• 3 Jun 2020 12:43 PM | Anonymous

    The San Diego Kiwanis Club celebrated yet another FIRST as it hosted a VIRTUAL Online Cheese Tasting for the first meeting of the month.  Club members and guests who signed up before the event were able to secure a specially made cheese plate from Vennissimo Cheese. The self-titled San Diego “Home of Cheese” put together 35 cheese plates for Club members who picked them up ahead of the Tuesday meeting!

    President Judy Leitner welcomed the group with the ringing of the bell and led the pledge of allegiance. The Club moved through the invocation and songs with obvious enthusiasm and anticipation of the upcoming presentation. There were numerous guests including Brittany Beisner, June Frost, Joyce Gattas, Emily Krause, Sue Varga, Laura Schumache and Theo Shreve-Russell who dialed in from Orange County!

    The Club once again shared their ups and down during “Bill’s Bucks” and raised over $200 for the Club. We have 5 birthdays in June:

    6/7 - David Jay

    6/11 - Jennifer Lim

    6/12 - Eldon Thompson

    6/13 - Ryan Callan

    6/18 - Justin Frisco

    Club Member Monica Ball gave an update on her organization UPLIFT and how they were faring during COVID-19 and everyone was happy to hear about the positives as the organization serves a very vulnerable population of San Diego.

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    Finally, the big moment had arrived and President Leitner welcomed Rob Graff, also known as “RobbyG Professor McCheese” to walk the group through the selections that had been prepared. The plate featured four cheeses with various accoutrements including fruit, crackers, nuts, and herbs.  The professor circled the plate and highlighted all the tastings and pairings available that day and gave a detailed explanation, history, and best practices for tasting.

    It was heaven! Although the Club was reticent to quit all things must come to and end and the meeting adjourned at 1:30. We are looking forward to welcoming Bill Toone from ECOLIFE Conservation on June 16th!

  • 20 May 2020 12:01 PM | Anonymous

    The San Diego Kiwanis Club finished off May with a great meeting and an eye toward wellness. Club President Judy Leitner welcomed everyone on time and went straight into the Pledge of Allegiance. Club Secretary Karina Sousa shared a meaningful invocation that was especially timely and fitting for our current world.

    The Club participated in a quick refresher on ZOOM etiquette and welcomed guests to the meeting including Christy Boland, who IS related to Mike, and Joanna Luz from the Point Loma Kiwanis Club. Mr. Boland highlighted Club members Greg Maginn from Cal State Games and Alexandra Kritchevsky from the New Children’s Museum who were joining for the first time since the quarantine hit.

    Bill’s Bucks raised over $300 dollars as club members put in donations for various reasons including renewed work opportunities and small blessings brought by current circumstances. Secretary Sousa shared Club Tidings from 1995 and there were some surprising names and facts!

    Mike welcomed special presenter Isabel Lorimer who is the Director of Community Fitness for Fitness Together Rancho Bernardo. Isabel went through some basic wellness facts and best practices and then asked everyone to get out of their chairs.  She led the group through general stretching and breathing exercises for all levels of movement and demonstrated how they should look and feel for participants. After 20 minutes of exercise she took questions and agreed to send the stretches and other suggestions to the Club for future use.

    The meeting adjourned at 1:30. Please joins us on June 2nd for a Virtual Cheese Tasting from Venissimo Cheese!

  • 5 May 2020 8:32 PM | Anonymous

    The San Diego Kiwanis Club kept the momentum on a roll with another great Virtual Luncheon Meeting on Tuesday, May 5th. The Cinco De Mayo vibes were flowing with several members featuring themed video backgrounds and vibrant regional clothing! President Judy Leitner welcomed guests with the ringing of the bell and Jay Jeffcoat led the pledge of allegiance. Susan Day focused the meeting with an invocation and the introductions began!

    President Leitner welcomed members guests Lauren Welch from Urban Corp as well as Jarabe Mexicana lead singer Gustavo Alcoser. Club members were disappointed they were unable to proceed with the annual Balboa Park Cinco De Mayo celebration as planned but were grateful that Gustavo was online to make sure we had a portion of the concert. Birthdays were featured with members Karina Sousa, Mark McDonald and Eric Wever all celebrating in the month of May. 


    Bill’s Bucks always takes place mid-meeting and this time was no exception. During this portion of the meeting, members can update the group on current events in their lives as well as work and community updates while making a contribution to the general fund. Did you know you can donate to the Club at ANY time? It is true! Just visit the SD Kiwanis website and press the “DONATIONS” link.

    President Leitner announced the winner of the best Cinco De Mayo themed Zoom window and Karina Sousa took home the big prize. Everyone looked great but she stood out!

