Club News

Donating to COVID-19 Response Fund

Thank you to our community for donating funds to the Neighborhood House’s “Neighbor to Neighbor COVID-19 Response Fund”. No matter the amount, every dollar is appreciated by our partners within the Neighborhood House (non-profit) organization. If you are still interested in donating a monetary gift, please contact Ellen Field, Community Engagement Coordinator: 503.246.1663 or efield@nhpdx.org.

RAFFLE: Win Dinner Anywhere in the World!

Win a trip to have dinner ANYWHERE in the world! The sky is the limit, if you win our BIG raffle, where you call all the shots, including: your preferred mode of transportation, preferred destination, preferred accommodations, preferred restaurant AND… a Visa card worth up to $5,000!  Maximum value= $20,000.  RAFFLE cost is $100 per ticket!

Visit kiwanisdoernbecher.org/give/dinner-raffle/ to buy your ticket and to review the rules online.

RAFFLE: Win a Mustang!

It’s that time of year again…WHO wants to win a brand-new Mustang? Someone has to win! And folks it is only $5/ticket or 5 tickets for $20 and you’re giving to a very good cause. The Raffle is the largest fundraiser annually for KDCCP and all proceeds are used to support the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship program at the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital- – – yes, the funds are staying local!  If you purchase a ticket, YOU are making it possible for the next generation of pediatric cancer doctors to establish treatment and a cure for children’s cancer. Please support this impactful project!

Visit kiwanisdoernbecher.org/give/mustang-raffle/ to buy your ticket and to review the rules online.

Markham Elementary School Library Benefits from Donation from Kiwanis

By Kirsten Truman, Markham Librarian (May 2020)

What do these books have in common? They represent just three of the many books purchased with a contribution from the Kiwanis Club. I am so grateful for the generosity of your organization.

When I select books for the collection, I choose titles that students recommend. You may wonder what students are reading these days. Looking closer at the titles above will give you a sense of what’s popular: 

1. “Who Is Oprah Winfrey” by Barbara Kramer is part of the “Who Was” series. With over 150 titles, the “Who Was” series tells the incredible stories of trailblazers, legends, innovators and creators. Students are drawn to these illustrated biographies.

2. “Olga and the Smelly Thing from Nowhere” by Elise Gravel is quirky and jam-packed with fun. It’s vibrant illustrations and word bubbles makes it attractive to fans of graphic novels. Olga is a charming combination of independent, curious and smart—making her the coolest scientist around. The kids love her, and there are three in the series so far.

3. “Escape this Book” by Bill Doyle is a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure book. I can’t keep the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure books on the shelf and this title is no exception.

 Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me purchase books that make the library at Markham a place where students see their interests reflected. If you’re interested in donating to the library, checks can be made out to Markham School and forwarded to:  Kirsten Truman, Librarian  Markham Elementary  10531 SW Capitol Highway  Portland, OR 97219.

Kiwanis Members Meet via Zoom

At the April 14th meeting, Kiwanis members became familiar with the new normal during the Covid-19 pandemic period by meeting via video conferencing. Special guests included:  Kiwanis PNW Division 63 Lt. Governor- Susie Meyer and Key Club PNW Division 64 Lt. Governor- Roselyn Dai.   

WELCOME New Member: Ellen Field, Neighborhood House

This was the first time our club inducted a new member via video conferencing. We are proud to announce another heart and pair of hands to serve our community. Representing the Neighborhood House is Ellen Field, Community Engagement Coordinator.  Neighborhood House supports vulnerable community members, whom they know will be disproportionately affected by our local economy. This organization offers to serve the needs of our community by offering assistance in the following ways: FOOD SECURITY FOR ALL NEIGHBORS experiencing financial challenges, CONNECTION FOR ALL SENIORS isolated from needed support services, Uninterrupted EQUITABLE ACCESS TO EDUCATION for preschoolers, PARENTING SUPPORT for families coping with stress and trauma and SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL SUPPORT for our school-age children. For more information about the Neighborhood House visit nhpdx.org to find out how you can help support our neighbors!

