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Kiwanis Community News

Kiwanis Club of Placentia believes in making a better, stronger, and more well connected community. Connect here for information about small local businesses making a difference around us. You can also find the latest highlighted Kiwanis events that aid our city.


Dennis O'Hern
Key Club Scholarship

Congratulations Joelle Wong

We are so pleased to announce Joelle Wong as the recipient of our Dennis O'Hern Scholarship. Joelle is an excellent example of an above-and-beyond youth. She gave so much of herself to community service all while maintaining an outstanding academic record. We are so pleased to have had her in our Key Club program and wish her all the best in her future endeavors. 

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Special Olympics

Summer Games 2023 

Another summer of fun for the Kiwanis Club of Placentia! On June 11 we were privileged to make a pancake breakfast for over 350 people at the Special Olympic Summer Games in Long Beach. 
California State University was full of amazing athletic events, inspiring perseverance, and of course lots of smiles from the exceptional athletes. We encourage everyone to learn how you can support this heartwarming event.


In Honor
of Kathy DeRose

1955 - 2022

May this memorial bench stand as a lasting testament to the beautiful spirit we all knew you to be. 

Give Groceries 

Our busy club has been collecting groceries donated by a local Walmart. The supplies are then taken to a Fullerton based non-profit called Recovery Road.
They support individuals in recovery from alcohol and drug abuse. Each month they serve several thousand people with food and supplies


Floating Along

On December 30, the Kiwanis club was in Irwindale helping their
Division 30 clubs in feeding 500 Key Club volunteers who were working feverishly to decorate the Kiwanis International float for the Tournament of Roses. Great food and beautiful floats, it was quite the day!​

This December

the Kiwanis Club, along with the Aktion Club of North Orange County fed 50 family members, living at HIS House, Homeless Intervention Shelter, with a Holiday feast. In addition to the kids receiving gifts, the Action club also passed out Santa hats and homemade blankets.

Happy Thanksgiving!


This Thanksgiving our club served 1000 slices of pie at the LOT318 charitable dinner.

Kiwanis Back to School Shopping

Every year Kiwanis helps children to start school with confidence. Twenty-seven kids from the LOT 318 program were given $100 to shop with a volunteer for new school clothes at JCPenney.  The kids walked out with big bags and bigger smiles. Together we can encourage children to remember their future will be bright! 

Claton Tran Buddy Bench

We dedicated our new Buddy Bench at Rose Drive Elementary School Tuesday, June 14th to Clayton Tran. Clayton was a dear second grader at Rose Drive who died last summer from brain cancer. The second grade classes attended including Claytons' sister, pictured on the bench. He will continue to live on in the laughs of children on this playground. 


Thanks to the parents of Emily Collins, Daryl and Barbara for supplying the plaque  and the Aktion Club for sorting the 200 lbs of various bottle caps that were ground up, melted down and formed the bench in its entirety.

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Easter Eggcitment

It was another wonderful year supporting the Placentia Library's Easter Eggcitment event. We filled eggs for the hunt, sponsored the super fun kid slides and sold drinks to over 500 people. We hope to see you and your family next year! 

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Placentia Kiwanis Club,
along with other Kiwanians from Division 30, fed the Key Club volunteers on December 29 as they were decorating the Kiwanis International float for the Rose Parade. We fed approximately 450 kids that day... That's a lot of hot dogs and chili!




A fundraiser event supporting childhood trauma prevention. We're happy our teen Key Club was able to be among the 300 kids supporting such an important cause!




First Annual Dennis O'Hern Key Club Scholarship 

Congratulations to our El Dorado High School key club members who received the Dennis O'Hern Scholarship. Their hard work and volunteer spirit has been a wonderful addition to our community and we wish them all the best in their future successes! 


Winners: Ian Britton, Alyson Tsai, Emily Allsup, Hannah Lee, Allyson Weisel, Jamie Weisel 

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We would like to warmly thank the Cal-Nev-Ha Children’s Fund for awarding scholarships to the following students from El Dorado Key Club in recognition of their hard work and dedication: Allyson Weisel (Glenn & Millie Muggelberg Memorial Scholarship) and Jamie Weisel (Kenneth C. Forror, MD Scholarship). These girls do so much for our youth Kiwanis Key Club and we know great things will blossom in their futures! 

Since 1980, the Cal-Nev-Ha Children’s Fund has awarded scholarships to our district’s well-deserving Service Leadership Program (SLP) members who demonstrate exceptional leadership, service to their school and community, academic ability, and are active members of their SLP clubs.  

Thanks again to Cal-Nev- Ha and congratulations to Allyson and Jamie! 

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Key Club Logo

Throughout March, El Dorado Key Club High School members collected donations of sanitary items, chocolate bunnies, Easter candy, and toys to put together Easter Baskets for the Friendly Center. 35 baskets were assembled with a contribution from the Kiwanis Club of Placentia Foundation towards the Friendly Center’s 1,000 basket goal. They will be given to children of low income throughout Anaheim and Orange.