    Doug Frost shared some “Tidings” news from the past – though some things have not changed!

    David Brown from the San Diego Sherriff’s Department updated the group on current law enforcement efforts during COVID-19 and how the pandemic has changed many of their day-to-day practices. He shared statistics and information on where to go for community resources. After a question and answer session Judy Leitner thanked Mr. Brown for his time and prepped to close the meeting. Before everyone left, she shared that today’s meeting was in Memoriam for long time Club member Ron Monroe.

    Check the Kiwanis calendar for upcoming events and we hope to see you soon!

  • 21 Jan 2020 11:04 AM | Anonymous

    You missed a great Club Meeting on Tuesday, January 21st! We welcomed an interclub from the Anaheim Kiwanis Club, heard from Aztec Marching Drum Line Students and accepted fines and Happy Dollars from Club Members. Join us on Tuesday, February 4th as we welcome and honor local law enforcement professionals. Aren't a member yet? Join us for a meeting - the first luncheon is on us!

  • 23 Jul 2019 3:01 PM | Anonymous

    Minutes of the Annual Meeting of the General Membership of the

    San Diego Kiwanis Club

    July 16, 2019


    The meeting was called to order at 12:34 p.m. by Secretary Karina Sousa.

    A quorum of members was determined to be present.


    A motion was made and seconded to approve the minutes of the May 18,2018 Annual Meeting as submitted, which passed unanimously.


    The following Members, having been nominated by the Nominating Committee and in accordance with the Club Bylaws, were elected unanimously by the Members present, following a motion and second, to serve as the Officers of the Club, for 2019-2020:

    Judy Leitner, President

    Brian Krause, Immediate Past President

    Mike Boland, Vice President

    Karina Sousa, Club Secretary

    Ryan Callan, Club Treasurer

    2020 Susan Day, Rick Webster

    2021 Joe Sigurdson, Jennifer Lim

    2022 Monica Ball


    The meeting was adjourned at 12:39 p.m.

    Respectfully submitted,

    Karina Sousa, Kiwanis Club Secretary








  • 8 Jun 2019 8:30 AM | Karina Sousa (Administrator)

    Our International Children's Services Team took their Annual Trip to Tijuana on June 8th! The Kiwanians in attendance were John Rush, Conny Jamison, Jennifer Lim, Clare Truong, and Karina Sousa. They visited Vida Joven and Hospital Infantil de Los Californias! It is always a pleasure to see the great work these two organizations do for children that are in great need! Both Beth Beall and Betty Jones are incredibly inspiring for all the work they do! 

    Here are some pictures to recap the trip: 

  • 4 Jun 2019 12:00 PM | Karina Sousa (Administrator)

    On June 4th, we had a Kiwanis luncheon featuring our Gompers Preparatory Academy Key Club! These 10 vibrant students were accompanied by their incredible advisers! The students introduced themselves and then their new President began our Club Meeting! We heard from all of the seniors on where they plan to attend and what Key Club has meant to them. Everyone in attendance was inspired! We look forward to seeing all the great things these young adults will accomplish!

    Tim Callan was also in the house updating us on our Foundation! We received lots of positive information on our portfolio which is always a plus! Tim also included some useful financial information for the Key Club students on how to avoid major debt! 

  • 18 Sep 2018 12:00 PM | Karina Sousa (Administrator)

    On Tuesday, September 18th, we had our Club Installation! Thank you to the service of all the officers + directors for 2017-2018! You are appreciated by all!  

    Video Recap:

    • President Patrick started us off with his happy dollars and highlighted how delicious the filet was at the last luncheon. He also reflected on his term as President - congrats, Patrick! You did it while being a new dad! 
    • Rick + Shari Webster are celebrating 33 years of marriage - congrats to our dynamic Kiwanis duo! 
    • Floros had the 'Best Day of His Life' at the 8th Annual Blues Festival for the San Diego Food Bank! 
    • Jeffcoat rolled in looking fly with his shades so we all thought he was VIP but in fact he was recovering from a successful eye surgery. 
    • Judy thanked Patrick for his year and knows Krause will be a great second term as Presidente! 
    • Monica is venturing to LA to see modular flyaway designer homes that come in $100k per resident which is dramatically under affordable housing. 
    • Krause gloated in the SDSU win against Patrick's Sun Devils. He also shockingly remembered to wear his Kiwanis pin, mainly because he made Frisco wear a Kansas City pin due to a Pittsburgh loss on Sunday. We can all now refer to Krause as the "Old Block" thanks to his daughter Abigail! 
    • Bauer put in a happy $100 because he missed his birthday meeting and it's the combo of his years in Kiwanis + life - we love you, Tom! 
    • Lauren also loved the filet mignon from the meeting that everyone missed and sent her son off to college! She's also celebrating her second year with Kiwanis, thank you Lauren! 
    • Karina thanked all those who reached out to her regarding her injury! She has a potential herniated disc so is extra sassy these days! Go easy on her!

