Kiwanis Aktion Club convention-bound

The Burbank Kiwanis Aktion Club had its annual Bowl-A-Thon on Feb. 27. This fundraiser affords club members the opportunity to attend the Kiwanis Aktion Club Convention in late summer or early fall. It was a very successful event, thanks to the support they received from friends and family, as well as from their friends in other Kiwanis clubs. Some of the clubs bowled and others provided great financial support.

The Aktion Club would like to thank the Burbank Noon Kiwanis, Burbank Sunrise Kiwanis, Sylmar Kiwanis and San Fernando Kiwanis for giving so much of themselves. They all had a wonderful time—clubs, family members and friends.

Christina Ortiz and Gabriel Pacheco were the Aktion club winners for female and male high scores. Supporters Sal Scolaro and Dick Miller tied for high male score and Jaime Killion won top female score.

For more information about the Aktion Club, contact Jan Loporchio at (818) 843-0535 or at


March 9 marked the beginning of a new pilot program at Thomas Jefferson Elementary called “Terrific Kids,” which is being sponsored by Burbank Noon Kiwanis. The club has also supported local schools through Key Club, Builders Club and many other programs since approximately 1922. Terrific stands for Thoughtful, Enthusiastic, Respectful, Responsible, Inclusive, Friendly, Inquisitive, and Capable. All students at Jefferson will participate in the program and receive growth incentives for their progress.

The program helps students attain important leadership skills. Participants learn the Terrific Kids character traits and how to establish and achieve “Smart” goals, goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-oriented. Students will be rewarded after approximately a four-week period of working toward their goals.

Burbank Noon President Cynthia Faust is very excited, and with just cause. She had new Kiwanis member Diane Cripe dress up as Thomas Jefferson and talk about him and how the traits on the “Terrific” chart were used to write the Declaration of Independence.

The Kiwanis Club of Burbank meets at noon Wednesdays at the Burbank Community YMCA, 321 E. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank. For more information, contact Cynthia Faust at (818) 242-2261 or at


The Magnolia Park Optimist Club at its March 3 meeting welcomed four new members. President Evie Magnante introduced past Lt. Governor of the Optimist Pacific Southwest District, Jim “Silver Fox” Lloyd for the induction of the new members.

They were Jackie Bodley, Bud Bodley, Jon Olin and Bob Heins. After the formal induction, Lloyd charged the new members with five requirements of a good member—be involved in the club activities as much as possible, learn the Optimist Creed, visit the Optimist Youth Home, wear the Optimist pin, and last, but not least, bring new members. Welcome to these new members.

The Magnolia Park Optimist Club meets at 6 p.m. the first and third Thursday of the month at the Burbank Elks Club, 2232 Hollywood Way, Burbank. For more information, contact Evie Magnante at (818) 845-3863 or at

Isabel Adams can be reached at (818) 842-7359 or at

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