Kiwanis Club of De Anza
Spotlight on the Kiwanis Club of De Anza
The Kiwanis Club of De Anza-Cupertino was chartered by Kiwanis International on January 3, 1975 and was sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Cupertino, which recognized the need for a club which would meet as a breakfast club to allow for active members who had business obligations preventing them from participating in noon meetings. A Charter Program was held on the evening of February 27, 1975, at which time gifts of the banner and bell were presented and are still in use today.
COMMUNITY SERVICE: We consider ourselves a Mighty Force, even though we are one of the smaller clubs. We pride ourselves on stepping up to support the rest of the clubs in Division 34 as much as possible. Small as we are, we are front and center at many community projects.
Sunrise Breakfast: We are particularly proud of our annual Sunrise Breakfast (for many years known as Good Friday Breakfast) and of the solid reputation it has earned in our communities. The history of the event is that in 1988 the De Anza Club learned that the annual Good Friday Breakfast presented by one of the local churches was being discontinued. A discussion, led by member Jerry Johnson, who had been active in the church groupís program and by the Club President Lee Neish, at that time an Assistant Pastor at Good Samaritan Methodist Church in Cupertino, was presented to the Club, proposing that we undertake to continue this annual event as a community service project. Enthusiasm was high, and the Saratoga Country Club setting in the hills above Saratoga was so impressive that it continues as the venue to this day.
Silicon Valley Faith in Action Rotating Shelter: Many years ago Yvonne Skitt, a 24-year member, brought a service project to the club that was to prepare a hot meal once a month for men in a program for homeless men who are working or actively seeking work. It was recently announced that the shelter will be disbanded as of the end of the year, but we are looking forward to a new program to be put in place, likely a shelter for families, so that we can continue to help those less fortunate.
Special Games: Our participation in Special Games has always made it all that more memorable by the contributions of Tad Curtis, member for over 35 years. Tad built most of the games in play today; modifying, repairing and replacing the equipment as the need arises. This is one of the yearly events that you will see all of us in motion at the Steeple Chase, cheering, running with the kids and awarding the athletes. Tad is now retired from active participation, but he will continue to inspire us to work hard.
Tour de Cure: Here again, we give a lot of credit to another long-time member, Dick Angus, (24 years). Dick is a master of organizing our club to operate a rest stop and direct traffic during the Tour de Cure. You can see him moving from site to site, helping, giving us encouragement, checking our supplies and waiting long after everyone else has gone home to be sure the Porta-Potties are removed from the rest stops.
Los Altos Kiwanis Tree Lot: For many years, the De Anza Club has volunteered with the Los Altos Club Tree Lot. Ray Skitt (aka Santa Ray), 35 years a member will be there the day construction starts. His knowledge and expertise in setting and tearing the lot down is amazing. The rest of the club is also there to help, along with sales, deliveries and anywhere we can assist.
Newsletter/Bulletin: We do have a newsletter, edited by member Barbara Hourigan, who took over as editor in January 2009. This lead to editing the Division 34 Newsletter for the past 5 years.
SERVICE LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS: We are very proud of our SLPs, constantly on the move, volunteering, raising money and keeping up their studies at the same time.
Key Club: The club at Lynbrook High School (the Purple Penguins) was established and reached a peak membership of nearly 200 members, the largest and most active service club at Lynbrook for many years. Currently, Cathy Souza is their dedicated adviser).
Circle K: The club at De Anza College was established by De Anza member the late Bill Menafra and is a frequently winner of many awards for activity and service. Flo Scollan is their current adviser, having been there from the beginning, joining us over 20 years ago.