    Doug, our District Trustee, performed the Installation. Your Club Officers + Board of Directors for 2018-2019

    Club Officers 2017-2018

    • Brian Krause, President
    • Patrick Maurer, Immediate Past President
    • Judy Leitner, Vice President
    • Karina Sousa, Secretary
    • Ryan Callan, Treasurer

    Club Board of Directors

    Class of 2019 Class of 2020 Class of 2021
    David Gugerty Tom Yahner Susan Day
    Jean Roesch Monica Ball Joe Sigurdson
    Rick Webster Suzie Zlaket Peg Battersby

    The President's gave out the following awards for incredible service to our club: 

    Distinguished Service Award

    • David Jay 
    • Lauren Cook
    • Chris Pare
    • Carole Cuttita
    • Suzie Zlaket
    • Shaun McArdle

    William A. Dunlap Fellowship

    • Chuck Day
    • Brian Krause

    • Judy Leitner
    • Justin Frisco

    We have lots of exciting events on the horizon for this upcoming Kiwanis year and you'll want to be sure to register to save your seat! 





    ECOLIFE Gala



    LT. Gov Installation






    Evening Social






    Evening Service Project


    More information on upcoming events: 

    1st Tuesday: 10/2 - SoccerCity vs. SDSU West - $20 pre-register/$30 at the door

    SoccerCity and SDSU Mission Valley: Two approaches to the same valuable, city-owned 166 acres in Mission Valley. In many ways, the approaches are remarkably same. They both include a stadium, housing, commercial development and parkland. But in other ways, they depart significantly from each other on key land-use details.

    This November we as San Diegans will have the opportunity to decide the future of this important piece of land. Both SDSU West and Soccer City will present at our the luncheon followed by Q&A.

    2nd Tuesday: 10/9 - Evening Social @ Maverick's Pacific Beach

    Join us for our 2nd Tuesday Evening Social at Maverick's Pacific Beach! The summer never stops in San Diego, but the time the sun sets does, so let's take advantage of our last sunset while playing outdoor games! Some members will arrive as early as 4:30, others will arrive around 5, and we will stay till the 6:30/7 or until we feel like leaving! 

    3rd Tuesday: 10/16Jeff Figler: world expert on collectibles! $20 pre-register/$30 at the door

    How did Jeff get started? His mother, Millie, never threw away his baseball cards or comic books.

    INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY: As one of the only certified memorabilia appraisers in the country. Jeff will appraise any SINGLE item that Kiwanians and their guests bring to our luncheon! Be sure to pre-register! 

    5th Tuesday: 10/30 - Serve at the SD Food Bank + Social 

    Join us for our 5th Tuesday Evening Service Project at the San Diego Food Bank! We will serve in the evening shift from 6-8pm and will head to Duckfoot Brewing for a social to follow! You MUST register through the Food Bank website in order to serve! Need help? Contact Karina - karinakiwanis@gmail.com 

  • 21 Aug 2018 12:00 PM | Karina Sousa (Administrator)

    On August 21st, we packed the house at Admiral Baker for our Annual Meeting of the Foundation! We were graced with the presence of Trina from Kiwanis as well as our dear member + District Secretary, Mark McDonald! Thank you for making the trip down from Arrowhead and participating in our golf tournament! 

    Vice President, Justin Frisco, led us in our Annual Meeting. 

    We ended the meeting early to get our golfers out on the course for the perfect day of golf! Here's a video recap of the luncheon + golf social! I think I had the most fun driving around the golf cart making sure everyone stayed hydrated! I look forward to getting more golfers out there for our next golf social - ahem Jim Floros you owe us!

  • 15 Aug 2018 6:00 PM | Karina Sousa (Administrator)

    We had another successful dinner at the Ronald McDonald House on August 15th! We served the very popular Tacos y Gorditas to over 175 people! The awesome Chuck Day sponsored a fabulous musician for us to enjoy for the evening which was wonderful!! SPECIAL thanks to Suzie for her years of service as Chair of our Dinner Committee! We look forward to the amazing Webster duo taking the helm for 18-19! Thank you to Kiwanians Suzie + Dick, Rick + Shari, David Jay + his lovely daughter, Judy, Norma, Conny, Fritz + Susan, new member Betsy + Karina for volunteering!

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