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Club History

The Kiwanis Club of Santa Monica was founded in 1922, seven years after the first Kiwanis Club in Detroit, Michigan in 1915. Our club began meeting in March 1922 with 14 Charter members, orchestrated by Dr. Archer N. Moody, a local pharmacist. By May, the club had 50 members and had begun its tradition of being a "working" club. They raised funds for the Boy Scouts; sent more than $100 to Kiwanians in Oregon who suffered heavy losses in a fire and contributed more than $300 toward the purchase of a car for a mission in Mexico.

The 14 Charter Members were:
• Archer Moody, Pharmacist
• William Garrett, Judge of Municipal Court
• W.F. (Pete) Barnum, SAMOHI Principal
• George Hart, Chairman of Board of Education
• William Dumm, Doctor
• M.W. (Bill) Guiney, Purchasing Agent for Santa Monica
• J.B. Lorbeer, Laundry Business Owner
• C.L. Fairchild, School Principal
• J.D. Rishell, President of Building & Loan Company
• H. Otto Apt, Dentist
• Albert Stanley, Real Estate Broker
• A.A. Pettinger, Druggist
• Homer D. Peek, Mortician
• J.G. Drake

Barnum Hall at Santa Monica High School, named in honor of W.F. (Pete) Barnum, Principal and Charter member of Kiwanis Club
The name "Kiwanis" comes from a Native American term "Nun Keewanis", which means "I make a noise" and was intended to convey the idea "to make oneself known; to impress; Self expression". The Kiwanis International motto is "We Build". The Santa Monica Kiwanis Club took this expression to heart. As you travel around town, just take a look and see what we've built!....

• 1923: Purchased equipment and established a dental clinic for indigent children at Jefferson School on 6th Street(Where the Library now stands).
• 1925: Under the presidency of Dr. Apt, sponsored two new clubs - Beverly Hills and Hermosa Beach.
• 1926: Kiwanis provided milk regularly for underprivileged kids; sponsored the Western Rangers and assisted in establishing a County Health Clinic in Santa Monica, now Family Service on Euclid. Provided ceiling projectors and a film library for bedridden children in hospitals
• 1930: The first "Day Nursery". The lot on 1443 15th Street was purchased. The original building was built by the firm owned by Kiwanis President Frank Hellenthal. This is now Assistance League of Santa Monica. The club also financed playgrounds and our support continues today.
• 1938: Property at 1318 10th Street was purchased as the site for the new Girl Scouts building. Kiwanis members held their lunch meetings there for over 3 years and helped pay down the loan on the mortgage.
• 1939: Kiwanis donated funds and helped build the Boat and Craft Center at the YMCA Big Bear Lake campsite.
• 1941-45: The club assisted in the sale of War Bonds throughout Santa Monica.
• 1944: Past President Carl Tegner helped spearhead the building of the Boys (& Girls) club at 1238 Lincoln Blvd.
• 1949: The Club developed Vocational Guidance Day at Santa Monica College. Today, we continue with providing scholarships through our Vocational Guidance committee. In addition, the club began it's Music Scholarship Award program with Santa Monica School District. Kiwanian Richard Wagnon, the school district musical director was instrumental in getting these awards started. This program continues today! Under direction of President Dr. Cyril Gail, a new building was erected for the Crescent Bay Council of the Boy Scouts of America at 11632 Gateway Blvd. Plumbing materials were donated by Past President, C. Herb Berger.
• 1952: Sponsored new little league teams as baseball became more popular in Santa Monica.
• 1956: Sponsored the Brentwood Kiwanis Club
• 1960: Participated with the Salvation Army Red Kettle Day and issued the Service Organization challenge.
• 1963: In cooperation with the American Field Service, foreign students were invited to live with Santa Monica residents and given $200-$300 scholarships during their stay.
• 1969: Helped supply training kits to local schools for Operation Drug Alert. Provided X-Ray equipment to Santa Monica Hospital Emergency Room
• 1969-1971: The Kiwani-annes (the woman's branch of the club) held bargain bazaars. Proceeds went to assist blind students at both SAMOHI and SMC.
• 1982: Sponsored the Malibu Club
• 1987: Began to welcome Women as members of the club, prior to a U.S. Supreme Court Decision mandating such action. Woman members have shown their tremendous value ever since and are key leaders today.
• 1994: Distributed $50,000 in relief for the 1994 Earthquake
• 2004: Provided a One-Time Grant of $50,000 to the Santa Monica/Westside YWCA - Kiwanis Kottage
• 2005: Provided $25,000 to Habitat for Humanity for assistance with Hurricane Katrina rebuilding efforts in the Gulf States area.

As you can see, the club has provided monetary assistance and volunteer assistance to many organizations. This work continues today with thousands of dollars being granted each year to many deserving organizations. Many of our members also serve on Boards for many of community organizations. We invite you to join us with continuing this great tradition.

