Club News

Here is recent news for the club.

Fire Prevention in Lamorinda - 02/08/2018
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Dave Winnacker, our new Fire Chief of the Moraga-Orinda Fire Protection District gave a very informative presentation in February. The MOFD, comprised of 5 stations in Orinda and Moraga covering 42 square miles of both suburban and rural areas, responded to 3,652 calls for service in the last year, 2,043 of which were EMS/Rescue incidents and 45 were home or vegetation fires.  

One might ask, what is being done to decrease the risk of fire in Lamorinda, given the recent North Bay and Southern California fires?   Amongst the information shared by the Chief three highlights included:  (1)  Create a defensible space around your home. Review CalFire’s "One Less...

Kiwi Therapy - 01/27/2018
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What is a Kiwi?  A New Zealander or their hairy bird that can’t fly?  A green fruit perhaps?   On this day it was Kiwi (short for Kiwanis) the horse.  An energetic group of Moraga Valley Kiwanis members helped the Xenophon Therapeutic Riding Center with their Winter clean up. 


Xenophon, located in the hills of Orinda, offers life-changing experiences for children with a wide range of disabilities. Through equine-assisted activities provided in a safe and secure environment, children achieve goals that they never before dreamed possible.  Pictured here are Executive Director Mari Parino and her friend.  Kiwi was acquired several years ago with...

Moraga Mayor Dave Trotter discusses Marin Clean Energy at the Jan. 25 Kiwanis Club Meeting - 01/25/2018
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Moraga Mayor Dave Trotter's talk focused on the plan for residents to choose how much renewable energy will be in the electricity they receive and the plan to have Marin Clean Energy (MCE), California’s first “Community Service Aggregation Program,” as the provider of the service. 

The Moraga Town Council acted in 2017 to have Moraga join 13 other cities in Contra Costa County, as well as the County itself, as participants.  Mayor Dave Trotter is Moraga's representative on the MCE Board and is a member of the Board's Executive Committee.  Moraga customers will soon be receiving introductory information about MCE and the options available through the...

All-Access Playground Opening Jan 28 - 01/11/2018
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The All-Access Playground ribbon cutting ceremony is January 28 at 2:00 PM and Lamorinda kids are excited to try it out..  Moraga Valley Kiwanis has been pleased to provide two forms of support to Moraga Rotary's 50th anniversary project, located at the Moraga Commons Park.  In August, 2017, we presented Rotary a check for our substantial financial contribution to their project fundraiser; and on Saturday, December 9, 2017, we fielded a 9-member team of volunteers to work with Rotarians and other community volunteers in a collaborative effort to install most of the playground equipment.  This is another jewell  to our wonderful park.

Holiday Additions - 11/30/2017
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In November our club welcomed three new members, Lynn Champagne, Jamie Frankenfield and Mike Rijavex.  Club sponsors are Christine Kuckuk (for Lynn), Stan Oberg (also shown, for Jamie) and Tim Freeman (also shown, for Mike).

Lynn, a graphic designer from Orinda, runs a business and a busy household but had heard about our club’s commitment to the community and decided to find time for Kiwanis.  “I was welcomed by many members whom I knew from other groups and organizations as well as by complete strangers. I felt an immediate attachment to the group”

Jamie is a Senior Director at Genetech, and lives in Moraga.  “I joined the club based on recommendations...

Moraga Kiwanis Fundraising with See's Candy - 11/17/2017
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The Kiwanis Club of Moraga Valley is partnering with See's Candies to raise funds for non profit organizations again this year.  The 2017 fundraiser shops will be open in both the Rheem and Moraga shopping centers from November 17 through December 24.  Purchase your favorite See's candies at our fundraising shops and support deserving community organizations!

St Mary’s College High Potential Program - 11/02/2017
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Jazzy and Melissa are sophomores at St Mary’s College and Peer Mentors in the High Potential Program which supports the success of first generation and/or low income students as they transition from high school to college at St Mary’s.   Here they are talking with our members after delivering an informative presentation about what the program means for both the students they support and for them.   Our member, Gloria Eive, who taught at SMC for 20 years,  taught, tutored, and mentored many HP students in her classes.

One of Saint Mary’s College’s missions is to provide access to education for students from traditionally underrepresented groups. ...

Diapers For Infants - 10/30/2017
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Sister Ann Weltz of the Bay Area Crisis Nursery receives diapers from our club President, Steve Woehleke.  For the last 6 years the Moraga Valley Kiwanis club has donated diapers to non profit social agencies serving families in need.  This project is led by Donations Chairman, Bob Reynolds, and staffed by many club members.  This year 7,500 diapers were delivered to the Monument Crisis Center, Shelter Inc., Contra Costa Interfaith Housing, Visiting Nurses and Bay Area Crisis Nursery.  These kinds of donations are funded by our club’s community fund raising efforts including our holiday See’s candy sales and springtime lobster fest dinner. Bob remarked,  “Sister...

Steve Woehleke is new Kiwanis Club President - 09/28/2017
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Sam Sperry (Kiwanis president 2016-2017) congratulates the new president, Steve Woehleke on the start of his term of office.  Steve joined the Kiwanis Club of Moraga Valley in 2011.   He has held many leadership roles in the club, including committee chair and board member.