Tom's year was highlighted by some outstanding club speakers and programs
under the chairmanship of Leon Mayer, a continuation of the successful
Holiday Gala and Day at the Races, and a community service program that
helps perpetuate the club's position as the largest Kiwanis membership in
the California-Nevada-Hawaii district.
Annual club projects include recognition of police officers, fire
officials, and presentation of Golden Apples to teachers. Seniors are
benefited by support of the Senior Peer Counseling program, Senior
Nutritional Meals program, and Christmas trees at retirement homes. The
Glendale Kiwanis Chorus performed more than 25 times at schools,
convalescent and retirement homes, and meetings of various organizations.
The club's support of the Tri-Valley Special Olympics meet at Glendale
High School has expanded over the past dozen years to include all food
concessions and meal service, greeting and congratulating participants,
and organizing and judging the swimming and other competitions.
The club sponsors the Key Club of Hoover High School and is co-sponsor
of the Builders Club at Wilson Middle School. In process are the
formation of a Key Club at Holy Family School and a K-Kids Club at Mark
Keppel Elementary School.
Members enhance the club's financial support with their active
participation in the Glendale Chamber of Commerce's Youth Leadership
Seminar, and the Community Leadership Workshop sponsored by the Kiwanis
Club of Crescenta Valley Technology and modeled after the Hugh O'Brien
Youth Leadership Workshop for high school sophomores.
Nearly $20,000 of academic scholarships are awarded for post-secondary
education, while financially supporting programs of the Salvation Army,
Boy Scouts, Industry Education Council, Glendale Unified School
District's Scholastic Bowl, A Noise Within, Childrens Hospital Los
Angeles, Kiwanis Family House, the Kiwanis Read Aloud Program at Glendale
Public Library, California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom,
Glendale Elementary Olympics, and American Heroes Program of the Friends
of the Library.