In Recognition of the Importance of the Mentors of the Boys and Girls Club

Kiwanis Club of RHE Scholarship Awards

June 7, 2020


Dear Karina, Yesenia, Diana and Eduardo,

There are no adequate words to acknowledge the work you do every day to support the young people in our community. The Kiwanis Club of Rolling Hills Estates previously has recognized the importance of the Boys and Girls Club’s support for children and young people, but this year your impact is even more visible.

In the absence of a scholarship luncheon, I asked the students to identify the people they would like to acknowledge on their Kiwanis celebration slide. You will find an overwhelming B&GC presence in the attached slide presentation.

You, and the mentors you recruit, are amazingly effective in guiding students who face so many adversities to become talented, positive and forward-thinking individuals with a vision of improving the lives of others. The bottom line:  you create miracles every day!

Although we cannot meet in person at this time, I look forward to our continued communication and collaboration on behalf of the young people in our community. Please feel to contact me at any time (, or

On behalf of the Scholarship Committee and all the members of the Kiwanis Club of Rolling Hills Estates, I want to express our deep gratitude to you for joining us in this year’s celebration of our youth.


Joyce Campbell
Joyce Campbell, PhD, PT, Chair
Scholarship Committee
Kiwanis Club of Rolling Hills Estates

2019 PV Half Marathon

The Kiwanis half marathon, part of the LaceUp series of races, started and finished at Pelican Cove in the city of Rancho Palos Verdes.  The race was officially started by Ken Dyda, Rancho Palos Verdes City Councilman and President of the Kiwanis Club of  Rolling Hills Estates at 7 AM on November 16th 2019.

Eighteen hundred runners were registered to run one of Southern California’s most scenic half marathons which included both a 10K and 5K run.  Pelican Cove, the start and finish, overlooks the scenic Terranea Resort.  The course follows the coastal roads through residential neighborhoods, along scenic coastal cliffs with views of Catalina Island in the distance.

The race which started as a full marathon in the 1960s, has earned a reputation throughout the running community as one of the nation’s most challenging and iconic races and was the country’s second-oldest continuously run marathon until it evolved into a half marathon.

This year, like the past two years, the race was sold out with many of the runners coming back year after year.

The winner of the half marathon was Tucker Stockman from Salt Lake City Utah with a time of 1:22:49.85

The winner of the 10K was Michael Herrera of Montebello CA with a time of 35:29.58

The winner of the 5K was Steven Casado of Stanton CA with a time of 18:02.60

Kiwanis Club Annual Christmas Party 2018

On December 14th the Kiwanis Club of RHE held their annual Christmas party at the Point Vicente Interpretive Center in the City of Rancho Palos Verdes.  Twenty one members and guests of the club attended the party including Rancho Palos Verdes council persons and former mayors Susan Brooks and Ken Dyda.

Derek Gage provided the entertainment with a series of games and the introduction of the new officers for this coming year.

Larry Marinovich,,, President
Marty Dodell Secretary
Georgette Perez Organization Treasurer
Herb Stark ,Foundation Treasurer

Richard Sherman
Ken Dyda
Joanie Keluche
Laurie Younggren
Cheryl Rivers-Moore
Lela Spinuzzi
Thomas Winter (not present)
Joyce Campbell (not present)
Ben Carter (not present)

Project Shoe 2018

On Saturday September 8th the Kiwanis Club of Rolling Hills Estates held their annual Project Shoe Program at the local Payless Shoe Store in Torrance.

Seventy Five children ages 2 through 6 years, from the local Harbor City Boys and Girls Club, Volunteers of America, and children from military families, received a pair of shoes and a backpack containing school supplies.
Supporting the Kiwanis were high school students from the two local high school service clubs, Peninsula and Palos Verdes High Key Clubs and KIWINS.

The children were provided snacks and entertained with music and dancing. The program is unique as the children are asked to perform a task at home in return for receiving the shoes and backpack so that they understand that this is not just another free give away program.

2017 PV Half Marathon

On Saturday November 18th the Kiwanis Club of Rolling Hills Estates held the 52st annual PV Half Marathon.  1560 runners in three groups, half marathon, 10k and 5K, participated in the run.

The start/finish line was at Pelican Cove in Ranch Palos Verdes.  Council persons Ken Dyda and Susan Brooks kicked off the race at 7 am as part of the Lexus LaceUp running series.  The race proceeded along the scenic coastal roads of Palos Drive South and along Palos Verdes Drive West into the City of Palos Verdes Estates, retuning to finish at Pelican Cove.

Included in the volunteer list were the Kiwanis members, Key Clubs from the local high schools, Beacon House, Amateur Radio Operators, REACH and Union Bank.

The winning runners were:

5 K Race

1: Matthew Cartmill, Palos Verdes 19:28.96
2: Brittany Householder, Long Beach
3: Roberto Ferrito, Pasadena

10 K Race

1: Evan Stark, Pacific Palisades 40:36.89
2: Michele Jacobsen, Rancho Palos Verdes
3: Rosstin Safavian, Rancho Palos Verdes

Half Marathon

1: Sean Cahill, San Diego 1:22:21.40
2: Greg Eng, Rancho Palos Verdes
3: Sam Hackett, Long Beach