Our Past Presidents:
• 1922 - Archer Moody (Pharmacist)
• 1923 - William R. Garrett (Judge)
• 1924 - Fred Shapleigh
• 1925 - H. Otto Apt (Dentist)
• 1926 - Charles H. Lewis (Doctor)
• 1927 - Fred Hatch
• 1928 - W.F. (Pete) Barnum (Principal)
• 1929 - Arthur Rehwold (Automotive Business)
• 1930 - Roger S. Marshall (Auto Tires)
• 1931 - Frank Kranz (Golden State Lumber Co)
• 1932 - Harry F. Clark (Clark Furniture)
• 1933 - Harry Lord
• 1934 - Frank Hellenthal (Building Contractor)
• 1935 - Carl Tegner (Chas. Tegner Co. - Insurance)
• 1936 - Donald Coyne (Stock Broker)
• 1937 - Frank Wise
• 1938 - Everett Boynton (School Superintendent)
• 1939 - Ike Noxon
• 1940 - Cecil Dickinson (Dentist)
• 1941 - Tom Mahwinney (Bank Mgr - Security First Natl. Bank)
• 1942 - Elsworth Savage (Optometrist)
• 1943 - E.T. Goodman
• 1944 - Arthur Erickson
• 1945 - Lyle P. Brown (Boyum Realty Co.)
• 1946 - C. Herb Berger (Owner, C. Herb Burger Plumbing)
• 1947 - Fred G. Gruber (Doctor)
• 1948 - Robert Baker (Attorney)
• 1949 - Cyril Gail (Dentist)
• 1950 - Jon C. Boggs (President, Boggs & Marshmeyer Funeral Home)
• 1951 - Robert Skelly
• 1952 - Ward R. Dudley (Dudley Thomas Lumber Co.)
• 1953 - Virgil Kingsley (Partner, Gates, Kingsley, Gates)
• 1954 - J. Lee Schimmer, Jr. (General Contractor)
• 1955 - Byron H. Cox ( Owner, Paint Store)
• 1956 - Elton Watson (GTE)
• 1957 - John Boyum ( Owner, Boyum Realty)
• 1958 - Kenneth Lady (Optometrist)
• 1959 - Colin Petrie (Santa Monica City College)
• 1960 - Wade Thomas (Santa Monica City College)
• 1961 - Frederic McNairy (Attorney)
• 1962 - Ralph Lamb (Bank Mgr - Bank of America)
• 1963 - William P. Stead (Owner, Stead Printing)
• 1964 - James W. Schooler (VP/Public Realtions _ Santa Monica Bank)
• 1965 - John F. Drescher (J.F. Drescher Engineering Co.)
• 1966 - Robert Horrigan (Insurance - White & Co.)
• 1967 - Pierce Wisdom (Stock Broker)
• 1968 - Manuel Ernster (Owner, E & E Refrigeration)
• 1969 - Marcel Gentillon (Public Works - City of Santa Monica)
• 1970 - Lewis Bushman (CPA)
• 1971 - Robert Wallin (Dentist)
• 1972 - Theodore Hill (Century Federal Bank)
• 1973 - George Noonan (Noonan Publications)
• 1974 - Stanley Morse
• 1975 - Clifford Fraser (Curly Jewelers)
• 1976 - Harry Barnes ( CPA / Attorney)
• 1977 - Robert Ziebarth (President, America's Finest Products Corp.)
• 1978 - Art Verge (Santa Monica College)
• 1979 - J. Stanley Robbins (Partner, Robbins Auto Top Inc.)
• 1980 - Henry Offenbacher (Data Processing)
• 1981 - Roy Naylor (Owner, Naylor Paints)
• 1982 - Henry B. Schmidt ( Schmidt Tile Co.)
• 1983 - David Meneley (Owner, Babton's Lighting Fixtures)
• 1984 - Marvin Williams (Broadway Sheet Metal)
• 1985 - Duane Nightengale (GTE)
• 1986 - Maurice Fulkerson (Minister)
• 1987 - Albert Skarupa (century Federal Savings & Loan)
• 1988 - Terry Vaughn (Vaughn Printing)
• 1989 - John Kingsley (Insurance)
• 1990 - Dane Woll (Santa Monica Family YMCA)
• 1991 - Edward Guerboian (Readers Fine Jewelers)
• 1992 - Ronald Hallal (CPA / Investment Advisor)
• 1993 - John Richards (Real Estate Agent - Coldwell Banker)
• 1994 - Roger Hager (Bank Mgr. Santa Monica Bank)
• 1995 - Craig Collier (Santa Monica Fire Battalion Chief)
• 1996 - Deanna Eckman (Trammel Crow)
• 1997 - Brian Cohen (Image Marketing)
• 1998 - Donna Alvarez (Real Estate Owner)
• 1999 - Andrew Valdivia (White & Co. Insurance)
• 2000 - David Nelson (Tegner Miller Insurance)
• 2001 - Joe Deering (Attorney)
• 2002 - Jean McNeil Wyner (UCLA Santa Monica Hospital)
• 2003 - Tara Pomposini (Santa Monica Family YMCA)
• 2004 - Jeff Segal (Segal Enterprises)
• 2005 - Michael Mayer ( California Credit Union)
• 2006 - M.E. Raco (Boys & Girls Club of Santa Monica)
• 2007 - Ronald T. Davis (CapitalSource Bank)
• 2008 - Janie Jones Harding (Santa Monica College)
• 2009 - Patty Loggins (Police Activities League)
• 2010 - Dave Rosenberg (State Farm Insurance)
• 2011 - Greg Mullen (Santa Monica Main Library)
• 2012 - Robert Schwenker (Santa Monica Daily Press)
• 2013 - Stanley Choo (Financial Advisor)
• 2014 - Abeer Sweis (Synthesis)
• 2015 - Robert Kronovet (Kronovet Realty)
• 2016 - Jessica Handy (Synthesis)