EVENTS 2016 
  • February 9-11 World Ag Expo at Tulare Agri-center
  • March 12, Ms Kings County Pageant
  • ​March 12, Beepers Egg Hunt, Visalia
  • March 18-19, Yard sale (made $500 for scholarship fund)
  • April 2, Kiwanis One Day
  • April 23, Miracle Mile of Quarters
 
EVENTS 2015
  • 7-12 February 2015, World Ag Expo in Tulare
  • 14 March 2015, Bowl a Thon for Special Olympics
  • 14 March, St Paddy's Dinner & Dance
  • 20-21st March, Big Yard Sale
  • 22 April, Kiwanis One Day, Civic Center clean up drive
  • 2 May, Happy Heart's Day
  • 16 May, Miracle Mile of Quarters for Valley Children Hospital
  • 19 May, seven scholarships awarded
  • 26 May, Dinner for cancer survivors at Black Bear Diners, Hanford
  • 30 May, Luncheon for Key Clubbers who completed 50 hours
  • 16 June, New Key Club Officers Training
  • 11-12 July, Dine in for Dollars fundraiser for Storyland, Fresno
  • 1st August, Back to School shopping spree
  • 11 August, Key Club Officers Training
  • 19 September, River Clean up Drive
  • 23 September, UCP Day
  • 03 October, Paint the town purple for American Cancer Society
  • 10 October, Hanford Relay for Life
  • 6 November, Fall Fish Fry Social, Black Bear Diners, Visalia 
  • 10, 15, 21 December, Gift wrapping fundraiser at Hanford Mall

 

EVENTS 2014 

  • February 11, 12 & 13 2014, Ag Expo, Tulare International Agri Center
  • April 12 2014, Community Health Fair, Hanford
  • May 17, 2014, Miracle Mile of Quarters for children's hospital in Madera
  • June 3 2014, adopted a polling station for primaries election in Tulare
  • August 23 2014, Breakfast for breast cancer survivors
  • August 30 2014, Car wash for scholarships at Black Bear Diner, Hanford
  • Sept 6th 2014, Paint the Town Purple, fundraiser for American Cancer society in Hanford
  • Sept 20, 2014 River Clean Up Drive
  • October 11-12, 2014 Relay for Life for Cancer Research and Celebrating Survivors
  • October 24, UCP Day, Hanford
  • November 4, 2014, Manage Polling Place
  • November 15, 2014 Fall Rally for Key Clubs
  • November 28, 2014, Hanford Christmas Parade, Concession for Key Clubs
  • December: 350 handwritten Christmas cards were sent out to troops overseas.
  • December 9, 15 and 24 Christmas Gift wrapping fundraiser at Hanford Mall


 EVENTS 2013

  • Annual Christmas Parade, 29 Nov, 2013
  • Annual Veterans Day Festival, 11 Nov 2013, Kings County Fairgrounds
  • Key club fall Rally, 9 Nov 2013, Magic Mountain
  • Relay for life, Oct 2013, Hanford High School
  • Special Olympics Chili Cook Off, 28 Sept 2013, Civic Centre Hanford
  • UCP Day, 27 Sept 2013
  • River Clean up, 21 Sept 2013
  • Key Club Car Wash, 10 Aug 2013, Black Bear diners, Hanford
  • Father's Day Breakfast & Duck race, 13 June 2013 , Hanford West, High School
  • Miracle Miles of Quarters, 1 June 2013, Tulare Outlet Mall for Valley's Children Hospital, Madera
 
ARCHIVES 2011-2012
  • February 2011, supporting Wilma Pan Tux education
  • February 8-11, 2011 World Ag Expo
  • April 11, 2011 Burris Park completion project
  • May 24,  2011 Quarter Mile
  • Oct 1, 2011 Kiwanis Family House, project in Sacramento
  • 2011-2012 Childhood Obesity Prevention Project
  • Sept 22, 2012 Special Olympics, Chili Cook Off
  • Oct 30, 2012 Sierra Pacific Key club's 3rd birthday
 
ARCHIVES 2009-2010
  • Oct, 2009, Safe Halloween Tips 
  • Dec 16, 2009 The Dictionary Project for all third graders in Armona School District.
  • March 20, 2010, Kiwanis Family House in Sacramento 

  

 

DONATION TO BLIND BABIES FOUNDATION, 2016

Thanks to the donations made by Cyber Kiwanis members, we were able to sponsor a work station at the 23rd Annual Central Valley Beepers Egg Hunt, organized by Blind Babies Foundation for the visually impaired children of Central Valley, in Visalia on 12 March, 2016. A total of $250 were donated to BBF for this purpose. You can watch a slideshow of the event that took place here. 