Guest Speaker: John Brookens

Guest Speaker on March 10  Member Recruitment Meeting    

John Brookens, Kiwanis Doernbecher Children’s Cancer Program (KDCCP)- President was our special guest speaker.  John shared new research and current developments within the specialties of pediatric cancer and pediatric hematology, and how our Kiwanis Clubs are involved with this impactful program at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. The KDCCP entity raises funds to provide fellowships for pediatric physicians interested in specializing in cancer or hematology (blood disorders) to further their research and treatment on childhood cancer. Financial donations support the Kiwanis Fellowship Cancer Program which impacts oncology education and future cancer treatment throughout the U.S.  Annually, our PNW District of Kiwanis Clubs participate in selling raffle tickets for a chance to win THE MUSTANG sportscar to financially support this important program.  Please purchase a raffle ticket(s) to support Kiwanis’ fundraiser.

Visit kiwanisdoernbecher.org to buy your ticket online.

 NEW this year, KDCCP is holding a Special Raffle, “Dinner for Two Anywhere in the World”  Tickets will be sold at $100/ticket.  Included with dinner, the winner will receive First Class Airfare for self + Guest and hotel lodging for 2 nights. To learn more about KDCCP or to purchase Dinner for Two raffle tickets (and to learn about the raffle rules), go to the website:  kiwanisdoernbecher.org or contact John Brookens at: 503.957.1585 with questions.

The Magic Yarn Project “Homespun Wigs for Little Cancer Fighters”

On March 7th, Kiwanis Club Members, Key Club members, and community volunteers assembled to create wigs made from soft yarn for children undergoing chemotherapy treatment.  The event was organized and hosted by the PNW Kiwanis Div. 63  Lt. Governor (Susie Meyer) as part of the “Magic Yarn Project”.  The handmade wigs will be donated to the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and Randall Children’s Hospital in Portland. A second event is being planned for September 2020. To learn more about the Magic Yarn Project visit: themagicyarnproject.com or to volunteer in the future, contact Lt. Gov. Susie Meyer at susiekmeyer72@gmail.com .

Kiwanis Family– Wilson High and Lake Oswego High Key Clubs

Key Club (L-R): Deewa Rahim & Cara Monteiro (Wilson High) , Barbara Chen (Lake Oswego High) and  Logan Bishopric, Ravi Cullop (Wilson High)

Our guest speakers on February 11th, included the 2020 student leadership teams from our sponsored Key Clubs! Yes, we sponsor the Wilson High and Lake Oswego High Key Club leadership programs!  What are our Key Clubs up to?

The Wilson High Key Club led by Co-Presidents Emma Laboe and Chloe Unflat made Valentine Day cards for teachers to show their appreciation. During the winter holidays, Foster Care Gift Boxes were assembled to benefit youth at-risk for human trafficking now enrolled in the Embrace Oregon program. Members also held a Food Drive in competition with other clubs on-campus to collect non-perishable food items for those in need.

The Lake Oswego Key Club was reactivated under the student leadership of Jadelyn Yep, Key Club Lt. Gov.- D64 and together with Barbara Chen this club now has 38 paid members. Barbara is leading her club with important service projects that have included:  Meals on Wheels (soliciting Thanksgiving dinner pledges), Go Baby Go (program that modifies ride-on cars for young children with disabilities- – – this is a PNW Kiwanis D63 Lt. Gov. on-going project with Susie Meyer), assembling no-sew fleece blankets for the Children’s Center (abuse intervention program) and recently completing handwritten thank you for serving cards to U.S. Military Vets). This Key Club collects gently used or new teen clothing in conjunction with the I LOVE Lake Oswego, a clothing closet for students within the Lake Oswego School District.  Visit:  ilovelakeoswego.com

THANK YOU to our Key Club leadership. You all are an amazing example of what our Kiwanis organization is all about!!  “Key Clubbers, how do you feel?”

Kiwanis Day at Doernbecher

During the annual Kiwanis Day at Doernbecher Hospital on February 8th , Dr. Linda Stork, M.D. (Division Head of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital) and  Dr. Evan Shereck, M.D., M.Ed. (Director of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship program) accepted a check for $12, 500 from funds raised by local area Kiwanis Clubs for the Kiwanis Doernbecher Children’s Cancer Program.

