Kiwanis Club Honors Brown as La Cañadan of the Year

First published in the Sept. 2 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

Greg Brown was lauded as La Cañadan of the Year for 2020, an award sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada, in front of 100 guests last week. Brown was recognized for his outstanding civic and religious service spanning more than 30 years.
“At the end of the day, it is not about accomplishments — it is all about the people you get to meet, work and associate with along the way,” Brown said after the event. “It was incredibly special to be able to gather with many of those fantastic people at one time and place. Thanks, again, for allowing me to be a part of such a great family, group of friends and community.” Continue reading “Kiwanis Club Honors Brown as La Cañadan of the Year”

Locals Honored at Kiwanis International Awards

Photos courtesy of Kiwanis Club of La Cañada – Kiwanis Club of La Cañada President Dennis Fors (from left), Alice Perez and Trish McRae each received 2020-21 Distinguished Service Awards, presided by Kiwanis CAL-NEV-HA 2020-21 officers Lt. Gov. Tina Tabora-Lim and District Gov. Gary Gray.

Each year, Kiwanis International holds a District Governor’s Official Visit for Division 3, representing Kiwanis Clubs from throughout the California-Nevada-Hawaii District. A highlight of the visit is a ceremony to recognize exemplary volunteer service to the Kiwanis and the community.
Recently, the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada was recognized with 2020-21 Distinguished Service Awards presented to Dennis Fors, Trish McRae and Alice Perez.

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Brown Selected as Kiwanis’ La Cañadan of Year

Photo courtesy Greg Brown

The Kiwanis Club of La Cañada has announced that Greg Brown is the La Cañadan of the Year for 2020 in recognition of his outstanding volunteer service, spanning more than three decades.
The award was established 70 years ago to applaud exemplary leadership and hard-working dedication that has made a positive impact on the local community, local youth and a church or house of worship, the club said.
Brown will be honored at a special buffet luncheon on Wednesday, Aug. 25, at 11:30 a.m. at the recreation hall at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830 Foothill Blvd., in La Cañada Flintridge.

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LCF Trails Game Runs Through April 30

Photo courtesy George Kamar
Phil Klemmer and his brother, Stellan, take a break at Cherry Canyon trail.

The month-long LCF Trails Games, co-sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada and the LCF Trails Council, launches today and runs through April 30. The LCF Trails Game is for all ages; admission is free.
“Whether you’re a beginner wanting to try hiking, or a mountain biker who loves the thrill of competing, this game is for you,” an event spokesperson said.
“We hope the LCF Trails Game encourages kids and families to go outdoors and exercise – given this time of COVID – so go out and enjoy the trails,” said LCF Trails Game Committee Chair Linda Fors. “It’s a proven way to boost your health and wellbeing and get you smiling, plus you could win some great prizes!”
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LCF Trails Game Runs Through April 30

Photo courtesy George Kamar
Phil Klemmer and his brother, Stellan, take a break at Cherry Canyon trail.

The month-long LCF Trails Games, co-sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada and the LCF Trails Council, launches today and runs through April 30. The LCF Trails Game is for all ages; admission is free.
“Whether you’re a beginner wanting to try hiking, or a mountain biker who loves the thrill of competing, this game is for you,” an event spokesperson said.
“We hope the LCF Trails Game encourages kids and families to go outdoors and exercise – given this time of COVID – so go out and enjoy the trails,” said LCF Trails Game Committee Chair Linda Fors. “It’s a proven way to boost your health and wellbeing and get you smiling, plus you could win some great prizes!”
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Kiwanis Club Donates to Local Girl Scout’s ‘Step to Specs’ Project

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Girl Scout Gold Award candidate Anna Heur (center) received a donation from Kiwanis Club of La Cañada’s Community Service Task Force members Nancy Leininger (left) and Rima Sirrieh to be used for Heur’s “Step to Specs” project.

In a show of enthusiastic support, the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada has contributed $300 toward Senior Girl Scout Anna Heur’s “Step to Specs” Gold Award project. Heur, an LCHS sophomore, created the project as a way to get gently used prescription glasses to those who can’t afford them.
When she asked her former Palm Crest 2nd grade teacher, Nancy Leininger, to be her sponsor, Leininger then asked Heur to make a presentation to Kiwanis members. (Leininger serves on the club’s newly created seven-member Community Services Task Force, headed by Linda Fors.)
After Heur’s talk, several Club members immediately volunteered to help collect eyeglasses donated by Kiwanis members and others. “The project was a perfect fit for Kiwanis’ mission of helping local youth and the community,” according to a Kiwanis spokesperson.
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Kiwanis Club Installs Officers and Directors

The Kiwanis Club of La Cañada recently held its 71st annual installation via Zoom in celebration of incoming 2020-21 officers and directors, as the gavel was virtually passed to new President Dennis Fors from Immediate Past President Michael Freed.
Club board member Michael Leininger served as master of ceremonies at an event attended by nearly 50 members and guests at which past officers and directors were congratulated for their work.
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Hammons Saluted as Kiwanis’ La Cañadan of the Year

Photo courtesy Trish McRae
Harriet Hammons

Praising her for her dedication to helping others, Kiwanis Club of La Cañada has announced Harriet Hammons as its La Cañadan of the Year for her outstanding volunteer work, which spans more than 50 years.
The club said the honoree “hit all the high marks, as the nomination criteria embodied what she has been doing for decades: serving the youth/schools, church or house of worship, assisting clubs, performing civic activities and providing leadership, while bringing high praise to La Cañada Flintridge and the surrounding neighborhoods.”
Since 1970, Hammons has been a member of La Cañada United Methodist Church who has served in such capacities as past president of the United Methodist Women, according to a Kiwanis release. She has earned honors including the Distinguished Service Award from the United Methodist California-Pacific Conference in 2011 and United Methodist Women National Special Mission Award in 2014. She also brought her convivial spirit to her role as a head usher for the past six years.
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