2014 Kiwanis Scholarship Winners

South Pasadena High School students Leah Zeiger, Hannah Gray, and Patricia San Pedro were awarded individual scholarships by the South Pasadena Kiwanis Club on June 11, 2014.

Leah Zeiger, Hannah Gray and Patricia San Pedro, Kiwanis Scholarship winners

Leah Zeiger, Hannah Gray and Patricia San Pedro, Kiwanis Scholarship winners

S. Paul Ward Key Club Scholarship

Patricia San PedroSanPedroTYPatricia San Pedro was awarded the S. Paul Ward Key Club Scholarship.  This $1,000 academic scholarship is given to a student who is a Key Club member, and is based on grade point average and community service. Patricia will attend USC in the fall, majoring in Gerontology.




Kenneth Yamanaka Memorial Scholarship

Hannah GrayHannah Gray is this year’s recipient of the Kenneth Yamanaka Memorial Scholarship, a $1,000 academic scholarship awarded to a college-bound high school student who has shown outstanding academic achievement.  Hannah will be attending Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where she will study Linguistics and Art.


Maus Family Arts Scholarship

Leah ZeigerAwarded to Leah Zeiger, the $1,000 Maus Family Arts Scholarship is given to a South Pasadena student who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in the arts (e.g. visual arts, performing arts, music, film, dance), and intends to pursue his or her post-secondary education in the arts.  Leah will be attending Columbia College in Chicago this fall, where she will study Dance and Choreography.







Another Bike Donated! South Pasadena Kiwanis Club Awards Bicycle, Helmet and Lock to Marengo Elementary Student Muan Meurer

South Pasadena Kiwanis Club Elementary School Scholarship Chair Jeff Graham made an appearance at Marengo Elementary on Friday, June 6, 2014, to award a new bike, helmet and lock to a student selected by the faculty who demonstrates character qualities like leadership, kindness and good community citizen.  After asking the audience to demonstrate by a show of hands, who’d been to a July 4th Pancake Breakfast, seeing many hands go up all around the assemblage of people, Graham acknowledged them, and said, “Thank you, you all helped pay for this bike.  So this year, let’s all go and bring your family and neighbors to the Pancake Breakfast and let’s get 2 bikes next year! “ Continue Reading →

South Pasadena Kiwanis Club Awards Bicycle, Helmet and Lock to Arroyo Vista Elementary Student


“Cool bike!” “Wow, I want to ride that.” South Pasadena Kiwanis Club Elementary School Scholarship Chair Jeff Graham overheard that and similar whispers as he wheeled a brand, new Schwinn Classic series black beach cruiser to the dais in Arroyo Vista’s courtyard on Friday, May 30, 2014 during the end of the year Awards Ceremony. After asking the audience to acknowledge by applause a uniformed soldier in attendance at the event and thanking her for her service, Graham turned to the business at hand: plugging the club’s annual 4th of July Pancake Breakfast at South Pasadena’s Fire Station at 817 Mound Ave. “Actually, the business at hand is awarding an awesome bicycle to a deserving student selected by the faculty based on his or her possession of the kinds of character traits and actions that typify an excellent student role model. Continue Reading →

July 4th Pancake Breakfast

SchiffPancakeBreakfastOur next big fundraiser is our all City, 4th of July, Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast. Please make a point to come and help for this once a year event. All hands are needed! Stay tuned for more details that will be announced at Club meetings and especially Wednesday July 2, 2014

Kiwanis Ronald McDonald House “Meals of Love”





Our Kiwanis club commitment to the Pasadena Ronald McDonald House “Meals of Love” program to feed the home’s guests. Our Board has decided to increase our participation to provide meals every other month. Please consider joining us to prepare, cook, and serve meals to the guests. It is a rewarding gesture of love to the families, patients, and meets our goals to service to children around the world as many of the guests are from other countries.


Please join us next on Thursday July 24, 2014 at 5PM or soon as possible thereafter to join in on the fun and meaningful service.

The next appointed times after May 15 are:

Thursday September 25, 2014

Thursday November 20, 2014

All at 5PM.

Location is:

763 S Pasadena Ave

Pasadena, Ca. 91105


PS. Pasadena Ave is a one way street at this location. Please approach from the south at Bellefontaine and head north. Parking is on the street in front or enter the driveway between the 2 brown buildings and park in the back.


If anyone wishes to plan a meal and purchase food, you will be reimbursed by our club. We prepare food for 30 people which usually accounts for 5 people from our club to have dinner along side the guests.


Kiwanis Honors Students at SPHS with Scholarships

Students-High honors went to Nick O’Brien, Diane Huang and Abe Song on Wednesday as the three South Pasadena High School seniors were awarded college scholarships from the local Kiwanis Club.

O’Brien earned the Kenneth Yamanaka Memorial Scholarship for academics, Song was presented the Maus Family Arts Scholarship for the arts and Huang was awarded the S. Paul Ward Award as a Key Club member.

The three students were guests of the Kiwanis Club, provided lunch along with family members and answered questions from the audience.

Abe Song

A composer and musician, Song was a pianist in the past two South Pasadena High spring musicals. He has served as an AYSO referee and volunteered at the Union Rescue Mission.

He served as the senior class president at South Pasadena High School.

Song participated in soccer, track, and tennis at SPHS and served as president of the Ping Pong Club on campus.

In addition, Song, who holds a 3.7 GPA, is headed to Boston University to study music composition. He showed some of his musical talents by performing on the piano for Kiwanis Club members.

Nick O’Brien

Active on campus, Nick O’Brien served as the commissioner of assemblies this year at South Pasadena High, took part in the YMCA Youth and Government program and was a four-year member of the SPHS baseball and water polo teams.

With a 3.94 grade point average, O’Brien looks forward to studying business administration with an emphasis in marketing at USC in the fall.

Diane Huang

Huang has been a member of the Key Club since the 10th grade, and currently is chair of public relations and divisional task coordinator for the organization. She’s also a volunteer with the American Red Cross, Helping hands Club and Ability First.

Huang, who holds a 3.5 GPA and intends to go to UC Irvine in the fall, was the 9th grade president at SPHS, a four-year member of the swim team, involved in virtual business and manager of the boys’ basketball team.

 : By Bill Glazier, South Pasadena Review Editor