Kiwanis Club of Tempe meet Thursday evening at Spokes for mid-summer happy hour

The Kiwanis Club of Tempe will meet  5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday Aug.14 at Spokes on Southern Neighborhood Grill and Ale House in an informal  happy hour setting.  Dutch treat. We WON’T have our regular  Thursday noon meeting at Shalimar.  This is the third to final Thursday of August and part of our KCOT Summer Meeting Schedule, a test in alternative meetings during the slower summer months, especially to accommodate those members who have challenges of getting away at noon for our regular  meeting.Spokes on Southern


On Aug. 21, we will have a traditional noon meeting with program  (Sister City trip to eastern Europe with Dick Neuheisel and Dennis Ederer speaking and show pictures).  Noon – Shalimar. On Aug.28, we will meet at noon at Shalimar in a round-table gathering. Dutch treat. We return to our regular schedule on Sept. 4.  Penny Pease welcomes speaker and program ideas

Kiwanis Club of Tempe hears Super Bowl 2015 volunteer opportunities at meeting Thursday at Shalimar

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The Kiwanis Club of Tempe will hold its weekly meeting at noon Thursday at Shalimar Country Club Restaurant, 2030 E. Golf Avenue (Just north of Southern Avenue at Country Club Drive.)  Meeting is open to the public and meal is $14.  Nan Ater, senior  director of hospitality and volunteer services for the Arizona Super BowlCommittee, will speak to Kiwanis about what is happening locally and organizations and individual can help out and be in on some of the action, maybe even in the stadium on game day.  She will talk about volunteer opportunities for the mega event, the most watched sporting event annual in world.  More about Kiwanis Club of Tempe at

Tempe’s 8 ‘Character Zones’ to Be Unveiled Thursday at meeting of Kiwanis Club of Tempe

kiwanis clubTempe’s Community Development Director, David Nakagawara, is featured speaker Thursday at the weekly meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Tempe, which meets at noon at Shalimar Country Club restaurant, 2030 E. Golf Avenue (Country Club Drive, just north of Southern Avenue).  David will discuss the newly delineated “Character Areas” of Tempe, based on the dynamics, homes/businesses, parks, schools and landmarks of our city.  Are these the start of “villages”? Or a way of greater appreciation for parts of town?  Kiwanis is open to the public. Meals are $14.  KCOT was founded in 1952 and is the city’s premier service club  — men and women working for children and a better community.


ASU Professor in medieval studies speaks Thursday to Kiwanis Club of Tempe

ASU has one of the premier programs in Medieval and Renaissance studies. The program is led by Robert E. Bjork, an internationally acclaimed professor. Dr. Bjork is Foundation Professor of English at Arizona State University, where he has taught since 1983 and where he has been director of the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS) since 1994. He earned his B.A. from Pomona College in 1971, his M.A. from UCLA in 1974 and his Ph.D. in 1979, also from UCLA. Dr. Bjork was named Foundation Professor of English in 2009. His primary research areas are Old English poetry, modern Swedish literature, and biomedical writing. He has published 17 books and 25 peer-reviewed articles. He will bring us pertinent information about the influence and meaning of the era in the modern world.

Club meets noon Feb. 20 at Shalimar Country Club, 2030 E. Golf Avenue, on Country Club Way north of Southern Ave. Tempe.  Meal is $14. Public is welcome.



Book on Tempe Beach Park is Kiwanis Mtg. Topic

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SALLY COLE, Tempe author of “Alligators in the Baby Pool — Remembering Tempe Beach’ speaks Thursday Feb. 13 at the Kiwanis Club of Tempe’s weekly meeting at Shalimar Country Club Restaurant, 2030 E. Golf Avenue, Tempe (Country Club Drive, just north of Southern Ave.). Public invited to Kiwanis. Meal is $14.  (

Sally’s book is the historical account of the old Olympic-sized fill-and drain swimming pool built in 1923 and razed in 1963. Tempe Beach pool, with its distinctive river-rock WPA-built bathhouse, and the park, surrounded by a matching river-rock fence, were the heart of old Tempe: the site of parties, picnics, festivals, and many a rendezvous. In Alligators in the Baby Pool, Cole interviews those who remember the pool in the sixties, fifties, and even the forties. She also chronicles the 23-year-long fight to maintain the pool’s segregation—how civic leaders manipulated leases and ballots to maintain the pool’s Anglos-only policy, until returning Mexican-American WWII veterans won their battle to integrate the pool in May of 1946. Using photographs from the Tempe Daily News, and from museum and personal collections, Alligators in the Baby Pool highlights key moments in the history of the pool and draws from interviews with longtime Tempe residents to recreate the city’s past. Sally lived in Tempe from third grade through high school at TUHS (Class of 1967), graduated from Colby College in Maine, got an MA in English at UCLA, and ended up ABD from the University of Florida. She spent twenty-eight years teaching English in New Orleans. She is also the author of “Leaving New Orleans.”

