Every Thursday morning, 7:00 a.m., Brothers Family Restaurant


January 11, 2018 Meeting

Vice President John Crawford stepped in to run the meeting this morning, with noticeable absences of many members due to the seasonal cold/flu outbreak. Hopefully they will feel much improved soon. Joi Vogel took the reins as songmistress, leading us in a few oldies, and Byron Newman entertained us with his weekly joke. Our guest today was Vy Nguyen, the Key-Club Division Lt. Governor, who comes from Serra High School. She explained that she coordinates 15 high school Key-Clubs, runs a DCM meeting, and helps to inspire other students to serve in their community.

Announcements included the upcoming Key-Club elections on Saturday at Rady Childrens hospital at 1pm.  We will be displaying flags on Monday on Waring Road in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Day. New Entra Casa is holding a spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Saturday, Jan. 27. We are invited to attend and to RSVP with John Chandler.

One of our newest members, Joi Vogel, completed the last step to earning her permanent Kiwanis badge. She recited 10 members names and occupations, and received her badge from John Crawford. We are always happy to welcome our new members and congratulate them as they finish their get-acquainted initiation requirements.

Today’s guest speaker was Dawn Norby, who volunteers for Make-A-Wish San Diego. Dawn has been active with the organization since her own young son was granted the wish that helped give him hope to concentrate on treatment for his very serious medical condition. She says she wants to help give families the joy that her son’s gift gave to him.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation had its beginnings in 1980 when a group of caring Arizona Department of Public Safety officers helped a young boy with leukemia live his dream, by making him an honorary police officer. Caring people in his community granted his wish ... and set in motion a phenomenon that would create an unprecedented kind of charity that’s been granting wishes to children with life threatening illnesses. The children’s wishes impact everyone involved - wish kids, volunteers, donors, sponsors, medical professionals and communities. Today, thousands of wishes are granted by chapters through the U.S. that serve every community across the nation and its territories, and in more than 40 countries worldwide. Make-A-Wish San Diego grants wishes to eligible children in San Diego and Imperial Counties.  Read the whole inspiring story on the Make-A-Wish website.

Joi Vogel received her permanent Kiwanis badge
from John Crawford, membership chair.

Key-Club Division Lt. Governor Vy Nguyen.

Make-A-Wish speaker Dawn Norby
and John Crawford.