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  • 29 Aug 2017 6:00 PM | Karina Sousa (Administrator)
    We had a blast as always at our 5th Tuesday Kiwanis Night Out service project at the San Diego Food Bank! We packed over 10,000 pounds of apples!

    All our backs are aching that's for sure but we love doing good in our neighborhood!

    Special thanks to all our members who came to represent - Doug Frost, Ryan Callan, Charlie Coleman, Heather Robinson, Patrick Maurer, Karina Sousa + Tom Yahner! 

  • 22 Aug 2017 5:30 PM | Karina Sousa (Administrator)

    We gathered for our monthly Evening Social at our President's Casa in Crown Point! 

    We were equipped with Shaun's comfort case and lots of snacks. We had a lot of laughs as always and enjoyed the company of Tom Bauer, Danny Williams, Shaun McArdle and Heather Robinson! Looking forward to our next social on September 12th at 5:00 p.m. at Soda + Swine in Liberty Station! 

  • 16 Aug 2017 9:14 PM | Karina Sousa (Administrator)

    On August 16th, our Dinner Committee hosted their annual dinner at the Ronald McDonald House. The chair, Suzie Zlaket, always does an incredible job putting this on! For the first time at RMH, we had Tacos + Gorditas - which always does a FABULOUS job + the food is delicious! 

    With us at RMH, we had Judy Leitner, Norma Trost, Fritz + Susan Warmbrodt, Dave + Leone Wood, Conny Jamison, Lauren Cook, Heather Robinson + Karina Sousa! 

    We had lots of laughs as we dealt with dull knives, cried cutting onions, and fought over who could serve in the assembly line! 

    Not to mention we served over 150 meals to the families at the Ronald McDonald House and were graced by the presence of the CEO - Chuck Day! We presented our donation in the most appropriate place - the kitchen! 


    We love doing good in our neighborhood and look forward to serving again next year! 

  • 15 Aug 2017 9:47 PM | Karina Sousa (Administrator)

    Another fabulous luncheon on the books! We met today August 15th at the Admiral Baker Golf Course. 

    We started off with a lovely invocation from Major Darren Norton followed by a song led by Suzie Zlaket - aka "Persida" today :) 

    We switched things up at the meeting and started with the incredible program from our speakers, Dina McDonald and Cheryl Ripp 

    We had a very special guest (for our Prez), Marcos Gomez, who donated the microphones that we have used at our luncheons all year! He also is the responsible for introducing us to these awesome speakers!

    For Bill's bucks, we had some happy people in the house! 

    Eldon was happy to hear that Marian just got married - CONGRATS, Marian! 

    Heather needs lots of good vibes for her family issues. She also is still looking for attendees to join her JDRF Bring on the Blue Scavenger Hunt this Saturday starting at 12:00 p.m. at Coin-Op in North Park! More info here -- 

    Eric was FINE FREE because he had not only his badge, but also his pin! Favorite new member!

    Danny gave some inspirational words about the how great our Club and Foundation and all the behind the scenes hard work that's being done to make them both even better! 

    Judy informed us of this great deal for 62+ at Borrego National Park -- if interested, click here

    Brian announced he has complimentary tickets to the International Relief Teams Gala on September 9th - if you would like to attend, please contact Brian

    Justin was glad to be back where he got married - great choice of venue! 

    Dave was happy to be back with us after a terrible and traumatic vacation and we were so glad to see him at our meeting!

    We auctioned off a PRICELESS ticket to the Padres game with non-other than Mr. Padres himself, Jay Jeffcoat! Danny was the lucky recipient so we look forward to a recap at the next meeting! 

    BEST part of the meeting was inducting our newest member, David Jay, who happened not only to be our representative from Rady Children's Hospital but he also was a previous Key Clubber himself! We look forward to great things from our newest awesome member! 

    Last but not least, we presented our "big" check to SDSU for the Cinco de Mayo Concert in the Park! 

    In case you missed the concert, here's the '2 minute short' that Judy referenced in the meeting!


