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Karen Tomlinson, President of SBUSD Education Foundation, Spoke to Kiwanis at their Tuesday Meeting About Opportunities Made Available to Students & Teachers

Feb 08, 2017 07:42PM ● By Paul Spear
Karen Tomlinson, President of the SBUSD Education Foundation and Board Member Shawna Chalmers, Spoke to the Imperial Beach South County Kiwanis Meeting About Opportunities They Make Available to Students & Teachers last Tuesday

The SBUSD Education Foundation is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that provides financial support for educational and enrichment programs for the students in the community by the South Bay Union School District. It solicits funds from the community by doing fundraisers and other activities and disburse contributions and the funds they have raised in the forms of grant to teachers for extra educational activities and other programs that enrich the students.

With taxes and funding getting cut to schools, the Education Foundation provides programs and funding support that is needed in these cost cutting times.

The public is welcome to join them on one of their upcoming fundraisers, a trip to Viejas Casino on Saturday. The $20 is cos to join on the busride there goes 100% to the foundation. Also, because the foundation has done so well on limiting their overhead almost 98% of contributions and funds raised go into the educational and enrichment programs for the students and teachers.If you would like to attend the Viejas Fundraiser or found out more about the SBUSDEF you can email them at

Both the Kiwanis and SBUSD Education Foundation share the same goal of improving children's lives. 

About the Kiwanis:

Kiwanis clubs, located in 80 nations, help their communities in countless ways. Each community’s needs are different—so each Kiwanis club is different. By working together, members achieve what one person cannot accomplish alone. When you give a child the chance to learn, experience, dream, grow, succeed and thrive, great things happen.

Service footprint: Service is at the heart of every Kiwanis club, no matter where in the world it’s located. Members stage nearly 150,000 service projects and raise nearly US$100 million every year for communities, families and projects.

A family of servant leaders: Kiwanis clubs focus on changing the world by serving children, one child and one community at a time. To do this, many clubs also sponsor a Kiwanis family club—K-Kids for primary school children; Builders Clubs for adolescents; Key Clubs for teens; CKI clubs for university students and Aktion Clubs for adults living with disabilities—to reach more people and have a greater service impact on their communities.

Traditional and not: No two Kiwanis clubs look exactly the same. Each member’s and community’s needs are different, and each club should look different. Some clubs are very traditional, with weekly meetings and a strong sense of history. Other clubs don’t meet at all, and instead hold meetings online and only come together for service projects. Newer clubs may follow the 3-2-1 concept: 3 hours of service, 2 hours of social activity and a 1-hour meeting each month. Clubs should reflect their communities and their members and should work to meet their needs. Flexibility is key to a successful club.

Fellowship and fun: Kiwanis members don’t just do service—they have fun. Members make new friends by being part of a club where they attend meetings and participate in social events. Kiwanis clubs also provide excellent networking opportunities for professionals. Members meet new people from all over their region and the world through service projects, fundraising and by attending district and Kiwanis International conventions.

Kiwanis Marketplace: Beyond the club benefits of service and fellowship, members can also enjoy a host of benefits found in our Marketplace. Exclusive insurance and travel assistance plans offer special group rates through Kiwanis Insurance. Kiwanis Travel brings a partnership for premium themed, domestic and international adventures. Kiwanis Visa® is a branded rewards credit card that gives back to you and supports the Kiwanis Children’s Fund. And the Kiwanis Project Warehouse helps boost your service projects with discounted merchandise you can purchase for your club or yourself.  

Learn about each program at

Learn more: To learn more about specific Kiwanis club projects around the world, read some of our favorite Kiwanis stories.

Download the Kiwanis International fact sheet.

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