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Locals have three ways to go with Kiwanis clubs

Although the Kiwanis International Web site lists four clubs as

being in Glendale, the Tropico Club has disappeared, leaving the

Glendale Kiwanis Club, the West Glendale Gateway Kiwanis Club, and

the Jewel City Kiwanis Club.

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The three clubs vary in size, with the Jewel City club having 27

members, the West Glendale Gateway club having 40 members, and the

Glendale club having 200 members (average attendance is in excess of

100).

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How does one choose a club? Go to meetings of several clubs and

see how you react to the social environment of each (I do not judge

the clubs, but I would say that the atmospheres are very different)

and the meeting time.

Each club meets weekly and Kiwanis does expect its members to

attend regularly, with the offset for the burden of so many meetings

being the good times that members have. And because these are service

clubs that expect members to devote substantial time to projects, ask

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about the projects the club sponsors, so you can evaluate your

interest level.

A few people, especially women, will remember that until the

mid-1980s women were not allowed to be members of Kiwanis. However,

the matter was settled in federal court at that time and, though men

still outnumber women by a wide margin, women and men are equally

acceptable as members.

Women are also accepted as officers, notably the current president

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of the Glendale Kiwanis (Laurel Patric) and the immediate past

president of the West Glendale Gateway Kiwanis (Mary Cheung).

Since Kiwanians and Rotarians commonly view each other as rivals,

I asked several Kiwanians to distinguish the two organizations. While

most of my Kiwanis interviewees generally stated that there is not

much difference between Kiwanis and Rotary clubs, they did note two

differences: (1) Rotary is avowedly an organization of business and

professional leaders, whereas Kiwanis has no such standard, and (2)

Kiwanis specifically tries to benefit children, while Rotary has a

more of a generalized service approach. (In a future column, I will

be reporting on what differences Rotarians perceive in the two

organizations.)

The West Glendale Gateway Kiwanis Club meets at noon Wednesdays at

the Glendale YWCA, 735 E. Lexington Drive. For more information, call

Dave Fortune at 507-6210.

The Jewel City Kiwanis Club meets at 6:15 p.m. Tuesdays at

Clancy’s, 219 N. Central Ave. For more information, call Bob Morris

at 241-1229.

The Glendale Kiwanis Club meets at noon Fridays at the Elks Lodge,

120 E. Colorado. For more information, call Patric at 548-2030.

Glendale One Toastmasters has club competition

On Sept. 3, the Glendale One Toastmasters Club had its club

competition to select representatives for the upcoming first round of

district competition. The club representative in the Humorous Speech

category will be Moira Delaney, with Terry Johnston as alternate. In

the Table Topics (extemporaneous) category, the representative will

be Lori Hartwell, with Mark Compton serving as alternate.

The Glendale One Toastmasters Club meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at

Shakers Restaurant, 801 N. Central Ave. For more information, call

(323) 851-2251.

A correction and an invitation

In my last column, I noted the Jewel City Toastmasters Club has

narrowed its candidates in the Humorous Speech category down to four.

Unfortunately, I misstated the date of the runoff competition, which

in fact will be at 7 tonight.

If you are thinking about joining Toastmasters or just interested

in finding out about Toastmasters, tonight’s meeting should be one of

the funniest and most lively sessions you could find.

The Jewel City Toastmasters Club meets at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at the

American Red Cross, 1501 S. Brand Blvd. For more information, call

244-1137.

* MICHAEL BOND writes about Glendale service clubs on alternating

Wednesdays. Reach him at 841-2444 or michaelbond368@aol.com.


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