Placentia, California



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 club.

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 time.

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 new club.

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 and Directors

In May, the By-laws were approved, the Board of Directors was elected, the Charter documents were submitted, and we got a K number…we exist!

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.

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