CNH Magazine 21-22 Volume

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Spring has Sprung The Kiwanis Club of Moorpark is busy getting back to in-person service and having fun doing so!

Cal-Nev-Ha Magazine - Spring -- 2021-2022

To our Service Leadership Program members . . .


Cocktails, dinner, auctions and FUN!

Through your outstanding efforts, you raised




toward our Pediatric Trauma Program! The CNH Children's Fund also wishes to thank the Kiwanis clubs who sponsor an SLP club and the Kiwanis SLP advisors who support these student leaders. From chaperoning events to driving students, your efforts do not go unnoticed. Thank you for all you do!

MEET AN SLP MEMBER "I am truly grateful for the scholarship support that will allow me to work less hours and focus on my studies and additional educational opportunities. Thank you so much for your support of Cal-Nev-Ha Circle K students." CNHFOUNDATION.ORG

Far-out FUN-raiser The Cal-Nev-Ha Children's Fund recently hosted two Far-out FUN-raisers at the 2022 Mid-Year Conferences to benefit our mission of building a better future for children. It's safe to say these events were BOSS! Each evening began with a no-host bar for guests to sip on cocktails while they mingled and enjoyed catching up with friends. Guests then continued the party throughout dinner with dance and hula hoop competitions and a costume contest all while groovin' to the sounds of the 60's! Our FUN-raisers included an exhilarating live auction where guests had the opportunity to bid on a Hawaiian vacation and a wine country getaway! Through your generosity, our Far-out FUN-raisers were a massive success! We thank you for your support, and look forward to seeing you at the next event!

District Secretary News! Mark McDonald

Executive Director/District Secretary

This year has been a great start to the new world we live in with COVID-19 and related variants. We have had to learn on the fly and all of our Clubs have done an excellent job. As we return to live events be sure to stay in compliance with your local and state regulations. We were able to conduct three educational conferences, one in August of 2021 we met in San Diego to elect new officers and hear about new programs. In February we met in Mission Valley San Diego and in March we meet in the famous wine country of Santa Rosa. Both were very successful sold-out events and a fun Foundation Gala to raise funds to support our students and other causes including Grants to Kiwanis Clubs. The hottest topic is the new Live Scan Background checks required in California. Applications have been submitted to the California Department of Justice so we can come in compliance with this new California law. Once Kiwanis International has the number that is required at the top of the form that you will need to submit to process the background check, we will let all of you know.

Our next Education Conference and Business Conference will be held at the Renaissance Esmeralda Hotel in Indian Wells. The Conference will start on Thursday, August 4th with our annual Golf Tournament early in the morning. This will be followed by the District Board meetings for the 2021-2022 Board and then the 2022-2023 Board. Friday and Saturday August 5 & 6, will be the education portion of the conference. Saturday afternoon will be the business session with Resolutions and Amendments for approval. The election of new officers for the next year will conclude the Business Session. Saturday night will be a celebration and installations of the new officers and the retirement of some of the current leadership. Stay tuned for some special information on this celebration!!!!!

Mark McDonald

Mark W. McDonald District Secretary/Executive Director

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Greetings, The last two years have been very demanding

to the

proud of the resilience, innovation, and

by achieving

for all of us as we faced the pandemic. I am

determination of the clubs and their members

during this trying time. You found ways to serve, raise money, and support your communities.

This year started out with continued lockdowns, and COVID-19 concerns about meeting in


results that were far

beyond my


person, but now things have begun to reopen,

Each division and every club have done


recruited new members, strengthened existing

and we are able to meet and help our

exceptional service projects, supported SLPs, clubs, and focused on starting new clubs.

As I mentioned earlier, I am so grateful for

I want to thank Past Governors Timothy

each and every Kiwanian in our District who

Cunning and Gary Gray for their leadership

volunteered your time, energy, finances, and

during the earlier days of the pandemic.

health in service to others so far this year.

It is because of their leadership that we

Unquestionably, these selfless acts powerfully

continued to serve and thrive. They were

challenged with leading this District through

the pandemic and we should all be grateful for their dedication and vision.

demonstrate the power of “Together We Can”.

You are, unmistakenly, the heart and soul of all

our community service contributions. Thank you for making a significant difference.

Let me extend special thanks to our District Board of Trustees, Past Governors, Past

I have been fortunate in that we were

Chairs, Past Club Presidents of our great

Conferences this year, and I thank everyone

able to hold our two Mid-Year Educational

Lieutenant Governors, District Committee CAL-NEV-HA district for your continuous

reinforcement of our mission during this most challenging time.

Congratulations to all my Lt. Governors and club Presidents who, without hesitation, rose

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who worked tirelessly to ensure that they were successful. While several of my official visits had to be postponed, I am now able to

travel to those and other events. What an incredible honor it is to serve as your Governor.

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During my official visits I have had the

Children’s Fund to

throughout this District, and to hear from

of the mental health

increase awareness

opportunity to meet Kiwanis members

issues our young

your leaders the amazing work you’ve

people are facing.

accomplished these past two years.

These funds will

be used to provide

As a District, we have been successful in

opening five new clubs, with others on the

way! Further, clubs are taking advantage of the new club coaches to get advice on how

grants for education, awareness, and

support to agencies who help young people get the support and treatment they need.

to improve their clubs. Anna Wu and her

We have raised sufficient funds to begin

membership team have provided support

awarding grants. Please help us raise

to clubs to increase membership through

open houses and coaching. Reach out to

her team through your Lieutenant Governor if you would like that support. Our

money and seek to provide support in your communities.

membership goals this year are to help

Thank you for making a difference. I am

clubs, and we are off to a great start.

you who volunteered your time, your

overflowing with appreciation for each of

strengthen clubs as well as opening new

finances and health in service to others this year. Undeniably, these selfless acts are so

Our Service Leadership Programs, and

very much appreciated.

their members, are a major focus of mine. They too are struggling due to the

TOGETHER WE CAN do anything we set

pandemic. Please reach out to them to

out to do.

offer your support and assistance. They

need us more now than ever before. Be the mentor they deserve.

