Kiwanis Club of South San Francisco installs new officers

South San Francisco, CA   October 5, 2018  Submitted by Paul Formosa

Back Row: Paul Formosa, Treasurer; Jeanne Ramirez, Board Member; Bill Benavides, Board Member; Yolanda Gonzalez, President; Lisa DeMattei, Secretary; George Kranen, Board Member; John Richter, Div. 34 Lt. Governor. Front: Vincent Jones, Immediate Past President. Not Pictured: Patrick Cheng, President-Elect.


Yolanda Gonzalez of South San Francisco was installed as president of the Kiwanis Club of South San Francisco during the club’s installation meeting on October 2, 2018, at the Basque Cultural Center in South San Francisco. Also installed were president-elect Patrick Cheng, treasurer Paul Formosa, and secretary Lisa DeMattei.


In addition, the following members will serve on the club’s board of directors:

  • Bill Benavides
  • George Kranen
  • Jeanne Ramirez


The immediate past president is Vincent Jones. He will continue to serve on the club board for the next year. The officer installation was conducted by Kiwanis Cal-Nev-Ha Division 34 Lt. Governor John Richter.


The Kiwanis Club of South San Francisco proudly sponsors three student leadership programs: Key Clubs at El Camino and South San Francisco high schools and Circle K at San Francisco State University. We support community projects at the Boys and Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County, Martin Elementary School, Santa Comes to Town, Louis P. Guaraldi Food Basket Program, scholarships, and more. The club raises money for the projects with fundraisers such as Hawaiian Night, Lobster Dinner Dance, Murder Mystery Night, and Wine Survivor.


“Kids need Kiwanis, in our community and in communities around the world,” said President Yolanda Gonzalez. “Our club believes in children and wants to provide all kids with an opportunity to thrive, prosper and grow.”


The Kiwanis Club of South San Francisco welcomes new members who want to serve their community. Information about becoming a member is available at or by joining the weekly meeting from 12:15 to 1:30 pm each Tuesday at the Basque Cultural Center, 599 Railroad Avenue in South San Francisco.


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About Kiwanis International

Founded in 1915, Kiwanis International is a global organization of clubs and members dedicated to serving the children of the world. Kiwanis and its family of clubs, including Circle K International for university students, Key Club for students age 14–18, Builders Club for students age 11–14, K-Kids for students age 6–12 and Aktion Club for adults living with disabilities, annually dedicate more than 18.5 million service hours to strengthen communities and serve children. The Kiwanis International family comprises nearly 558,000 adult and youth members 82 nations and geographic areas. Visit for more information.


About Kiwanis Club of South San Francisco

Chartered in 1953, Kiwanis Club of South San Francisco is a local volunteer service club based on fun, friendship and charity. Our club is a snapshot of our community, with members from all walks of life and at every step of the career ladder. We are unified and dedicated in our belief that children, their families and communities benefit from the efforts of a proficient group of caring and involved volunteers. Our meetings are every Tuesday from 12:15 pm to 1:30 pm at the Basque Cultural Center, 599 Railroad Avenue, South San Francisco, Ca. Please join us to learn more about how you can serve your community. For more information email:


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