Hammons Saluted as Kiwanis’ La Cañadan of the Year

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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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Leininger Honored for Service to City

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Longtime La Cañada Flintridge resident and educator Mike Leininger encouraged his audience to find ways to give back as he was recognized by the Noon Kiwanis Club as La Cañadan of the Year on Wednesday at Descanso Gardens’ Van de Kamp Hall.

Mike Leininger challenged the 110 people who came to lunch Wednesday, including grandsons Jeff and Johnny, to get involved in their community, citing a saying he learned as a coach at Bellflower High School: “What you do will speak so loudly,” he said, “I can’t hear a word you’re saying.”
Leininger’s actions since moving to La Cañada Flintridge 30 years ago this month with his family have spoken volumes. Several accounts were shared by fellow community leaders during the Noon Kiwanis Club of La Cañada’s annual La Cañadan of the Year recognition luncheon at Descanso Gardens’ Van de Kamp Hall.
For 26 years, Leininger was a member of the La Cañada Unified School District, moving up the ranks as a La Cañada High School assistant principal, principal and then as LCUSD assistant superintendent. He earned his doctorate of education from the University of La Verne during that span and was known for hosting homecoming float building sessions in his front yard.
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Kiwanis to Honor Leininger

Mike Leininger

The local Kiwanis Club has named Mike Leininger as the 2017 La Cañadan of the Year. Leininger will be honored on Wednesday, April 25, at a luncheon held at Van de Kamp Hall at Descanso Gardens.
Leininger has been an active La Cañada Flintridge community volunteer since moving here 30 years ago. When he was hired by the La Cañada Unified School District, he realized that getting involved as a volunteer in this small town would be key to building relationships and making connections. This was an easy path to pursue as his wife and daughters became immersed in LCF, too. Continue reading “Kiwanis to Honor Leininger”

La Cañada Kiwanis Club Opens ‘La Cañadan of the Year’ Nominations

Since the early 1950s, the La Cañada Noontime Kiwanis Club has been recognizing an individual as the La Cañadan of the Year. The club will be selecting an outstanding citizen from the community to be honored.
The public is asked to contribute to the process by nominating members of the community who have demonstrated strong evidence of “giving back” and exemplary commitment to the community. Longtime La Cañada Flintridge resident and community leader, Jeanne Broberg, was honored last year.
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Broberg Celebrated as La Cañadan of the Year

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Former La Cañada High School Principal Mike Leininger, now the Kiwanis Club president, congratulates former La Cañada Unified School District board member Jeanne Broberg on being named La Cañadan of the year during a ceremony on Wednesday, April 26, at Van de Kamp Hall.

The Noon Kiwanis Club recently recognized Jeanne Broberg as the 2016 La Cañadan of the Year in front of about 200 people at its luncheon at Descanso Gardens’ Van de Kamp Hall.
Having lived in LCF since 1970, Broberg’s community service has included serving on the LCUSD Governing Board for three terms after being elected in 1993. She also spent six terms as a PTA president for La Cañada Unified schools.
Broberg also spent seven years as a morning seminary teacher for teens at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was president of the Church Relief Society and the Young Women’s Organization.
Each year since the early 1950s, the Kiwanis Club has selected an outstanding citizen from the community to be honored as the La Cañadan of the Year.