Margo Dutton

I also want to share with you my First

CNH District Governor 2021-2022

Family Focus: “Growing Healthy Hearts

and Minds.” We are raising funds and providing grants through the CNH

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Monday, January 2, 2023


Stay tuned for information on the 2023 Rose Float project -- coming soon. The 2022 Rose Parade was magical. The Kiwanis Float for 2022 was “Dream to Achieve”.

On January 1st, hundreds of thousands of people watched the parade on television and along the parade route. Our Kiwanis float was a shinig example of how so many individuals can come together to make a difference.

Over several weeks, Kiwanians, along with their SLP members, showed

up in Irwindale to do their part in putting the final touches on our float (and

eight other floats). Key Club and Circle K members donated thousands of hours of time. It is the largest service project within our district. We all

2022 Rose Float Photos

should be proud of the committment of these young folks. Congrats to all who participated and those who financially supported the project. You are all to be commended. Job well done.

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Great things come in threes! We have changed our Triple Crown program. Members who join the Triple Crown will now be added to the 1965 Fellowship of the YES! Initiative; become a new member of the William A. Dunlap Fellowship (existing members will be upgraded to the next level); and will have an engraved brick placed in a pathway surrounding the Kiwanis Professional Center. You can even sign up for the Triple Crown program and select different club members for each of the three recognition opportunities! Learn more . Your Governor’s Official Visit is a great occasion to recognize those members who have kept your clubs alive during the pandemic. You can award the William A. Dunlap Fellowship, Distinguished Service Award, Tablet of Honor or maybe the W. Reid Allen, Jr., Memorial Rose Float Fellowship. For non-members who helped your club during the pandemic, consider awarding the Community Service Award. And for those individuals who dedicate their time working with youth, there’s the Youth Service Award. These are great for increasing your club’s exposure in the community. Remember to order your awards at least two weeks before the Governor’s Official Visit. Matching Dunlaps are available! We're pleased to announce matching Dunlap funds benefiting our Pediatric Trauma Program! Thanks to the hard work and generosity of our SLP members, an individual or Kiwanis club may be recognized with a new Dunlap, or upgraded to the next level, with a $500 contribution. The remaining $500 will be “matched” by funds raised from our SLP members. Matching Dunlaps are available until funds are depleted or September 30, 2022, whichever comes first. Order your matching Dunlap today! In 2021, we had a record-breaking year for donations. The majority of the increased donations were restricted to scholarships. These donations have allowed us to increase the number and dollar amounts for scholarships that will be presented to our SLP members this spring. Stay tuned for a list of scholarship recipients later this spring! Our Dinner for Two Anywhere in the CNH District raffle is back! The winner will receive round trip coach airfare for two, two nights hotel accommodations, three-day rental car, and a gift certificate for dinner to any restaurant within the CNH District! Prize value up to $4,500. Tickets are $75 each and are available from any CNH Children’s Fund Director, or by calling our office at (909) 736-1707. The winning ticket will be drawn during the Inter-club Luncheon at the 2022 District Convention. Only 250 tickets will be sold; buy your tickets before it’s too late! If you have not become a member of the YES! Initiative, please consider making a donation in 2022. Your donations to the YES! Initiative (Youth, Education & Support) provide the flexibility to use your gift where it is needed the most. Learn more .

Craig Wallace, President 2020-2022 Cal-Nev-Ha Children's Fund

Hope of America! The Hope of America is an ideal award to present to your Service Leadership Program members - or any student your club would like to recognize for their outstanding achievement. A perfect time to present this award is during your local school's year-end award ceremonies. Don't delay! Recognize academic accomplishments, leadership and good character with the Hope of America award today.

With Spring arriving, everyone is looking forward to getting out in their communities. Service projects and fundraisers are being planned. But as shown on the next few pages, our clubs haven’t been sitting around. Clubs and club members have made it a point to continue doing what we do best -- SERVE.


Since the pandemic curtailed many in-person events, the Kiwanis Club of Alameda managed to raise money for its Foundation through a couple of virtual or contactless fundraisers. The first was a drive through BBQ meal delivery and the second was a virtual “Celebrating our Community” gala with a silent auction that was held over a ten day period. The events raised a combined total of more than $22,500. Due to the overwhelming success of the two events, the Kiwanis Foundation of Alameda awarded $18,000 in grants to several local organizations including the Alameda Food Bank, American Legion Auxiliary and much more. Over the summer, the club participated in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and raised more than $1,500 for cancer research.


Back in 1993, the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada/La Crescenta AM started delivering food to the less fortunate. Over the years, the service has expanded to 365 days a year. Thanks to its sponsors, Kiwanis volunteers collect and delivery food to non-profit organizations, helping those in need. For the Kiwanis year (2020-2021), the club provided more than 17,000 pounds of food. KIWANIS California-Nevada-Hawaii District -- Spring Edition -- 2021 - 2022


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Michael Moss, President of the Kiwanis Club of Santa Ana attended an in-person lunch meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Hope, Arkansas of the Missouri-Arkansas District. The club was very welcoming to all its visitors. Next time you are away from your area, check out a Kiwanis Club meeting elsewhere and fellowship with other Kiwanians throughout our District and beyond.


Before the pandemic, the Kiwanis Club of Clovis would hold its meeting at the local senior center. The club has been an active partner with the center for 30 years. Club members participate in the Meals on Wheels program and throw an annual Christmas dinner feeding up to 500 people. This past summer, the club was able to show its gratitude by presenting a $50,000 check for the new Clovis Senior Activity

Interclubbing -- What Fun!

by John Brummer 2021-2022 District Interclub Chair

Want to meet other Kiwanians? Get some ideas for

of the year. Here is the breakdown:

a new service project, an interesting speaker for a

future meeting of your club, or even a new fundraiser

• Less than 20 members - 2 or more members

questions, why not pay an interclub visit in person

• 31 or more members – 4 or more members

for your club? If you answered yes to those or virtually to another Kiwanis family club.

