Bruce Wellings named Menlo Park Kiwanis Club president


Bruce Wellings, a CPA and financial adviser with Wellings & Company in Menlo Park, has been named president of the Kiwanis Club of Menlo Park.

Mr. Wellings has long ties to Menlo Park: He has been a member of the club for 21 years, and he points out that his father founded Wellings & Company in 1974.

His goal as president, he said, is to increase Kiwanis Club membership. "We are looking for men and women who want to be part of Menlo Park and who want to give back to community organizations that enrich the city," he said.

Outgoing president Charlie Porter, an insurance and financial services agent with Farmers Insurance, said of Mr. Wellings: "There's no one more enthusiastic and energetic about expanding Kiwanis."

The club meets Tuesdays at noon at Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park. There is a general membership for those who can attend weekly meetings, and a service membership for those who can attend only once a month.

The club's next project is its Christmas tree lot, which opens after Thanksgiving Day on El Camino Real at Embarcadero Road in Palo Alto. "The club has been selling Christmas trees for over 45 years, and it is our largest fundraising event each year," Mr. Wellings said.

One of 16,000 Kiwanis clubs around the world, the Menlo Park club supports many local programs and organizations, and funds scholarships for Menlo-Atherton High School graduates.

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