Copies of Sally’s book will be for sale.

Mesa Arts Center director to speak at Kiwanis Thursday at Shalimar

CINDY ORNSTEIN, Executive Director of Mesa Center for the Arts in downtown Mesa, with 24 years in arts administration.  She will bring tickets for upcoming shows to raffle.  Cindy became Mesa’s Director of Arts & Culture and Executive Director of the MAC in July 2010. She leads Arizona’s largest arts center and oversees the Arizona Museum for Youth and the Arizona Museum of Natural History.  She is involved in numerous activities promoting Mesa’s and Arizona’s creative vitality, including active engagement on the AZ Cultural Data Project Task Force, Mesa’s Downtown Coordination Team and the Wilkes University-Mesa Advisory Board.  Cindy was President & CEO of the Flint Cultural Center Corporation (Flint, MI) from May 2000-June 2010, where she managed a 33-acre cultural campus, facilitated collaborative activities with campus partners, and supervised the directors of three campus entities: a 2000-seat auditorium, a history museum; and a planetarium. She previously served as Associate Director of the Allentown Art Museum, Executive Director of Mayfair Festival of the Arts (Allentown, PA) and had an extensive career in public relations and journalism.

Kiwanis Club of Tempe, founded in 1952 and known for its more than six decades of service the community and especially its children, meets noon Thursday at Shalimar Country Club restaurant, 2030 E. Golf Avenue, Tempe. Anyone may come and is welcome to “check the club out.”  Meal are $14. Membership is open to all men and women interested in serving Tempe.

Miss Arizona Jennifer Smestad speaks Thursday to Tempe Kiwanis

Jennifer Smestad was crowned last June as Miss Arizona. She was Miss City of Maricopa when she was crowned.  She went on to compete in the Miss America pageant.  She has attended Grand Canyon University and Chandler-Gilbert Community College.  Her cause for advocacy and support has dealt with Tourette’s Syndrome.  The public is invited to Kiwanis, which meets at noon Thursdays at Shalimar Country Club restaurant, 2030  E. Golf Avenue, Tempe.  Meal are $14.  For more information, see the weekly Club Bulletins in archives at

Hickman Farms talk eggs at Kiwanis Thursday at Shalimar restaurant

The Kiwanis Club of Tempe, the oldest Kiwanis club in the city, founded in 1952, meets noon Thursday at Shalimar Country Club, 2030 E. Golf Avenue.  Visitors are welcome. The meal is $14. Thursday’s speaker will be Sharman Hickman of Hickman Farms of Buckeye, Arizona’s leading egg producers will speak Thursday. She is a third-generation Arizona native and a graduate of Arizona Lutheran Academy. She earned a B.S. degree in marketing from Arizona State University. Sharman makes frequent broadcast media appearances and can often be seen preparing omelets on camera while answering questions or offering insights about egg farming. Sharman served on the New Life Center Domestic Violence Centkiwanis cluber Board of Directors and is on the Animal Advisory Council for the State of Arizona.

Kiwanis Club of Tempe holds White Elephant Sale Thursday

The Kiwanis Club of Tempe will hold its 18th annual white elephant sale in which members bring offbeat, zany, fun items wrapped or unwrapped to sell to all in the room. Joe Schmoker will be auctioneer, with all proceeds going to the administrative fund. Club meets at noon Thursday Jan. 16 at Shalimar Country Club restaurant, 2030 E. Golf Ave. Meal price is $14. More at newsletter archives at

Kiwanis Club of Tempe hosts singer Thursday at Shalimar

Singer/entertainer Rhonda Vogt performs Thursday at KCOT  Noon at Shalimar Country Club Restaurant, 2032 E. Golf Avenue, Tempe
— Annual Holiday meeting  –  Bring Spouses and Guests
rhonda vogtLocal professional song stylist and popular entertainer,  RHONDA VOGT will lead KCOT attendees in favorite Broadway classic show tunes and  holiday favorites! This will be the most entertaining program of the year.   We discovered her performing at the Sterling House in Chandler for Jim Harelson, KCOT’s last active charter member.

Rhonda has a Bachelor of  Music Education Degree with a double emphasis in piano and voice. She came all  the way from her home state of Alabama to earn her Master’s Degree in Music  Theatre Performance at Arizona State University.  Rhonda has performed at  various theaters in the Valley of the Sun in roles such as Marian the librarian  (The Music Man), Nellie (South Pacific) Magnolia (Showboat) and Laurie (Oklahoma).   She will combine contemporary songs with Christmas tunes and some sing-along. Meal cost is $14.  Open to public.