If your club or division has any unusual, fun or

But what is an interclub? Kiwanis International

traditional interclubs, please share that with me.

defines an interclub as a meeting (club of Division

I will try to feature those in future editions of the

Council meeting), service project, fund raiser or a

Cal-Nev-Ha Magazine. At the end of the

convention function, staged by two or more Kiwanis

administrative year (September) awards are

available to the top clubs in the district. For more

clubs (including clubs-in-formation) or by a Kiwanis club and any K-Kids, Builders Club, Aktion Club,

Circle K Club, or Key Club. Depending on the size of the club you can get credit on your monthly report for

completing this task and qualify for awards at the end

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• 21 to 30 members - 3 or more members


information on interclubs visit the CNH Website at and then click on the menu and then awards. If you have any questions please contact me at

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You never know where you’re going to find love. For Mike Liu and Patti Sousa, it was at a Kiwanis International Convention held in Las Vegas. Both from Northern California, Mike was serving his second year as president of the Kiwanis Club of DeAnza/Cupertino Club as was Patti of the Kiwanis Club of Dixon. Mike was sitting at a Burgers & Brew bar during the lunch break at convention when Patti came in to eat. The place was packed but there was a seat next to a man wearing a Kiwanis shirt. There were introductions and chat about the workshops in between glimpses of personal life where Patti mentioned she was single after noticing Mike wasn’t wearing a wedding band.

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Patti hoped she’d see Mike before she left the next morning but boarded her plane not even remembering what club he was from, only that it was somewhere in the Bay Area. “I remembered she lived in Dixon and that she owned a pet grooming business,” said Mike. “So, I found her website and waited a week and then wrote her a note via email. After reconnecting, the two learned they were both going to the Kiwanis District Convention a couple months later in Hawaii. Until the trip came, they regularly sent emails and phone calls back and forth. Their first date was dinner at the end of the District Convention, followed by a kiss on the cheek good night. Mike retired and sold his home in the Bay Area and bought a home in Dixon to start a new life. After 18 months, Mike proposed and they were married on August 22, 2020 in the middle of the pandemic, fires and on the hottest day of the year. Fast forward a year later and the couple just celebrated their first anniversary at the Kiwanis District Convention in San Diego in August. KIWANIS California-Nevada-Hawaii District -- Spring Edition -- 2021 - 2022


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The Kiwanis Club of Napa Valley donated almost 100 dozen cookies, brownies, etc. to the “Better Together” end of summer concert/dance for those with special needs. Even gluten free desserts were provided for those folks with gluten allergies. For the 2021-2022 Kiwanis term, Kiwanis Club of Napa Valley has adopted a new program - Giving Thursday. In the first three months of the term, the club had already donated close to one hundred coats to the homeless and foster youth, given more than 500 pounds of food to the food bank and provided Christmas gifts to four families in need. That’s a great start to the new year.


In September, the Kiwanis Club of South Gate held its first Kiwanis Kleanup at South Gate Park. The club’s goal is to select a different location each month that needs a little attention for trash removal. Then in October, the club participated in the South Gate Police Department’s “Family Day in the Park” event. Members manned a booth that included youth games - corn hole and Connect Four. While the children were playing the games, members were able to chat with parents and pass out Kiwanis information. Assisting the South Gate Police Department once again in December, the Kiwanis Club of South Gate provided a decorated “Charlie Brown” themed tree for the “Pageant of the Trees”. The Kiwanis tree was filled with the Peanuts gang and several gift cards. It was so popular that the South Gate Police Officers Association had the winning bid and randomly selected a family to receive the tree. KIWANIS California-Nevada-Hawaii District -- Spring Edition -- 2021 - 2022


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The Kiwanis Club of Torrance and other Division 19 Kiwanis Clubs participated in the Toys for the Troops Kids campaign again this year. Club members collected toys and gift cards for the event. The Los Angeles Air Force Base met at the main collection site where Kiwanis Club members loaded a truck up with toys.

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” -Benjamin Franklin


On New Year’s Eve, the Kiwanis Club of Grantville-Allied Gardens made a $4,000 donation to New Entra Casa. The club has had a partnership with the women’s shelter for more than fifteen years where it helped with roof repairs, painting, installing flooring, electrical, plumbing and landscaping. Some of its club members even serve on New Entra Casa’s Board of Directors. In honor of Veterans Day, the Kiwanis Club of Grantville-Allied Gardens saluted its club members who served our country. Of the eight honored, four of them served during World War II. Thank you and all our Kiwanis active and retired veterans for your service. After a two year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Miracle Mile of Quarters (MMQ) fundraiser returned in October. The Kiwanis Clubs of Divisions 11, 21, 31 and 37 gathered together at the Grossmont shopping mall for the event. The $15,000 raised at the event goes to support Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. KIWANIS California-Nevada-Hawaii District -- Spring Edition -- 2021 - 2022


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In November, the Kiwanis Club of East Hawaii donated canned goods for the Salvation Army’s Thanksgiving meals. As a fundraiser that same month, club member Cecily Nago made face masks and sold them at Hallmark and online.


The Kiwanis Club of Atascadero has been serving its community for more than 50 years. During that time, club members have served more than 100,000 hours and donated more than $1 million to local organizations. In December, the club built its popular snow pile for the local children, which included a tall snow slide and smaller snow piles for the younger kids. The club’s upcoming Kiwanis Winemaker dinner will help fund Joy Park, an inclusive recreation playground. This year they are working toward the construction of a Splash Pad for use by children in wheelchairs or on crutches.

