Club Meeting - September 14, 2017
We were honored this morning with the presence of our current Lieutenant Governor, Lonnie Folsom, our Lieutenant Governor Elect, Doug Beckham, and Circle K Lieutenant Governor, G-Bus Aguilar. We are all grateful for their service to Kiwanis and our community.
President Kathy Wiskur filled us in on upcoming events, including tomorrow night’s BBQ we are hosting at the Benchly-Weinberger Elementary Back to School Night, our Installation Banquet a week from Saturday, and a Patrick Henry High School fundraiser at Foster Freeze on Monday, September 18. Our service clubs (SDSU Circle K, PHHS Key Club, Lewis Builders Club, Hearst and Marvin K-Kids) are preparing to be up and running soon and have exciting plans for the new school year!
Our Song Master, Gary Blume, led us on a tour down memory lane with the songs from notable products such as Coke, Good and Plenty and Oscar Meyer. Byron Newman not only gave a funny Joke of the Week, but also served as Kiwanian of the Day. His questions about gems and minerals made it obvious that we could really benefit from our guest speaker’s presentation. Our speaker was Paul Clifford, a member of the El Cajon Valley Gem & Mineral Society.
The El Cajon Valley Gem & Mineral Society is an organization dedicated to the study of gems and minerals. It is open to all people, young and old, who share an interest in the study of rocks, gems, minerals, fossils and the lapidary arts. They have been located in El Cajon, CA. since 1959.
They strive to promote the common good and general welfare of the people within the community by giving them an opportunity to study and collect gems, minerals and fossils. This morning, Paul shared some of his knowledge of the lapidary arts with us and brought along some examples of various rocks and minerals that he has found in SoCal. What looks like an ordinary gray rock laying on the ground to the uninitiated, can be turned into a beautiful work of art by an expert like Paul. He has made knives, jewelry and display pieces that are true works of art. We came to appreciate the splendor and variation of Mother Earth's mantel, thanks to the talent of a master of the lapidary arts!
(l. to r.) CK Lt. Gov. G-Bus Aguilar, Lt Gov. Lonnie Folsom, & Lt. Gov. Elect Doug Beckham
KOD Byron Newman & Paul Clifford hosted an interesting and informative meeting!