Lake San Marcos


January 8, 2019 Meeting


Statement from President Jim Alden – “As most of you may already know George Dove passed away suddenly on Saturday, December 29, 2018. He was at Donner Lake with family and friend’s cross-country skiing, and apparently had a heart attack and was unable to be revived.  A memorial service is pending and scheduled to take place in the San Francisco Bay area in February or March when all family members can attend.  This was a great shock to all of us.  George was a wonderful man and he will be greatly missed. (George was 61).”


Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Meeting  – Tuesday, January 8, 2019

The tragic loss of a Great Man and Great Kiwanian – George Dove

“C.O.P.P.S” show up in force at the first meeting in January

       Fellow Kiwanians (Attendance 33) – The C.O.P.P.S. showed up in force at today’s meeting, not because we did anything illegal but to talk to us about things to be vigilant about in our community.  C.O.P.P.S is the San Marcos Sheriff’s Department unit responsible for “Community Oriented Police Problem Solving”.  Led by Deputy Gerardo Perez and Neighborhood Services Specialist Bebe Nares from the city of San Marcos, the C.O.P.P.S spoke to us about many things that are important to keep us safe these days.   They emphasized precautions such as:

  1. Lock your car and your doors (don’t leave keys or valuables in sight)

  2. Leave a Light on when you leave your home, windows locked. Notify neighbors when more than a short time.

  3. Report Suspicious Activity – Call the C.O.P.P.S – 858-565-5200 

  4. Be cautious about giving out personal information (online or at the door)

  5. Consider having a doorbell camera 

        They told us that Lake San Marcos is one of the lower crime rate areas around, but we still need to do what we can to keep it that way.  The five Sheriff Department Deputies from the C.O.P.P.S. unit who spoke to us were: (see photo above: from left – Adam Hipschen, James Santos, Aaron Ritt, Jason Allen, and Gerardo Perez).   

        Thank you, Deputies, for coming to us today and for helping keep our community safe.         



Guests John Gibbs and Lee Herzog of Lake San Marcos visited us today – they came in response to meeting Jim Murphy and other Kiwanians at the Lake San Marcos Club Fair Jan 5.  Welcome, John and Lee – Come back – Join Us!!



  1. All Hands on Deck for Pancake Breakfast – Feb. 23, 2019 (St. Mark’s Church) – Tickets were passed out at this meeting (10 per member).  Sales routes are being offered. Publicity includes an ad in the Quail Call and other media. John Lee graciously stepped back into leadership of the Pancake Breakfast (for Ticket sales) after the loss of the previous leader George Dove Thank you, John!– A special planning meeting for the pancake breakfast was held on Friday, January 4 – About 15 members are pulling together to make this yet another successful event.  This will be the 53rd Annual Pancake Breakfast this club has sponsored.  Funds raised go to support scholarships we present later in the Spring.  

  2. Silent Auction solicitations – John Lee and Jim Alden are encouraging us to begin our solicitation for silent auction donations for the pancake breakfast now. The Silent Auction was a big hit last year – Ryan Stangl is coordinating this aspect of the Pancake Breakfast this year.

  3. Nominating Committee to Seek New President-Elect – President Alden notified members that soon the Kiwanis Board will form a nominating committee to seek a new President-Elect after the loss of George Dove.  This matter will be discussed at our upcoming board meeting Jan. 15 and an election will follow within the mandatory 60-day time frame. 

  4. Child Sponsorship Plan to Be Implemented by LSM Kiwanis Soon.  Lake San Marcos Kiwanis has endorsed a plan to serve children of the world by sponsoring two international children through World Visionand Compassion International beginning soon.  One boy from Africa and one girl from South America will be selected in January. Funds ($500) for one child are already in the budget. Funds for the second child will come from member contributions in 2019. A special request will be presented to members at our Jan. 15 meeting. For more details and if you wish to contribute contact Jerry Mason or Jim Alden.  

End of Year Celebration Report of the Lake San  Marcos Kiwanis Meeting  - Tuesday December 18, 2018

2018 Comes to a Close with Two Great Events

Marine Christmas - Dec. 14 and Boys and Girls Club Singers - Dec 18

       Fellow Kiwanians (25 Kiwanians - 18 Boys and Girls Club) - The Boys and Girls Club of San Marcos serves around 500 kids a day from its base at 1 Positive Place in San Marcos.  "We serve more kids than any organization our size in this area," said Tish Murry CEO.  Tish told us that most of the kids served are not able to be in other after-school groups at their schools. "We believe in students teaching students and it works well," she said.  Tish gave us an overview of the great work the Boys and Girl's club does:

       ● Over 3700 members served - most free (sponsored by a grant)

       ● Average of 1,100 daily after-school attendance

       ● Serves students from 22 nearby cities (most are, of course from San Marcos)

       ● Operates from 13 site locations in the area

       ● 187,672 snacks served this year

       ● 4 students went to Boys and Girls Club in South Africa      

      Kim Belman led the young singers (3rd grade and up) in several spirited renditions of Christmas carols. "Events like this are great for their confidence," Kim said. Roger Garcia and their photographer (Abraham) came to support the event.  The group left to sing at McDonald's as they embarked on their so-called "road tour."

