About Us

We are very proud to be Kiwanians!

Kiwanis clubs, located in 80 nations, help their communities in countless ways. Each community’s needs are different—so each Kiwanis club is different. By working together, members achieve what one person cannot accomplish alone. When you give a child the chance to learn, experience, dream, grow, succeed and thrive, great things happen.

Service footprint: Service is at the heart of every Kiwanis club, no matter where in the world it’s located. The Kiwanis Club of La Jolla is proud to serve the needs of La Jolla Village, and its surrounding neighborhood communities.  We have approximately 100 active members, meeting weekly in the fellowship hall of the Presbyterian Church, on the corner of Eads and Kline.

A family of servant leaders: Kiwanis clubs focus on changing the world by serving children, one child and one community at a time. To do this, many clubs also sponsor a Kiwanis family club to reach more people and have a greater service impact on their communities.  The Kiwanis Club of La Jolla sponsors the UCSD Circle K club (CKI) as well as two high schools, namely the Key Clubs of La Jolla High School as well as University City High School.

Traditional and not: No two Kiwanis clubs look exactly the same. Each member’s and community’s needs are different, and each club should look different. Some clubs are very traditional, with weekly meetings and a strong sense of history. Other clubs don’t meet at all, and instead hold meetings online and only come together for service projects. Newer clubs may follow the 3-2-1 concept: 3 hours of service, 2 hours of social activity and a 1-hour meeting each month. Clubs should reflect their communities and their members and should work to meet their needs. Flexibility is key to a successful club.

Fellowship and fun: Kiwanis members don’t just do service—they have fun. Members make new friends by being part of a club where they attend meetings and participate in social events. Kiwanis clubs also provide excellent networking opportunities for professionals. Members meet new people from all over their region and the world through service projects, fundraising and by attending district and Kiwanis International Conventions.


“Serving the children of the world”
We carry out this mission in its broadest sense. We served the children by making our community a better, child friendly place! We raise money through our main fund raising event the La Jolla Half Marathon, and we portion the proceeds through four major grant committees to give to community needs as identified by the committees’ charters.

Kiwanis Objectives:

  • –  To give primacy to the human and spiritual rather than to the material values of life.
  • –  To encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships.
  • –  To promote the adoption and the application of higher social, business and professional standards.
  • –  To develop, by precept and example, a more intelligent, aggressive and serviceable citizenship.
  • –  To provide, through Kiwanis clubs, a practical means to form enduring friendships, to render altruistic service and to build better communities.
  • –  To cooperate in creating and maintaining that sound public opinion and high idealism, which make possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism and goodwill.
  Club Board Foundation Board
President Bart Calame Henry Chiu
Immed. Past President Henry Chiu Rebecca Morales
President-Elect Leon Chow Bart Calame (Club Pres.)
Vice-President Wendy Matalon  
Secretary Anita Hansen Don Hodges
Treasurer Mike France Mike France
One-Year Directors Kedest Berhanu Trenton Bonner
  Ravi Sidhu Craig Bratlien
  Don Hodges Wendy Matalon
    Don Hodges
Two-Year Directors Bob Steck Tom Henry
  Ann Ellis Nancy Miller
  David Lighty Glen Rasmussen
  Larry Hogan Rebecca Morales

We have four giving committees, each focused on a particular area of community need:

– Youth Services – Young Children Priority One
– Community Services – International


For more information on each of them, please visit:  Our Charities


Kiwanis is an incredible opportunity to help your community and I strongly recommend you try it. Volunteerism is such a rewarding experience, and it is so easy to make a difference in the life of a child, or any community member in need, for that matter.  Need exists all around us, every day, and we are often so busy living our own lives that we just do not see it.

Our La Jolla Kiwanis Club is so fortunate to have a major fundraiser in the La Jolla Half Marathon, a fun (and challenging) athletic event that then fuels our efforts to distribute over $250,000 back into the community each year, putting that value where it can have the most impact on the lives of those in need.

Please join us any time for lunch.  Reach out to us with any questions.  Have a look around this website to see how active we are in the community and how easy it is for you to become a part of our commitment to improve the lives of as many children as possible.

Bart Calame

2016-2017 President – La Jolla Kiwanis Club


Volunteering is in our blood, and nothing is more important than helping children in need.  Please join us any time for lunch on Fridays.  Guests are welcome.  Membership applications are always available near the front door, and we welcome all questions about Kiwanis can help you make a difference in the lives of children.

For more information, please refer to:  Join Us!


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