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The Kiwanis Club of Kern, Bakersfield was chartered on May 27, 1948 by the Bakersfield Kiwanis Club. After 26 years, it was the second club in the city. Currently, the City of Bakersfield has a population of 354,500 and six Kiwanis Clubs which meet each day of the week except Tuesday.
Weekly luncheon meetings are held on Thursday from 12:00-1:00 PM at the Petroleum Club in the Stockdale Towers (12th floor), California Ave. and Mohawk St. On each 2nd Thursday, no Club meeting will be held at the Petroleum Club; however, an offsite meeting with our new 3-2-1 members will be held at 6:00 PM. (5/9/2013)
Kern Kiwanis Club is the largest club in Division 33 with over 51 men and women members.
Our 2012-2013 Club President Cecilia Provensal with First Gent Jim was installed on September 20, 2012 at Benji's French Basque. (Left)
On February 23, 2013, K-Kids Advisor Jim Ventura was presented the 2012-13 Distinguished Service Award by CNH Dist. Gov. Gary Jander and Reg. 11 Trustee Walter Morton. (Middle-Left)
1973-74 Div. 33 Lt. Gov. Wendall Kinney (Kern) is honored for writing the word and music of the official published "Hail Kiwanis" song. Word and Music (Middle)
1993-94 Div. 33 SDLG John Stephenson (Kern) is the 1st recipient of the "Stephenson Award of Excellence - Dedicated to all those who serve KIWIN'S with their hearts", and 2003-04 KIWIN'S Governor Vanessa Porter presented retiring District Administrator John with this award at the 28th District Convention in the Irvine Marriott Hotel on April 17, 2004. (Middle-Right) At the 87th Kiwanis Cal-Nev-Ha District Convention in Reno, NV on August 24, 2007, John was presented the Bert Shoemaker Award by Chair Paul Formosa. On May 18, 2008, Vanessa Porter graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in Biology plus a Specialization in Ecology and Conservation Biology. She received the coveted Scarlet Key Award which is the highest honor a student can receive. She wrote "The guidance you've given me has truly shaped who I am today." I hope others would have many "Kiwanis moments" that I have had with the Service Leadership Programs (SLP). On July 7, 2010, Vanessa completed 2 years in Honduras serving in the Peace Corps.
Kern's Honor Club Banner was awarded in April 1999 by KIF. To date, Kern Club has the following: 69 - Hixsons & Diamond Levels, 3 - Tablet of Honor, 2 - Heritage Society and 7 - Cal-Nev-Ha Dunlap. Award Names As of 9/30/10 in the WSP1/IDD program, the Kern Club has given $74,430 or helped 1,488,600 kids from IDD. Our Club ranks 86th of 8,327 Clubs worldwide, 3rd of 543 Clubs in Cal-Nev-Ha District and 1st in Div. 33. (Right)
In the past to provide funds for Community Service Account (approximately $23,000/year), Kern Kiwanis Club has used the following fund-raisers: Million Dollar Hole-In-One Shootout, Fireworks Stand and 7th Annual Kiwanis for Kids Golf Classic Photos.As of 4/30/13 in the WSP2/MNT program, the Kern Club has given $5,440.00 or helped provide 3 shots to ELIMINATE 3,022 maternal/neonatal tetanus cases. On 2/7/13, Kern Club's 1st matched Walter Zeller Fellowship was presented to 1998-99 President Charles Neville. In 2010-11, Kern Club received "The Year of Leadership Award" for donating $2,340 to MNT with 13 members share ($840) and Kern Club share ($1,500).
In the Div. 33 Bloodmobile Project (5/13/04), Div. 33 has raised $101,515.30 (or 100.11%) of the $101,400 cost to purchase a 3-bed unit for Houchin Blood Service. We have donated $9,888.00 (or 9.74%) and rank 1st place in clubs plus 4th place in donor groups. Our Thousand Dollar Club members and order are as follows: PP Walt Heisey (1), PLG Phil Field (15), CM & PP Dr. Steve Montgomery (17), PSDLG John Stephenson and John Jr. (19), PP Fuchsia Ward honored by Kern Kiwanis Club members (22), Kern Kiwanis Foundation, Inc. (25) and Tom & Lynn Finch (33).