KIWANIS CLUB OF PLACENTIA
October 1, 2010 through July 11, 2012
The saga began on October 1, 2010 when
Debbie Scheibel started her administrative year as Division
30 Lt. Governor. She asked Dr. Ed Norman to Chair the
Membership Growth and New Club Development Committee, he asked
Dennis O’Hern to work with him to start a club in Placentia and
the Kiwanis Club of Brea was asked to sponsor this new Placentia
Several preliminary meetings were held and a strategy emerged that
included a mailing to over 300 Placentia businesses, a week of
personal visits to these businesses, and some newspaper advertising
to announce two Information Meetings in the Spring. For help with
details, the Placentia Chamber office was visited and a very nice
lady provided us with Directories and some good thoughts. During the
conversation, an old acquaintance from the Brea Kiwanis club came
out of the back office and the three of us had a nice chat.
With the help of a number of interested members from around the
Division, the visits were made and the Information Meetings were
held at the Alta Vista County Club in March. We sincerely thank the
members who gave their time so generously. You see their names on
the back cover of the program.
Our next steps took advantage of the nice lady at the Placentia
Chamber office again who invited us to attend the Placentia
Community Network meeting after the holidays as well as to attend
Placentia Chamber meetings.
In early April Dennis O’Hern had lunch with a dear old
friend. As he explained with excitement what Kiwanis was doing in
the City and after listening for a bit the friend asked, “Can I
join”. Here was a hard, but good lesson learned. The most basic
principle of recruiting had been ignored, i.e., ask for membership.
Well, within 30 days, Emily Palacios was the first paid
member of the Kiwanis Club of Placentia.
Following Emily’s example, in quick succession Ed Norman, Rick
Smith, Troy Butzlaff, Dwayne DeRose, Kathy DeRose, and Bruce Cooper…the
fellow that came out of the Chamber back office submitted their
membership applications and checks. We were now 8. With this core
group, we held our very first meeting in the IHOP restaurant with
Reed Taylor and Mark Royston from the La Mirada club and
Richard Arguijo from the Greater Whittier Club on hand for moral
support. At this first meeting we decided on a regular meeting day
and time, and determined New Member Fees and Dues structures. It was
also in May that our group first appeared on the Division 30 website
thanks to Don Hull.
Through a bit of serendipity, in June we met leaders from the
Miracle League of North Orange County and did our first official
service project…serving lunch at its Closing Ceremony where we
proudly displayed our “we are still not-a-club” banner for the first
The following month Emily Palacios launched the Kiwanis Read
Around the World program bedecked in her Cat in the Hat costume at
the Boys & Girls Club Teen Center in Kraemer Park.
In August we had a presence at the Placentia Movies in the Park and
made our first $54. Frank Barry was guest speaker and talked
about the Service Leadership Program (SLP). We introduced the
membership to the Kiwanis International ELIMINATE project, Region 3
CHOC Pledge, and the Division 30 Kiwanis One Day for the 13th Marine
Expeditionary Unit. The end of summer also ended the successful and
fulfilling Read Around the World program at the Boys & Girls Club.
We had a pizza party and distributed dictionaries acquired through
Project Dictionary to those kids who participated.
As school started in September, El Dorado High School expressed an
interest in forming a Key Club, and a proposal is submitted to the
District office suggesting a change in the rationale to charter a
In October 2011, Mike Fields became Division 30 Lt. Governor…
Frank Barry returned to give a primer on Key Club…and the
club partnered with the Boys & Girls Club and Chick-fil-A for our
first participation in the Heritage Days festivities. We learned
that Kiwanis International will accept Charter Papers for new clubs
with 15 members
When the holidays began we donated food boxes to the Friendly Center
and the American Legion Auxiliary at Thanksgiving. John Lynch
became member number 9 and Ed Garcia, then President of the
Placita Santa Fe Merchants Association, became member number 10.
In December, the Friendly Center Executive Director Cathy Seelig
was guest speaker and the group decided to Adopt-a-Family of 4
through her organization. We hear our first presentation on Aktion
clubs and participated in the 17th Annual Tamale Festival and Las
Posadas. Some members made and collected baby blankets to donate to
Operation of Hope, and we participate in the Feed the Rose Float
Decorators. Perhaps the most favorite event was to watch Santa Claus
visit the kids at H.I.S. House.
2012 started with a visit from Lt. Governor Mike Fields. In
February we hosted our first Interclub with nine members from the
Kiwanis Club of Brea…we attended the Key Club Conclave to witness
the election of Wesley Chiang as Key Club Division 30 North Lt.
Governor Elect. El Dorado Key Club submitted its Charter documents
and Pam Tancordo, the nice lady from the Placentia Chamber of
Commerce, became our 11th member.
March brought in Richard Hardy as our 12th member. We did 400
pancake breakfasts for the Placentia Little League and we
participated in the Placentia Library’s Easter “Eggcitement” and
Spring Carnival. Library Director Jeannette Contreras was a
guest speaker. Maria Teven became member #13 and Linda
Piper became member #14.
We were really ramped up now, especially for a club that did not
exist. In April we helped serve dinner for the Miracle League of
North Orange County at the conclusion of its annual Titan Clinic at
CSUF; we hosted an Interclub of five members from the Kiwanis Club
of Fullerton. Emily Palacios and Linda Piper started the Read
Around the World Program with the Friendly Center at Cathy Torres
Center. Guest speaker Judi Gollette from the Rio Hondo club
told us more about the Aktion Club and her personal experiences with
the Aktion club sponsored by her club. We were very happy to have
Placentia Police Chief Rick Hicks as our guest speaker.
On one day, Tony Falaro and Andrae Miller became members 15
and 16, and the Boys & Girls Club became number 17 and named
its Chief Professional Officer Dan Rodriguez as its designee.
Having reached the membership threshold for a new club, we began the
formal process to become a bona fide Club in the eyes of Kiwanis
International, the State of California, and the IRS. During the last
meeting in April we reviewed the By-laws and the slate of Officers
In May, the By-laws were approved, the Board of Directors was
elected, the Charter documents were submitted, and we got a K
Seven Placentia members did an Interclub at the Kiwanis Club of
Brea, we met Angels RBI President Dave Smith as guest
speaker, we held the first Board meeting, and we welcomed John
Carlson as member #18 and Cande Avila as member #19.
In June we participated in the pancake breakfast for Special
Olympics at CSULB, helped the Miracle League of North Orange County
at its Closing Ceremonies; submitted Articles of Incorporation to KI
The club has agreed to do a pancake breakfast at the Relay for Life
in Placentia on August 5 and has agreed to work with Placentia
Library at its Summer Reading Celebration Carnival on August 18.
And finally, as if recruiting were done in alphabetical order, we
welcomed our 20th member and final Charter Member, Union Bank
and its designee Jenna Sprague Assistant Vice President and
Branch Manager of the Placentia office.