Club Meeting - February 1, 2018
It was a full house as we gathered this morning at Brothers Family Restaurant. Three SDSU Circle K students joined us as did community member Anny Tritchler. We also welcomed our Hearst Elementary Student of the Month, Riley Shepley. Riley was joined by her parents, Kevin and Michelle, her brother Tyler, Principal Jamie Jorgensen and Teacher Dorothy Ianuzzi. Riley is a high achieving student who gets things done, is thoughtful, has a good attitude and always shows good sportsmanship. She especially likes jujitsu, jump rope, volleyball and helping others. Doug Grosmark presented Riley her award along with a gift certificate to Hooleys Irish Pub.
Our Song Master, Gary Blume, got us energized with two fun songs, Jeremiah Was A Bullfrog and Hit the Road Jack. With the help of his karaoke machine, we managed to make it through in fine form! John Crawford announced the upcoming Homeless Food Distribution event conducted each year by the Lewis Middle School Builders Club. On February 15, the students will make P, B & J sandwiches and pack them in bags with fruit and water to then be distributed to the homeless community in downtown San Diego. Last year they made 400 lunch bags that were very well received by folks who are food insecure. We are encouraged to bring jars of jelly and PB and bottles of water to next week’s meeting to help in the effort. John also thanked Chris and Gay Holbrook, owners/operators of Grocery Outlet for donating the bread for this worthwhile project!
Byron Newman regaled us with a funny Joke of the Week and President George Butterstein read us a very nice thank you note from Gabi Rivers, the COO of the Ronald McDonald House. She thanked us for our recent donation of a carload of toiletries, coloring books, games and other helpful items for the families that find themselves residing there while they attend to a child in need of Rady Childrens Hospital services.
Our Kiwanian of the Week was Tony Haas. Tony is a Baby Boomer originally from Wisconsin. Upon graduating from High School, he enlisted in the US Army. He served in the Computer Test Unit in Fort Hood, Texas. After leaving the service, at the age of 21, he and two friends camped in a truck for three months while they trekked from state to state before landing in San Diego. He received his undergraduate degree in Biology/Ecology from SDSU in 1976. He began working for SDSU College of Sciences in 1978, adapting computers for use in science labs. He worked with the biology, chemistry, physics and psychology departments for 33 years, until he retired in 2010. He now has time to pursue his love of cooking, woodworking, guitar playing and backpacking. He has trekked through the Grand Canyon many times and also hiked in Switzerland. He and his wife Mary joined Kiwanis in 2011, and we are very glad they did! In addition to always volunteering for community service projects, Tony and Mary have produced many of the Harvey Awards handed out to deserving Lewis Middle School graduates!
Our Kiwanian of the Day was Kathy Butterstein. With input from members, Kathy gave us an interesting fact about a member and asked us to identify to whom it pertained. We discovered, for example, that we have members who:
-skipped first grade and started high school when he was 12;
-testified at a court hearing in Moscow;
-hopped a freight train when he was only 10 and rode it for 150 miles before he called his dad;
-worked for billionaire Ross Perot;
-was the first female Toastmasters president, and
-zip-lined at the age of 64 in Puerto Rico…with a broken rib!
Quite an eclectic list of accomplishments!
We also learned about the many opportunities and programs offered by Jewish Family Service. Our guest speakers were Stephanie Keith, the Eastern San Diego Rides and Smiles Coordinator and her colleague Tim Hart, AmeriCorps VIP Lead. They amazed us with all the programs they offer, regardless of religious affiliation. They offer seniors rides, home safety inspections, geriatric care management services, Alzheimer’s Disease programs, food assistance and even a safe place where folks living in their cars can spend the night and receive needed services to help them get back on their feet. Many of these services are provided by volunteers who generously donate their time and effort. This remarkable organization has been working tirelessly for the last 100 years to build a stronger, healthier, more resilient San Diego. It is inspiring to realize that in spite of all the difficulties our country is facing, in our communities we are all working together to make life better for those in need!
Congratulations, Riley Shepley, our Student of the Month!
Kathy Butterstein (c.) with Stephanie Keith and Tim Hart