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The Kiwanis Club of Moraga Valley is part of Kiwanis International, a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one community and one child at a time.

 
The Moraga Valley Club has long been recognized as one of the most important organizations in Lamorinda because of its impressive record of service and the long list of leading citizens in its membership over the years.   Many Kiwanians have served on the Moraga Town Council, including several mayors, as well as on the Town's commissions. Nine members have been honored as "Moraga Citizen of the Year."
 

The Club contributes a significant amount of money each year to a variety of causes, and members are actively involved in hands-on activities that support these charities. The Kiwanis Club of Moraga Valley Foundation is a nonprofit public benefit corporation organized exclusively for these charitable purposes. The Foundation's mission supports the Club's mission:  "We’re a service club dedicated to improving local and regional communities, especially for children and youth, through service projects and funding of humanitarian organizations."

Our community relies heavily on volunteerism, and service in the Kiwanis Club is an excellent way for individuals to make a difference, particularly in the lives of children, which is the primary mission of Kiwanis International.  We encourage you to learn more about the Moraga Valley Kiwanis Club here on our site and by talking to our members.

 

Check out the Kiwanis Club of Moraga Valley's Facebook Page

 

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Annual Kiwanis See's Candy Holiday Shop in Moraga is Open

The Kiwanis See’s Candy shop is now open in the Rheem Shopping Center (next to Starbuck's).  The store will be open through December 24 and features all of See’s Major selections.  The Kiwanis Club shop is an annual fund-raising effort that primarily benefits children in our local area. The prices are the same as at See’s corporate stores, it is easy to get to, there are no parking challenges, and all proceeds go to charitable organizations.

At the store’s Grand Opening Celebration on November 21, Moraga’s Mayor, Ken Chew, cut the ceremonial ribbon.  He was joined by other local dignitaries, including Moraga Schools Superintendent Bruce Burns and Moraga Education Foundation President Niki Peterson, Moraga Police Chief Bob Priebe, and Moraga Valley Kiwanis Club President Gloria Eive. 

Here is an order form that can be given to any Moraga Valley Kiwanis member or brought into the Kiwanis See's Candy Shop in Rheem Valley  -- See's Candy Order Form

 

 

Daffodil Planting Along Moraga Way

Pictured are some of the 17 Kiwanis Club members who recently gave up their Saturday for the future enjoyment of the citizens of and visitors to the Town.  The Kiwanis Club plants daffodils that bloom each spring along the Moraga Way entry into the Town.


 

Kiwanis Club Presents Donation to Educational Foundation of Orinda

At the September meeting of the Board of Directors of the Educational  Foundation of Orinda (EFO), Moraga Valley Kiwanis Club (MVKC) President, Jason Evans, presented a $5,000 check from the MVKC to the EFO in recognition of the EFO’s continuing, essential assistance to the Orinda School District and the Acalanes High School District in support of the children of Orinda who attend public schools in those two school districts.

In making the presentation, Jason stated: “The primary purpose of Kiwanis Clubs around the world -- and locally here in the Lamorinda community -- is to support children.  This gift furthers that objective.  Our Club’s members come largely from Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda .  Our fund-raising activities occur here in Lamorinda.  It is the residents of our local communities who support our largest fund-raising activities – our See’s Candy Holiday Shop in the Rheem Shopping Center and our Annual Crab Feed at St. Mary’s College.  This gift helps to fulfill our club’s mission by recognizing the EFO’s contribution to Orinda’s children and by also recognizing the support  the Orinda community provides to the MVKC’s  fund-raising efforts.”


 

Replacing Steps at Moraga's Hacienda de las Flores

Volunteers from the Kiwanis Club of Moraga Valley at work, replacing deteriorated wooden steps of an exterior staircase at Moraga's Hacienda de Las Flores with new masonry steps.  Ironically, the original staircase and handrails were installed by volunteers from the Club many years ago.  The handrails remain in good condition and will be retained.

