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Kiwanis Club of Brea

  • Remembering Charlie Phillips of Brea Kiwanis Club

    4 years ago by

    It’s with great sadness and heavy hearts that we report the passing of longtime Brea Kiwanis member -- Charlie Phillips. Charlie was a wonderful man. As the Kiwanis secretary, he was very enthusiastic in connecting with us to spread the word about Brea Kiwanis annual events such as Back To School Shopping Spree, Toys for Tots, Spelling Bee, and the Easter Egg Hunt.

      Charlie and Carol Phillips

      Charlie and Carol Phillips

        Early last year, Charlie had a stroke and was admitted into a nursing home to recover. Susan Gaede and I visited him, and although he wasn’t able to talk to us, he was full of spirit; with his wife Carol relaying that he couldn’t wait to continue writing the newsletters for the Kiwanis. In her dad's absence, Debbie, started writing newsletters for the Brea Kiwanis Club.

          Today, we received the Kiwanis newsletter and Debbie, wrote, “For the last few years Kiwanis played an important part in my dad's life. It gave him an opportunity to do what he loved, working with young people and giving back to the community.

            Charlie wanted no part of funeral homes and such. His wish after he was gone was to have a gathering of friends and family at his house so people could think back on how they knew him and tell stories of his "adventures".

              Miss you, Charlie

                Photo: Celebrating the 50th Annual Easter Egg Hunt.

                Bright and early, join the Brea Kiwanis in celebrating the 54th annual Easter Egg Hunt at Arovista Park on Saturday, March 26 at 9:00 a.m.

                  Carol added,"Charlie was always there for everyone who needed him. He had such a full life."

                    We miss you too, Charlie. And would be remiss not to spread the word about the 54th Annual Kiwanis Club of Brea Easter Egg Hunt to be held on March 26, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. at Arovista Park in Brea, located at 500 West Imperial Hwy (Imperial Highway at Berry Street).

  • 2013 operational overview of Brea PD services

    6 years ago by

      May 20, 2014

        Brea Kiwanis Newsletter Issue #138:2014 Vol-IV-18

          By Charlie Phillips

            Speaker Notes

              May 15....Ruben Alonzo, Brea Police Department robbery/Homicide Detective presented an overview of the Brea Police Department and the recently published 2013 Brea Police Department Annual Report. Officer Alonzo has been assigned to the Robbery Unit for 25 years. He has witnessed the Police Department changes over the years; the most dramatic was losing the Yorba Linda Police contract last year requiring Brea downsizing from 110 to 62 operating personnel.

                Throughout 2013, we have improved the systems we utilize to track crime activity, known criminals, and unwanted behavior in our community. A new team, called the Crime Suppression Unit, was created to specifically impact repeat offenders, probationers, and parolees. We carefully assessed our geographic policing strategy and created a new area command structure to increase and improve our proactive policing efforts. We continue to enhance community partnerships through programs like Community watch. For the third straight year, I am pleased to report overall crime in Brea decreased as compared to the previous year.

                  The Police Department employs a Area Command system. the city is divided into four geographic areas. Each area has its own commander who is responsible for team deployment and problem solving in that respective area. Lt. Stewart McCarroll the North Area Commander and is the largest patrol geo-area in the City. The West Area Command is led by Lt. Santo Porto. Lt. Bill Smyser is the Central Area Commander which includes the Brea Mall and Downtown. The fourth Area is the South Area commanded by Lt. Peter Rodriquez. This command includes all areas from Imperial Highway south to the city boundaries. It is recommended that all the residents of Brea know their Area Commander to answer specifics about policing matters.

  • Kiwanis Club of Brea Toys for Tots drop off locations 2013

    6 years ago by

      Long time member of the Kiwanis Club of Brea, Dean Hall, is the creator of the 28th annual Toys for Tots and faithfully serves as event chair year after year to ensure this program runs smoothly.

        On December 21 at Brea Olinda High School, the Kiwanis along with family, friends, Key Clubbers and Boy Scout will gather to sort the toys.

          Be a part of this terrific campaign and donate a toy to a child in need. Below are the locations where you can drop off a new, unwrapped toy:

          Toys for Tots Event Chair Dean Hall 's enthusiasm and attention to detail make for a perfect event every time!

            Advantage Care Chiropractic

              Bock Othodontics

                Boy Scout Troop 801

                  Brea United Methodist Pre-School

                    Brea-Olinda High School

                      Country Hills School

                        Fanning School

                          Wipro Laurel School

                            Mariposa School

                              Mercury Insurance Group (3 separate locations)

                                Merrill Lynch

                                  Olinda School

                                    Popular Community Bank

                                      Ventura Foods

                                        Singer Chiropractic

                                          Pacific Western Bank

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    Kiwanis Club of Brea 28th Annual Toys for Tots history

    6 years ago by


      The major emphasis of Kiwanis is serving the Children of the world. Providing toys to children at Christmas time is a perfect fit for the Kiwanis Club of Brea to embrace. With this in mind in 1985, Dean Hall, a Major in the United States Marine Corps Reserve (now retired from the Marine Corps) proposed to the Kiwanis Club of Brea that the club partner with the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program to bring toys to the disadvantaged children of Brea. The Brea Club warmly accepted Dean’s proposal, and under his leadership, the Brea Kiwanis Club began their partnership with Toys for Tots in 1985.

