Our First Years
On March 30, 1977 "The Kiwanis Club of Antioch" sponsored "The Delta", Kiwanis.
Twenty-nine (29) members were listed on the date of the presentation on the official charter.
Members are as follows:
Ralph Richardson - Edward Gilligan - Fedro Yanez
James Libbey - Merritt Anderson - Carl Lucido
Ralph Mc Elroy - Dr. Robert Franz - Ben Mercurio
Lenko Gazija - Gerald Pangburn - Frank Hann
James Mc Connell - Bill Bergerhouse - Kenneth Smith
Phillip Coulston - Dr. Donald French - Bert Steinberg
Romano Marchetti - James Lanter - Dr. George Muller
Clark Gelhaus - Francis Frey - Wendell Lawrence
George Cardinale - Alex Consagra - Jonathan Amen
Allen Babcock - Jerry Fish
Fedro Yanez was elected the First President of the Club.
Moments to Remember about the First Year:
May 14 & 15 and May 21 & 22, 1977 - The Delta Kiwanis Club and the Antioch Kiwanis Club presented the 3rd Annual Kiwanis Tennis Tournament
August 11, 1977 - Alameda-Contra Costa County All Star Football Game - After the game a family barbeque was hosted by the Club
September 27, 1977 - The Club sponsored "Lee Grabel - The World's Greatest Living Illusionist"
October, 1977 - Antioch River Swim
December 17, 1977 - The "Turkey Trot" race was very successful, thirty-six (36) runners participated
May, 1978 - Antioch High School Scholarship was established
June 9, 1978 - Our 1st Garage Sale raised $900 and we purchased a sound system for the Antioch Senior Citizens Center
And the list goes on...........
Cal-Nev-Ha (California-Nevada-Hawaii) District History
Kiwanis Comes to California in May of 1917, Kiwanis came to California. The primary purpose was to teach, in a language the average man could understand and bring to full fruition, the basic principle of an unselfish interest in the other fellow. Just how Kiwanis came to California is a matter of historical interest. Shortly prior to May of 1917, W.W. Widenham and Paul Jesbury of Los Angeles made trips to the East where they came into contact with Kiwanis Clubs. They then make contact with Allen Browne, who had organized several clubs in the East. On May 16, E.F. Wescott and Alvah Stimmers came to Los Angeles to assist in the organization of a Kiwanis Club.
At noon on June 6, twelve men met at the Clark Hotel and perfected the temporary organization of the club. J.R. Miller was the temporary president and Albert Monel was the temporary secretary. On August 24, the club elected permanent officers to serve until March 1, 1918. In September, with the membership of about sixty, the new club adopted its Bylaws and began to plan activities.
The District was officially recognized, with the pledge of 40 clubs in California, at the Providence Convention in June 1918, and W.W. Widenham was appointed District Governor. On June 19, 1919, the Los Angeles Kiwanis Club, with a membership of one hundred, received its charter from International and became the 67th club in Kiwanis International.
On March 24, 1923, Reno became affiliated with the District and the International Board approved the California - Nevada District on December 5, 1924. The Honolulu Club was organized in May 1947, and the Island Clubs became the Hawaii Division of Kiwanis International. On May 11, 1950 the Hawaiian Division requested affiliation with California - Nevada District. At the District Convention in Santa Cruz on October 10, 1950, the District Board approved the request. Kiwanis International approved the request on October 29, 1950 and voted to approve the name of California - Nevada - Hawaii District as of January 1, 1951.
About Kiwanis International
Founded in 1915 and headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, Kiwanis International is a thriving organization of service and community-minded individuals who support children and young adults around the world. More than 600,000 Kiwanis family members in 76 countries make their mark by responding to the needs of their communities and pooling their resources to address worldwide issues. Through these efforts, Kiwanis International through its local clubs truly is "Serving the Children of the World."