July 27, 2020
Kiwanis International officers elected for the 2020-2021 year
Art Riley was elected president of Kiwanis International, Peter Mancuso was elected president-elect and Bert West was elected vice president during Kiwanis International Council, a special meeting of the board of trustees, past presidents, current district governors, the European Federation president and the Kiwanis Asia-Pacific chair. The Kiwanis International Board convened the Council on July 25, 2020, due to the cancellation of the 105th Kiwanis International Convention.
“The events of 2020 dictate that we look ahead with determination and optimism,” said Art Riley, 2020-21 president. “The air of uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 virus demands we examine our values more than ever. In the coming year I will work to transform Kiwanis through membership growth, more focused youth leadership education and greater attention to diversity and inclusion.”
All new officers for 2020-21 are:
Art Riley, president
Peter Mancuso, president-elect
Bert West, vice president
Kip Crain, U.S. & Pacific Canada trustee
Chuck Fletcher, U.S. & Pacific Canada trustee
Michael Mulhaul, U.S. & Pacific Canada trustee
Michel Fongue, at-large trustee
Trustees from the Asia-Pacific District were elected during the Asia-Pacific District Convention held in Nepal in March. They are Buheita Fujiawara of Tokyo, Japan, and Wilfredo G. Aguilar of Koronadal City, South Cotabato, Philippines.
Additionally, council voted to memorialize past international presidents who died in the past year, including:
Ray Lansford, 1984-85
Frank DiNoto, 1986-87
Anton “Tony” Kaiser, 1987-88
John Button, 2014-15
Florencio “Poly” Lat, 2018-19
Executive Director Stan Soderstrom addressed the challenges presented by the pandemic.
“Our inability to predict where we will be three months from now has never been more difficult,” Soderstrom said. “We are not necessarily in crisis, nor are we in the midst of a calamity or impending disaster. We need to properly assess the environment in which we exist.”
During the evening portion of council, attendees and viewers were able to “Celebrate Great” during two awards ceremonies.
Council presented eight districts with Distinguished Awards for the 2018-19 administrative year, noting that the districts achieved a net gain in membership. There were 433 new clubs formed to help children and communities that year.
Additionally, council presented awards to districts that won the Signature Project Contest and Recognition. Winners are:
Tier I winners
GOLD — Kiwanis Club of Ormond Beach, Florida District, Kiwanis Reads! Summer Reading Challenge
SILVER — Kiwanis Club of Oak Lawn Area, Illinois-Eastern Iowa District, Feed 6 Mega Event
BRONZE — Kiwanis Club of the Adelaide Hills, Australia District, Kiwanis Book Shop
Tier II winners
GOLD — Kiwanis Club of Prescott, Southwest District, Live Annual Auction
SILVER — Kiwanis Club of Ames-Town and Country, Nebraska-Iowa District, Teen Maze
BRONZE — Kiwanis Club of Mansfield, Ohio District, Friendly House
Soderstrom challenged members to be innovative when finding ways to meet, fundraise and support children in their communities. “We may not be able to predict the future, but we can begin to predict the skills we will need to survive and we can recognize that change is on the horizon,” he said.
“It has been a difficult second half of the Kiwanis year,” said 2019-20 Kiwanis International president Daniel Vigneron. “We have lost members to the pandemic and it has not been easy for our clubs to meet. Some of our initiatives have been put on hold, including training for expansion in Africa. I know that coming through this we will be stronger in the future. The transition of leadership to Art Riley and Peter Mancuso will put Kiwanis in a position to move our organization forward.”
May 22, 2020
CONGRATULATIONS go to the following very deserving 2020 graduate scholarship awardees:
Because the COVID-19 pandemic has caused school closures, the Fontana Kiwanis Club was finding it impossible to do our usual vetting of high school seniors for scholarship awards. But THANKS to the help of willing F.U.S.D, employees still on the job, at least technologically, we WERE able to award our annual Kiwanis scholarships!
Jurupa Hills High School
Valeria Gutierez & Rodrigo Alcaraz
H.J. Kaiser High School:
Ashley Lozana & Fabiola Ramirez
A.B. Miller High School:
Katherine Rodriguez & Alizbet Pineda
Fontana High School:
Karen Martinez-Sanders & Michael Reynoso
Summit High School:
Victor Rodriquez & Mao Wang
Birch Continuation High School:
Archangel Jesus Delgado
The special Koehler Memorial Scholarship was awarded this year to Jennifer Gonzalez of Kaiser High School.
The Fontana Kiwanis Club congratulates ALL of this year's graduates!
April 10, 2020
Message from Kiwanis
As we’re all impacted by the spread of COVID-19 to some degree, Kiwanis International wants us to keep members and the kids we serve safe during this time. They are asking all clubs to postpone all events — including in-person meetings, projects and fundraisers — through the month of April and possibly longer.
They realize that interactions with fellow Kiwanians and friends will be missed, and they encourage all of us to find ways to connect during this difficult time. Skype, Facebook chats and conference calls on a landline or mobile phone are all options. These resources can help our community stay connected and plan for the future.
We need to work together to generate ideas on how our club and other organizations can help our community — and when things return to normal, we'll be ready to help kids.
Let’s work together to stay strong during this uncertain time so, we’ll all be healthy and ready to help those who need us most.
Please keep safe and health. For more information on COVID-19 click on the fliers below.
November 25, 2019
Club donates tabs
The Kiwanis Club of Fontana supports the Inland Empire Ronald McDonald House by participating in their pull tab collection program. Pull tabs are the aluminum tops from cans of soda and other beverages. Pull tabs can be dropped off at the clubs meeting place, Fontana Sizzler, any Tuesday at noon, year round. We will make sure they make it to the Loma Linda House. The funds raised by their recycling tab program are used to help support the day to day operations of their House.
February 11, 2020
Expressions of the heart given to Veterans
Kiwanis club members and the Divisions Lt. Governor filled out Valentine cards that were given out at the VA Hospital in Loma Linda. It's always been a big hit so the club continues to do these every year, said Gloria Echandi.
October 15, 2019
Tribal archaeologist speaks
Members of the club and local citizens were pleased to have Dr. Gary Stickel, the tribal archaeologist for the Gabrieleno Band of Mission Indians - Kizh Nation. Kish is the tribal name of the indigenous people who lived in the local area when the Spanish-Europeans first arrived in the area.
Stickel spoke on the ongoing efforts to preserve the 13,000-year-old oak in the Jurupa Hills, just south of Fontana, which was recently named the Sacred Hurungan Kish Oak.
Pictured is Dr. Gary Stickel and Chief Ernest Salas.
September 17, 2019
2019-2020 Board Members Elected
At the September 17th club meeting the new club officers and directors for the upcoming year of 2019-2020, which begins on October 1st, were elected. Pictured above from left to right are Immediate Past President - Gloria Echandi, Treasurer - Linda Nunn Weals, President - Darlene Scalf, Vice President - Jason Zara, and Secretary - Nubia Diaz. Kiwanis Division 36 Ltg. Governor Don DeBourguianon did the honors of inducting them.
At the same meeting Linda Nunn Weals was honored for her many years of service as Secretary and for being part of almost all the clubs service projects throughout the years. Thank you Linda, you deserve it!
July 27, 2020
Kiwanis fireworks booth a success!
We want to "Thank" club members, volunteers and all the people who purchased their fireworks from us. It was a great showing of support!
As in past years, proceeds from the sale of fireworks will be used for youth scholarships. Over the years the club has donated thousands of dollars towards their futures.
Thank you again!