Guests: Britt, Jody, Annie, Jackie
Current Members: Steve, Cindy, Misty, Stan, Rick, DeAnn, Sylvia, Larry, Mike, Peter
Long time, no see: Ken, Greg
At 5:58pm, Steve began the meeting a little early. He suggested that we sing a round of the Star-Spangled banner together but the club’s tone deaf members nearly revolted. He wisely decided to eschew the song and go straight into the Pledge. Ken Giss, joining us after a long absence and welcomed back with a round of applause, led us in the Pledge.
Next, Stan Ralls introduced our newest Kiwanian, Mr. Britt Joyce! Britt grew up in Manhattan Beach and, after some time in the world of finance, he returned to Manhattan Beach with his wife and two beautiful daughters. He now works as a financial planner running his own business called Regatta Capital. Britt has a big heart and a dedication to community service. He also has a pulse, making him the exact type of member we want to have!
After Britt’s introduction, we gave another round of applause to Ken Giss and Greg Schill. Ken and Greg are longtime members who haven’t been able to attend a meeting for a bit. It’s great to have them back, though, and we hope they can continue to join us as often as possible.
We next welcomed our two esteemed guests, both hopefully to follow in Britt’s footsteps. Misty introduced Jody Hahn who is originally from Tennessee but is moving to the South Bay. She works at Zenegen and also joined during our board meeting, so she’s already gotten a good understanding of how things work . Cindy then introduced Annie Hendrickson, who she met at Leadership Manhattan Beach. Annie is originally Tennessee as well but comes to us from Chicago but now lives in Manhattan Beach with her husband and two kids. We’re so glad that Jody and Annie were able to join us!
At Jody’s request, we then went around the table and introduced ourselves and how we made the fateful decision to join Kiwanis. Wonderful stories abound but I’ll highlight Larry, who joined only after an eleven-year period of consideration, and Ken, who joined before most of us knew that Manhattan Beach existed!
We then went over some club updates:
- Mychal’s sent us a thank you for our donation of $750. DeAnn described Mychal’s.
- We got a thank you from Mrs. Gold from MBMS for $1,000 donation to the MBMS Vocal Music group
- We received another thank you from Brooke McIntyre for our participation manning the Older Adult Health Fair. Rick, Mike, Steve, and Stan volunteered this year.
- Leadership MB renovated the Santa Float and Annie presented us with license plate as a thank you for our carrying on of the local tradition (pictured at top of post).
- Hometown Fair is coming up in October. This is our next volunteer opportunity, so mark your calendars for the first weekend of October.
- Santa Float Update: LMB took on Float as project and it's now 80% complete. It made its debut at the LMB summer social.
- Sylvia: Happy dollar for mission service trip in Japan. Focus on homeless/underserviced area.
- Stan: Sad dollar because had to pay for Misty. Happy dollars for getting to spend the Fourth of July with Zsa Zsa (Misty).
- Misty: Happy dollar for Jody joining.
- Rick: Happy dollar for a family announcement (Karen is pregnant!).
- DeAnn: Daughter made MCHS Tennis and Lacrosse teams. David is playing travel baseball and headed to Cooperstown (for a trip). Fine pending.
- Jackie: Happy dollar for seeing Ken and for the success of the Dodgers and for the graduation of son David and for 21-year-old son coming back from Hawaii.
- Jody: Twenty happy dollars! Happy to be joining us. Glad to be with an organization where we “get our hands dirty.”
- Cindy: Happy five dollars for Annie coming. Daughter graduated preschool.
- Steve: Happy five dollars for a secret announcement. Also for Misty being the Aunt to Steve’s children.
- Annie: Happy five for joining us.
- Larry: Happy, son moved out.
- Rick: Sad dollar for Helen coming back.
- Mike: Happy five for Dodgers, preschool starting, Jody, Annie, and Britt joining, mother-in-law helping out at home.
- Greg: Self fine of $20 plus happy/sad news. Mother is 94 going to assisted living. Inspiration for positive attitude and acceptance of situation. Very healthy.
- DeAnn: July 1st anniversary of father passing. So many good memories
Jody chose the raffle ticket for $20 to Susie Cakes. Steve won but was rebuked. Greg won. Next drawing is fine free.
Jackie gave us an update on the division. Aug 3 -5 Division meeting in Reno. Final DCM for Lawrence is Monday, August 21st at Lomita. Also thanking us for support during her LTG. Peter put in a lot of hours volunteering for division events. Jackie then presented the Rockstar Award to Mike for his presidency last year.
We adjourned around 7pm but who's counting? See you next month!