    Wednesday 8/16 - Serve Dinner @ Ronald McDonald House - 4:45 p.m. Contact: Suzie Zlaket

    Tuesday 8/22 – Evening Social @ Crown Point Shores - 6:00 p.m. Contact: Karina Sousa

    Tuesday 8/29 – Kiwanis Night Out @ SD Food Bank – 6:00 p.m. Contact: Karina Sousa **MUST REGISTER ONLINE**

    Thursday 8/31 – Del Mar Kiwanis Day @ the Racetrack – 12:00 p.m. Contact: Karina Sousa

    Tuesday 9/5 – Club Luncheon – Program: Holocaust Survivor Phil Pressel 12:00 p.m. – Renaissance Hotel

    Be sure to Register on our EVENTS page! NEED HELP?? CONTACT KARINA! 

  • 1 Aug 2017 12:00 PM | Karina Sousa (Administrator)

    We had a great luncheon on today August 1st at the Renaissance Hotel! We had guests visiting us from Sweetwater Kiwanis Club and our new friends from the New Children's Museum. 

    Tom Bauer kicked off the luncheon with a great invocation followed by My Country, 'Tis of Thee led by Doug Frost. 


    We celebrated quite a few birthdays the last few weeks and had two of our birthday boys in attendance - Chuck Day + Fritz Warmbrodt. Happy Birthday to our other Kiwanians, Carole, Rick + Jean!


    Jay was happy to report he's been to every Padres home game - and purchased some digs Downtown to accommodate! 

    Karina was happy to have gone to a game with Jay - the only way she'll go to a Padres game! 

    Doug made it back from the Kiwanis International Convention in France safely - and with a fiance! Congrats to Doug + June! Our Kiwanis power couple! 

    Judy was bummed that she missed the Bill Toone visit but happy to have her at the meeting! 

    Heather was happy to report they sold their RV but anxious to get a car back! 

    July was a great month - the highlight being our visit to Bill Toone's Casa which we look forward to making an annual luncheon so mark your calendar for Summer 2018!


    The man of the hour, Chuck Day, our CWIP (Community-Wide Impact Project) Committee Chair came to present our $20,000 check to the New Children's Museum. This CWIP Committee vetted 20 proposals from organizations all over San Diego County but selected New Children's Museum as our recipient for 2018-2019! 


    Representing the New Children's Museum, we were delighted to meet - 

    Judy Forrester

    Executive Director/CEO

    Specializing in non-profit structure and sustainability strategy, Judy Forrester has worked with a number of San Diego’s key non-profit agencies helping them build sustainable business models to support their work.  Her twenty years of non-profit and community leadership, coupled with experience managing local philanthropy for Bank of America, helps Forrester bring proven best practices to organizations where she serves. In partnership with the boards of directors and the internal teams Forrester helps to build stronger, more sustainable organizations to better serve the San Diego community.

    Forrester accepted the role as Interim Director of The New Children’s Museum in December of 2015 to assist the board and staff in launching and executing the museum’s new strategic plan. In June of 2016 she accepted a three year contract to serve as Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director to further advance the long term sustainability of the museum.

    Prior to The New Children’s Museum, Forrester was contracted as Chief Executive Officer of USO San Diego for one year and assisted the board and staff in bringing financial stability to the organization. 

    From April 2010 to May of 2014 Forrester was Senior VP, San Diego Market Manager, Global Marketing and Corporate Affairs for Bank of America where she was responsible for managing Bank of America’s community strategy including government relations, community relations and corporate affairs.  Additionally, she managed the bank’s charitable/ marketing/ sponsorship resources throughout the San Diego/Imperial Counties region..

    From July 2005 until April 2010, Forrester served as President and CEO of LEAD San Diego, prior to LEAD, Forrester led the startup of the San Diego County Medical Society Foundation; she served as a senior officer on the transition team of the American Red Cross San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter during its crisis recovery and restructure and served for five years at the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, first as Director of Social Service and Healthcare Policy – then later as Director of Corporate Relations.

    Forrester is active in the San Diego community. She has served on the boards of LEAD San Diego, the San Diego Regional EDC Foundation, the Downtown San Diego Partnership, The San Diego Workforce Partnership Workforce Investment Board, the San Diego Regional Continuum of Care Board, the San Diego Regional Tourism Authority, the San Diego World Trade Center and the San Diego County Medical Society Foundation. She is active on the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Committee, and the CEO Roundtable.  She is also a member of San Diego Downtown Rotary Club #33. She was recognized by the SD Business Journal as one of San Diego’s Women Who Mean Business and received recognition in 2012 as one of San Diego’s Metro Movers to Watch.  

