Willow Glen, San Jose
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The Willow Glen Kiwanis Club was chartered on December 10, 1952. The Charter Sponsors were the West San Jose Club and Campbell Club. Charter members include Paul Sollis, who founded the Badger Rest Home (now Herman Health Care Center); Lionel Cross, who worked with San Jose Unified School District and who was the club's first Lieutenant Governor for the Division; Charlie Falconi, who had a well-known plumbing agency; Dick Levin, who owned Levin Metals salvage yard; Gabe Mancuso, an insurance agent for New York Life; Jimmy Avila, who had a supermarket at Meridian & Hamilton; and Bob Simmons, a judge and attorney.

Other notable members of the Willow Glen Kiwanis Club include Lowell Clark, who worked for a title company and who was a long-time Club Secretary and Past President; and Dan Owen, who worked in real estate. Bob Accinelli owned the Willow Glen Mortuary (where current club member Bob Nakano now works). Tony Lewis was also active in the Elks, and he and Gabe Mancuso loved to barbecue. Pete Pors was an accountant, and he and Dan Owen were in charge of the club's Memorial Fund (both men were also Past Presidents). Bob Barone was a florist for Posey Gardens.

Paul Sollis and his wife Sophia (nickname "Phi") hosted installations at their home on McBain Avenue. Installations were also held at Dick Levin's cabin in Boulder Creek, which is where the club tradition of throwing the new club president in a pool at the installation began.

One of the club's events included its Wednesday chicken BBQ fundraisers at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds; the BBQ used to be held at the Carnival previously. Loy Trowell with San Jose Unified School District had connections to the Fair, as did Larry Ruelo's son Jack (Loy Trowell would also encourage the club members to buy lamb from the Fair and have it processed at Ralph's Meats). A pancake breakfast fundraiser was also held at Coe and Almaden; it was later moved to the Fairgrounds and the Los Gatos Elks Lodge.

The club used to meet at Hawaiian Gardens, a nightclub on Almaden Expressway. Other locations included the Elks Lodge on Alma (many Willow Glen Kiwanis members had also been members of the Elks) and Sherwood Inn on Almaden. When current member Bob Sollis joined in 1977 (with Bob Antonelli as his sponsor), they club met at Delvecchio's, then Three Flames Restaurant.

The club meetings were lunch events, but the Willow Glen Sunrisers Club held breakfast meetings. The clubs merged, and today the meetings are held at breakfast.