Lake San Marcos


Kiwanis Meeting of 1-29-19 

Left: Book Club members: Kiwanians – Marty Gannon, Doris Gannon, Linda Alden, Our speakers Marsha Bryan, Adele Franco, and Joe

Bear.  Adele Franco, President of the Lake San Marcos Community Association, told us about book clubs in our community and was assisted by Marsha Bryan who helped start book clubs in our community several years ago.

Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Meeting  – Tuesday, January 28, 2019

Adele Franco and Marsha Bryan give us an Overview of Book Clubs in the Lake San Marcos community

       Fellow Kiwanians (Attendance 35) – Both Della Franco and Marsha Bryan are true book people.  Not only are they avid wide-ranging readers, but they have been helping other readers form book clubs in our community for several years.  Marsha started it all several years ago by setting up and organizing a meeting of people interested in book clubs, about 50 people attended. Now there are 20 different types of book clubs devouring and discussing books in our homes on a regular basis. “We have clubs in the morning, afternoon, and evening,” said “Della”.  Her club is eleven women and one man meet monthly in rotating homes.  Marty Gannon belongs to a men’s only book club.  Della, who once taught literature to junior high students, says “Books and book clubs expand our horizons and our viewpoints as well as teach us to be critical thinkers.  Participating in a book club allows members to grow in their ability to understand the messages of a wide range of authors who have perspectives which are often far afield from our own.”     

      Marsha Bryan told us how she was a catalyst for several of the book clubs that are now very active in our community.   Della related that one of her current favorite books is “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles.  It is about a Russian count who spends 32 years in house arrest in a Moscow hotel during the Bolshevik Revolution and Communist rise to power from 1922 – 1954.  “This book has it all; mystery, great writing, surprise twists and much more,” said Della.  “It is just an example of the great adventures we have in our book clubs.”  If you are interested in joining a book club in our area call Adele at 761-591-7655.  

Thank you Della and Marsha.  



Christmas Parade “mistake” corrected. – During the awards part of the December San Marcos Christmas Parade, there was a “mix-up” of names that resulted in the presentation of a trophy to the wrong group.  Today, President Alden corrected that mistake – he presented the Kiwanis Trophy to Heidi Rassatt and her husband Greg for their entry of a Snoopy blow-up on a WW II Jeep.  Both Heidi and Greg are very active in the local historical society and helped organize the veteran’s celebration at Helen Bougher Park these past several years.  Come back to us again Heidi.




  1. All Hands on Deck for Pancake Breakfast – Feb. 23, 2019 (St. Mark’s Church) – Jim Alden encouraged members to continue “hitting the pavement” on sales routes for pancake tickets and for our silent auction solicitations – Sales routes for pancake tickets are still available. This will be the 53rd Annual Pancake Breakfast this club has sponsored.  Funds raised go to support scholarships which we will present later in the Spring.  Overall, Ivan Gillis reports that we gave away 28 scholarships in total last year. Co-Chairs for Pancake Day are John Lee, Jim Murphy, Pat Haugen.  Placemat ads coordinator:  Cathleen Stevens; Silent Auction coordinator:  Ryan Stangl.

  2. Child Sponsorship Plan –  Jim Alden and Jerry Mason informed us that we have exceeded our goal of raising an additional $500 (currently at $590 additional) for sponsorship of two children– one boy from Africa and one girl from South America. Two sponsored children (from World Vision and Compassion International) will be selected at President Alden’s home on Saturday and presented to the club on Feb 5. For more details and if you wish to contribute contact Jerry Mason or Jim Alden.  This is one way our Kiwanis Club Serves the Children of the World.

  3. Club Membership now at 51 – Newest members John Gibbs and Steve Hinze (transfer from San Marcos club).Membership is everyone’s responsibility. We are still the “Flagship of the Fleet” in District 37.

  4. Linda Alden is taking over for Mike Rohde in coordinating Albertsons/Vons gift cards.

  5. Pres. Alden is working with Jim Trageser with finding a new storage facility for Scout Pack 662.

  6. Nominating Committee headed by Jerry Mason is seeking club leadership candidates – more on this soon.


Regular Luncheon Meetings.

