliance.

    The Club has three December birthdays and celebrated the following members with cheers and good wishes!

    • Sally Hazzard
    • Ricardo Sandoval
    • Judy Leitner

    In case you have not heard we have a competition going on to see which member has the best noon meeting attendance for the year so far. So far, we have FOUR members with perfect attendance. Congrats to Doug Frost, Judy Leitner, Shaun McArdle, and Steve Morris – may the best member reign victorious.

    You can see what happens by joining us on Tuesday, December 15 for our LAST noon meeting of 2020!

  • 18 Nov 2020 3:29 PM | Anonymous
    The San Diego Kiwanis Club was back in form on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 to meet virtually and continue the Thanksgiving celebration. After the Pledge of Allegiance and invocation the group was excited to watch a video from San Diego’s Voices of our City Choir and their rendition of Stand by Me. The Voices of Our City Choir was created in response to the current San Diego housing crisis. Together, through music therapy, choir care, and advocacy, they are transforming the perception and experience of homelessness. Club Members have the opportunity to join their virtual holiday special virtually.


    Elaine Allyn and Natasha Contreras from SDG&E were on hand to talk about rebates and money saving options involved with energy. Elaine is the Energy Efficiency Core program manager and was able to debunk some incorrect facts and about solar and upgraded appliances. Natasha is the Electric Vehicle Customer Engagement Program Manager which sees her and her team out in the community to engage and inform individuals about the savings to be had with an efficient car. Natasha also does her share or myth busting and directly spoke to the concept that potential consumers are scared by the thought of running out of electricity for their vehicle and having nowhere to recharge. She also highlighted a September announcement that will see SDG&E build charging infrastructure for electric buses, trucks, and other vehicles.

    The Club fines portion of the day made some attendees nervous when it was suggested we could raise money by fining members who have yet to complete the Club 2020 Member Survey which has been distributed several times. It was agreed to give everyone ONE more chance and the Club Administrator announced responses were already coming in before the meeting was ended! Member Gordon Boerner announced the newly formed Scripps Ranch Kiwanis Club was promoting a virtual Magic Show and asked everyone to support their efforts. So here you go everyone:

    The meeting ended right on time and we look forward to seeing everyone again on Tuesday, December 1st!

    Watch the full video of the luncheon below! 

  • 9 Nov 2020 2:46 PM | Anonymous

     Thanksgiving month kicked off for the San Diego Kiwanis Club when President Mike Boland rang the opening bell on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. President Boland welcomed members and guests and asked Club Treasurer Ryan Callan to lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Immediate Past President Judy Leitner then gave a warm invocation that set the tone of the meeting. Instead of a live/virtual singer the Club enjoyed a video from Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja, who is an Indonesian American actress well known for her 2018 rendition of the National Anthem. And we could all see why!

    President Boland was eager to welcome guests to the meeting as the first person he greeted was his mother and meeting visitor, Elaine Boland. He also was a happy to acknowledge Carla Camacho from Oceans Discovery Institute who was on hand to report on their recent grant award from the San Diego Kiwanis Club Foundation!

    While October had a plethora of birthdays with 7 members celebrating milestones, this month does not have the same turn out. The sole November birthday member is Brian Krause. Brian thanked everyone for their warm wishes, especially Club Media Officer Karina Sousa who has great photos like the one below at her fingertips.

    The Fines portion of the meeting was next and member Carl Nettleton was called out immediately. He was recently honored by the San Diego Press Club – and did not mention our Club at all! Carl was gracious and agreed to pay $20 – $10 dollars for each award! Congratulations!


    During the following “Bill’s Buck’s” highlight on the agenda, Club members donated money to the Club in honor of their parents, good news and opportunities, past members and some just “because”.

    Karina Sousa has been keeping track of attendance numbers for the Club and declared it time to announce the brand new “Member of the Month” award which will recognize attendance at Club meetings, online socials and volunteer opportunity events. As the drum rolled it was revealed that the first winner was…TWO PEOPLE! Members Steve Morris and Doug Frost tied with their involvement points and will share the honor.

    Ocean Discovery Institute was on hand to talk about the recent grant they received from the San Diego Kiwanis Club Foundation and how it continues their work. The organization uses ocean science to empower young people from underserved urban communities of color to transform their lives, their community, and the world as science and conservation leaders. Working in the San Diego community of City Heights, they provide continuous science opportunities paired with mentoring and the tools to overcome challenges ensuring that young people unlock their potential. Their programs are provided at no cost to students. Ocean Discovery Institute is proud that their students believe that

    A scientist is someone they can be.