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December found the Kiwanis Club of Concord supporting the Adopt-A-Grandparent program. The club donated 100 stuffed bears as part of gifts delivered to senior citizens. A note from one of the organizers said, “To see their smiles, tears in their eyes and a glimmer of joy as we passed out each gift” is a good reminder why we are all Kiwanis members.


The Kiwanis Club of Pahrump’s major signature project is its Salvation Army Red Kettle bell ringing. The project lasts four weeks or more with more than 900 service hours amassed for the project. Two years ago, the Kiwanis Club took on the task of running and organizing the Red Kettle Campaign. Their committee is responsible for finding volunteers to fill all shifts during the campaign. The kettles are open eight hours a day, six days a week at three locations. Some club member responsibilities included setting out the stands/kettles each morning, picking up and changing out the kettles each afternoon, counting all six kettles each night before starting all over the next day. This year, the Kiwanis Club of Pahrump raised more than $1,700 in sponsorships bringing the total collection effort to $35,000. 13

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In December, the Kiwanis Club of La Mirada was able once again to hold its annual holiday shopping spree for disadvantaged students. After a hiatus in 2020 due to the pandemic, club members, community volunteers, members from the California State University, Fullerton Circle K and Whittier Christian High School Key Club took elementary aged students throughout Kohl’s to buy clothing and shoes. After shopping was finished, the students walked across the parking lot to where Ruby’s Diner provided a pancake breakfast and then boarded the bus to be dropped off at their respective schools.


A fun time was had by all at the 2021 Annual Cornhole Championship. The Kiwanis Clubs of Healdsburg and Geyserville put together teams for the event. At the end of the championship, the Kiwanis Club of Healdsburg came out on top.

The annual Foss Creek Cleanup was held in late September and the Kiwanis Club of Healdsburg was there to provide lunch to the more than 100 volunteers, including young students.

To give primacy to the human and spiritual rather than to the material values of life. To encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships. To promote the adoption and the application of higher social, business and professional standards. To develop, by precept and example, a more intelligent, aggressive and serviceable citizenship. To provide, through Kiwanis clubs, a practical means to form enduring friendships, to render altruistic service and to build better communities. To cooperate in creating and maintaining that sound public opinion and high idealism which make possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism and goodwill. The six permanent Objects of Kiwanis International were approved by Kiwanis club delegates at the 1924 Kiwanis International Convention in Denver, Colorado. Through the decades, they have remained unchanged.

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During the holiday season, the Kiwanis Club of Healdsburg was busy. They prepared and served mulled wine at the “Merry Healdsburg” Tree Lighting. The club was the only alcohol vendor at the event. KIWANIS California-Nevada-Hawaii District -- Spring Edition -- 2021 - 2022

“The Objects of Kiwanis”


Club members also participated in the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. Club members were responsible for planning, organizing, and conducting the campaign in the Healdsburg/ Geyserville community. At the campaign’s completion, more than 2,500 toys were collected and distributed to the local community. TOGETHER WE CAN • 909.989.1500 •

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When a member does something special and your club gets noticed by the local media, service takes on a whole new meaning. Shown here in an article found in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat supplied by the Kiwanis Club of Oakmont. Age doesn’t stop member Wendell Freeman, 99 years young.

“Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.” -Henry Ford

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During the pandemic, the Kiwanis Club of West Covina stepped up to help the children unable to attend school in person. Club members gathered their resources, contacted local vendors and got to work building 350 desks for the children of the West Covina School District. The club also built an additional 150 desks for children in the Baldwin Park School District. An added benefit from West Covina’s hard work on the desk project and sponsoring two Key Clubs in Baldwin Park, the new Kiwanis Club of Baldwin Park was chartered. At the first in-person Division 35 Council Meeting it was a combined business meeting and service project. Clubs donated new books for young adults and shut-in seniors at the Foothill Unity Center. More than 500 books were collected for the event. KIWANIS California-Nevada-Hawaii District -- Spring Edition -- 2021 - 2022


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A special welcome breakfast was served by the Kiwanis Club of Poway to the residents and family of the Villa de Vida apartment complex for adults with developmental disabilities. Kiwanis Club members, assisted by the Poway Aktion Club, cooked and served the meal. In late October, the Kiwanis Club of Sunrise Vista hosted a successful outdoor concert. The event drew 160 people and raised $6,000 for the Club’s Foundation. The Kiwanis Club has a close relationship with the Vista Boys and Girls Club and one of its members performed during the intermission.


For thirty Palmdale families, Christmas was a lot brighter thanks to the Kiwanis Club of Palmdale West and Division 38 members. Along with toys and clothes, 105 boxes of food were delivered to families chosen by Palmdale School District principals and Parent Community Liaisons. Members from the Kiwanis Club of Palmdale West, Littlerock High School Key Club and Keppel Academy Builder’s Club President met at Walmart and completed the holiday gifting for each family (based on its size). The donations and money raised at Palmdale West’s 16th Annual Kiwanis Rubber Duck Race allowed the club to increase the number of families served by ten. This allowed each school in the district to choose a family.


