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Club Meeting - February 22, 2018

This morning, President George Butterstein turned over our meeting to Hershey Guzman, President of SDSU Circle K for the annual “SDSU takeover.” Joining her were eight other Circle K'ers who filled us in on who they are and what studies and community service projects they are involved in. It is always amazing and gratifying to see these bright, dynamic students in action. We are so impressed by their commitment not only to their studies, but to their school and to the larger community of San Diego. One Kiwanis member noted how much more confident and well-spoken these students have become since joining this service organization. 

We also honored a Student of the Month from Patrick Henry High School. Douglas Prodor is a 12th grader who is very active in the performing arts scene at Henry. He is the Captain of the Improv team and has the starring lead in the upcoming performances of Shrek. Douglas also enjoys disc golf and attending concerts and plans on pursuing a degree in Aerospace Engineering. PHHS Principal Listy Gillingham told us she appreciates Douglas’ willingness to help make his community better without being asked. To illustrate this, she talked about a video Douglas and a friend produced to highlight the three pillars of PHHS: Be Welcoming, Use Choice Words, Do No Harm. It was so well-done, it is now shown to all the students in an effort to “spread the word” about what Henry is all about. Perhaps Douglas’ mom, Cindy, summed it up best saying “Our world will be a better place because we have Douglas in it.”   Dr. Doug Grosmark presented Douglas a gift card to Hooley’s Public House and a framed certificate, one of many awards we are sure Douglas will receive during his lifetime!

After breakfast, Circle K Member Relations Chair Imani Baldi and Paradise Division Lt. Governor Jesus "G-Bus" Aguilar gave us an informative overview of Circle K. Circle K International (CKI) is the premiere university service organization in the world sponsored by Kiwanis International. With clubs on more than 550 campuses globally, programming is based upon the tenets of service, leadership and fellowship.  

The Circle K club at SDSU, which we sponsor, is the oldest active club in the California-Nevada-Hawaii Circle K District, having chartered in 1955.

SDSU Circle K is committed to following the three main tenets of service, leadership and fellowship.  Events they have recently attended include Relay for Life (a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society), Reality Changers, where they tutor City Heights students two days a week, and Father Joe’s Village, where they serve breakfast to the homeless.  They also love to give back to our Kiwanis Club, so they host an annual Spaghetti Dinner for us, and help at most of our weekly breakfast meetings and service projects. While they are mainly a service club, they also have fun socials like going hiking to Cowles Mountain, watching movies, attending dinner events with other local Circle K clubs, and so much more.  Our current Circle K advisor at SDSU is Kathy Wiskur, better known to her Circle K'ers as their “KiwaniMama!"All of their members are truly a dedicated family, making San Diego a better place! 

                        
                        SOM Douglas Prodor with proud mom Cindy (l.), Principal Gillingham & Doug Grosmark

                         
                                              SDSU Circle K members ran a fun and successful "takeover!"