Placentia, California



Please come to a meeting and find out what Kiwanis is all about and how we “Serve the Children of the World.” We would love to meet you and answer any questions you may have about Kiwanis, our projects and how you can get involved.

Our club holds its breakfast meetings on Thursday mornings at 7:15 AM in Marie Callender's, 126 E. Yorba Linda Blvd. in Placentia.

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Back to School Shopping

Our next Back to School Shopping Spree was September 10, 2016.

On September 12, 2015, the Kiwanis Club of Placentia sponsored 11 kids from their community to this great project.   Saturday morning at 7 am, parents with kids in tow arrived at the JC Penny in Brea for the annual shopping spree.

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Rick Smith and Dennis O'Hern




LOT318 and Kids


Letty Gali of LOT318, Placentia, CA was our guest speaker at our August 28 morning Kiwanis meeting. Letty ministers at-risk youth and their community by empowering them to see their worth and purpose in this world. LOT318 holds various events and service opportunities throughout the year.  We thank Letty Gali and other volunteer community leaders for making a difference.

In addition, we would like to thank our guests Kate and Harjop (not shown) from Valencia high school. They are putting together a Key Club at Valencia and welcome their support to Kiwanis family.

Reading = Happy

Placentia Library District collaborates with community partners on summer reading video promotion, "Reading = Happy." Kiwanis Club of Placentia is proud to be part of the Fun! See the video here



Placentia Kiwanis Total K Project

By Dennis O'Hern

It was truly an inclusive Kiwanis project with members from the Placentia club, Brea club, Fullerton club, CSUF Circle K, and the Magic Kingdom Circle K (UCI) painting the two mobile homes for the Paint Your Heart Out organization.

In addition, there was a good group from the Vietnamese Student Association at UCI, the Paint Your Heart Out club from Walnut High School, and a few other volunteers who just wanted to help.

For more photos of the event, click here.

Placentia Kiwanis Hosts BBQ at Closing Ceremonies of the Miracle League of North Orange County

June 2, Placentia Kiwanis and friends started the day early prepping at 6 am and serving hot dogs, chips, drinks from 7 am to 9 am, followed by clean up.

Thanks to all of our members (Pam Tancordo, John Lewis, Rick Smith, John Lynch, Kathleen Scherger), Brea Kiwanis members (Don Hull and dual member Dennis O'Hern), El Dorado Key Club members (Katie Nguyen, Michelle Lee, and Tim Park), CSUF Circle K friends (Karl Yabes and April Rios) and Circle K Alumni Jorly Chatouphonexay who helped us serve hot dogs, chips and drinks. Double click on a small thumbnail images below and a large one will display below. 

The following weekend, Placentia Kiwanians and El Dorado High School Key Clubbers hosted a pancake breakfast for Special Olympics at Cal-State-Long Beach.  No photos available.

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'Quartermania' Fund Raiser


The Kiwanis club of Placentia will hold its Quartermania Fund Raiser on Saturday, February 16 from 11:00 Am to 3:00 PM at the Backs building, 201 N Bradford in Placentia. The admission advance ticket cost is $20 which includes lunch and one drink ticket.  The admission ticket at the door will be $25. Please contact Dennis O'Hern for tickets and questions


Members' Dine Out

Members of the club gather once a month out side of the regular club meeting for dinner and fun.  Click on the thumbnail picture above for a larger picture.

Placentia Kiwanis Continues to Grow with
Four More New Members

Jo Ann Sowards looks on as husband Greg is installed. Kathleen Scherger installed by sponsor, Richard Hardy. Pres. Dennis installs Stephaine. 

Photo by Kathy DeRose
At the November 1 meeting when Stephanie was installed, local veterans were invited for breakfast.

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Four new club members have joined the club.  They are Kathleen Scherger, Greg Sowards, and Judi Gollette (not pictured).  Also installed a week later is Stephaine Walker.  All are former members of the old Whittier-Rio Hondo Kiwanis club.  Photos coming soon.


President Dennis Recognized for Accomplishments

In the photo above, President Dennis is seen with Brea Kiwanian Charlie Phillips.  Dennis received the coveted Division 30 Sho Yamada Award at the Division 30 Installation in September. . 

Dennis was also presented with the K-Family Builders Special Award for his work in organizing the Kiwanis Club of Placentia.




Eat and Support Rubio Fund Raiser for the K-9 Acquisition
by the Placentia Police Department.

