San Francisco Kiwanis Club
In San Francisco on the 14th of June 1920, at the Fairmont Hotel, the Kiwanis Club of San Francisco was chartered. Since then, our meetings have been held monthly on the second Tuesday of the month at the iconic Fairmont Hotel.
Our second-Tuesday-of-the-month meetings feature an outstanding series of speakers, including most recently Garry St. Jean, NBC Sports Analyst for the Golden State Warriors; former Mayor Willie Brown; and San Francisco Chronicle sports columnist Ann Killion, among others. In January we will be hearing from Tony LaRussa, major league baseball player/manager/executive and animal activist. And, in February we welcome an encore performance of film critic, Jan Wahl, who will give us her predictions for the upcoming Oscars, and no doubt some laughs, too.
Thank you to all the interclub guests who joined us this year at our December 12 holiday lunch where every year we feature talented local musicians and have a sing-along and holiday party.
San Francisco Kiwanians also meet on the third Tuesday of every month at 6:00 for a no-host get-together at Chesty’s Bar on the 12th Floor of the Marines’ Memorial Club at 609 Sutter Street in downtown San Francisco. This is a casual gathering giving us an opportunity to connect socially and build personal bonds.
And on the fourth Tuesday of every month the San Francisco Kiwanis board of directors meets at the St. Francis Hospital Foundation, 12th Floor, St. Francis Hospital, 900 Hyde Street, San Francisco.
In the early 1950s, the members of the Kiwanis Club of San Francisco had the ability and the foresight to establish a generous permanent trust fund. This fund now totals over three hundred thousand dollars, and the interest from this money is the primary source of our charitable giving. Over the years, our club has provided funds in excess of one million dollars to worthy causes. Our individual San Francisco Kiwanis club members are active in numerous other philanthropic organizations as volunteers or in paid capacities, and our trust fund donations to organizations are guided by our members’ requests.
A principal and long-term recipient of our support has been the St. Francis Hospital Foundation and specifically the Bothin Burn Center at St. Francis Hospital in San Francisco. The employee lounge on the floor where the Burn Center is located is called the Kiwanis Room. ($2500)
The Salvation Army efforts cover a wide range of recovery and supportive programs to our neighbors in need. ($2500) (+ $1000 recently for California Wildfire Relief)
The San Francisco Bay Area Council of Boy Scouts works in underserved areas in our communities and endeavors to send all scouts on camping adventures, regardless of means. ($2500)
Youth Tennis Advantage introduces tennis to inner-city youth through a program promoting physical, academic and life skills to empower goals on and off the court. ($1000)
Pathway for Kids connects at-risk youth with volunteer mentors from a wide variety of professions and inspires academic achievement through exposure to career opportunities. ($1000)
Pt. Reyes National Seashore Association exposes Bay Area school children to environmental education and preservation of nature. ($1000)
Clinic by the Bay is an all-volunteer medical clinic in the Excelsior District of San Francisco offering free medical care for working families who cannot afford health insurance. ($1000)
Genders and Sexuality Alliance, formerly Gay Straight Alliance, is student-run clubs in high schools bringing together LGBTQ and straight youth to discuss sexual orientation and gender identity to create a school environment free of discrimination, harassment and intolerance. ($1000)
New organizations in 2017-2018:
Alliance for Smiles supports a team of doctors surgically repairing cleft palate issues for children in undeveloped countries who have transformed the lives of over 6200 children thus far. ($1000)
Experience Corps Bay Area works with AARP to pair senior citizens with school children as reading tutors enabling children to read proficiently by the end of third grade. ($400 with more to come in new school year)
AND San Francisco Kiwanis proudly sponsors San Francisco’s Lowell High School Key Club. ($1000 scholarship).
Charlie Scarcello and Sheila Chase at
Special Games proving that they can take a selfie.
Susan Phelan ringing for Salvation Army
and blinging for Kiwanis
Jack Fleming posing with the Lowell High School Key Club
at their 2017 Division Banquet
Member Susan Phelan with her daughter Zoe Littman,
and former Lt. Governor Donna Cedervall
Members Michelle Pierce and Margaret Mischner
with Raja Reddy, a guest from
Kiwanis Club of Starksville, Mississippi