Kiwanis Club of Temecula Valley hosted Division Council Meeting

Temecula, CA – The Kiwanis Club of Temecula Valley played host to the nineteen Kiwanis Clubs that make up Division 37 at the monthly Division Council Meeting (DCM) held on August 12th at the Women’s Club of Escondido.

According to Thomas Teagle, president-elect of the Temecula-based service club, It was an honor for them to host the DCM.

“We had a great turnout of our own members to help set up the meeting room, bring refreshments, sell opportunity drawing tickets, and provide the guest speaker, Lynn Effinger, who is a member of our club,” said Teagle, who will serve as club president beginning this October and was filling in for current president, Gregory Kind. “Additional members who made the trip down to Escondido to help out and represent our club included David Gibbs, Dale and Carolyn Qualm, Debbie Hartman, Chuck Skaggs and his wife Virginia, Peg Moore, Paul Rieker, and Mark Ward.”

Lori Butler, who serves as the current Lieutenant Governor for Kiwanis Division 37, presided over the monthly meeting that included the welcoming of present and former Kiwanis officers who were in attendance, information about upcoming events, a roll call of attending clubs, a recap of the Cal-Nev-Ha (California, Nevada and Hawaii) District Convention held recently at the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada, a team-building exercise, and more. Incoming Lieutenant Governor, Randy Ortlieb, who will be installed on August 19th, also helped to preside.

Kiwanis of Temecula Valley member Debbie Hartman, led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance, while Lynn Effinger recited the invocation, and David Gibbs

beautifully led the attendees in singing, “God Bless America.” Tom Teagle then gave

an overview of his club and many of their community service projects, followed by Lori Butler who introduced the guest speaker.

“Lynn Effinger, who is an accomplished motivational speaker, had recently delivered the keynote address at the Kiwanis District Convention in Nevada, and Lori Butler asked him to give that same speech at the DCM,” Teagle said. “I have heard

Lynn speaks before, but I think his presentation at the DCM was one of his most inspirational, and judging by the standing ovation he received, those in attendance agreed.”

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time. The Kiwanis Club of Temecula Valley is focused on serving the needs of their community with an emphasis on children. For example, they sponsor eight area Key Clubs at local high schools, give a number of scholarships each year to high school graduates, support the Boys and Girls Clubs, the local food bank, partner with the city and chamber of commerce on a variety of events, among other community service oriented projects.

For information about the Kiwanis Club of Temecula Valley, please visit their web site at, or you may call Lynn Effinger at 951-514-5699.