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Local Journalist to Lead Kiwanis

Oct 23, 2020 12:00AM ● By Dixon Kiwanis Press Release

Dixon Kiwanis Renewed Board Commitments when formally installed for the new year at last week's Cattlemens dinner. (L-R) Cecilia Osladil, Devon Minnema, David Dingman, Patti and Mike Liu. Front: Debra Dingman and Kirsten Ireton. Photo by Justin Sousa

DIXON, CA (MPG) - It's deja vu for most of the Kiwanis leaders who were installed at last week's annual installation dinner as most are repeating their commitments due to being on 'pause' during the pandemic. They were again officially installed at a Cattlemens dinner and are anxious to partner with other organizations in their endeavors this year.

Local journalist Debra Dingman, who isn’t shy about promoting Dixon, will serve another term as President. Dingman is the City Editor for Dixon's "new and improved" Independent Voice and has written for Solano County newspapers for 40 years. She is also a published author. She has served two previous terms as President and has held every officer position since the club’s founding in 2009 because, "I'm all about children and so is Kiwanis," she said.

“My goals for this year are aligned with our Lt. Governor and our Governor of Kiwanis and that is to ‘Ignite the Passion’ and to ‘Build Bridges.’ We’ll do both,” she said, adding that the board members, Mike and Patti Liu, Devon Minnema, Raven Jackson and David Dingman are equally enthusiastic. They hope to connect with other organizations such as Scouts, Veterans, and churches to have more impact on Dixon.

“The club is in good shape and we added three new members, Kathy and Chris Wallace and Hayley Andrews who will bring fresh ideas for serving children and the community,” said Patti Sousa, again serving as Immediate Past President.

The officers were installed amidst family and friends by Lt. Governor Kirsten Ireton of Sacramento area's Division 7 and witnessed by Lt. Governor-Elect Cecilia Osladil from the Greater Sacramento Kiwanis Club.

Kiwanis was founded in 1915 in the United States and has grown to an international organization of volunteers. Members improve their communities, make lifelong friendships, and most importantly, help children thrive, prosper, and reach their full potential. It has over 700,000 members and more than 16,000 clubs in more than 79 nations and geographic areas who devote more than 18.5 million hours to service.The local Kiwanis (meaning friends) meets on the fourth Thursday of each month for a no-host dinner and will be socially distanced at Bud’s Pub, 100 South First Street.

For more information, E-mail: [email protected], leave message on the Kiwanis of Dixon Facebook site, or call (707) 635-3303. More information can be found on