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Sunrise Kiwanis mark 30th year of serving
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Past CAL-NEV-HA Kiwanis Governor Howard Dull provides a light-hearted moment at the Sunrise Kiwanis anniversary breakfast. Laughing are Manteca City Clerk Joann Tilton, left, and Diane Montalvo. - photo by GLENN KAHL
The Manteca Pumpkin Fair folks have turned 30.

The Sunrise Kiwanis Club that stages the biggest community event every year in downtown Manteca marked their 30th anniversary last Thursday with breakfast in the Doctors Hospital of Manteca conference room.

Club President Tony Montalvo welcomed members from other Kiwanis clubs in the area at the break of dawn.  Past District Governor, Howard Dull,  of the CAL-NEV-HA district was a special guest speaker for the event.

The breakfast club was chartered on November 20, 1980 sponsored by the noontime parent Manteca Kiwanis Club. It is part of Division 27 which includes clubs in California, Nevada and Hawaii.  The division boasts some 350 members and the district has nearly 20,000.  

Club members have provided an important part of the community over the three decades giving financial assistance and volunteering in building a better future throughout the city.

Projects the club has taken on over the years include the Youth Fishing Derby and volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club’s annual telethon.  Support of the Kiwanis Family House is another focus of the Manteca club – dedicated to providing temporary housing and support of families of seriously ill children under treatment at the U.C. Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.

The Manteca Sunrise Kiwanis hosted their annual Manteca Pumpkin Fair event in downtown Manteca.  Attracting some 40,000 people to the city’s streets in the central district they were able to support needs in the community.

A portion of the proceeds went to opening the gates of the Dell Osso Farm’s Corn Maze in Lathrop to some 1,600 physically and mentally challenged adults and youth with lunch and entertainment on the club’s “special access day.”    

The Kiwanis clubs worldwide organization for men and women work together to give back to their communities.  

The term Kiwanis was coined from an American Indian expression in the Detroit area:  “Nunc Kee-wanis” which means “We Trade” or “We Share our Talents.”  Other translations are “We Meet” and “We Build.”

Specifically “Serving the Children of the World” is the motto of the Kiwanis clubs worldwide.  The CAL-NEV-HA District is currently giving its financial support behind two pediatric trauma centers in its region.

Kiwanis was founded in 1915 and now enjoys a membership of over 240,000 members in 7,700 clubs in 80 nations.  The Manteca clubs boast offering friendships that can last a life time.