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How Conejo Valley Kiwanis began
After receiving his Lt. Governor training at Bass Lake in 2005, Paul Campbell made several personal commitments to what he wanted to accomplish in his upcoming year. Since he had already made a commitment to lead the 15 clubs in Division 42, he also wanted to be able to look back in the future and to see the changes and improvements that he had made. Having been a member of the Kiwanis Club of Thousand Oaks for 13 years, he played a very active part in helping it grow and evolve into "The Best Show in Town," now comprised of about 85 members. Over that span of time it also seemed that the Club repeatedly encountered potential members who just couldn't attend morning meetings. What the Division needed was a club in this area that met at noon in which both clubs could trade referrals back and forth.

 

So the time was ripe for a new club. There had been two other clubs, Newbury Park and Westlake Village, that had failed in the past largely because their very names spelled exclusion. If a potential member didn't live in one of those two cities, could they join one of those two clubs? Hence the birth of the Kiwanis Club of Conejo Valley - a club that would be inclusive in our area.

With the Kiwanis Club of Thousand Oaks as a sponsor, eight members of the club, including Roy Talley and "Irish John" Gore, worked with Paul to find charter members. As a result of their hard work and dedication to the children of our community, the project reached fruition on May 31, 2006, when 26 members held their organizational meeting. If not for the unselfishness of these Kiwanians and the willingness of these new members to make a difference in their community, the Kiwanis Club of Conejo Valley would have never become a reality.

Paul and his fellow club members assembled a strong mix of seasoned Kiwanians and members who are new to community service. Because this is a charter club, members of the Kiwanis Club of Conejo Valley are in a unique position to harvest the experience from our sponsor club members, as well as blaze new paths of their own.

These are truly exciting times. If this sounds rewarding to you and you want to learn more about Kiwanis and how we contribute to our communities, join us for lunch sometime. It's on us!