Workers included:    Dick Ayres; Graig Crossley; Mike Donovan; Sam Sperry (pictured)
                John Burgess; Tom Carr; Rich Holden; Steve Woehleke; Franicis Wong (not pictured) 
 
 

 

Irrigation System at JM Intermediate School

The Moraga Valley Kiwanis Club installed an irrigation system for a school garden project at Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School.  The garden includes 5 raised beds and a fountain. The irrigation system included an 8 valve manifold and 550 feet of pipe. 

The Club's Community Projects Committee was led by Tom Westhoff, Tom Carr and Jason Evans and included an activity which required 91 hours of community service by 16 Club members, including President John Haffner, Mike Metcalf, Paul Ratto, John Burgess and Bob Priebe.

 

  

The Hacienda de Las Flores has a bright new face 

Members of the Kiwanis Club of Moraga Valley and members of the Hacienda Foundation painted, stripped wallpaper, and hung new drapes. They were assisted by Kiwanis Key Club members from Acalanes and Miramonte to spruce up our town's community hall in time for the rental season (weddings and receptions), spring classes for children and adults, and the upcoming Cinco de Mayo Fiesta.

The Town of Moraga owns the Hacienda.  With the labor provided, and materials donated from Kelly-Moore, Home Depot, Cresco Rentals, the Moulding Company, and Moraga Cleaners, the old Hacienda is looking better, including new mirrors and new drapes.

 

 Kiwanis Club members collect food for Bay Area Holiday Food Drive

Moraga Valley Kiwanis Club members, with assistance from the Miramonte Key Club, joined with CVS in Rheem and the Contra Costa Food Bank to collect food as part of the Bay Area Holiday Food Drive sponsored by NBC and CVS.

Rheem store CVS manager Mike Lawrence made the day most fruitful by having bags pre-packed with food that customers could purchase at a discount and donate to the Food Bank. The efforts collected over 2900 pounds of food at the Rheem CVS store, making it the most successful location in Contra Costa and Solano counties.
 
170 bags plus many other food items were donated in the one day drive, netting a total retail value of $2,550.00 in food donations to the Food Bank. Kiwanis member Dale Walwark coordinated the event with CVS.

 

 

Kiwanis Club installation of irrigation system at Rheem School 

Members of Moraga Valley Kiwanis volunteered over 150 hours installing an irrigation system at the Rheem School garden. The project, chaired by Kiwanian Jason Evans coordinating with teacher Alice Noyes, provided a water source to each of five raised planter beds, an orchard area and hillside planted with succulents and native plant species. This is one of several community volunteer efforts that have transformed the area from an asphalt slab into an outdoor learning center. 

Last spring Kiwanis members installed drip irrigation on a hillside at the rear of Camino Pablo School providing water to native plants that had been planted to stabilize the hillside.

Kiwanis Club volunteer work at the Contra Costa/Solano County Food Bank

 

 

Kiwanis Club of Moraga Valley President Tim Freeman receives congratulations from Larry Sly, President of the Contra Costa/Solano County Food Bank.  Tim received the award at their annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon.

 

The Food Bank is one of the many organizations supported by the Kiwanis Club through volunteer work and financial contributions.

 

Kiwanis Club Members visit the Monument Crisis Center

A visit to the Monument Crisis Center was made recently by 10 members of the Club in order to make a donation and learn about the many community services provided by this amazing organization.  The group arrived to find the MCC's Summer Kids Camp underway and were immediately made a part of their program and invited to sing for the kids, which the group did under the superb leadership of Ed Beatson.  Following the presentation of the Club's donation check to Sandra Scherer, Executive Director, Sandra took the group on an extended tour of the facility and provided in depth look at the services and history of MCC.  A most successful, interesting, and rewarding outing!
 

Ed Beatson leads the group in song at the Monument Crisis Center

 

Tim Freeman presents Sandra Scherer and the Monument Crisis Center with another Kiwanis donation
 

 

 
 

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