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. The holidays are a time to be active in giving, in connecting with friends and
family and being reﬂective.
We ended the calendar year at 322 members strong. We are “plus eight” as a Division.
Membership growth is wonderful on so many levels. More hands to guide young people, to feed shut-ins, to bring joy to families in need, to support all the good works in our communities. New members can bring a sparkle to your club, with
enthusiasm and passion. Keep up the good work I want to thank all the clubs that went the extra mile with special activities around the holidays. Santa and the elves were busy ringing kettle bells, gathering and delivering toys and making merry around Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.
We held a Division Council Meeting in December hosted by Camarillo. They decorated the tables in a festive fashion, then fed us a delicious hot meal. Our program featured two of our leaders. First, for a return appearance, our Trustee from Santa Maria, Steve Geraci. Steve also came last month, when our numbers were way down due to the active fires in the area in November. Wonderful to have
him share about the upcoming training in Santa Barbara. Region 10 members will gather to learn and grow, focusing on membership and positive club experiences, on Saturday January 12. Then our own Roy Talley, serving as Kiwanis CNH Foundation Chair, reminded us of the many ways we can contribute to the foundation, as well as the opportunities to support our club endeavors with grants from the foundation. (It is a circle of recognition and service!) We have a special Governor’s visit coming up on March 10 - order your Distinguished and Community Service and other awards now, so Rocci Barsotti and Roy can co-present them. Here is the link to all the CNH awards available. http://www.cnhkiwanis.org/Page/28186
Lt. Governor Elect Don Erickson sang us in and out, as well as assisting with the “happy and sad bucks” where we learn what is going on with our members. Thank you! A pat on the back to our members who efficiently set up the front of the room, and then put it all away when we’re done – it is appreciated. Our volunteer project for the month was writing 70 letters to Santa. I dropped them into the big mailbox at Macy’s, earning the Make a Wish Organization $70 towards fulfilling a wish for a young person. If you have a project we can do at an upcoming meeting, let me know. 40 or 50 sets of hands can do a lot in 10 minutes.
Squinting into the future, 2019 looks all shiny and new. Let’s take every opportunity to talk up our wonderful clubs, and turn that “plus eight” into big double digits.
Have a left-over Christmas Cookie and a latte’ as you take time to peruse the Division 42 club photos and notes. See you at our DCM January 10 (hosted by Conejo Valley) at the ARC in Ventura, and at Region 10 training in Santa Barbara on January 12.