Club News

Key Club Scholarship Awards

May 2015 - Kiwanis Key Club Advisor Ken Lowe presented two scholarships at LCHS Senior Awards night.  The first, a $1,000 award went to Sophia Kim, the Key Club President. The second was a $500 award.  The Kiwanis Club of La Cañada congratulates these two deserving students and wishes them well with their college careers.  

First Corporate Member Welcomed

May 2015 - Jeff Davis, our first new Corporate Member from the La Cañada Unified School District, came to the May 25 meeting to introduce himself to Kiwanis. Longtime club member Wendy Sinnette, Superintendant of LC Unified, requested the change to corporate status, as her duties require her to miss so many meetings.  The Corporate Status will allow the District to send several different members to represent them, as their duties allow.   

Jeff said he and his colleagues at the School District were very excited to be Corporate members of the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada. He thanked our Kiwanis club for giving the annual “Apple for the Teacher” luncheon introducing new teachers to the community, which kicks off every school year.  He said the new membership status was a great way for both the School District and Kiwanis to stay connected. Jeff said he spoke on behalf of Wendy Sinnette and the governing board of the LC School District and was looking forward to working with us. 

Club Member Joel Peterson's Book     

March 2015 - Joel Peterson's book, Dreams of My Mothers, published in 2015, has attracted much acclaim and a number of awards.  The story of a bi-racial child born to a Korean peasant mother and an unknown American GI, who was shunned in his homeland and adopted by a Minnesota couple, living in a small, tight Swedish community, Joel's "fictionalized memoir" explores themes of identity, race, culture, family and motherly love.  As he told our club when he spoke to us about his history and his book, while he felt lucky to have been adopted by such a wonderful family, he also wondered why he had to have been born into circumstances that made his adoption seem lucky. 

Nominated even before its publication for the Barnes & Nobel Discover Award, Joel's novel won 1st Place in 2015 Readers' Favorite National Book Awards (Fiction - Cutural), was shortlisted for the 2015 BookViral award, and was recently named a Finalist in the  INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards!

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