The Kiwanis Clubs of Division 42 have worked together to help different various clubs and organizations with their projects. At different Division Council Meetings, clubs have collected rolls of duct tape for a cardboard box competition, toys to support homeless kids in the Santa Barbara area and School on Wheels in the Ventura area. In November, the Kiwanis Club of Camarillo held a successful food drive at Grocery Outlet. Donations from the drive filled eight shopping carts to the brim. KIWANIS California-Nevada-Hawaii District -- Spring Edition -- 2021 - 2022


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The Kiwanis Club of Conejo Valley’s summer project involved working with various groups to get kids ready for the new school year. Club members helped staff of the Conejo Recreation and Parks prepare back-to-school backpacks for local kids from families with limited incomes. Members then inventoried all the remaining school supplies to aid the staff in ordering items for a backpack distribution to kids in the Safe Passage program. In September, four members of the Kiwanis Club of Conejo Valley participated in the Relay for Life. During the closing session, Betty and Tom Stapleford spoke about their experiences with survival and loss. The pandemic has not stopped the Kiwanis Club of Moorpark. In the summer, club members volunteered at the Pantry Plus to distribute backpacks and school supplies. In October, club members along with students, teachers, parents and staff began to plant “Mrs. Snyder’s Garden” in memory of a beloved teacher. Also during October and November, the club held its 5th Annual Poker Tournament, gave out glow bracelets to more than 3,000 kids on Halloween, served Veterans and guests at the 2021 Veterans Day Ceremony and collected almost 1,500 canned goods for the Moorpark Food Pantry. Club members from the Kiwanis Club of Oxnard were busy during the Fall. They donated additional no-sew blankets to the Ventura County Foster Care program. Just in time for Thanksgiving, club members and six local Oxnard Remember to submit your articles for the next schools held a canned food drive. The end result was a total edition of 1,080 lbs. of food donated to Food Share Ventura County. KIWANIS California-Nevada-Hawaii District -- Spring Edition -- 2021 - 2022


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Members of the Kiwanis Club of Santa Barbara and its Aktion Club decorated an area of the Police Activities League of Santa Barbara’s Trunk or Treat Halloween event. Members provided treats and glow bracelets for those children in attendance. Thanksgiving projects kept the Kiwanis club busy. First up was a food drive for the Unity Shoppe. Then on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, club members in conjunction with the Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department served a Thanksgiving luncheon to the disabled community. This is a project the club has been participating in for the last 40 years. In November, the Kiwanis Club of Santa Susana presented 30 knitted hats made by members for the Conejo Coat and Hat program. During the holidays, club members were busy with food projects in November and Salvation Army Bell Ringing in December. In November, members joined with the Kiwanis Club of Simi Valley and Santa Susana Key Club for its Kiwanis One Day of collecting, sorting and delivering food items for local food banks on Veterans Day. Members also were busy for Thanksgiving in prepping food for the Rotary Club’s annual Thanksgiving Dinner for Seniors as well as putting together ten Thanksgiving baskets for families in need. For a fun social time, the Kiwanis Clubs of Santa Susana and Simi Valley co-hosted a High Tea Bunco fundraiser featuring a luncheon, door prizes and prizes for the best High Tea hats. The past few months, the Kiwanis Club of Simi Valley’s big focus has been collecting and donating items. Over the summer, club members collected canned goods and raised funds for the Samaritan Center. Then in late August, visits were made to seven fire, police and sheriff’s stations to drop off individually wrapped tie blankets. The blankets were made to comfort children the officers and firefighters might encounter on calls. Continuing with their focus, club members dropped off cores of toilet paper and paper towel rolls for the Moorpark Zoo. The rolls are used to entertain the monkeys. They are filled with food, sealed and given to the monkeys to figure out how to get the food. For the human side, members donated 20 packages of diapers and 19 wipes for the Samaritan Center, its local homeless shelter. In December, club members sang and rang their way to the highest one-day collection recorded at their Salvation Army Bell Ringing site. KIWANIS California-Nevada-Hawaii District -- Spring Edition -- 2021 - 2022


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DIVISION 42 (cont’d)

The Kiwanis Club of Thousand Oaks’ “Bikes for Youth” program is making a real difference in the ability of disadvantaged kids and young adults to get to school, work and other important destinations. The program provides bicycles and safety equipment (helmets and locks) to at-risk and disadvantaged youth facing critical life challenges at absolutely no cost. The program began in April 2021 and by the end of the 2020-2021 Kiwanis Year, 104 local young people had benefitted from the program. The club’s goal for this Kiwanis Year is another 100 bikes. While some of the bikes and equipment are purchased, many bikes are donated and then refurbished. Max M, a 20-year old recently aged out of foster care. He’s now in transitional housing, a full-time student at Conejo Valley Adult School and uses his bike to get to school and volunteer at a local non-profit that serves the homeless. Recent high school graduate Christine G. uses her bike to get around UC Berkeley, where she received a full scholarship. Deserving recipients are chosen in consultation with local non-profits who serve disadvantaged youth and families, such as Safe Passage Youth Foundation, Westminster Free Clinic and Adelante Communidad. Many clubs participate in Relay for Life and the Kiwanis Club of Thousand Oaks is no exception. Club members walked at the event as well as cooked and served a pancake breakfast for 100 people. The Kiwanis Club of Thousand Oaks “Letters to Santa” for Macy’s annual holiday donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation was a great success! With the help of club members as well as members from the Weathersfield Elementary School K-Kids, Los Cerritos Middle School Builders Club, Thousand Oaks High School and Westlake High School Key Clubs, other area schools and Macy’s Thousand Oaks staff, a total of 5,850 letters were turned in. Since it was “Double Down Friday,” Macy’s donated $2 per letter for a total of $11,720 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. KIWANIS California-Nevada-Hawaii District -- Spring Edition -- 2021 - 2022


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Thank you for your Service

DIVISION 42 (cont’d)

A special program was held in honor of Veterans Day. The Kiwanis Club of Thousand Oaks set a small table with a vase and single rose next to the flag. All of the Missing in Action and Prisoners of War were honored by setting the table for one. The colors of each item on the table held significance as well. In August, the Kiwanis Club of Ventura held its signature fundraising event - the Cool Breeze bicycle ride. About 700 riders participated in the event this year. Although the numbers weren’t what the event is used to, the club was happy with the participation.

