Meeting Highlights - March 1, 2018
This morning we recognized Noah Grindstaff, our Student of the Month from Hearst Elementary School. Noah joined us for breakfast today, along with his mother Shauna, dad Scott, teacher Alison Borman, and Principal Jamie Jorgensen. Principal Jorgensen recalled that she first met Noah when his mom, a teacher at Hearst, brought him to school when he was just a few years old. He was all over the place and mom warned Jamie that he would be a handful in Kindergarten. As it turns out, Noah “has stood out since kindergarten,” because of his academic talent and his habit of being kind to others. Noah isn’t sure what he wants to do when he grows up, but thinks a roller coaster engineer might be right up his alley! His mom is hoping that Noah’s great sense of humor and gift of gab will make him the perfect person to replace the retiring Jimmy Fallon! For now, his outgoing manner makes him a friend to all his classmates. He has been in our K-Kids leadership club for the past three years where he is a valued member. For his efforts, longtime Kiwanian and K-Kid advisor, Dr. Doug Grosmark, presented Scott with a gift certificate to Hooley’s Public House in Grosmont Center (La Mesa). Scott can take his whole family out to dinner!
The Kiwanian of the Day was John Chandler. He had the pleasure of introducing our guest speakers this morning... our very own members, Chris and Gay Hollbrook! Chris and Gay are the owners/operators of our new Grocery Outlet store on Waring Road. They told us that is all began in 1946, when Jim Read started selling military surplus for deep discounts. The concept caught on and Grocery Outlet has been wowing bargain-minded shoppers ever since. Delivering thrilling deals has become their mission, making them the nation’s largest extreme value grocery retailer. They offer brand-name groceries and farm fresh produce at up to 40-70% off conventional retail prices. Since opening last summer, they have been working long hours to be sure they live up to the expectations of our community, and they have met with great success. They also told us about the company’s desire to be a force for good in the community which led the Hollbrooks to join our club. Chris and Gay are thrilled at the positive reception they have received since moving here and are happy to be a part of our community!
Our Kiwanian of the Week was Dr. Doug Grosmark. Doug was born on Father’s Day at Kaiser hospital in Los Angeles. He grew up in Burbank and attended school there. In high school, he was twice class president as well as student body president in his senior year. His claim to fame is that Rowan & Martin sponsored his “Sock It To Me” Little League team so he and his teammates met the entire “Laugh-In” cast! He actually was in a conga line with his hands on the shoulders of Jane Seymour! At age twelve he decided to become a dentist because he so admired his own dentist’s fancy sports car! His dream came true when he earned his dental degree from Tufts University and purchased his own sports car! He has been the advisor of the Hearst Elementary K-Kids Club since 1994 and a member of our club since 1992. He has a 28 year old daughter who is an SDSU graduate and he can often be seen with his little therapy dog Ollie who is a hit with Doug’s dental patients in Del Cerro!
KOD John Chandler with Chris & Gay Holbrook
(l.-r.) Jamie Jorgensen, Alison Borman, Noah Grindstaff, mom & dad, Doug Grosmark & Ollie