      Tish invited all Kiwanians to a Christmas party Friday Dec 21 (begins at 4:30) at their HQ.   Our annual donation of $500 will contribute toward the costs of this party. . "Thank you so much for the long term support of Kiwanis for our work." she said.  

      Thank you Boys and Girls Club for your service to kids in our community all year long.          


Santa and Marine families had a great night once again at our Marine Christmas party at Camp Pendleton.

          Marine Christmas Party for First ANGLICO Families - As is our custom, Lake San Marcos Kiwanis and the First ANGLICO Marines joined forces for another spectacular Christmas event at Camp Pendleton on December 14 this year.  Over 150 Marines and their families had a great night of food, fun, and fellowship.  Santa (Gene Clare, this year) was a great hit for the kids who received several personalized gifts from Santa and Kiwanis and the LSM community.   Marine Commander Lt. Col. Michael Hays led the crowd in a standing ovation for the 11 Kiwanians who came to support the event this year.  Ivan Gillis, Pat Haugen, Mary Ann Brandreth, George and Barbara Dove, Jim Murphy, Jerry Mason, Larry Guthrie, Suzy Arneson, Irene Acosta, Mary Harrington, Don Keller all contributed mightily to this special event for Marine families.   Thanks to all who came over for this wonderful event again this year.


             ● Ugly Sweater Kiwanians and Guest, Janelle Wallace, Director of Resource Development Boys and Girls Club. Sweater prize winners were : 1) Art Brown, 2) George Dove, 3) Gary Edwards. 


     ● Child Sponsorship Plan to Be Implemented by LSM Kiwanis in the New Year.  Lake San Marcos Kiwanis has endorsed a plan to serve children of the world. The International Outreach Committee (Mason, Alden, Dove, Kumura, Dutton) recently proposed a plan to sponsor two international children (through World Vision andCompassion International) next year.  The Kiwanis Board accepted that proposal for sponsorship of two childrenone boy from Africa and one girl from South America who will be chosen by the membership early in January. Funds ($500) for one child are already in the budget. Funds for the second child will come from member contributions in 2019. For more details and if you wish to contribute contact Jerry Mason or Jim Alden.  


Kiwanis, Live It, Love It, Share It - Jerry Mason

Glen Winn and daughter-in-law Anna Winn. Anna, a Deputy District Attorney for San Diego, spoke about Fraud Targeting Seniors.  Basically, she let us know about the devious and crafty ways crooks try to scam us - Great presentation!  Also notice the photo - Anna's father-in-law (Glen), son (Marty), and husband (Scott) were all in the Kiwanis Christmas Parade on Dec. 2, 2018.

Anna Winn - Fraud That Targets Seniors  

Report on San Marcos Kiwanis Christmas Parade  

      Fellow Kiwanians (34 attendance) - Good speakers draw larger than average crowds.  Such was the case for today's speaker, Anna Winn, Deputy District Attorney for San Diego County - in charge of economic crimes (fraud).  Her topic was "Fraud Targeting Seniors".  Anna is a 25 year veteran attorney who loves her specialty.  "If they're gonna try to steal your money, they're gonna hear from me," she said.  Anna is the daughter-in-law of Glen and Rosemarie Winn.  Anna and husband, Scott, are also parents of three.

      Here are the highlights of her very informative and helpful presentation:

 E-Mail Scams - There are many out there - watch out for e-mails using ALL CAPS or partial credit card numbers.  If a bank or the IRS wants to get ahold of you they will not be using e-mail.  Be skeptical of "urgent" requests using partial or deceitful logos asking you to send your identification, credit, or banking information. They are phishing to scam you.

ATM Scams - Crooks create and illegally install ATM skimming devices to common ATM machines (such as at gas stations and even some bank outlets) - These devices video the transaction and capture your banking and credit information over the top of the official ATM machinery.  Avoid using ATM cards at gas pumps as skimmers are often placed in gas pumps to capture your account information. It is best to pay cash at gas stations or use credit card, not your ATM card, if you are paying at the pump.

Making Fake Cards and Identification -  These crooks are very devious - they can make fake checks, make false credit cards (using a white card printer), make fake driver's licenses, open fake accounts in your name for their benefit, get bank loans in your name that you don't know about, tap into your tax returns, get I-phones and activate them in your name, even get a job using your social security number.  Use debit or cash cards only to get actual cash.