WELCOME New Member: Gavin Jung

At our January 14th meeting, PNW District Kiwanis Div. 63 Lt. Gov. Susie Meyer, shared her goals for our Kiwanis communities during her term as our Lt. Governor.  She also inducted new member, Gavin Jung, into our club.  Our members give their time and talents to enrich the lives of children. We are glad you joined our club to serve our communities. Welcome Gavin!

Kiwanis Club Holiday Social

Guests at Holiday Social
Ugly Sweater Contest Participants
…And the WINNER IS Teri Mills!!
Past Lt. Gov. Teri created her own DIY sweater; she decorated it with jingle bells and mini disco balls secured with safety pins! Very creative!
White Elephant Gift Exchange…Jim Crouser on a scavenger hunt to strategically find the best gift!
Yippee, it’s a Brookstone 10 -in-1 Multi-Tool!
Lyn Dell holding on to her multi-candle holder

Annual Breakfast with Santa in Multnomah Village

Our signature service event “Breakfast with Santa” was held on December 7th at the Lucky Lab Pub & Pizza in Multnomah Village which brought a lot of families living in our community together.  Many parents said they look forward to our club’s annual breakfast since they used to attend the breakfast with their extended families and now bring their own kids to the event now.  What a wonderful tradition! Our newest member (Gavin Jung) took over the responsibility of cooking sausages at this event for our guests.  Thanks  Gavin!  Thank you to Key Club members from Lake Oswego High and Wilson High for volunteering to serve guests attending this event.  You are amazing!  THANK YOU!

White Elephant Gift Exchange

The month of December was also spent celebrating the holidays with other Kiwanis Club members at a Potluck in lieu of our regular Division Council Meeting. There was a competitive White Elephant Gift Exchange that brought out the fierceness in some of our members. This event was lively and created a lot of laughter and memories, just ask Past Gov. Frank Morehouse! The popular gifts at this event were chocolates and wine!

Charlene and Allison pleased with their White Elephant gifts!
Trig:  “This is a very festive holiday cookie platter!”
Frank: “Whopee… another mug for my second cup of morning coffee!”
Charlene: “Oh my gosh, I always wanted one of these!” AND then… another member stole it from her afterwards.
Susie: “Ooo-la-la… Tony’s Chocolonely (a/k/a chocolates from the Netherlands)”.
Joyce: “Woot woot… I have 3 more nutcrackers to add to my collection!

Division #63 Kiwanian of the Quarter: Teri Mills

At the January 20th Division Council Meeting where Kiwanis Club leadership (from Beaverton, Cedar Hills, Hillsboro, Montavilla, North Portland, Portland,  Ross Island Early-Risers, Slab Town, Southwest Hills, Tetrapolitan, Tigard, Tualatin and Western Washington) gather to represent their clubs, network with other club leaders and also learn what other clubs are doing with service projects and fundraisers; our own Teri Mills, a Past Lt. Governor was recognized by Susie Meyer, Lt. Governor as the first 2020 Kiwanian of the Quarter for our entire Division!  Teri has been a sounding board for Club President, Joyce Handa, after relocating from a Club within the California-Nevada-Hawaii District to join our Pacific Northwest District of Kiwanis.  Teri has been instrumental in helping Joyce to keep our club moving forward with her efforts to actively serve our Kiwanis communities. Congrats Teri!  You are a prime example of a model Kiwanian.  

Kiwanis Family– Wilson High School Key Club

The Wilson High Key Club volunteered packing food at the Oregon Food Bank. We appreciate your volunteerism and the service you’ve provided in our communities!   “Key Clubbers, how do you feel?”

Our NEW Club Tees have arrived!!

Kiwanis Family– Lake Oswego High School Key Club

The Lake Oswego Key Club completed 8 no-sew fleece blankets that will be donated to the Children’s (Abuse Intervention) Center in Oregon City later this month. A few Key Club members stayed after school to complete the warm security blankets for young children in need. During the winter break, this Key Club also volunteered at the Northwest Children’s Outreach Center by sorting gently used clothing, infant care products and toys for families in the Portland area. Thank you for serving our Kiwanis communities with your donation of time. 

Lake Oswego High School Key Club Reactivated

On November 1st, the Lake Oswego High Key Club was reactivated under the student leadership of Jadelyn Yep, Key Club D64 Lt. Gov. (left front row).  Together with Club President, Barbara Chen the club has successfully recruited 38 members who meet weekly to serve the needs of our local and global communities. This Key Club is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of SW Hills in Portland.

