Former USGS researcher John Pinkston (pictured right) is the President of the Menlo Park Kiwanis Club for the upcoming year. He replaces outgoing President Bruce Wellings (left), CPA and Financial Advisor.
“As incoming Kiwanis Club President, my top priorities are to grow our Foundation and bring in new members,” Pinkston said. “The Kiwanis Foundation currently supports Menlo-Atherton High School students with scholarships and sponsors the school’s Key Club, an on-campus Kiwanis Club for students. This past spring, we awarded over $41,000 in scholarships to MA seniors. We also support Stanford University’s intramural sports program and provide many hours of service to other local groups.
“It’s great for John to take over the club’s leadership,” said Wellings. “I think he can expand our community support this coming year, with some new fundraisers like the one we just added. It’s a Holiday Raffle with a top prize of $5,000 in cash or a cruise. We will pull the winning tickets on January 28th.”
Other officers for 2017 include Gerry Watanabe, Secretary; Edward Morwitz, Treasurer; and Bruce Wellings, Assistant Secretary/Treasurer and Membership Chair.
The Menlo Park Kiwanis Club was chartered in 1950. It meets each Tuesday at noon at the Allied Arts. Guests are invited to attend lunch meetings at no charge for their first visits. There is a general membership for those who can attend weekly meetings, and a special service membership is available for those who can only attend meetings once a month. All members support community projects and fundraising events.