Grandparent Scams -  A common scam is an e-mail or phone request to an elderly person with a plea from someone who claims to be a grandchild or loved one who needs funds wired urgently to help them get out of a predicament far away.  Our guest Sarah Benson said this happened to her parents, but fortunately the bank teller alerted them before the wire transfer was completed.

Devious People work the Leading Edge of Technology to Deceive People - Such fraud is more wide spread and common than many realize. Way too much personal information about you can be bought on the dark web.  "It can be demoralizing and very hard to grasp, but when it happens to you or someone close to you it hits you hard," said Anna. "It is common that crooks like this have many weapons to harm you in their arsenals.  Banks will work with you, if you let them know the moment you suspect a scam.  The best way to fight them is through being aware of their wiles and not be caught napping."   Thank you - Anna for being on our side in this battle.   Come back to visit us when you can - you are a true crime fighter.  - contact Anna at

Kiwanis San Marcos Holiday Parade - Dec 2, 2018 - around 1,000 people were in the parade.  Our speaker today, Anna Winn, was there watching her son Marty (as Robin) and her husband Scott (as Batman) 

(see photo above) - Anna's father-in-law Kiwanian Glen Winn was in his usual "Captain Book" attire helping 

hand out from 2,500 - 3,000 free books to kids along the route.

    San Marcos Kiwanis Christmas Parade Involves nearly 1,000

        Cast of 1,000 marches in the 23rd Annual San Marcos Christmas Parade - For the 23rd season, people on Mission Street from Palomar College to the Civic Center saw one very special locally-driven holiday parade.  "There were just short of 1,000 participants," said lead organizer Carrie Clevers.  People by category:  211 children,  530 teens,  250 adults,  (horses not included).  There were three bands: San Marcos High Knights (250 strong) is the largest band in our county; Mission Hills High band, and the UCR Pipe Band from Riverside.  There were several floats and many specially decked out cars. The theme was "A Super Hero Holiday." Our own Lt Gov. Jim Dorschel and his wife Penny (with their granddaughter Eleanor) road on a special car. Trophies were presented by President Alden to all the winners in several categories.  Once again, Glen Winn played Captain Book who, working with Darwin Bustardi and several Key Clubbers passed out between 2,500 to 3,000 books for free (funds were obtained from two grants). 

        The following Kiwanians actively contributed to make the parade a success: Clevers, Alden (Jim & Linda), Dove, Mason, Haugen, Bustarde, Dutton, Acosta, Gillis, Edwards, Murphy, Lee, Trageser, Vollbrecht, Winn, Stevens. Our speaker today, Anna Winn had three from her family in the parade, the Batman duo of her husband and son won the Mayor's trophy (see photo) "I have seen several of these parades and I think this year's was one of the best ever," she said.  Lt. Gov. Dorschel sent similar kudos to President Alden. This is just another new way that Lake San Marcos Kiwanis serves the people of the community.  (President Alden said a reflection meeting on the parade will be scheduled in the coming weeks). Way to go all! 



        Marine Christmas Party for First ANGLICO families - Marine families are often far from home at Christmas, that is why Lake San Marcos puts on a special Christmas party for them every December.  This year's party will be great fun just as it is every year - Santa, great food, presents for the kids and plenty of family fellowship awaits all who attend.  Friday December 14 @ 5:30 on base (If you want to go, contact Ivan Gillis). Donations gladly accepted to help Santa reach Marine kids and their families.  

New Faces -  Two new faces were seen at today's meeting: 

Sarah Benson - Executive Director for Senior Well Being Foundation of San Marcos (came to hear the speaker) 

 Shirley Holte - newsletter editor for Las Brisas Pacific Community - wanted to report on the topic.   Welcome both of you - come back often. 

 Longtime Kiwanian Elizabeth Burmeister made Honorary Member - President Alden presented Elizabeth Burmeister of Carlsbad with a special "Honorary Member" status from our club.  (When told of the award, she said "At first I thought you were saying "Ornery" member). Elizabeth had been with our club for since 2012, her late husband George was a Kiwanian for a whopping 62 years.   You are welcome anytime Elizabeth. 

 President Alden announced that recently elected SD Co. Supervisor, Jim Desmond (outgoing San Marcos Mayor) will become an honorary member of our club - Jim has a long history of connection to Kiwanis .... Welcome Jim.

      Silent Auction solicitations can begin now - George Dove reminded us that solicitating silent auction donations for the pancake breakfast can begin now.  "I will be getting out a list of businesses and more information soon, but you can begin solicitations of those businesses you contacted last year," he said.  The Silent Auction was a big hit last year bringing in around $6000 dollars from 200 items.

        International Outreach Committee (Mason, Alden, Dove, Kumura, Dutton) is developing a proposal to sponsor two international children (through World Vision and Compassion International) next year.  The committee will present their proposal at the December board meeting.  Kiwanis serves the children of the world


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