Club News

Club again sponsors Miss Poway pageant - 03/28/2018
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The March 24 Miss Poway Pageant, sponsored by the Poway Kiwanis Club, had 37 young women compete for three titles. The event draw a large crowd to the Poway Center for the Performing Arts and served as a fundraiser for the club’s foundation. Congratulations to the three winners: Miss Junior Teen Poway Devyn Jones, Miss Poway Gabriella Sheffler and Miss Teen Poway Tessa Tricarico.

Someone will be murdered on April 7! - 03/14/2018
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The Poway Kiwanis Club Foundation is hosting a Murder Mystery Dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 7 at St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church in Poway. The event, open to the public, is a major fundraiser for the club’s high schools scholarship program.

Ten pre-appointed “CEOs” will be on hand to see which receives a big award. One of them (or perhaps someone else in the room) will end up dead. It will be up to those attending to figure out “who done it.”

Dinner will be prepared and served by the Knights of Columbus, which is also offering a dinner for 10, in your home, as the evening’s only live auction prize.

Tickets are $80 each. Please contact foundation treasurer...

Student leaders honored by club - 01/17/2018
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Our club honored leaders of the Cal State San Marcos Circle Key Club and the Poway High School Key Club during our Jan. 8 dinner meeting at The Hamburger Factory.

That's Rich Hankla, our hard-working Key Club advisor, with one of the honorees.

Kids Need Kiwanis, and we need outstanding student leaders!

Youngsters shop with a 'hero' - 12/29/2017
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Sixty underserved youngsters from a local elementary school got to shop for holiday gifts with a Marine or public safety first-responded on Dec. 14 during the 11th annual "Holiday With Heroes" event sponsored by the Poway Kiwanis Club and The Summit for Children Worldwide.

Each child received a $100 gift card to shop for family members. Each child also received a no-sew fleece blanket assembled by the Poway High Key Club, a book distributed by the Abraxas Aktion Club, a hand-knitted cap and a free hot dog dinner.

Club member Mike Szoka raised about $7,500 in private donations to help fund the event.

Poway Kiwanis Decorates Ronald McDonald House - 12/11/2017
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Poway Kiwanis Club members got into the holiday spirit with a new service project, helping decorate the Ronald McDonald House North near Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. Members and guests spent the morning adding holiday decorations to both the interior and exterior of the house, which now serves as a companion facility to the larger Ronald McDonald House.

The club agreed to participate after accepting a request for assistance from the Los Rancheros Kiwanis Club. Poway Past President Liz Carlson chaired the activity.

Members will return after the holidays to take down the decorations.

Transfers Join Club - 11/21/2017
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Two experienced Kiwanians have transferred to the Poway Kiwanis Club.

The two are Tim Cunning, left, former Region 2 district trustee and candidate for the position of district governor-elect, and Jaime “Jim” Hernandez, a past distinguished president of the Los Ranchos Kiwanis Club.

Welcome, Tim and Jim, to “The Best Show in Town!”

Jack-O-Smash is a smash! - 11/08/2017
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The club-sponsored 4th annual Jack-O-Smash Fun Runs and Family Festival, held Oct. 29, drew 550 runners to the 10K, 5K and 1K courses, plus members of the public who enjoyed music, information booths, a free pancake breakfast, and pumpkins tossed from a trebuchet.

Proceeds will benefit the Poway Unified School District Special Education Foundation, the Abraxas High Transitions Program, and the Poway Kiwanis Foundation.

Thanks to chairs Sharon Gruber and Bob Beavers, and to dozens of club members who helped make this event a success!

New club officers installed - 10/18/2017
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New officers for the 2017-18 year were installed during an outdoor dinner and concert held Oct. 7 at the beautiful Poway home of John and Lisa Lingham.

Steve Dreyer, a 24-year member of the club, was installed as club president. He previously held the position in 1995-96 and is a past distinguished lieutenant governor of Division 37. He told the 60 members and guests his theme for the year will be “The Best Show in Town!”

Serving with Dreyer will be:  Marjorie Howard, president-elect; Liz Carlson, secretary; Thelma Fisher, treasurer and Sharon Gruber, immediate past president. Club directors are John Lingham, April French, Cody Trotter, Steve Munzinger, Monika Sullivan, Sharron...

Poway High retains Kiwanis Cup - 10/11/2017
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Members of the Poway High School varsity football team celebrated retaining the Poway Kiwanis Cup following Friday night's 38-21 homecoming game victory over the Mt. Carmel High Sundevils. The cup is awarded to the winner of the annual game. Poway holds a 30-11 advantage. See homecoming photos,

Runners sought for Jack-O-Smash! - 10/06/2017
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Runners of all ages and abilities are invited to register early for the 4th annual Jack-O-Smash Race and Family Festival, to be held on the morning of Sunday, Oct. 29 in the Poway Business Park.

The event raises money for the special needs community and will include a 10K and 5K runs and a 1K walk-run. The races will begin and end at SportsPlex USA, 12349 McIvers Court. Medals will be awarded to the top finishers.

Advance registration, at, is strongly encouraged. The 10K will start at 7:30 and costs $40. The 5K and 1K races will start at 7:45 a.m., with fees of $30 and $15, respectively.

The races will end on one of the SportsPlex fields, placing runners at the family festival,...