New Board Meeting Schedule Announced

The Kiwanis Family House Board of Directors has announced a new board meeting schedule for the 2015-2016 term. Until further notice, the board shall meet every other month (odd months: January, March, May, July, September, and November) as well as in the month of June following the Kiwanis Family House Annual Meeting. Except for June, all meetings are scheduled for the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Kiwanis Family House, unless otherwise announced. Board committee meeting schedules have been updated as well, as … [Read more...]

Fordham University Kiwanis Becomes 98th Sponsor Club!

Fordham Kiwanis K-Kids Induction 2014

We have exciting news!  In May, the Kiwanis Club of Fordham University, Bronx, New York, became the 98th Sponsor Club of the Kiwanis Family House! This news is exciting for several reasons.  First, we are now only TWO clubs away from hitting the magic number "100" during Kiwanis International's 100th year.  Second, the Fordham University Club is the FIRST Kiwanis Family House sponsor club from outside the California-Nevada-Hawaii District, demonstrating the true international reach of our House. And finally, we are excited because Fordham … [Read more...]

PRESS RELEASE – Kiwanis Family House Participates in BIG Day of Giving


***For Immediate Release***   SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA, April 26, 2015 – For the second year in a row, the Kiwanis Family House will participate in an exciting regional event involving more than 400 local nonprofit organizations, the BIG Day of Giving.  The BIG Day of Giving is an online networking and giving event that provides nonprofit organizations such as the Kiwanis Family House with the opportunity to gain exposure and start relationships with new donors, and for the people in the Sacramento region and beyond to come together to … [Read more...]

Director’s Letter – April 2015


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

Dan Germain

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

100 Year Logo web

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!

KFH Patch

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...]