    They achieve because of it.

    They lead by entering high-paying STEM fields and making a difference.

    After thanking the presenters President Boland shared upcoming events and opportunities for members and a spontaneous backyard horticulture session took place as meeting attendees asked for and gave advice on residential planting and best practices. Perhaps seeing it was getting out of hand Mr. Boland ended the meeting and encouraged everyone to register for the next three events!

    Watch the full video of the luncheon below! 

  • 21 Oct 2020 4:32 PM | Anonymous

    2020-2021 President Mike Boland rang the bell at 12:03 and the second meeting of October started for the San Diego Kiwanis Club.  Mike welcomed everyone, and member Steve Morris, who recently joined the San Diego Food System Alliance as the Director of Development led the pledge of allegiance.  The invocation was written by Club Member and UPLIFT Board Member Monica Ball who joined the meeting later and was read aloud by President Boland.

    Dear God,

    Today we thank you for bringing us together in Kiwanis as an earthly force for good. We pray for those whose health is compromised by the coronavirus or other health issues and those who have lost loved ones for any reason recently. We pray for our excellent health care workers, first responders, and other public servants who have bravely put themselves in harm’s way to protect us. We pray for those who are suffering from the economic impact of the virus, and for American ingenuity to rise and build back better. We pray to right racial equity wrongs of the past, unlock true opportunity for all and help everyone remember they possess a value & purpose, peace & freedom and joy & strength the world didn’t give them & the world can’t take away. All that comes from you God! We pray You help us love like You love, that means even people that don’t vote like we do.


    After an upbeat version of “Anchors Away” member Karina Sousa reminded everyone about ZOOM etiquette and then it was time to chat with attendees. Getting some “Interclub” vibes going it was great to see Melanie and Jim Nickel from the Ocean Beach Club and hear about their experience so far in 2020. The Nickels started OB’s popular Kite Festival which is traditionally held in the Spring and was eventually cancelled this year due to COVID-19.  The OB Club is only a few years away from their centennial anniversary and we are looking forward to hearing more about it in the future.  It was also nice to meet several of Club Vice President Susan Day’s colleagues from the Burn Institute including Leilani Stone, Loretta Turner and Tesa Haviland.

    Ms. Sousa reminded everyone that Club Members are “encouraged” to make a donation to the Club each year on their birthdays and offered up the October birthday list for a second time!

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

    President Boland had to start the fines portion of the day be giving himself one for the wrong baseball attire as well as having a barking dog in the background. Who doesn’t these days? But the Club accepted his money and was glad to have it! Glen Honig had to leave early so he accepted a fine and others chimed in with theirs as well.

    When it came to Happy Dollars Immediate Past President Judy Leitner put money in the pot for her niece’s recent engagement and Joe Sigurdson put $20 happy dollars in for the work Boys To Men is still doing during COVID-19. He shared photos of volunteers putting up yurts on the agency campground with money provided by the San Diego Kiwanis Club Foundation. He was excited to share their efforts and promised to report back on their progress.


    Members were encouraged to fill out the membership survey which has been emailed to everyone. We would really like everyone to participate in the quick questionnaire which helps the Board shape the meetings and activities that the Club takes on.  Karina Sousa shared that in the future there will be prizes for the most meetings attended as well as special socials and other Club volunteer and service opportunities.

    At 12:45 President Boland welcomed Eli Strait, RN, BSN, CCRN who is the Burn Program Manager for the UCSD Burn Center.  The first thing Eli shared with the group was exactly what NOT to put on a burn. And some of the home remedies we heard from our families are not as helpful as we thought. In fact, most home remedies will do more harm than good.

    Eli shared information about the work done at the Burn Center because unfortunately, burn injuries continue to be one of the leading causes of unintentional death and injury in the US. And more tragically children and disabled individuals are especially vulnerable to burn injuries. It was tough to hear that over 70% of scalding burns in children are preventable. 

    We appreciate Eli joining us and educating the Club on a little discussed topic and thank member Susan Day at the San Diego Burn Institute for setting up the meeting.

    After some quick housekeeping items and reminders for upcoming meetings the Mr. Boland rang the bell at 1:29 pm and the meeting adjourned.

    Watch the full video of the meeting below! 

  • 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! 

  • 22 Sep 2020 5:25 PM | Anonymous

    President Judy Leitner brought the San Diego Kiwanis Club’s Annual Installation meeting to order for the last time as the 2019-2020 President. Members and attendees were in a great mood as they anticipated the fun to be provided by Brian Krause and Karina Sousa with their second annual “Anchorman” themed awards and presentations.