        On the night of the toy sorting in the first year, 1985, Dean Hall and his wife Christine, along with Brea Kiwanis President Del Hawkins, were the only Kiwanians present to sort the toys. To make matters worse, toy collection that first year was very meager. Dean and his wife rushed out and, using their own money, bought as many $3.00 toys and gifts that they could find to supplement the few toys collected that year. Although the gifts were small, every child received a gift that first year.

          In preparation for the Toys for Tots program in 1986, Dean contacted several major businesses and the various schools in Brea. Beckman Instruments (now Beckman Coulter) and Mercury Insurance were the first businesses in Brea to join the Toys for Tots drive in 1986. Most of the grammar schools and the high school in Brea also participated in 1986. With more large organizations joining Brea Kiwanis in the Toys for Tots effort, enough toys to meet the Brea needs were collected in 1986.

            In subsequent years, the toy collection increased each year. The businesses and schools that first participated in 1986, with the exception of Beckman Coulter, are still helping the Brea Kiwanis Club with the Toys for Tots program.

              In addition to increased toy collection each year, the involvement of the individual members of the Brea Kiwanis Club also increased over time. Although Dean still makes all the donor contacts and distributes approximately 35 collection boxes to approximately 20 individual collection sites, picking up the toy-filled boxes is handled by several Brea Kiwanis members.

                Toys’ sorting now involves most Brea Kiwanis Club members and their families, scouts from Boy Scout Troop 801 (Brea), and Key Club members from Brea-Olinda High School.

                  After the toys are sorted, they are distributed in Brea through the Brea Community Emergency Council (BCEC). Surplus toys not needed in Brea are given to the La Habra Community Services Department for their Christmas toy distribution. In all since 1985, the Brea Kiwanis Club’s Toys for Tots effort has collected and distributed over 30,000 toys to disadvantaged children.

                    Dean Hall Kiwanis Biography

                      Dean joined the Kiwanis Club of Brea in March 1985. Shortly thereafter he was elected to the Board of Directors and has served continuously since 1985. He was elected Club President during 1988-89 and again in 2006-07.

                        In 1987, Dean was voted Club Kiwanian of Year and was honored with the President’s Award in 2004, 2008, and 2010. He received the Kiwanis Distinguished Service Award for 2001-02, and received the Legion of Honor in 2009. In 1993, Dean was awarded the Golden Bunny Award for fund raising supporting the annual Easter Egg Hunt. In 1985, Dean partnered the Brea Kiwanis Club with the United States Marine Corps Reserve in the Toys for Tots program and has been the Chairperson for the program ever since. Dean has been the Chairperson of the Brea Kiwanis Annual Easter Egg Hunt committee in 1986-1988 and from 1991 to the present. In 2006 he chaired the Club Scholarship committee to establish Bylaw procedures and has been the Scholarship chairperson ever since 2007.

                          Finally, Dean Hall has achieved perfect Attendance for 28 years achieving all this great service.

                            By Charlie Phillips, Kiwanis Secretary

  • 34th Annual Brea Country Fair – 4th of July

    7 years ago by

      It’s that time of the year when the City of Brea will commemorate the 4th of July with its annual Country Fair - this year celebrating 34 years! Festivities will run all day long, starting with the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast at 7:00 a.m., followed by the Brea Ministerial Association Morning Service. There is something happening on the hour including kiddie parade, baby & pie contest, house party, balloon toss, games & teen area, craft area, and plenty of food and hometown fun until the closing of the fair at 4:00 p.m. The weather is perfect for a dip in the city’s plunge. The cost to swim is only $2, so don’t forget your swimsuits, as the gates of the plunge will open at 11:00 am.

  • 52nd Annual Brea Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt – EGGnormous success

    7 years ago by

    Kiwanis Club of Brea

    The Easter Bunny with a few of the many children posing to take a photo opportunity.

      By Charlie Phillips, Secretary of Brea Kiwanis Club

        The 52 Annual Kiwanis Sponsored Easter Egg Hunt....Gathering at 7:30 AM on March 30th, 25 Troop 801 Boy Scouts, 4 assistant scout leaders, 21 Key Clubbers, 10 Brea Club members and Madison Green, AKA 'the Bunny rabbit' along with Rick Ellis's coffee thermos's and Charlie's 2 dozen Jack's donuts prepared to make ready the Easter Egg hunt. This year Joe Salazar supplied about 100-200 small toys to be distributed on the park field just before the egg hunt by the Key Club volunteers..As in the past Dean Hall was the mastermind behind the planning, setup and program for this years Egg Hunt. Rick Ellis was the announcer and master of ceremonies.

