Kiwaniscoop: 4/9/18

On Monday night, April 9, 2018, Stan, DeAnn, Britt and Suzanne opened the back room at Lido Restaurant promptly at 5:30 p.m.  Our substitute President, Steve Carvel, appear shortly thereafter and inquired as to the current start time of the meeting.  It is now 5:38 p.m., and still no call to order....

Jeff Wilson appeared with wonderfully printed flyers about the APRIL 12, 2018 MB KIWANIS GAME NIGHT at the home of he and his lovely, patient, wife, Karen.  Game Night starts at 6:00 p.m. and those not attending MBMS Open House have no excuse not to attend.  The idea is that every quarter or so, a member will host a social event in order to give the club an opportunity to get to know each other outside of the meeting space. 

By 5:48, when Mr. Block Jr. strolled in, no call to order — and discussion ensued with regard to when and why we had switched the call to order from 6 to 5:30 p.m.  We discussed the possibility of changing the call to order back to 6 p.m. — and possibly changing the day of the evening meetings from Mondays to Tuesdays to accommodate our Leadership Manhattan Beach colleagues. 

Call to Order at 5:49 p.m., by the clink of a fork on a glass of the house Cab.  Desiree Brown, with dues not quite paid, is our newest member and was introduced to the concept of the Fine Pot.  MB Kiwanis fines are voluntary and collected into the Fine Pot.  Tradition calls for fines being imposed for “fun activities,” such as vacations, new car purchases and a portion of gambling winnings.  

The newest and happiest “New Business” was the story of the wonderful adoption of Maddox Baylynn Frasier, born approximately a week ago Saturday, the happy, healthy baby girl newly-adopted out of Seattle, Washington of Misty and Patrick Frasier. 

Everyone is encouraged to come out to the Toy Loan toy drive on APRIL 21, 2018, 9 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Mira Costa High School turn-around in front of the administration building, and to spread the word for people to bring LOTS OF TOYS!!!  New and gently-used toys, games, books and stuffed animals are welcome.  A flyer is available so ask DeAnn if you need any information and the flyer. 

Suzanne shared the news that what-is-old-is-new-again with the idea of a Pancake Breakfast with Santa in November as a fundraising event. Suzanne will contact venues and report back in June.

JUNE 14, 2018 was announced by Stanley Ralls as the night of the Comedy & Magic Club Fundraising Event.  The Club keeps all of the ticket sales money of $20 per ticket, and the Club benefits from the two-item minimum.  Therefore, it is imperative that the people to whom tickets are sold ACTUALLY ATTEND THE EVENT. Contact to get your tickets!  It is always such a fun event!

On MAY 14, 2018, we are excited to announce that the new Chief of Police, Derrick Abell, will be our featured speaker for our Membership Event.  Every member is required to bring AT LEAST ONE POTENTIAL MEMBER to the Event.  

We are also looking for volunteers on MAY 20, 2018, to work the bike valet for Tour de Pier.  We will be signing up shifts starting at 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Please let DeAnn know by e-mail at

On June 11, 2018, we will have featured speaker, Judy Hirsch, as our guest speaker.

Desiree started off Happy Dollars, with a Sad Dollar that Spring Break is over and a Happy Dollar that the sun is out and she is fired up for Summer!  Next, a Happy $5 from Mike Block for a trip to Vancouver for “a bit of a vacation,” and substitute President Steve Carvel bumped it up by a $1 fine for a vacation.

Suzanne also did $4 Happy Dollars for Maddox, Misty and Patrick, along with $1 for a “road trip” to Santa Barbara and the “Funk Zone.” 

Steve started a new tradition of an IOU for a $5 Happy Dollars for Maddox, Misty and Patrick, and Stan popped in another $5 Happy Dollars for the same happy event, plus that he got a chance to hold the Baby - simulating the weight of the baby, he convinced Desiree to relinquish the fine-basket — but, she was given a Mulligan (which apparently is a golf term for a do-over). 

Britt’s wallet has been “leached” and he contributed his last dollar with a video of his 1-year old daughter who just started walking holding hands with her cute, 3-year old daughter.

The meeting adjourned at 6:55 p.m. with a resounding version of “Hail Kiwanis.”

Signing off,

Kiwanis Scoop Reporter, DeAnn Chase