In November, club members participated in the Ventura County Farm Day by volunteering at three locations at the Oxnard Historic Farm Park. Then in December, club members volunteered for the Salvation Army’s Ringing of the Bell campaign. KIWANIS California-Nevada-Hawaii District -- Spring Edition -- 2021 - 2022


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As part of the Carmichael Recreation and Park District’s Halloween activities, the Kiwanis Club of Carmichael helped out with the Petting Zoo. Then in preparation for the Veterans Day event, club members, Scout parents and others helped build a pergola and cleaned up the pathways at Koobs Nature Area. In September, Kiwanis Clubs of Division 44 participated in a Landscape Work Day at the Kiwanis Family House. At the end of the Kiwanis year, the Kiwanis Club of Folsom Lake provided two car loads of items from Costco for evacuees from the Caldor Fire in August and another two car loads of clothing for evacuees and those who lost their homes. On December 4th, the Kiwanis Club of Gold Country assisted with the Salvation Army bell ringing at the local Raley’s store in Grass Valley. The Kiwanis Club of Lincoln Foothills learned that the students at Creekside Elementary School were sharing a few ukuleles for music class. This made it difficult for the music instructor to teach the students how to play. So, the club generously purchased eleven ukuleles for the school’s music department. KIWANIS California-Nevada-Hawaii District -- Spring Edition -- 2021 - 2022


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By Nelson Tucker Kiwanis International President 2006-07

It may seem like a morbid topic, but it is actually instructive and reflective. Ask yourself: “What if I only had one more day to live – what would I do?” When my entire family came down with COVID and a dear friend passed away, I spent some serious time considering (hypothetically, but realistically) what I would do if I only had one more day. Here is a summary of my conclusions: 1. 2. 3.

I would find a new way to help kids directly in a way that had never been tried before; I would empty my bank account (after being sure my family was taken care of). I would find a suitable replacement for me in my club.

Point 1 is at the heart of Kiwanis service. We joined the organization to make kids lives better. But for many, somewhere along the way we became distracted and only worked on service projects when it was convenient. We lost our passion to help children NOW - before it’s too late for them. I now feel compelled to make a serious effort to find a new way to immediately improve the lives of children in my community. Point 2 is self-explanatory. There is a saying that, “You can’t take it with you.” Of course, we want to take care of our loved ones but there is a strong argument that the greatest gift you can leave is the gift of changing a life. Hint: Cal-Nev-Ha Children’s Fund. Point 3 is maybe the easiest. My club has a rule: You cannot leave the club without finding a suitable replacement. So, if you plan on moving out of the area, or being transferred with your job, or plan on dying….it’s time to find a new member to replace you in the club! Since that day that I pondered my last day, I have worked diligently to make each of those things happen. None of us know when it will be over, but we surely don’t want to look back and say to ourselves, “I only wish I had one more day!” TODAY is the day! KIWANIS California-Nevada-Hawaii District -- Spring Edition -- 2021 - 2022


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Our Service Leadership

Programs At Work

Time passes so fast. The current school year is just months away from being finished. But just because the school year comes to an end, the passion for service doesn’t stop. Featured on the next few pages are the projects the students have managed to do during a difficult time -- but they know there is more to get done. Watch for future stories on what the students accomplish. KIWIN’S In late September, the Hueneme High School KIWIN’S volunteered at the Alzheimer’s Walk in Oxnard. In August, the Rancho Campana High School KIWIN’S took over a Kiwanis Club of Camarillo club meeting. They had lots of games including guessing the contents of jars, a couple games of “The Price is Right” and trivia.

BUILDER’S CLUB Members of the Lewis Middle School Builders Club created handmade cards for Meals on Wheels subscribers. In January, club members held a sock drive for the homeless. The Campus Canyon College Preparatory Academy Builder’s Club students collected toys at its holiday event for those children in need. KIWANIS California-Nevada-Hawaii District -- Spring Edition -- 2021 - 2022


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BUILDER’S CLUB (cont’d) The new Builder’s Club at the University Preparation Charter School brainstormed future events while putting their ideas on Post-It notes and attaching them to fellow students. Creativity never stops.

AKTION CLUB During the holidays, the Santa Barbara Aktion Club wrote Christmas cards and greetings to the residents of local residential care facilities. The Simi-Su Aktion Club held its December meeting and were treated to a visit from Santa Claus and caroling.

K-KIDS Although the Hearst Elementary School K-Kids weren’t meeting yet in person, its annual collection of leftover Halloween candy did take place at the school. The K-Kids advisor collected much of the candy at his dental office where volunteers helped bag it for delivery to the military. The E.B. deSilva Elementary School K-Kids participated in a canned food drive that was distributed to the Salvation Army for its Thanksgiving meals. KIWANIS California-Nevada-Hawaii District -- Spring Edition -- 2021 - 2022


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K-KIDS (cont’d) After several months, the Carlin C. Coppin Elementary School K-Kids held its first in-person meeting in October. Board members went over rules, the K-Kids pledge and more. The Consumnes River Elementary School K-Kids took on the responsibility of starting a change collection to benefit the students of Walt Tyler Elementary School. Unfortunately, the school was one of the many buildings that was a victim of the Caldor Fire that ripped through Grizzly Flats.

CIRCLE K During this past holiday season, the

University of Nevada Las Vegas Circle K

Club and the Kiwanis Club of Green Valley

spent time assembling “welcome baskets” for

a new group of kids arriving at the St. Jude’s Ranch for Kids. For more than 52 years, St. Jude’s Ranch has been a beacon of hope for abused, abandoned and neglected children. Each basket contained items that a child might need to make their move easy and stress free. The Circle K members donated all the items needed for each basket which included a journal with pen, dental kits, hand lotion, lip balm, water bottle, shower cap, Monster LED light strips to personalize their rooms, ear buds and a game or toy. Over the summer, the San Diego State University Circle K headed to the south end of Mission Beach to pick up litter along the shore. They also had a “Field Day” on campus where club members were invited to enjoy outdoor

physical activities like football, spikeball and badminton. During the fall semester, the Circe K Club held an on campus Rubio’s fundraiser on one night, followed by a holiday trivia social event the next night. In addition, club members now have the opportunity to attend Interclubs with the University of California, San Diego Circle K thanks to the extension of the San Diego trolley’s Blue Line. KIWANIS California-Nevada-Hawaii District -- Spring Edition -- 2021 - 2022