    Incoming 2020-2021 President Mike Boland led the Pledge of Allegiance and Steve Morris provided the invocation before President Leitner was invited back to the podium and recognized as a two-time Kiwanis President, past Foundation President, past Laurels for Leaders President, and past Division 11 Lieutenant Governor. Judy shared how honored she was to lead the Club during its 100th Anniversary and highlighted some events from the year which was difficult and rewarding at the same time.

    Mayor Faulconer sent a video of the proclamation that he issued in honor of the Club’s special day and then it was time for birthdays. Mr. Krause greeted each birthday member with some personalized zingers for each member.

    September Member Birthdays:

    •  Tom Bauer
    •   Jim Floros
    •  Claire LeBeau
    •  Carl Nettleton

    Claire LeBeau from STARPAL received a Distinguished Service Award for 2019-2020 and was thanked for her work on the Environmental Committee. Fellow September birthday buddy Carl Nettleton was honored with a Community Service Award which was much deserved.

    Justin Frisco was happy to honor member Jim Melvin with his 45-year Kiwanis Legion of Honor Pin. Jim is a great asset to the Club and recruited both Judy Leitner and Justin himself to join the Club.

    Justin Frisco was honored for his continued service to the San Diego Kiwanis Club Foundation which he served as President in 2018-2019 in addition to recognizing David Jay for his efforts as a Trustee and Board Secretary. Chuck Day and Steve Morris were also praised for their efforts to continue the legacy and financial soundness of the Foundation.

    Doug Frost presented member Charlie Coleman with the Kiwanis Tablet of Honor and thanked him for his years of service to the Club in a variety of needed roles.

    The hosts recognized other prominent Kiwanians who contributed in a significant manner to the Club during the first 100 years highlighting:  Bill Gibbs, Walt Zitlau, Junior Todd, Ed Meese Tim O’Reilly, John Kizer, Gene Auerbach, Ethel, Corrinne, Conny Jamison, Norma Trost, and Charley Kakos who still has a day named after him here in town!

    Karina Sousa was thrilled to present the William A. Dunlap Fellowship Award to Shawn McArdle and also took a moment to give him his 20-year Legion of Honor Pin!  Shaun is a beloved Club member and always ready for fun.

    Although District Secretary Mark McDonald was in attendance hosts Brian and Karina sidelined him and decided to install the 2020-2021 Board themselves. They thanked outgoing members for their service:

    President                               Judy Leitner

    Immediate Past President  Brian Krause

    Vice President                      Mike Boland

    Club Secretary                      Karina Sousa

    Club Treasurer                     Ryan Callan

    Class of 2020                        Susan Day

                                                    Danny Williams

    Class of 2021                        Joe Sigurdson

                                                    Jennifer Lim

    Class of 2022                        Sally Hazzard

                                                  Gary Knight

    And then immediately ushered the 2020-2021 Board into place with an oath and proclamation.

    President       Mike Boland

    Immediate Past President  Judy Leitner

    Vice President          Susan Day

    Club Secretary          Gary Knight

    Club Treasurer         Ryan Callan

    2021   Alexandra Kritchevsky

                Heather Robinson

    2022   Sally Hazzard

                Karina Sousa

    2023   Glen Honig

                Brian Krause

    Brian Krause honored 12-year Kiwanian Ryan Callan for his ongoing service to the Club as a past president and more recently the Club Treasurer. Mr. Callan was presented with a Hixon Fellowship Award and thanked the Club for its confidence in him.

    Newly installed President Mike Boland took a few moments to share his vision for the next year and the future of the Club which featured a theme of the "2nd Century of Service". He was presented with a Distinguished Service Award and thanked everyone for contributing their time and energy.

    After announcements and “Bill’s Bucks” which are staples of every meeting, the meeting wound down as Club Secretary, Foundation Trustee and Kiwanis Expert Karina Sousa was awarded a Hixon Fellowship for her enormous efforts on behalf of the Club. THANK YOU, KARINA!

    Then, with instructions to “Stay Classy San Diego” the meeting was adjourned, and everyone zoomed off.

    See you next time on October 6th!

    Watch the amazing performance by Brian Burgundy + Karina Corningstone below! 

  • 1 Sep 2020 1:23 PM | Anonymous
    The San Diego Kiwanis Club had a big day on September 1st as it celebrated its 100th Anniversary year and welcomed San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer. Natalie Armenta from High Tech High led the pledge and Club member Gordon Boerner from US Bank followed with the invocation. President Leitner had the pleasure of welcoming multiple guests to the meeting which had over 65 attendees!