SW Hills Club Kiwanian of the Quarter: Teri Mills

Past Lt. Gov. Teri Mills

A big shout out goes to Teri Mills, Past Lt. Governor for her recognition as our SW Hills Club Kiwanian of the Quarter. Teri is the definition of a true Kiwanian. She is kind, respectful, and often the voice of reason within our club. Teri has compassion for others and has a heart of gold when it comes to helping under-served youth. Additionally, Teri has an open-mind and is an amazing sounding board for the wealth of ideas we’ve discussed before presenting it to our Board. Behind the scenes, she spends many hours helping to plan and lead our club’s annual signature events such as the two Pancake Breakfasts in August and December, as well as community Pancake Breakfasts where our club is involved.  Every Kiwanis Club should have a ‘Teri’ in their club! Congrats Teri for a volunteer job well done!

Named “Distinguished Club” by Kiwanis International

Trig Soleim and Charlene Dickinson

Kiwanis International (KI) awarded our Southwest Hills Club with the recognition as a Distinguished Club during the 2017-2018 fiscal year when Trig Soleim led our club as President. Because of Trig’s stellar leadership, he was acknowledged by KI as a Distinguished President. Additionally, Charlene Dickinson was recognized with the KI Distinguished Secretary award for her diligence and timeliness in filing club reports to ensure our club remains in compliance with KI standards. Congrats Trig and Charlene, you are amazing!

Trick or Treat in Multnomah Village

In preparation for Halloween, several members gathered on October 28th to assemble Trick or Treat bags for 1,500 children living in the Multnomah Village area.  A shout out to Matt for taking the lead on this project.  Thank you to Joyce Handa, Eric Wilson, Linda Dell, Louise Brooks, Charlene Dickinson and Trig Soleim for supporting our club’s efforts to support kids in our Kiwanis neighborhoods!

Police Appreciation Event

Thank you to Teri Mills, Past Lt. Governor for leading our Kiwanis Team  to serve the immediate needs of our community by cooking and serving our famous Kiwanis cheeseburgers to the men/women of law enforcement who ensure there is order in our beautiful city of Portland. A special ‘Shout Out’ goes to Trig Solheim and Matt Meyer for grilling the delicious burgers that were not only tender and juicy but cooked to ultimate perfection.  You guys are totally amazing and have some serious ‘skillz”.  Thank you to Lyn Dell, Charlene Dickinson, Joyce Handa and Teri for serving dinner to the guests attending the Police Appreciation event on October 24th.  YOU all deserve a round of applause for a job well done. 

Kiwanis Club of SW Hills members: Lyn, Joyce, Charlene, Teri, Matt, and Trig
Honoring the Officers from the Portland Police Bureau

WELCOME New Member: Kirsten Truman, Markham School

Our club has added another heart and hands to serve the community. Kirsten Truman, Markham Elementary Librarian joined our club on October 1st.  Kiwanians care about their community.  We join clubs to connect with other servant leaders, to multiply our impact and to make a difference in our communities. Our members give their time and talents to enrich the lives of children. On behalf of our club, we would like to thank you for caring about our community and for joining Kiwanis to make our world a better place.  Welcome Kirsten!

Annual Multnomah Days on August 7th

Prior to the annual Multnomah Days Parade, our Kiwanis Club has been serving light and fluffy pancakes for the families and children of Southwest Portland.

Lyn Dell at Registration
Eric and Pam assembling tableware
Louise and Joyce setting up condiments
Matt and Teri serving flapjacks
Guests enjoying breakfast!

After the annual  Parade, our Kiwanis Club and Wilson High Key Club members grilled and served cheeseburgers, chips and beverages to guests taking a break from shopping in the Multnomah Village.

Joyce Handa, President Elect along with Dr. Kevin Oyama and son Kody Oyama volunteered grilling burgers in the afternoon.
Wilson High Key Club members selling cheeseburgers for lunch.

Kiwanis Club Presents Donated Books to Markham School

Joyce Handa, President; Kirsten Truman, Librarian; and Brenda Crouser, Immediate Past President
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