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Edward “Ned” Moritz – pictured right – (Alain Pinel Realtors) was named President of the Menlo Park Kiwanis Club for the upcoming year. He replaces Brian Rigonan (BPR Law Group), who will remain as Treasurer. Other officers for the new term are Tim Wright, Secretary, and Bruce Wellings, Assistant Treasurer. The club’s fiscal year runs from October 1 through September 30.

“As incoming Kiwanis Club President, I will focus on growing our membership,” Moritz said. “We’d like to add at least 10 new members this year. We have new membership options for those who can’t attend weekly luncheons but would like to become more involved in the community.

“Kiwanis is perfect for people who want to give back to the community through our projects. We are a ready-made, on-gong service organization, with vetted, established programs. Becoming a member means you can have immediate impact. Our mission is to help the children in our community, but we serve many others, too.

“During the nine years that I’ve been a member of Kiwanis, I’ve always been impressed by our ability to support various organizations and activities. By the end of this year, the Menlo Park Kiwanis Foundation will have contributed over $94,000 to several local organizations, including more than $50,000 in college scholarships for Menlo Atherton High School seniors.”

This year, additional funds were given to the M-A Football Association enabling players to attend university summer camps to help with college admissions. Grants were also made to Stanford University’s Intramural program, Rebuilding Together, Weingarten Children’s Center, St. Anthony’s Dining Room, the Closeup Foundation, and Kiwanis Special Games.

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Eating pancakes and climbing on fire trucks makes for fun morning in Menlo Park

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The 18th annual pancake breakfast was held Saturday morning at Menlo Park Fire District headquarters, a benefit for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation. The always well-attended event starts with breakfast. Pancakes get flipped by fire fighters with Boy Scout Troop 222 assisting in the fire-house-turned-dining-room. The event is co-sponsored by Junior League of Palo Alto•Mid Peninsula, […]

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Rotary Connects on Oct. 10 features Don Peppers

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The Rotary Club of Menlo Park invites people to join them for a local networking event featuring speaker, Don Peppers. Don, a best-selling business author, is ranked by SatMetrix as the world’s most authoritative expert on customer experience. He will discuss ideas out of his book Extreme Trust: Honesty as a Competitive Advantage, including: Why technology […]

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Annual Pancake Breakfast at Menlo Park Fire District headquarters set for Oct. 6

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The Annual Pancake Breakfast, benefitting the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation, will be held on Saturday, October 6, at the Menlo Park Fire District Headquarters (300 Middlefield Road). This family-friendly community event is co-sponsored by the Junior League of Palo Alto•Mid Peninsula, Inc. (JLPA•MP), the Menlo Park Firefighters Association and the Stanford Park Hotel. The […]

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Good wine, good food, good vibe at Taste of Woodside

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The Rotary Club of Woodside Portola Valley hosted Taste of Woodside last Sunday evening with proceeds benefiting the Club’s many school, community and international projects. Held on the grounds of the Woodside Village Church, the event featured wine tasting, music by the Peninsula Scottish Fiddlers (below) and a dinner catered by Chantal. The neighborhood kids proved […]

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Elise Kratzer awarded International Leo of the Year Award from Lions Club International

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Menlo Park’s Elise Kratzer won the prestigious International Leo of the Year Award from Lions Clubs International (LCI), the largest service club organization in the world. The Leo of the Year Award “recognizes a Leo’s outstanding leadership skills; superior record in implementing successful service projects; identifiable contributions to the development and growth of the Leo […]

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Another successful Tour de Menlo in the books

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Another great Tour de Menlo — my fourth — held on Saturday, August 18. Taking off from Menlo-Atherton High School, stops included Crystal Springs, Portola Valley and Stevens Canyon Park on the 65-mile ride I did. Whether riders chose the 65-, 46- or 35 mile ride, they all returned to M-A where there was lunch […]

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Spotted: Leo Club members at their annual summer BBQ for local vets

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On Friday, August 3rd, the Menlo-Atherton High School Leo Club ran their third annual Summer Barbeque for the Veterans in the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) at the Veterans Affairs Center in Menlo Park. They fed 50 veterans as well as some staff members and volunteers. The Leos worked hard throughout the past school year to […]

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Menlo-Atherton’s Head Football Coach kicks off August speakers for Menlo Park Kiwanis Club

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A wide variety of subjects are covered by invited speakers at Menlo Park Kiwanis Club luncheons held at Allied Arts. The public is invited to these lunches held each Tuesday at noon. August 7: Menlo-Atherton’s Head Football Coach Adhir Ravipati (pictured) will talk about the upcoming season as well as share his passion about developing young men […]

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16th annual Tour de Menlo set for August 18

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The Tour de Menlo offers three Peninsula routes for cyclists of all abilities, along with good weather, great food, and plenty of SAG support for those who need it. Riders have their choice of 65-, 46- and 35-mile routes, all well-marked and beginning at Menlo-Atherton High School on Saturday, Aug. 18. After taking different routes […]

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Menlo Park Kiwanis Club Awards $50,000 in scholarships to Menlo-Atherton High School seniors

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Ten  Menlo-Atherton High School seniors received scholarships at the Kiwanis Club’s annual scholarship luncheon, Tuesday, May 22, at the Allied Arts Guild. For more than 40 years, the Menlo Park Kiwanis Club has provided college scholarships to Menlo-Atherton graduating seniors, based on academic performance. More than $1.1 million has been awarded to local students during the […]

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