Welcome to the Kouch
My fellow Kiwanians,
Welcome to a quiet place, where you can put your feet up on the Kouch and take a breath.
I’m so grateful to belong to an organization that helps the community all year round, and steps up when needed. We are in the midst of a pair of tragedies. Members of our community have been impacted by a senseless killing.
We lost 12 souls at the Borderline Bar and Grill, who were simply having a nice night of music and fun with friends. Some of our members knew the young adults and Sergeant Ron Helus personally. My condolences to all of you. We all share the loss.
Only a day later, fires erupted during a Santa Ann windstorm, and burned wide swatches of Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, Westlake Village, Agoura Hills, Simi Valley and of course, Malibu. Up north, the town of Paradise also suffered an unbelievably devastating fire. Many of us evacuated, and others sheltered friends and family who had to leave their homes. The fires are still burning as I write this, but my fervent hope is that there will be no more loss of life or homes. There are several ways to help, including donating to a local charity, which I know many of you are doing.
Our own DCM was held the night the fires started. A brave 16 members attended the meeting, including Nick Esser, past Lt. Governor, who took over the MC duties when both Don Erickson and I could not make it. The ARC provided a space to share a meal (thank you Simi Valley!) and meet our Trustee from Santa Maria, Steve Geraci. Steve has graciously offered to visit us again at our
December meeting. Don’t miss the chance to meet this fine man.
Each club Is busy in its own way, finishing this calendar year with events large and small to help residents of Ventura County and Santa Barbara County to find some joy at a difficult time. The holidays are upon us. My first husband loved to say, “It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.” I learned later that this quote is an ancient Chinese Proverb. Take time to reach out and light
someone’s candle in the months ahead.
Here, sip some hot tea with lemon as you take time to visit with each of our clubs as you continue to the next pages. I’m so proud of each of you, and what you do for others. The Hearts of our Heroes are showing!