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CIRCLE K (cont’d) Members from the University of California, Santa Barbara Circle K joined the Kiwanis Club of Santa Barbara in its Thanksgiving Food Drive for Unity Shoppe. Circle K members encouraged people to make donations. KEY CLUB Back in July, Division 19 South Key Clubs, Division 13 South Key Clubs and the KIWIN’S Diamond Division joined together for its first in-person Division Council Meeting. One of the highlights of the meeting was everyone working on a service project - writing encouraging messages in cards for hospitalized children and making origamis for Children’s Hospital. The North High School Key Club recently held a take-over of the Kiwanis Club of Torrance. They have done 54 service events so far this year for a total of 406 service hours. All of that with a paid membership of 58 students. Some past events the Key Club participated include SRK Assembly, Fall Rally South, Rose Float decorating and Semester Fiesta. Future events being planned are a Board Shadow program, District Convention and sending cards to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. There hasn’t been any dust settling for the West High School Key Club this year. Highlights of their year include volunteering every week as Teacher’s Aids at Victor Elementary, park clean-up every Saturday at Wilson Park, sorting food shipments and creating produce bags once a month for New Challenge Ministries Food Bank and made recycling bins for the high school. In addition, the students have helped out at community events by manning the hydration station at the Skechers Pier-to-Pier Walk, stage running and ushering for Torrance High School and more. To help raise money for the Pediatric Trauma Program, the Key Club sponsored a Nerf Blaster Target game booth at the Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair. The two day event booth was successful in raising more than $1,000. KIWANIS California-Nevada-Hawaii District -- Spring Edition -- 2021 - 2022


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KEY CLUB (cont’d) In October, wearing protective Tyvek coveralls, the Patrick Henry High School Key Club helped to paint and restore playground equipment at the Allied Gardens Park and Recreation Center. This event was one of the first in-person community service projects the students participated in since the quarantine. Keeping with that theme, club members have been participating in campus cleanup events every Tuesday after school with the high school’s Environmental Club. The King Drew High School Key Club remained active during its summer break. They held a Krispy Kreme fundraiser and participated with Division 13 West Key Clubs in a beach cleanup. Although it hadn’t officially chartered in December, the Legacy High School Key Club had a busy month. The club held three information sessions, attended the Kiwanis Club of South Gate’s Leftover Turkey Bowl, and volunteered at the South Gate Chamber of Commerce’s toy giveaway. KIWANIS California-Nevada-Hawaii District -- Spring Edition -- 2021 - 2022


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“To me, it seemed almost impossible to not have to take out loans. That is, until I was awarded the Kenneth C. Forror, M.D. Scholarship in February of 2020 from the Cal-Nev-Ha Children’s Fund.” - Jordyn Picadura

Making the Impossible Possible . . . One Gift at a Time

When you make a gift to the Cal-Nev-Ha Children's Fund, you are developing our future leaders through leadership training and development programs; making the dream of college a reality by providing scholarships; and preventing trauma and positively impacting the lives of children by awarding community grants. Every gift, regardless of the size, transforms children’s lives. Here are two easy ways to make your impact today: YES! Initiative Your donations to the YES! Initiative (Youth, Education & Support) provides the flexibility to use your gifts where they are needed the most. Learn more

William A. Dunlap Fellowship When you join the Dunlap Fellowship, you're helping students such as Jordyn overcome obstacles to higher education. And right now, we have Dunlap matching funds to make your dream of becoming a Dunlap possible as well! Learn more.

KEY CLUB (cont’d) Division 13 West Key Club held a Winter Solstice dance which raised $1,135 for Pediatric Trauma Program.

In November, the Napa High School Key Club hosted its first fundraising event for the Pediatric Trauma Program. It was a bake sale that raised $558. In July, the Key Clubs of Hilo High School, Keeau High School and Waiakea High School joined with the Kiwanis Club of East Hawaii to paint the doors, benches and safety marking at E.B. deSilva Elementary School. Kiwanis and Key Club members then filled fifty back to school backpacks for students at Kalanianaole School. Members from the Waiakea High School Key Club distributed Veteran’s Day leis to the Yukio Okutsu Care Home. They joined with the Hilo High School Key Club and made origami hearts in December. KIWANIS California-Nevada-Hawaii District -- Spring Edition -- 2021 - 2022

KEY CLUB (cont’d) The Hilo High School Key Club members sent out thank you cards to Kiwanis members. They assisted with vaccination shots for children and held a Thanksgiving food drive. The Kiwanis Family of East Hawaii filled sixty bags of fun and toiletries and donated all the bags to the Keaau High School Key Club for distribution to families in need during the holidays. In October, the Moorpark High School KeyClub volunteered at the Frederick Michael Gibson Walk/Run which was sponsored by the Free Health Clinic in Simi Valley. As with many Southern California Key Clubs, the end of December is busy with Rose Float decorating. That is no different for the Westlake High School Key Club members who trekked to Irwindale to cut flowers and paint the Kiwanis International float. 29

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KEY CLUB (cont’d) Congratulations to those Key Club members from Oxnard High School, Channel Islands High School and Pacifica High School on being awarded scholarships from the Kiwanis Club of Oxnard. The Santa Susana High School Key Club joined the Kiwanis Clubs of Simi Valley and Santa Susana collected, sorted and delivered items for local food banks on Veterans Day. In November, the Folsom High School Key Club walked alongside Kiwanis Club of Folsom Lake members in the Veterans Day Parade and handed out candy to children and flag pins to veterans. Then later in the month, Folsom Lake High School Key Club, Oak Ridge High School Key Club and others participated in the Key Club Olympics. Key Club members competed in events like tug of war, spirit contest, dance off and a color war. The Phoenix High School Key Club members gather and sort clothing for the ClothesCloset which is offered to area school students at no cost.