16 additional baskets were given to the Placentia Library as prizes for their annual Easter Eggcitement. 11 Key Club members also served in-person at the library’s event to help pass out goodie bags, take pictures, set up/clean up, and decorate the drive-thru area. Our Key Club members were able to accomplish about 130 service hours in March while contributing towards a Happy Easter for many families in our community!

Egg Hunting

Little Bunny and Chicky's

Eggcitement Challenge!

Thanks for participating in the Placentia Library and Kiwanis Club of Placentia's Egg-citement challenge! We cherish getting to spend time with you and your families! See you next year!


Warm for Winter

Handmade Blankets for Kids

Here is Matthew Kissinger, delivering 26  blankets that our wonderful Aktion
Club made for the holidays. These fuzzy blankets were delivered to the kids living at the H.I.S House (Homeless Intervention Service) in


The Aktion club funded this effort with money from collecting bottles and cans for recycling throughout this past

See how you can make a difference at H.I.S house by clicking below. 

“Through the trials brought on by COVID-19 we want to remind everyone that we are not alone. Behind every house door is a puzzle piece to the picture that is our wonderful community of Placentia. Embrace what we have and remember

we are in this together.” 



-Kiwanis Club 

of Placentia

Special Olympic Gold!

The Stars and Stripes volleyball team won “Gold” at the Special Olympics Southern California Fall Games, November 10th in Fountain Valley.  Special Round of applause to our participating Aktion Club Members!

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

 The Placentia Kiwanis Club was able to help the team in their victory by providing $1000 for the rental of Placentia’s Tynes gym for their required 10 week training prior to the games.  Exercise and player skills lead to their success.

Pumpkin Carving with LOT318

The Kiwanis Club joined in the fun at the annual LOT318 pumpkin carving. Each member helped a child stay safe while carving and see their creative ideas come to life! Prizes were awarded to the most original designs.

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Only possible with your bottle cap donations >


Give your bottle caps and lids a greater purpose. Donate them to help us build Buddy Benches. These symbols of inclusiveness for our young generation will be placed at parks in our community

Symbols of Togetherness

2021 President

We are pleased to announce our Kiwanis Club of Placentia president for 2021, Mr. Dwayne DeRose. We look forward to a successful year of giving back to others under his guidance


Shopping Spree

Kiwanis is happy to announce another successful back to school shopping spree. This event pairs each child in need with a volunteer companion and $100 to spend on new clothing essentials for school. Children this year came from the LOT318 summer program in Placentia. Special thanks to JCPenney, Mandel Jewelers and Kiwanis Aktion Club for making it possible to support this many kids. It is truly wonderful to see so many young ones light up when they recognize how their community cares for them.

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We're proud to share this video from Spectrum News 1 featuring Kiwanis Member Jim Kissinger and his son, Aktion Club Member Matt Kissinger. This story focuses on their work for the Blessing boxes in Placentia which provide food and other necessary items for those in need. Check out the video!

Summer Reading

Our Kiwanis and Aktion Club served over 800 free hot dogs during the Summer Reading Celebration at the Placentia Public Library. There is always an adventure waiting for you this summer in the pages of a book!

Nearly all of the Aktion Club members are also Special Olympics athletes.  Friday, May 31st, one of our members participated in the Placentia portion of the Law Enforcement Torch Run.  Stops during the 5 mile Run in Placentia included Tuffree Middle, George Key and Golden Schools.  Stephanie Hardy, Aktion’s Secretary ran most of the way.  The Torch Run is a major sponsor of Special Olympics Worldwide."
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Our Kiwanis family, including Aktion Club and Circle K members traveled to Cal State University, Long Beach Sunday morning to feed the nearly 400 Volunteers at the 2019 Special Olympics Summer Games.   Kiwanis has been serving the breakfast for roughly 15 years. A  hot dog lunch was also provided by Kiwanis to players the previous Sunday

Placentia-opoly is here!

Ready for game night Placentia style?! Order your 70th anniversary Placentia themed board game featuring places and people you all know!

NOW ONLY $25.00!

Tip A Cop 

Brea Police Department

Tip A Cop 

We would like to give our great appreciation to the Brea Police Department and the Brea Claim Jumper Restaurant. On April 11, they participated in a Tip a Cop Fundraiser with our Aktion Club Special Olympics athletes. All donations went to Special Olympics Orange County.

We would like to give our great appreciation to the Brea Police Department and the Brea Claim Jumper Restaurant. On April 11, they participated in a Tip a Cop Fundraiser with our Aktion Club Special Olympics athletes. All donations went to Special Olympics Orange County.

Mandel Jewelers

Fine Jewelers Since 1969

A BIG thank you to Mandel Jewelers in Brea for their generous donation to The Kiwanis Club of Placentia Foundation, helping our local children.

Receive 50% discounts on their fine jewelry during their 50th year anniversary celebration! Watch for two additional celebration events throughout the year.

Located in the Imperial East Shopping Center at 2500 E Imperial Hwy # 148

Brea, CA 92821

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