Director’s Letter – April 2015

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Partnerships can be wonderful and inspiring.  We are always looking for new partnerships and ways to positively transform existing ones.  On March 10, 2015, we celebrated a new venture that will enhance the quality of our services to families in need.  It was our good fortune that Kiwanis International President John Button and Debbie were in Sacramento to help us embrace two organizational friends - Shriners Hospital for Children-Northern California and the Consulado General de Mexico en Sacramento (Mexican Consul General in … [Read more...]

Director’s Letter – March 2015

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I have met a thousand people who claim to be exclusively responsible for the oft-cited maxim “People support what they help create.”  Truth be known, I have claimed to be the original author of the saying for most of my life.  But at least 999 people out there know I was not the first to think of it.  Regardless, it is quite a gem in the world of management and leadership principles.  Those fascinated by leadership concepts and practices often follow difference makers in corporate settings, like banking, manufacturing, information technology, … [Read more...]

Director’s Letter – February 2015

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We celebrate so many things.  Births and their anniversaries, weddings and their anniversaries, cultural and religious rites, world records, discoveries and inventions, coronations and inaugurations, ribbon cuttings, championships, retirements, and holidays. So what about longevity?  Should we celebrate longevity in and of itself?  What is longevity, anyway?  Many celebrated individuals have proffered, “Hey, all that means is that I have been around forever.” The Kiwanis Family House celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2014.  In 2015, … [Read more...]

Director’s Letter – January 2015

To my friends, family, fellow K-Family members, the staff here at the Kiwanis Family House, my key contacts at our partner hospitals, my peers in the regional nonprofit community, guests and former guests who continue to support us, and the KFH Board of Directors…..Happy 2015! As we launch into a new calendar year, I remind myself that I serve all of you as I fulfill the duties of Executive Director.  I am accountable to you.  Please do me a favor.  File this column away.  Retrieve it next January and use it as a 2015 report card.  Hold me … [Read more...]

Welcome to KFH Sponsor Club #96!

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Sebastopol Kiwanis recently joined 95 other  clubs in California and Nevada by becoming an official sponsor of Kiwanis Family House! As a Sponsor Club, Sebastopol Kiwanis made a one-time donation of $500, and pledges to pay dues of $100 annually, plus make an additional annual donation of their choosing, to the House.  The club will have all the rights of sponsorship, which includes voting for board members at Kiwanis Family House's  annual meeting each June.  Executive Director Dan Germain attended the club's lunch meeting last week as the … [Read more...]

Director’s Letter – December 2014

During this season of giving, we at the Kiwanis Family House are humbled by the continued support we receive from Kiwanis clubs and individual supporters.  You are the reason that the Kiwanis Family House has had the privilege of serving more than 25,000 families in crisis over the past thirty years, and, with your continued support, we plan to serve even more families in our next three decades. The renowned specialists at Shriners Hospital of Northern California are currently treating Azul, a three-year-old burn patient from Choix in the … [Read more...]

Director’s Letter – November 2014

As our memorable 30th anniversary celebration recedes further into our collective memory and we push into our 31st year, we are focused on our immediate future as well the legacy that will outlive most of us. Your current leadership – board and management – are committed to ensuring at least another 30 years of inspirational service. As is any effectively-run organization, we are compelled to elevate our sights beyond the challenges of day-to-day operation and perform as visionary strategic thinkers. While we will not be ready to formally … [Read more...]

Director’s Letter – October 2014

100’s Every Where You Turn Healdsburg Kiwanis in Sonoma County is Kiwanis Family House (KFH) Sponsor Club Number 90. Number 91 is Campbell Kiwanis in Santa Clara County. Number 92 is Grantville-Allied Gardens Kiwanis in San Diego County. Number 93 is Greater Colfax Kiwanis in Placer County. All have come on board in the past two months. We greatly value the spreading geographic representation among our family of Sponsor Clubs. It mirrors the geographic distribution of the persons we serve. Did you know that families from 11 of Nevada’s 16 … [Read more...]

Amador County Kiwanis Make Donation to KFH!

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Thank you to the Kiwanis Club of Amador County for your recent $1,000 donation to the Kiwanis Family House!  Pictured below are members of the club with Executive Director Dan Germain at the recent K-Family Workday, where they joined 31 other Kiwanis family organizations for one of our two largest volunteer days of the year. Thank you, Amador County Kiwanis, for your generous donation, for being one of our 92 valued sponsoring clubs, and for your volunteer efforts.  You ROCK! … [Read more...]

Dixon Kiwanis Supports Kiwanis Family House!

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Sponsor Club Dixon Kiwanis participated in the most recent K-Family Workday on September 6th, and while there, presented Executive Director Dan Germain with a check for $1,000, representing two grants of $500 each from the Walmart Foundation and Kohl's Foundation. Dixon Kiwanis, like all sponsor clubs, pays annual dues to the Kiwanis Family House, and gives an additional donation to KFH each year.  Thank you to the members and leaders of Dixon Kiwanis for your continued financial and volunteer support of our House! … [Read more...]