New officers installed for the Kiwanis Club of Temecula Valley

DJ and Jana Baggett, left, are named Kiwanians of the Year for 2018-2019 by incoming president Mark Ward, right. Courtesy photo

TEMECULA – The Kiwanis Club of Temecula Valley recently held their 41st annual installation dinner at 8-Bit Brewing Company in Murrieta, where they installed new officers for 2019-2020. Incoming club president, Mark Ward, served as master of ceremonies for the event with help from past president Tom Teagle, which was attended by many club members, family and friends.

Jim Dorschel, the outgoing lieutenant governor for Kiwanis Division 37, was on hand to uninstall the outgoing officers and directors, and incoming Lt. Gov. Natali Tatiana installed the incoming officers and board members for the club in the new administrative year that began Oct. 1.

The torch was officially passed from outgoing club president Lynn Effinger to Mark Ward as he takes the helm for the next year. Additional officers include DJ Baggett, vice president; James Stead, secretary; Steve Yung, treasurer, and Jana Baggett, assistant treasurer. Effinger will serve as immediate past president. The newly installed board of directors includes Tom Teagle, Ken Ray, Chuck Skaggs, Ed Presnillo, Rich Connington and Tony Caracciolo.

In addition to the swearing in of officers, Kim Gerrish, executive director for Michelle’s Place Cancer Resource Center, accepted the Kiwanis Club of Temecula Valley’s Jimmy Moore Citizen of the Year Award for 2018-2019, which was presented to her by Effinger. DJ and Jana Baggett were named Kiwanians of the Year for their contributions to the club’s community service efforts.  The President’s Award was given to Effinger for his exemplary service as a member of the club and for serving as president over most of last year until taking a leave of absence following his wife’s successful cancer surgery in July.

In his acceptance speech, Mark Ward laid out his main goals and objectives for the coming administrative year, including even greater focus on the 12 high school Key Clubs sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Temecula Valley. For their contributions to our community in 2018, the Kiwanis Club of Temecula Valley was nominated as Charitable Organization of the Year by the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Submitted by Kiwanis Club of Temecula Valley.