Key Leader by Kiwanis is a weekend leadership program for high school and graduating 8th Grade students. Our mission is to inspire young people to achieve their personal best through service leadership. KIWANIS California-Nevada-Hawaii District -- Spring Edition -- 2021 - 2022


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by Herman Platzke, District Chair, Kiwanis Children’s Fund

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What does the Children’s Fund do? Learn about the Kiwanis causes supported by the Kiwanis Children’s Fund and how they amplify your impact. Hear real stories about the kids we serve together and learn how the Children’s Fund can be a resource for you, your club, and your district. The Kiwanis Children’s Fund gives back with grants to our clubs, our district, and, most importantly, to our service leadership programs along with providing scholarships to the later. The grants and scholarships are made possible with generous giving by clubs to the annual gift campaign and individual giving to the Kiwanis Children’s Fund to support the programs above. Recent Club Grants -- The Kiwanis Club of Almaden Valley, San Jose in a joint effort with the city of San Jose, Santa Clara County and Almaden Valley Rotary Club to create an all-inclusive playground at the 32-acre Almaden Lake Park. The Playgarden and Nature Area will serve 100,000 children in the San Jose area. The Kiwanis Club of Rancho Cordova received a grant for its Book Buddies project. The club will provide at least 1,000 age-appropriate books to help families build their own libraries. Children’s Fund Grants Help Districts Serve More Kids -- The Kiwanis Children’s Fund has made grants worth more than US$20,000 to help Kiwanis districts meet the needs of children in the areas of health and nutrition, education and literacy and youth leadership development. In August, Kiwanians who attended our district’s 2021 Education Convention in San Diego filled backpacks with school supplies for children of Marines stationed at Camp Pendleton in Southern California. The Kiwanis Club of Oceanside, California, collaborates closely with Camp Pendleton personnel and members delivered the backpacks before school started. KIWANIS California-Nevada-Hawaii District -- Spring Edition -- 2021 - 2022


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Service Leadership Programs -- The Kiwanis Children’s Fund has a long and proud history of supporting our Service Leadership Programs and its members. Kiwanis SLPs include clubs that range from elementary school to university students—as well as adults with disabilities. To help our SLP members serve, lead, grow and belong, we provide: • Scholarships to Circle K (college) and Key Club (high school) members. • Funding for service projects to Circle K clubs. • Funding for service projects to Key Clubs • Support events like the Aktion Club (adults with disabilities) Training and Leadership Conference In addition, the Children’s Fund recognizes outstanding members of K-Kids and Builders Club with our Leadership Awards. We also provide funding and one-time grants to support special initiatives and programs organized by our SLPs, including Key Leader, Circle K Leadership Academy, Key Club Breakthrough, and others. CKI Clubs Receive Grants to Serve -- Every year, clubs and districts can apply for grants of US$200 to $2,000 to make a difference on their campuses and in their communities. The Tomorrow Fund, helped Los Angeles City College CKI and our district expand its impact during the 2020-21 year. Sharing Snacks -- Los Angeles City College CKI members offered Brown Bag Treats providing forty students with healthy snacks — nuts, coconut water, coffee packs, crackers, and raisins — to enjoy while studying for finals. Scholarship Recipients Want to Serve Others -- Key Club scholarship recipient Yena Suh, who received the Kiwanis Children’s Fund Scholarship, is raising awareness of mental health. The Children’s Fund received more than 500 scholarship applications from students in 45 U.S. states and eight countries. Kiwanis Children’s Fund Ready-Made Meeting Kit -- Find out how the Children’s Fund can be a resource for you — from your fundraising efforts to writing grant applications and even boosting membership. Learn more about the Ready-made Meeting kit. President’s Challenge Met -- Congratulations to Lieutenant Governors Kirsten Ireton – Division 7, Ronald Gaiser – Division 33, and Angelina Nowlin – Division 44 for meeting the President’s Challenge for 2020-2021 with at least 50 percent of the clubs in their division contributing and division club giving of 10 percent more than the three previous years giving average. Clubs are encouraged to become Today Clubs giving at least ten dollars per member and our Lt, Governors are encouraged to have their division meet the President’s Challenge for 2021-2022. KIWANIS California-Nevada-Hawaii District -- Spring Edition -- 2021 - 2022


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y ou c a n b u ild a better fu tu re for chi ldren FI RS T F A MI L Y 'S F O C U S

Supporting the mental health needs of young people Here's something to consider: One in five Americans are affected by mental health conditions and 50% of all mental health conditions begin by age 14. Furthermore, the stress and uncertainty that the pandemic has brought to our lives has resulted in a surge in the mental health needs of children of all ages. When you contribute to the First Family's Focus, you help young people attain the mental health services they need. Learn more

ALL N E W T R I P L E CR O W N Triple the recognition opportunities

Have you heard the news? The CNH Children's Fund recently revised the Triple Crown program, creating another giving opportunity for individuals and clubs. When you join the Triple Crown program, you are added to the 1965 Fellowship of the YES! Initiative, you become a new member of the William A. Dunlap Fellowship (or are upgraded to the next level), and you are recognized with an engraved brick placed at the Kiwanis Professional Center. Or, you can recognize someone else! Learn more

DI N N E R F O R T W O R A FF L E Where in our District do you want to eat?

Dinner for Two Anywhere in the Cal-Nev-Ha District

If you're selected as this year's Dinner for Two raffle winner, you will receive round trip coach airfare for two, two nights hotel accommodations, three-day rental car, and a gift certificate for dinner to any restaurant within the Cal-Nev-Ha District. That's a prize valued at up to $4,500! Learn more