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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.

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!