Today’s Kiwanis Club began in 1979.
There had been an earlier club that functioned from 1957 until 1977. For
some unrecorded reason the first Club failed and the present Club
received its charter in November of 1979.
As it is with the creation of most
Clubs the impetus comes from without. The then lt. governor of this
Kiwanis Division, Cary Mayer, a member of the Greater Anaheim
Club, whose office was in La Mirada, teamed with the East Whittier Club
to canvass the La Mirada Community for prospective members.
The efforts met with success and on
January 24, 1980 a banquet was held at the Los Coyotes Country Club.
The Charter was presented giving the date of the club’s beginning as
November 29, 1979. There were thirty persons listed as charter members.
While none of the charter members
are still in the club, their earlier community service helped to build
the city and benefit the citizens. Many activities for which
Kiwanis is known were started in those early years. We were "huggers" at
the Special Olympics. We cooked pancakes for untold numbers of
youth athletics groups. Nobody knows how many kids decided to become
mechanical engineers after seeing the automated pancake machines that
were built by the early members. We began our annual Shopping
Spree for kids in the area.
The club has sponsored such events
in the past as the 605 Football Game, annual Third of July
Fireworks Spectacular and the annual Huck Finn Fishing Derby.
Kiwanis still is involved with the Third of July and Fishing Derby as
The club has evolved to meet
changing needs. Many of the current activities come from the blood of
new members who bring new needs and new energy. For a more detailed look
at the history, click on the Icon to the right.
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