NEW: We just announced our Los Gatos Holiday Market, a benefit for Local Youth Programs and Los Gatos Senior Nutrition Center! Saturday, Dec 16, from 10am - 4pm, shop for handcrafted gifts from local and regional artisans, sip some bubbly or hot chocolate, grab a bite from the Grocer+Goddess Food Cart, listen to live music from local students, then stroll down the street and keep up the good cheer by visiting all of the wonderful shops and restaurants in town!
We can't do much to support various causes without some money, so fundraising events are critical! Here are our main fundraisers:
LOS GATOS ART & WINE FESTIVAL, FIESTA DE ARTES
September 21-22, 2024, 10am-6pm, Civic Center Lawn
2024 is the 52nd year for this super fun & free festival, with live music all weekend, great local wines and wonderful art. Entirely run by our club, every single cent made goes right back into the community. For more details, visit www.losgatosfiesta.com. Note: proceeds from this event fund our Turn-Around Scholarship program, as well as a host of other local youth programs!
May 9, 2024, 12noon-2pm, at The Wine Cellar Restaurant in Los Gatos, is MC'd by our very own Mike Wasserman, Former Mayor of Los Gatos and long-time Santa Clara County Supervisor. Come and hear the stories and future plans of our scholarship awardees from Los Gatos and Saratoga High Schools. An event not to be missed!
The Kiwanis Club of Los Gatos was formed on December 20, 1923. (Making it the oldest international service club in Los Gatos). We represent Los Gatos, Saratoga and Monte Sereno. That's right, you read it correctly: we are celebrating 100 years of community service in Los Gatos!
The very first Kiwanis Club was formed in Detroit, Michigan, in 1915. Clubs were originally organized to promote the exchange of business among members. Shortly after its organization it became a service club helping children around the world. Click here for more details on the origins of Kiwanis.
Today there are nearly 600,000 Kiwanis Club members, including: Key Club (high school) Circle K Club (college), Builders Club (middle school), K’Kids (elementary school) and Aktion Club (for those with disabilities).
The word "Kiwanis" was derived from a Native American phrase meaning "We trade our talents"...and that we do!
About the organization: Kiwanis Club of Los Gatos is part of Division 12; we are one of 11 clubs in the South Bay that make up our division, which is currently lead by East San Jose Kiwanis' Angie Nunn(LTG). Our very own Rosalie Patterson was the Lieutenant Governor over the entire division in 2021. In 2020, Terry Martin, also from our club, was LTG. We are honored to have numerous past "LTG's" in our club, including Don Wolf and Rex Upp. We are in the Cal-Nev-Ha district, meaning that all of California, Nevada and Hawaii fall into the same group (with Governor Carole Farris at the helm) and we have district conferences that are sometimes in Hawaii, YAY!! When your travels take you around the globe, know that you can always find a friend in a fellow Kiwanian...and check out these Global Initiatives!
Our local club is made up of the following officers and board members for the 2023-2024 fiscal year::
Kasey Rice, President 2023-2024
Ernest Patterson, Past President 2022-23
Ernest Patterson, Treasurer
Yancie Richmond, Secretary
Board of Directors:
Nancy Pearson, Immediate Past President, Kiwanis Special Games 2022-2023
KIWANIS CLUB OF LOS GATOS: VOLUNTEERISM WITH A FRESH APPROACH
Community Service Organizations (Kiwanis, Lions, Rotary, to name a few) have all been around for many decades and all serve the community in slightly different ways. These groups are designed for people who want to get involved - do good things - and give, not just give back, to the communities that they care about. It is volunteerism at its finest and is a vehicle for many people who are looking to do something meaningful in their lives.
Kiwanis helps kids around the world. Local clubs look out for our communities and the international organization takes on large-scale challenges, such as fighting disease and poverty. Kiwanis Club of Los Gatos has some great plans and ideas for our communities of Los Gatos, Monte Sereno and Saratoga. We put on many events, such as the annual Hippity Hop Egg Hunt at Oak Meadow Park, and the Kiwanis Special Games at West Valley College for over 1000 special needs kids. We give school backpacks and supplies to elementary schools in surrounding communities who need our help. We also honor students and educators by awarding scholarships to kids who have overcome huge obstacles and turned their lives around to get good grades and go on to college. We also hold monthly trail-cleanups on the Los Gatos Creek Trail and open it up to other groups and businesses who may be interested and need their own ‘schedule’. This includes anywhere in Los Gatos, Monte Sereno and Saratoga that has a need.
On a last, and fun, note, we have once a month ‘roving socials’ where we do anything from play bocce ball to wine-tasting and everything in between. This includes restaurants, wineries and everything fun in Los Gatos, Monte Sereno and Saratoga. To elevate the social event, we make it into a donation drive for a different cause each month. For example, we have collected new toys for children, donated to Sacred Heart Family Services in San Jose; recently we donated needed supplies for the Kiwanis Family House in Sacramento (part of the UC Davis Med Center - and what the Ronald McDonald House was modeled after). Oh, and if you have ever been to our annual Art and Wine Festival (Fiesta de Artes), you would have seen - or maybe even drank - some wine that we featured from Los Gatos (Testarossa and Gali Vineyards) and Scotts Valley (Armitage Wines), in addition to sparkling wine from locally owned Enoteca Direct. We support our towns and we support our local businesses…we love our community!.
The Kiwanis Club of Los Gatos is made up of a lot of people who want to make a difference in our communities - and happen to have a lot of fun along the way, which makes it all the better.
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Here's a list of some of our more popular community service projects, sponsorships and events:
When you work hard, you want to play hard! We do everything from "Artsy Fridays" to Thursday Promenades and more! We have roving socials, where we visit a different restaurant, winery or coffee shop in Los Gatos and Saratoga once a month. We want to have fun and spend locally. It's a win-win! The extra added bonus is that we tie in our fun with a good cause; thus our "Socials With A Cause"!
The Kiwanis Club of Los Gatos is a community service organization, serving Los Gatos, Saratoga & Monte Sereno. With our recent merger of the Almaden Valley Kiwanis, we have expanded out even further!
We are non-profit & completely made up of volunteers who simply want to do good in our community.
To put it simply: We hold fundraisers so that we can continue doing community service projects & providing scholarships for our youth, as well as sponsoring Student Leadership Programs at our local schools.
Think you might be a good fit? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will tell you how to come to our meetings and get a feel for our group.
Recent articles in the Los Gatan Weekly Newspaper, SJ Mercury News, Los Gatos Patch, Los Gatos Living Magazine and Saratoga Spotlight Magazine:
Los Gatos Living Magazine article,April 2021: email email@example.com for pdf version.