On July 26, 20% of any purchase made at the Rubio's Restaurant, located at 127 E Yorba Linda Blvd. in Placentia between the hours of 2:00 pm and closing, will be donated to the K-9 Foundation. HOWEVER, you must present a copy of this attached flyer for the contribution to be made.  CLICK HERE to download flyer

Placentia Library Summer Reading Celebration
August 18

Kiwanis help is needed to assist with managing food booths, parking direction, directing other volunteers.  For more information on the what we need to do, click here.

Kiwanis Governor Richard Olmstead Presents Charter

Wednesday night, July 11, 2012, Kiwanis Governor Richard Olmstead (r) presents the new club Charter to Kiwanis Club President Dennis O'Hern (l) and the officers and members of the newest Kiwanis Club.

Also in attendance were Mayor Jeremy Yamaguchi and
Police Chief Rick Hicks.

Besides receiving the charter, banner and bell, President Dennis and Dr. Ed Norman were presented Distinguished Service Awards from CNH Foundation and plaques from the Kiwanis Club of Placentia  in appreciation for all their hard work, dedication and leadership.

As a token of appreciation, President Dennis presented to Ed Norman and Governor Richard Olmstead with Kiwanis Club of Placentia membership polo shirts.

For additional pictures of the Charter Night festivities, click on the photograph below.


Click here for a history of the club's development or How To Build a Kiwanis Club.


Read Around The World Continues

Emily Palacios and Linda Piper continue their weekly Read Around the World visits to the Cathy Torres Center to read to and be read to by the children. If other members are interested in participating, there is paperwork to complete and a background check to undergo prior to the first meeting with the kids.

Successful Titan Clinic

The April 26 Titan Clinic at Goodwin Field on the campus of CSUF was a huge success. The student ballplayers from CSUF had skull sessions, batting tips, and pitching advice for the players of the Miracle League of North Orange County. After everyone was sufficiently schooled, all participants and onlookers were treated to a marvelous pasta buffet from Lascaris Restaurant.

Our next to do with the Miracle League will be at its Closing ceremony on June 3 at Kraemer Park from noon to 3:30. Thanks to Dwayne and Kathy DeRose, Tony Falaro, Ed Garcia, Richard Hardy, John Lynch, Andrae Miller, Dennis O’Hern, Emily Palacios, Linda Piper and Rick Smith for their help. The Miracle League of North Orange County was happy to see us.

La Habra Kiwanis B.U.G Program Help

The small but mighty Kiwanis Club of La Habra has asked for help on Wednesday, May 23 to put on the second of its two yearly spaghetti dinners at the La Habra Community Center located at La Habra Blvd and Euclid. This dinner is designed to recognize the top students in La Habra as an offshoot of its highly successful and long running Bringing Up Grades (B.U.G.) Program. Anyone who is available is asked to arrive anytime after 3:30 PM. The event lasts until about 8:30 PM.

Easter Eggcitement and Spring Festival

The Placentia Library has asked the Kiwanis Club of Placentia for help with its "Easter Eggcitement and Spring Carnival" on March 31 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Help will be needed from 5:30 AM to set up and until 3:30 PM to take down.

During the event, extra hands also supervised some of the attractions like the Train Ride and Bounce Houses, and sold tickets at these attractions. But we were not done yet. Kiwanis also helped cook pancakes in the morning, and hot dogs and hamburgers in the afternoon.

Placentia Police Deputy Chief Ward Smith.  Now you see him...........Now you don't.

Heritage Days
October 15

Kiwanis group worked under the auspices of the Boys & Girls Club at this event, providing labor to the Boys & Girls Club, helping to check IDs and sell wrist bands for alcoholic beverages

In addition, the Kiwanis group sold prepackaged snacks and soft drinks from the same proximate area.  Chick-Fil-A provided food and staff from about 3:00 PM through the end of the concert that followed the Heritage Days festivities.

Chick-Fil-A will prepare box lunches comprised of a chicken sandwich, a bag of chips, and a brownie.  Separate individual chicken sandwiches would also be available.  A portion of the profits would come back to the Kiwanis group.



Work Project at the Boys and Girls Club

Bulletin Boards Hung

The library

Sorting by theme

Combining our effort with members of the Kiwanis Club of Brea, a work project was held at Boys and Girls Club of Brea, Yorba Linda, and Placentia on May 14.  Bulletin boards, dry-erase boards were installed, the library was sorted and computers were hooked up.

Miracle League Closing Ceremony

Lunch was served at the Miracle League Closing Ceremony at Torii Hunter Field in Kraemer Park, Chapman and Walnut, at noon on June 5.  Click here for pictures of the event.

For additional information or to RSVP, please contact the President

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