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 DONATION OF BOOKS & DICTIONARIES, 2015

Over 475 books were donated to the First Lady's Reading Project by CVC Kiwanis. 
Each year, Cal-Nev-Ha Kiwanians are given the opportunity to support a project chosen by the Governor’s spouse. Our 2014-2015 First Lady, Melissa Guire, has chosen Literacy as her project.

Literacy Facts:

  • 1 out of 4 children in America grow up without learning how to read
  • 2/3 of students who can’t read proficiently by the end of 4th grade are likely to end up in jail or on public assistance
  • Kids who don’t read proficiently by the end of 4th grade are 4 times more likely to drop out of school

Project Ideas:

  • Collect books in your division and distribute to children in your communities; 
  • Donate monies to the First Lady’s Project that will be used to purchase books; these books will go back into your communities
  • Seek a partnership with Scholastic and their Reading Oasis Program or any other reading programs available
  • Get involved with schools to develop literacy nights for students and their families
  • Develop summer reading camps and/or programs
  • Work with schools in your communities in developing ways to celebrate their students reading successes
A member also donated 72 dictionaries to Zindagi Trust schools in Pakistan. Below is the "Thank You Note" received from the management of Zindagi Trust Foundation School in Karachi, Pakistan.
 
Dear Ms Fatima,
 
On behalf of the Management of Zindagi Trust, I would like to say thank you for the wonderful donation of children's dictionaries. The packed box consists of 3 cartons of 24 copies of dictionaries each. These dictionaries would help children with spelling, writing, and basic dictionary skills.Thank you so much for your time and commitment for the said donation. May Allah Bless You! 
 
Look forward to your continued support.
 
Warm Regards,
Jahanara Shiraz
 
Manager Academics
ZT-Non-Formal Schools
Pakistan.
Head Office:
Karachi
Telephone:     92-21- 4125614 - 6
Fax:              92-21- 4125617
 
 
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SIERRA PACIFIC CELEBRATES 3rd BIRTHDAY!

Oct 30th, 2012

Black bear diner in Hanford catered the meal of pot roast, vegetables, mashed potatoes, gravy and cookies for dessert.Over 70 meals were served. 

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CHILDHOOD OBESITY PREVENTION PROJECT
2011-2012

 

       Central Valley Cyber Kiwanis received its CNH Kiwanis Grant for $650.00 for their 2011-2012 Obesity Project in partnership with Adventist Health Hospital.  

 

      Thanks to the Adventist Heath Hospital in Hanford for their financial support and printing of posters, and the hard work of fundraising of the Cyber members, the club was able to cover all expenses for distributing refrigerator magnets with the new Nutrition Plate and Posters with nutritional information to all third graders in Kings County.  The Kings County Health Department also received 1,500 magnets to distribute to those they serve.

 

         The districts who received magnets and materials are:  Armona Elementary District, Central Union District, Corcoran District, Hanford Elementary District, Island Elementary District, Kings River-Hardwick District, Kit Carson District, Lakeside District, Lemoore Elementary District, Pioneer Elementary District, Reef-Sunset District, Western Christian, St. Rose McCarthy, and Hanford Christian.  Packets were hand delivered to each school district for distribution to teachers of third graders. 

 

         Adventist Health Hospital also supplied every teacher a letter with contact information so teachers may have a health professional come to their classroom to talk to students about good nutrition.  This service can help children at a young age to begin making healthier choices for eating to correct or prevent childhood obesity.  The posters that Adventist Health provided are full-color charts for healthy eating.  The refrigerator magnet depicts how a plate should be filled with nutritional food choices.  This information helps parents make better choices for feeding their families. 

 

         Teachers were also supplied with CDs that contained lessons and information on Childhood Obesity for use in the classroom.  The CD was supplied by Central Valley Cyber Kiwanis.  Materials were also supplied to school districts with nutritional information in the form of books, posters and charts.  

 

         Childhood Obesity is a Pediatric Trauma issue.  This condition causes high blood pressure, high cholesterol, Type II Diabetes, depression, self image issues for children, and a host of other health related issues.  These diseases are preventable with good nutrition and educating parents on what to feed their children.  Childhood Obesity shortens the life span of children and can cause life-long health problems reducing the quality of life. Childhood Obesity is one condition that is growing at alarming rates endangering the health of our children and families. Childhood Obesity is a curable medical issue that is Pediatric Trauma of the worse kind.

 

 

      Addressing Childhood Obesity is Cyber’s yearly project, every year.  Help parents make a difference in the lives of children and families so they can be happy and healthy contributing citizens.

 

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 Local Kiwanis clubs complete 1-mile trail at Burris Park

News Report in Hanford Sentinel 

April 11, 2011

 
Ken Fowler, whose mother is a member of Kiwanis,in final quarter-mile of the nature walk at Burris Park on Saturday morning. (Gary Feinstein/The Sentinel)
April 11, 2011 11:45 am  •  By Eiji Yamashita, eyamashita@HanfordSentinel.com
 
Burris Park in northeast Kings County now has a new walking trail that volunteers say will help children and residents recognize and better appreciate the park's natural beauty.
 
