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Club Meeting – June 14, 2018 – It’s a grand old Flag Day

Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. Our club was out on the sidewalks of Allied Gardens, bright and early before today’s weekly meeting, setting up our American Flags on Waring Road to honor the day. Our volunteers then came back into the community room at Brothers Family Restaurant, to get the meeting off to a good start. We will be back out on the sidewalk at 6:30pm to roll up the flags and put them away until the July 4th display.

John Crawford presided over today’s meeting, also filling the role as Kiwanian of the Day.  Today’s guests included Jacinda Dietz, English teacher and faculty advisor for Builders Club at Lewis Middle School. We were pleased to welcome Superior Court Judge Carolyn Caietti and Julie Myres, Superior Court Community Outreach and Education Program Coordinator.

Gary Blume led us in several patriotic songs as a tribute to Flag Day: Star Spangled Banner, Yankee Doodle Dandy, The Marines Hymn, and You’re a Grand Old Flag. Byron Newman tickled our sense of humor with his morning joke. John Chandler invited the club to his annual 4th of July party, which will be followed up by the Lake Murray Fireworks display. Mickey Zeichick invited us to Point Loma Playhouse to enjoy Wally’s Café, July 16-23.

Today’s speakers and long-time friends, Judge Carolyn Caietti, and Julie Myres from Superior Court system, came to thank us for our past support of the Passport to Life career exposition, which will be held on August 10 at City College. Passport to Life is aimed at youth ages 14 to 24 who are on probation, have been on probation, or are participating in diversion programs in San Diego County. Sponsored by the juvenile court system and numerous public and private organizations, the event offers user-friendly information about resources and opportunities available to participants as they transition from being youth on probation into adulthood with adult responsibilities. The goal is to provide ideas, tools, motivation, encouragement, and hope for their future. It is based on the premise that all youth, including adjudicated youth with probation histories, have the ability to succeed if given the right training, support, and opportunities. Our club is proud to support this very worthwhile event, and our participation includes providing lunches for 800 to 1,200 young attendees.

Judge Caietti has recently moved from Juvenile Court to downtown Superior Court of San Diego. She described some of the changes in both the courthouse and the juvenile facilities. One of her goals is to help kids to avoid moving on to adult crimes. Reaching out and helping them learn about “civics” -  what the courts are about, what voters and community service can do, and how the justice system operates. We thank Judge Caietti and Julie Myres for their tireless efforts to give our young citizens every opportunity to meet with success.

Our club Vice President, John Crawford, presided over the rest of the meeting. Acting as Kiwanian of the Day, he solicited Happy/Sad dollars, and entertained us with a quiz about movies, current and vintage.



(L-R) John Crawford welcomes Honorable Carolyn Caietti and Julie Myres
from San Diego Superior Court.


Our beautiful display of American flags honoring Flag Day.