          The Scout troop set up area and distributed eggs about the park. The Key Club distributed the toys about the periphery of the park and handed out the Chocolate Bunny's to the children as they returned the empty eggs from the hunt... Needless to say the bunny rabbit with the new bunny suit was a great hit with both the parents and the children. The Hunt started at 9:10 AM and the last chocolate bunny handed out at 10:15 AM....Thank you all for help making the event a success; especially Dean Hall for all the hours he spent putting the event together. After the Egg Hunt Joe Salazar set up the Key Club with the opportunity to fund raise by selling small toys at the event.. The Key club make $112 selling the helicopter toy.

  • Kiwanis Club of Brea Award Spelling Bee Winners

    7 years ago by

    By Susan Gaede

    The Kiwanis Club of Brea Spelling Bee winners are...From left to right, 1st, Ayush Nabar..2nd, Jett Alquiza..3rd, Isalella Antonelli and President of Kiwanis Club of Brea  Alan Nakamura(courtesy photo Charles Phillips)

  • Brea organizations connect to help kids in need of clothing

    7 years ago by

    Today we received a heartwarming letter from Charlie Phillips, Secretary of Brea Kiwanis.

    Not long ago, Chandra Char, Unit Director of the Brea Boys & Girls Club, made a plea to the Kiwanis Club during her Breakfast Meeting presentation October 11, 2012. Her plea was in reference to the recently completed ' Back to School Shopping Spree' on September 22. Over $5500 was raised from donations from Kiwanis, La Floresta, Penney's and the Merrill Lynch Management Group for the event. Unfortunately, there never is enough funds to cover the needs for all the children...Chandra Char proposed we go an extra step.

    The following is an excerpt from Chandra's presentation published in the October 16 Brea Club Newsletter.....

    ---- " A few weeks ago I was ask to recommend ten children for the JC Penney Shopping Spree. Only seven of the ten were picked...It's difficult taking back invitations that mean so much to these children. Could the Brea Kiwanis extend to this family of three foster children help to provide school clothes they need. If Brea could donate gift cards to help these children, it would mean so much to the them and to the Brea Boys and Girls Club. Please donate to their shopping spree and I will personally take the children out to shop for clothes." -------

    After Chandra's presentation Alan Nakamura, Brea Kiwanis Club President, assured her plea would not go unanswered.

    Chandra Char, Unit Director, of the Brea Boys & Girls Club receives recognition from Brea Kiwanis President Alan Nakamura at the Kiwanis breakfast meeting presentation. Photo by Charlie Phillips

    On November 16, Chandra wrote a thank you note to Brea Kiwanis...I want to share that note with you......


    Dear Kiwanis Club Member,

    At the Kiwanis Club meeting on October 11th I spoke about a family of foster children in need at the Boys & Girls Club of Brea. I would like to thank you for the gift cards for the family at the Brea Clubhouse. Words cannot express how grateful I am for your kindness and this gesture made a lasting impression on these three kids.

    This past Saturday I brought the three kids shopping at JC Penney’s. This was very special for them because they didn’t have any winter clothes. They bought long pants, sweatshirts and jackets. They didn’t have any pajamas and went over by $50, but my family covered the difference. It’s hard to deny needy children pajamas. Additionally, Lucy Rau, the General Manager of JC Penney’s Brea, gave each kid a backpack. They had a great time, and so did I. It was such a heartwarming experience and something that I will remember for years to come. Afterwards, I brought the kids to Mrs. Field’s for a late afternoon snack. They were so grateful and appreciative of everything. This is the true meaning of the holiday season and the season of thanksgiving.

    Thank you so very much for the gift cards for these kids. I appreciate your support of my efforts to make a special moment for these kids. I, as well as the kids, am incredibly grateful to you.

    I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and a Happy Holiday.


  • Spelling Bee Bugs: Brea Kiwanis need your help for Spelling Bee Contest

    7 years ago by

    The annual Brea School District Spelling Bee for elementary students is scheduled on Thursday, November 15 at Country Hills Elementary school at 3:30 p.m. Henry Cardenas, Kiwanis member, is the event chair and he is in need of volunteers to be pronounces, readers, and spelling judges. So local spelling bee bugs, please help out and call Henry as soon as possible at the Kiwanis Club of Brea at 1-714-986-9899.

  • Kids in need go back-to-school shopping with the Kiwanis Club of Brea

    7 years ago by

    The Kiwanis Club of Brea partners with JCPenney: On Wednesday September 22, at 7:00 a.m., JCPenney at the Brea Mall will open its doors exclusively for the Kiwanis Club of Brea and over 30 local kids will be jumping with excitement, as they enter the store to go on a shopping spree for fashionable school clothes.