    Tomoko Kuta

    Deputy Museum Director

    Tomoko Kuta, Deputy Museum Director at The New Children’s Museum, directs the content of the museum and develops the museum’s strategic vision.  Hired in 2011, Tomoko is responsible for executing the museum’s exhibitions, studio program, arts education initiatives, community outreach, and the daily visitor experience.  She has worked in museums and other non-profit organizations since 1992, working with artists, curators, educators, and other professionals to develop exhibitions, build permanent collections, design user-centered education programs, and train staff.  As a leader, she emphasizes empowering her team to realize their potential and best serve audiences.  Her projects have received funding from nationally-acclaimed agencies such as the National Endowment for the Arts.  She is currently a co-chair for the Association of Children’s Museum’s annual conference and an arts commissioner with the city of Encinitas.  Tomoko earned a BS from Cornell University and an MA from the University of Chicago

    Amy Briere Gray

    Education Manager

    Amy Briere Gray, Education Manager, oversees the Arts Education department at The New Children’s Museum. Amy is a California-credentialed teacher with close to twenty years of experience working with educators, students, and families in art related venues. She joined the Museum in the fall of 2016, and since that time has worked with the Arts Education team to implement such programs as school visits, camps, fee-based classes, educator events and resources, and the new Community Gallery. As a manager and employee, Amy believes in being a team player and in collaborating with others as often as possible, an approach which has helped her to work closely with colleagues both inside and outside of the Museum and to create long-term professional relationships with a large number of educators and artists. She is currently on the board of the San Diego Chapter of the California Art Education Association (SD-CAEA), an associate member of the Balboa Park Educators Council (BPEC), and a full-time member of the Arts Education Resource Organization (AERO). Amy received a B.F.A. in Art History and Studio Art from Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY and a Master’s degree in Visual Arts Education from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. 

    We presented the check and then heard an update from Tomoko and Amy!

     To view their Powerpoint Presentation - click here


    8/9 – Interclub w/ Southeastern - 7:15 a.m. - Jacobs Center - Contact: June

    8/16 - Serve Dinner @ Ronald McDonald House - 4:45 p.m. - Contact: Suzie

    8/19 - JDRF North Park Scavenger Hunt - 12:00 p.m. - Contact: Heather

    8/29 - Kiwanis Night Out @ SD Food Bank - 6:00 p.m. - Contact: Karina

    Check the Kiwanis calendar for any other upcoming events! Be sure to register online!

  • 25 Jul 2017 12:00 PM | Karina Sousa (Administrator)

    On July 25th, our club had an offsite luncheon at the beautiful home of Bill and Sunni Toone in Escondido! 

    In attendance from Kiwanis, we had Lauren Cook, Patrick Maurer, Shari Webster + Nephew, David Jay, Conny Jamison, Karina Sousa, Brian Krause + Kiddos, Charlie Coleman, David Gugerty, Tom Bauer, Heather Robinson + Jay Jeffcoast

    They were incredible hosts that provided a fabulous spread of delicious home-grown food! 

    VP Maurer 

    Corn from their garden

    Pickled Quail Eggs

    Bill also gave us a tour of what they've been up to - sprinkled in with lots of stories of travels, adventures - and of course a breakdown of Aquaponics! 


    And the grand finale - spotting of our turtle friend!

    The Toone's have graciously offered to host us every year for an annual luncheon and we are thrilled!

    Join us at the ECOLIFE Gala on 11/4 -- https://www.501auctions.com/ecolife 

  • 11 Jul 2017 4:00 PM | Karina Sousa (Administrator)

    On the 2nd Tuesday of every month, our club has a social! As of recent, we've been trying all the signature spots in San Diego! Last month, we went to Rocky's Crown Pub in PB to see if they truly have the best burger - which we unanimously voted yes!

    This month, we tasted to see if South Beach Bar + Grill has the best fish taco in SD! Charlie Coleman, Tom Bauer, Danny Williams, Shaun McArdle + Karina Sousa were all present and all enjoyed some tasty tacos and beverages by the beach! 

  • 28 Jun 2017 9:50 AM | Karina Sousa (Administrator)

    We had 7 of our fabulous Kiwanians - June Prewitt, Ricardo Sandoval, Tom Bauer, Doug Frost, Jean Roesch, Lauren Cook + Karina Sousa - visit the vibrant Chula Vista Kiwanis Club! 