    Guests included:

    • CNH Kiwanis District Secretary, Mark McDonald
    • Division 11 Lt. Governor Gary Trieschman
    • Members from the Grantville-Allied Gardens - George & Kathy Butterstein, Alan Young, Anne Rosser, and Joe Utschig
    • Members from the Scripps Ranch Kiwanis Club Craig Bratlien, Tom/Lynn Bilotta, Ken Dubowski, and Holt Mebane
    • Members from the Ocean Beach Kiwanis Melanie and Jim Nickel
    • CNH District Co-Chair and Hidden Valley Kiwanis Club member Dave Schmitt
    • And past Laurels for Leaders President and Kiwanis member Sean Puckett

    President Leitner highlighted the Centennial Year Grant Funding that was issued by the Club and Foundation and included a $55,000 grant to the YMCA/Camp Marston facility as well as $50,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of San Diego. Tom Madeyski, Executive Director of the San Diego YMCA Camps spoke to the group and thanked them for their contribution which allowed the pool to be completely refurbished and upgraded. He was quick to point out that it was a full-circle project as the San Diego Kiwanis Club provided the initial funds which built the pool over 50-years ago.

    Other grant recipients were recognized including the Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego ($20,000), the San Diego Food Bank ($20,000), STARPAL ($12,500) the San Diego Burn Institute ($4,150) and the New Children’s Museum ($3,000).

    Mayor Faulconer joined the meeting to congratulate the Club on their 100th year Anniversary and thanked the organization for its many contribution to the San Diego community during its long existence. He was complimentary of the work done by Kiwanis International, but especially the San Diego Kiwanis Club and its long history of philanthropy and volunteer service to the people of the region. 

    The Club closed out the meeting with lively discussion and a touching “Thank You” video from Monarch School who wanted to express their gratitude to the Club for their many years of service to the school and its children.

    Kids DO need Kiwanis!

    Watch the live proclamation from our San Diego Mayor below! 

  • 18 Aug 2020 12:36 PM | Anonymous

    The San Diego Kiwanis Club continued its streak of great meetings on August 18 as it welcomed guest speakers from SAY San Diego. President Judy Leitner rang the bell and after a patriotic song and sincere invocation for the nation – the meeting took off. Club Secretary and “Fun Chair” Karina Sousa offered this icebreaker to the group:

    What is your favorite Quarantine Snack?

    The answers were varied with Joe Sigurdson swearing by his fried egg sandwiches while others went for items like chips, popcorn, and pretzels. John Rush mentioned his favorite peanut butter pretzels from Trader Joe’s which also provides the tai chili lime cashews that Karina has been enjoying. And you can never go wrong with Costco who sells Pub Mix and the giant jalapeno and garlic olives that Glen Honig is fond of. The big take away was that no one was eating particularly healthy! We will need to schedule another virtual workout meeting if lockdown continues.

    President Leitner moved the agenda into the fines and Bill’s Bucks portion of the day and immediately called out Club member Steve Morris. Steve recently got engaged and did not tell anyone! Steve graciously took his punishment and contributed his cash.

    The group was saddened to hear that longtime Kiwanian and San Diegan restaurant owner, John Pernicano had passed away due to cancer complications. Mark McDonald, Cal-Nev-Ha District of Kiwanis Executive Director remembered him fondly saying:

    “John was full of life; he would come to the Downtown Club and every one of those people knew him. He would come down often and bring his squeeze box (accordion) and a tuba player and play music. It was all those little things … you just laughed, just loved it. He was famous for his fundraisers at his restaurant. He would say, ‘I’ll sell the beverages at the bar, you can have all the pasta you want. I will donate the pasta.’”

    He will be missed.

    SAY San Diego took over the screen to share about their organization and speaker Lizzy Hurd’s focus at the organization and its partnerships and services which address the comprehensive needs of the entire individual or family rather than focusing on one symptom or problem. She is a community organizer for their project which is the North City Prevention Coalition (NCPC) which is designed to program is designed to help prevent youth alcohol and other drug use.

    After her presentation she took questions from the group which included:

    Q: Does income level relate in any way to overdose deaths? Unfortunately, the answer was that opioid related deaths are associated with living in poverty. A stunning statistic showed that people who are living in poverty were almost 2 times more likely to have an opioid related death.

    Judge Vic Bianchini asked if Narcan (an opioid overdose reversal medication) has a shelf life and was happy to find it can be used for three years after the date of issue.

    The meeting wrapped up and adjourned at 1:30 with everyone looking forward to the September 1st meeting with Mayor Kevin Faulconer.

    View the full video of the meeting below!

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