History of the Kiwanis Club of the North Bay

The history of the Kiwanis Club of the North Bay has yet to be written. Yet, there are a few things we do know. It's Charter date was September 23, 2015. The initial name was the Kiwanis Club of Petaluma Nights. With members covering three (3) counties, they realized the need to give themselves a name that didn't define them by borders or boundaries. Hence, they became the Kiwanis Club of the North Bay. The Club founded (chartered) with thirty (30) members, which is the largest group to start a Kiwanis Club in our Division as far back as anyone can remember. These thirty (30) people come from many walks of life, but all with the common goal to give of themselves and help others. They also believe in having fun while doing so.

North Bay Kiwanis hit the ground running. They have participated in a Thanksgiving food drive and All Star Baseball events with their sponsor cub, the Kiwanis Club of Santa Rosa; helped the Salvation Army with Christmas bell ringing; supported the Kiwanis Club of Oakmont's Wii Bowl-a-thon; Sponsored three (3) "Hair Cuts For The Homeless, Veterans & Kids" events; participated in two car shows (Salvation Army and Adobe House's Car Show For A Cure); helped in the Junior Giants work party with past Giants player Noah Lowry, Redwood Empire Kiwanis and AmeriCorps; and Sponsored "Barbers and Backpacks" which provided haircuts and 500 backpacks filled with school supplies. It has created its Foundation which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, and its club has become a 501(c)(4) corporation. It has assumed sponsorship of the Lower Lake Key Club. All this was done before its first birthday.

It quickly out grew its original meeting place (Sak's Joint in Petaluma) and has since moved to a larger location (Mi Pueblo in Cotati). Meetings are held on the fourth (4th) Wednesday evening of each month (except November and December will be the 3rd Wednesday) at 6:30pm.

It is proud to have as a member, Richard Fuller, representing the North Bay Kiwanis Club, as the Lt. Governor of Division 32 of the California, Nevada and Hawaii District.

While the history of the Kiwanis Club of the North Bay has just begun, many opportunities lie in wait for its members to give back to their communities. At every step of its short journey new faces have joined the club. The adventures have just begun and the future and our legacy looks bright.