CLUB SERVES EASTER MEAL : KIWANIANS FEED 250 SIMI SENIORS.
On Sunday, Lynda, Wes and John Miller and other Kiwanians worked on one of their favorite volunteer efforts, serving Easter breakfast to approximately 250 elderly guests at the Simi Valley Senior Center.
Lynda said that she always enjoys working at the Easter breakfasts because the guests are ``such a lively bunch of seniors.''
This was the fifth year that Randy Green has been in charge of the breakfast, which was first undertaken by the local Jaycees 20 years ago. When that group dissolved, Green joined the Kiwanis Club, which ``adopted'' the event in 1993.
The long history of the Easter breakfast and his experience as chairman make coordinating the donations from local restaurants relatively simple now, Green said.
Repeat breakfasters ``now recognize me, and often greet me with a hug along with their thanks,'' Green said, adding that in his opinion that makes it all worthwhile.
The Kiwanians also make Thanksgiving Day special for Meals on Wheels recipients by dressing up the trays with flowers and favors made by the Girl Scout troop they sponsor. In between holidays and other special events, the club continues its support of youth, its original priority.
In her family, Lynda Miller is a relative newcomer to the Kiwanis. Although the club began accepting women members in 1987, Lynda waited until 1994 before joining her husband, Wes, and her son John in the Kiwanis Club of Simi Valley.
Wes has been a member since 1981 and was president in 1990 when John joined. Now John is the president.
But Lynda has been part of Kiwanis activity long before she joined.
``It felt good to help with the community projects,'' she said. But now she enjoys also having a voice and a vote in club decisions. There are 17 women in the 50-member club.
Lynda now chairs Senior Concerns, a ``Priority, Too,'' in the club that is noted for its support of youth-serving agencies. John said that ``Priority, Too'' was adopted in 1993 in recognition of demographic changes suggesting more attention to needs of the elderly.
As far as Wes knows, his family's two-generation, three member participation is unique among service clubs, although he knows several clubs that have couples as members.
The five Millers, all natives of Iowa, moved to Thousand Oaks in 1974. Wes and Lynda opened the family cosmetology salon ``A New Technique'' in Simi Valley the following year and moved here in 1978. Ten years after his high school graduation in 1979, John joined the family business full time and is now manager.
The Miller daughters, Kristin and Candace, have worked as the salon's receptionists. Kristin continues in this job part time. Candace has established herself as an actress.
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Photo: (1--color) Wes Miller observes Michele Grasteit's pancake flipping Sunday at the Simi Valley Senior Center.
(2) Simi Kiwanis President John Miller and Kathy Oliver of the Santa Susana chapter serve Easter breakfast in Simi Valley.
Gene Blevins/Special to the Daily News
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|Date:||Apr 8, 1996|
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