Club Meeting - December 7, 2017
It was a full house as we gathered this morning at Brothers Family Restaurant on Waring Road. While we all enjoyed a delicious breakfast, president George Butterstein helped us plan for our December community service and social events for the holiday season. Song master Gary Blume challenged us with two new songs: You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling and Take Me Home, Country Road. We soldiered on even though some of our younger folks didn’t recognize these songs! However, we all joined in for our signature song, You're a Grand Old Flag!
We had the pleasure of honoring Taryn Herrera, our Jim and Joanne McDonald Student of the Month from Hearst Elementary School. Taryn was accompanied by her parents, Teresa and Warren, her sister Kinley, her teacher Alicia Borman. and principal Jamie Jorgensen. Ms. Borman and Ms. Jorgensen told us that Taryn is an outstanding student who is a terrific role model and is well-liked and respected by her peers. She often volunteers to help others and can always be counted on to do the right thing. Taryn is one of only 9 students from Hearst who receives this honor each year, and hearing the praise from ‘her teacher and principal makes it obvious why Taryn was a natural choice to be our December Student of the Month! We presented Taryn with a framed certificate, a gift card fo Hoolies Restaurant and our heart-felt congratulations!
Our Member of the Week was Mary Haas. Mary was born in Minnesota, the second of five children. She and her family moved to San Diego when Mary was in the second grade. She attended El Cajon High School and was the captain of the girls flag corps. In addition to participating in many parades and halftime shows, she got to march in the Rose Bowl Parade! She is a mother of daughter Aimee and worked in the printing industry. After working at SDSU for over 29 years, she retired in 2010 after a career that spanned 42 years. She and husband Tony are now enjoying retirement and are valued members of our organization.
Our Kiwanian of the Day was Phil Bennett. He solicited Happy/Sad Dollars and quizzed us on some questions about events in San Diego in years past. Even though many of us were unable to answer correctly, we all learned some interesting facts about our community!
Our invited speaker was Lynn Effinger. Lynn is an inspirational speaker and author of Believe to Achieve, The Power of Perseverance. Although born without a left hand, Lynn Effinger never let that fact keep him from doing whatever it was that he really wanted to do. He learned at an early age that he had an important choice to make; he could either sit in the corner of his room and feel sorry for himself or he could simply go out and do those things he wanted to -- never letting others define who he was or what he could accomplish. He chose wisely and with a lot of hard work and perseverance he has met with much success! His message to us all is: you must BELIEVE to ACHIEVE!
Congratulations SOM Taryn Herrera! KOD Phil Bennett with Lynn Effinger
Our MOW Mary Haas with husband Tony