    They had an awesome program about the up & coming Chula Vista brewery scene! We will definitely be planning a Kiwanis Night Out down there soon! 

    To get an idea of what we're talking about, check out this article

  • 22 Jun 2017 6:30 AM | Karina Sousa (Administrator)

    A few of your fellow Kiwanians were out at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday at the corner of Front + A Street, Downtown San Diego! With lots of energy, we raised quite a bit of money for the Ronald McDonald House of San Diego! To check out more info about Red Shoe Day, you can click here

    Here's a few pictures from the event! Special thanks to Tom Bauer, who not only picked up our supplies, but also dropped them off, and has been our die hard Red Shoe Day liason! We appreciate you, Tom!

    And then of course our dynamic duo, Joe + Rick - you guys always know how to guilt, I mean get, people to donate! 

    Last but not least, we had Charlie + Fritz, representing Kiwanis with their awesome hats! 

    We would LOVE to have more people join us next year so we can really empty some pockets for such a great cause! 

    Their will be a Volunteer Celebration on July 10th at the Ronald McDonald House!

    And be sure to stay tuned for next year! It's an awesome event, coming from experience! 

  • 20 Jun 2017 12:00 PM | Karina Sousa (Administrator)

    On Tuesday, June 20th, our Kiwanis club met for our annual luncheon at the San Diego Zoo! 

    We had many beautiful guests in attendance!

    John Wood brought his lovely wife, Leone 

    Fritz was accompanied by his beautiful wife, Susan

    Shaun dressed in full zoo-keeper attire demanded his fabulous, Janet to please stand and say hello to all of our. 

    Always wonderful to see Jean who was accompanied by Steve Mather, the Pastor of the Coronado Community Church (and also told our President that he is a Rotarian but we welcome him anyway!)

    Our Kiwanis power couple in the making, Rick + Shari Webster were in the house! Shari loves it when Rick gets fined for not having a badge or pin :) 

    We also had the 3 gorgeous gals from the Krause clan: Emily, Sophia + Abigal! 

    Major Darren Norton introduced his beautiful wife, Mary, to the crew! We almost didn't recognize him without uniform! Major decided to spend the start of his vacation at our club meeting!

    And he blessed our meeting with a fantastic invocation, as always! 

    Then Suzie led us in the National Anthem!

    We are celebrating two incredible ladies birthday's this month - Peg + Conny - and as a birthday gift, we didn't force them to wear any ridiculous birthday flair! :) Happy Birthday to all our June babies this month: 

    Eldon, Ryan, Jeff Blackman, Conny + Peg 

    (We celebrated Eldon + Ryan at our last meeting!) 

    As far as fines, our President graciously didn't fine for not having badges, given the plethora of excuses she received. However, we did fine for not having pins on. Be sure to have your pin for upcoming weeks or be prepared to be fined! 

    For Bill's bucks, we had a few happy people in the house! 

    Patrick was happy that they celebrated his grandparent's 70th anniversary and his new baby girl was able to meet lots of family! 

    Claire was thankful to be at the zoo with us! She also thanked us for supporting their annual STARPAL luncheon which raised over $150,000! 

    Brian put in $1 and shared that we had a blast at our evening social at Rocky's last week where we took over the entire place! And we collectively decided that Rocky's does in fact have the best burger in SD! 

    John was happy Bonnie wasn't there... BECAUSE she was conducting a webinar for early detection of breast cancer, that had over 850 registrants! Way to go, Bonnie! 

    Danny is celebrating his 40th birthday at Chris Joseph's digs - Little Italy Loading Dock - and we're all invited! Come celebrate our incoming Foundation President on July 8th at 6:00 p.m. - RSVP HERE! 

    Norma conducted our Annual Meeting - Agenda (can be accessed by clicking here) - Approved Minutes that we approved from last year (can be accessed by clicking here) + approved our 2020 Class of Trustees: Brian Krause, Karina Sousa, Charles (Chuck) Day 

    Carl was asked on the spot to be the Chairman of the Day - since it is tradition that he introduce our speaker, Bill Toone, as he has for our previous luncheons at the zoo - and he did a fabulous job as always! 

    Our beloved Bill Toone gave yet another impacting heartfelt presentation that we all enjoyed - going through his 3 heroes in his life stemming from his journey with the California Condor. This is Bill at a young boy

    We love Bill so much that we are going to have our next luncheon on July 18th at his house to see everything that he's up to! 


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