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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.


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LobsterFest Charity Fundraiser held on March 18

The annual fundraiser event was held at the Saint Mary's College Soda Center.  Over 300 persons attended this event in support of the many local and regional causes supported by the Kiwanis Club of Moraga Valley.  

The event included a wonderful lobster and pasta meal, silent auction, plus a very high spirited and energetic live auction, music, and dancing, led by the fantastic DJ, Ryan Ottinger (www.djryano.com).  Ryan ("DJRYANO") amazed and entertained the crowd with his personality, wit, enthusiasm, and of course the music.    

Walter Brennan chaired the event, and can be seen in the photo below (blue and white shirt) along with member Karl Davis, helping to prepare some of the lobster tails served at the event.  Members of the local Kiwanis High School Key Clubs from Miramonte, Acalanes, and Campolindo High Schools provided outstanding food service to the attendees.


Annual Kiwanis See's Candy Holiday Shop in Moraga Closed It's Doors on Dec. 24

The Kiwanis See’s Candy shop completed the seventh year of selling candy between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  It was another tremendous success in generating monies that will be contributed to the various organizations the Kiwanis Club of Moraga Valley supports.

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 November 18, 2016 Grand Opening (left to right) Kiwanis President Sam Sperry is joined by Moraga’s Mayor Mike Metcalf, Moraga Town Manager Bob Priebe, Moraga Police Chief Jon King, and Moraga School District Governing Board President Jon Nickens. 

New Play Structure at Los Perales Elementary School

Many members of the Moraga Valley Kiwanis Club assisted with the installation of a new play structure at Los Perales Elementary School.  The five day project included assisting with the unloading of all the parts from delivery truck and transferring them to the school, assisting with the setting of the major equipment support poles, and then assisting with the attachment of the platforms and other elements to the poles.  Mike Donovan was the focal point within Kiwanis for organizing and managing over fifteen Kiwanis participants in the project, including participation by Kiwanis club member and Superintendent of the Moraga School District, Bruce Burns.  The project was completed on May 4.


Band Shell Deck Replaced at the Moraga Commons

A new deck was installed at the Moraga Commons Bandshell, replacing the original decking that was first used on July 4, 1985.  The Kiwanis participation in the project was spearheaded by Sam Sperry, and included the participation of fifteen members of the Moraga Valley Kiwanis Club.  The first two days of the effort (April 11 & 12) were part of Kiwanis One, a time of the year when all Kiwanis clubs are asked to participate in a service project in their community, and the final two days (April 18 & 19) were part of Moraga Beautiful 2015.  There were 35 members of the Saint Mary’s CILSA organization that partnered with Kiwanis in the demolition of the old deck.  


2015 Moraga Citizen of the Year – Graig Crossley

Graig Crossly, a member of the Kiwanis Club of Moraga Valley for over 30 years, was named the 2015 Moraga Citizen of the Year.  Graig has served Moraga in many volunteer activities and in many capacities.  Graig’s many activities include membership on the Planning Commission, a member of the Town Council for ten years and served two terms as Mayor, as Scoutmaster of Troop 246, and chaired the Climate Action Committee.  And there is not a service project that Graig does not participate in, including the re-construction of the band shell at the Moraga Commons and the new play structure at Los Perales Elementary School.  


Kiwanis Club Presents Donations to Education Foundations

Kiwanis contributions were given to the Moraga Education Foundation and Lafayette Partners in Education at the December 11 Kiwanis Club of Moraga Valley Meeting.  Pictured below (left to right) are MEF Board Director Eric Andresen, MEF Board President Niki Peterson, Kiwanis Club member Claire Roth, and Moraga School District Superintendent Bruce Burns.  In attendance, but not in photograph, were LPE Board President Meredith Meade and LPE Executive Director Myrna Kimmelman)




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