  1. Feb 5 – Lt. Col. Michael Hays – Commanding Officer, First ANGLICO U.S. Marines

  2. Feb 12 Site Visit to Palomar Medical Center – no meeting at the St. Mark’s Country Club (our usual place) – meet at Coco’s Restaurant in Escondido – Lunch at Coco’s at 11:30 – Guided tour of Palomar Medical Center begins at 1 PM – Tom Kumura

  3. Potential field trip to FFA is being planned – details forthcoming soon.

  4. The blood drive is being planned in conjunction with Lake Church for April 11, 2019 (10-3 Thur) – Lynn Effinger from Temecula club had this to say about the blood drive…”Donating blood is one of the most unselfish things a person can do. There is no money involved. You are simply giving of yourself in a very unselfish way and literally helping to save lives. While approximately 65% of Americans are healthy enough and qualified to donate blood, only about 4% of that number actually donate. Local blood banks have to collect hundreds of pints of blood each day to keep up with the demand for blood from the many hospitals they serve. Blood shortages are all too common. Please help your community by donating blood yourself and encourage others you know to do the same.”


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

Report of the Lake San Marcos Kiwanis Newsletter January 22, 2019

Terry Kaltenbach, Doug Bradt, Docents for the Midway Museum

       Fellow Kiwanians (Attendance 35) – .   Glenn Winn introduced the experienced docents from the Midway Museum.   They gave an interesting overview and history of the 5th most popular museum of any type of museum in the USA.  The USS Midway was an engineering marvel – too big for the Panama Canal, the first supercarrier built after the Essex class, and the first to have an armored flight deck.  For many years it was home-ported in Japan.  This ship evacuated 3000 South Vietnamese refugees in 1975.  In 1992, the ship was decommissioned in San Diego and stored in Bremerton, Washington.  In 2003 it was taken to Alameda to be cleaned and painted.  It was then moved to San Diego in January 2004 and opened to the public on June 7, 2004.  Interesting statistics:  Each year it is visited by 1.4 million visitors, 700 private events/year, $72.3M economic impact, STEM education program attended by 53,000 K-12 students, sleepovers for 6,000 students, and currently has 31 airplanes.  The exhibits are always changing so if you haven’t been there recently, go back. “Bring your family and friends to experience a city at sea as you meet and hear stories from heroes who served aboard the Navy’s longest-serving aircraft carrier of the 20th century.”  



● All Hands on Deck for Pancake Breakfast – Feb. 23, 2019 (St. Mark’s Church) – Co-chairs:  Pat Haugen, Jim Murphy and John Lee.  John encouraged members to keep “hitting the pavement” on sales routes for pancake tickets – Currently he has around $3400 from sales.  Sales routes are still available. This will be the 53rd Annual Pancake Breakfast this club has sponsored.  Funds raised go to support local charities and scholarships we will present later in the Spring.   

● Silent Auction solicitations – The Silent Auction was a big hit last year – Ryan Stangl, assisted by Pat Haugen, is coordinating this aspect of the Pancake Breakfast this year. Recent donations:  Golden Door spa gift basket (Tom Kumura), 2 nights at the Lakehouse Hotel (Don Alexander), Two tickets to the San Diego Zoo (Tom K), 4 passes and a gift basket from Knotts Berry Farm (Tom K)

Fundraising Committee will be headed by Ivan Gillis and Jim Alden

 Memorial service for George Dove will be held Feb 17 and the San Francisco Bay Area – 

 Dorothy Coleman passed away Dec 27.  We celebrated her 106th birthday last April.  We will miss her.

 ● Flu shots at Palomar Health Systems, Escondido, Jan 31, 2-4pm

  Patti Manley will begin working on grants for next year’s Holiday Parade

  Nominating Committee will be headed by Jerry Mason – members are Tom Kumura, Ted May, Linda Alden, Fred Folbrecht and Tom Curtis.  An election for a new president-elect will be scheduled once a candidate(s) is(are) nominated.

Heidi Rassatt will attend the next meeting to accept the parade trophy that rightfully should have been awarded to Heidi and Greg Rassatt.  Thank you Carrie Clevers for arranging this.

Michael Rohde will turn over the Albertson’s Gift Card fundraiser to Linda Alden while he judges some legal cases.  Remember, the foundation earns 5% on every gift card we sell!

Child Sponsorship Plan  – one boy from Africa and one girl from South AmericaFunds ($500) for one child are already in the Foundation budget. Funds for the second child were solicited and have reached an additional approximately $500. – Donations will be accepted through January. Two sponsored children will be selected soon. For more details and if you wish to contribute contact Jerry Mason or Jim Alden.  Kiwanis Serves the Children of the World.

Club Membership rises to 51 – With the addition of newest member John Gibbs and transfer of Patti Manley and Steve Hinze from the San Marcos Club our current membership is 51.    


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 and Compassion 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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