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The lodge kicked off the holiday season with a free turkey dinner for members and their families in November, and club members said the November Holiday Boutique was a success, despite nasty weather.
A prime rib dinner benefited Valley Churches United Missions on Dec. 7. A percentage of the dinner sales, a raffle and desserts generated a cash donation for the valley charity. Members also brought in many toys and canned food items.
Valley Church Executive Director Annette Marcum was the guest speaker.
Lodge members contributed to the Mental Health Client Action Network in Santa Cruz on Dec. 15, providing six large hams, 12 bean casseroles and several pies. The food was prepared and delivered for the annual holiday party attended by more than 300 clients.
Exchange Club of Scotts Valley
President Chris and Peggi Perri hosted the club’s annual Christmas event.
Upcoming, the club will host former Santa Cruz Mayor John Daly, who was mayor when University of California, Santa Cruz, was being proposed to the community. He will answer questions about political issues of the time during the event scheduled from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Scotts Valley Library, 251 Kings Village Road.
Appetizers and drinks will be offered, and the community is encouraged to attend.
The club allocated $500 for a special scholarship at the end of the school year. The money is for the most-improved student chosen by the school’s principal.
The exchange meets at noon on the second Wednesday of each month at Mint, 4652 Scotts Valley Drive. A monthly event at the Scotts Valley Library on the fourth Wednesday of every month features a community leader presenting local information.
The club will not meet Wednesday, Jan. 2
Donations were collected from club members for the Rotary’s annual Christmas project.
The cash will buy cloth dolls and stuffed animals for the Guatemalan children who attend the health clinics Rotary members will take part in when they travel to Guatemala in February. Forty people from Santa Cruz County will install X-ray equipment at Westmont Bethel Hospital in Guatemala City and do the health clinics in Uspantan.
Upcoming speakers at Rotary meetings include Lee Fort from San Jose East/Evergreen Rotary Club on Jan. 9, and Ray Kaupp from Cabrillo College on Jan. 16. Speakers for the Jan. 23 and Jan. 30 meetings are to be announced.
The club meets Wednesdays at 7:15 a.m. in Birch Dining Room on 37 Conference Drive, in the Mount Hermon Conference Center. Cost is $10.
Kiwanis of Scotts Valley
The club donated $11,500 to the music program in the Scotts Valley Unified School District. The funds were generated through last summer’s Music at Skypark concert program.
The funds were presented to music instructor Beth Hollenbeck at a special thank you banquet. Key club members from Scotts Valley High School helped the Kiwanis shop for 79 presents for Big Brothers and Big Sisters annual Santa luncheon at Shadowbrook in Santa Cruz.
The club meets at 7 a.m. each Wednesday at Bruno’s BBQ, 230 Mount Hermon Roadm in Scotts Valley. The second Wednesday of each month is an evening meeting at Bruno’s at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome.
The club’s next meeting is Jan. 9.
Scotts Valley Host Lions Club had a very successful White Cane Day collection and thanked to the community for contributions. The money collected will help local residents receive eye care.
Two local residents received vouchers for eye exams and glasses this month.
The club donated $1,000 to Valley Churches United Missions to help the charity’s holiday food drive, and Lions Club members continue to serve lunches twice a month at the Scotts Valley Senior Center.
Planning is in progress for the club’s annual cioppino dinner. The Billy Martini Band will provide entertainment and dancing. This year’s event will be March 2 at the CPDES Hall, 216 Evergreen St., in Santa Cruz. The club’s annual bocce ball tournament has been scheduled for April 27.
For information: www.svlions.org or 438-2678.