The final phase of the 1-mile trail at this quiet, green, tree-filled park was completed Saturday morning, as members of local Kiwanis clubs - buoyed by the pending result of their hard labor - came together to bring their community service project to fruition.
 
The trail will feed into the master-planned outdoor educational facility currently under development at the park.
 
It all began with a simple query to the Burris Park Foundation last year, said Marie Bañuelos, founder of Central Valley Cyber Kiwanis and lieutenant governor of Division 18 of Kiwanis' California-Nevada-Hawaii region, which includes 19 clubs.
 
"One of our goals is to serve the community and do service projects," she said. "So I asked the president of the foundation if there is anything in the park he would really like to see done to assist children. He said the foundation wanted to build a walking trail around the park with educational stations. Our main thing is we want kids to benefit, and this is what this is all about."
 
Things quickly grew from there, Bañuelos said.
 
In the matter of a few months, each of the area's four Kiwanis clubs secured grants ranging from $600 to $800 from the Kiwanis Cal-Nev-Ha Foundation. The rest of the $5,000 project cost was covered by additional fundraising activities conducted by the four clubs.
 
The four-phase project broke ground last fall, with each Kiwanis club taking the lead at a different phase.
 
"We are hands-on," Bañuelos said. "We will give you our time. We will give you our work. We will give you our service. We may not be as rich as Rotary, but we do a lot of hands-on work in our own community."
 
The payoff for their work was substantial: completion of a one-mile loop that runs from the area near the park entrance on the north, through the perimeter of the park bordering the wetlands and marked by the vista overlooking the rippling Kings River.
 
After completing the trail, the volunteers were preparing to install wooden signs explaining the vegetation and ecosystem of the river.
 
Kiwanis members said the use of granite and crushed stones for the pavement, rather than concrete, and sign posts made of wood was important to preserve the environment as organically as possible for the children who will come to learn about wildlife and nature.
 
Saturday's trail paving work went surprisingly fast, thanks to the volunteers who had used their heavy equipment to dig the trench, lay the black sheet mulch and drop the decomposed granite along the trail.
 
All the volunteers had to do Saturday was to spread the granite sand along the trail to the end and let the heavy roller compact it.
 
It wasn't always this easy, the volunteers said.
 
Santiago Bañuelos, president of the Central Valley Cyber Kiwanis Club and Marie Bañuelos' husband, said there was a time the volunteers had to manually pull a roller to flatten the trail - a grueling task.
 
But Kiwanis members did get some help, too.
 
During the course of the whole project, about 50 youths from Key Clubs at Sierra Pacific and Hanford West high schools helped things move along, Santiago Bañuelos said.
 
Allowing the youth to take ownership of the project helps ensure it will be passed on to the future generation of children.
 
"The whole reason we volunteer is that by working with kids, we want to make a difference in their lives," Santiago Bañuelos said. "If we can help one child make a difference in his life, we've accomplished something."
 
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THE DICTIONARY PROJECT
December 25, 2009 10:00 pm  •  By Sentinel Staff
 
The Central Valley Cyber Kiwanis presented all third-graders in Armona Union Elementary School District with their own dictionaries on Dec. 16.
 
President Santiago Banuelos, Secretary/Treasurer Dr. Marie Banuelos, and members Liz Valenzuela and Joyce Taber distributed dictionaries to each child in the classrooms. Superintendent Steve Bogan and Principal Shawn Beck escorted the club to each of the five classrooms to give out the special gifts.
 
"Thank you to Central Valley Cyber Kiwanis for helping students to reach academic success with dictionaries. It will be to their advantage. We appreciate it very much," said Principal Shawn Beck. A total of 125 dictionaries were distributed.
 
The Cyber Kiwanis Club is a new club in the California-Nevada-Hawaii District Division 18 Kiwanis that meets by e-mail and on the Internet. Central Valley Cyber Kiwanis is the 19th club in the Division.  Dr. Marie Banuelos, Lt. Governor-Elect of Division 18, founded the new Kiwanis Club.
 
"The Division is still a little cool to a cyber club since being on the computer is a new idea to them," Banuelos said. "But I am hoping Division 18 clubs will begin to realize that a cyber club can do just as much community service as any club or even more since we are not contained by city limits."
 
Central Valley Cyber Kiwanis is the third club in Hanford even though its members are throughout Kings, Tulare, Fresno, and San Bernardino counties and as far away as Texas and Indiana.
 
The Dictionary Project is a non-profit organization that helps individuals and other service organizations improve literacy for children and the quality of life in their communities. Visit the Project's Web site at www.dictionaryproject.org. Any group or individual may sponsor a class or district.
 
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Guatemala Student Scholarship
Welcome our new sponsored student Vilma Marilena Pan Tux