Meeting Opened By: Meeting was run by President Elect Mary Gant (she must be obeyed!)
Pianist: Tom Burrows accompanied Jack Dawson.
Song Leader: Jack Dawson (God Bless America)
Flag Salute: Tom Passanisi
Invocation: Monsignor Antonio Cacciapuoti
Mary thanked Tom and Jack for music and song.
She congratulated Al Restivo and the Clergy Recognition Event Committee for preparing our special program honoring Skip Lindeman and other local clergy. Other members of the committee are: Tom Passanisi, Gigi Schleuter, and Brian Fuller. A great job was performed by all.
Mary thanked Gigi Schleuter for the beautiful table decorations and signs—a professional and sparkling job.
Twenty members of the Congregational church attended out of respect and curiosity for honoree, Skip Lindeman.
A very special guest was Princess Sky Sol, new granddaughter to Gigi and Jim Schleuter. A beautiful baby, to be sure!
Mike Segarian, DDS, no-longer guest of Tom Slaughter. Mike has been accepted as a new member. Way to go, Tom and Mike.
Guest clergy honorees included:
Jim Schleuter, Jeb Long, Doris Horwith, Jackie Walls, and Kevork Aposhian. Jack Dawson led us in a rousing “Welcome Back” song to these blushing members.
No-pin fines—We had our share of members who did not wear their Kiwanis pins, and had to fork-over. (Shameful to report)
Secret-Greeter fines—As usual, there were those bad boys and girls who did not shake the hand of the secret greeter—in this case, Daryal Gant. Cost ‘em a buck. (Some said it was worth it.)
HAPPY / SAD BUCKS
Jack Dawson sad because Nick Berkuta stiffed him on helping to handle a big, heavy TV.
Nick Berkuta sad because he had vertigo (no, not Verdugo) and couldn’t help Jack. (If you believe that, you will believe anything)
Tom Slaughter to encourage someone to follow Nick around to yell, “Timber” when he falls of vertigo.
Pat Anderson sad that we will need magnifying glasses to read the new Chamber directory. She’s sorry—please don’t pile-on.
Clyde Hemphill sad because he was identified as La Canadian of the Year. Just like Rodney Dangerfield—no respect.
Chuck Terhune sad that two of his golf balls keep rattling around somewhere in his car, and he hasn’t had time to look for them. (Those golfers always have such interesting stories)
Here is an update on our Kiwanis Member, Elizabeth Georgeon. Elizabeth has completed her chemotherapy and will now undergo radiation for breast cancer. Elizabeth says overall she feels well, but is tired. She looks forward to returning to our Kiwanis Club Meetings. And....We look forward to singing "Welcome Back" to you Elizabeth, when you return!
Mary Gant stated that there would be an interclub tomorrow at Union Avenue school, as students receive reading awards. Show-up in the Descanso parking lot at 9:30 am, if you can make it.
Today’s program was all about honoring local clergy, with special emphasis given to our Kiwanis club member Pastor Skip Lindeman. Nick Berkuta and Al Restivo expertly shared the MC duties, thanking clergy members for all they do for people and the community.
The Revs. Updike and Walker informally and appropriately introduced and ribbed Skip, but reminded us of his great attributes—respectful, humorous, intelligent and reflective. Everyone looked around to see who they were talking about. Of course, the Revs. were kidding on the square because of their appreciation and respect for Skip. They wondered, though, why it took Skip seven years for him to be made permanent?
City council and Kiwanis club member, Don Voss, presented a complimentary “where-as” plaque of appreciation on behalf of the Mayor of LCF, Dave Spence, also Al Restivo member of Kiwanis. Skip accepted the honor in humble gratitude.
Nick Berkuta formally introduced Skip Lendeman with some varied and interesting biographical information, including the fact that he has been a TV weather man—says he taught Dallas Rains everything he knows.
It was then Skip’s turn at the podium. He thanked Kiwanis for the honor and also stated his appreciation for the attendance of his peers, and the large group of members of his church, some of whom wondered if they were at the right meeting. The crowd did not believe Skip when he said he would be brief—but he was. He didn’t want anyone to look at their watch—and shake it. He might be get listed in Guinness records for “shortest ever speech by a preacher.” Basically, Skip left us laughing as we would expect, and he did not spoil his special moment with anything extra-heavy-duty. (Andy Warhol said that everybody deserves their 15 minutes of fame. So, Skip thinks he has ten minutes left.) Congratulations, Skip— you are obviously highly respected and fully deserving of this public recognition.
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Rev. Johnson congratulated Skip Lendeman one more time, and gave the benediction. Then we were sung out by Tom and Jack with, “Hail Kiwanis,” as president-elect Mary rang the bell.
SPECIAL VOLUNTEERS AT THE MEETING
Pre-Lunch Music: None
Greeters at the Door: Bachy & George Lutes
Secret Greeter: Jim Phillips
Ticket Seller for 50/50 Drawing: Frosty Boyd
Winner of the 50/50 Drawing: Pat Flynn
Master of the Cash Box: Emelita Bituin
Reporter: Daryal Gant
Photographer: Melinda Thompson
Newsletter Coordinator: Tyler S. Wright
Webmaster & Newsletter Editor: Jeb Long