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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 jack-o-smash.org, 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,...


Concert to highlight installation dinner - 09/16/2017
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Recording artist Ryan Hiller will perform as part of the Poway Kiwanis Club's annual installation dinner, at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7 at a private Poway home.

The "Dinner in the Country" will include a potluck barbecued dinner, drinks, and a chilli and wings competition.

Tickets are $35 each. Reserve by sending an email to steved37@cox.net.


Club raises money for Circle K - 08/31/2017
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The Poway Kiwanis Club supported the Circle K Club at Cal State San Marcos on Aug. 26 with a fundraising spaghetti dinner held at a member's home. An estimated $1,200 was raised through the selling of meals and bidding on auction items. The money will be applied toward Circle K leader training expenses later this year.


Our membership is growing! - 07/17/2017
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Kimberly Adams and Becky Trotter were inducted into the club Thursday night by Past President Jeff Wilson.

Kimberly, second from left, was sponsored by Patti Ryder. (Dad Cal Pancheri pinch-hit for her at the ceremony.) Becky, far right, was sponsored by Cody Trotter, who happens to be her niece.

Kimberly recently graduated from Cal State San Marcos, where she an active member and officer of the Circle K Club. Raised in San Diego, she was Key Club member in high school as well. She is looking for a job teaching English as a second language. 

Becky is the mother of nearly-adult twin boys and has spent years volunteering for a number of organizations. She serves on the local leukemia and lymphoma...


Paper airplanes launched! - 07/03/2017
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Members and guests folded and (tried) to fly paper airplanes at our June 29 morning meeting. Congrats to Kent Brooks for achieving the greatest distance and to Sharron Watson for the best decorating job!