The meeting was opened by President Tom Passanisi.
Pianist Tom Burrows and Song Leader Jack Dawson led us in You’re A Grand Old Flag.
Our guest speaker and fellow Kiwanian Kevin Danni led us in the Flag Salute.
As we approach Thanksgiving, Brian Fuller gave the Inspiration - using excerpts from President Calvin Coolidge’s Proclamation 109 years ago, but still appropriate today.
President’s Comments: Tom presented a special Impact 175 award to Nick Berkuta from the Eliminate Campaign, for Nick’s donation, which will impact the lives of 175 Mothers and their future children.
Tom also presented Al Restivo with a Kiwanis Legion of Honor award for his 40 years of service to Kiwanis and a 40-year pin.
Tom introduced Matt Regan who introduced our 2013 Adopt-a-Family Toy Drive and asked for donations and volunteers for the following:
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Key Club Guests:
Ken Lowe introduced 3 LCHS Key Clubbers who joined us today and spoke about their current programs: Ben, the Treasurer, talked to us about helping the Community Center with the Thanksgiving Fun Run. David Jin spoke to us about raising funds to aid the victims of the recent typhoon in the Philippines. They will also donate half of the proceeds from their Halloween Trick or Treat to that relief effort. Dean, President of the LCHS Key Club told us how Key Club helped out Rosemary Hook and the Friends of the La Canada Flintridge library fundraising Book Sale in October. They provided 20 volunteers to help the fundraiser, and Rosemary Hook gave them a $40 donation for their services.
Craig Wallace of the Pasadena Kiwanis club and our District Treasurer, introduced five visiting members from Pasadena, including Past Governor Reid Allen (1997-98) and his wife Kathy, who made a donation in memory of our wonderful club member Ed Moulton. Eric Warren and 4 other members of the Eagle Rock Kiwanis club also joined us for lunch and wished us all a happy Thanksgiving. Jack Dawson led us in Hi Neighbor .
Tom welcomed back Jim Edwards who hasn’t been seen in some time.
Jim Phillips suggested that the former FineMaster pay a fine for every meeting he missed. Melinda Thompson directed Brian Fuller, today’s Master of the Cashbox to move the cash box closer to Jim Edwards, at which point, Tom Passanisi remarked that it was the first time he’d ever seen Edwards speechless. Edwards rallied, though, to tell us his excuse for not attending is that he’s been buried in work. He told us there was good news and bad news though. Good news is pretty soon he’ll be through with work; bad news is that we’ll be seeing a lot more of him. Chris Motte was also welcomed back. We sang Welcome Back a bit prematurely, but Brian Fuller (hiding behind that cashbox) didn’t escape the welcome or the cash-box either.
Tom mentioned Birthdays for Suzanne Passantino and Bill Watts who were not with us, and for Jim Reynolds who was. Tom presented Jim with a Gala Birthday hat and Kiwanis bar. Jack led us in a rousing Happy Birthday for Jim.
Bob Wallace was recognized and announced that he and Bev had been married 54 years and donated that amount!
Tom collected fines from those not wearing pins.
Frosty Boyd, Howard Backer, and Jack Dawson challenged each other with jokes. As usual Tom declared “Frosty won,” although there was an awful lot of applause for Howard.
Secret Greeter Jim Edwards
Skip Boyd gave a sad buck for UCLA’s upcoming loss to USC to much hooting & hollering.
Pat Liddell gave 3 happy bucks, since this is his 3rd time hearing our speaker Kevin Danni, and each time has been great, and 2 happy bucks for Governor Reid who was serving when Pat was President of the Glendale Kiwanis Club.
Alex Keledjian gave a sinful buck for attending a Rotary meeting.
Bob Wallace put in a Happy Five for his family all showing up for Thanksgiving, and said he’d put in another Five next week if they all go home.
Clyde Hemphill gave a Happy Buck “for finding out that (Jim) Edwards does work.”
Melinda Thompson gave 5 Happy Bucks for having Key Clubbers with us today and because they’d done such a fantastic job of collecting for UNICEF at Halloween. She also announced that we had agreed as a club to match whatever funds they raised up to $1,000.
Howard Backer gave $5 for Jim Edwards working, although he’s his own boss, so he doesn’t have to answer to anyone else…and $15 for the first time since owning a home it’s completely paid off! (major applause)
Jim Phillips gave a Happy Buck for the Key Clubbers and reminded us that on their last visit at the key club takeover, they auctioned off baked goods and other things and raised over $200, and that our club members said it was one of the best meetings we’d ever had. Jim also got a commitment from the Key Clubbers to help us out with our next Peanut Day – in February.
Emelita Bituin donated to the Philippine relief fund and said people there were getting back on their feet, though they still needed a lot, and they were very appreciative of everything being sent.
Happy Five bucks from Eric Warren for the Eagle Rock Club seeing us last week at their meeting and for having 5 members here today as the largest Interclub to date for them this year.
Peggy Touchstone gave Ten Happy Bucks as a public service announcement from Pacific Investment Advisory which has the software to run your personal Social Security analysis and help you strategize the most advantageous way to take Social Security. As a public service, Jim and Peggy’s company will run scenarios for Kiwanians beginning to plan for retirement free of charge. If younger, but have parents nearing retirement age, they may also participate.
Jim Edwards gave Mixed Bucks because he is attending the USC/UCLA Women’s Volleyball Game tonight. He’s happy because USC will win 3-0, but his stepson who is the Coach of the UCLA team will not be a Happy Camper tomorrow at Thanksgiving Dinner, and Saturday the World Will Be Right.
Howard Backer announced that the cans for the Pediatric Trauma Program were on the table, and today was Challenge Day. He would circulate a list, and anybody who wants to donate should sign up. Howard will match those donations up to $500! So let’s try to raise $1000 today!
Melinda Thompson said starting next week, we will have Christmas and Holiday cards to donate to Eliminate in memory or in honor of whomever you choose.
Clyde Hemphill called for volunteers to help with the float before it has to be moved from the Water Company Sunday night. He announced that after the theft, Wells Fargo donated $5000, and several others donated sizable amounts to make up for the $7500 loss.
Tom Burrows announced the Talent Show would be January 15!
Craig Wallace announced that the Pasadena Kiwanis Club would host the Kiwanis International President Gunter Gasser at the University Club luncheon on Saturday, December 28.
Stewart Lee updated us on the December 8th Christmas Party – Open House 4-7 PM at Ellie Wildermuth’s home, Choral Group appears at 5:30. Mary Ann Berkuta will find rides for anyone who needs them. If you have not signed up, contact Stewart.
one of our guests from Pasadena
Kyle Hara introduced speaker Kevin Danni, a St. Francis alum who was working with Morgan Stanley in New York City at the World Trade Center in the 2nd Tower on September 11, 2001 when the towers were hit.
Kevin spoke to us of his experience and the heroism he saw from all kinds of people that day. Kevin said that at Thanksgiving, he had much to be grateful for.
Tom closed the meeting with Tom
Burrows & Jack Dawson singing us out with Hail to
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